|The traditional perception of a childrens’ garden is a play area with swings and other amusements to distract the children and use some of the energy that they have in such abundance.
However, the modern childrens’ gardens have become places of education and discovery, giving the opportunity for children to divert that energy into learning. To maintain the childs attention, numerous attractions need to be provided, allowing the child to interact with them and in this way giving them the opportunity to learn. Our approach will continue this philosophy, ensuring that play is overlapped with learning, therefore blending the requirements for children’s gardens with the broader programme for the scheme.
Natural History Museum
Ever fancied being a palaeontologist and digging up your own dinosaur? Well now is your chance - well if you are aged between four and eleven it is. The Natural History Museum has opened its Dino Dig where children can dive into sand and unearth parts of a plant-eating Iguanadon or one of Britain’s largest hunters, the Neovenator.
Open all this summer, with Museum interpreters there to help, visitors get the chance to piece together the bones of these two massive skeletons, just as palaeontologists
Stag Beetle Loggery is part of the London Biodiversity Action Plan for Stag Beetles. The stag beetle is Britain’s
biggest native beetle. Males can grow up to 50mm overall, including the ‘antlers’, which are elongated jaws.
The Badger Sett is a large recreation of a badger’s sett, allowing people to walk through the food stores, sleeping chambers and nests that are all connected by a warren of tunnels.
Climbers and Creepers was created in the summer of 2004, Kew’s determination to make serious botany great
fun for children it is Britain’s first interactive botanical play zone. The area engages children from around 3-9
years in the pleasures of learning more about plants and their relationships with animals and people. As ‘insects’, children climb inside a plant to learn about pollination. Thrills come when they learn about the dangers insects face from carnivorous plants when they trap model flies with Venus fly traps or are themselves ‘eaten’ by a giant pitcher plant.
Within the tranquil Dukes Garden, there are large formal lawns framed by a series of seasonal beds. With increasing climatic change and the need for more economical water use, there is also a dry/gravel garden, providing an insight into the plants that can be successfully grown, demanding less water than those traditionally chosen for gardens in the United Kingdom.
Huntington Botanic Gardens
Designed specifically with youngsters in mind, the Children’s Garden taps into children’s innate curiosity
about the world around them. The Garden encourages intellectual and physical engagement in magical, thoughtprovoking surroundings. It is the perfect place for handson exploration, at a scale and level just right for little ones.
The Garden centers on the four ancient elements-–Fire, Water, Earth and Air. These are the raw elements that
fuel the plant world and, through plant growth, give rise to the oxygen, food, resources, and habitats that sustain human life.
Fire yields light and heat, demonstrated through the power of sunlight whose energy plants use to create
their food. Prism Tunnel: Crawl through the tunnel where prisms break sunlight into colored arcs and soft halos.
Topiary Volcano: Sunlight fuels the flame-colored leaves of New Zealand flax growing atop the volcano. Rampant vines form a shady refuge. Rainbow Room: Pulses of mist break sunlight into a circular rainbow that shimmers against the background of miniature Bull Bay magnolias.
Water gives movement to our lives and the world around us. Plants take water in through their roots and lose it through their leaves. Sonic Pool: Vibrations at the rim of the basin create waves that interfere with each other to produce dynamic effects–causing water to ripple, and even dance around the edge. Vortex and Water Bells: Change the flow of water in the Vortex, and watch the effects of the water as it swirls through the funnel. At the Water Bells, water forms umbrella-like shapes, only to be pierced and reshaped by small hands. Marble Jets:
These small jets propel grape-sized spurts of water into the air.
Earth is soil, rock, pebbles, stone and metal. The earth is where plants root and where they get their nutrients.
Magnetic Sand Magnetic sand comes from ocean sediments. It is attracted to the two powerful magnets and provides an opportunity to create interesting shapes—a lesson in the interaction of force fields.
Self-Centered Globe With Los Angeles positioned at the top, the globe shows how the sun is striking the Earth at this very moment. Look and feel for evidence of the Earth’s sunrise and sunset, shadows, and surface heat.
Pebble Chimes Pebbles ring out while bouncing through a maze of metal posts. Compose your own sounds, from solo, to symphony, to cacophony in an interplay of materials and physics.
Air is a forgotten substance, until it is made visible—by fog or smoke. But the atmosphere is the greatest
nutrition source on Earth, providing all of the carbon dioxide plants require to make the food they use to grow.
Gentle aromas waft through this formal passageway planted with citrus, rosemary, lavender, and other fragrance-rich plants. Smell and flowers and leaves.
Fog GrottoExperience the swirl of clouds and the constant currents that move around us. Fog, generated by nearly 100 high-pressure nozzles, flows in and fills the grotto, only to be swept away by a sudden breeze.
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden has developed a new garden with 40 discovery activities it is the only facility of its kind in the United States: an indoor - outdoor wonderland where people learn about the world of plants through hands-on exhibits and walks through landscapes filled with activities.
A romp through a fragrant, flower-filled meadow, with plants taller than a toddler, is the perfect welcome to the plant-filled fun of the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.
The path leads next to Boulder Maze. Children explore its winding trail, At the top of the maze, children can use a discovery telescope to see the wetlands below.
The Vincent Astor Foundation Sun, Dirt and Water Gallery
At the entrance to The Vincent Astor Sun, Dirt and Water Gallery, visitors are greeted by a giant frog topiary leaping from a splashing fountain. As children sit or step on the oversized lily pads around the fountain’s edge, sprays of water shoot up into the air. In this gallery children discover how plants make food, move water, and use sunlight.
William and Lynda Steere Discovery Center
Giant topiary caterpillars lead visitors toward the William and Lynda Steere Discovery Center. Inside are the Texaco Kids Lab, Bendheim Kids Herbarium, and Bendheim
Teacher Center. The children join in laboratory experiments, examine plants through microscopes, and press plants like botanists in the field. Activities include examining unusual plants and plant parts, assembling plant jigsaw puzzles, and watching discovery videos.
Arthur Hays and Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger Meadow Gallery
The Sulzberger Meadow Gallery is designed to help children understand the life cycle of flowers. The colorful, bigger-than-life flower models, enormous monarch butterfly, and puppet pollinators give children the chance to pollinate like insects. Kids look through a huge bee’s head to see how flowers appear to bees. They test different ways that plants move seeds.
The Con Edison Pond Gallery
This is where children build their own giant bird’s nests and compare their results with real birds’ nests. They pretend to be wetland animals searching for the right kind of lunch. They explore life in a pond, using hand lenses to see the tiny living things in pond water.
Mitsubishi Wild Wetland Trail and Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
They follow the trail into the heart of the wetlands, discovering What Stinks and how wetlands are important for recycling old plants. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, people of all ages can dig in and garden - or explore ponds, investigate insect and plant life up-close.