You wouldn’t guess what these botanical gardens have for kids! We’re talking kid-sized doors, rainbow tunnels, magical competitions and more! Enjoy some quality family time walking through nature and learning about plants. We rounded up five amazing SoCal botanical gardens that have special features just for kids!
South Coast Botanic Garden
The South Coast Botanic Garden spans 87 acres of blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers all year. The garden features a Children’s Discovery Garden and also hosts enchanting birthday parties. There’s even a huge, magical competition right now between fairies and trolls!
Children’s Garden and Children’s Discovery Garden
The most popular among young people, this garden is developed around nursery rhymes with plants to match the stories. An enchanted dollhouse and bridge enhance the setting. Adjacent to the Children’s Garden is the Discovery Garden with a secret tunnel, worm bin, alphabet garden, butterfly garden, and whimsical characters.
Are you Team Fairies or Team Trolls?
The fairies and trolls are going head to head in a battle of wits! Kids get to choose if they are for Team Fairies or Team Trolls and head out to solve riddles to win for their team. It’s extra cute because participants are encouraged to wear their best fairy or troll outfit. Don’t miss out on this, the competition ends on August 31. All ages welcome!
Children’s Birthday Parties in the Garden
They also offer children’s birthday parties in the garden where you could choose from these cool themes: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party, Construction Site, Flower Fairies, Ice Princess, Island Princess, Knights, Lego, Mermaids, Pirates Boot Camp, Superhero Training Course, and more!
South Coast Botanic Garden sure knows how to make a day at the garden fun! Check out their Family & Kids Event calendar for even more good stuff.
The Huntington Library & Gardens
The Huntington Library & Gardens has an incredible Children’s Garden that features interactive sculptural elements based on the themes of earth, air, fire, and water. Designed by California kinetic artist Ned Kahn, children get to splash in water, make music with pebbles, dance under rainbows, disappear into a swirl of fog, and hold the magic of magnetic forces in their hands.
Sherman Library & Gardens
Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre Corona del Mar horticultural retreat! The garden hosts a variety of events including Tuesday Tween Yoga and Kids Peaceful Painting Workshops.
Tuesday Tween Yoga
Children ages 8-14 can participate in yoga classes designed to help your child:
- Detox from screen time by spending time in nature
- Develop body awareness, flexibility and strength
- Connect with and trust their unique inner wisdom
- Increase concentration, relaxation and calmness
Kids Peaceful Painting Workshops
Join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she weaves together mindfulness and art from the heart through breath work, visualization and play on and off the canvas! Each child will complete his/her own canvas.
LA County Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
The Arboretum offers a wonderful variety of activities and learning experiences for families and kids of all ages. You and your children can take adventure hikes and learn about the creatures and plants that make their home in the Arboretum.
Summer Nature Camp
There’s two sessions left of this exciting summer camp! Kids will have fun exploring the gardens with nature-themed arts and science lessons.
Balboa Park in San Diego
Balboa Park is a little far out, but it’s definitely worth the drive. This is a one-stop outing with so many things to do! Visit the Model Railroad Museum, see youth performance groups, and even snap a picture with a super cool alligator sculpture! Balboa Park is definitely a special place for families to spend time together.