Hershey Children's Garden

Help your whole family flourish.

Help your child disconnect from technology and discover the wonders of nature. As they explore plant and animal life, they’ll have a new appreciation for the environment.

They can become immersed in hands-on activities like:

  • Observing honeybees in their hive
  • Searching for fish, frogs and turtles in the pond
  • Learning about veggie and herb gardens
  • Exploring and playing in nature’s playground
  • Creating in our sandbox 
  • Learning how to care for plants with our water pump

The Hershey Children’s Garden was one of the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 1999, and it still serves as a model for children’s gardens around the world.

Summer Drop-in Activities

Now Through August 28th

Come and spend part of your summer days in the garden this year! Besides our fountain, tree house and water pumps, we have fun daily activities planned for children of all ages (weather permitting). All summer long, explore to find all the items for our scavenger hunt and check in to see if we have a special mystery gardener to help you pot a seed!

Tuesdays: Story Time


Children, with accompanying adults, will enjoy nature stories, songs and fingerplays followed by a hands-on activity under the tree house.

Wednesdays: Get Moving

11:00am-12:00pm & 3:00-4:00 pm

Let’s get moving! Come to the garden and work the wiggles out in the morning and the needing-to-get-outside-in-the-afternoon blues. Included with admission.

Thursdays: Garden Explorers

11:00am-12:00pm (select dates)

July 21, 2022
August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2022

Bring your budding young scientist to this staff or volunteer led garden exploration. Children will practice observation skills and enjoy fun activities. Included with admission.

Thursdays: Live at the Hive

10:15 – 11 am (Select Dates)

Come and see the Hershey Children’s Garden beehive up close on select dates from 10:15-11:00 am. Children will meet our beekeeper, learn about some of our native bees and suit up to get a bee’s eye view of the hive!

Registration is required, limited to 12 participants, including both children and their caregivers. No extra cost besides the price of admission. PreK and up, please!


Fridays: Senses in Our Gardens

11:00am-12:00pm & 3:00-4:00 pm

Come and use your senses in this staff lead tour of our garden and see what is interesting that week. Included with admission

Saturdays & Sundays: Kids Create


June- Art with Plants
July- Winter in July
August-Lazy Days of Summer

Included with admission.

Saturdays & Sundays: Fun With Box Turtles


Visit with one of our Eastern Box Turtles as they come outside to play this summer.

Included with admission.

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For your safety:

  • We may limit the number of visitors inside this garden at one time
  • Parents assume the risk associated with touching play surfaces and children congregating

Adults are responsible to actively supervise children in their care.

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