Children's Garden & Education

Family-Friendly Events and Activities


Water Play

Saturday, April 19 - Tuesday, September 30 (times vary, see schedule)

Free with Garden admission


Water Play 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. Don’t forget a towel and remember that swimming diapers are required for those not potty-trained. Water Play is operational when the air temperature is 70 degrees or higher.  April 19 – Sept 30 (weather permitting). 

Saturdays and Sundays, April 19 - September 30, 9 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, April 21 - June 13, 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, June 16 – Sept 12, 9 - 4:45 p.m.
Weekday schedule, Sept 15 – Sept 30, 1- 4:45 p.m.
Extended Hours during Flowers after Five Thursday evenings, June – August, 5 – 8:00 p.m.  


Butterflies LIVE!

Friday, May 2 - Sunday, October 12, 2014

Free with Garden admission

Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties, fascinating
and showy, transform the Conservatory's North Wing into a wonderland of
vibrant colors...captivating sights...and extraordinary discoveries.

Please come visit the butterflies again May 2 - Oct. 12, 2014.

Mother's Day Weekend Celebration

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 9-11, 2014

Free with Garden admission

Don’t moms and other caregivers deserve more than just one day? At Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden we have three days of special activities as part of Mother’s Day celebrations.

All 3 days: This year, for the first time, the popular Butterflies LIVE! exhibit will be open in time for Mother’s Day! Be among the first to see the butterflies (opening May 2). Also available all three days are shopping and lunchtime-dining experiences with mom.

The long weekend kicks off Friday, May 9 with National Public Gardens Day. On this day designed to promote awareness of public gardens, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will have its historic Bloemendaal House open to the public (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.) with free tours by knowledgeable Garden Guides (please note: regular admission is required.) Learn more about the history of property as the Lakeside Wheel (or bicycle) Club built in the 1890s.

On Saturday, May 10, create the experience your mom would like. Stretch out on quilts in the Rose Garden and read favorite books. Explore woodland walks searching for fairies. Get down and dirty with digging activities. Help weave a Maypole, hula hoop and chase bubbles! (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Sunday, May 11 is the popular Mother’s Day concert with Glenroy Bailey & Co. (1 - 4 p.m.). Food available for purchase in front of Bloemendaal House. Guests are also welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs but no outside food or beverage.

Activities in the Children’s Garden include “make-and-takes” for mom: make a Mother’s Day card and a flower made of recycled material (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.)

Dining on Sunday, May 11:

  • Food is available for puchase a la carte under the tent near Bloemendaal House and in the Garden Cafe.
  • Reservations are FULL for Mother's Day Brunch in the Tea House (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.).

Don't forget to visit the Garden Shop!

Flowers After 5

Thursday evenings, June, July & August

Free with Garden admission

Kick back and relax at the Garden on Thursday evenings this summer! Stroll through the gardens; enjoy wine, music, dining al fresco and shopping. The location for this event is outside of the Historic Bloemendaal House.

Click here to learn more about our wonderful Family Activities!


Father's Day

Sunday, June 15, 2014; 1- 4 pm

Free with Garden admission


Celebrate the man in your life with family fun, model boats, live music, and a tasty cookout (for purchase). Enjoy a free concert (included in Garden admission) by the Jangling Reinharts down at the Bloemendaal House where food will be available for purchase. The Richmond Model Yacht Club will also be on-site showing off different model boats on Sydnor Lake.


FREE Fourth of July Celebration

Friday, July 4, 2014

Garden open 9am - 5pm with FREE admission; activities in Children's Garden 1 - 4 pm

Guests are invited to wear red, white and blue and bring wagons and strollers to decorate for a "parade" in the Children's Garden at 2pm. Enjoy music by the Happy Lucky Combo, WaterPlay and fun activities.

The Butterflies LIVE! exhibit is also open this day from 9am - 5pm.