Detective Days at Bayou Bend

Mystery is afoot at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, where children ages 6 to 12 can unleash their inner sleuths to solve seasonal riddles with clues that teach them about horticulture, art, design, and American history. Each young detective receives a clipboard, a magnifying glass, and a dossier. Upon finishing their assignments, detectives return the equipment to the pickup point to receive a personalized certificate of completion.

December 8, 2014January 4, 2015
"In Pursuit of Holidays Past" (house), ages 6 to 12

January 6March 5, 2015*
"Critter Hunt" (gardens), ages 5 to 9
"Animal Footprints" (gardens), ages 10 to 12
"Mystery Meals" (house), ages 6 to 9
"By the Numbers" (house), ages 10 to 12

March 25June 7, 2015
"Mysterious Messages" (gardens), ages 5 to 9
"The Case of the Missing Trees" (gardens), ages 8 to 12
"In Pursuit of Pottery" (house), ages 6 to 12

*Detective Days are not available the weekend of Azalea Trail (March 68, 2015).
Seasonal self-guided activity sheets are offered during Spring Break (March 922, 2015).


Hunts in the gardens: 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday & 1–4 p.m. Sunday
Hunts in the house: 1–4 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday


$10 for adults
Free for children 18 and younger
Drop in! No reservations required. Each party should be accompanied by an adult.

Detective Days at Bayou Bend are generously supported by Denise Monteleone.