TODAY'S HOURS: 8 AM – 3 PM

*Last entry is an hour before closing

TODAY'S HOURS: 8 AM – 3 PM

*Last entry is an hour before closing

Celebrate Spring Break with Family Workshops that Combine Science and Fun

Extract banana DNA at the Garden’s Spring Break Family Workshop

Spring Break is just around the corner, and now is the time to sign up for the Garden’s Family Workshops. These sessions are a great way to get out of the house, play with your kids and learn something along the way.

Two sessions will be offered this year. Morning sessions, offered on March 15 and 16 from 10 to 11:30, will focus on building kokedama, beautiful moss ball planters from Japan. Each participant will make his or her own kokedama complete with a beautiful mini-orchid to take home.

In the afternoon, families will use scientific tools and methods to discover the Secret Life of Plants. Activities will include a scavenger hunt in the Garden’s World of Orchids exhibit, a vanilla taste test, and an opportunity to extract the DNA of a banana. Families will leave the workshop with the materials and instructions on making their own egg carton museum of natural treasures.

Spring Break Family Workshop: Kokedama Creations — March 15, 10 – 11:30 am
Spring Break Family Workshop: Secret Life of Plants — March 15, 1 – 2:30 pm
Spring Break Family Workshop: Kokedama Creations — March 16, 10 – 11:30 am
Spring Break Family Workshop: Secret Life of Plants — March 16, 1 – 2:30 pm

Both sessions include admission to the Garden the day of the workshop, so plan extra time to play and explore the spring landscape. The afternoon sessions further include a trip to the tropical paradise of the World of Orchids exhibit.

The workshops are a great opportunity for families to play and learn together, says Innovative Learning Manager for Special Programs Anna Sorelle.

“Many parents don’t have opportunities to learn alongside their children,” says Sorelle. “Their kids go to school and on field trips, but the parents don’t get to be there. Every year we see how much families love learning together.”

Related Articles

Silphium albiflorum
Newsletter

Get to know the Garden’s new flagship Texas plants and the interns researching them

Every year, the research team adopts a few special plants as a focus for study and conservation, especially for the student interns who join the Garden every summer. This year, interns and their mentors are paying special attention to two plants, a wildflower native to Texas and a rare and remarkable native orchid, Meanwhile a third intern is investigating fungi growing in the Garden itself.

Read More »
Spice of Life - art exhibit image
Learn

Spice Up Your Life at Our Ongoing Art Exhibit

Imagine how bland life would be without herbs and spices. Chinese food without ginger. Thanksgiving dressing without sage. Ice cream without vanilla. Explore this colorful world at “Spice of Life,” the Garden’s current art exhibit, on display at the Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall.

Read More »
Mom and Dad read with their daughter
Newsletter

Summer Reads for Lazy–But Fun!–Summer Days

The hot days of summer have returned, and most Texans have retreated inside to the AC and ceiling fans. But just because you’re camped out on the sofa doesn’t mean you can take your mind on an outdoor adventure. Here are books recommended by the Garden’s educators that spark the imaginations and fuel the minds of your kids this summer.

Read More »
Newsletter

Get Your Hands Dirty on International Mud Day!

When was the last time you and your kids went outside, let go all of your worries and played in the mud? Can’t remember? Then you, too, should celebrate International Mud Day, a global effort to get kids outside and up to their elbows in good, clean fun.

Read More »