Family Programs

With a variety of programs throughout the year aimed at families looking for hands-on activities and educational experiences at VanDusen Botanical Garden, we’re looking forward to helping you and your children get into nature, together!

Family Nature Program

Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm

🌎 World Earth Day Event!

Art in the Garden: Let’s Draw Birds!

Join illustrator Bea Martin in the Garden to celebrate Earth Day with a fun, all-ages drawing workshop: Let’s Draw Birds!

Not an artist? No problem! All skill levels are welcome in this family-friendly workshop. 

Participants will learn tips and tricks for drawing our feathered friends, with a special focus on the cheekiest little bird we all know and love, the Black-Capped Chickadee. While being guided through the drawing workshop with easy-to-follow steps, participants will learn fun and interesting facts about some of Vancouver’s most familiar birds. Sketching first in graphite pencil, Bea will offer guidance on how to add colour to your finished drawings. At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to take their creations home.

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Preschool Wonder Walk

April Showers & Spring Flowers

Thursday, April 13th – 10:00am – 11:30am

Spring has sprung and along with it, the April showers plants depend on to grow. Bring your curious questions to the Garden for this month’s Preschool Wonder Walk – April Showers & Spring Flowers! We’ll explore how plants use water, and search for rainbows of colour, while having fun being led in interactive play-based activities, close observation of the natural world, and a take-home art activity.

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  • +Preschool Storytime

    This preschool library program is for 3-5 year-olds and their caregivers.  You are invited to join us on March 22nd at 10.00am for Preschool Storytime!

    March theme: Rainy Days and Rainbows

    Through stories, songs, and a simple hands-on activity, we’ll explore some of the foods and drinks that are so yummy and nourishing for the winter months, and we will share some herbal tea.

    Learn more & register!