Even though school is out, youngsters can have fun and learn by visiting cultural institutions like Tower Hill Botanic Garden, a nonprofit destination which includes 132 acres of nature trails, gardens, blooming flowers, and educational opportunities.
Adults can sign their children 6 and over up for one or more sessions of Children’s Gardening Hour at 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays; children 4 to 6 for Summer Sprouts from 10-noon on Tuesdays; 7- to 9-year-olds for the Garden Kids Summer Class at 10 a.m. on Thursdays; ages 10 and over for Children’s Cooking Classes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday in July and noon on Fridays in August. Caregivers can also register kids 4 and older for an adult-child class, Children’s Art in the Garden at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15. Storytime in the Conservatories is included in the cost of admission each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
Families looking to enjoy the outdoors together can register for a Family Luau that will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and Family Sing-along planned for Wednesday, Aug. 9. Tower Hill is open until 9 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the summer for those who would like to arrive after work or summer camp. There will be something for each generation on July 8 and 9 at Botanical Tattoo Weekend, including crafts, face painting, and live music. And Bee Weekend on Aug. 26 and 27 is sure to be buzzing with visitors and activities.
The young at heart will enjoy spotting birds, frogs, chipmunks, and butterflies, as well as the Stickwork exhibit by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, views of Mt. Wachusett, self-guided scavenger hunts, Twigs Cafe, the Garden Within Reach, the Vegetable Garden, and much more.
For details, including the cost of each activity, please visit towerhillbg.org. Tower Hill is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston and is home of the 175-year-old Worcester County Historical Society, which strives to teach people the value of plants.