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"Feed me!" is not exactly a polite way of asking for an after school snack, but the plant-turned-vampire in Little Shop of Horrors has no mom to tell him to mind his manners. Part musical-comedy and part faux-horror story, this movie has all the elements to keep kids tuned in: campy music, a sweet romance and a science fiction premise all rolled into one. Mr. Mushnick's dusty flower shop on Skid Row has barely a customer until Seymour, his nerdy employee, discovers a plant from outer space that feeds on human blood. Seymour names the plant Audrey, after the ditzy blonde he adores, who (of course) is in love with bad boy, motorcycle-riding dentist, played by Steve Martin. The plant grows and grows, bringing both the flower shop and Seymour fame, but there's a catch: Seymour must go beyond pricking his finger to satisfy the plant, pushing Audrey and Seymour to find human meals and, in the process, find each other. Mom always said to have lots of protein...
Green thumbs or not, your kids will be enticed by a visit to your local Botanic Gardens. Upon entry, we were engulfed in a moist atmosphere perfect for rain forest plants, misty clouds and even a ... Venus Fly Trap. Our kids watched through a microscope as carnivorous plants munched through a meal of insects, just like meat-eating Audrey in the movie. Our fourth grade boys thought this was pretty cool, though they were convinced the plant was actually a chameleon-like animal in disguise. Their argument gained traction in the orchid section, where they learned how certain orchids evolved to look like insects; if a plant can disguise itself as an insect, certainly an animal can disguise itself as a plant! Our little sleuths continued down the garden path and found an experiment where they learned how a Pitcher Plant's "juice" is acidic enough to dissolve prey. Oohhh, a plant that liquifies its prey -- just like an evil extra-planetary being! Maybe Audrey wasn't such a far-fetched idea, after all.
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Botanic Garden Visit
Time Allotment: 2 hours
Age Recommendation: Strollerbabes and up
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