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.


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 25, 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


Prehistoric Plants with Jon Wallace (All Ages)

CANCELLED

Monday, July 27
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Long before animals made it to land and dinosaurs ruled the Earth, plants paved the way for life to evolve on land.  Join us for this family friendly class as we learn about plants through geologic time, examine a diversity of plant fossils and make a 380-million-year-old coal ball peel of a fossilized plant to take home and explore.

Price: $8 Child Member/$14 Adult Member; $10 Child Nonmember/$18 Adult Nonmember (includes Gardens admission) 


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, July 28

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Pollinators!"

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Garden Quest: Magical Plants! (Ages 5-9)

Thursday, July 30
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


This quest will take children on a journey through the Gardens to discover some of our most magical plants.  We'll visit flowers where fairies hide, unearth the magical powers of some of our summer blooms and herbs and craft a crown to make the wearer invisible.  

Price: $11 Members; $14 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission) 


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, August 11

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Garden Detectives"-Looking for Signs of Life in the Garden

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Garden Quest: Bugs Galore! (Ages 4-8)

Monday, August 17
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   


If your child loves all things creepy crawly, they will have a blast on this garden quest!  Join us as we search above and below ground for the gardens smallest residents.  Through games and observations, children will learn about insect adaptations and create their own insects to take home.  

Price: $11 Members; $14 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission) 


Little Diggers Gardening and Nature Program for Ages 3-5: Tuesday, August 25

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Theme of the Day: "Five Senses"-Learning How Our Senses Help Us to Explore the Garden

Preschoolers will have fun gardening and exploring nature in this parent-and-child program. Children will learn all about seeds, flowers, vegetables and animals through stories, crafts, and planting activities in our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We'll also take time each session to explore the garden habitat, searching high and low for its animal residents. Each class will include a project to take home. 

Price: $22 Members; $28 Nonmembers (includes Gardens admission for one child and one adult)

 


Magical Night Garden Walk for All Ages

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

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!


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!

Karen Jones is the Camp Coordinator for the Gardens. Karen brings with her over ten years of teaching experience working with children of all ages, especially pre-kindergarten. She holds a bachelor's degree in Math/Science with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and a master's degree in Leadership and Policy in Early Childhood Education, both from Wheelock College.


Nature Adventure Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 2015 12:30-4 PM

Our summer nature camps provide fun and enriching opportunities for young people to learn about the natural world. Week-long, half-day sessions fully engage children in an outdoor setting, while encouraging imagination and creativity through garden walks, stories, games, arts and crafts and nature-related projects. New, exploration-filled activities will take us on adventures throughout the gardens and surrounding forests. By the end of the week, Nature Adventurers will be well on their way to becoming young naturalists!


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 4-5 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 3-7, 2015 9:30 AM-1 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more!  Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants. 


Garden Explorers Camp for Ages 6-8 with Karen Jones Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 2015 12:30-4 PM

Budding gardeners will spend the week digging, planting, watering and harvesting, as they learn how to care for our Learning Garden and greenhouse. We’ll investigate the inner workings of a garden from the ground up and get the real “dirt” on plants, life cycles, composting, garden critters and more!  Join us for a week filled with new observations, experiments, taste tests, games and take-home garden projects.  In celebration of this year’s theme at the Gardens, this camp will include activities that explore the myth, magic and medicine of plants. 


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.