NC Botanical Gardens: Children’s Wonder Garden

IMG_3438Years ago, when this blog first started, we went to the NC Botanical Gardens and wrote about it.  Since then, this place has grown a lot.  Last week we tried out the new Children’s Wonder Garden and had a blast.  If you follow us on Instagram you even got a little sneak peek.

The Children’s Wonder Garden is very natural and kept our brood of 4 boys quite engaged.  There is a huge pit of dirt with a couple of sand toys for digging.  There is a huge tree (with a big hole in it) for exploring.  There are scarves and tents and forts hidden in the woods.  There are toadstools to jump on.  IMG_3460

If that doesn’t keep your kids occupied there is an area to build with old pieces of tree and bark cut down in to blocks.  There is a bird blind where, if you can keep your kids quiet enough, you can see some beautiful winged friends (The Bug loved this, but our kids are loud.)

Bonus though that for our loud kids there was a bamboo wind chime they could play.

IMG_3452One of the cutest little things was the fairy mailbox and house.  So simple yet so imaginative.  There is an area where the fairies live.  Although you can’t see the fairies they have left paper and pencils to write notes to them and a mailbox for you to leave them their mail.  Now we didn’t do this because our kids wanted to write on their own but I have heard that if you leave your address the fairies will write you back to your house and include a little gift.  Cuteness!

I IMG_3441appreciate how organic the Children’s Wonder Garden is.  It seems to meld with the landscaping and be part of the surroundings.

Of course, it helps that it is all part of the gorgeous NC Botanical Gardens, as well!

The Children’s Wonder Garden is a fabulous addition for families.

Children’s Wonder Garden
NC Botanical Gardens

Weekdays: 8 am – 5 pm (administrative offices, gift shop, exhibits open at 9 am);
Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 – 5 pm (June – August, open to 6 on weekends)
Admission is free! More information
The Display Gardens and Education Center are located at 100 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill. (NOT a mailing address—see bottom of page for mailing/shipping info.)



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2 comments for “NC Botanical Gardens: Children’s Wonder Garden

  1. Trish
    September 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I went to visit last week and it is a cute place for an hour or so of entertainment but we were not prepared for the mosquito bites we all got. I recommend repellant, or long sleeves and pants.

    • Allison
      September 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm

      Good advice! We are getting eaten alive this week in general (what is up with that?). Bug spray it is! Thanks so much for the comment.

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