Weekend Family Fun
Drop in year-round for free, fun, hands-on family activities designed for your family to do together at your own pace. Celebrate the changing seasons with a different activity each month such as tasting maple syrup, planting a mini-garden, cooking a fresh treat from the garden, glimpsing the inside of a flower through a microscope, decorating pumpkins, and discovering the secrets of fall color. Enjoy the fascinating world of plants and how they affect our daily lives. FREE with Arboretum admission.
Saturdays and Sundays in November, Noon-4 p.m.
What kind of foliage did plant eating dinosaurs munch on? Stop by the Learning Center to meet some living fossils, prehistoric plants from the days of the Diplodocus. Look at spores and cones up close with a microscope. Create your own fern print on cotton cloth, hunt for prehistoric plants in the greenhouse, and plant a prehistoric plant to take home with you.
Saturdays and Sundays in December, Noon- 4 p.m.
Have you heard the buzz about bees? Discover who lives in a hive, and what jobs they do. Take a look at pollen up close and buzz through the greenhouse in search of flowers. Sample a taste of sweet comb honey and sooth winter's chapped lips by making your own beeswax lip balm to take home.
Saturdays and Sundays in January, noon - 4 p.m.
Escape from winter for a desert adventure in our warm greenhouse. See the spikes, spines, and inside of a cactus larger than life through a microscope. Munch on edible cactus and savor sweet agave syrup while you invent a survival adaptation. Before you go, pot up your own succulent plant to keep on your windowsill all winter long.
Saturdays and Sundays in February, noon - 4 p.m.
How do animals survive the winter? Fly south like the migrant birds and monarch butterflies into our tropical greenhouse. Hunt for tropical flowers and fruit that help replenish these weary migrants. Create a natural seed ornament to feed the hardy non-migrants outside your window. Peer through a microscope at the colorful berries, twigs, and needles in our winter landscape that sustain winter wildlife.
Saturdays and Sundays in March, noon - 4 p.m.
In the plant word it is time to begin! How do seeds turn into sprouts? Let's look in a microscope at shoots with baby leaves and roots. Prepare a sprout snack in the Harvest Kitchen, design seed pictures, and plant seeds to take home and watch as they sprout and grow.