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!

Stay tuned for new programs each month!

  • +February 22: Preschool Wonder Walk- City Critters

    February 22, 10:00am – 11:30am

    February Theme: City Critters

    Come meet the urban wildlife of the neighbourhood! Match the footprint to the friend that made it, search the Garden for sights, sounds, and signs of animal activity, and craft a city critter of your own.

    This is a guided preschool program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. Registration must be purchased for each child for admission to the program. Parent/caregiver attendance is free.

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  • +February 28: (FREE) Preschool Storytime - Water Up, Down, and All Around

    February 28, 10:00am – 10:45am

    Free

    February Theme: Water Up, Down, and All Around

    Come join us to explore the wonders of water through stories, songs and constructing a water cycle mobile to take home with you.

    This is an easy-going, early learning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. This program provides participants and their caregivers the opportunity to gather together in the Library (or in the courtyard outside when the weather permits), to engage with nature-themed children’s books, and to explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

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  • +March 14: Preschool Wonder Walk - Wake Up, Garden!

    March 14, 10:00am – 11:30am

    March Theme: Wake Up, Garden!

    With Spring just around the corner, it’s time for plants in our garden to begin to wake up from the sleepy Winter! Together we will look for early Spring flowers and budding trees, listen for the songs of birds, and explore the life cycle of a seed and what it needs to wake up and start growing.

    This is a guided preschool program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. Registration must be purchased for each child for admission to the program. Parent/caregiver attendance is free.

    Register now!

  • +March 27: (FREE) Preschool Storytime - It's Easy Being Green

    March 27, 10:00am – 10:45am

    Free

    March Theme: It’s Easy Being Green

    Together we will learn the man benefits of composting through stories, songs, and layering our own ‘compost in a jar’ using vegetable scraps and shredded newspaper, which we will then take home.

    This is an easy-going, early learning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. This program provides participants and their caregivers the opportunity to gather together in the Library (or in the courtyard outside when the weather permits), to engage with nature-themed children’s books, and to explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

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  • +April 11: Preschool Wonder Walk - April Showers

    April 11, 10:00am – 11:30am

    March Theme: April Showers

    Do you know the saying “April showers bring May flowers?” Get your feet wet as you take a journey through the water cycle. Learn more about why April’s weather is so important to the biodiversity of the Garden, and complete a rainy craft!

    This is a guided preschool program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. Registration must be purchased for each child for admission to the program. Parent/caregiver attendance is free.

    Register now!

  • +April 24: (FREE) Preschool Storytime - Bees and Other Pollinators

    April 24, 10:00am – 10:45am

    Free

    April Theme: Bees and Other Pollinators

    Children will learn the important role of pollinators in the garden through stories, songs and making their own ‘lady bug’ hand puppet to take home.

    This is an easy-going, early learning program for children ages 3-5 and their parents/caregivers. This program provides participants and their caregivers the opportunity to gather together in the Library (or in the courtyard outside when the weather permits), to engage with nature-themed children’s books, and to explore seasonal topics with age-appropriate activities.

    Learn more & Register