Kids & Families
New in 2014 the Children’s Nature & Sensory Trail provides an outdoor educational enrichment for children ages 6 and above. Located near the Enchanted Storybook Forest, the Trail features 12 interactive stations to explore nature by using sensory perception and engaging in physical and imaginative activity.
Young visitors enjoy the Children’s Discovery Room (12 - 4 p.m. weekends only in winter) which features seven interactive stations that reflect Brookgreen’s nature, art, and history.
At the Welcome Center, pick up a Brookgreen Detectives booklet. It gives kids an educational adventure where they can investigate, explore, and enjoy art while following clues, making observations, sketching drawings, and even playing word games. When completed, they turn in the booklet and receive a Brookgreen Detectives sticker and prize!
Kids' love the daily animal program, Mother Nature's Cafe, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., where they observe the animals as an interpreter feeds the animals a snack and hear about their behaviors and characteristics in this informative 50-minute tour.
In the Huntington Sculpture Garden, we have 'A Garden Room for Children' that stirs young imaginations with displays of plants and sculpture. There are wooded nooks to hide in, things to climb on, and sculptural animals to marvel at. There is even an elevated place for parents to sit and watch the magic of children learning as they play.
Butterfly House Open Daily April -October
Whispering Wings Butterfly Experience
This seasonal exhibit features a lush garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the air. Whispering Wings contains a pupae emergence room where you can observe the transformation from chrysalis to adult butterflies. The exhibit is open daily. Tickets are $3 - adults and $2 - children in addition to garden admission for a 30-minute timed visit.
Enchanted Storybook Forest
Younger guests enter the magical world of the Enchanted Storybook Forest, a collection of storybook playhouses created by local builders, architects and organizations. Each house is based on a classic children’s story or nursery rhyme and will encourage reading and interaction with the natural world. Special programs, classes, and activities will occur throughout the season and include storytelling under the trees, book sharing, arts and crafts and lessons on nature. The exhibit is free with garden admission.