Explore Franklin Park Conservatory at night with new, after-hours events

Sav McKee

Already brainstorming family friendly activities this summer? Franklin Park Conservatory has you covered with their newest event, Conservatory Explore Nights. In June, July, and August, the conservatory will offer engaging, themed festivities for the entire family, including live entertainment, discovery stations, scavenger hunts, food trucks, and yes, even signature cocktails. Take a sneak peek at this summer’s line-up, and make sure to purchase your tickets in advance!

Backyard Bug Adventures: June 10th, 5-9pm

On this Explore Night, guests will identify Ohio’s native bugs through hands-on investigations. They’ll learn how to recognize and name different types of insects, and a special visitor, Mark Berman, AKA the Bugman, will teach them how these insects impact our ecosystem. Families can also compete for a prize in the Scavenger Hunt where they’ll have to find bugs hidden throughout the conservatory.

Dinner and snacks can be purchased from the Big Bite Food Truck, Franklin Park Conservatory’s Food Truck, and the Graeter’s Ice Cream Cart. A themed signature cocktail, The Creepy Crawler, will be offered along with Bug Juice, a fun non-alcoholic drink for kids.


Red, White, and Bloom: July 8th, 5-9pm

Several backyard games, a live performance from the Shazzbots, and a visit from chalk artist Lori Hughes will have your family entertained all evening. Guests will also have the chance to create their own flowers at the Discovery Station and search for hidden colors and patterns during the Scavenger Hunt.

Guests can buy refreshments from the Tortilla Street Food Truck, Franklin Park Conservatory’s Food Truck, and ChillJoy Ice Cream and Shaved Ice. Of course a signature cocktail, the Red Vodka Spritzer will help cool the adults off, and the kids can sip on a mocktail version called The Little Firework. 

Splish, Splash, Explore: August 5th, 5-9pm

This is your chance to see a “real” mermaid! From 6-8, a mermaid will entertain guests in Sandstone Creek. Kids are encouraged to show off their favorite water-themed characters by dressing like pirates, fish, mermaids, dolphins, or any other aquatic creatures, all the while exploring the various water features around the park and learning about the fish and other friends that inhabit them. 

Food can be purchased from the Ono Ono Toro Food Truck, Franklin Park Conservatory’s Food Truck, and ChillJoy Ice Cream and Shaved Ice. The Tipsy Mermaid is the signature cocktail for the evening, and kids can enjoy their own version, The Little Mermaid.

More information, including ticket price and other events, can be found on the Franklin Park Conservatory’s website.

Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new May issue here!


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