Saturday, August 7, 2010

Come Have Fun in the Sun!

Welcome to the Magnuson Children's Garden! We have several more fun events planned for this summer and fall, and we hope to see your smiling face!

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!

Here is a list of all the fun events planned for children and their parents in the Magnuson Children's Garden during the rest of summer and fall:
Family Gardening Days:
Wednesday August 18th from 1:00-3:00pm
Friday September 24th from 9:00am-12noon (part of our United Way "Day of Caring" event)

Come spend a summer morning or 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!

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

Saturday September 4th from 12noon-4:00pm:
The Blues for Food Festival
Explore the worm bin, make nature art, and take a 'scratch-and-sniff' leaf walk during this day-long concert event. Children's Garden activities are free, and the funds raised by the concert admission will 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! Families can also help pick fresh produce from the Jr. Nature Explorers P-Patch to donate to local food banks. For more info, visit

Saturday October 2nd
from 11:30am-2:00pm
Nature Explorers Jamboree and Harvest Celebration
Free admission for all the fun! Sponsored by Magnuson Community Center
Join in celebrating of another great year of Jr. Nature Explorers Camps, Family Nature Explorers Programs, and a bountiful harvest from the Magnuson P-Patch and Demonstration Orchard! There will be tons of fun for the whole family: Scavenger hunts in an orchard maze, a fruit-tasting tent, cider pressing, scarecrow-making, garden tours led by Jr. Nature Explorers, picking produce for local food banks, a "Harvest Parade", and more..... plus a very special musical guest appearance by Caspar Babypants, who will lead a "nature song sing-along"!

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