Introduce your little one to the joys of nature! Join us for hands-on learning and sensory stations in the Children's Garden 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.
Tuesdays, March - October, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Garden Playtime takes place in the Children's Garden.
Suggested ages: 6 months - 5 years
Free with Garden admission; no registration required.
August: Art in Nature
Have you ever tried to find a perfectly straight line in nature? It’s not easy! Nature has many interesting contours to discover. Come learn how natural patterns can create interesting textures and are fun to mimic in art. See how many unique shapes you can find on your visit.
September: Edible Garden
Make connections between everyday foods and the plants that nurture them to our plate. Discover fascinating variations in foods we thought were familiar (rainbow carrots, anyone?). From leafy greens to tropical fruits, there’s so much to see and learn about the amazing plants that fill our bellies!
October: Harvest Time
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.
Listen to stories about bees, butterflies, frogs, flowers, and other garden friends. Storybook Time is for children accompanied by an adult. Free with Garden Admission. No registration required. Meet in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater.
April – October
Wednesdays | 10:30 a.m.
Get ready to wiggle and warble! Enjoy songs and dances inspired by the beautiful outdoors in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater. Suggested ages: 2 – 5 years. Free with Garden Admission. No registration required. Meet in the Children’s Garden Amphitheater.
March – October
Thursdays | 10:30 a.m.