Spiders Alive!

In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spider anatomy and evolutionary history, learn about their signature traits — venom and silk-making — and be surprised by little-known defense mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live arachnids representing approximately 17 species, the exhibition includes larger-than-life models of spiders, a climbable spider model 50 times life size, and a rare 100-million-year-old fossil of a spider in limestone.

Spiders Alive! was adapted by Peeling Productions from an exhibition produced by The American Museum of Natural History.

Critter Corner

Crickets, and mealworms, and spiders, oh wow! Check out the Critter Corner to see a variety of our crawling, many-legged friends, and to discover the important roles they play in our own backyards.

Critter Corner was produced by Royal Botanical Gardens.


goliath bird eater spider climbing glass

Discovery @ RBG

Daily Activity Schedule

Join us for interactive Discovery Shows, puppet presentations, cool games, and more. Watch our website and social media for special programs offered weekends and holidays (including PA Days).

*Weekday programming runs Monday to Friday except on PA Days, holidays, and March Break when the weekend schedule will apply.

 All programming is included in your General Admission or Membership

Weekdays (Mon-Fri excluding holidays)

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10:30 to 10:50 a.m.
Toddler Time >>

Participate in interactive songs, rhymes, and stories.
(Younger audiences, 20 minutes, weekdays only)


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mini-Explorers >>

Drop in for some hands-on activities to explore many-legged creatures.
(Younger audiences, weekdays only)


1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Spider Special >>

Stop by to learn about a spider’s diet. Can you stomach it?!
(All-ages, weekdays only)


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eight-Legged Race >>

Spiders have many amazing adaptions, from balancing on silk threads to pouncing on their prey. Test your spider skills in eight activity stations!
(All-ages, daily, self-guided)


Weekends (+ March Break and holidays)

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10:30 to 10:45
Puppet Show >>

Watch our animal friends tell their own tales and learn what makes them so special.
(Younger audiences, 15 minutes, weekends only)


11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Meet the Animals Show >>

Join us for an intimate encounter with a few of our crawling, many-legged friends.
(All-ages, 20 minutes, weekends only)


12:30 to 12:45
Storytime >>

Come hear spider-themed stories and learn more about these amazing animals!
(Younger audiences, 15 minutes, weekdays and weekends)


1 to 1:25 p.m. (Sundays only)
Sunday Special Guest >>

RBG is pleased to welcome special guests to share their expertise and passion about spiders and friends!
(Sundays only)


1:30 to 2 p.m.
Outdoor Walk >>

Spiders have many amazing adaptions, from balancing on silk threads to pouncing on their prey. Test your spider skills in eight activity stations!
(All-ages, daily, self-guided)


3 to 3:20 p.m.
Discovery Show >>

Spiders have many amazing adaptions, from balancing on silk threads to pouncing on their prey. Test your spider skills in eight activity stations!
(All-ages, daily, self-guided)


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Eight-Legged Race >>

Follow us for a 30-minute guided walk in Hendrie Park to learn more about how spiders beat the cold.
(Recommended ages 5+, weekends only)


Daily schedule is subject to change to accommodate special presentations and visiting guests. Please see our daily Visitor Guide upon arrival when you arrive for an up-to-date schedule.


goliath bird eater spider climbing glass

Journée bilingues / Bilingual Days

2 février, 2 mars, 8 mars, 6 avril
February 2, March 2, March 8, April 6

Les Jardins botaniques royaux vous offre des programmes éducatifs bilingues pendant les premiers samedis de février, mars, et avril et aussi vendredi, le 8 mars.

RBG will be offering French/English bilingual educational programs on the first Saturday of February, March, and April as well as Friday, March 8.


Special Guests

RBG is pleased to welcome special guests to share their expertise and passion about spiders and friends! Join us every Sunday at 1:00pm for new guest speaker each week. We will also have bonus special guests for special occasions. Check back often as we will be regularly updating our list!


children smelling Bird of Paradise Flowers

Hours and Admission

We dedicate our expertise in horticulture, conservation, science and education to connect people, plants and place for the purpose of nurturing and preserving healthy growing life on our planet.

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Courses and Programs

Let your mind grow at the Gardens! We offer courses and workshops for families, kids and adults in the areas of gardening, nature, botanical arts and wellness.

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Teacher Portal

Our programs use hands-on exploration and activities to engage students and to immerse them in the natural world.

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