Together Time
Family & Intergenerational Programs (Youth + Adult)

AGE 7-12 WITH AN ADULT
Are you looking for a way to spend quality one-on-one time with a child in your life? Share a unique intergenerational learning experience at the Arboretum! Specially designed for adults together with children aged 7 to 12, these programs cover a range of topics and activities that will be a fun learning experience for everyone. Price is per adult and child pair.

 
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Let's Plant Terrariums Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-01-20-18)
Saturday, January 20, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, with an adult
Beat the winter blues with a fun tropical play date with your child. Terrariums are enclosed glass containers that provide just the right ecosystem for humidity-loving tropical plants, and just the right miniature landscape for imaginations! Ariel will guide you through designing, landscaping and planting a terrarium with tiny tropical plants. While you plant, you will also learn about the important role rainforests and tropical areas play on our planet. Finish up with an exploration of the big tropical plants in the greenhouse. You'll leave with a terrarium each, and a fascination with these exotic plants.
Limit 10 pairs, Learning Center

COUPON: Register for 2 or more Together Time classes and receive $15 off! Use coupon code 15OFF at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order, not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value. 
register $50 member/$65 non-member (per adult and child pair), includes Arboretum admission and all materials

 

Let's Grow Sunflowers Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Sunflowers can be big, small, yellow, bronze, and tasty- let's explore them together! Start by getting a closer look at these flowers with microscopes, and learn about sunflower diversity and heliotropism- how sunflowers grow to face the sun! You will get to plant your favorite kind of sunflower to grow at home. You'll also spend time making sunflower snacks for backyard creatures, and sunflower snacks for you! Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with planted sunflowers, a sunflower snack for backyard creatures, and information to keep exploring sunflowers at home.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.

 

Let's Help Butterflies Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Butterflies are beautiful and important to our ecosystem, but often struggle due to lack of habitat- how can we help them? You and your child will learn what plants and flowers are important for Minnesota butterflies, and get an amazing up-close look with microscopes. Pot up plants to help caterpillars and butterflies in your backyard, and meet some caterpillars! You'll finish up by searching for butterflies in the Children's Garden, and making a butterfly feeder to hang in your garden. Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with a potted plant, butterfly feeder, and helpful tips to help these insects at home!
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Shed

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 
photo: ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Let's Cook Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-08-04-18)
Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
The best way to "grow" a child's appetite for vegetables is to involve them in the garden-to-table process! In the midst of the growing season, spend some time in the kitchen discovering how wheat grows and making delicious veggie pizzas. You and your child will begin with planting wheat to take home and grow, then try your hand at grinding wheat into flour. Make your own pizza dough, and add fresh healthy veggie toppings. While the pizza bakes, you will have a chance to investigate herbs and make a seed art picture with grains. Each adult+child pair of participants will leave with a belly full of delicious pizza, leftovers (if there are any!), wheat to grow, and a seed art picture.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.


 
photo: Steven Depolo/Flikr

Let's Build Together! Intergenerational TogetherTime (200-09-15-18)
Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ariel Dressler, Arboretum Education Staff

Suggested Age: 7 to 12, together with an adult
Trees are important building blocks for humans as well as many animals. Spend some time together building with tree parts and learning fascinating new facts about these important plants! Start by building miniature "gnome homes" and creating creatures from pinecones. Make a tiny table complete with an acorn tea set. Taking a building break, play a plant parts matching game and spend some microscope time zooming in on tree seeds, leaves, bark and wood. Each participant pair will leave with a gnome home, pinecone creature, tiny table and acorn tea set, and a greater appreciation for trees.
Limit 12 adult+child pairs/trios, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register  $50 member/$65 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
NOTE: Price is per project: One or two child(ren) + one adult per registration. Additional children beyond two should have their own accompanying adult and registration.



 

 


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone.

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email:
 ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy
For the following Summer Kids Programs:
Registration fees include a $25 non-refundable deposit
 • Ages 5-7 Day Camps • Ages 7-11 Day Camps (excluding Friday Favorites) • Ages 5-13 Weekly Children's Garden
REFUNDS
Refunds less a $25 non-refundable deposit will be given for those cancelling 30 days or more before the start of camp. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 30 days prior to start date.
EXCHANGES
Exchanges are permitted 30 days or more before the start of camp with no penalty. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 30 days prior to start date

For the following Summer Kids Programs:
• Ages 7-11 Day Camps *Friday Favorites* • PeaPods for Preschoolers • Intergeneration TogetherTime

REFUNDS
Refunds less a $5 processing fee will be given for those cancelling two weeks or more prior to class date. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 2 weeks prior to start date.
EXCHANGES
Exchanges are permitted 2 weeks or more before the start of the program with no penalty. No refunds nor exchanges will be given to those who withdraw less than 2 weeks prior to start date


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Member Perk!
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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