Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a variety of fun Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. Join us for one of our weekly scheduled programs, or stop by our interactive Discovery Stations throughout the Conservatory for more opportunities to explore the wonderful world of plants with curious kids. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.
10:30 a.m. – noon
Create your very own Phipps masterpiece! On Make-a-Craft Mondays, children are invited to engage in nature-themed arts-and-crafts projects.
Story Time Wednesdays and Thursdays
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
Come to Phipps for story time among the flowers. Kids will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. Attend six sessions with a special child in your life and receive a free children’s book from The Shop at Phipps. Story time takes place in the outdoors during the warm months and in the Tropical Forest Conservatory the rest of the year. Each session lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
Story Time is open to the first 30 ticketed participants. Families attending Story Time need to check in at the admission desk in the Welcome Center where they will be given a Story Time admission pass. A pass is required to attend Story Time.
10:30 a.m. – noon
On Pot-a-Plant Fridays, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home.
On your next visit to Phipps, look for our Discovery Stations throughout the gardens for a fun hands-on look at a specific subject related to the natural world. Although geared towards children, Discovery Stations provide lessons that can be enjoyed by anyone.
More Events You’ll Enjoy
Sun., July 14; 9 a.m.Join us at Phipps for a free, family-style yoga class presented by the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Let’s Move Pittsburgh.
Tues., July 16; 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.Join Phipps and Penn State Extension for a full day of exploring landscape design and creativity with Chanticleer Garden horticulturist and writer Dan Benarcik.
Saturdays and Sundays; 1:30 p.m. except where notedJoin us each Saturday and Sunday in the Tropical Forest Conservatory for interactive demonstrations, activities and speakers that will deepen your connections to the beauty and wonders of nature, all free with admission!