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Family Friendly Events


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 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, 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, Under 3 $0

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 July 8  @ 10 AM
Register for July 8  @ 1  PM
Register for July 22 @ 10  AM
Register for July 22 @ 1 PM 

Firefly Night Hikes with a Prehistoric Twist

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 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these family friendly night hikes at the Garden. These hikes are extraordinary because you’ll get to go back in time to visit the prehistoric creatures at the Garden! After walking through our Dinosaur Uproar exhibit, you’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner. Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure and don’t forget you’ll get to make s’mores!

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

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Butterfly Release

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

Prehistoric Dinner and a Movie

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Friday, July 21st
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Hot Dog Dinner
Atrium/Carriage House Patio

7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open for Movie
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM-Movie Viewing Time
Toyota Boeing Amphitheater

Start your adventure at the Garden with a hot dog buffet the family will enjoy! Head out to visit the Dinosaur Uproar exhibit as the evening cools. T-Rex will visit the kids for a great photo-op! Face-painting and crafts add to the fun. All beef and vegetarian hotdogs available. Drinks, sides and desserts included.

Finish your journey with “The Good Dinosaur” movie in our amphitheater. Every movie ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase, including ice cream from Brain Freeze Ice Cream Food Truck! They will be on site from 7:00-9:00 PM!!!

You can purchase tickets for Dinner and Dinos or the Movie Night or BOTH!
We highly encourage doing both, great family outing!

Dinner, Dinos, and  Movie – Family Pack $40, Individual $10 – Purchase Tickets
Only Dinner & Dinos – Members $5, Non-members $5 – Purchase Tickets
Only Movie Night – Family Pack $20, Individual $5 – Purchase Tickets

Tamara Huron – 256.830.4447 ext 241 | Soozi Pline – 256.830.4447 ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Family Campout in the Garden

Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 16
5:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Dogwood Grove behind Aquatic Garden
Register Here

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever popular Hoot In The Night owl show 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

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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