Introduce your little one to the joys of nature! Join us for hands-on learning and sensory stations that will stimulate your child's interest in the natural world. With a new theme each month and activities that engage the senses and spark creativity, Garden Playtime is an enjoyable and enriching activity for families throughout the spring, summer and fall. Suggested ages: 6 months - 5 years
March: Science Exploration
Science is all about asking questions and testing ideas to see what happens. Find inspiration for little investigative minds with activities that encourage discovery through play.
April: Spring Has Sprung
It’s time to start planting, and there’s plenty for kids to experience in the garden this spring. Dig for root veggies in the sensory bin, piece together a seed mosaic, or paint a flower with unusual paintbrushes.
May: Spring Flowers
Enjoy the colors, scents and textures of May flowers this month with activities that celebrate the beauty of the season. From tiny seeds to fragrant blooms, flowers offer a great opportunity to learn how plants grow and to explore the amazing variety that we see in the garden.
June: Jumpin’ June Bugs
Here come the bugs! Get wriggly with some of nature’s smallest critters as cicadas, crickets, fireflies and other bugs emerge in Georgia. Find the hidden beauty and incredible diversity in our planet’s bugs.
July: Curious Summer
What happens when you put everyday items together in unusual combinations? It’s curious! This month’s activities draw on inspiration from our Curious Garden installation and provide opportunities to explore interesting textures, smells and colors that will pique your child’s curiosity and imagination.
August: Beautiful Butterflies
Butterflies are well-loved for their beautiful colors and their incredible metamorphosis from caterpillars. Learn about these amazing critters in fun new ways, and make beautiful creations inspired by beautiful butterflies
September: Frogs in the Garden
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of frogs. These amphibians have a remarkable life cycle, and they also play a special role in their ecosystems. Enjoy activities in the Children’s Garden, and then visit the live frogs in our Conservatory Lobby.
October: Fall Fun
This month’s activities are inspired by the harvest season. From delicious food aromas to the crunching sounds of leaves, relax into the nostalgia of autumn as we wind down Garden Playtime for the year. Save some time to hunt around for your favorite Scarecrows in the Garden.