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Welcome to our newest blogger Rachel Santo from Out with Sprout! Out with Sprout helps shine a light on the Omaha area's diverse family-focused activities. Omaha is a great place to raise a family, and the opportunities for children are abundant, but not always easy to find. ParentSavvy partners with great sites like Out with Sprout and Family Fun in Omaha who are aiming to bridge that gap and help families have fun together.

I visited Lauritzen Gardens, and they really are a hidden gem. As a mom of three young kids, I often thought of Lauritzen Gardens as a "no go". I worried too much about my 4 year-old boy crumpling some rare plant or my 5 year-old daughter picking the "pretty flowers". Mostly, I just didn't envision it as a place for kids.

But, I was very wrong! Lauritzen Gardens encourages kids as well as adults to come, learn, and explore. Even beyond the ever changing horticultural adventures, Lauritzen Gardens has year-round classes, workshops, and events for the whole family.

Their "Lil' Sprout" classes are especially fun for pre-school aged kids. Each month the theme changes, so you can learn something new with each visit... And they provide a snack! ;)

Their "Discovery Bags" were another fun find! They pass these out for free during the Summer to help kids enhance their fun in exploring the gardens! The bags include an array of things, including a scavenger hunt(link#4), magnifying glass, and even a plant identifier, among other fun tools. So, this may not be a venue to "run wild", but it’s most definitely a welcoming place for young children to learn & explore the world around them.

Your biggest challenge as a parent will no doubt be their "no outside food" policy, but that's easily managed with a hearty breakfast and an escape plan. Enjoy the Gardens!

Out with Sprout Membership Month!

During the month of April, Out with Sprout has teamed up with four great Omaha family venues to share more about them and their offerings for families. Each venue has generously donated a free family membership to be given away in our Membership Month promotion.

About Rachel Santo

Rachel grew up, met her husband and fell in love in Omaha. Now with a family of her own, she and her husband enjoy getting out and experiencing Omaha in a whole new way; with their kids. The Santo crew consists of Lyla, Wesley, Levi and a new little one arriving in April! As a homeschool family, their flexible schedule allows them to explore Omaha and its offerings throughout the day. Out with Sprout was born from a desire to share those findings with others and enjoy new adventures together along the way.

Rachel Santo

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Rachel grew up, met her husband and fell in love in Omaha. Now with a family of her own, she and her husband enjoy getting out and experiencing Omaha in a whole new way; with their kids. The Santo crew consists of Lyla, Wesley, Levi and a new little one arriving in April! As a homeschool family, their flexible schedule allows them to explore Omaha and its offerings throughout the day. Out with Sprout was born from a desire to share those findings with others and enjoy new adventur ...

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