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Family Friendly Events


Giveback Day at the Garden

October 20th, 2017 – all day

Benefiting Kids to Love  |

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

Christmas Wish List:

  • Footballs/Basketballs
  • Watches
  • Wallets
  • Purses
  • Make-up
  • Hairdryers
  • Curling Irons/Flat Irons
  • Perfume
  • Jewelry
  • Hand-held games
  • Video game systems/Video games
  • Portable CD players
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • iPods/MP3 players
  • E-readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Lotion/Bath sets
  • Art supplies
  • Board games
  • Books
  • Prepaid cell phones
  • Alabama/Auburn gear

Scarecrow Trail Night Hikes


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

Register for October 20 – Full
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 through IamAthlete

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.

A Family Friendly History of the Winter Solstice Yule Tree

Sunday, November 19
1:00 -3:00 PM
Carriage House
Register Here

Yule TideFun, easy, family project!
For a fun and festive Sunday afternoon project, help us decorate a tree to feed birds and squirrels at Huntsville Botanical Garden! This hands-on Do It Yourself class will include the history of Yule trees, tips for getting birds to use the tree and lots of decorating ideas to take home to your backyard!

Saturday with Santabrunch-with-santa-001

Saturday, December 2
2 Seating’s: 9:30 AM & 11:30 PM
Nichols Arbor

Registration – Coming Soon                    

Join us for Saturday with Santa for a festive family event.  Early seating will enjoy a pancake and sausage breakfast. The 11:30 event serves kids favorites of mac – n- cheese and sandwiches. Treats and goodies will add to the holiday fun. Kid’s holiday crafts include take home Tree Cookie Ornaments and Jingle Bell Necklaces. Play time in everyone’s favorite powdery cold snow will keep the kids smiling! Bring your camera and dress the kids for that one-on-one time with Santa.

Pick your time and reserve your space; reservations are required. Don’t miss this merry event that will bring holiday smiles to the tots.

Members $12; Non-Members $15.
Member Family Pack (immediate family) $50
Non-Member Family Pack (immediate family) $65
2 & Under Free – Please register

Contact Tamara Huron at with questions or call 256-830-4447, ext. 241.

Quick and Easy Holiday Candy Making

Sunday, December 10, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Anderson Education Center Classroom
Taught by Amanda Maples and Soozi Pline
Register Here

CandyDecember in the Garden we celebrate the Galaxy of Lights and the season of gift giving! Candy — especially when it’s homemade — is the perfect present for just about everyone on your list, so grab a friend and indulge in some luscious gift making! In this class Amanda and Soozi will demonstrate how to create 10 sweet treats, all for you to sample.   We’ll send you home with recipes and samples from the class.

Our steadfast family traditions had us in the kitchen cooking when we could barely reach the counter and to this day we attribute our love of creating yummy foods to our mothers and grands too. This Family Friendly class is open to adults and children 8 years and up, accompanied by an adult, in the hopes that you too will learn to love holiday candy making. The eating’s not bad either!

Member: Adult $24, Child $12
Non-Member: Adult $30, Child $15
No children without an adult please

I Give A Whoop! Whooping Crane Presentation

Sunday, January 7Whopping Crane Stats
2:00-4:30 pm
Carriage House
Instructor: Soozi Pline
Register Here

Learn about the Eastern Migratory Flyway!
Explore the Crane Traveling Trunk!
Door Prizes!

Reintroduction of migratory whooping cranes to the eastern U.S. began in 2000. The purpose of the reintroduction is to establish a migratory population of whooping crane that breeds in the upper Midwest and migrates to the southeast for winter.  Approximately 30 whooping cranes migrate to the Wheeler National Wildlife Area in Decatur, Alabama to spend their winter, from mid-November to mid-March.

Attendee $5/Family Pack $20 (Buy 4 & get 1 free)

Soozi Pline, HBG’s Director of Education, attended the Whooping Crane Ambassador training in Baraboo, Wisconsin at the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters and is now a certified ambassador for Alabama!

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