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Halloween 'BOOtanical Celebration,' workshops for kids planned at Botanical Gardens

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Mon, Sep 30th 2019 09:25 am

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announces a fun, indoor family event, the “BOOtanical Celebration.” This Halloween celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. A special Halloween themed make-it, take-it workshop for kids, the “Spooky Succulent Garden,” will also be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The “BOOtanical Celebration,” sponsored by Wegmans and Fidelis Care, will revel in all things creepy and crawly. Kids and families can make Halloween-themed crafts at activity stations scattered throughout the Botanical Gardens, learn about spooky plants at the venue, and enjoy Halloween treats and prizes. Activities include hands-on crafts such as a venus flytrap, a creepy paper pumpkin, a bat and moon creation, and mosaic fall leaves. A special visit from the Ice Queen and Ice Princess from Emmalee’s Memories will be a highlight of the event.

Organizers highly encourage kids and parents to wear their costumes. Activities are best aligned for children ages 4-12, and caregivers of the youngest learners are encouraged to assist.

The “BOOtanical Celebration” is included with admission: $12.50 for adults, $11 for seniors (ages 62 and up) and students (ages 13-plus with ID) and $7 for children ages 3-12, Botanical Gardens’ members and children under age 2 are admitted free. There are no additional fees for the activities. Tickets can be purchased online at buffalogardens.com or inside the Botanical Gardens at the admission desk.

No prickly cacti will be involved in the “Spooky Succulent Garden” workshop activity; instead, this workshop will study succulents (desert plants that store water in their leaves). Each participant will create an open garden space in a tray with these thorn-less plants. Organizers will sneak in an educational component and talk about desert biomes, where succulents live, and how they adapt to their environment. Children will add their own creative touches to their succulent garden by choosing from colored sand, gems and a spooky Halloween surprise.

The “Spooky Succulent Garden” workshop is $20 for the general public or $15 for Botanical Garden members. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, go to buffalogardens.com or call 716-827-1584, ext. 730.

Use #BOOtanical and @Buffalogardens when posting and tagging on social media. For more information, visit the Botanical Gardens’ website at buffalogardens.com.

Proceeds benefit the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire curiosity and connect people to the natural world through its historic living museum.

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