Kids Programs


If you have any questions, please contact our Education Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 291

Click here for our Education Class Registration and Information and Procedures


Wegmans Family Garden
Wegmans Family Days
10am-2pm - Included with Admission

Have fun with your food in the Family Garden and at stations throughout the Gardens between 10am-2pm. See the schedule below for our upcoming themed offerings. While activities are best aligned for children ages 5-12, caregivers of our youngest learners are encouraged to assist with creations! Included with paid Botanical Gardens' admission/membership!

April 22 - Welcome Spring
Celebrate the coming of spring at the Botanical Gardens! Create a number of spring crafts while visiting our annual Spring Exhibit!

May 20 - Extraordinary Pollinators
Learn about why pollinators are so important to the environment and our food supply. Talk about birds, butterflies, bats, and visit our busy beehive!

June 17 - Desert Adventures
Explore the ways that plants have learned to survive in the desert while visiting the cacti collection at the Botanical Gardens! Taste fruit from the desert, craft some fabulous desert creations, and take home your very own desert plant!

October 14 - Spooky Celebration
Come join us for a celebration of all things creepy and crawly here at the Botanical Gardens! Learn about some spooky plants while making some creepy crafts to take home. Then, enjoy some Halloween treats. Feel free to show off your costume!

November 18 - Healthy Harvest
Visit the Botanical Gardens to learn all about the autumn harvest season! Create some fun fall crafts while munching on a special harvest treat and learning how various cultures celebrate this time of year.

December 9 - Santa’s Workshop
Come join us for a visit with Santa and some fun holiday themed activities! Santa will only be visiting during the hours of Santa’s Workshop-he has quite a few places to visit after spending the day surrounded by poinsettias and his friends at the Botanical Gardens! Photo prints with Santa will be available for $5 each. Come join us for this annual family holiday tradition.

Providing a safe learning environment for children is important. All activities are peanut-allergy friendly.


Proud to Support Arts Access
Arts Access aims to increase the accessibility of Western New York arts and culture by connecting residents to free and low cost cultural opportunities in their communities. To learn more about our program, visit Look for this logo on participating programs.

Fairy and Gnome Festival
May 6

Tickets available at the door

Included with Garden admission
Wear your costume for $1 off admission (fairies, gnomes, dragons and more!)

Entry fee: Garden Members $5, Non-Members $8
Registration is due by April 28.

Attention scouts, classrooms, families and other groups! Build a fairy house and enter it into our contest!  All submitted houses will be on display for the Festival on May 6. Winners will be chosen at the Festival and various prizes will be awarded, including an hour-long education program here at the Gardens for your group. Click here for a contest entry form!

from $36.00 Nature Explorers Art & Science Camp
July & August
Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm
Garden Members: $36 per day or $180 per week
General Public $40 per day or $200 per week

Campers who have completed kindergarten through 6th grade will discover plants and the natural world through art and science. Explorers will spend time discovering the Gardens, completing multimedia art projects, learning drawing and painting skills, playing games, and taking home their own plants to care for. Campers are required to bring a bagged lunch. Morning and afternoon snack is provided.

Wild and Wacky Water - July 10 - July 14
All about water! Our art focus will be on painting in watercolor using techniques of washes, salt, dropping in color, and spattering! We will paint beach, stream, and ocean landscapes. Learn all about the water cycle and the different ways plants use water. Also includes watery projects and wacky water games!

Pollinators - July 17-21
Buzz! Buzz! Sculpt a honeybee using clay. Paint the symmetry of flowers in watercolor and tempera on our class wall mural. Learn the art of quilling to make a 3-D picture. Find out how pollination works by dissecting flowers and visiting our busy beehive. Explorers will create beautiful butterflies, play pollination games, create a take-home garden and more!

Plants We Eat - July 24-28
Did you ever think of how many different plants you eat in a day? Paint a classical still life composed of fruits and vegetables on a tablecloth. Discover the method of botanical drawing by carefully inspecting plant parts and drawing them to scale. Learn about many of the plants you can eat at the Gardens. Squish oranges and other fruits into juice, make flour, and sample weird looking fruits this week of camp!

Plants and our Planet - July 31-August 4
Become stewards of the planet this week of camp. Design posters on preserving habitat for our wild animals using colored pencils and markers. Cover discarded bottles with paper scraps, paint, and glue to create a beautiful vase. Use recycled materials to craft planters and bird feeders. Play environmentally themed games, explore the Arboretum and test the effects of pollution.

Rainforests - August 7-11
Discover how plants and animals live in the rainforest while exploring tropical greenhouses. Draw colorful parrots, hummingbirds, and monkeys in oil pastels, and create a collage of tropical flowers. Fold an origami snake, play games and build a tropical terrarium to bring home.

Woodland Adventures - August 14-18
What plants, animals and insects live in the forest? Create a painting in tempera of a northwoods scene complete with birds, deer, raccoons, reptiles, and bugs. Weave a wall-hanging using grasses, twigs, and feathers. Use pencil to create leaf and bark rubbings! Explore woodland habitats while learning about local plants and animals, participate in a special camp scavenger hunt, and build a fairy garden.
The Camper Registration Form is due the Wednesday before the chosen camp week.

Summer Camp Interns Needed!
Contact us at, 827.1584 ext. 207