Children's Garden & Education
Self-directed & Drop-in Activities
Our self-directed family activities are designed for children and their grown-ups to enjoy together. Learn along side your children as you visit an Investigation Station, complete a Kid Quest or climb to the top of the CWD Tree house. These activities are free with Garden admission.
After picking up a Kid Quest brochure at admissions, families use clever clues and mapping skills to find their way to a hidden treasure in the Garden. Along the way, children and their adults are encouraged to record the names of plants they encounter. Once the quest is completed, children receive a collectible button.
Investigation Stations are interpretive exhibits within the Children’s Garden that provide visitors with information about garden-related topics such as garden habitats, plant products, tree identification, garden insects, and plant fibers and dyes. These exhibits are designed for families to learn side by side and have components that engage family visitors in scientific observation throughout the garden. Investigation topics will be presented on a rotating basis using a monthly seasonal theme.
Monthly Seasonal Themes • April - Habitats • May - Soils • June - Weather • July – Garden Dwellers/Insects • August – Plant Products • September – The Harvest • October - Trees
Families with children are invited to drop-in and participate in simple, easy to learn gardening tasks under the guidance of Children’s Garden staff and volunteers. These family-oriented gardening experiences can easily be enjoyed at home. Join us to learn how much fun gardening with children can be!
April 3 - June 12: 1-3pm
June 19 - September 4: 9-11am
September 11 - October 30: 1-3pm
Get in the creative zone! Work alongside our staff artist, Katelyn Coyle, in the colorful Garden Art Studio located beside the Hidden Tunnel. Drop-in and unfold your creative energy. Use provided materials to collaborate, explore and reflect on your own Garden experience.
Mondays; 1 – 3pm
Good Green Fun (see description below) in the Children's Garden from 5 - 6 pm. Water Play remains open until 8:00 pm.
Families with children of all ages are invited to spend time in the Children’s Garden listening to story books, gardening, participating in walkabouts and having good green fun. Featured activities will rotate based on the Children’s Garden monthly seasonal themes.
Fridays and Saturdays; 11am – 12pm
During warm spring, summer, and fall days, the Children’s Garden is the coolest place to be! Bring or wear your bathing suit and water shoes to enjoy the gentle water sprays and don't forget a towel. Swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained.
Play is operational When the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher during
hours listed below.
(Water Play activity is suspended when thunder is reported and will remain off for 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard.)
April 19 – September 30. (weather permitting)
Saturdays and Sundays, April 19 - September 30 (weather permitting), 9 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, April 21 through June 13 (weather permitting), 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, June 16 – Sept 12 (weather permitting), 9 - 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, Sept 15 – Sept. 30 (weather permitting), 1- 4:45 p.m.
Extended Hours during Flowers after Five Thursday evenings, June – August, 5 – 8:00 p.m.
Other Educational Opportunities
Visit our Family Explorations and Workshops page for other educational opportunities.