Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hicks Nurseries: Best free spot to bring your toddler

I don't know when exactly we discovered Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, maybe a year and a half ago, but it was the most amazing discovery for a stay-at-home mom of a baby. There's ample parking during the weekday. Carts. Flowers. Live animals. Garden statues and other fun things to look at. A cafe. A bathroom with a diaper changing table. All year round. And it's a store, so unless you're like me and have a problem leaving without buying a new bag of fertilizer for your collection, it's free. Yay.

The best part is that it's huge and is always changing with the seasons. In the spring, the Easter Bunny sits on a throne to speak to his minions. In the fall they have pumpkins, Halloween hayrides, a cool walk through Halloween story....


and farm animals to feed...


and Coco the bird (always in residence) sitting among Halloween decorations...


and fun cutouts for your mother to make you stick your head through.

And during the winter, Santa hangs out waiting for friends to visit. The store is taken over by holiday decorations and fresh Christmas trees ...

and Comet and Blitzen come to rest up before their big night...


and you can drop off your letter to Santa in their sparkly red  mailbox...


and walk through the Christmas story as many times as your mom will let you (3-5  times per visit).

What are you favorite holiday haunts?
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