June and July Bring Jurassic Fun to Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden

Take a short drive to Powell Gardens and travel back millions of years as you explore Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure. The exhibit, which is open through October 3, 2016, features 18 incredibly realistic dinosaur sculptures in 11 different scenes. Jurassic Garden is included with regular Garden admission of $10/adults, $9/seniors 60+, $4/children 5-12 and free/members and children 4 and younger.

There’s more Jurassic fun ahead:


Father’s Day: Mesner Puppet Theater Presents The Dinosaur Show

2-3 p.m. Sunday, June 19

Bring dad and the kids to the Gardens today for a Father's Day performance of The Dinosaur Show by the award-winning Paul Mesner Puppets! No bones about it—this show will tickle your funny fossil and stimulate your imagination. Included with Garden admission.  

Create a Fossil Discovery Station 
11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 25 and 26

Drop by the discovery station to learn how fossils are made, and then make a fossil using leaves, shells and other natural materials. Included with Garden admission.

Booms & Blooms Festival (canceled for 2016)
Due to projected inclement weather, we have canceled the Booms & Blooms Festival scheduled for July 2. We have rescheduled the fireworks display for Saturday, September 3, 2016. We will announce details soon. 

As for July 2, we will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and have some great activities planned for guests (all are included with regular Garden admission): 

  • 2 p.m. Fresh Bites with Barb: Patriotic Pasta—Sample red, white and blue gnocchi at the Missouri Barn. 
  • 2-6 p.m. Meet Paleo-puppeteer Timothy Seeber from Boulder, Co., and Mr. Bones, a life-sized walking dino skeleton puppet 
  • 4-6 p.m. Ernest James Zydeco performs in the visitor center 

When Dinosaurs Roamed Kansas City 
2-3:30 p.m. July 16 (all ages)

Join Park University paleobotanist Dr. Patty Ryberg as she describes the plants that grew here long ago—some of which still exist today. Families can enjoy viewing a variety of fossils and trying a technique used by paleobotanists. They will even take home a piece of fossil from plants that grew in Kansas City 300 million years ago. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Contact Linda at or 816-697-2600 x209. Included with Garden admission.

Cooking Demonstration by Chef Julie Kendall, Café Blackadder
2 p.m. July 17

Join Chef Julie Kendall at the Missouri Barn where she will demonstrate a delicious recipe using produce fresh from the Heartland Harvest Garden! Chef Julie owns Café Blackadder in Warrensburg, Mo., where she serves up fresh salads, soups, sandwiches and more using local produce. Included with admission.

Family Night: Dino-Night! 
7-9 p.m. Friday, July 22

Bring the entire family and spend an evening with the dinosaurs! The event includes a self-guided twilight tour, s’mores and more. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made at Fees:

  • Adults: $15 or $10/members
  • Children 5-12: $7 or $5/members
  • Children 4 and younger: free

Cooking Demonstration by Chef Brandon Winn, Webster House 
2 p.m. July 24

Executive Chef Brandon Winn sources local produce as much as possible for his fabulous menus at Webster House in Kansas City, Mo. This afternoon he has the entire Heartland Harvest Garden available to him as he demonstrates one of his favorite recipes at Powell Gardens. Meet him at the Missouri Barn for cooking tips, tricks and tastes. Included with admission. 

About Powell Gardens, Kansas City's Botanical Garden 

Powell Gardens is a not-for-profit botanical garden that sits on 970 acres of lush, rolling hills and windswept meadows. Known for its contemporary architecture, Powell Gardens encompasses stunning display gardens with exhibits, classes, performances and festivals for all ages offered year-round. Its Heartland Harvest Garden is the nation's largest edible landscape, demonstrating 2,000-plus food plants.