PeaPods for Preschoolers
Family & Intergenerational Programs (Youth + Adult)



Pea Pods for Preschoolers "Spring Sun, Spring Showers" Kickoff

Tuesday, April 30, 9:30 a.m - 11:00 a.m.
Melinda Hooker, Arboretum Early Childhood Educator and Programmer

Ages 3-5 together with an adult
Explore nature with your preschooler. Together you will discover how longer days and warm spring rains are bringing back the green waiting everywhere to unfold. Tree buds are bursting, bulbs are sprouting, warblers are on their way. Enjoy this opportunity to experience a free, introductory session of PeaPods for Preschoolers with your young child. The "Spring Sun, Spring Showers" theme will include:

  • planting
  • art
  • sensory
  • science
  • discovery zones
  • action and music
  • story time
  • snack
  • greenhouse exploration
  • adventures in the Green Play Yard and our own PeaPods Garden
Come play, learn and get ready to spring into summer!

"Spring Sun, Spring Showers" is intended as a free introductory program for first time participants to try the PeaPods for Preschoolers program before purchasing the full Summer 2019 series. The program is designed for 3-5 year olds together with an adult.

Limit 65 children + adult, Learning Center

$Free for first-time PeaPods participants (select this option from the drop-down box at checkout
$12 returning participants, includes Arboretum admission for one child and one adult, snacks, project, and planting supplies

Pea Pods for Preschoolers Summer Series 2019

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Summer Thursdays 9:30 a.m-11:00 a.m.
June 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22

Summer Fridays 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (975-06-14-19)
June 14, 21, 28 July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23 

Laurel Engman, Arboretum Early Childhood Educator and Programmer

Ages 3-5 together with an adult

Kindle a sense of wonder in the natural world with your preschool child as you reawaken it in yourself! Pea Pods for Preschoolers provides the opportunity for you and your special little one to be enchanted by the plant world. Each of ten weekly themes helps spark your child's appreciation for nature's beauty through planting, art, sensory and science, discovery zones, action and music, story time, Green Play Yard adventures, greenhouse exploration and snack. Come play and learn about nature!

Pea Pods for Preschoolers registration is by seasonal series of 10 weekly classes for 3-5 year olds together with an adult. For late registrants, remaining class sessions may be available for purchase at a prorated price by calling 612-301-1210.

Dandy Dandelion

June 13 or 14

Fanciful Fruits

June 20 or 21

Flutter by, Butterfly June 27 or 28
Catch Me if You Can July 11 or 12
Weedy Seedy

July 18 or 19

Up, Down and Around July 25 or 26
Little Hummers

August 1 or 2

Mud Pies

August 8 or 9


August 15 or 16

Garden Gala

August 22 or 23

Limit 65 children + adult, Learning Center.

register Summer Thursday Series (975-06-13-19)
$120.00 member/$140.00 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult, snacks, project, planting supplies.

register Summer Friday Series (975-06-14-19)
$120.00 member/$140.00 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for child and one adult, snacks, project, planting supplies.

Pea Pod Pals Program: On vacation, sick, or just having a bad day? You have the option to bring a friend with you to the next Pea Pod class or send a friend on the day that you will be absent. Please contact the Learning Center office at 612-301-1210 to register your Pea Pod Pal and their adult.

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Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

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