- Families & Kids
Tuesdays | 9:30–10:30 a.m.
April 12–May 31, 2016
Plant a carrot seed, touch a wriggly worm, or create a unique nature craft at activity stations designed for toddlers. Learn More ›
Tuesday–Friday | 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
April 6–June 3, 2016
Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate a mystery plant, hold a water plant and learn how it floats, or go on a pollinator hunt in the meadow! Learn More ›
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Preregistration Required
Learn how to create a beautiful botanical banquet to attract foraging native butterflies, birds, and other pollinators—even if you don’t have lots of space, and take home a custom seed mix. Learn More ›
Thursdays | 4–5:30 p.m.
April 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2016 | Preregistration Required
Join other young investigators in the Discovery Garden for a hands-on exploration of trees. Use your senses and special tree detective gear to find clues and uncover hidden knowledge! Learn More ›
Saturdays, June 4–June 25, 2016 | 8:30–9:45 a.m. | Preregistration Required
Take a guided, meditative walk around the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and other watery Garden sites. Learn More ›
Sunday, May 22, Saturday, June 4, Sunday, June 5 or Saturday, June 25, 2016
10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Preregistration Required
Learn the techniques, materials, and traditions of bonsai culture, and create your own bonsai. Learn More ›
Saturdays and Sundays | 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
April 9–June 5, 2016
No programs May 28, 29
Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats, and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together. Learn More ›
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 | 9 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Celebrate spring in the Garden with a dance party under the stars. Beginning just as the Japanese Garden Centennial Gala winds down, the After Party will usher in the night with dancing, drinks, and dessert. Learn More ›
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | 6 p.m.–8 p.m. | Preregistration Required
Using native groundcovers and other small-rooted beauties, we’ll create a garden in the challenging environment of a city sidewalk that’s resilient and beautiful from early spring through fall. Learn More ›
Sunday, June 19, 2016 | 12 p.m.–3 p.m. | Preregistration Required
Get tips on choosing the best riparian plants to prevent soil erosion and water pollution while improving habitat for pollinators, beneficial insects, and songbirds. Learn More ›