CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Visit our Events Calendar for more information on the events listed below. Please click here to view our Class Policies.

Fridays, April 07, 2017 – June 30, 2017, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Free for members and with admission.
Join us every Friday morning in the conservatories to hear stories about plants, the seasons and the natural world around us. For children of all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays, July 05, 2017 – July 12, 2017, 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
Member: free, Nonmember: $10 per adult, $8 per child, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Join us for an exciting evening in the garden when we hunt for twinkling fireflies. We’ll start with a story and learn all about these amazing members of the insect world. Then we’ll venture out into the dark to scout out these elusive bugs and listen to the sounds of the night garden!

Wednesdays, July 05, 2017 – August 30, 2017, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Free for members and with admission
Join us every Wednesday morning in the conservatories to hear stories about plants, the seasons and the natural world around us.
Thursdays, July 06, 2017 – August 24, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Member: $5 per child-adult pair, Nonmember: $12 per child-adult pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Join us for hands on time in the youth garden learning about the plants that grow there and how to care for plants at home. Activities will vary week to week depending on what needs to be done, but will include simple tasks such as weeding, watering and planting. We will also harvest vegetables that we grow, and eat the produce from the garden.

Appropriate for children 6 +

Pre-registration required, max 12 people

Saturday, July 08, 2017, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Member: $10 per session, Nonmember: $20 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Make colorful prints on paper using plants. All materials are provided but we welcome you to bring your favorite local plant material.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 15 people

Saturday, July 08, 2017 – Sunday, July 09, 2017, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Free for members and with admission
Join us for fun, floral tattoo-inspired crafts.
Tuesdays, July 11, 2017 – July 25, 2017, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Member $12, Non-member $24, per class, includes admission fee for child.
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Learn about cooking fresh recipes from the garden.

Age 10+.

If your child has a food allergy, you must inform the staff two weeks in advance of the class.

Pre-registration required, max 10

Tuesdays, July 11, 2017 – August 22, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $4 per session or $25 for 7 sessions, Nonmember: $8 per session or $50 for 7 sessions, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Alice Puccio

In this program children will learn about how to care for plants through stories, crafts, games and hands on time helping in the garden. Each week will build on itself, but families are welcome to drop in and join throughout the summer.

Ages 4-6

Pre-registration required, max 15

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Member: $16 per session, Nonmember: $26 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Suzanne Hauerstein

Weave your own basket using recycled water bottle natural reeds for weaving, and wooden beads.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Thursdays, July 13, 2017 – August 24, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $4 per session or $25 for 7 sessions, Nonmember: $8 per session or $50 for 7 sessions, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Alice Puccio

In this program children will learn about how to care for plants through stories, crafts, games and hands on time helping in the garden. Each week will build on itself, but families are welcome to drop in and join throughout the summer.

Ages 7-9

Pre-registration required, max 15

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $18 per session, Nonmember: $28 per session, includes cost of admission per child and adult
Instructor: Jane Houghton

Enjoy making art inspired by plants and our youth vegetable garden together with your child.

Recommended for ages 4+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member: $12 per session, Nonmember: $24 per session, includes cost of admission per child and adult
Instructor: Nate Emerson

Have fun exploring flowers in bloom. We will learn about the parts and function of flowers and plant life cycles.

Recommended for 6+

Pre-registration required, max 14

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Member: $35 per parent-child pair, Nonmember: $48 per parent-child pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Learn to dye fabrics using different plants. This class is geared towards children.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 10 people

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30 PM-7:15 PM
Member: Free, Nonmember: $5 per child, plus cost of admission
Instructor: Guido Mase
Join us for a nature walk to learn about making a hydrosol from herbs.
Ages 10+
Pre-registration required, max 10 children

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $14 per session, Nonmember: $24 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Margaret McCandless

Come have fun with watercolor painting and summer views around Tower Hill.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Member: $25 per child-adult pair, Nonmember: $40 per child-adult pair, includes cost of admission per pair
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Make recipes inspired by the summer harvest.

Ages 8+

If anyone in your party has a food allergy, you must inform the staff two weeks in advance of the class.

Pre-registration required, max 12

Fee includes all materials.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Member: free, Nonmember: $10 per adult, $7 per child, includes cost of admission
Join us for a family-friendly Hawaiian-themed hour of hula dancing, leis and the limbo!

Ages 3+

Pre-registration required, max 40 people

Fridays, August 04, 2017 – August 25, 2017, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Member $12, Non-member $24, per class, includes admission fee for child.
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Learn about cooking fresh recipes from the garden.

Age 10+.

If your child has a food allergy, you must inform the staff two weeks in advance of the class.

Pre-registration required, max 10

Sunday, August 06, 2017, 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Member: $14 per session, Nonmember: $24 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Margaret McCandless

Learn to paint the power and action of weather.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Wednesday, August 09, 2017, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Member: $3 per adult, $2 per child, Nonmember: $18 per adult, $7 per child, includes cost of admission
Join us for a fun, family Sing-a-Long in the conservatory hosted by Margaret McCandless. Families of all ages are invited to enjoy the music.

Sing-along is family-friendly fun at Tower Hill, with a delightful array of songs. With banjo, guitar, concertina, and rhythm instruments to lend to the audience, Margaret leads a tuneful celebration of the age-old joy, group singing.

No equipment needed other than a good sense of humor. Singing welcome, but not required.

Saturday, August 12, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member: $10 per adult-child pair, Nonmember: $22 per adult child pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Make tasty, healthy snacks from the summer garden harvest.

Ages Pre-K+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Wednesday, August 16, 2017, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Member: $20 per adult-child pair, Nonmember: $35 per adult-child pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Helen McCandless

In this adult-child class, enjoy learning basic yoga poses as you travel through the gardens. Class will be held in the conservatory in the event of rain.
Ages 9+

Pre-registration required, max 20 people

In the event of rain, the class will be held in the conservatory and participants are asked to bring their own mat. Please dress in comfortable clothes to be outside. Pajamas are welcome!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 11:00 AM-5:00 PM
Free with Admission
Tower Hill invites Girl and Boy Scout troops of all ages for a day of fun before the new school year begins! Kick off the year by learning about troop programs at Tower Hill and enjoy free activities including: self-guided scavenger hunts, drop-in nature crafts and Storytime in the Gardens at noon. Picnics welcome!

Ages 9+

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Member: $16 per session, Nonmember: $26 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Suzanne Hauerstein

Craft a handmade book to use as a journal, art sketch book or photo album using harvested birch bark as the cover.

Ages 9+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 1:30 AM-3:00 PM
Member: $25 per child-adult pair, Nonmember: $40 per child-adult pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Make creative recipes using honey.

Ages 8+

If anyone in your party has a food allergy, you must inform the staff two weeks in advance of the class.

Pre-registration required; Max 12

Wednesday, September 06, 2017, 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
Member: free, Nonmember: $10 per adult, $7 per child, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Join us for an exciting evening in the garden and enjoy the full moon light. We’ll start with a story and learn all about the night sky, then we’ll venture out into the dark to learn about nocturnal animals and listen to the sounds of the night garden!

Ages 3+

Pre-registration required, max 20 people

Thursday, September 07, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Member: $5 per child-adult pair, Nonmember: $12 per child-adult pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Join us for hands on time in the youth garden learning about the plants that grow there and how to care for plants at home. Activities will vary week to week depending on what needs to be done, but will include simple tasks such as weeding, watering and planting. We will also harvest vegetables that we grow, and eat the produce from the garden.

Appropriate for children 6 +

Pre-registration required, max 12 people

Fridays, September 08, 2017 – September 29, 2017, 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Free for members and with admission
Join us every Friday morning in the conservatories to hear stories about plants, the seasons and the natural world around us.
Saturday, September 09, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $16 per session, Nonmember: $26 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Suzanne Hauerstein

Use a pasta machine as a printing press! Use foam sheets, tempera paint and botanicals to create one of a kind monoprints.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Free with Admission
Explore the season through crafts, storytelling and a short walk.

Recommended for ages 3-5; accompanied by adult.

Pre-registration required

Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Member: $15 per session, Nonmember: $25 per session, includes cost of admission per child and adult
Instructor: Jane Houghton

Celebrate the coming of fall by decorating your own pumpkin to display at home.

Recommended for ages 4+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member: $12 per session, Nonmember: $24 per session, includes cost of admission per child and adult
Instructor: Nate Emerson

Join for a walk along the forest trails to observe the differences between trees and learn how trees
communicate and socialize with each other and their relationship with fungi.

Recommended for 8+

Pre-registration required, max 14

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Member $8, Non-Member $8
A hands-on workshop for children, 5 years and older, to make a miniature dish garden for their favorite fairy, princess, dragon, dinosaur or other magical friend. All materials will be provided. Children can also bring their own miniature friend from home. Registration is required. Workshop is limited to 10. Materials fee $8.
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Member: $5 per child-adult pair, Nonmember: $12 per child-adult pair, includes cost of admission
Instructor: Alice Puccio

Join us for hands on time in the youth garden learning about the plants that grow there and how to care for plants at home. Activities will vary week to week depending on what needs to be done, but will include simple tasks such as weeding, watering and planting. We will also harvest vegetables that we grow, and eat the produce from the garden.

Appropriate for children 6 +

Pre-registration required, max 12 people

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Member: $14 per session, Nonmember: $24 per session, includes cost of admission per child
Instructor: Margaret McCandless

Learn to paint the changing season.

Ages 10+

Pre-registration required, max 12

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Free with Admission
Explore the season through crafts, storytelling and a short walk.

Recommended for ages 3-5; accompanied by adult.

Pre-registration required

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