Weekend Family Fun

Stop by the Learning Center on Weekends between noon and 4 p.m. for drop-in free family activities. Plant seeds, explore the greenhouse, cook a garden-fresh bite to eat, and look at plants with a microscope with your family at your own pace. Celebrate the changing seasons with new activities each month.  


October - Fantastic Foliage
Saturdays and Sundays in October, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Bring your family to the Arboretum for an autumn adventure and discover why leaves change color and fall from the trees. Trace an outline of yourself with festive fall foliage and natural materials, play at the sensory table with leaves and pumpkins, take part in a scavenger hunt, and make a leaf crown to wear home!

 November November - Herbs for Fun and Flavor
Saturdays and Sundays in November, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Awaken your senses as you and your family sniff out where herbs get their flavor and fragrance! Examine herbs up close with a microscope and search the greenhouse to find medicinal herbs. Learn how to take a cutting of your favorite herb to bring home and grow on your windowsill.

 December December - Wintergreen Mysteries
Saturdays and Sundays in December, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Can you and your family tell the difference between fir, spruce, cedar, and pine? Create a clue card to help learn their unique traits. When other trees' branches are bare, the hardy evergreen trees keep our spirits green all winter long. Use cones to create a cheerful elf to decorate your home for the holidays.

 January January - Plant Partnerships
Saturdays and Sundays in January, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Bring your family for a winter escape in the warm greenhouse and find out how animals survive the winter. Search for tropical fruit and flowers that sustain migrant birds and monarch butterflies. Create a seed ornament to take home and feed the hardy non-migrant birds outside your window!

 February February 2015 - Chocolate Love
Saturdays and Sundays in February, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Your family is invited to join our taste test panel and compare the flavor of chocolate samples from 100% cacao bean to milk chocolate! Use a microscope to examine cacao pods and beans from our own chocolate tree. Take part in a scavenger hunt in the greenhouse and plant a tropical plant to grow in your home.

 March March 2015 - Spuds and Buds
Saturdays and Sundays in March, noon - 4 p.m.
Learning Center

Celebrate the world's most popular vegetable with your family at the arboretum: The Potato! Season a spud snack in the Harvest Kitchen and learn which potato varieties grow well in Minnesota. Enjoy a scavenger hunt in our warm greenhouse or create a potato art print together. Pot up a plant to grow at home.


Weekend Family Fun Guided VisitsTake along some kid-friendly tips when you head out to explore 1200 acres of gardens and natural areas.


Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu