Hamilton Children's Garden Events and Activities
Saturday, May 10, 10 am – 4 pm
In addition to the delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, and a chocolate fountain, the Chocolate Festival is filled with fun activities for kids. For a small fee, children can create Mother’s Day keepsakes.
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Camp Jaycee - Botanic Garden Day Camp
June 30 - July 11
Grades 4 – 7
Spend an entire week at the San Diego Botanic Garden learning all about plants, insects and people. Discover a variety of ecological connections during this exciting, innovative, and interactive camp. Campers will explore rainforest, desert, and native California vegetation; pot their own plants; paint pictures; and learn about Native American hunting and building tools, edible gardening, and pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. The first week of this two-week session includes a traditional day camp experience with arts and crafts, swimming, sports, music, and a field trip.
For more information and registration call 858/ 362–1348 or visit www.campjaycee.com
Art in the Garden with Abrakadoodle
Session I: July 14 – 18
Session II: July 21 – 25;
Session III: July 28 – August 1
Ages 7 – 12, camp hours 9 am – 3 pm
Create art and experience the beauty of nature. Each day campers will visit a different part of the Garden, and then they will create paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints inspired by their outdoor adventures. An art show will be held at the end of the week featuring the children’s week worth of masterpieces.
Cost: $189 for the week. Admission to the Garden, art materials and camp tee shirt included. SDBG members take $10 off. For more information and registration call 760/ 731–0555 or visit http://www.abrakadoodle.com/ca-north-county-san-diego-register/
Youth Photography Camp
Session I: August 4 – 8
9:30 – 11:30 am • Grades 3 – 5
Session II: August 11 – 15
9:30 – 11:30 am • Grades 6 – 8
Professional photographer, Jennifer Nelson, will be leading this camp with an eye toward appreciating the beauty around us. Students will go out and shoot each day and practice lighting, composition, portrait photography and center of interest techniques. Photographs will be critiqued the next day.
A portfolio will be compiled of the week’s work.
As students wander through the Garden, Jennifer will point out particular aspects of their surroundings and teach how to watch and listen for native life. As a special treat, she will focus on and demonstrate the wonders of the butterfly cycle.
Cost: Members $164, non-members $197
Register by: July 25 Session I, August 1 Session II
Free with admission or membership. Occasionally a program may be modified or cancelled without prior notice. Not available on bad-weather days.
For more information email Susanne at SOW@SDBGarden.org
Material for a scavenger hunt through the Hamilton Children’s Garden can be found in one of the flyer boxes at the shed in the Earth Builder area. We will post a new scavenger hunt for each month.
Mondays, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Tuesday of the Month, Thursdays and Fridays
10 am – 12 noon
Art Garden Happenings
Study a poster featuring our Artist of the Month, and then do a mixed media project, which is inspired by this artist. Craft activities are always open ended and are fun on all skill levels.
11 am – 3 pm
Children may learn about our Plant of the Month in a hands-on display in the Incredible Edible Garden and a poster featuring this plant in the Art Garden. A craft project, inspired by this plant, will be offered as well.
Nine to Five - Seven Days a Week
Fun things to do in the Hamilton Children’s Garden
Find out which vegetables and fruits are in season and help us water the raised plant beds in the Incredible Edible Garden. Don’t forget to check out the worm composting bin! Pot a succulent plant into a biodegradable pot to take home and watch it grow in your yard. Spell your name in plants in the Spell and Smell Garden. Have fun in the sand and use big wood blocks to build a balsa fort in the Earth Builder area. In the Art Garden, you can paint pictures on giant chalk boards or draw on paper with chalk pastels. Try out all the different instruments in the Music Garden and make some “noise.” Get your feet wet in the Mountain Stream and let boats and floating toys go down the stream. When the sun is out, try reading the time by the shadow cast on the sundial and find your way through the maze. Be creative with huge foam blocks, ramps and balls at the Tropical Surround, or enjoy reading a book from our Book Nook. Last but not least, have an amazing time playing in Toni’s Tree House.
Toni’s Tree House
Go on a jungle adventure in Toni’s Tree House.
Find out what vegetables and fruits are in season, help water the raised plant beds, check out the worm composting bin, and pot a succulent plant to take home.
Spell and Smell Garden
Spell your name in plants and test your sense of smell.
Observe native California Quails.
Play in the sand with a variety of toys and trucks
Balsa Wood Fort
Build a fort with giant balsa wood blocks
Draw a picture on large chalk boards.
Make music with instruments made from natural materials.
Let a boat go down the stream and splash in the water.
Birds & Butterflies
Observe butterflies and hummingbirds. Depending on the season you may find all stages of the Monarch butterfly metamorphosis in the Butterfly Bed and Breakfast.
Foam blocks, wood blocks, ramps and balls –
build whatever structure you like.
When the sun is out, try reading the time by the shadow cast on the sundial.
Find your way through the grass maze
Play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe or Hop Scotch