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Children & Family Programs


Visit the Columbus Botanical Garden and let your children “learn naturally” in a fun interactive outdoor setting! The Garden offers both guided and self-guided programs giving your children the opportunity to discover all that nature has to offer!


Little Sprouts

A Monthly Parent & Child Exploration Of The Garden

Little Sprouts is an exposure experience with lessons geared towards children ages 3-5 and their caregiver(s). Have a child that is younger or older? Bring them along too! The lessons and activities will focus on subjects related to the natural environment.

Each session will consist of three parts:

  1. Social time together in the form of a group talk, reading of a story, or a presentation on that day’s theme.

  2. Exploration through a hands-on experience that can look like a game, scavenger hunt, or data collection activity.

  3. A craft that ties the two experiences together!

Little Sprouts

The 1st Tuesday of every month from 10:00AM - 11:00AM

The program varies each month and includes books, songs and an age-appropriate craft.


Budding Naturalist

A monthly program that will ignite children's curiosity and interest in science and the natural world.

Budding Naturalist is a monthly program that will ignite children's curiosity and interest in science and the natural world through observation, exploration, and hands-on activities.

Each hour-long session will include a lesson focused on elements and processes of the natural world and a hands-on activity to reinforce the day's lesson.


The 2nd Thursday of every month from 10:00AM - 11:00AM

We recommend purchasing your tickets ahead of time to guarantee your spot. Space is limited to 15 children.

Seedling Storytime

Seedling storytime is a fun, interactive experience for kids aged 0-2. Children will get to experience a fun story time, sensory activities, a song and dance, and more! Activities will be in the Adams Farmhouse.

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Activity Under the Oak

Stop by the Big Oak on Saturday mornings in Fall and participate in a fun educational activity! Activities are geared towards elementary aged children but are fun for the whole family. Activities will be staff, volunteer, or self-led.


The Columbus Botanical Garden Discovery Backpack program provides the materials and resources for a parent or chaperone to lead a structured learning experience. For children of all ages, Discovery Backpacks are perfect for charting your own garden adventure. Each backpack contains everything you need to explore the garden while learning about birds, plants and honeybees!

Discovery Backpacks are FREE to checkout with your regular garden admission. Choose a theme and enjoy!


Just Breathe for Kids Summer Camp

Just Breathe for Kids returns to the Columbus Botanical Gardens for another year of 2 weeks of mindful kids summer camp! Join us this summer for two different sessions of mindful play, movement, creation, and connection at Just Breathe for Kids Summer Camp.

Be on the lookout for more self guided adventures in 2024!

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