Kids Programs


If you have any questions, please contact our Education Department at 716.827.1584 ext. 292

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

Have fun with your food in the Wegmans Family Garden and at stations throughout the Botanical Gardens between 10am and 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! Wegmans Family Days are included with paid admission/Membership! Providing a safe learning environment for children is important. All activities are peanut-allergy friendly. 

October 14 - BOOtanical Celebration
Celebrate all things creepy and crawly! Learn about some spooky plants while making some fun crafts to take home. Then, enjoy some Halloween treats and tidbits. Visit the 4-H Farm and the Bookmobile! Show off your costume as we parade through the Botanical Gardens. Parade line-up begins at 10:45 and 12:45 in the Main Dome. The parade travels in a circle through the greenhouses of BOOtanical delights!  Special treats will be provided by Enad’s Bakery.

November 18 - Harvest Time
Learn all about the autumn harvest season! Create some fun fall crafts while munching on a special harvest treat.

December 9 - Santa’s Workshop
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.

January 20 - Fun with Fruit
Learn about the fabulous fruits that keep us strong and healthy. Explore some of the fruits that grow in the Botanical Gardens, squeeze your own fruit juice and make some fun crafts to take home!

February 17 - Rainforest Exploration
Take a break from the cold weather and spend the day exploring the tropical rainforests of the Botanical Gardens. Taste tropical fruits while learning about plants of the rainforest. Create rainforest crafts and more!

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


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$36.00 - Sold Out 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.  The art portion of camp will be taught by Joan Saba, professional artist and teacher and the science portion will be taught by the Botanical Gardens' Education Team.

Campers are required to bring a bagged lunch. Morning and afternoon snack is provided.

Wild and Wacky Water - July 10 - July 14 Registration Closed
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 Registration Closed
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 Registration Closed
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 Registration Closed
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 Registration Closed
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 Registration Closed
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
from $6.00 Wegmans Family Day - Bootanical Celebration
October 14
$11 Adults
$10 Seniors (62+)
$9 Students (13+ with ID)
$6 Kids 3-12
Members and kids under 2 are always Free!

The 4-H Farm will be open from 10am-4pm daily as well!
Through our partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County and 4-H, we are bringing the 4-H Farm back this fall. Ducks, sheep, rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats and more! Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more. Learn about all the amazing programs 4-H has to offer and so much more.  
Ducks, sheep, rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats and more!