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.


Children’s Garden Daily Activities

Daily, June 12-Sept. 4, 2017
Story Barn, Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens Admission

Join us in the Children's Garden for the following activities:
Storytime - 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater - 1 p.m.
Chicken Feeding - 2 p.m.


Fairy Fridays

Every Friday in July and August
Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens 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.

Join us Friday, July 28 and August 25 for a special fairy dancing and music session. Local musician, Sharon Pyne, will be leading fairy dancing and a musical garden parade.

Fairy Friday Schedule:
10 a.m. - Fairy Stories (Story Barn)
11 a.m. - Fairy Yoga (maze)
11:30 a.m. - Fairy Puppet Theater (Story Barn)
12 p.m. - Fairy dancing and the Great Bubble Machine (maze)
2 p.m. - Flower Fairy Walk (Story Barn)
*Fairy crafts will take place throughout the day in the picnic pavilion.


Family Garden Quest - Bugs Galore

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
August 1-September 4
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. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Bugs Galore - From monarch butterflies to hummingbird moths, we’ll search for some of the coolest, most strangest, most beautiful residents in the garden. We’ll discover what sets them apart from one another and what makes them a “good” bug vs. a “bad” bug in our garden.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore


Family Garden Quest - Growing a Pizza

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
August 1-September 4
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. Please meet in the Story Barn of the Children’s Garden shortly before 11 am to register.
Growing a Pizza - We’ll sample the ingredients of a pizza right from the plants they grow on and learn about their life cycle from seed to fruit.

FAMILY GARDEN QUEST SUMMER SCHEDULE:
June 19-July 31
Monday, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Five Senses in the Garden
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:Beautiful Birds
August 1-September 4
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays: Growing a Pizza
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays: Bugs Galore


Children’s Garden Weekend Activities

Saturdays and Sundays, September 9-October 29
Story Barn, Children’s Garden
Free with Gardens Admission

Join us in the Children's Garden for the following activities:
Storytime - 10 a.m.
Garden Puppet Theater - 1 p.m. (Sundays only, September 17-October 15. Join us for Cider Saturdays instead!)
Chicken Feeding - 2 p.m.


Cider Saturdays!

Saturdays, September 16 - October 14
11:30 - 1:30 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 Saturdays, and no reservations are needed.