Children's Garden & Education

Family-Friendly Events and Activities


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, plus an occasional display of ‘hortitorture’ and other Garden whimsy - are all part of this fun-filled seasonal exhibit.


Gourd Quest | October

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


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, Umami Tea 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.