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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--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 Fun Night: Campfire Tales

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


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.


Access to Family Fun Night is through the Morrison Discovery Center at 11th Ave. and York St.


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



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.

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: Curious Corn

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

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, September 2, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, September 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, September 3, 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.


Seedlings: Flowers for the Fall

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

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

Ages 24-36 mos: Thursday, September 11, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, September 12, 9:30 or 11 a.m.


Seedlings: Glorious Grasses

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

Ages 18-24 mos: Tuesday, October 7, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

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

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, October 8, 9:30 or 11 a.m.

Seedlings: Harvest Treasures

Discover the garden with your five senses as we take an autumn walk.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, November 4, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Seedlings: Jumping Gingerbread

Discover the tasty plant that makes gingerbread a special treat.

Ages 18-36 mos: Tuesday, December 16, 9:30 or 10:45 a.m.

Ages 3-6 yrs: Wednesday, December 17, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.


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