Franklin Park Conservatory hosts Family Fun Days on select weekends that will keep the kids entertained during the frigid winter weather.
Through January 4, 2015, visit the Merry and Bright exhibit. An annual family favorite, Merry & Bright celebrates the holiday season with elegant poinsettias and seasonal foliage, time-honored traditions like the poinsettia tree and Paul Busse model garden railway, and an array of special entertainment and family activities. Visit in the evening to enjoy live entertainment, hot beverages around the bonfire, and festive lighting displays throughout the Conservatory’s warm and inviting plant collections. Open until 10pm on November 19, 26, 28–30, December 3, 10, 17, 19–31 and January 1–4. Closed on Thanksgiving, open 5–10pm on Christmas.
Don’t miss these upcoming Family Fun Days (free with admission, unless noted for art and activities).
Saturday, December 6 or 13, 8:30–10am
Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy breakfast and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity with Santa. Decorate holiday cookies. Registration required. Reserve online or call 614.715.8100.
Adults: $25 members; $30 non-members; Children ages 3–10: $12 members; $15 non-members; Free for children under 3. Buy Tickets
Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7, 11am–2pm
Family Fun: Children create and make their own gifts. $2 per gift.
Sunday, December 7, 2pm
Columbus School for Girls Choir: Performance in the Grand Atrium.
Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14, 11am–2pm
Family Fun: Explore winter holidays from around the world and taste traditional celebration foods. Free with admission
Saturday, December 20 & Sunday, December 21, 11am–2pm
Family Fun with Mrs. Claus: Decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus. Santa and two of his live reindeer make a special appearance. Free with admission
Monday, December 22, 11am & 2pm
Family Entertainment: Juggler Matt Jergens performs with a variety of props and audience participation. Matt shares juggling tips thirty minutes before each performance.
Tuesday, December 23, 11am & 2pm
Family Fun: Naturalist Chris Rowlands uses song, dance, puppets, and colorful props to teach children about animals and their habitats.
Friday, December 26, 11am–2pm
Family Fun: Kwanzaa: Learn more about the Kwanzaa holiday through seasonal crafts and samples of celebratory food. At 11am & 2pm, Tony West and the Amani Dancers use traditional drums, music and dance to celebrate Kwanzaa and African heritage.
Saturday, December 27, 11am & 2pm
Family Fun: Endless Recess plays classic party tunes and interactive dance songs from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks movie soundtracks and popular television programs.
Sunday, December 28, 11am & 2pm
Family Fun with Our Zoo to You: Our Zoo to You brings a variety of animals, from a creepy crawly tarantula to a cuddly ringtail lemur, to pet, hold or hand-feed.
Monday, December 29, 11am & 2pm
Family Fun with Outback Ray: Outback Ray presents Amazing Animals, featuring an array of exotic species.
Tuesday, December 30, 11am & 2pm
Family Entertainment: Family entertainer Erica Carlson presents a Balloon Mystery Magic Show and teaches children in the audience how to make their own “detective dog” balloon animal to take home. Free with admission
Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 3-17 (free under age 2). Admission to the Franklin Park Conservatory is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and $6 for children 3-17 (free under age 2). There are several membership levels available; annual family membership is $75.
Free admission is available on the first Sunday of the month, 10am–5pm, for families and individuals in eligible programs with proof of participation. Visitors must show a photo ID plus one of the following forms of ID at the Visitor Center: Ohio Directions card, Medicaid card, W.I.C. card, Molina card or Care Source Options.
Daily: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Open 5–10pm on Christmas
Open until 10pm on:
November 19, 26, 28–30
December 3,10, 17, 19–31