Children's Garden & Education
Calendar of Events
Kid Quest | Year Round
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.
Butterfly Quest | Special Edition: July-August
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pleased to release a special edition Butterfly Quest to accompany Butterflies LIVE! In an exclusive partnership with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, we invite you to experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Go inside the North Wing of the Conservatory to solve the six clues found within this Butterfly Quest. Once the quest is completed, return to the Admissions Desk to collect your limited edition butterfly button. Please note: This special edition is only available by download.
Gallery I Art Exhibit
Henrico County Public Schools Art Exhibit | Year Round
Self-Directed Activities in the Children's Garden
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.
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 2 - June 11; 1-3pm
June 18 - September 3; 9-11am
September 10 - October 29; 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 - 6pm. Water Play remains open until 8pm.
Thursdays; 5 - 9pm
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 – 11:30am
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.
Water 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 - Sept 30 (weather permitting), 9 - 4:45 pm
Weekday schedule, April 21 - June 13 (weather permitting), 1 - 4:45 pm
Weekday schedule, June 16 - Sept 12 (weather permitting), 9 - 4:45 pm
Weekday schedule, Sept 15 - Sept 30 (weather permitting), 1 - 4:45 pm
Extended Hours during Flowers after Five Thursday evenings, June - August, 5 - 8pm
Other Educational Opportunities
Visit our Family Explorations and Workshops page for other educational opportunities.