See What’s Happening at Lewis Ginter – October Oddities, Goblins & Gourds and Gourd Quest.


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October is full of family fun at Lewis Ginter! Check out these seasonal activities, all free with garden admission.  Or enter our giveaway for a family 4-pack of passes!

October Oddities

Throughout the month of October, refresh your family’s “garden spirit” through displays and activities in the Children’s Garden that explore the weird and wacky wonders of nature!  Check out oddities and found objects that will provoke curiosity and wonder. Mushrooms, lichen, moss, gourds and other unusual fruits, crafted insects, plus an occasional display of ‘hortitorture’ and other Garden whimsy – are all part of this fun-filled seasonal exhibit.

Gourd Quest

Gourd Quest is similar to KidQuest, where families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to gourds and pumpkins in the Garden. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of gourds and pumpkins they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.  A Gourd Quest brochure can be picked up at the admission desk.

Goblins and Gourds

Goblins and Gourds, Lewis Ginter’s signature fall event, is Sunday, October 26th from 1pm-4pm.   Families can celebrate harvest-time in the Children’s Garden with a concert by the Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra, pumpkin painting, seasonal food tasting, hoop dancing and more! It’s a great chance to get outside, be active and enjoy the beauty of the season.   In addition, Edible Education, Susan Sweder, Dogtown Dance, VA State Parks and Sweetwater Farm LLC will offer free activities and demonstrations in the Children’s Garden.  Some items available for purchase.  Check out this YouTube link video of a previous Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra performance at Goblins & Gourds.

Enter to Win

Click here to enter a giveaway to win a family 4-pack of passes, good for any daily admission.  Entries must be received by Noon on October 14th.  Good Luck!  This contest is closed.