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Growing Food and Play Opportunity at Marbles’ Sun Sprouts Garden

A rendering of the Sun Sprout Fort

A rendering of the Sun Sprout Fort

This spring, Marbles Kids Museum staff, partners and volunteers began a transformation of its newly named Sun Sprouts garden, a kids garden in the Marbles courtyard. The learning garden helps children understand where food comes from, what fruits and vegetables grow in North Carolina, and allows them to experience planting and harvesting food—all with the hope that  they develop healthy eating habits that continue into their adult lives. From digging and planting to tasting, from exploring garden insects to growing seasons and cycles, Marbles Kid Farmer Marianne Maschal engages museum visitors in this outdoor growing experience.

As part of the garden’s transformation, Marbles and the Triangle Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants are partnering on a six-week campaign to raise money to build a new fort in Sun Sprouts. The new Sun Sprouts Fort exhibit will create a fresh area for outdoor play—play that promotes physical activity, a love of nature and imagination. It will also draw kids and families into the museum’s hands-on garden packed with seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs. The fort will be built during a weekend-long midsummer building blitz.

gardening“The new Sun Sprouts Fort is a fantastic way to engage community support in our mission, from the ground up,” says Sally Edwards, president of Marbles Kids Museum. “With its organic form and leaf-shaped decks, the new fort will captivate children’s imaginations and lead to fresh, new outdoor play experiences in the garden. With its own kid-friendly concept, Moe’s is an ideal partner for Marbles, and we are grateful for their support.”

Five core content initiatives drive Marbles Kids Museum’s exhibits and programs, including Be Healthy/Be Active, a commitment to providing play environments that promote physical activity and healthy choices. Marbles visitors can look forward to more room for outdoor play, adventure and learning space at the Sun Sprouts Fort!


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