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Children’s Programs


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There are a variety of programs for children and teenagers at the Garden, including individual and family classes, camps for children, and birthday parties.

Contact the Education Department if you have questions:
Soozi Pline:  spline@hsvbg.com 256-830-4447 Ext 252
Misty Hertzig: mhertzig@hsvbg.org 256-830-4447 Ext 253

 


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Friday, June 2
Rain Date Friday, June 16
7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM- Movie Viewing Time

Toyota Boeing Amphitheater
Register Here

Featuring The Land Before Time. Movie night is open to the public and included in activities for campers registered for the Campout in the Garden, June 2-3.

Every ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase, including ice cream from the Brain Freeze food truck.  Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy playtime time in the Children’s Garden before the movie!
Family Pack $20, Individual $5

Yummy! Brain Freeze Ice Cream Food Truck will be on site from 7:00-9:00 PM!!!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


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June 2nd – 3rd
Rain Date June 16
5:00 PM-8:00 AM
FULL/Registration is Closed!
Fun night sleeping under the stars with your family!

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for an outdoor viewing of The Land Before Time® Movie followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove!

You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!!!
Parent/Child $60; Family of Four $100; Extra Child or Parent $25

Advanced Registration required for all family/children’s education programs unless otherwise noted.

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Wacky-Wednesday-LogoBeginning June 7th – Every Wednesday in June and July (except July 5th)  Noon – 1 p.m.
Free with Garden membership or admission.
Sprinklers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, snacks, story time and a craft!
No reservation required. Parents do accompany the child and may need to assist younger children with the activity.

Dinosaur Uproar Alive Themed!
June 7      Dinosaur Headbands
June 14    Dinosaur Fossils
June 21    Dinosaur Mask
June 28    Painted Dinosaurs
July 5       NO Wacky Wednesday
July 12     Tissue Paper Dinosaur
July 19     Dinosaur Puppets
July 26     Tie Dyed T’shirts


Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike

Saturdays, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22
10:00 AM -11:30 AM or 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Meet at the Garden Railway
Members $10, Non-member $12 + Garden Admission

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike: Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with a hands-on activity and something to take home!  A different activity will be offered each date.
Register for June 10 @ 10 AM
Register for June 10  @ 1 PM 
Register for June 24  @ 10 AM
Register for June 24  @ 1 PM
Register for July 8  @ 10 AM
Register for July 8  @ 1  PM
Register for July 22 @ 10  AM
Register for July 22 @ 1 PM 

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Butterfly Release

Saturday, June 10
10:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for June 10th 10:30 Session
Register for June 10th 1:00 Session

Saturday, July 15
10:30-11:30 AM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for July 15th 10:30 Session

Help us repopulate the Purdy Butterfly House by releasing live butterflies in the morning, afternoon, or both!  We’ll begin this program with a brief presentation in the Anderson Education Center classroom followed by time spent in the butterfly house enjoying an environmentally safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population!  This event will provide a memorable photogenic opportunity for all!
Member $5, Non-member $6.50 + Garden Admission, Under 3 $0

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Firefly Night Hikes

June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25
7:30 PM
Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater
(First parking lot immediately to your left as you enter the Garden)

Register for June 13
Register for June 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these new family friendly night hikes at Huntsville Botanical Garden.  Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the Garden when night approaches.  We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner.  During this two hour event we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Members $10, Non-members $12
Free for children aged 3 and under

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


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Friday, July 15th
Rain Date Friday, July 28
7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM- Movie Viewing Time

Toyota Boeing Amphitheater
Register Here

Featuring The Good Dinosaur. Every ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase, including ice cream from the Brain Freeze food truck.  Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy playtime time in the Children’s Garden before the movie!
Family Pack $20, Individual $5

Yummy! Brain Freeze Ice Cream Food Truck will be on site from 7:00-9:00 PM!!!


HBG’s Annual Tomato Contest

Saturday, July 22
9:15 AM -11:15 AM
Register Here 

Show off your prize winning tomatoes at the Garden’s Annual Summer Tomato Contest! Come out to see who has the best tomatoes in the Tennessee Valley!
Guest judges will award the top three prizes for both children and adults:
Best Tasting, Best Cherry Tomato and Biggest by Weight.

Certificates and prizes for all six winners!

Free Registration for Garden members & $5 plus admission for Non-members

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Seeds to Sprouts – Returning in the Fallsprout

Enjoy exciting stories, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the Garden with your little Sprout! Each class explores a different topic to get your little one experiencing nature and all it has to offer.

All classes will be in the Anderson Education Center Classroom (the building with the Purdy Butterfly House) so please allow for a few extra minutes to get down there!

Selected Fridays from 10-11am

Age: 2-5 (parent and child class)
$8 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family.
Adults free with membership or Garden admission.

Pre-registration is encouraged.  You can save the time of having to stop and pay on your way in!  You can register online or over the phone at 256-837-4104.

Remember to take advantage of our Frequent “Sprouters” Program and earn a free class for every three paid classes that you attend. Pick up your card at the next class.

Contact our Education Department for more info at mhertzig@hsvbg.org 256-830-4447 Ext 253


Registration & Cancellation:

  • Participants must be pre-registered for all programs. There will be no registration the day of programs due to supply and class size limitations.
  • Registration and payment for classes may be made online or by calling the Education Department at 256-837-4344.
  • Refunds will be given as a credit to participants who do not attend their scheduled program if the garden is given a 48 hour  advance notice.
  • HBG reserves the right to cancel any program if a minimum number of participants are not registered. If this happens, another class option or 100% refund of registration fees will be offered.
  • All classes meet in the education classrooms and will include inside and outside experiences.


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