Small Gardens That Yield Big Rewards

Three Little Plots for Your Kitchen Counter

plant pals kitchen gardens!

In honor of Earth Day, we present three easy ways to green your kitchen counter while giving your kids the dirt on how plants grow.

Connor’s Kits for Kids Plant Pals
Teenage entrepreneur Connor Bernstein started his science-kit biz back in the fourth grade (we give him an A for ambition). His well-written experiment instructions have us talking about things like germination and gravity with our 3-year-olds. Plus, all of the seeds are edible (wheatgrass, alfalfa, and mung beans), so Little Green Jeans can taste what he grows. $18.

Growums Garden Kits
Themed garden kits (taco, pizza, ratatouille, stir-fry, herb, and salad) are packed with tasty vegetable and herb seeds destined for the dinner table. Just place the pellets into a pie dish (they expand when water is added), tag each plant, and in a few days you’ll have seedlings ready for a garden or outdoor container. $10.

Green Toys Planting Kit
The ecofriendly fun gurus get back to their roots (literally) with a plastic pot (made from recycled milk jugs), organic sunflower seeds, a soil disk, and packaging also concocted from recycled and recyclable materials. $6.

And that’s one, er, three to grow on.

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this week in philadelphia!
Paris for Kids

What: Take in a performance by jazz violinist Marina Vishnyakova, while kiddos (ages 5-12) are entertained with French-inspired activities.
Why: Mini mademoiselles make circus creatures a la Alexander Calder.
When: Fri., 6-7 p.m.
Where: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave. (215-247-0476). Adults and teens, $10; children, free.

Easter at Davio’s

What: A three-course meal ($55), plus a kids’ menu to please petite palates.
Why: The restaurant-wide egg hunt occupies your little bunny.
When: Sun., 1-8 p.m.
Where: 111 S. 17th St. Reservations (required) to 215-563-4810.

South Street Headhouse District Easter Parade

What: Watch the lively procession of mummers, circus performers, and pooches, or stride along with them.
Why: Henri David awards prizes to the most festively dressed family, so put on your finery.
When: Sun., 1 p.m.
Where: Historic Headhouse Square, Second St., at Lombard St.; parade starts at South St. & Passyunk Ave. Participation is free.

Photo: Courtesy of Kits for Kids

South Street Headhouse District Easter Parade
South St
@ Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19147
111 S 17th St
@ Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Ave
@ W Bells Mill Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Historic Headhouse Square
2nd St
@ Lombard St
Philadelphia, PA 19147