Elwood’s Birthday: Free Admission for Children

Elwood the world's largest concrete gnome with a red hat, blue shirt, black belt, brown pants, black shoes holding a yellow flower

Thursday, September 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

On September 15, Elwood – the World's Largest Concrete Gnome – will be turning 12! As a little treat, we’re inviting his kiddo friends to visit on his special day with free admission for all children ages 0-12. While here, stop by Elwood to snap a happy birthday selfie, and learn more about our 2025 plan to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes! 

The  hours are 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM for the outdoor gardens, Conservatory, and Gift Shop.  The Butterfly Wing is open 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM.

No preregistration required. Free for members, ISU students with ID and all children (ages 0-12). Price of admission for the general public adults (ages 13+).