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Family Friendly Events


Fidos after Five

August & September
Mondays – Thursday
5 PM – Dusk
Purchase Passes Here

The Garden is “going to the dogs” like never before. The all new Fidos After Five invites the pooches to enjoy the Garden Monday – Thursday evenings 5 PM – dusk. Leash up Rover, pack a snack and head to the Garden for a tail waggin good time.

$1/pooch per visit or purchase a $10 Paws Pass for the season. Garden admission or membership for humans.
McCurdyLogo_WebContact Tamara Huron at or 256-830-4447 ext. 241 for more information.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

Solar Eclipse
Monday, August 21
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Grand Hall
Sold Out

On August 21, America will be treated to its first coast to coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years! The eclipse will be at 97% in Huntsville with maximum viewing at 1:30 PM. The Garden is the perfect setting for this special event.

Kick off the party with lunch and beverages including homemade Moon Pies by the Table Restaurant. Solar Eclipse Cocktails offered for $5.

All guests receive Solar Eclipse Shades for the viewing. Face painting and crafts for the kids.

Adult Ticket $15.00
Child Ticket $7.00
Kids 3 & Under Free (please register)

Giveback Day – Free to Teach

Wouldn’t it be nice if school supplies were free? Give-Back-Day

Saturday, August 26
All Day Event!
Throughout Garden

At the Free 2 Teach store, it’s just that – free!  Our students need supplies to learn and our teachers need tools to teach. Free 2 Teach connects teachers in Madison County’s three public school systems with free supplies to enhance classroom instruction and ensure that every child has the necessary supplies to succeed in the classroom.

Free to Teach Full Supply List FlyerFree 2 Teach Logo

The Garden welcomes visitors to bring in a donation for Free to Teach to receive free admission into the Garden for the day. Each item donated allows one person free admission.

Most Needed Supplies:
Markers (Broad) 10 count Crayola Brand Preferred
Crayons 24 count Crayola Brand Preferred
Copy Paper
Facial Tissue
Paper Towels
Filler Paper (Wide Ruled)
Filler Paper (Graph)
Composition Books
Black Sharpies
Dry Erase Markers

Contact Tamara Huron at with questions.

Scarecrow Breakfast & Festival

Saturday, September 9
8 AM – 9 AM Breakfast
9 AM  – 10 AM Festival
Atrium – throughout the Garden
Purchase Tickets Here

Scarecrow Festival starts with a fall themed pancake breakfast in the Atrium of the new Guest Center. Visit the scarecrows and enjoy a Hay Ride to the Sorghum Maze. Have your picture taken with Mr. Crow! Face painting, music and games for the kids.

Member Adults $7 Member Kids $5
Non-Member Adults $17 (includes Garden Admission) Non-Member Kids $13 (includes Garden Admission)

Contact Tamara Huron at with questions.


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

A Hoot in the Night Owl Show


Friday, September 15
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Purchase Tickets Here

Celebrate fall with A Hoot in the Night owl show! The owls are brought to us by the Alabama 4-H Center Coosa River Science School. The presentation includes history of owls and why they are beneficial to our ecosystem. Bring your camera to photograph the beautiful birds.

Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. A concession stand will offer your favorites.

Admission to the show is $5.00, Family Pack $20.00. Children 3 & under are free.
Contact Tamara Huron if you have questions.

Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes


October 20, 21, 24, and 26
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Scarecrow Trail & Butterfly House

Register for October 20
Register for October 21
Register for October 24
Register for October 26

Enjoy a family night hike through the Scarecrow Trail and BOO-terfly House. Experience sounds of the evening from bullfrogs, crickets and maybe even an owl. The Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes may bring some fun surprises. Warm cider and snacks served mid-way. Bring your own flashlight.

Adults $10  Kids $5  Children 3 & under – free
Contact Tamara Huron at with questions.


Bootanica Logo

Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Children’s Garden
Purchase Tickets Here

Mark your calendars for the favorite fall event, Bootanica! This fun filled spooktacular day is appropriate for all ages. Put on frightening costumes and come on out to the Garden for a goulish good time. Visit the BOO-terfly House for Trick or Treating. Crafts for the kids and a Parade of Costumes at 11 AM.

Enjoy Hay Rides through the Scarecrow Trail to visit the Sorghum Maze. The festivities include face painting and pumpkins for the kids. Steve the DJ will add to the festivities.

Members $5 & Non-Members $5 plus Garden Admission.

For further questions call Tamara Huron at 256-830-4447 ext. 241.


Galaxy of Lights Bike the Lights

Tuesday, November 14
6:30 PM
Throughout the Garden
Registration coming soon!

Be part of this fun inaugural event at the Garden. The course winds through the 1.8 mile paved Galaxy of Lights trail. Our sponsor, Bicycle Cove, will lead everyone around the course for the first loop. Following the first loop riders are welcome to ride the loop as many times as they choose as long as they start the final loop before 7:30 PM. Everyone must be off the course by 7:45 PM.

Schedule of events
4:30 PM – 6:15 – Packet pick up and late registration (if available) at the Botanical Garden
5:30 PM – Santa will be available for photos and early Christmas wishes
– Pizza by Domino’s, snacks and drinks served
6:15 PM – Begin lining up and hear announcements
6:30 PM – Bike the Lights begins
7:00 PM – Decorated bike awards. We are looking forward to some creative decorations

Adults $20 Kids 12 & Under $15
Contact Tamara Huron at with questions.


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