Children's Garden & Education

Family-Friendly Events and Activities



Butterflies LIVE!

April 17 - Oct. 11, 2015, 9am - 5pm, daily

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors...captivating sights...and extraordinary discoveries.

Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles.

Learn more about Butterflies LIVE! including lots of great information for planning your visit.



Heritage Weekend at Historic Bloemendaal

April 18, Saturday, 12 - 3pm; April 19, Sunday, 12 - 4pm


Enjoy tours of Bloemendaal House and imagine its early days as the original Lakeside Wheel Club. The weekend is full of music and activities highlighting the Garden's past; please see the schedule below. 


Strolling and serenading through the Garden
Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 3 p.m. 
Four In The Morning

This quartet from The Virginians Barbershop Chorus recalls popular music from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Historic Bloemendaal House
Saturday, Noon to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.
Open House

Garden Guides welcome you into Bloemendaal, originally the Lakeside Wheel Club built by Lewis Ginter in 1894 and the home of Grace Arents from 1913 until her death in 1926.  In the Lecture Hall, linger to watch the 30-minute documentary, Lewis Ginter:  A Quiet Contribution (showings at 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15) and view a special exhibit on The Entrepreneurial Mr. Ginter. A special thanks to the Richmond Designers’ Guild for floral arrangements.

Under the Bloemendaal House Tent
Saturday and Sunday at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. 
The Titanic String Band

Enjoy 30-minute performances of ragtime-era music by Peter LaBau, banjo and Mitch Nelin, mando-cello.

Departing from/Returning to Bloemendaal House
Saturday, 1 to 2:45 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 3:45 p.m.
Lakeside Trolley Rides

Ride the trolley along the perimeter of the Garden, while a Garden Guide provides commentary about the Garden’s evolution.  Loop rides lasting 20 minutes begin and end at Bloemendaal House; 14 passenger limit.

Strolling the Grace Arents Garden
Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Miss Grace and Uncle Lewis

A costumed interpreter portraying Grace Arents enjoys spring blooms in the Garden with her uncle, Lewis Ginter.

On the Lawn of Bloemendaal House
Throughout the afternoon 
Vintage Bicycles on Display 

Cycling enthusiasts, gather around a display of vintage bicycles, enjoy learning about bicycle history, and imagine Bloemendaal House in its heyday as the Lakeside Wheel Club.

For your further enjoyment and entertainment near Bloemendaal House:

  • Dress-up trunk and photo opportunities under the Darlington Oak

  • The Ice Cream Connection selling hand-dipped ice cream cones


Guest Dining Opportunities

  • Garden Café in the Robins Visitors Center: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Robins Tea House: Open 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Sunday Brunch by reservation, 262-9887, ext. 329