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.

Gnome Sand Art

Saturday, April 1, 11am–2pm
Gnomes feel at home in a fairy garden too! Make sand art with gnome-shaped bottles and rainbow-colored sand.
$2 per craft.

Columbus Children’s Theater presents Jack and the Beanstalk

Saturday, April 8, 11am & 2pm
Columbus Children’s Theater presents the classic fairytale of a boy named Jack and his adventures up a magical beanstalk.
Free with admission.

Schools Out! Spring Bloom Hunt

Friday, April 14, 11am–2pm
Practice your plant ID skills as you search for beautiful spring blooming flowers throughout the Conservatory. Turn in your completed scavenger hunt for a prize! 
Free with admission.

Create a Fairy

Saturday, April 15, 11am–2pm
Create a fairy from natural materials.
Free with admission.

Tulips and Tutus

Saturday, April 22, 11am–2pm
Wear your tutu and make a tulip fan craft. At 2pm, Columbus Youth Ballet teaches ballet steps and shares elaborate costumes. 
Free with admission.

Celebrate Arbor Day

Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29
Celebrate Arbor Day with the Conservatory and Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation on April 28 & 29. Activities for the whole family include, tree climbing with arborist equipment, tree ring counting and root displays, a children’s scavenger hunt and crafts. Have a question about trees? Ask the professional horticulturists and arborists. Also, take home a free sapling from Green Columbus and enter to win tree service from Ahlum & Arbor. Food trucks will be onsite to provide food and refreshments.

Tree Cookie Necklaces

Saturday, April 29, 11am–2pm
Celebrate Arbor Day and learn how trees grow. Use a tree cookie, a cross section of a tree limb, to make a pendant necklace. 
Free with admission.

Multimedia Art Project

Saturday, May 6, 11am–2pm
Create a multimedia masterpiece inspired by the works of Open Door Art Studio in the Cardinal Health Gallery. Explore craft paper sculpture, watercolor and pastel. 
Free with admission.

Celebrate Mom!

Saturday, May 13, 11am–2pm
Decorate a flower pot and plant a flower for Mom. 
Free with admission.

Endangered Species Day with Ohio Wildlife Center

Saturday, May 20, 11am–2pm
Celebrate the opening of Topiaries at the Conservatory: Wild Wonders and National Endangered Species Day. At 11am, meet animal ambassadors from Ohio Wildlife Center. From 12pm to 2pm, learn about the endangered species of Ohio.  
Free with admission.

Pollinator Palooza

Saturday, June 24, 11am–3pm
No party would be as festive or delicious without the contribution of pollinators and the plants they pollinate. Learn about pollinators—bats, bees, butterflies and more—and celebrate National Pollinators Week during a fun-filled day with hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, demonstrations and a Citizen Science project.
Free event on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. Rain or shine.