Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

A head shot of Cynthia Wylie on the left and an image of her book "Bloomers Island: The Great Garden Party" on the right.

Story Time and Planting Party with Cynthia Wylie

Featured Programs & Events

May 27, 2018

Today we celebrate Rachel Carson's birthday with children's book author Cynthia Wylie. We’ll start with a story time to hear her newest book Bloomer's Island: The Great Garden Party. You can buy a copy of the book and have it signed by Cynthia. Then meet us outside in the Garden to taste yummy veggies, and plant your favorite to take home and grow on your own. 

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Story time and book signing in the Art Studio 

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Veggie tasting and planting party outside in the Garden

Copies of Bloomers Island: The Great Garden Party will be available for purchase in the Little Orange Store. While supplies last. 

Bloomers’ creator, Cynthia Wylie, was raised on a farm in Western Pennsylvania. She came up with the idea of “Bloomers” as she was raising her own children and trying to get them to eat their vegetables. Rodale Kids Books, now a division of Random House has released the first set of the Bloomers Island book series. The books include: “Bloomers Island, The Great Garden Party,” “Rosey Posey, and the Perfectly Pink Radish”, and “Pete Moss and the Super Strong Spinach”, written by Cynthia Wylie and Courtney Carbone and illustrated by Katya Longhi. Check out more Bloomers Island Products here!

Rachel Carson was an ecologist, biologist, and writer born and raised in Springdale, Pa. Her book, Silent Spring, released in 1962, inspired the grassroots movement that led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and she called for policies that would go on to ban DDT and other pesticides.  Towards the end of her life she wrote, The Sense of Wonder, an article that celebrates how fascinating and magical the natural world is to young children, and how important it is for caregivers to foster this wonderment.