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Classes for Kids and Wegmans Family Days Announced at the Botanical Gardens!

Erin Grajek

Buffalo, NY - There are many artistic and educational activities for the whole family to enjoy this fall at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Young artists are encouraged to join Art Classes starting September 24, families are welcome to participate in the popular monthly Wegmans Family Days and young creative minds are invited to the Autumn Fairy Garden workshop on October 22. 

Cultivate a child’s creative side by exploring art classes at the Botanical Gardens. These multi-medium art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba and each child will create an exquisite piece of art in each class. Art classes will be offered in three sessions: KA1 on September 24, October 8 and October 15; KA2 on October 29, November 5 and November 19; KA3 on December 3, December 10 and December 17.  Classes run from 9:00-10:30am and are designed for kids ages 5-15. Classes are $35 per series or $13 per individual class for children of Botanical Garden members and are $40 per series or $15 per individual class for the general public.

Wegmans Family Days are offered once a month, at the Botanical Gardens. The first fall event on October 15 will bring a Spooky Celebration and the 4H Farm to celebrate all things creepy and crawly.  Participants will learn about spooky plants while making edible Venus flytraps and spider webs to take home. Families are encouraged to wear costumes and are invited to enjoy some Halloween treats. Through a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H, the 4-H Farm will return to the Botanical Gardens this fall from October 7 through October 16.  Visit with ducks, sheep, rabbits and a large cast of characters.  Visitors can also learn about the incredible programs 4-H has to offer. Healthy Harvest is the theme for Saturday, November 19.  Participants will learn about the autumn harvest season while creating some fun fall crafts and munching on a special harvest treat. To kick-off the holidays, families are invited to Santa’s Workshop where Santa will be in attendance to enjoy the respite of the Botanical Gardens during the busy holiday season on December 10.

Wegmans Family Days take place in the Wegmans Family Garden and throughout the Botanical Gardens from 10:00am-2:00pm.  The Wegmans Family Garden is made possible by the generous support of Wegmans.  Wegmans Family Days and the 4-H Farm are included with Botanical Gardens’ admission.  Admission prices are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors (55+), $8 for students (13+ with ID), $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for Botanical Garden members and kids 2 and under. Photo prints with Santa will be available at Santa’s Workshop on December 10 for $5 each.

A children’s make-it, take-it workshop, Autumn Fairy Garden, will be held on October 22 from 9:00-10:30am. Children ages 5-12 are invited to make their own miniature garden for fairies or gnomes using found and natural materials.  Participants are encouraged to use their imaginations by creating beds made from moss, twig fences, seed mailboxes and so much more. Containers, soil and plants are included and parents and guardians are encouraged to help create a masterpiece. Organizers offer pre-made twig furniture for $5 for two pieces. Registration is required and space is limited.  The workshop is $15 for children of Botanical Garden Members and $20 for the general public.

For more information and to register, visit www.buffalogardens.com or call 716-827-1584 ext. 292.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.


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