Children and Family Programs

We offer a range of fun, imaginative and challenging programs for children and families. Learn and discover together in beautiful and biodiverse Duke Gardens!

January-March 2020 programs

 

Registration is now open! Click here.

 

Science of the Season | Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m.

Free. Drop-in activity for adults and children together; all ages. Meet in the Doris Duke Center. Pre-registration suggested.

Explore how plants, people and other animals live during the winter season at this afternoon of fun activities and discovery presented by Duke Gardens and other local groups.

Register through Festivals & Special Events.

Family Garden Walks | first Saturday of the month (except January and July), 9-9:45 a.m.

Free for adults and children together; all ages. Meet at the Gothic Gate. Pre-registration suggested.

Bring the whole family to explore the garden every first Saturday! Discover new places in the Gardens, with a different seasonal theme each month. Walks end inside the Gardens to encourage exploring on your own. No walk in January or July.

- Feb. 1: theme TBA

- March 7: theme TBA

This walk is aimed at families with children. If you're looking for an adult-level walk, see the Morning Walk for Adults scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on the same days; register through Adult Education Programs.

Classroom Open Hours featuring Liberation Station's Black Lit Library® | 10 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Jan. 6-Feb. 24 (except Jan. 20), and Saturdays, Feb. 1 and March 7

Free. Drop-in activity for adults and children together; all ages. Meet in the Doris Duke Center. Pre-registration suggested.

Explore the new Liberation Station's Black Lit Library® and other classroom materials. An on-site staff member will be available as a resource for a variety of learning explorations. This is a drop-in program; come when you can and stay as long as you like.  Additional hours will be announced each season. 

Liberation Station Black Lit Library®

Discover this new collection of children’s books, suitable for a range of ages, and featuring characters of color. This exciting new addition is curated by Liberation Station Bookstore with the goal “to give a child of color an ounce of territory and assurance that they are and will remain the protagonist in their own stories.” Visitors are welcome to explore these books and other classroom materials during Classroom Open Hours.

 

Liberation Station Winter Storytime | Mondays, Jan. 13 & 27, Feb. 10 & 24, 10 a.m.

Free. Drop-in activity for adults and children together; all ages. Meet in the Doris Duke Center. Pre-registration suggested.

Hear a book read aloud from the Liberation Station's Black Lit Library®, followed by activities facilitated by Duke Gardens staff. 

Liberation Station's Black Lit Library®

Discover this new collection of children’s books, suitable for a range of ages, and featuring characters of color. This exciting new addition is curated by Liberation Station Bookstore with the goal “to give a child of color an ounce of territory and assurance that they are and will remain the protagonist in their own stories.” Visitors are welcome to explore these books and other classroom materials during Classroom Open Hours.

Nature Storytime | Thursdays, March 5-26, 10:30 a.m.

Free. Drop-in activity for adults and children together; recommended for children ages 3-6. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. Pre-registration suggested.

Enjoy the outdoors with a short story read aloud in the Gardens, followed by a related activity or garden walk. Additional dates will be announced each season.

 

Register for Nature Adventures Camps here!

Learn more about membership and join here to receive education program discounts, free admission to select programs & events, and more.

Want to bring your group to Duke Gardens? Choose from our offerings of age-appropriate programs on a variety of topics or request your own customized program. Please see our School and Group Programs page.

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