Weekend Family Classes

Together, adults and children can explore cool things about how plants connect to science, art, history, and culture. Each program includes a variety of hands-on activities and projects, as well as opportunities to bring the Garden home.

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Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Class: Three Sisters

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Hear the story of the Three Sisters (corn, bean, & squash), create a delicious dried bean soup jar to enjoy at home and investigate why popcorn pops and taste the results!

Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Class: Pizza Gardens

Saturday, November 1, 2014
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Sample some of the different plants used to flavor pizza, learn to mix and knead pizza dough, and plant a special Italian herb garden to make tasty pizza treats at home!

Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Class: Play with Plants

Sunday, November 16, 2014
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Design toys from all different kinds of plant parts! Explore seeds and use them to make an ancient board game, and examine leaves from corn and turn them into people or animals.

Weekend Family Class: Joyful Gingerbread
Weekend Family Class: Joyful Gingerbread

Sunday, December 7, 2014 or Saturday, December 20, 2014
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Explore all the different plants and plant parts needed to make gingerbread.  Take home a future ginger plant, decorate cookies, and mix up a batch of gingerbread to bake at home.

Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate

Saturday, January 10, 2015 or Sunday, January 18, 2015
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Uncover the story of chilies and chocolates—products that come from South American plants! Examine parts of the cacao tree, learn how bitter beans make delicious desserts, and mix up several different kinds of historic chocolate drinks, even an ancient Aztec version. Take home a chocolate mint and a chocolate pepper plant to concoct your own creations.

Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Classes: Winter Explorers

New!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Plants and animals can survive outside, even in the cold winter. Explore how evergreens thrive in the cold, search for animal tracks and make a snow catcher to use at home. Dress for the weather, we will be spending time outside!

Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Class: Papermaking with Plants

Sunday, February 8, 2015
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Plants help make products we use every day — like paper. Learn the process of turning plants and old paper scraps into paper. Make sheets of textured, scented, and colored handmade paper.

Weekend Family Class
Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream

Saturday, February 21, 2015 or Sunday, March 1, 2015
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Get an up close look at one of the world’s tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream. Limit of two children per adult.

Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs
Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs

Saturday, March 21, 2015 or Sunday, April 12, 2015
9:30 - 11 a.m. or 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home.