Children's Garden & Education

Family-Friendly Events and Activities


Water Play

Saturday, April 19 - Tuesday, September 30 (times vary, see schedule)

Free with Garden admission


Water Play During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  April 19 – Sept 30 (weather permitting). 

Saturdays and Sundays, April 19 - September 30, 9 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, April 21 - June 13, 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, June 16 – Sept 12, 9 - 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, Sept 15 – Sept 30, 1- 4:45 p.m.
Extended Hours during Flowers after Five Thursday evenings, June – August, 5 – 8:00 p.m.  


Butterflies LIVE!

Friday, May 2 - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free with Garden admission

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.

October Oddities

Throughout the month of October

Free with Garden admission

During October, refresh your family’s “garden spirit” through displays and activities in the Children's Garden that explore the weird and wacky wonders of nature!


Daily, throughout the month, enjoy vignettes of nature’s underappreciated oddities and found objects to provoke curiosity and wonder. Mushrooms, lichen, moss, gourds and other unusual fruits, crafted insects, plus an occasional display of ‘hortitorture’ and other Garden whimsy - are all part of this fun-filled seasonal exhibit.

Gourd Quest Gourd Quest

Daily, throughout the month, families search for different varieties of gourds and pumpkins – Mini White Boo
Pumpkin, Peanut Pumpkin, and Apple Gourds. Available at Admissions

Saturday, October 11, 12-3pm

Join Umami Tea, Dogtown Dance, Judith Towers and Owlcraft Healing Ways for free activities and demonstrations in the Children's Garden.  Some items available for purchase.

RoseFest (Activities in the Children’s Garden)

Saturday, October 11, 12 – 3 pm

Free with Garden admission

Rose Fest







Goblins and Gourds

Sunday, October 26, 1 — 4 pm

Free with Garden admission

Celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, be active and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Join Edible Education, Susan Sweder, Dogtown Dance, VA State Parks and Sweetwater Farm LLC for free activities and demonstrations in the Children's Garden.  Some items available for purchase.


New Year’s Eve Family Frolic

Wednesday, December 31, 2 - 5 pm

Free with Garden admission

Family activities & live concert by the Ululating Mummies.