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

Paper Hand Dragons

Saturday, September 3, 11am–2pm
Make a paper puppet of one of the most important symbols in Japanese culture, the dragon.
Free with admission

Ironwood Wolves

Sunday, September 4, 2pm
Wolves are fascinating, yet misunderstood creatures. Meet an ambassador wolf and learn about the American Wolfe and other members of the canine family. 
Free with admission

Monarch Migration

Saturday, September 10, 11am–2pm
It’s time for the Monarch butterfly to fly south for the winter! Add your own drawing to a collaborative chalk illustration by artist O’Linda Jansupka. Make a monarch mask.
Free with admission

Origami folding with Ohio Paper Folders: Birds

Saturday, September 17, 11am–2pm
Watch origami artists from Ohio Paper Folders fold a giant origami bird. Families fold a regular sized bird. 
Free with admission

Japanese Paper Dolls

Saturday, September 24, 11am–2pm
Design your own shiori ningyo, a Japanese bookmark doll.
Free with admission

Paper Chrysanthemums

Saturday, October 1, 11am–2pm
The Chrysanthemum is a popular flower in Japan, especially in fall! Make your own tissue paper mum. 
Free with admission

Maple Leaf Tessellations

Saturday, October 8, 11am–2pm
Tessellations, puzzles with pieces that are all the same, have a lot in common with origami folds. Color your own tessellation with maple leaf pieces. 
Free with admission

Schools Out! PT Reptiles

Friday, October 14, 11am & 2pm
PT Reptiles presents reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and more! Make a slithery snake finger puppet.  
Free with admission

Origami Folding with Ohio Paper Folders: Rings

Saturday, October 15, 11am–2pm
Artists from Ohio Paper Folders teach families to fold origami rings.
Free the admission

Paper Lantern Craft

Saturday, October 22, 11am–2pm
Create an Asian-inspired paper lantern.
Free with admission

Trick or Treat at the Conservatory

Saturday, October 29, 11am–4pm
Come in 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

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