Family Activities

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

Events and Activities

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

    Kids’ Discovery Stations

    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    July 6–August 25, 2017

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

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

    Family Discovery Weekends

    Saturdays | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    Sundays | 1–3 p.m.
    July 8–August, 2017

    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 ›

  • A volunteer reads stories to families.

    Garden Story Time in the Discovery Garden

    Sunday | 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
    July 16–August 6, 2017

    Read garden-inspired stories alongside volunteers. Drop in anytime during program hours to join in. Learn More ›

  • First Discoveries for Toddlers

    Tuesdays | 9:30–11:30 a.m.
    July 18–August 22, 2017

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

  • Kids digging in dirt in the Discovery Garden.

    Discover Gardening

    Wednesday | 10:30 a.m.–12p.m.
    July 5–August 23, 2017

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