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Family-Friendly Events

Making Alabama

June 8 – August 18
Regular Garden Hours

This exhibit is a celebration of 200 years of statehood presented by the Alabama Humanities Foundation in partnership with the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The exhibit showcases the decisions and turning points that shaped Alabama history, culture, and geography through artistic interactive displays and teaching resources.

Wacky Wednesdays

Wednesdays, June 5 – July 24
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

It’s time to get wacky!

Join us in the Children’s Garden each Wednesday (June 5 – July 24) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. for sprinklers, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and crafts! This year we’re celebrating Alabama’s bicentennial and each week’s craft will feature one of our state symbols (and, of course, we wouldn’t forget the anniversary of the Apollo mission). We’ll also wind up with the annual Wacky Wednesday Tie-dye on July 24!


June 5
State Bird: Yellowhammer
June 12
State Nut: Pecan
June 19
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
June 26
State Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
July 10
Space Rocket Craft
July 17
State Mammal: Black Bear
July 24

*Please bring your own t-shirt(s) for the tie-dye craft. We will not be providing them.

Firefly Night Hikes

June 11 and 25 & July 2, 9, and 23
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Register for June 11
Register for June 25
Register for July 2
Register for July 9
Register for July 23

We will meet in the Guest Center.

Bring your flashlight and a sense of adventure and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you witness the changes in the Garden when night falls. 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. We’ll also stop along the way to roast s’mores!

Optional: Bring a clean, dry plastic jar with lid; mayonnaise jars work well, for a special firefly catch and release!

Garden Members: $10
Non-Members: $12
Children Under 3: FREE

Fidos after Five (for $5)

August & September
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bring your canine companions to enjoy the Garden AND enjoy a special admission rate of only $5! (Garden members are always free.) That’s a doggone good deal!

$2 per pooch per visit
$20 Paw Pass (good for all 34 nights)
Garden admission or membership required for humans.

Family Campout in the Garden

September 20 – 21
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Parent/Child: $60
Family of Four: $100
Extra Child/Parent: $30

Registration coming soon!

Enjoy an evening of fun fall activities and a night sleeping under the stars with your family!

The campout will include a hot dog dinner, exploring the corn maze and Scarecrow Trail, and a hayride around the Garden. After the sun sets, we’ll stargaze with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, go on a night hike, and roast marshmallows.

Just bring your tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!

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