Children and Family Programs

COVID-19 Update:  Duke Gardens is pleased to be open to the public again as of June 1. Read more about the phased reopening and related policies here.

We offer a range of fun, imaginative and challenging programs for children and families. Learn and discover together in beautiful and biodiverse Duke Gardens! We welcome all children and are happy to work with you to plan appropriate accommodations for your child in our programs.

Every Thursday, Sept. 16-Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-noon
Free admission. Drop-in activity for adults and children together; all ages. 
Meet at the tobacco barn in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden
Join us to explore, experiment and grow together on Thursday mornings in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Read a book, plant a seed, make observation drawings and more. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like!

Please see our latest at-home learning activities, classes and links here.

Feel free to use any of our self-guided visit resources to explore Duke Gardens with your family!

If you'd like to be added to our email list for program announcements, please email

Thank you!