Family Programs

Budding Artists


Thursday, December 6 | 10am – 11:30am
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
Fee: $10 per registrant includes materials. All children and adults attending must be registered separately (All children must be accompanied by at least one adult).
Click here to register for December 6

Magik Theatre for Very Young Audiences at the Botanical Garden!

The Ants Go Marching at the Botanical Garden


RE-SCHEDULED for Sunday, December 2 | 2pm – 3pm
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A plucky young Red Ant goes on a quest to find a Rainbow, but finds herself in Blue Ant territory! A story of learning, communicating and building, Ants Go Marching is Magik’s first Theatre for the Very Young original created for children ages 5 and under. Together, with Red and Blue, you will go on a colorful adventure of rhythm, dance, and new friendship! Written by Carolyn Dellinger  Co-partnered with The Magik Theatre.
Tickets are $15 for adults and children ages 1+ (theatre guests are welcome to enjoy the Garden before or after the performance)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the Botanical Garden


Sunday, November 18 | 2pm – 3pm
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A young girl takes a walk in the woods and soon becomes very interested in one particular house. As she lets herself in, she helps herself to a bowl of porridge, a relaxing “break” on a chair, and a nap on a bed. Little does she know, she’s inside a house owned by the Bear family! Can Goldilocks wake up from her nap before the family comes home? Will she stay for dinner or will she be dinner? Find out in this fun-filled version of the classic story! *Show has bilingual elements Co-partnered with The Magik Theatre.
Tickets are $15 for adults and children ages 1+ (theatre guests are welcome to enjoy the Garden before or after the performance).

Kids & Family LEGO® Brick Building Class


Saturday, December 15 | 10am – 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 now through December 31.
Instructor: Mr. Ron, owner of San Antonio Plastic Bricks
Fee: $15.00 per child includes a LEGO kit, $10.00 per adult (not eligible for member discount) All children must be accompanied by at least one adult
Click here to register for November 3
Click here to register for December 15

Little Sprout Mondays


Mondays | 10am – 11:30am
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.
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.
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Children’s Vegetable Garden Spring 2019

The Garden is proud to present one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs. Children ages 7-16 get their hands-on horticulture with the help of our partner organizations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

The Children’s Vegetable Garden Program at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is an opportunity for children to grow their own vegetables and ornamental plants with the help of instructors from the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners, as well as other volunteer organizations. Each child is allotted a 3.5’x28’ garden plot. Children will have fun growing different types of seeds, vegetables, and ornamental annual flowers. Children can also earn their Junior Master Gardener certification by participating in fun, hands-on activities each week after they have tended their garden. In order to gain the most from the learning experience and to help ensure successful growing, participants are required to attend all sessions (two absences are allowed). Families are welcome to share the gardening experience with their child. A parent or guardian must stay with their child.  Learn more and register HERE

Family Drop-In Programs

Included with general 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


Saturdays | 10am – 12pm
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


Saturdays | 10am -12pm
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.

NOVEMBER: TREES
November 2 – 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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