Learning for Families & Children
Learning for Families & Children

Learning for Families & Children

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


Daily Activities for Children

Daily June 13-September 5
Free with admission

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

Storytime: 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater: 1 p.m.
Chicken Feeding: 2 p.m.


Family Garden Quest - Life Cycles in the Garden

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
June 20-July 31
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price - member families are $10, while nonmember families are $12. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Life Cycles in the Garden - We’ll scope out the pond to investigate the various stages of our amphibian friends and learn about the unique differences between them. We’ll also explore the pond and garden to identify the life cycles of insects and learn about metamorphosis.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 20-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Life Cycles in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Unearthing Life Underground
August 1-September 5
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Edible Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Pollinators


Family Garden Quest - Unearthing Life Underground

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
June 20-July 31
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price - member families are $10, while nonmember families are $12. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Unearthing Life Underground - Join us as we discover who’s hiding underground in the garden and learn about the ways these little critters make our garden better. We’ll also check out our compost pile to search for worm eggs and other creepy crawlies who are putting our garden waste to good use!

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 20-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Life Cycles in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Unearthing Life Underground
August 1-September 5
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Edible Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Pollinators


Fairy Fridays

Every Friday in July and August
Children’s Garden

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 a.m. - Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11 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.


Family Garden Quest - The Edible Garden

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
August 1- September 5
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price - member families are $10, while nonmember families are $12. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
The Edible Garden - What better way to learn about plant parts than by eating them! We’ll sample our way through the vegetable garden as we learn about the important job of the different parts of a plant and explore the life cycle of a plant from seed to fruit.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 20-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Life Cycles in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Unearthing Life Underground
August 1-September 5
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Edible Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Pollinators


Family Garden Quest - Pollinators

Tuesdays,Thursdays and Sundays
August 1- September 5
11-11:45 a.m.
Story Barn, Children’s Garden

Join us for a family-friendly guided activity full of exploration and discovery to learn more about the plants and animals that call the Children’s Garden home. Please refer to the schedule below for Garden Quest topics throughout the summer. This activity is led by a member of our Education staff team and families of any size are welcome to attend for one price - member families are $10, while nonmember families are $12. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Pollinators - Did you know that different pollinators prefer flowers of different colors, shapes and smells? We’ll get up close and personal with pollinators as we observe them in action, play a game to learn about their preferences and dissect a flower to see just how pollination takes place.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 20-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Life Cycles in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Unearthing Life Underground
August 1-September 5
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: The Edible Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Pollinators


Weekend Activities for Children

Saturdays and Sundays
September 10-October 30
Free with Gardens admission

Storytime - 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater - 11 a.m.
Nature Investigations - 12:30 p.m.
(Saturdays only September 17-October 22)
Chicken Feeding - 1:30 p.m.
(Saturdays only September 17-October 22)


Cider Sundays!

Sundays, September 18-October 16, 2016
12:30-2:30 p.m.
Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens 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.