Youth & Family Activities

Story & Stroll

Enjoy a story & garden stroll during this one-hour event which is perfect for children ages 2-6 years old and their caregivers!

Here is what you need to know before joining us:
We limit Story & Stroll to 50 children and will divide the children into two groups of 25. Our volunteers group children on a first come-first served basis because spots are unable to be held for those who are not on-site. We encourage early check-in as this event sells out! You may begin to check-in for this event at 9:30 a.m. We are happy to announce we will host the event rain or shine!
Cost: $2/child, ages 2-6, $2/caregiver and those joining us who are 7 and older (ex. siblings); this cost includes activities and admission to Rotary Botanical Gardens.
Please note: Refunds are not available for this program, however, those who attend Story & Stroll are welcome to enjoy the Gardens after the event is over. Please monitor your children all times as inappropriate or destructive behavior will result in immediate removal from the program; additionally, be sure to dress children for the weather! Thank you!

Click here to view the Story & Stroll FAQ

Questions? Contact Education Department via email

Giant Aquarium

This fun structure looks like a large aquarium with blue sides and two access doors to allow visitors to enter a make-believe, underwater display. It features live plants coming out of a sandy “sea floor” as well as hanging fish and other aquatic creatures. In essence, once people enter this aquarium structure, we want them to feel like they are having an underwater sea adventure. Our 2019 StoryWalk book, Rainbow Fish ​Finds His Way by Marcus Pfister, will be displayed ​in and around the Aquarium. Visitors will be directed along a boardwalk from one door to the other (one way traffic). The Giant Aquarium​ is  ​5,120  ​cubic feet (16 ft wide by 32 ft long and 10 ft tall). If this space could be filled with water, it could contain 38,300 gallons! (All ages, June through October).

Pixie Spy Packs – Coming soon!

Families are transformed into Nature explorers while using RBG’s Self-guided Garden Adventure Backpack! Check out a Pixie Pack through the Cottage Garden Gallery Gift Shop at no additional charge. Enjoy I Spy games, a scavenger hunt and more! Pixie Packs are geared for children ages 3 through 7 however kids of all ages can use their imaginations and critical thinking skills as they wander and study the Gardens like never before.

Garden Art Exhibit – Celebrating ten years!

Returning for the tenth year, the “Dazzling Dragonfly” Garden Art Project Exhibit will be composed of 30 large dragonfly silhouettes, mounted on a garden post. The Exhibit opens on May 10 and concludes in early September. All art projects will be sold at a live auction on Thursday, September 19.