Join us for Spring Alive, 2015!

Spring Alive: Water Adventures in Bloom
Thursday, February 26, to Sunday March 1, 2015

Presented by:


 

Come experience the magic


Join us as the Toledo Zoo’s Nairobi Pavilion and Museum are transformed into a garden paradise with themed displays, workshops and presentations by gardening professionals, and activities for all ages! Fun blooms at this winter floral extravaganza, featuring beloved childhood stories, family-friendly activities, garden talks, animal encounters and more.

2015 Exhibits

Nairobi Pavilion:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Barrow’s Greenhouse

Treasure Island
Nature’s Corner at Glass City Landscape, Inc

Robinson Crusoe
Hafner Florist

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Nilsson’s A Full Service Landscape, Company Inc. & Friendship Farms CSA

The Jungle Book
Owens Community College Landscape and Turfgrass Management Program

The Ugly Duckling
The Flower Market

Swiss Family Robinson
North Branch Nursery

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
4 County/Penta Career Center

The Fountain of Youth
Oak Park Garden Center

Museum’s Great Hall:

The Little Mermaid
Toledo Zoo

Atlantis
Anthony Brownie Flowers+ Events

The Story of Narcissus
Toledo Zoo

Miniature garden displays:
Clay High School FFA
TPS-Natural Science Tech. Center Floriculture, and Landscape and Turf Programs
Penta Career Center Floral Design/Greenhouse Production Program
Sylvania FFA
Bowling Green High School FFA
Old Fort High School FFA
Vanguard FFA

Schedule of events and activities

Click on the button below for a PDF version of the schedule or scroll through this page.

Thursday, February 26

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hands-on crafts & activities

Garden Patch Activity Room, Nairobi

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terrarium planting & garden games

Nature’s Neighborhood

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Workshop - care of garden fairies & gnomes


Learning Lab, Museum of Science
Do you want magical creatures to visit your backyard garden?  Come learn how to care for them and give them everything they need.  Each adult/child pair discovers the needs of all living things (magical and animal) and takes a magical figure home to live in their garden.
* Recommended for ages 4-8 yrs
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult and child)
Price: $12 per pair Toledo Zoo member; $16 per pair non-member
Advance registration required, separate fee.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11-11:30 a.m.
Keeping a safe kitchen with Toledo Zoo’s Chef Sam

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi
Chef Sam was recently featured in Urban Farm Magazine! Check out his published recipes for Curried Roasted-Tomato Soup and Sweet-Corn Polenta with Ratatouille

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bird Show

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

12-12:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - native plants in the home garden

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

12–1 p.m.
Ice carving demonstration

near African carousel

12:30-1 p.m.
Meet an animal

Museum’s Great Hall

1-1:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - pruning shrubs and ornamental trees for all seasons

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

1-2:30 p.m.
Workshop -  Kokedama (Japanese string gardening)


Location: Toledo Zoo Greenhouse
Presenter: Dale Sinkovic, Horticulturist, Toledo Zoo
All supplies provided to make the string gardens. 
Advance registration required. Adult class limited to 10 people.
$20 per person.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 6001

2-2:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - make it pop with pots

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

3 p.m.
Meet an animal

Nature’s Neighborhood

3-3:30 p.m.
Garden Talk -  tips for your best vegetable garden ever

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

Friday, February 27

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hands-on crafts & activities

Garden Patch Activity Room, Nairobi

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terrarium planting & garden games

Nature’s Neighborhood

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Workshop - terrarium building

Nature’s Neighborhood Workshop
Adult and child design and build a miniature glass terrarium together while learning about the importance of plants in nature and general terrarium care.  Each pair creates and take home a terrarium and plant care sheet.
*Recommended for ages 8 yrs +
Advance registration required.
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult child)
Price: $16 per pair member; $20 per pair non-member
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11-11:30 a.m.
Winter vegetables with Toledo Zoo’s Chef Sam

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi
Chef Sam was recently featured in Urban Farm Magazine! Check out his published recipes for Curried Roasted-Tomato Soup and Sweet-Corn Polenta with Ratatouille


11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bird Show

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

12-1 p.m.
Ice carving demonstration

near African carousel

12-12:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - terrariums

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

12:30-1 p.m.
Meet an animal

Museum’s Great Hall

1-1:30 p.m.
Garden Talk -  conifer (evergreen) use in the landscape

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

1-2:30 pm
Workshop – Making Miniature Gardens


Location: Animal Party Room
Presenter: Mandy Hansen, Horticulturist, Toledo Zoo
All supplies provided to make a miniature garden
Advance registration required. Adult class limited to 15 people.
$25 per person.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 6001

2-2:30 p.m.
Garden Talk -  small changes for big impact in your landscape

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

3 p.m.
Meet an animal

Nature’s Neighborhood

3-3:30 p.m.
Garden Talk -  easy ways of adding water features to the landscape

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

4-4:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - creating a bonsai

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

6-10 p.m.
Once upon a Vine event, presented by Fifth Third Bank

Separate fee, adults only
Nairobi
Click here for more info about Once Upon a Vine

Saturday, February 28

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hands-on crafts & activities

Garden Patch Activity Room, Nairobi

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terrarium planting & garden games

Nature’s Neighborhood

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Workshop - care of garden fairies & gnomes


Learning Lab, Museum of Science
Do you want magical creatures to visit your backyard garden?  Come learn how to care for them and give them everything they need.  Each adult/child pair discovers the needs of all living things (magical and animal) and takes a magical figure home to live in their garden.
* Recommended for ages 4-8 yrs
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult and child)
Price: $12 per pair Toledo Zoo member; $16 per pair non-member
Advance registration required, separate fee.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

11-11:30 a.m.
Making the most of your CSA with Toledo Zoo’s Chef Sam

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi
Chef Sam was recently featured in Urban Farm Magazine! Check out his published recipes for Curried Roasted-Tomato Soup and Sweet-Corn Polenta with Ratatouille


11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Madcap Puppets present Once Upon a Clock


Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pirate’s Plank Party

Animal Party Room

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Story times with Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

12-12:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - house plants – try growing something new

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

12-12:30 p.m.
Bird Show

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

12-1 p.m.
Strolling Garden Magic with Mr. Zap

Nairobi

12-2 p.m.
Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier origami demonstrations

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

12–3 p.m.
Ice carving demonstration

near African carousel

12:30-1 p.m.
Meet an animal

Museum’s Great Hall

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Workshop - terrarium building

Nature’s Neighborhood Workshop
Adult and child design and build a miniature glass terrarium together while learning about the importance of plants in nature and general terrarium care.  Each pair creates and take home a terrarium and plant care sheet.
*Recommended for ages 8 yrs +
Advance registration required.
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult child)
Price: $16 per pair member; $20 per pair non-member
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

1-1:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - spring flower arranging demonstration

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

1-1:30 p.m.
Zap Entertainment presents The Wonderful World of Bubbles

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

1-2 p.m.
Madcap Puppets present Once Upon a Clock


Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

1-3 p.m.
Face painting courtesy of Fifth Third Bank

Marketplace, Nairobi

1-3 p.m.
Workshop - Bonsai Trees


Location: Visitor Services Conference Room
Presenter: Kurt Smith, Flower Market
All supplies provided to make a ficus bonsai
Advance registration required. Adult class limited to 20 people.
$50 per person.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 6001


1:30-2:30 p.m.
Strolling Garden Magic with Mr. Zap

Nairobi

2-2:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - of birds and butterflies (plants that attract our winged friends)

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

2-3:30 p.m.
Princess Tea Party

2:30-3 p.m.
Zap Entertainment presents The Wonderful World of Bubbles

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

3 p.m.
Meet an animal

Nature’s Neighborhood

3-3:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - low maintenance succulent plants for indoor

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi and outdoor decorations

3-3:30 p.m.
Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid, a behind-the-scenes look at Ballet Theatre’s new production

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

4-4:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - selecting annuals & tropical plants for your garden

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

7-9 p.m.
Wine Tasting event, registration required, separate fee, adults only

Nairobi
Click here for more information about our wine tasting events

Sunday, March 1

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Hands-on crafts & activities

Garden Patch Activity Room, Nairobi

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Terrarium planting & garden games

Nature’s Neighborhood

11 a.m. -12 p.m.
Madcap Puppets present Twain’s Twisted Tales


Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Story times with Toledo-Lucas County Public Library

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

12-12:30 p.m.
Bird Show

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

12-1 p.m.
Strolling Garden Magic with Mr. Zap

Nairobi

12-2 p.m.
Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier Origami Demonstrations

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

12–3 p.m.
Ice carving demonstration

near African carousel

12:30-1 p.m.
Meet an animal

Museum’s Great Hall

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Workshop - terrarium building

Nature’s Neighborhood Workshop
Adult and child design and build a miniature glass terrarium together while learning about the importance of plants in nature and general terrarium care.  Each pair creates and take home a terrarium and plant care sheet.
*Recommended for ages 8 yrs +
Advance registration required.
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult child)
Price: $16 per pair member; $20 per pair non-member
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

1-1:30 p.m.
Cooking with kids with Toledo Zoo’s Chef Sam

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi
Chef Sam was recently featured in Urban Farm Magazine! Check out his published recipes for Curried Roasted-Tomato Soup and Sweet-Corn Polenta with Ratatouille


1-1:30 p.m.
Zap Entertainment presents The Wonderful World of Bubbles

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

1-2 p.m.
Madcap Puppets present Twain’s Twisted Tales


Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

1-3 p.m.
Face painting courtesy of Fifth Third Bank

Marketplace, Nairobi

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Strolling Garden Magic with Mr. Zap

Nairobi

2-2:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - how does your garden grow?

Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

2-3:30 p.m.
The Sunday event is SOLD OUT
Princess Tea Party


Click here for more details

Animal Party Room


2:30-3 p.m.
Zap Entertainment presents The Wonderful World of Bubbles

Sprout Stage, Nairobi

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Workshop - care of garden fairies & gnomes


Learning Lab, Museum of Science
Do you want magical creatures to visit your backyard garden?  Come learn how to care for them and give them everything they need.  Each adult/child pair discovers the needs of all living things (magical and animal) and takes a magical figure home to live in their garden.
* Recommended for ages 4-8 yrs
Capacity: 18 pairs (adult and child)
Price: $12 per pair Toledo Zoo member; $16 per pair non-member
Advance registration required, separate fee.
To register please call 419-385-5721, extension 2042, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

3 p.m.
Meet an animal

Nature’s Neighborhood

3-3:30 p.m.
Garden Talk - fairy gardens


Do it Yourself Stage presented by Meijer, Nairobi

3-3:30 p.m.
Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid, a behind-the-scenes look at Ballet Theatre’s new production

Indoor Theatre, Museum of Science

Thank you to all who have contributed to Spring Alive 2015


Presenters:

Jen Amstutz
Jackie Saba Ansara
Dawn Barrow
Cindy Bench
Margie Black
Vicki Gallagher
Diane Giddens
Rich Giddens
Hafner Florist
Karen Himelhan
Mary Machon
Jaime Minch
Laura Nilsson
Mike O’Rourke
Melisa Sherman
Kurt Smith


All photos are from the 2014 Spring Alive event. Photos by Andi Norman, Toledo Zoo