Starting in May, each day (yep, you heard that right…every day!) between 10:00am-12:00pm, children of all ages and their families can take part in hands-on activities in the amazing Victorian Children’s Garden at the Strawbery Banke Museum. Explore the teaching beds, compose a “Language of Flowers” posy, make a garden journal, join in on the Compost Crawl, or even plant an heirloom seed from our historic gardens. This is a fun and educational program for children of all ages!
Daily Programs will generally offer one or more of the following:
Make a journal book to record garden observations in word and picture.
Make an herbarium by pressing a flower or plant and learn the history of herbaria.
Language of Flowers posy
Using the key in the exhibit panel, compose a secret message to a friend using flowers from the Children’s Garden.
Learn how 19th century children made daisy chains and hollyhock dolls.
The Young Botanist
Examine and compare flower and leaf parts and discuss topics like pollination and photosynthesis.
Make herbal sun tea with plants from our Tea Bed and serve to fairies and garden gnomes.
Create an edible salad with leaves and flowers from the garden and serve to the fairies.
Collecting Carefully – Learn how to respectfully and carefully collect flowers and leaves so that the plant is not harmed. This is a great lesson for children who like to help in the garden but may not know about proper handling of plants.
Using an identification list of weed plants, children will use observation skills to locate weeds in the garden and help remove them to be composted.
Dig through the compost heap to find insects that are part of the decomposition process. Turn the compost to aerate the pile and speed up soil production.
Heirloom Seed Pots and Packets
Either make a paper pot and plant a seed or make a seed packet to take the seeds home with you.
Who’s Bugging the Garden?
Identify flying insects and the creep-crawlies with a magnifying glass. Learn which are garden pests and which are garden helpers.
This activity is offered every day from 10:00am – 12:00pm from May to October 2015. In addition to the garden programs, the cost of admission allows you to take part in all museum activities and passes are good for two consecutive days.
|Youths (ages 5-17)||$10.00|
|Kids (ages 4 and under)||FREE|
|Family Rate (2 adults and children under 17)||$45.00|
* General admission tickets are good for two consecutive days
14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH (603) 433-1100
Every day, 10:00am – 12:00pm