Exclusively for Members:
Hamilton Children's Garden Entrance
Open on Fridays - June, July & August
9 am - 12 noon
Would you like direct access to the popular Hamilton Children's Garden? During June, July and August, members may park in the Hamilton Children's Garden parking lot and enter through the members' gate on Fridays from 9 am - 12 noon.
Please have your current membership card available when arriving at the Hamilton Children's Garden entrance. You may exit through this gate any time before the Garden closes.
Hamilton Children's Garden Events
Family Fall Festival
Saturday, October 25, 10 am – 2 pm
Come to the Hamilton Children’s Garden and celebrate the season with Hullabaloo’s kid-friendly live entertainment and fall-themed activities, like hay wagon rides, pumpkin carving, Halloween crafts and a petting zoo. Children can wear their favorite Halloween costume and are invited to participate in a costume contest.
No adults in costumes please!
Divine Fresh will offer Mediterranean style lunch and Rita’s will serve ice cream. Don’t forget to stop in and have a photo taken with the Big Pumpkin and Princess our “pumpkin head” parrot! Please visit our website at SDBGarden.org/events.htm for detailed information and event schedule.
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership.
Free for children 12 and under. Small fee for some crafts and activities.
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
Nine to Five –
Seven Days a Week
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!
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!
Art Garden Happenings
Daily, except first Tuesday of the month and some Sundays
Study posters featuring our Artist of the Month and Plant of the Month and then do a mixed media project, which is inspired by this artist or plant. Craft activities are always open ended and suitable for all skill levels.
What’s in My Backyard Garden: A Musical Experience
10 – 11 am
NOW - October 11
What’s in My Backyard Garden is a 6-week music education program designed to encourage children ages 3 - 6 to explore their home environment and make new discoveries. Through music, movement, dance, storytelling, and instruments children will unearth nature’s creatures living right in their own backyard!
Cost: Free with paid admission or membership
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