Children's Garden & Education

Orchids Galore Family Activities


Orchids Garlore! February 13 - March 31


Self-Directed Activities | Daily *10-4pm

View select Reichenbachia prints and create your own botanical illustration on easels set up in the West Wing of the Conservatory. Learn about the science of color while exploring our brand new light table.

* (March 18-29, Self-Directed activities 1-4pm)

Orchid Quest | Daily

After picking up an Orchid Quest brochure at admissions, families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to a hidden treasure in the Conservatory. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of plants they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.

Saturdays; February 16- March 30, 11-12pm

Think Like a Plant!

Animator Tyler Rhodes will engage children in an interactive drawing game based on plant evolution. Select drawings will be used in an animated video that will be showcased during our 2013 Butterflies Live! exhibit. All ages are encouraged to join. Free with Garden admission.

Beat the Winter Blues Weekend Activities in the Conservatory | 11-3pm

Easter Weekend in the Children's Garden

Feb. 16 & 17

Explore the fruit of the Cacao plant and use a metate to grind Cacao nibs.

Make your own set of binoculars with rainbow yarn.

Feb. 23 & 24
Discover the hidden color of plants with a  petal pounding activity.
Create a coffee filter flower.

March 2 & 3
Use plant material to make a sweet smelling sachet.
Make a star and moon ribbon stick.

March 9 & 10
Gather in the Conservatory for an eco-friendly, fun seed activity.

Make a rainbow plant stake.

March 16 & 17
Go green for St. Patrick's Day with hands-on recycling crafts.

Make Leprechan's gold.

March 23 & 24
Make your own tea bag in the Conservatory using plant material.
Create a ribbon stick.

March 30 & 31: Easter Weekend
Join us back in the Children's Garden for family crafts in the Breezeway!