Children's Adventure Garden Activities

Special Events

Monarch Madness in October!

Monarch Tagging

Saturday and Sunday, plus Friday, October 7, Monday, October 10, and Monday October 31

10:00 a.m. - Moody Oasis

Monarch Madness is full fledge as our fluttering friends make their journey to Mexico for the winter. Come and learn about the Monarch's life cycle, migration, and why we tag these insects for research.

Monarchs on the Move

Monday to Friday, excluding October 7 and 10

12:00 p.m. - Moody Oasis

Join us in search of Monarchs traveling to their winter home. Learn when, how, and why they travel so far.

Craft Corner: Monarch Life Cycle

Saturday and Sunday, plus October 7 & 10

2:00 p.m. - Entry Plaza

What is black and orange and flutters all over? Create your very own Monarch craft in the Entry Plaza.

The Great Exchange

October 7-10

12:00 p.m. - Incredible Edible

When you go on vacation, you almost always bring a souvenir back. Columbus did just that. Find out what Columbus brought to the America’s and took back as souvenirs.

La Nina, La Pinta, and Santa Maria

October 7-10

4:00 p.m. - Pure Energy

Set sail with our courageous explorers and learn how they used wind and water energy to connect two continents.

Weekly Activities

Wicked Webs

October 1-2 | 17-21

4:00 p.m. - Kaleidoscope

Spider webs are one of the most remarkable natural creations. Come help us find different types of webs and learn about the little arachnids that create them.

October 3-6

Hunters of the Night

4:00 p.m. - Habitats

How do nocturnal animals see at night? Explore the answer to this question and more as we learn about the adaptations of owls and bats, great silent hunters of the night.

Autumn Fairies

October 11-14

4:00 p.m. - Plants Are Alive

Use the world around you to create your own autumn fairy.

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

October 22 - 31

4:00 p.m. - Amazing Secret Garden

Enter the maze if you dare because around each corner, there might be a scare. Don’t get lost in the haze as you make your way through the maze…in the Amazing Secret Garden.

Look out a Scarecrow!

October 24-28

4:00 p.m. - Incredible Edible

Garden scarecrows can be found in many gardens. Perhaps you've wondered what purpose they serve and how to make a scarecrow for your own garden.

Weekend Activities

Seed Popping Fun!

October 1 & 2, 15 & 16

11:30 p.m. - Moody Oasis

Experience the popping power of seed dispersal with our parachute! Bring your little ones for some billowy fun.


October 1 & 2 | 7-10 | 15 & 16 | 22 & 23 | 29-31

10:00 a.m. - First Adventure

Hooray for Fall! Join us for amazing stories, songs, crafts and so much more.

Cranium Clues

October 15 & 16

4:00 p.m. - Texas Native Wetlands

What kind of animal is this? What did it eat? How old was it? Answer these questions using clues from the cranium. Read skulls to learn the history and habits of the animals that left them behind.

Nature's Superheroes

October 22 & 23 and 29-31

1:30 p.m. - Moody Oasis

Test your skills in The Moody Oasis against some of nature’s greatest superheroes like frogs, ants and bats.

Mr. Nano’s The Weird, The Wacky, and The Wild!

October 30

11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - Entry Plaza

Mr. Nano returns for a spooky demonstration of creepy Chemistry.

Everyday Programs

Little Adventurers

10:00 a.m. Monday-Friday (excludes Columbus Day Weekend) - First Adventure

A different activity every week!

October 6-10

The pumpkins are here! Join us as we explore the insides and outsides of a pumpkin with gooey fun!

October 11-14

Fall is the perfect time to explore different textures from our mystery box. We'll be using our senses to explore what this new season has to offer.

October 17-21

Come join us for some magnifying fun! Eye spy with my little eye something…

October 24-28

Will you be surprised by what floats and sinks? Join us at our water table to predict and then test what will sink and float: pumpkins, gourds, pine cones, leaves, etc.

Plant Lab: Liquid of Life

October 1-9 and 25 & 27

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.Exploration Center Plant Lab

Join us as we study an amazing liquid that we normally don’t take time to think about, water. We are going to explore some of the properties of water that make life on Earth possible. Come do some hands on experiments that demonstrate how wonderful water really is.

Plant Lab: Colorful Canopy

October 10-21 and 24, 26, & 28

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. – Exploration Center Plant Lab

Red, yellow, purple and orange. Why do leaves change color in the fall? Find out why and more in the Plant Lab, where we will actually pull the pigments out of leaves using chromatography. Beneath the green, there’s a world of color to explore.

Plant lab: Monster Molecule Mist

OCtober 22 and 23, 29-31

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., & 3:00 p.m. – Exploration Center Plant Lab

Cook up your own monster molecule mist in the Exploration Center Plant Lab to make a putrid potion of magical matter that shifts from a solid into a gas (leveraging the chemical “magic” of dry ice).

OmniGlobe Presentation: Starry Night

October 1-6 & 11-31

2:30 p.m. - Exploration Center Globe Room

Learn about some of the stars in our galaxy. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star I can see you from oh so far.

OmniGlobe Presentation: Columbus’ Cartographer

2:30 p.m. - Exploration Center Globe Room

Explore the ancient art of map making with Columbus’s own cartographer.

Hydroponic LED Growth Chamber Exhibit

on loan from Farmer Tyler through the end of the year

Be sure to visit the new Hydroponic LED Growth Chamber Exhibit in the Exploration Center. Learn about hydroponics and the benefits it can have regarding water conservation and land preservation when growing food and plants.

Select Children’s Adventure Garden activities may be relocated, rescheduled or canceled due to weather conditions beyond our control. For the most up-to-date information, please check with a staff member in the Children’s Adventure Garden.