Learning for Families & Children
Learning for Families & Children

Learning for Families & Children

Explore the garden activities for families and children offered in our 2015 season by scrolling through the list below or browse by category to the right.


Weekend Activities for Children

Saturdays and Sundays, April 18-June 14
Free with admission

Join us for the following activities in the Children's Garden:

10:00 a.m.-Storytime
11:00 a.m.-Garden Puppet Theater
12:30 p.m.-Nature Investigations
1:30 p.m.-Chicken Feeding


Daily Activities for Children

Daily June 15-August 31
Free with admission

Join us for the following activities in the Children's Garden:

10:00 a.m.-Storytime
11:00 a.m.-Garden Puppet Theater
12:30 p.m.-Nature Investigations
1:30 p.m.-Chicken Feeding


Fairy Friday

Every Friday in July and August
Free with admission

Fridays in July and August are full of fun at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for little fairies, gnomes, elves, and wood sprites! The Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden is the perfect place for fairy music and dancing on the maze, fairy puppet shows, stories, dress-up, crafts, fairy yoga, games, the Great Bubble Machine and, of course, building fairy houses.

Fairy Friday Schedule:
10:00 a.m.-Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11:00 a.m.-Fairy Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
11:30 a.m.-Fairy Yoga (maze)
12:15 p.m.-Fairy dancing and the Great Bubble Machine (maze)
1:30 p.m.-Flower Fairy Walk (Story Barn)

*Fairy crafts will take place throughout the day in the picnic pavilion.


The Great Pumpkin Hunt

Saturday, October 24, 2015
1 - 3:30 p.m.
Free for everyone

Enjoy a fun-filled fall day at the Gardens during this free family event filled with games, contests, activities and prizes! Enter the pumpkin carving contest or submit your pie into the best pumpkin pie contest! Kids can hunt for the “golden pumpkins” – the lucky finders win gift certificates to purchase their family’s Thanksgiving meal! Each child will find and choose a free pumpkin to enjoy for Halloween. Admission to the Gardens is free during this event. Donations to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Rain date: Sunday, October 26th


Magical Night Garden Walk for All Ages

with Erika Huber
Saturday, September 26, 2015
6 - 7:30 p.m.
For All Ages

Join us on this family-friendly guided walk through our Gardens and surrounding woodlands at dusk. We'll discover and learn how to identify the nighttime critters that call our Gardens home and learn the secret to why some flowers bloom at night. We'll also dissect an owl pellet, one of our residents of the night, to puzzle out what it had for dinner and investigate a part of the garden where it is nighttime all the time.


Spells and Potions from the Witch’s Garden

with Erika Huber
Saturday, October 10, 2015
10 a.m. - noon
For Ages 5 & Up

Have you ever wondered what kind of plants can be used to protect you from spirits, harmful magic, vampires, ghosts, scorpions and other venomous creatures? We'll go on a hunt through our Gardens in search of our magical plants and learn how they can be used in spells and potions for protection, love, invisibility, memory, youthfulness and good luck. We'll also fashion a wand out of an apple branch and make a special potion to put your cat (or your neighbor's cat) under a spell!


Children’s Garden Weekend Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, September 5 - October 31, 2015
Free with admission

Join us for the following activities in the Children's Garden:

Storytime - 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater - 11 a.m.
Nature Investigations - 12:30 p.m. (Saturdays only September 19 - October 17)
Chicken Feeding - 1:30 p.m. (Saturdays only September 19 - October 17)


Cider Sundays

Sundays, September 20 - October 11, 2015
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Bibby and Harold Alfond Children's Garden
Free with Admission

Enjoy and learn about one of our country’s greatest and tastiest seasonal traditions, apple cider pressing! Learn the basics of making this delicious drink and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Cider pressing is included in the regular Gardens admission on Cider Sundays, and no reservations are needed.