Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Fun in the Children's Garden!

Welcome to the Magnuson Children's Garden website! We have lots of wonderful summer activities and events planned, and each one is designed to increase the fun, education, and sustainability of the garden.

Garden Description

This vibrant, interactive, children’s garden is open FREE to the public year-round, during all hours that Magnuson Park is open. The garden was designed by a team of professionals, using the ideas that were dreamed up by children from the community, and is filled with plants and other features that delight all the senses:
• A sea of grasses that rustle in the wind.
• Hundreds of plants that feed butterflies and other beneficial insects, hummingbirds and songbirds.
• The Tea Garden and Pizza Garden.
• Child-size picnic tables, plus tree stump stools and benches to sit and dream.
• A spiral path up a hill to the Lookout, the highest point in the whole community garden.
• The Fort Zone, complete with everything you'll need to build a unique "house" of your own.
• The Salmon Survival Path, which winds from our "ocean" up to the Lookout.
• A Grey Whale Garden, complete with mosaic tail and eyes, and a tall grass spout!

The Magnuson Children's Garden hosts free events throughout the spring and summer months that are fun for children and their parents. Here's what is planned:

Summer Events

Family Gardening Workparty Events:
Come spend a summer afternoon at the Magnuson Children's Garden, doing simple and easy tasks to help care for the garden! All adults who participate are invited to bring children with them for free nature activities, such as exploring the worm bin, going on sensory walks, creating nature art, planting and harvesting! Tools and gloves are provided for all adults and children, along with refreshments. Teens receive service learning credit for their volunteering. To top it off, King County Master Gardeners and other horticultural experts are on hand at each event to answer questions about your own garden free of charge!
Summer schedule:
Wednesday June 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm
Wednesday July 21st from 1:00-3:00pm
Saturday July 24th from 10:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday August 18th from 1:00-3:00pm

Summer Celebration Events:
Each summer, the Children’s Garden hosts fun activities for children and families during several of the musical events that are held at the Magnuson Amphitheater, which is adjacent to the garden.

Friday July 9th from 6:oo-8:00pm- Family Garden Party!

Enjoy free activities for children and families before and during the free concert by Seattle favorites 'Tickle Tune Typhoon"!

Friday July 30th from 6:oo-8:00pm- Family Garden Party!
Enjoy free activities for children and families before and during the free concert by Seattle favorites 'The Not Its"!

Saturday September 4th (Labor Day weekend) from 12noon-4pm:
Enjoy activities for children and families during the "Blues for Food Festival". This day-long concert event raises funds to benefit the P-Patch Trust, which provides food for needy families all across the city and funds the purchase of land for new P-Patches where Seattle residents can grow their own organic produce. This event features performances by many of the area's best blues bands, fabulous food, and a homemade pie auction! For more info, visit

Fall Fun- Just scheduled!!!
Saturday October 2nd
from 11:30am-2:00pm
Fall Harvest Celebration/Jr. Nature Camp Jamboree
Join in the celebration of another year of bountiful harvest from the Magnuson P-Patch, Jr. Nature Explorers Garden, and the Demonstration Orchard! Apple tasting, cider pressing, harvest maze, garden tours led by Jr. Nature Explorers, and more..... plus a very special musical guest appearance by Caspar Babypants!

We welcome all volunteer groups who would like to help sustain the Children's Garden. As the Seattle Works volunteers (photo left) will testify, our workparty events are tons of fun too!

For more information on our events and volunteer opportunities, contact the Magnuson Children's Garden Committee at

For info about the Jr. Nature Explorers program, which is sponsored by the Magnuson Community Center, visit

You can also find additional information about the Magnuson Children’s Garden and Community Garden at

Directions to the Garden:
The Children's Garden is part of the 3.5 acre Magnuson Community Garden, located inside Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

The Children's Garden is easy to find! It is located right behind building #406, also known as "The Brig". If you are traveling to the garden by foot or by car, follow these directions:

Enter Magnuson Park at the 74th St entrance. Go approx. 4 blocks until you reach the second 4-way stop sign. The entrance to the Community Garden is via the sidewalk on the north side of this intersection. The Children's Garden is just a few steps down the sidewalk- look on your left for an entry arbor with colorful flags and a Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar Tree draped over its top, and the giant Grey Whale Garden !

If you're driving, turn right at that second 4-way stop, and park in the Jr. League Playground parking lot. (if you reach the dog park you've gone too far) Use the crosswalk to go back across 74th St. and into the Children's Garden!


Magnuson Park is a proud participant in the annual National Environmental Education Week, which will be held this year on April 11th-17th. The Magnuson Community Center, Children's Garden, and Bird-Friendly Landscape hosted several educational events that week for school-age children!
For more info on National Environmental Education Week, visit

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