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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. 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.

Organization for Bat Conservation'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.

Price: $12 member, $15 non-member, $7 child (ages 3-12) includes admission to the Gardens

 

 

Deborah Butterfield Family Tours

Don’t miss this season’s signature exhibition, “Deborah Butterfield: The Nature of Horses." Embark on a journey of art and nature with the whole family and explore the artwork of Deborah Butterfield. Geared toward children, these one hour guided explorations provide opportunities for families to experience art in an inspiring and active way. Recommended for children ages 4-12.

 

Price: $14 member, $26 non-member per adult/child combo. Additional adults or children can attend for $7 member, $13 non-member. Prices include admission to the Gardens.

 

Deborah Butterfield, Argus, 1996-97

Denver Art Museum Collection: Funds from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, UMB Bank Trustees.

1996.198.2

Photograph (C) Denver Art Museum

 

Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a joyful Mexican remembrance in which death is recognized as a natural part of the cycle of life. On this day in Mexico, families make altars and place offerings of food, candles, incense, yellow marigolds and a photo of the departed soul on them. Celebrate this tradition as you view elaborate altars, participate in traditional crafts and more.

Price: Free with admission

Note: Children's craft activities 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Family Fun Night: Campfire Tales

Gather around the campfire as we celebrate the end of summer. Make s’mores, investigate signs of fall throughout the Children’s Garden and plant a house plant to take home with you. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore nature at night in the Mordecai Children’s Garden. Each month brings a new theme with performers in Sagebrush Stage, activities in the garden, snacks and other fun night time activities. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner (no glass allowed) to enjoy in the Children’s Garden.

 

Price per night: $25, $20 member for family of four; $4, $3 member for each additional person. Children two and under free.

Family Workshop: Chocolate Treats

Explore the chocolate tree and its celebrated history. Follow the journey of a cacao bean and discover how chocolate is made. Join us and create a box of delicious chocolate treats to take home.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Gingerbread

Discover the plants that make gingerbread a warm, delicious treat and learn how to build with gingerbread. Each family can make and decorate a gingerbread creation to take home with them.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

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

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

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Winter Fairies

Join us as we create miniature lands for mystical garden friends. Discover what plants fairies prefer as you design, plant and landscape a tiny oasis for a fairy. Each family can create a container garden to take home.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Mini Camp at Chatfield: Fall Fair at Chatfield Farms

Friday, October 16, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ages 6-12

Explore the farm and celebrate some fun fall traditions. Help care for our farm animals, weave your way through the Corn Maze, play old fashioned farm games and bake a delicious autumn-themed treat.

 

Mini Camp: Fall Fun at York Street Gardens

Monday, October 19, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ages 6-12

Celebrate autumn as you explore leaf skeletons, plant a mini-corn field and make an apple-icious treat!

 

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 months: Tuesday, October 6, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, October 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, October 7, 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 months: Tuesday, September 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 16, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Chocolate Treats

Do chocolate bars grow on trees? You can find out as we taste chocolate from different parts of the world and make a special chocolate treat.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, December 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 2, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

 

Seedlings: Curious Corn

Take an up close look at an ear of corn and discover its many unusual uses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 8, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

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

Seedlings: Fall 2015 Series Package

Register for all 15 classes offered September - December, and receive a $30 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 15 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.

 

Seedlings: Flowers for the Fall

Discover how to add some hearty colors to your fall festivities with pansies and chrysanthemums.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 1, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, September 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 2, 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Garden Hibernation

Help Mordecai Children’s Garden get ready for winter as you discover what plants and animals do when it gets cold.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, November 5, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Glorious Grasses

Explore the many different colors, textures and sizes of Colorado grasses.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, September 22, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, September 23, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Jumping Gingerbread

Discover the tasty plant that makes gingerbread a special treat.

Ages 18-24 months: Tuesday, December 15, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 months: Thursday, December 17, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 years: Wednesday, December 16, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

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