Events

Little Adventurers

Thursdays, 10:30am
A weekly program for children ages 3–5 and their adult(s) that features a nature-related story or theme and a related activity. Program lasts 30–45 minutes.

Free with admission. No pre-registration required.

Family Fun with the Columbus Zoo

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

Grass Head Planter Craft

Saturday, August 26, 11am–2pm
Decorate a pot with a funny face and plant it with grass seed “hair.” Take it home and watch it grow!
 $2 per craft.

Giant Sunflower Craft

Saturday, September 2, 11am–2pm
Create a giant sunflower craft with bold yellow petals and real sunflower seeds.
Free with admission.

3D Butterfly Craft

Monday, September 4, 11am–2pm
Come visit the butterflies before they fly away for the season! Make a 3D butterfly craft.
Free with admission.

Monarch Art Project

Saturday, September 9, 11am–2pm
Join artist and educator Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart for a day of collaborative art making. Find inspiration in the colors and patterns of the Monarch butterfly for your own painted masterpiece!
Free with admission.

Fall Leaf Suncatcher Craft

Saturday, September 16, 11am–2pm
Celebrate the opening day of Harvest Blooms by painting a leaf-shaped suncatcher in fall colors.
Free with admission.

Central Ohio Woodturners Demonstrations

Saturday, September 23, 11am–2pm
Discover the art of woodturning with live demonstrations on the lathe by the artists of the Central Ohio Woodturners. Demos will feature woodworking tools, simple techniques and a surprise for kids!
Free with admission.

Bean and Seed Mosaic Craft

Saturday, September 30, 11am–2pm
Create a fall-themed mosaic with beans and seeds in an earthen clay base.
Free with admssion.

Fall Nature Mobile Craft

Saturday, October 7, 11am–2pm
Create a decorative nature mobile with sticks, twine and fall leaves.
Free with admission.

Paint a Mini Pumpkin

Saturday, October 21, 11am–2pm
Paint your own mini pumpkin.
$2 per pumpkin.

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory

Saturday, October 28, 11am–4pm
Wear your costume and visit the trick-or-treat stations throughout the Conservatory. Decorate a treat bag to collect your loot.
Free with admission.

Day of the Dead Crafts

Saturday, November 4, 11am–2pm
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and remembers loved ones. Make traditional Day of the Dead crafts like a calavera skull scratch art and a tissue paper flower.
Free with admission.

Pens for Troops with the Central Ohio Woodturners

Saturday, November 11, 11am–2pm
Watch the Central Ohio Woodturners make wood pens as gifts for our Veterans. Visitors ages 12 and up are invited to participate.
Free with admission.