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.”

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