Fun Friday Adventure!

So you may find yourself one day with a toddler and 80 degree weather and wonder, “What should I do? Where should I go?”

The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center. Duh. 😀

Wildflower Center Austin Owl

Yup. She’s back! There are usually owlets in there by the plant sale in early April.

Wildflower Center Austin Great Horned Owl

Cool dude, huh?  Wildflower Center Austin Turtle Pond

On the way to the Family Garden, we saw smelled this guy.  Wildflower Center Austin Elbow Bush

Elbow bush, me thinks, in full bloom and abuzz with pollinators. Here’s a “twofer”.  Wildflower Center Austin Elbow Bush Butterfly

And finally, we made it to our magical spot.

Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden Grotto
A couple of sneaky cave snakes. Wildflower Center Austin Family Center Grotto

And several adventures awaited us:

Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden Bushy Bluestem
Running through tunnels.  Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden
(Can I even call him a toddler anymore??)Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden
Crossing dangerous bodies of water. Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden Pond
Digging for buried treasure and making mudpies.

Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden
(Even the adults can get in on the fun…Or sit on a bench in the shade.)
Wildflower Center Austin Family Garden

Watering the rain garden.  Wildflower Center Austin Rain Garden  Wildflower Center Austin Rain Garden Giant Coneflower  Wildflower Center Austin Rain Garden Pavillion

Butterfly hunting in the Mexican Plum.

Wildflower Center Austin Mexican Plum Black Swallowtail

These smell like wonderful fresh laundry. A quote from a visitor today, “I want my pillow to smell like this at night (sigh).”

Wildflower Center Austin Mexican Plum Black Swallowtail

And of course, looking at awesome plants.  Wildflower Center Austin Gray Globemallow  Wildflower Center Austin Jessamine Vine Horsetail Reed

But the best part of all this?  The 2 hour nap that happened as a result of all the adventures. 😜

Love you Ladybird! (Wildflower Center)

Do you have any fun outdoor places or ideas to take young kiddos in Austin?

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