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“Fairy Tales”
Winter Garden Exhibit   * January 13-April 8

A child’s imagination is fueled by stories. In classic fairy tales, we discover giants, wolves, and witches are no match for the valiant but ordinary people to whom unusual circumstances fall. When the Conservatory converts its Showcase Garden to a winter play space, visitors can pretend to be Jack on a bean stalk, look for Rapunzel in the castle tower, trip-trap over the troll’s bridge, or take goodies to Grandma’s house. This participatory garden exhibit encourages active pretend play and a gentle exploration of moral virtues for children and adults alike.

Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 and Fun 101.7.

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Once Upon a Tale
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Celebrate the magical world of fairy tales at the Botanical Conservatory during our winter “Once Upon a Tale” family event where you can take part in activities, win games, and make crafts inspired by popular fairy tales. Create a knight’s sword or decorate your own crown. Race the clock as you take part in the fairy tale obstacle course or test your fairy tale character knowledge in the scavenger hunt! Morning and afternoon princess sightings are expected.  You can also expend some energy in our Fairy Tales play yard climbing to Rapunzel’s tower, meeting the Frog Prince, acting out the story of Three Billy Goats Gruff, or imagining your own tale. Regular Conservatory admission applies.

Sponsored by WAJI Majic 95.1 and Fun 101.7.

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Enchanted Cottage Workshop

When Hansel and Gretel, lost in the woods, came upon the witch’s house made of candy they thought it was a sweet dream. In fact, many fairy tales are set in cottages. Design your own dream cottage using your imagination and an array of edible and inedible décor. We provide the assembled gingerbread house plus colored and white icing, candy and other “bling” along with simple tools and instruction. The house is for decorative purposes only, but you can enjoy an edible gingerbread cookie while you design. Ages 10+. Registration deadline: January 13. Min. 13. Max. 21.

Code           Date       Day                Time
127056-A1 1/20         Sa      10-11:30 am
127056-A2 1/20         Sa      1:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$18
Member or Volunteer Fee: $14
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Once Upon a Clock Workshop

This unusual clock workshop lets you leave our Fairy Tales garden exhibit with your own “once upon a time.” You start this DIY project with an unfinished clock prepared from recycled wood pallets – the rest is up to your imagination! You install the clock mechanism and numbers and decorate the face, then take it home to admire for all time. Recycled pallet square, paint, stencils, and hardware are provided, but don’t be shy about bringing other small decorative pieces you want to incorporate. Finished size is approximately 12” x 12”. Ages 15+. Registration deadline: February 1. Min. 15. Max. 25.

Code          Date Day           Time
127057-A1 2/10  Sa   12:30-3 pm
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$26
Member or Volunteer Fee: $22
Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free