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 the 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 miami!
Egg Scramble

What: Kiddos (ages 12 and under) search through thousands of beach balls to find candy-filled treasures.
Why: Carnival rides, games, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny follow.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Pelican Community Park, 18115 N. Bay Rd., Sunny Isles Beach. Info at 305-792-1706. Participation is free.

Movies on the Beach

What: Catch a free showing of Toy Story 3, while munching popcorn.
Why: Terry cloth towels, eh. Linen couches to lounge on give the night a glamorous spin.
When: Sat., 8 p.m.
Where: Bal Harbour Beach, behind One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, 10295 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour (305-455-5400).

Easter Eggstravaganza

What: Face painting, pie-eating contests, and an egg hunt that benefits the Children First Society for UM Pediatrics.
Why: Bunnies hop to it at the bounce house.
When: Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trl.  (305-400-7000). Adults and children 11 and up, $33; children, $25; under 3, free. One egg hunt is included in admission; additional hunts, $2 donation.

Photo: Courtesy of Kits for Kids

Pelican Community Park
18115 N Bay Rd
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
1111 Parrot Jungle Trl
Miami, FL 33132
10295 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33154