Events

ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Summer Music Series

August 6, 8 & 9, 8pm
Spend an evening in the gardens enjoying live music performed against the backdrop of the John F. Wolfe Palm House. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director David Danzmayr, will perform a different program each night mixing the contemporary with classics, featuring ProMusica’s own musicians as soloists. Selections will include symphonies by Schubert and Mendelssohn, Strauss waltzes, and family favorites from film and Broadway.

Pre-concert children’s activities begin at 7pm.  

Soda, water and a full bar, including specialty cocktails by Watershed Distillery, will be available for purchase on-site. Reserved table seating with catering options available for pre-order. NO outside alcohol is permitted on park grounds.

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Free admission. 

Family Fun: Outdoor Exploration

Saturday, August 8, 11am–2pm
Make paper tube binoculars and use them on a scavenger hunt to explore the grounds of the Conservatory. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt for a prize.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Damsels and Dragonflies

Saturday, August 15, 11am–2pm
Make a waterlily craft. At 11am and 2pm, learn about damsels, dragonflies and other insects through a presentation by Ohio Nature Education. Live insect predators will be on display.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Sun Catchers

Saturday, August 22, 11am–2pm
Learn about glassblowing with a demonstration by artisan gaffers in the Hot Shop. Make a bug sun catcher to take home.
Free with admission

The Bugman

Saturday, August 29, 11am–2pm
Mark Berman, aka “The Bugman”, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs. Make “buggy” spin art.
Free with admission. Spin art $2 per craft.

Family Fun: Monarch Migration

Saturday, September 5, 11am–2pm
Bid farewell to the Monarch butterflies as they travel south for the winter. Visit the Pollinators Garden and make a monarch mask. At 11am and 2pm, sing along to butterfly songs with local folk singer Joanie Calem.
Free with admission

Family Fun with The Columbus Zoo

Sunday, September 6, 2pm
The Columbus Zoo visits with a presentation of live animals.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Scratch Art

Monday, September 7, 11am–2pm
No school today! Make a scratch off caterpillar drawing inspired by the exhibition Life on the Leaf Edge: Photography by Samuel Jaffe in the Cardinal Health Gallery.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Fall Apple Prints

Saturday, September 12, 11am–2pm
Use apples to make seasonal printed artworks.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 13, 10am–1pm
Celebrate the Jewish New Year with music and stories by PJ Library’s Alyssa Russell. Make a necklace coloring craft. Storytimes at 10:30am, 11:30am and 12pm.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Bonsai Trees

Saturday, September 19, 11am–2pm
Do you know what a bonsai is? Make a bonsai craft and view the Conservatory’s collection of tropical and hardy bonsai trees.
Free with admission

The Bugman

Saturday, September 26, 11am–2pm
Mark Berman, aka “The Bugman”, shares his knowledge and excitement about bugs. Make “buggy” spin art. $2 per craft.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Pumpkins

Saturday, October 10, 11am–2pm
Sample pumpkin dishes and sweets. Make a craft that reveals what’s inside a pumpkin.
Free with admission

The Shazzbots

Friday, October 16, 11am–2pm
No school today! Make a whirligig craft. At 11am and 2pm, sing and dance along to an out-of-this-world performance by The Shazzbots.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Mad Science

Saturday, October 17, 11am–2pm
Experiment with color and make a color spy craft. At 2pm, watch the scientists of Mad Science mix up weird and wacky chemical reactions.
Free with admission

Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 24, 11am–4pm
Come in costume and visit trick-or-treat stations throughout the Conservatory's indoor plant collections. Decorate a treat bag to collect your loot.
Free with admission

Family Fun: All About Owls

Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 11am–2pm
Make an owl craft with a pinecone. Learn about an owl’s diet and dissect an owl pellet.
Free with admission

Ohio Wildlife Center

Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 11am
Discover the wildlife that can be found in and around the barns of Ohio during a presentation with Ohio Wildlife Center. Live animals will be on display.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Ohio History Connections

Saturday, October 31 & Sunday, November 1, 2pm
What was Ohio like 200 years ago? The residents of Ohio History Connection’s Ohio Village share their stories about life during the 19th century.

Free with admission

Family Fun: Fall Leaves

Saturday, November 7, 11am–2pm
Make an autumnal wreath from recently fallen leaves.
Free with admission

Family Fun: Indian Corn

Saturday, November 14, 11am–2pm
Make an Indian corn craft and learn about the Thanksgiving season.
Free with admission