Most in-person Arboretum Kids & Family Classes & Programs Suspended through December 2020

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As guidelines change, NEW on-site and/or virtual activity programs may become availableSubscribe to Kids & Family emails to receive the latest Kids Program news, announcements and updates!

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


PeaPods Preschool Program: Fall Activity Kit To-Go

Pick up your kit order at the Arboretum or have it Mailed direct to you!
See ordering options below.

Suggested ages 3-5 together with an adult
Experience the wonder and excitement of this popular Pre-K program at home this fall! Foster your child’s connection to the natural world and follow the season’s changes as you learn together. These all-inclusive boxed activity kits allow you to explore science, nature, and the arts with fun themes and a variety of self-guided hands-on activities...all in nearby nature where you live, on your own schedule.   

  • Learn how to taste apples like a scientist
  • Get to know nearby natural areas with fun scavenger hunts
  • Create unique nature-themed arts and crafts projects
  • Use all your senses to make new discoveries
  • Discover creative ideas for outdoor nature play
  • Enjoy a new fall book along with a list of our other favorites
  • Find out more about owls and design a mask with found materials
  • Plant an indoor bulb and measure its amazing growth
  • Explore seed germination and compare how fast different seeds grow
How it works
  • Kit includes supplies for ONE full set of projects, order (1) kit per child
  • Families will need a few common household supplies (example: scissors, baking soda, etc) to complete some of the projects. A complete list of common additional items needed will be included with the kit.
  • Kits can be mailed or picked up from the Arboretum Gift Shop on September 22 or 23.
  • Pickup directions and additional kit information will be emailed to you the week prior to your kit pickup date.
  • Online checkout screen will list the pickup date or the mailing date/time.
  • Kit Value $100, please pay what you can! $75, $100, $125
What's in the box:
  • Arboretum apples for tasting
  • Materials for two planting projects
  • Supplies for a corn sensory box
  • Cookie cutter
  • Book and list of additional book suggestions
  • Craft supplies
  • Songs and recipes to accompany the themes
Online ordering not available SOLD OUT Pickup at the Arboretum Gift Store 
Tuesday or Wednesday, October 6 or 7, between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Value $100, please pay what you can* at checkout: $75, $100, $125

Online ordering not available SOLD OUT Mailed to your address
Boxes shipped on Tuesday, October 6, noon
Value $115 (includes $15 shipping), please pay what you can* at checkout: $90, $115, $140
  Shipping is within the upper midwest region (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD). If shipping outside the upper midwest region, please only select Price Option 2 ($115) or 3 ($140), to cover our additional shipping costs.

* If you are a family who needs a break financially during this time, you are welcome to choose the lesser amount. If you are in a position to support the ongoing work of youth education in light of our current financial difficulty, please consider choosing the higher amount.

Feedback from customers about Arboretum Activity Kits To-Go:

Fantastic job putting these together...I highly recommend them to others. Everything you need is in the box and the activities are neatly organized. Well worth the money...  - Amy E.H.

Very clean instructions, easy to do {activities} son loves it and is easy to facilitate! Thank you Arb team! - Gina Z.S.

It's clear upon opening them they are a labor of love. I could not believe the amount of activities! So fun to have something to look forward to since so much is cancelled. - Robyn T


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