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This Week at Phipps: Dec. 17 — Dec. 23
Dec 17
2018

This Week at Phipps: Dec. 17 — Dec. 23

By Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

There's always something new to see and do at Phipps! This weekly blog post provides a run-down of the latest happenings so you can plan your visit. Events listed below require no advance registration unless noted otherwise. 

Open Daily:

  • Holiday Magic: Let It Glow!
    Pittsburgh's must-see holiday spectacular promises to be bigger and brighter than ever before! Starts Fri., Nov. 23. and Phipps' hours are extended 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the duration of the show.
  • Garden Railroad: Memories in Motion
    All aboard! Join us on a treasured locomotive journey through the years at Phipps, with fun, interactive features at every stop.
  • Tropical Forest Cuba
    Experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean island nations on Earth, in our immersive new Tropical Forest exhibit.
  • Make the Switch at Phipps! Green Power Drive
    Join the more than 1,000 families who have switched their home electricity to 100% green power while visiting our Tropical Forest Conservatory and you can receive free Phipps membership!
  • Learning for a Greener Future: A Youth Art Exhibition
    In the CSL Green Gallery, enjoy artistic photos of Phipps taken by high school students from the Learning for a Greener Future internship program.
  • Phipps Through the Years: A Photo Exhibit
    In the Welcome Center Gallery, enjoy a series of photos showing the evolution of Phipps' entrance over the past 125 years.

Mon., Dec. 17:

  • Make-a-Craft Mondays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! Every Monday, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.
  • Santa Visits |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission. 
  • Boyce Middle School Encore Orchestra |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Magic Meets Music: Live Performance Nights presents Boyce Middle School Encore Orchestra whose live musical entertainment will accompany your festive visit. 

Tue., Dec. 18:

  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission. 
  • Chantal Braziel |  7 – 8 p.m.
    Magic Meets Music: Live Performance Nights presents Chantal Braziel whose live musical entertainment will accompany your festive visit. 

Wed., Dec. 19:

  • Story Time Wednesdays  |  10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
    Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics.
  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission. 
  • Plum Brass Quintet |  7 – 9 p.m.
    Magic Meets Music: Live Performance Nights presents Plum Brass Quintet whose live musical entertainment will accompany your festive visit. 

Thu., Dec. 20: 

  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission.

Fri., Dec. 21: 

  • Pot-a-Plant Fridays  |  10:30 a.m. – noon
    Kids can pot their own plant to care for at home.
  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission.

Sat., Dec. 22:

  • Nature Lab Open Hours  |  11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Phipps' revolutionary non-toxic Nature Lab is now open for you to discover.
  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission. 
  • Essential Oils |  1:30 p.m. 
    Learn about the different uses of essential oils with Deb Bosco. Free with admission.

Sun., Dec. 23:

  • Santa Visits  |  11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    The big man in the red suit visits Phipps for a festive photo-op! Free with admission. 
  • Celebrate December with Your Garden Material Finds |  1:30 p.m.
    Learn how to make the perfrect December decorations with materials right from your own garden with Chris Holt. Free with admission. 

Photos © Phill Johnson II 


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