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Family Fun

Family Fun

Get the kids outdoors to the San Francisco Botanical Garden! From garden crafts to bug hunts in the Children's Garden, to story time and our summer book club at the Library, we have lots of fun, engaging activities planned for families with children of all ages. Check out this special feature that details all we have in store for the whole family.


Summer Outings in the Heart of the City Fun Activities

Bean Sprouts Family Days (All ages)

12pm–3pm, Saturdays, April–October (except 7/4)
FREE with regular admission

Why not start a new tradition with family and friends and GET OUTSIDE TO PLAY at the Garden! Families with children of all ages can enjoy nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games and exploration in the Children's Garden – a whole variety of activities to do at your own pace with help from garden staff and teen interns. Water thirsty plants, create a crazy critter, dig in our dune sand pit, or share a book in our Living Room. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic in the garden; activities available between noon and 3pm. Free to all garden visitors! Contact Children's Garden Educator Gretchen Norrell for more information.

Hunt for Treasure on Adventure #3

Pick up the Urbia Guide "Seeking California in a World of Plants" at the Garden Bookstore and go on a self-guided adventure at the Garden. Follow clues in a booklet that makes exploring the Garden more exciting than ever, and get your special reward at the Library when you complete the botanical adventure! Developed in collaboration with Urbia, this program is both educational and entertaining for all ages.

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Children's Storytime (Ages 4-8)

First and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, year-round
Library admission FREE, Garden activities FREE with regular admission

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join lively readers in our cozy children's book nook to hear engaging stories from the Library's extraordinary collection. Afterward, families are invited to take a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden. Why not bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings? Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes; the tour leaves the Library at 11am.
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Summer Reading Club (Ages 0-12)

Drop in during the Library's open hours, 10am–4pm (six days a week; closed Tuesdays), June 1–July 31
Library admission FREE, Garden activities FREE with regular admission

Exercise your mind and your body this summer with the Summer Reading Club at the Botanical Garden Library! This free reading club introduces children to new nature-related reading themes and garden activities each week. Kids receive seeds to plant as they meet their weekly reading goals, and receive a special prize for completing the entire eight-week program. Stay tuned for the hands-on activities we have in store for 2015! Prevent the "summer slide" and get outside – join the Club!
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Treasure Hunt Help from the Experts

Check out our Children's Books

Want to check out any of our Children's Books? We have a collection of over 2,000 garden- and nature-related children's books circulating. Available exclusively to Members and SFUSD Teachers.

More Resources

Want to explore with kids at your own pace? Here are a few resources to help you prepare for your next visit.

Digging in the Children's Garden

Motivational tree stumps. Photo by Carol Irvine, Honeymilk Studio.

Motivational tree stumps. Photo by Carol Irvine, Honeymilk Studio.

Enjoying time in the Children's Garden

Spark their Creativity

Have you ever laid in the grass and searched for shapes in the clouds? On your next visit to the Garden, encourage your children to use their imagination to find ballerinas in the fuchsia blooms or faces in the bark of a redwood. Then find our Araucaria araucana in the Ancient Plant Garden and ask them to guess why it's called a monkey puzzle tree.

Planting Tomatoes in the Children's Garden.

SFGate takes a Field Trip to the Botanical Garden

Read their report on our Summer Fun programs.

Story time in the 'living room.' Photo by Carol Irvine, Honeymilk Studio.

Story time in the Children's Garden 'living room.' Photo by Carol Irvine, Honeymilk Studio.

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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