Events

Family Fun

Saturday, April 26, 11am–2pm
Explore natural history and create fake insect mounts. Bug Spin Art ($2)
Free with admission

Family Fun

Saturday, May 3, 11am–2pm
Make a butterfly craft for your refrigerator.
Free with admission

Family Fun

Saturday, May 10, 11am–2pm
Decorate a pot and plant a flower for mom. At 2pm, The Columbus Modern Company will perform several dance selections from their spring show.
Free with admission

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 11, 10am–2pm
Adopt-a-Butterfly: Treat mom with a special opportunity to release a newly emerged butterfly. Watch it takes its first flight into the Pacific Island Water Garden as you learn about these fascinating creatures. Quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

At 2pm, the Music Men of London serenade moms with a mix of music themes in barbershop style. 

$5 per butterfly. Concert free with admission.

Amazing Butterflies Opening Day

Saturday, May 17, 11am–2pm
Explore the new children’s interactive exhibit, Amazing Butterflies, draw butterflies with sidewalk chalk, and create butterfly rings. Make a colorful butterfly t-shirt ($5) or Butterfly Spin Art ($2).


The Conservatory’s Interpretation Specialist, Chris Kline, answers questions and signs copies of his book The Butterflies of Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, available for purchase in Botanica.
Free with admission

Family Fun

Saturday, May 24, 11am & 2pm
Our Zoo to You brings over a dozen animals for you to pet, hold or hand feed. Animals range from a cute and cuddly ringtail lemur to a creepy crawly tarantula. 
Free with admission

Family Fun

Saturday, May 31, 11am–2pm
Inspired by George Seurat's painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte, try your hand at pointillism painting with cotton swabs.
Free with admission.

Family Fun

Saturday, June 7, 11am–2pm
Search the Conservatory for signs of summer. Receive a prize for finishing the scavenger hunt. Spin Art ($2)
Free with admission

Family Fun with The Turtle Lady

Saturday, June 14, 11am–2pm
Make turtle crafts  and visit with Nancy Lockard, aka The Turtle Lady, and her turtle friends. Turtle Spin Art ($2)
Free with admission

Father's Day

Sunday, June 15, 11am–2pm
Watch a chainsaw artist demonstration and work up an appetite climbing a rock wall. Then, head over to the Live Fire Cooking Theater, where grilled foods, local beers, and kid friendly beverages are available for purchase.