New! Family Programs Series

Incredible Edible Insect Event
Saturday, October 20th

Entomophagy talk, Chef demonstrations, Four-course tasting |10:30 am & 12:00 pm | $25 per adult, $10 per child
Join the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for an expedition into entomophagy, the eating of insects as food. Small bite insect-based food samples and family activities—including Cricket Races, Painting with Cochineal, and Face Painting—are available free with admission. For those who want to sink their teeth into four chef demonstrated recipes featuring creepy crawlers, tickets for both the 10:30 am and 12:00 pm programs are available for purchase ($25 per adult, $10 per child). Ticketed program features insect eating evangelist Robert Nathan Allen, founder of the nonprofit Little Herds, which promotes consumption of insects as food and feed, and local chefs, who will serve a memorable tasting while enlightening visitors about the sustainability and high protein power of insects. Menu forthcoming, but trust it will be memorable and healthy. Bring the kids!

Family activities and small bite tastings | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm | Free with admission
Planting for Pollinators Talk* | 1:30 to 2:00 pm | Free with admission
 

Guest Speakers
Robert Nathan Allen, Little Herds Founder
Molly Keck, Integrated Pest Management Program Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
David Rodriguez, Horticulturist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service* 

Register here for 10 am ticketed session with all-day admission
Register here for 12pm session with all day admission

This San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is part of the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and is generously supported by a grant from Andeavor.

 

Budding Artists
1st Thursdays September through December 10am to 11:30 am.
Budding Artists experience nature and art in the classroom and in the garden. They observe plants, make art using a variety of media, talk about nature, and play. Guided activities emphasize the importance and beauty of our earth and our responsibility for the environment.
                                             Instructor: Corliss Jean Crabtree
Children ages 3 – 5 with an adult
$10 per registrant includes materials. All children and adults attending must be registered separately.
Click here to register for October 4
Click here to register for November 1
Click here to register for December 6

 

Kids & Family LEGO® Brick Building Class
Saturdays, September 29, November 3, and December 15, 10:00AM to 12:30PM
Join Mr. Ron from San Antonio Plastic Bricks for some high-energy games, challenges & LEGO building fun! Mr. Ron will show you cool ways to use your imagination and new building techniques. Kids and adults will both have a blast in this class! Child participants will each take home a LEGO® kit. Recommended for families with children ages 6 and up. Before or after the workshop, remember to walk through the Garden and enjoy the Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks exhibition, on display between September 1 and December 31, 2018.
Instructor: Mr. Ron, owner of San Antonio Plastic Bricks
Fee per class: $15.00 per child includes a LEGO kit, $10.00 per adult (not eligible for member discount)
Click here to register for September 29
Click here to register for November 3
Click here to register for December 15

Little Sprout Mondays – Now Monthly Themes Offered Twice !
Bring your little one, age 3-5 years, to the Garden for kid-friendly fun! Each Little Sprout Monday includes storytelling, kids’ crafts and hands-on explorations at your child’s pace. Little Sprouts Mondays are the second and third Mondays  of each month, 10-11:30am. Fee is $10 per adult and $5 per child.  A parent or guardian must stay with the child. All children and adults attending must be registered separately.
Click here for themes and to register

Family Drop-In Programs

Included with admission. No pre-registration necessary.
Join us for some hands-on family fun! Programming will vary but will include activities such as planting a seed to take home, creating a simple craft, taking part in garden exploration and/or a nutritional activity.

CHEF Family Drop-In  Program
From Garden to Plate, learn about the fresh fruits and veggies which make delicious, nutritious meals. Watch a CHEF recipe demonstration and taste a bite of the day’s recipe.

Family Adventure Garden Drop-In Program

Most Saturdays from 10:00AM to 12:00PM
Learn about how plants grow and about the animals you might find at the Garden. Activities vary from week to week based on monthly themes.

SEPTEMBER: BUGGY WORLD (INSECTS & OTHER CREEPY CRAWLERS)
September 15 Chew on this: learn how to eat like a bug
September 22 Nature’s Recyclers: discover why worms are important
September 29 Nature’s Recyclers: discover why worms are important

OCTOBER: AUTUMN FUN
October 6 – BOOtanica
October 13 Autumn Scents: experience the scents of the fall season
October 20 Color Scavenger Hunt: how many fall colors can you find in the Garden?
October 27 – BOOtanica

NOVEMBER: TREES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd – Texas Arbor Day (Tree Adoption, while supplies last.  Limit 1 per family)
November 3 Texas Arbor Day (Tree Adoption, while supplies last.  Limit 1 per family)
November 10 Aww Nuts!: Experiment with catapults and seeds from trees
November 17 Celebrate the Conservatory’s 30th Birthday!  Tree Scavenger Hunt: Discover the trees in the Conservatory

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