Arboretum Kids & Family Classes & Programs Cancelled through August 31

Please check the COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates Webpage for the latest updates.

Programs that remain on this page are still open for registration!

Family Programs
(Youth + 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, these programs cover a range of topics and activities that will be a fun learning experience for everyone.


Family Program: Let's Go Birding Together!

For ages 5-12 together with an adult
Select a session
Wednesday, September 2, 4-6 p.m.
Sunday, September 13, 9-11 a.m.

Amy Simson Dean and Julie Brophy, MYBirdClub Founders and local bird guides

Want to get outside and get to know local birds, their habits, homes, sounds, and surroundings? No birding experience or knowledge is needed to go birding with us, it's one of the fastest growing family hobbies/sports in the world! You and your child will:
  • Share bird stories and meet some common bird species
  • Go birding together on the beautiful Arboretum grounds
  • Binoculars, field guides and field bags will be available for those who want them

Birds are active in all kinds of weather, so dress accordingly! In the case of a storm, we'll take shelter just like the birds, and will enjoy indoor games.
Bring from home
Binoculars and a birding field guide, if you have them. Julie and Amy will have binoculars and field guides on hand to lend, but it can be useful to get to know your own equipment if you have it.

Register as a family team

  • Register each child separately.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult

Limit 20 children, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission for accompanying adult

register
Wednesday, September 2, 4-6 p.m.
Child+Adult Family Team
$15 member child/$30 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission for accompanying adult
register
Sunday, September 13, 9-11 a.m.
Child+Adult Family Team

$15 member child/$30 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission for accompanying adult

  Family Mini-Program: Let's Build Tree-Inspired Crafts Together!
(MEA Special Session!)

Select a session
Thursday, October 15, drop-in between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, drop-in between 1-4 p.m.
Friday, October 16, drop-in between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Friday, October 16, drop-in between 1-4 p.m.


Age 5 - 12, with an adult
Trees provide us with sticks, shade, and paper - all things that provide plenty of opportunities for fun across generations. Come as a "child + adult team" to enjoy the gifts of trees as we celebrate the fall season.
  • Get creative and construct free-form paper sculptures to take home
  • Use craft materials like cardboard, tubes, glue, tape, markers, newspaper, and more
  • Follow examples of projects we created, or invent your own!
  • Explore creative stick play in the outdoor Under the Oak Play Lab
Your registration for this mini-program is flexible any time within your assigned time slot: Drop-in when it suits you, or come and go as you desire within your 3-hour time slot.

Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Maximum 3 children per one adult.
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired.

$5 child in advance (pay online or by phone)/$10 child day of (pay in person at the Learning Center Office);
Arboretum admission not included.


Limit 15 each session Learning Center & Under the Oak

register
Thursday, October 15, drop-in between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$5
child in advance (pay online or by phone)
Arboretum admission not included.
register
Thursday, October 15, drop-in between 1-4 p.m.
$5 
child in advance (pay online or by phone)
Arboretum admission not included.
register
Friday, October 16, drop-in between 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
$5 
child in advance (pay online or by phone)
Arboretum admission not included.
register
Friday, October 16, drop-in between 1-4 p.m.
$5 
child in advance (pay online or by phone)
Arboretum admission not included.

 

Family Program: Let's Be Pumpkin Eaters Together! 

Saturday, October 24, 9-11 a.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
Taste, touch, and smell the diversity of fall's harvest as you make pumpkin recipes and decorations together with an adult friend!
  • Try your hand at making sweet and savory roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Mix up pumpkin muffins to bake and enjoy
  • Create a funny pumpkin head from plant parts
  • Learn about some of the 300 varieties of pumpkins and squash grown at the Arboretum
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired

Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child, 
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project

  Family Program: Let's Bake Holiday Treats Together!

For ages 5-12 together with an adult
Select a session
Saturday, December 12, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, December 12, 1-3 p.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
Sugar, spice and everything nice... come from plants! Learn more about the amazing plants that give us our favorite winter holiday cookie flavors.
  • Roll out, decorate, and bake spiced cookies together
  • Make an aromatic pomander ball from citrus and cloves
  • Discover spice plants (and herbs!) up close and personal through exploration in the greenhouse and with microscopes
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired.
Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Saturday, December 12, 9-11 a.m.
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child,
 
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project

register
Saturday, December 12, 1-3 p.m.
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child,
 
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project

  Family Program: Let's Make Pollinator Valentines!

Saturday, February 6, 9-11 a.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
Feel the love this February as your family team works together to make valentine cards for the important friends, family members, and pollinators in your lives!
  • Create your own pollinator-friendly planting paper
  • Select seeds for growing beautiful native plantings
  • Hand print flower & pollinator valentines to share with your friends
  • Taste the bees' sweet harvest and make apple honey dippers
  • Learn how pollinators and plants help each other
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired
Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project

  Family Program: Let's Make Spring Things Together!

Saturday, March 20, 9-11 a.m.

Age 5 - 12, with an adult
When spring arrives, newborn plants and animals are not far behind. Get a head start on the spring season with us!
  • Use plants to dye eggs with vibrant natural colors
  • Get seeds started in eggshell pots
  • Cook up egg-celent toad-in-the-hole toast
  • Bust some spring myths and learn the facts about the equinox
Register as a family team
  • Register each child separately.
  • Each child creates his/her own project while adults assist.
  • Maximum 2 children per one adult
  • 1 adult per family team is preferred, but a second may join at no charge if desired
Limit 10 total children, Learning Center - Harvest Kitchen

register
Child+Adult Family Team
$35 member child/$50 non-member child
includes Arboretum admission, admission for accompanying adult, and all materials for 1 take-home project


Questions?
Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
*We are temporarily working from home during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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