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Children & Families

 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations more than one week prior to a class are subject to a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations with less than one weeks notice are non-refundable; please consider your payment a donation to the Gardens.

 

Bat Encounter: Live!

See some of the rarest bats in the world, up-close and personal in this one-of-a-kind educational program.

In this family-friendly, live animal program, you'll come face-to-face with different bats from around the world--the North American Big Brown bat, the endangered Rodrigues bat, and the Malayan Flying Fox--a beautiful bat with a 6-foot wingspan. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy. You will also learn easy ways you can make your backyard a refuge for these important animals. 

Don't miss this fascinating show for all ages presented by Rob Mies, Director of the Organization for Bat Conservation at Michigan's Cranbrook Institute of Science.

OBC's live bat programs have won many awards and are a truly unique experience.

To view slides of some of the bats you might see and to learn more about bats, visit www.batconservation.org.

$12 member, $15 non-member, $7 child (ages 3-12).

 

Chihuly Family Tours

Embark on a journey of art and nature with the whole family, focusing on form and color as we explore the art work of Dale Chihuly. The one hour guided walk will be geared towards the children in the group and give them opportunities to experience the art in an inspiring and active way. Recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours are outdoors; please dress accordingly for the weather. We recommend that you bring a bottle of water, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Please bring your booking confirmation.This will expedite check-in and allow access to the Gardens on the day of your tour.

Enter through the main entry (Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center).

Your tour will meet inside the main entrance just north of the Visitor Center. Look for a sign saying "Chihuly Family Tour" to your right.

 

 

 

Chihuly Family Workshop

Enjoy a magical evening with your family in the Gardens! Combine a guided tour through the Chihuly exhibition in the dark with a Chihuly-inspired art activity in the classroom. The 1.5 hour program will give adults and children the opportunity to explore and create art together! 

  

This workshop is recommended for families with children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshop will be held partly indoors and outdoors; please dress accordingly for the weather.

Please bring your booking confirmation to expedite check-in and gain access to the Gardens 15 minutes before the program starts.

Dia De Los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. On this day in Mexico the streets near the cemeteries are filled with decorations of papel picado, flowers, candy calaveras (skeletons and skulls), and parades. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.

 

Family Workshop: Build a Fairy Garden

Join us as we create minature lands for our mystical garden friends. Discover which plants fairies fancy as you design, plant and landscape a tiny fairy oasis. Each family will create a container garden to take home.

Family Workshop: Chocolate: From Beans to Cocoa

Explore the chocolate tree and its celebrated history. Follow the journey of a cacao bean and discover how chocolate is made. Join us as we warm up on a cold day by making hot chocolate from scratch!

Family Workshop: Cool Season Veggies

It may still be chilly outside but now is a great time to start thinking about fresh cool season veggies from the garden. Join us as we investigate a variety of tasty roots and leaves and cook up some tasty fun. Plant the seeds to start a cool season veggie garden of your own.

 

 

 

 

Family Workshop: Gingerbread

Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm delicious flavorful treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family will create and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home.

Family Workshop: Traditions of Dia de los Muertos - Sugar Skulls

Join us as we discover the cultural traditions of Dia de los Muertos. Learn how to make and decorate sugar skulls as you discover the cultural significance of these important icons. Each person will make and take home two sugar skulls.

Family Workshop: Tropical Ice Cream Treats

Without the help of some tasty plants some of your favorite ice cream flavors might not exist! Join us as we explore the science of making ice cream. Mix up a batch of homemade ice cream and investigate the tropical plants that make ice cream such a delicious treat.

Mini Camp at Chatfield: Cornucopia of Colors

Spend your day off of school surrounding yourself with the rich colors of fall at Hildebrand Ranch. We will have fun on the farm as we care for the farm animals, plant herbs, make our own seed paper, and create a colorful meal on the wood burning stove.

 

Mini Camp at Chatfield: Fall Fun on the Farm

Spend your day off of school celebrating the bountiful harvest of Hildebrand Ranch. Find your way through the corn maze, make pumpkin butter and get creative with vegetables from the farm. Enjoy a hands-on day while caring for farm animals and exploring the gardens at Chatfield!

Mini Camp: Chihuly

the dramatic glass exhibit of artist Dale Chihuly, and how his sculptures interact with natural settings at the Gardens.  Experiment with the unique properties of glass, discover the colors of the art work and plants, make a tasty colorful treat and create Chihuly inspired art.

Spend your day off school at the Gardens at York Street exploring the Chihuly exhibition and learn how Dale Chihuly's artwork interacts with the Gardens natural settings. Experiment with the unique properties of glass, discover the colors of the art and plants, make a tasty colorful treat and create art inspired by the exhibition.

 

 

 

 

Mini Camp: Curious and Carnivorous Plants

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the greenhouse where curious, carnivorous plants live, discover their secrets, dissect one and plant another to keep for your very own!

Spend your day off school at the Gardens at York Street exploring the amazing world of plants. We will fill the day with garden explorations, games, activities, art projects and take-home gardens.

 

Mini Camp: From Flowers to Honey

Flowers and bees have a sweet relationship at Denver Botanic Gardens! Learn how flowers attract bees and how bees make honey, dissect and discover the parts of a flower, participate in a honey tasting and build your own garden  bee house  to take home.

Spend your day off school at the Gardens at York Street exploring the amazing world of plants. We will fill the day with garden explorations, games, activities, art projects and take-home gardens.

 

 

Mini Camp: Tropical Discovery

Escape the cold as we explore the plants and animals that live in a tropical rainforest.  Go on a special mission to see if you could survive there, make a tropical treat and create a mini-jungle in a jar.

Spend your day off school at the Gardens at York Street exploring the amazing world of plants. We will fill the day with garden explorations, games, activities, art projects and take-home gardens.

 

Pumpkin Carving for Dia De los Muertos

 

Create memories with your kids that will last a life-time - getting the whole family involved - honoring loved ones who have passed from this life!

 

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, guides each family through tips and techniques of pumpkin carving, including custom Dia De Los Muertos patterns. The heart of each family member will glow as they assist in every stage. The Grand Lighting Ceremony completes the event, when the amazing pumpkin carvings are lit up on an altar-type display. Bring your camera! In the end, it's all about having a good time, bonding families and building memories.

 

Each family will receive a pumpkin, a pattern, and a mini-kit of Barry’s favorite carving tools.

 

Barry Brown - Master Pumpkin Carver, is excited to show you how to carve pumpkins like the ones he carved for TV shows including the Today Show, The Tonight Show, the David Letterman Show, Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and movies including Hocus Pocus. He has carved pumpkins on every local TV news station and the Colorado & Company show. Several stations have even come out to interview him AND film special stories about his National Grand Prize Award-Winning pumpkin carving skills.

 

Instructor Barry Brown

 

Pricing is per family, max of 5 family members:

Members $42, Non-Members $47, includes $15 for a professional carving kit, design and one pumpkin per family

Seedlings: Acorns to Oaks

Discover the mighty acorn and meet its beautiful tree.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, September 30, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, October 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, October 1, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Apples and Cinnamon

Discover an apple's favorite spices as we make some fun treats from the fabulous spices in our lives.

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, September 23, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, September 25, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, September 24, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Fall 2014 Series

Register for all 7 classes offered September thru October, and receive a $14 savings over the individual price.

Seedlings classes offer a fun, hands-on way for young children, ages 18 months to six years, to explore the plant world while developing an understanding and appreciation for plants and their importance. Classes include interactive explorations, nature walks, and stories for children and their caregivers.

You will need to choose a date and time for each of the 7 classes. Please keep in mind that classes are offered for three different age groups and are modified to fit the developmental needs of each group. Please select the session appropriate for your child's age.

No refunds or partial registrations.

 

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