Children's Activities

SAPLinGS (Science, Art and PLay in Garden Spaces )
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m. – noon | Special Activities, times vary


Join us every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for learning, hands-on activities and fun! Each month we focus on a different plant or nature-based theme. Science activities engage kids with cool science and hands-on learning that stimulates curiosity. Art activities focus on the process with open-ended projects that spark the imagination. Come climb in Toni’s Treehouse, make music with our natural instruments, and splash in the Mountain Stream in Hamilton Children’s Garden.

July theme –  Fabulous Fruits

In the late spring and early summer, the buzz is all about flowers, but what happens next? After flowers are pollinated, they can begin producing fruits! Follow the cycle with us to learn just how fabulous fruits can be. Beat the heat with your very own fruit fan and so much more.


August theme – Sensational Seeds

Fruits are sweet to eat, but don’t forget it’s what’s on the inside that counts… Seeds! Every plant begins as a seed – come along for the journey from dispersal, to what happens after planting, to creating your very own environmentally-friendly seed-shaker.


Skip to Special Activities:  Wednesdays  |  Fridays

Wednesdays - Garden Time in the Incredible Edibles Garden

Special Activity 10 – 11 a.m. 

Join us in the Incredible Edibles section of Hamilton Children’s Garden to plant, water, weed, and learn about all the other activities that keep a garden, well, incredible! Plus, we explore seasonal happenings in the garden from seed to fruit, insects, decomposers and more.

grandma kathy in a blue shirt speaking to children outdoors

Fridays - Toddler Tales & Tunes in Hamilton Children’s Garden

Special Activity 10:30 – 11 a.m. 

Grandma Kathy has been teaching and entertaining children and families at SDBG for many years. She uses puppets, bells, pompoms, and much more to connect children to plants and nature in the beautiful outdoor setting at the top deck of Hamilton Children’s Garden.