By Franklin Park Conservatory May 6, 2024

This summer, we are pleased to announce the return of Conservatory Explore Nights! Bring your family to enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the Conservatory at night. Each night, we will offer a range of fun summer-themed activities including music, family-friendly games, food trucks, and a cash bar for adults.

 While you are here, make sure to step inside the Conservatory and check out our exhibitions, art gallery, plant collections, and more. Please note that the Conservatory will close at 4 pm to the public to prepare for Conservatory Explore Night. Special engagement rates will apply.

   Conservatory Explore Nights: Pirate Palooza (May 31, 5-9pm)

Ahoy there, Mateys! Get ready to set sail for an unforgettable adventure at the Conservatory's Pirate Palooza night. Dress up in your finest pirate attire and prepare to embark on a journey for treasure and fun. Don't forget to grab your loot map at check-in to guide you on your quest. Make your own parrot matey for free at the craft area and take home a sand art bottle for just $4 (while supplies last). Get ready to be entertained by Cap'n Jack and his accordion musician, and indulge in delicious food and adult beverages from the grub trucks and bar on-site. Join us from 5-9 pm for a night of pirate-themed family fun that you won't want to miss. Arrrgh you ready?

   Conservatory Explore Nights: Super Heros Night Out (July 13, 5-9pm)

Are you a parent to a little superhero? Get ready to soar high with your capes on, as the Conservatory is all set to host an exciting night of superhero-themed family fun. Join us from 6-8pm and enjoy a ride on the trackless train with your favorite costumed superheroes, test your superhero skills with our pint-sized obstacle course, and witness the creation of stunning superhero-themed art by chalk artist Lori Hughes while drawing your favorite superhero. Don't miss out on this action-packed event!

   Conservatory Explore Nights: Splish, Splash, Explore (August 10, 5-9pm)

Get ready to embrace summer one last time with our family style luau! Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, mermaid, or hula costume and join us for an epic celebration. From 6-8pm, kids can create their own lei and have their photo taken with a Mermaid Princess. Later on, the entire family can gather around to watch and participate in a traditional Polynesian dance performance by Manivic Dance Company.

Alternatively, you can team up with other guests for a friendly game of beach ball volleyball. Don't miss out on the fun!

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