Educational Hands-On Activities – Kids Can Build A Bee Hotel, Explore Insects, Make Pollinator Cookies And More!

The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show takes over the San Mateo County Event Center, Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, celebrating 30 years. This year’s show has gone wild for the little ones with a plethora of hands-on activities and fun learning opportunities. Additionally, children 15 and under are admitted for FREE.
bee on flower photoFor the first time ever, and in keeping with the show theme “Going Wild,” the Oakland-based Pollinator Posse and Insect Sciences Museum of California have joined forces to create the Pollinator Pavilion. Led by our own Park Supervisor Tora Rocha and Eddie Dunbar of the Insect Sciences Museum, this fun and educational area gives kids the chance to get up-close and personal with live insects and an army of beneficial beasts!

Children can look at a Monarch Butterfly wing under a microscope, touch terrariums full of live insects and learn from the Insect Museum of California experts about how to care for these little creatures. Kids can also build a bee hotel for native bees, make pollinator seed cookies, create an electronic BeeBot, learn how to make a garden that can feed people and butterflies, and more.
Kids Growing Strong, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring children through science-based, hands-on gardening activities will be on hand to help kids create “Good Guy in the Garden” masks as well as get dirty planting flowers to take home for their own butterfly garden. Since 2001, Kids Growing Strong, has empowered families and caregivers to inspire children to adopt healthy lifestyles through proper nutrition and exercise while motivating children to actively learn about themselves and the environment through science-based, hands-on garden activities.
About the 2015 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show:
Butterfly--Close-upThe 2015 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show will be open to the public Wednesday, March 18 through Sunday, March 22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, located at 1346 Saratoga Drive, in San Mateo, Calif. Show hours are Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $17.50 for a one-day adult advance ticket purchased by March 9; an all show pass good for up to five days is $40; and children 15 and under are admitted free. Tickets purchased after March 9 and on site are $22 for a one-day adult, or $20 for a one-day senior admission. Special workshops and the National Wildlife Federation Preview Party tickets are also available. For advance tickets and more information please visit, ‪#‎SFGardenShow ‬