Pumpkins: Playful & Plentiful

Open all day for exploration
Guided activities: Tuesdays–Fridays; 1:30–5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, and Mondays, October 3 & 10; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Explore more than 50 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Celebrate the season by putting on a festive fall puppet show and having a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse. Guided activities feature making a sprout a seed necklace and exploring flowers, fruits, and seeds. Weekends bring interactive demonstrations featuring bats, reptiles, and other creepy creatures.

    Put on a festive fall puppet show
    Have a spooky tea party in the Victorian playhouse
    Sprout a seed necklace
    Explore the flowers, fruits, and seeds on view in the Adventure Garden

Creepy Creatures of Halloween

Saturdays and Sundays, October 1–30; 12 & 2 p.m.
Columbus Day Weekend, October 8, 9, 10; 12 & 2 p.m.
At the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions

Some of the animals that make us scream are actually the coolest animals around. Meet critters from our big backyard and beyond during this live animal presentation and discover the unique adaptations which help them survive in their habitats.

On Columbus Day Weekend, bats are back by popular demand! Come face-to-face with different bats from around the world--the North American Big Brown bat, the endangered Rodrigues bat, and the Malayan Flying Fox--a beautiful bat with a 6-foot wingspan. Learn how bats impact humans and keep our environment healthy as well as easy ways to make your backyard a refuge for these important animals. Learn more about the presenters NY Wild and the Organization for Bat Conservation.

Scarecrow Weekend

October 8, 9, 10; 1:30-5:30 p.m.
In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden

It’s time to make scarecrows! Each family gets a scarecrow to dress up as we fill the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden with friendly faces. Plant and prepare for fall with us, and make marigold jewelry to take home.

Giant Pumpkin Weekend & Grower Q&A

October 22–23
Q&A Saturday; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Sunday; 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Throughout the Children’s Adventure Garden

Monstrous pumpkins from around the country—some weighing in at more than a ton—once again arrive at the Garden, arranged in collaboration with the Giant Pumpkin Commonwealth. Meet the growers to learn more about the growing process during Q&A sessions and enjoy photo ops with these giant gourds, on display through October 30.