Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available
Discovery Programs

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.

Discovery Programs

Make-a-Craft Mondays

10:30 a.m. – noon

Create your very own Phipps masterpiece!  On Make-a-Craft Mondays, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Discovery Programs

Story Time Wednesdays and Thursdays

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. year-round; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. from June – August

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.

Discovery Programs

Pot-a-Plant Fridays

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. 

Discovery Programs

Discovery Stations

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.

Photos © Cory Doman, Adam Milliron and Paul g. Wiegman

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • Tropical Forest Cuba Festival

    Sat., Sept. 29; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Join us for a celebration of the culture and plants of Cuba! Participate in activities, enjoy live entertainment, and savor regionally-inspired food samples from Café Phipps. This event is free with admission to the conservatory.
  • Fall Flower Show: 125 Years of Wonder

    Opens Sat., Oct. 13

    Celebrate Phipps' tradition of spectacular Fall Flower Shows with a reimagining of some of the most memorable displays in our 125-year history.
  • Member Appreciation Month

    All Month in August

    Phipps is dedicating the month of August to our members with a quartet of fun exclusives! Join us for our Member Bring-a-Friend Days on Mon., Aug 6 and Thurs., Aug 23 and Member Double Discount Days in the Gift Shop on Sun., Aug 12 and Tues., Aug 28.