Preschool Programs

Thursdays, 10:30–11:30am
Children and their grown-ups explore a new topic each week with hands-on activities, story times, tours or crafts. Led by Conservatory staff and suitable for ages 3–5.
Free with admission

Koi Fish Windsocks

Saturday, May 28, 11am–2pm
Koi fish windsocks, called koinobori, are made in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day. Make your own mini koinobori to take home.
Free with admission

The Kabuki Sleeping Beauty

Sunday, May 29, 11am & 2pm
Through the elements of Japanese Kabuki Theater, CATCO is Kids presents a tale of beauty lost and found again.
Free with admission

Chinese Lion Dance

Saturday, June 4, 11am & 2pm
The Pi Delta Psi Lion Dance Team from The Ohio State University presents a traditional Chinese dance featuring a masked lion, Buddha, drummer and cymbals.
Free with admission

Sushi for Kids

Saturday, June 11, 11am–2pm
You’ll love these sweet "sushi" treats! Make a sushi roll with rice cereal treats, gummy fish and fruit leather.
Free with admission

Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo

Second Sundays of the Month, 2pm
Family friendly presentations feature different animals each month. 
Free with admission

Origami with Ohio Paper Folders: Butterflies

 Saturday, June 18, 11am–2pm
Origami artists from Ohio Paper Folders teach families to fold an origami butterfly.
Free with admission 

Father's Day

Sunday, June 19
Dublin Taiko presents an exciting performance of traditional Japanese drumming at 2pm. Stop by the Live Fire Cooking Theater for a gourmet hot dog ($2), 11am–2pm.

Pollinator Palooza

Saturday, June 25, 10am–3pm
No party would be as festive or delicious without the contribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Learn about pollinators—bats, bees, butterflies and more—and celebrate National Pollinators Week during a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, demonstrations and a Citizen Science project.
Free event on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. Rain or shine.

Scratch Art Butterflies

Saturday, June 25, 11am–2pm
Make a colorful “scratch away” butterfly.
Free with admission

Celebrate Independence Day

Saturday, July 2, 11am–2pm
Decorate a patriotic hat and make a sparkling firework craft.
Free with admission

The Turtle Lady

Saturday, July 9, 11am–2pm
Visit with the Turtle Lady, Nancy Lockhard, and her turtle friends. Make a turtle craft.
Free with admission

Origami with Ohio Paper Folders: Flowers

Saturday, July 16, 11am–2pm
Learn how to fold an easy origami flower. Watch origami artists from Ohio Paper Folders fold a giant origami flower.
Free with admission

Butterfly T-Shirts

Saturday, July 23, 11am–2pm
Children make colorful butterfly t-shirts.

Japanese Kimono

Saturday, July 30, 11am & 2pm
Columbus Kimono demonstrates how to wear a kimono and presents beautiful kimono examples that are worn during winter, spring, summer and fall.
Free with admission

Paper Fan Craft

Saturday, August 6, 11am–2pm
Make a decorative paper fan.
Free with admission

The Bugman

Saturday, August 13, 11am–2pm
The Bugman, Mark Berman, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs. Make a lucky cricket craft.
Free with admission

Origami with Ohio Paper Folders: Puppets

Saturday, August 20, 11am–2pm 
Origami artists from Ohio Paper Folders teach families to fold origami puppets and toys.
Free with admission

Japanese Paper Scrolls

Saturday, August 27, 11am–2pm
Decorate a paper scroll with cherry blossom paintings and Japanese calligraphy.
Free with admission