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Family Activities at Garden in the Woods

Things to do when you visit the Garden with kids

Children welcome!

We want to help connect kids to the many plant and animal habitats of the natural world. Like adult visitors, children enjoy experiencing the colors, textures, and smells of our beautiful native plants and looking for the many different animals that live here. 

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Check out our many programs for families and children here!



Things to do when you visit

Follow Curtis Path

over hills, through deep woods, and along the edges of bogs, a brook, and a pond, where you can spot turtles, frogs, and other water creatures. 

Visit the Idea Garden, with its green roof and edible native garden that includes a small fruit orchard. 
Explore the Coastal Sand Plain, which showcases plants that grow in this distinctive habitat, including New England's only native cactus.
Experience the New England Rare Plant Garden to see plants you are unlikely to see anywhere else. 

Embark on a scavenger hunt. Challenge everyone in the family to use all five senses as you explore the Garden: Pick up lists for kids of different ages at the Garden Shop, which also sells snacks and drinks, and eco-friendly games, toys, and clothing.  

Go wild in our Family Activity Area, where children can unleash their energy and imaginations: Kids can enter through the magic cottage door to create their own critter cottage under the pines, build a fort with branches, climb through our giant hollow log, and fill up a habitat box with a variety of natural materials. You never know who might move in!


Getting around the Garden with children

The main trail, Curtis Path (about one mile long), is wide enough for strollers and carriages. Secondary trails pass over some hilly terrain. Bathrooms in the Education Building have changing stations and are handicapped-accessible. More bathrooms are located in the Visitor Center. 


Parents, please keep children on the paths and out of the garden beds. Our native plant collections contain rare and endangered species that cannot be replaced. 

 Family Activity Area

The Family Activity Area was funded in part by Whole Foods Markets of Framingham and Wayland, and grants from the Cultural Councils of Acton-Boxborough, Ashland, Framingham, Hudson, Natick, Southborough, Sudbury, and Weston, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


last modified April 25, 2016