POSTCARDS FROM FLORIDA
It's time for summer fun at Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales will be celebrating summer with programs for visitors of all ages. (Bow Tower Gardens / June 5, 2009)
And the attraction has kid-friendly activities on its busy slate of summer activities that showcase the gardens and the distinctive soothing sounds of the famous carillon bells.
Discovery Days (10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, though July 27): This weekly event offers outdoor play time, art projects, nature walks and environmental programs for ages 5-12. It costs $10 per class or $55 for all six classes (no class June 22) and includes one free adult admission for each registered child. Reservations required.
Summer Film Series (10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Aug. 18): An assortment of family films will be shown in the Bok Tower Visitor Center. The series, which includes "Nova: Hunt for the Supertwister," "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That" and "Islands in Time," is included with regular admission.
Ridge Explorations (10 a.m. to noon Fridays, through Aug. 19): Environmental organizations will showcase the unique ecosystem of the Lake Wales Ridge and conservation efforts. It's included with admission.
Bring Your Own Picnic Day (June 19): On Father's Day, Bok Tower Gardens is inviting visitors to bring their own blanket and picnic lunch and also is offering free admission for dads.
Plein Air Days (Aug. 3 and 17): There will be free admission for artists who want to paint, draw and create on the grounds.
Dog Day of Summer (Aug. 6): Leashed and friendly dogs are invited to visit on this special dog-friendly day. From 9 a.m. to noon, there will be experts on hand to provide grooming tips, health, safety and adoption information. Dog admission is $5, which includes a dog gift bag.
Live at the Gardens (selected Saturdays): "Live at the Gardens" concert series will feature the Porchdogs (June 25), the Repeatles (July 23), Garrison Doles (Aug. 27) and Victoria de Lissovoy (Sept. 24). Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20.
Bok Tower admission is $10, with a $2 Florida resident discount through Sept. 30. Visit boktowergardens.org for details.