2019 Family Frolics
A day of family fun in the Gardens offering activities, performances and more.
Garden Admission Applies | Members are FREE
Saturday, May 11th | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dig in dirt, sift through pond sludge, and chase down aerial insects in search of some of the most unique invertebrates found in Missouri. Missouri Master Naturalists will guide guests in their search and teach kids how to safely handle the insects. Free hands-on activities for kids include designing insect-themed clothespins to clip onto bags and backpacks, trying tasty edible insects, playing good bug/bad bug yard games, and participating in an insect collection workshop. Tying in with our summer exhibition, Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks, Kids can watch a LEGO Master Builder construct a larger-than-life model of a rarely seen but abundant insect, and families won’t want to miss the StoneLion Puppet Theatre perform their “backyard buggin” show.
Buzzed About Bees
Saturday, June 22nd | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring the Family out to Powell Gardens to get buzzed about bees during National Pollinator Week. The Heartland Beekeeping Association will be in attendance with an active beehive to teach families about beekeeping. Make native plant seed bombs to take home and start your very own pollinator gardens, create pollinator origami art, embark on a garden-wide search of active pollinators, and plant an eco-pot with an important butterfly host plant. Kids can paint and take home their own flower pots, and families can learn how to make tasty treats with Kearney Culinary Academy, each for a small fee.
Hedge Apple Days
Saturday, September 28th | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Search for, collect, and play with the unique seeds and seed pods from Missouri’s native plants during Hedge Apple Days. In partnership with Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, Hedge Apple Days will feature seed-themed scavenger hunts, nature games such as hedge apple bowling, and the iconic Hedge Apple Goblin art activity. Fun family-friendly activities will be held at both gardens on different weekends, so pick the weekend that fits your schedule or visit both to have twice the fun. Bring the family to Hedge Apple Days at Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens on September 21st and Powell Gardens on September 28th.
Saturday, October 19th | 6-9 p.m.
Get in the Halloween spirit for this mad-science experience. Arrive in costume and embark on a spooky (but kid-friendly) journey through our gardens for an experience filled with explosions, potions, and eerie creatures. Kids will enjoy free garden-themed Halloween treats, a performance by Mad Science, and our mad scientist costume contest.
Saturday, December 14th | 2-5 p.m.
Join in the family fun and enjoy the festive family activities during this drop-in event. Free hands-on activities for children of all ages will be available all afternoon. Create nature-themed ornaments, get a photo taken with Santa (for a small fee), listen to storytelling by the fire, and enjoy a live holiday concert by Janie Next Door. Enjoy a holiday treat workshop or paint your own pot and begin growing a Christmas cactus that is sure to be beautiful for years to come, each for a small fee. Holiday-themed sugar cookies are available for purchase for the kids and Boozy Botanical drinks are available for purchase for moms and dads. Stay until dusk and walk the magical trail of the Festival of Lights.