Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Plus Additional Days As Available
Discovery Programs

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens offers a variety of fun Discovery Programs to engage our youngest visitors with the wonders of the natural world. Join us for one of our weekly scheduled programs, or stop by our interactive Discovery Stations throughout the Conservatory for more opportunities to explore the wonderful world of plants with curious kids. All programs are free with admission and require no advance registration.

Discovery Programs

Make-a-Craft Mondays

10:30 a.m. – noon

Create your very own Phipps masterpiece!  On Make-a-Craft Mondays, children are invited to engage in nature-inspired arts-and-crafts projects using recyclable materials.

Discovery Programs

Story Time Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Come to Phipps for story time among the flowers. Kids at Story Time Wednesdays will love listening to our storytellers weave tales about gardens, fruits, vegetables, animals and other fun topics. Attend six sessions with a special child in your life and receive a free children’s book from The Shop at Phipps. Story time takes place in the outdoors during the warm months and in the Tropical Forest Conservatory the rest of the year. Each session lasts from 30 minutes to an hour. 

Discovery Programs

Pot-a-Plant Fridays

10:30 a.m. – noon

On Pot-a-Plant Fridays, children are introduced to the important connections between people, plants and the planet by potting their own fun plants to take home. 

Discovery Programs

Discovery Stations

On your next visit to Phipps, look for our Discovery Stations throughout the gardens for a fun hands-on look at a specific subject related to the natural world. Although geared towards children, Discovery Stations provide lessons that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Photos © Cory Doman, Adam Milliron and Paul g. Wiegman

More Events You’ll Enjoy

  • A Super Natural Summer with UPMC Health Plan

    Sun., April 30; 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Get ready for a day of healthy fun and a special admission discount at UPMC Health Plan's member appreciation event. With the help of Let’s Move Pittsburgh, UPMC Health Plan and Phipps, guests will delight in a day of games, cooking demos, crafts, healthy tips and more.
  • Discovery Garden Day

    Sat., May 27; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Bring the whole family to our Children's Discovery Garden for hands-on, sensory fun. Together, you’ll learn about plants and their pollinators through games, a potting station, crafts and more — all free with Conservatory admission.