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.

  • October 4 (Limited to 50 children).
  • November 1 (Limited to 25 children).

Download a printable Story & Stroll flyer, featuring dates.

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

Questions? Contact Education Department at 608.314.8411 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

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

2018 will begin the ninth year of the exhibit which 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. Information on the 2018 exhibit will be available Spring 2018. Thank you to those who participated in the 2017 Garden Art Exhibit!