Michael Ferguson had only been in the Kids Zone for 10 minutes, but daughter Bridget, 3, was already looking right at home. She was fascinated by the cut-outs that made paper eyeglasses. Not the "glasses," mind you, but what was left after they were cut out. Figures, doesn't it? Buy a kid a new toy and he can't get enough of the box!
Michael and Bridget were part of a lively scene this afternoon at the Kids Zone, in room 204B, down the hall from the flower show. This is where parents and grandparents go to rest (or play) - and kids go to bounce balls, dance, listen to fun music, have doctors from Einstein Healthcare Network read them stories, draw, make vegetable/fruit eyeglasses and play with the cutouts ... from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day.
While I was visiting, someone came in asking if babysitting services were provided. Uh, no, too bad. But they sort of are provided, with parents in attendance.
There's a little stage here, where Sprout characters, including Chicca the Chicken, have performed. There's been a scavenger hunt, appearances by the Berenson Bears and the band known - we kid you not... kid, get it? - as "The Plants," friendly hula hoopers, and other fun stuff related to good nutrition, nature and, sigh, "being kind to others," all useful skills for future trips to the flower show. Part of that kindness involves kids making get well cards to be distributed to patients at Einstein, which sponsors the "zone."