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    Children’s Garden

    About the Children's Garden

    When it was originally designed in the 1990s, River Farm’s popular Children’s Garden was one of the first dedicated children’s gardens in North America. It comprises a variety of themed gardens designed to stimulate children’s interest in plants and nature. It offers a safe, hands-on experience, encouraging interaction and unstructured "loose parts play" to stimulate children's imaginations.

    Part of the appeal for children is the miniature scale of the individual garden areas, which range from a little house on the prairie garden and a cool bat cave. The gardens are designed to provide a multi-sensory experience, with fragrant flowers and herbs, colorful blooms and butterflies, rustling foliage, and a variety of textures.

    These gardens delight the child in all of us. Whether you explore them as part of a play date, an outdoor picnic, or reserve them for a children’s birthday party, they will offer creative learning experiences and engaging outdoor play.