First Tuesday Free Day
I recently met a friend at the San Diego Botanic Garden on one of their first Tuesdays free admission days and it was bustling with people. My 8 month old daughter loved seeing kids of all different ages at the Garden especially during our play time in the sand pit located in the Hamilton Children's Garden. Admission is free the first Tuesday of every month; you just have to pay $2 cash for parking.
Hamilton Children's Garden
Kids of all ages could spend the entire day in this section of the Garden. With a tree house, large-scale musical instruments, balsa wood fort, art garden, sand pit, spell and smell garden and more, this area allows kids self-guided play and provides all the tools for them to learn about nature.
Seeds of Wonder Children's Garden
We were pleasantly surprised by the bronze animal sculptures, a massive train installation featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, a play house, and a water fountain play station in this section of the Garden. They even have Garden Arts and Crafts in this area on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am. Visit the website for additional programs, http://sdbgarden.org/seeds_wond.htm.
Sculpture in the Garden
The Garden has a robust art program headed up by a curator who helps facilitate rotating sculptures by regional artists. Now through April 2015 you can enjoy sculptures from 31 well known artists including James Hubbell, Deanne Sabeck, Jamex and Einar de la Torre, and Jeffery Laudenslager installed throughout the garden. Take a self-guided tour with this Sculpture Map http://sdbgarden.org/sculpture.htm
Picnic at the Garden
Don't forget to pack your lunch and some water so you can take advantage of the beautiful scenery while eating outdoors. We ate near the sand pit in the Hamilton Children's Garden since there was a picnic table. But, there are lots of lovely spots including a large grass area in the middle of the Garden. Enjoy your afternoon at the San Diego Botanic Garden!
For more information about hours and regular admission visit http://sdbgarden.org/visit.htm.