Looking for outdoor family fun? Come out and celebrate National Public Gardens Day starting at 10 a.m. Friday, May 9, at the New Orleans Botanical Garden at 3 Victory Drive at City Park.

The park will join the American Public Gardens Association and more than 500 gardens across the country for this annual day of awareness that honors the role public gardens play in promoting plant and water conservation, education and environmental leadership.

Locals know and visitors will learn about the diverse beauty that the Botanical Garden has to offer. Tours will be offered at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The cost is $6 for adults and teenagers, $3 for children 5 to 12 and free for younger children. Free parking is available throughout the park. For information, call (504) 483-9473.

No Black Tie for horses, folks

Equest Farm at City Park will hold its ninth annual Tails but No Black Tie event, benefiting the park, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Equest Farm stables, 1001 Filmore Ave.

All ticketholders may view horses and visit with riders from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and a grandstand ticketholder auction will begin at 6:15 p.m. A Grand Prix and Grandstand dinner will start at 7 p.m., followed by an equestrian jumping competition at 8 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children, who must be at least 4 to enter. Dinner donation levels begin at $125.

This year’s honorary chairwoman is U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, and co-chairpersons include Rita Benson LeBlanc, and Britton and Sheila Sanderford.

“Our community is so fortunate to have such a fine riding facility included in the footprint of one of America’s great urban parks,” Landrieu said.

For information, contact Leslie Kramer at (504) 483-9398 or visit www.tailsbutnoblacktie.org.

Camp includes CSI workshop

The continuing education program at Delgado Community College is offering summer camp workshops for students ages 6-12 beginning in June. The workshops will provide hands-on fun, enrichment and education in a variety of science-related topics, including robotics, paleontology, engineering, forensics, archaeology, chemistry, geology and magnetic levitation.

Highlights will include a Harry Potter-themed workshop that incorporates science, art and literature; robotics-themed workshops in which participants build their own functioning robots to take home; and a crime scene investigation workshop that includes lessons in forensics and crime-lab chemistry to dust for fingerprints, analyze handwriting and test simulated blood types.

The weeklong workshops will include morning sessions, followed by a lunch period, then an afternoon session. Students who register for both the morning and afternoon sessions can stay on campus for a supervised lunch period at no additional cost. Students can either bring a lunch from home or purchase a boxed lunch for $10.

Cost per workshop is $195 per student, which includes all materials needed to participate in activities and a daily snack. To register and for information, visit www.dcc.edu/CE or call (504) 671-6474.

Ahoy! A Mother’s Day cruise

A special treat for Mother’s Day in New Orleans will take place aboard the paddle wheeler Creole Queen from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, featuring music by the Yat Pack and a classic New Orleans-style brunch buffet with mimosas. Boarding takes place at the Riverwalk/Spanish Plaza, and the boat will cruise the Mississippi River from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $68 for adults, $30 for children 6-12, and $10 for children 2-5. Advance tickets are required and may be purchased online at www.creolequeen.com or by calling (504) 529-4567.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.