Family Activities

The Garden offers opportunities for kids of all ages to explore habitats, uncover plant mysteries, and learn about wildlife.

Events and Activities

  • Kids digging in dirt in the Discovery Garden.

    Discover Gardening

    Saturday | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    September 23–October 21, 2017
    No programs October 7

    Drop in and practice gardening skills: water and weed fruit and vegetable beds, plant a seed, and learn about what’s growing! Learn More ›

  • Two young girls prepare food in the Children's Garden.

    Family Cooking in the Garden

    September 23, 2017 | 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. | Preregistration Required

    Bring the whole family to the Children's Garden to harvest produce and try new recipes during this afternoon cooking class. Learn More ›

  • Two children and a woman look at a butterfly identification brochure in the outdoors.

    Family Discovery Weekends

    Sundays | 1–3 p.m.
    September 17–October 29, 2017
    No programs October 8

    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 ›

  • First Discoveries for Toddlers

    Tuesdays | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    September 12–October 31, 2017

    Plant a seed, touch a wriggly worm, or create a unique nature craft at activity stations designed for toddlers. Learn More ›

  • Two young kids and a teenage instructor look at bugs in the outdoors.

    Kids’ Discovery Stations

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday | 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
    October 10–November 3, 2017

    Explore plants and use real science tools alongside Discovery Docents at our hands-on activity stations throughout the Discovery Garden. Learn More ›

Family Itinerary

  • A child runs through the grass.

    Visit with Kids

    Young naturalists (and their grown-ups) can use this itinerary to explore the plants, animals, and habitats around the Garden.
    Learn More ›

Major Supporters, Discovery Programs

National Grid Institute for Museum and Library Services
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