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Seeds of Wonder

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily
Closed Christmas

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Upcoming Children’s Events

Chocolate Festival 2016
May 7
10 am – 4 pm

Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival!
Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more.
This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts.
“Tasting” tickets will be sold on site. See More

Cost: Free with paid admission or membership. Extra fee for tasting tickets.


Fairy Festival 2016
June 18

Calling all fairies! Come celebrate summer at San Diego Botanic Garden. Wear your fairy costume or come just as you are. Create a fairy house, make fairy treasures, leave messages on the wishing bush, or shop in the Fairyland market. Be sure to bring your camera for a picture with the Fairy Queen.
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Cost: Free with paid admission or membership. Small fee for crafts.


4th of July Parade
10 am

Join us for our annual 4th of July Parade through the Garden. Bring decorated strollers and wagons (no bikes please) and wear red, white and blue! We will meet at Seeds of Wonder at 10 am and the parade will start at 10:30 am sharp. After the parade, you are welcome to stay and enjoy the garden.


Ongoing Programs in Seeds of Wonder

Free with admission or membership. Occasionally a program may be modified or cancelled without prior notice if a volunteer is not available. Not available on rainy days.
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2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th of the month
10 am – noon

Not offered on 10-13-15 due to preparations for the Fall Plant Sale 

Toddler Tales and Tunes (recommended for ages 1 - 4)

Play in the garden and pot plants to take home. Pre-school stories and songs are offered on the patio of the Ecke Building from 10:00 - 10:30 am.


10 – 11:30 am

Not offered on 10-14-15 due to preparations for the Fall Plant Sale 

Garden Arts and Crafts (recommended for ages 1 - 6)

Children may participate in a variety of arts and crafts. There will also be plant potting and other fun activities.

10 – 11 am

Not offered on 10-15-15 due to preparations for the Fall Plant Sale 

Trains, Paints and Plants (recommended for ages 1 - 6)

Watch our motorman-engineer James run his special trains. He will also answer all your train questions. A nature related craft and plant potting will be offered.

All Aboard!

Seeds of Wonder Train

A touch of fantasy world in the middle of lush gardens, our garden railroad brings the whimsical charm of a miniature railroad to Seeds of Wonder, placing smiles on many faces, young and old. Come take a tour of our miniature landscape.

All Aboard! The train wanders through the country side, passing under the gondola which carries our miniature visitors to the height of “SOW Mountain” and onto the “Quail Lookout Tower.” From the height of the tower you can see a small town in the distance. The town is serviced by a trolley that provides means of transportation to the many residents. Push the big yellow button and you are the Engineer!

The newest addition to the Seeds of Wonder Rail Road. Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. Thanks to Bud Reece of Bachmann.

See Train Video Click Here

Seeds of Wonder Train
Photo: Nick Ruddick

Seeds of Wonder Train
Photo: Rachel Cobb


Pre-school Self Guided Tour

Tour Map Download Map Here (PDF File)

Download the 33 page PDF File
Tour Guide with Facts and Photographs

High Resolution 31MB
Low Resolution 4 MB

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