Looking to plan your next day trip? The Children’s Garden is open year-round! Enhance your experience by exploring the following activities; click on the photos to learn more.
April 17 – October 11, 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.
April 18-September 30
Weather permitting when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher
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.
Weekends April 18 – September 27, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Weekdays April 20 – June 12, 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekdays June 15 – Sept 11, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Weekdays Sept 14 – Sept. 30, 1– 4:45 p.m
Extended Hours during Flowers after Five on Thursday evenings, June – August, 5 – 8 p.m.
After picking up a Kid Quest at admissions, families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to trees in the Garden. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of trees they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.
Henrico County Public Schools Art Exhibit
Gallery I in the Robins Visitors Center
For years, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has been partnering with Henrico County Public Schools to bring a year-long art exhibit to Gallery 1 in the Robins Visitors Center.
Throughout the year, on a rotating basis, visitors can view work by elementary, middle, and high school art students. Artwork changes quarterly, and incorporates a wide variety of media to illustrate the students’ personal interpretations of the botanical world. We invite you to share in the pleasure of seeing this world through their eyes.