Hershey Children’s Garden

Activate the young explorer within your child as they search for frogs and fish, observe a honeybee hive or play within an imaginative treehouse at The Hershey Children’s Garden. As your child discovers plant and animal life around them, he or she can also learn why caring for the environment is vital for everyone. The Hershey Children’s Garden enables both you and your child to disconnect from technology and tune in to the sights, sounds and smells of a beautiful display garden.

Nature-play is important for every child. Your child can become immersed in hands-on activities like the following:

  • Create mud pies at the potting bench
  • Listen to nature-inspired stories in the treehouse
  • Observe honeybees in their hive
  • Search for fish, frogs and turtles in the pond
  • Learn about veggie and herb gardens
  • Explore and play in nature’s playground

Programming 2020

Hershey Children’s Garden Opening Day

Tuesday, March 31, 10am – 5pm
Free for members, with admission for nonmembers

Create a seed tape to plant at home with a written wish for the future that you hope to bloom this year. All materials for this activity will be provided. Can’t make it for opening day? Join us again on Saturday, April 4, at 1pm to participate in this activity.

Children’s Storytime

Tuesdays, March 31 – Oct. 27 (no storytime on June 2 & 9), 11 – 11:45am
Free for members, with admission for nonmembers

Join us under the treehouse in Hershey Children’s Garden for stories, crafts and hands-on activities. Each week features a different theme. This event is weather permitting.

Hershey Children’s Garden Weekend Activity

Kids Create: 1 – 2pm
Fun with Box Turtles: 3 – 4pm

Children can enjoy hands-on activities on weekend afternoons in Hershey Children’s Garden. April’s feature is Celebrate the Earth, while May’s is Games in the Garden. Activities are weather permitting.

History

Hershey Children’s Garden was one of the first such gardens in the country and the first in Ohio when it opened in 1999, and still serves as a model for children’s gardens around the world. With its mix of mini ecological areas, including the pond, prairie and woodland, as well as the manicured flower gardens, it is a place for guests of all ages to explore, learn and find adventure.

The Hershey Children’s Garden was made possible through a generous grant from The Hershey Foundation and gifts from members of the Hershey Family. Jo Hershey Selden established The Hershey Foundation in 1986 to honor her late husband Alvin A. Hershey. Their daughter Debbie Hershey has worked closely with the Botanical Garden to create a place where children can enjoy the outdoors and have fun with plants while learning about science and the environment.

Hours:

Open March 31–October 31 during Botanical Garden hours*

*closes at sunset on Wednesdays when the Botanical Garden is open until 9pm

The Children’s Garden is often staffed by an employee and/or volunteer, but adults are responsible to actively supervise children in their care.

Visit the Garden today and experience first-hand our rich and vibrant kids activities!