Visit With Children

Below you’ll find things to do, tips, and suggestions for making the most of your visit with children. Before you visit, check the Calendar for children’s drop-in programs, special events, and exhibits on the day you plan to visit.

Top 3 Things to Do with Children

1.  Visit the Children’s Garden

Get a bird’s eye view of the Garden in the CWD Kids Tree House, climb high in a 100-year-old mulberry tree, explore the world in our International Village, wear your swimsuit on warm days and cool off in WaterPlay, and more.

Please see Children’s Garden Etiquette below.

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2.  Pick up a KidQuest

Looking for a family adventure?

Pick up a KidQuest brochure at the Admissions desk in the Robins Visitors Center (or download it at home) and follow the clues to six special spots throughout the Garden.  Along the way, make seasonal discoveries, record your findings, and receive a collectible button after completing the quest.

Come back each season – the destinations change!

3.  Look for Wildlife in the Garden

Feed the fish in the lake behind the Robins Tea House in the Asian Valley. Fish food is for sale by the lake. Look for turtles sunning themselves along the edge of Lake Sydnor. Watch bees and butterflies collect nectar and pollinate flowers throughout the Garden.

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What’s Happening Now in the Children’s Garden

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Tips and Suggestions

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is an outside, living museum for walking tours and explorations only. There are no playground areas available for active sports or running.

Expect to spend about one to two hours in the Children’s Garden.  Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Garden Café. Strollers are available on a first come, first served basis in the Robins Visitors Center.  Strollers are generously provided by Baby Jogger.

The Children’s Garden provides the following:

  • Restrooms with changing tables
  • Water fountains
  • Tables
  • Vending machines

Children’s Garden Etiquette

Guidelines for Little Gardeners
  • This is YOUR Garden. Please help take care of it!
  • Stay with your grown-up and show him how to have fun!
  • Treat all living things with respect; please leave all plants and animals where you find them.
  • Share and play gently with younger visitors.
  • Please keep your shoes on.
  • Walking feet and speaking voices are expected in all areas of the Garden.
  • Respect the plants and animals by staying on the pathways.
Guidelines for Grown-Up Gardeners
  • Safety must be everyone’s first concern.
  • Supervise your child at all times. Unattended children will be planted!
  • Everyone is welcome, especially children up to age 10.
  • Play, discover and learn alongside your child.
  • Enjoy snacks at tables in the Children’s Garden only.
  • Restrooms are equipped with changing tables.
  • Alcohol and tobacco products are not welcome in the Children’s Garden.