• San Diegp Botanic Garden

Science, Art and PLay in Garden Spaces


Calling all SAPLinGS!

Welcome to SAPLinGS 2022! Join us for more Science, Art and PLay in Garden Spaces beginning January 12, 2022 at San Diego Botanic Garden. We’ll have all your favorites including Model Trains, Tales and Tunes, and new activities galore. Help us garden in our Incredible Edibles Garden, learn cool science, and make art. Then play in Toni’s Treehouse, make music, and splash in our mountain stream! 

Drop by anytime! 

10 a.m. – Noon

Art & Science Activities in Hamilton Children’s Garden

Each month we focus on a different plant or nature-based theme. Science activities engage kids with cool science and hands-on learning that stimulates curiosity. Art activities focus on the process with open ended projects that spark the imagination. 

Monthly Theme:

Flower Power

Pollinators in the Garden

Fabulous Fruit!

Special Daily Activities as follows:

10 – 11 am

Garden Time in the Incredible Edibles Garden 

Please join us in the Incredible Edibles Garden to plant, water, weed, and all the other activities that keep a garden, well, incredible! Plus we explore seasonal happenings in the garden from seed to fruit, insects, decomposers, and more.


Model Trains with Conductor James 10-12 pm 

10:30 – 11 am

Toddler Tales & Tunes in Hamilton Children’s Garden

Grandma Kathy has been teaching and entertaining children and families at SDBG for many years. She uses puppets, bells, pompoms, and much more to connect children to plants and nature in the beautiful outdoor setting at the top deck of Hamilton Children’s Garden.


Scavenger Hunt

Visiting the Garden in person? Download and print this scavenger hunt or save paper and view it on your phone for a fun and interactive way for your family to explore the Garden!

Scavenger Hunt

Activities You Can Do at Home 

Click here for Fun at Home - We have hours of fun at home for kids of all ages. On this page, you will find videos from past months of Toddlers Tunes & Tales with Grandma Kathy. You can also download and print activity sheets for at-home projects including Nature Crafting, What Part of a Plant Are You Eating?, Orchid-gami, Tree Bingo, Kitchen Counter Gardening, 18 Things to Do with Oxalis, Observing Plants at Home, and Neighborhood Garden Scavenger Hunt!

For Children

For Children