Youth & Family Activities

Story & Stroll

Seasonal stories, songs and a stroll through the Gardens for sprouts ages 2-6 and their caregivers.

  • Terrific take home projects each month
  • Program fee: $2/child (2+), $1/adult
  • Includes access to Gardens on morning of program

Story & Stroll begins at 10 a.m.  on the dates listed below. The program is one hour long, ending at 11 a.m, please arrive by 9:45 a.m.

  • April 5
  • May 2
  • June 7
  • July 5
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1

Download a printable Story & Stroll flyer, featuring dates.

How does Story & Stroll Work? View our Story & Stroll FAQ.

Questions? Contact Pam, RBG Education Coordinator at 608.314.8412 or via email

Giant Aquarium

This fun structure looks like a large aquarium with blue sides and two access doors to allow visitors to enter this make-believe, underwater display. It features live plants (during the summer months) coming out of a sandy “sea floor” as well as hanging fish and other aquatic creatures. Once you enter this aquarium structure, you will feel as though you are having an underwater sea adventure! Educational initiatives will focus on the importance of plants in our aquatic environments and a book will be displayed in this space as well. Visitors will be directed along a boardwalk from one door to the other (one way traffic). The Giant Aquarium is built to be 500 square feet (16’ wide by 32 long and 10’ tall). If this space could be filled with water, it could contain 38,300 gallons! All ages will love this display, in full effect June through October, included with the price of admission.

Pixie Spy Packs/Discovery Backpacks

Families are transformed into Nature explorers while using RBG’s Self-guided Garden Adventures kit! Check one or both types of exploration backpacks out through the Cottage Garden Gallery Gift Shop and are included with regular admission. (Adult ID required.) I Spy games, word puzzles, and alphabet games are just a few of the activities offered within. Kids of all ages will use their imaginations and critical thinking skills as they wander and study the Gardens like never before. (Preschool/K-6th Grades, through October, included with the price of admission)

Garden Art Project Exhibit

Now in its eighth year, the project was developed to promote community participation and artist collaboration at RBG, as well as raise awareness and developmental support for the Gardens. Local artists and enthusiastic people of all skill levels artistically interpret a fun and creative design that is then placed on display in the Gardens. The exhibit will be up, mid May, 2017.