Visiting with Kids

The Garden welcomes visits from children and they love exploring the Garden!
We’ve designed a special Children’s Garden Tour Book just for them which teaches them about the Garden’s signature plants and about Ruth herself.  It is written for young readers, and includes suggested activities to make the visit engaging and fun.  The Leaflet contains our very popular Garden Bingo game, a section about our plant of the month, and other activities. The content of the Leaflet changes regularly to keep our returning visitors engaged. Ask for it at the admissions booth when you purchase tickets and check-in.

Scroll down to learn more about the variety of activities and special events we have for children.


Join us for an arts & crafts activity that lets children paint a pot and learn how to plant and care for a succulent. Each week there will be fun new pot designs to choose from so children can grow their own succulent collection with a new pot and plant each week. All supplies are provided. Ages 6 and up. No drop-offs; parent/guardian must accompany child(ren).

Cost: $9.50 – Registration required and space is limited

Click on the link below for more information and to register.

JULY 6: Plant-astic Pots CACTUS FRIENDS

JULY 13: Plant-astic Pots: POND FRIENDS

JULY 20: Plant-astic Pots: POLLINATORS

JULY 27: Plant-astice Pots: SURF’S UP


Get the kids up, outside, and learning with our FREE nature-themed story time. It will take place indoors, where it’s cool, in the Coit Family Visitor & Education Center. Each story time is 30 minutes and space is limited. Online RSVP required and RSVP does not include admission into the Garden.  No drop-offs; parent/guardian must accompany child(ren). Masks required for anyone 2 years and older.

Click on the link below for more information and to RSVP for each story time.

JULY 8 @ 9:30am: Nobody Hugs a Cactus

JULY 15 @ 9:30am: Everybody Can Dance

JULY 22 @ 9:30am: Sarah and the Big Wave

JULY 29 @ 9:30am: Hank’s Big Day – The Story of a Bug

We offer a children’s field trip program for school groups, Scout troops or homeschool students. Tours are aligned to Common Core standards and NGSS.  The two-hour field trip program meets the California curriculum standards for the third grade but can be adapted for students of all ages. Girl and Boy Scout groups can contact our Children’s Education Manager for a list of badges to achieve in the garden.  Tours require a group of 10 or more children.  To make arrangements for your group, please call the office at 925-944-9352 option #5 /#1 or email our Tour Coordinator.

The Garden is continually expanding its class offerings for children.  Our arts and crafts classes enable children to express themselves through art using nature and the Garden as the inspiration, medium or location.  Our science and nature based classes let children learn and discover the world of plants and the environment. Sign up for our email newsletter.

My First Succulent – Paint-a-Pot Craft Kits
Stop by the Nursery after visiting the Garden and you will find a selection of gifts and souvenirs for kids., including our very own RBG Coloring Book and seasonally themed Paint-a-Pot kits that include a 2 inch succulent plant of your choice. We also carry child-sized hats, garden gloves and a wide selection of small 2″ – 6″ plants and pots to grow at home.

Throughout the year, the Garden hosts numerous family-friendly special events.  Most are free for children 12 and under with paid Garden admission for adults.  Past events have included our Easter Find the Bunnies scavenger hunt, “Aloe-ween” costume event and pumpkin hunt, Pollinator and Friends Day, where we released Monarch butterflies into the Garden.  Garden of d’Lights is our annual holiday light exhibit that illuminates the Garden and night, transforms the Garden’s mature cacti, succulents and trees into magical colorful botanical sculptures. Visit our Events page for the most current listing of all Garden classes and special events.