We spent the day at My Big Backyard/Memphis Botanic Garden the other day. I took Elle there when she was much younger a couple of times. Once to just walk around and be outside and another time on a play date. This was the first time that she was old enough to really be able to run around and do a lot of it.
It was a gorgeous day and since Elle's favorite thing to do right now is just be able to walk and walk and walk anywhere she wants to, this was the perfect outing for us as a family. Kenny seemed to play photographer on this day so there a lot of pictures of me which it is normally the other way around.
If you aren't from Memphis My Big Backyard is a portion of our Botanical Garden. It includes a huge bird house tree house with a very windy and narrow slide that Kenny somehow managed to go down with Elle. I was laughing so hard because I thought for sure they were going to get stuck. It also has these little houses that encourage pretend play, an area where they simulate rain storms, and a lot of private little coves that might have a big bronze dog that you can climb all over and a slide. It is a little bit random but so fun! Check out this photo tour to get more of an idea!
We took Elle to see the GINORMOUS koi fish right when we got there. We were told we couldn't buy any fish food because they were all sleeping on the bottom. That was definitely not the case. As soon as they heard us they started migrating towards us. It was a smidge creepy. These fish are huge and Elle kept wanting to get really close to the edge. So we didn't stay very long. HA!
Elle kind of has a thing for chairs right now. So she climbed up on this
bench and took a picture with Daddy.
This was Elle's favorite little house by far! It is all about playing music. They have all these malettes and you can bang on everything. She was in heaven. It was hard to get her to leave.
I told Elle this little wooden house was a fairy's house and the fairy must of been out with her fairy friends so we stopped and had a snack and sang songs that we thought fairies might sing. (Twinkle Twinkle) And oh look! A huge chair! Elle was excited!
We stopped and had a little picnic lunch in one of the little coves before playing a little while longer.