Independence Day

Saturday, July 4, 11am–2pm
Decorate a patriotic hat or crown to wear and make a festive ice cream cone planter.
Free with admission

Comics with Vantage: Inhouse Productions

Saturday, July 11, 11am–2pm
Create your own comic strip with guidance from Columbus comic artist Victor Dandridge of Vantage: Inhouse Productions.
Free with admission

The Bugman

Saturday, July 18, 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.

Butterfly Crafts

Saturday, July 25, 11am–2pm
Make a colorful butterfly t-shirt or magical spinning butterfly thaumatrope. 
$5 per t-shirt.

Musical Performance

Saturday, August 1, 11am & 2pm
Musical guests TOWNeS perform an acoustic set. 

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.
Free admission. Pre-concert children’s activities begin at 7pm. Wine available for purchase on-site; reserved table seating with limited menu available for pre-order.

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Explore the Outdoors

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

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

Bug 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.

Monarch Migration in the Pollinators Garden

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

Free with admission

Columbus Zoo

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

Scratch Art Caterpillars

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

Fall Apple Prints

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

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

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