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Father's Day

Father's day in the Children's Garden photo by Scott Elmquist

Spend time with the family in the Children’s Garden on Father’s Day.

Dads and other caregivers deserve more than one day to feel special! That’s why we’ve created a whole weekend of fun.

Discover a weekend of family fun in the Garden! Enjoy laid-back activities and crafts in the Children’s Garden Saturday and live music and a cookout (food available for purchase; see menu and pricing below) at Bloemendaal House on Sunday.

Garden admission also includes our Butterflies LIVE! exhibit.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Sunday, June 16, 2019
Event Details

Concert and activities are free with Garden admission



Don’t leave your four-legged family member at home during Father’s Day weekend, bring them to the Garden with you! Saturday, June 15th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., leashed dogs are allowed in the Garden. The SPCA will be set up in the Atrium with info table and doggie bags. Water bowls will be placed throughout the walkways for when your pup needs to freshen up. Dogs will not be allowed in Water Play, the Kelly Education Center or SandPlay. 

King of Pops

Enjoy a refreshing treat from King of Pops in the Children’s Garden. Pop in between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to get one!

Children’s Garden

Get crafty with your little ones to create and decorate Tree Cookie Coasters (while supplies last). Blankets and baskets of books will also be available under the Darlington Oak in the Grace Arents Garden for you to stretch out, read and enjoy the lovely weather together.

Sunday Only

Enjoy live music from the No Charge Band at Bloemendaal House from 1 – 4 p.m.  A buffet-style cookout will also be served on the lawn at the historic Bloemendaal House from noon – 3 p.m. (for purchase). The cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children age 2 – 10.



Veggie Burgers

Hot Dogs – with chili, cheese and condiments

Potato Salad

Marinated cucumbers and tomatoes

Baked Beans



Water, tea and lemonade: soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase


Butterflies LIVE!

Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you.  The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.



cork, toothpick and paper boat









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