Acorns & Oaks - The Arboretum
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Sunday, November 8; 9:15AM - 10:15AM

Acorns & Oaks

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Join The Arboretum’s first-ever Parent & Me program!


Register soon, as classes sell out fast!



Members: $103 per person

Non-Members: $108 per person
*Each child and each adult participating requires a registration fee.  

*For Arboretum members, remember to create your Arboretum account to get the discount at checkout. For instructions on how to create an account click here. To create an account click here.

COVID-19 COMPLIANCE: This program has been modified from its original format to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines. All unvaccinated participants two years old and above are required to wear protective face coverings. Social distancing will be in place throughout the program, arranged by the instructor. Families will have individual sets of supplies so that objects are not shared by different hands. Participants experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are required to remain at home the morning of class. 

ACORNS & OAKS is a unique, homegrown, parent-child educational program that is rooted in whole-child philosophy & developmental play. Starting November, you can experience this wonderful program in the beautiful gardens of the Arboretum!

Designed to provide outdoor, nature-based learning experiences for babies, toddlers and children up to the age of 5, the goal is to help our little acorns grow into mighty oaks!  Acorns & Oaks fosters parent and child bonding through tactile play with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration. The program provides little ones with a natural environment in which to practice and further develop all growing abilities, particularly gross/fine motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills. It also offers parents and caregivers the much-needed time to socialize and relax in a beautiful setting.

The program is mixed-age for a “family learning” style, and siblings are warmly encouraged. All domains of development are nourished through intentional teaching and hands-on learning. A simple curriculum, group singing, & nurturing tactile play offer the perfect growth experience. Sessions offer direct contact with nature, crafts, songs, stories, and sensory integration.

Acorns & Oaks is led by Betsy Edelberg, founder of Playgroup Los Angeles. Acorns & Oaks is mixed age for a family learning style, and siblings are welcome. Questions? Please contact Brooke Applegate at

“Acorns & Oaks” classes are taught by Betsy Edelberg (founder of Playgroup LA) who has taught hundreds of parents and children over 12 years! Betsy holds a degree in Child Development. She has certifications in Children’s Yoga, Brain Gym, and training in Waldorf Early Child Education.




Members: $103 per person (1 adult + 1 child = $206; additional siblings, etc. require another ticket)

Non-Members: $108 per person (1 adult + 1 child = $216; additional siblings, etc. require another ticket)

*Each child and each adult participating requires a registration fee.  

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Participant cancellations made up to two weeks in advance of session start dates will qualify for a full refund. Cancellations made less than two weeks in advance will only qualify for a refund if the space can be filled by someone on the wait list. The Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the class non-viable. If the Arboretum cancels a class, registrants will be offered a full refund. In the event any weeks are required to close due to public health concerns or mandates, refunds will be provided for the canceled dates.

Questions? Please call the Education Department at 626.821.4623.

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