Youth and Family Programs
Episodic special family frolic days, scouting days, family workshops, camps, and classes are scheduled during the year for youth and family audiences to learn about and engage with aspects of Powell Gardens and nature. Please see the featured listings below or click on our calendar to view upcoming opportunities for these audiences.
Upcoming Youth & Family Events
Go Bats for Bats: Family Workshop
Saturday, February 24
Did you know that there are approximately 14 different species of bats in Missouri? Do you know why bats are important to humans and why they are helpful in a garden? Join us for an afternoon to learn all about bats—what species we have in Missouri, what they eat, where they live, and why they are not scary! This experience includes construction of a plywood bat house kit (one per family group) that you can take home and install in your backyard to support our bat population. Each three-chamber bat house (with approved design by Bat Conservation International) is constructed using simple materials including a screwdriver, heavy duty staple gun, utility knife, paint, and a caulking gun. Best for family groups with children ages 8 and up. Children under the age of 12 must work with an adult at all times.
Family Frolic: Think Spring Fling
Saturday, March 31
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
General Admission Applies
Join us for a celebration of all things “spring” including, eggs, the Easter bunny, flowers, soil, seeds, spring breakfast brunch, and much more! This drop in day features storytelling by actors of the Coterie Theatre inspired by their upcoming theatre production Jack and the Bean Magico. Be sure to take part in an egg hunt on the lawn (for children ages six and under) at 10:30 a.m. and a scavenger hunt in the garden for kids seven and up (available all day)! Collected eggs and completed scavenger hunts will be turned in at the visitor center for age appropriate prizes and sweet treats. Professional color photos with the Easter Bunny ($5-7) and free hands-on activities–including creating an Easter Hat and bunny ears will also be available.
Earth Day with the Girl Scouts
Sunday, April 22
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Reserve Your Space by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 816-697-2600 ext. 234
Celebrate Earth Day by learning about things that grow in the earth! Learn the basics of worm composting and create your own composters for under the sink in your kitchen; make an insect hotel; create seed bombs to place in the earth and grow plants; get a seedling to plant at home; and learn to sow seeds in the ground (and in eco pots to take home) to make your own garden. Take an edible foraging Tour and taste your way through the Heartland Harvest Garden. Self-guided activities (tree ID) and a nature trail guide are also included. Edible foraging tours, worm composting, and insect hotel workshops are by special sign-up at timed intervals as space is limited. All other activities are drop-in. Best for scouts levels Daisy through Cadette–all participants will receive a Powell Gardens fun badge!