Experience the Arb with Kids
Internationally-renowned artist Patrick Dougherty starts work on his yet-to-be-named 301st sculpture on May 6. The woven stick structure will be completed by May 24 and on display at the Arboretum for the next 1-2 years.
Drop in from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays for family-friendly nature activities that change with the season.
Beginning in June, find fun activities or get your garden questions answered at pop-up fun stops throughout the Arboretum.
Learn about pollinators while exploring interactive exhibits, and see honeybee hives in action. This building has won awards for its environmentally-sustainable design.
Sit in the Garden House, listen to the rushing waterfall and count the koi.
Take the boardwalk across Green Heron Pond. Look for herons, dragonflies, orchids and tamaracks.
Get a little lost in the twisty, turning paths of the Maze Garden. A two-story tower provides an overview of the entire maze.
Enjoy seasonal, garden-related or nature-themed stories at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in the Anderson Horticultural Library.
Explore the Arboretum’s new Three-Mile Walk, which provides an excellent overview of the grounds and meanders through a variety of gardens and exhibits, including the Maze Garden, Pine Collection, Crabapple Tree Collection, Pillsbury Shade Tree Exhibit and Dayton Wildflower Garden. Want to walk more? Hike through the Arboretum’s 16 miles of nature trails.
Take an intergenerational class with your favorite kid or sign them up for their own class or summer camp.
Grab a snack (kids love our cookies and muffins) or a whole meal, and dine inside in the cafe or outside on the Newton Dining Terrace.
Planting begins this spring around the Arboretum’s iconic Red Barn. The barn and surrounding farm will feature educational exhibits on Minnesota food from plant to plate. Don’t miss the first Red Barn Farm Field Festival: Celebrating the Grains in our Plains on September 14, 2019.
A safe space to explore nature for children ages 5 and younger.
Visit Bing the Dragon (a 10-foot-tall steel coiled dragon sculpture), and learn a bit more about Chinese culture.
Hop on board one of the two nine-passenger Bee-Line Visitor Shuttles. The free transportation runs from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Play outside with your children ages 5 and younger with a variety of guided activities in the Green Play Yard.
Find a picnic table in the Arboretum’s Ordway Picnic Shelter, overlooking the Green Heron Pond, or the Margot Picnic Area near the Andrus Learning Center. Picnic tables are also available near the Maze Garden and Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. Planning a big picnic? Picnic shelters can be reserved.
When the weather outside is frightful, there’s still plant life to be found in the Meyer-Deats Conservatory where orchids, succulents and other tropical plants grow year-round.
Explore interactive exhibits and the plants in the “Please Touch” Greenhouse.
This garden is designed to engage the senses, so go ahead and touch, smell, listen and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Explore fun little playhouses and learn more about the trees that could live in your yard.
See the Minnesota State Tree (Red Pine), and marvel at more than 200 specimens of pine trees. Walk through a tree trunk to learn even more about these trees.