Fairytale Takeover

Fairytale Takeover

  • Saturdays in February (6, 13, 20, 27)
  • Anytime between 9am–5pm
  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Member: suggested donation of $1 per adventurer
  • Nonmember: admission to the Crystal Bridge plus suggested donation of $1 per adventurer
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Walkups welcome

Escape the February cold and take a self-guided adventure through our toasty conservatory with scavenger hunts each weekend focusing on a different fairytale. Each Saturday, go armed on your adventure with that weeks’ story and scavenger hunt, helping the fairytale characters find what they’re looking for.


Orchids logo3

Deceptive Orchids: Survival of the Trickiest

  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • February 14-March 19, 2016
  • Free with Gardens Admission

Orchids rarely play by the rules. They are like the thieves, cheats and pirates of the plant kingdom, taking advantage of the natural systems of cooperation and using them for their sole benefit. Though orchids make up one of the largest and most diverse families of plants, one thing that unites them across the globe is their tendency towards deception. In this one-of-a-kind show, orchids will be displayed in number of clever and whimsical ways that help illustrate their deceptive nature. You will never look at an orchid the same way again.

Orchid Show Guided tours with Nate Tscheann FREE with admission to Crystal Bridge, Thursdays, February 18-March 17, 2pm



SOLD OUT: Hot Chocolate Adventure with Katiebug’s

  • Saturday, February 13, 11am-12pm
  • Terrace Room
  • Katie Morgan, owner of Katiebug’s Shaved Ice and Hot Chocolate
  • Member $10 /Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Register by Tuesday, February 9


Who hasn’t dreamed of being Charlie in the chocolate factory surrounded by a river of hot chocolate? Come join Katiebug’s for a chance to channel your inner Willy Wonka. You will learn how chocolate is produced from bean to bar, then create (and taste!) 2 yummy hot chocolate flavors.


Wine and chocolate

SOLD OUT! Wine & Chocolate Pairing Class

  • Saturday, February 13, 4:30-6pm
  • Terrace Room
  • This class is fully booked

Make it a date or come kick it with other singles. Joshua Yates, Manager of Broadway Wine Merchants, will lead us in an exploration of the many flavors of wine and chocolate. We’ll mix things up with small group activities, salty palate cleansers, social media fun (bring your phones!), and a refreshing sparkling wine to keep things lively! Don’t consider it a class, expect an experience! Make a full evening of it by attending Love & Orchids immediately after.


loveandorchids meme
Love and Orchids presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Saturday, February 13, 6-8pm
  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • M $15 pp/NM $25 for 2 people
  • NM $20 pp/ $30 for 2 people
  • Ages 21 & over ONLY
  • Registration required by February 9


Celebrate Love and Orchids! Enjoy champagne and live music while strolling through the Crystal Bridge before the opening day of the exhibit, “Deceptive Orchids”. Discover the allure of these tropical treasures as you marvel at hundreds of individual orchids adorning the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Ticket price includes one glass of champagne and light appetizers. Make a night of it by attending the Wine and Chocolate pairing beforehand beginning at 4:30 p.m. Then join us in the Conservatory from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Finish out the evening at the Park House for a romantic dinner. Space is limited so please make reservations by Tuesday, February 9.



Lily Christman, instructor

Fairytale Flora

  • Saturday, February 27, 11am–12pm
  • Garden Room
  • Lily Christman, Youth & School Program’s Coordinator
  • Member $3/Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Register by Tuesday, February 23


Join us for the last Fairytale Takeover of the Crystal Bridge! Together we’ll read the fairytale of the week and adventure through our conservatory, searching for treasure at the end. We’ll end with a fun game to discover all the plants woven throughout classic fairytales. Receive a special prize if you complete each adventure and bring your worksheets!


SOLD OUT: How to Grow Orchids

  • Saturday, February 27, 2pm
  • Second Floor Conference Room
  • FREE

Learn the ins and outs of how to care for orchids at home, and learn from a demonstration how to pot and divide orchids. You’ll gain information on watering and proper lighting, and learn answers to questions that will help demystify this fascinating flower.


green house
Cold Frame Class

  • Saturday, February 27, 11am – 12:30pm
  • Terrace Room & Children’s Garden, weather permitting
  • Members $60/Nonmembers $70
    Register by Tuesday, February 23


Cold frames are a great way to extend the growing season since they act as mini-greenhouses for your plants. They’re especially great for cold-season vegetables like spinach, arugula, and kale. Join our friend, Christina Reid, OSU Extension Horticulture Educator, as she walks you through the steps of building your own cold frame to take home.