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

Trick-or-Treat at the Conservatory

Saturday, October 29, 11am–4pm
Boys and “ghouls” of all ages are welcome to this family-friendly event that features seven treat stations scattered throughout the Conservatory’s biomes. Each biome will be decorated in a fun and spooky theme where staff and volunteers of the Conservatory will be in costume and handing out treats.
In addition to treats, children can also decorate a treat bag to be used to collect candy and other goodies during their visit. 
Free with admission

Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 5, 11am–2pm
Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates life and remembers loved ones. Make a calavera skull mask and tissue paper votive. At 11am and 2pm, Folclor Hispano performs traditional Mexican dance. 
Free with admission

Pinecone Animals

Saturday, November 12, 11am–2pm
Create an owl, fox, or other critter out of a pinecone.
Free with admission

Star Ornament Craft

Saturday, November 19, 11am–2pm
Make a shining star ornament craft to celebrate the opening of Merry & Bright.
Free with admission

Capital University Philomel

Saturday, November 19, 2pm
Performance by the Capital University Philomel.
Free with admission

The Goodwill Handbell Choir

Sunday, November 20, 2pm
Performance by the The Goodwill Handbell Choir.
Free with admission

Sweet Turkeys

Wednesday, November 23, 11am–2pm
Listen to a story about a turkey that got away, then make a turkey-shaped cookie for a sweet treat. Story times at 11am, 12pm & 1pm.
$3 per cookie

Gingerbread Friday

Friday, November 25, 11am–4pm
Enjoy a horse drawn hayride to The Wells Barn for some gingerbread fun! Create a house with graham crackers, frosting and candy. While supplies last.
$3 per house

Paper Poinsettia Craft

Saturday, November 26, 11am–2pm
Make a colorful paper poinsettia inspired by varieties on display in Merry & Bright.
Free with admission

Michelle Cornell presents Holiday Tales

Saturday, November 26, 2pm 
Storyteller Michelle Cornell presents holiday tales to celebrate the season.
Free with admission

Pickerington HS North Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, November 27, 2pm
Performance by Pickerington HS North Chamber Orchestra.
Free with admission

Holiday Gift Making

Saturday, December 3, 11am–2pm
Children create and make their own gifts.
$2 per gift

Kinderchor, The German Children’s Choir

Saturday, December 3, 2pm
Performance by  Kinderchor, The German Children’s Choir.
Free with admission

Columbus School for Girls Gracenotes Choir

Sunday, December 4, 2pm
Performance by the Columbus School for Girls Gracenotes Choir.
Free with admission

Holiday Gift Making

Saturday, December 10, 11am–2pm
Children create and make their own gifts.
$2 per gift

Olentangy Orange HS Choir

Saturday, December 10, 2pm
Performance by Olentangy Orange HS Choir.
Free with admission

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen

Saturday, December 17, 11am–2pm
Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance.
Free with admission

Hilliard Davidson Madrigal Singers

Saturday, December 17, 2pm
Performance by Hilliard Davidson Madrigal Singers.
Free with admission

Columbus Cello School

Sunday, December 18, 2pm
Performance by the Columbus Cello School.
Free with admission

Dramatic Impact presents The Elves and the Shoemaker

Thursday, December 22, 11am & 2pm
Join theater instructor Candace Mazur Darman for an interactive performance of this classic fairy tale. Children’s participation will be encouraged! 
Free with admission

The Shazzbots

Friday, December 23, 11am & 2pm
Dance and sing along to an out-of-this-world concert by Central Ohio’s favorite kid’s rock band.
Free with admission

The Bugman

Monday, December 26, 11am–2pm
The Bugman, Mark Berman, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs.
Free with admission

Tony West and the Imani Dancers

Tuesday, December 27, 11am & 2pm
Educators Tony and Aziza West teach visitors traditional African drumming and dance in this animated performance. 
Free with admission

Central Ohio Youth Ballet

Wednesday, December 28, 11am & 2pm
Central Ohio Youth Ballet presents selections from the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. 
Free with admission

Chris Rowlands

Thursday, December 29, 11am & 2pm
Nature educator Chris Rowlands and his puppet friends perform original songs about animals and the natural environment.   
Free with admission

The “Super-Duper” Magic Show

Friday, December 30, 11am & 2pm
Wear your superhero cape and join Erica Carlson and her live hedgehog pal, Sedgewick, for a magical adventure! 
Free with admission