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mordecai children's garden faqs

What age is the Mordecai Children’s Garden appropriate for?
We recommend the Children's Garden for children aged 12 months to 8 years. However, all ages are welcome to play and explore in the Children’s Garden.

Do I have to pay an additional fee to visit the Children’s Garden?
The Children’s Garden is included in the regular admission price for Denver Botanic Gardens. Admission tickets can be purchased at the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center or at the top of the parking garage in the Children’s Garden Welcome Pavilion.

Does the Children’s Garden offer any programs for my children?
Denver Botanic Gardens offers a variety of pre-registered programs for children and families. To see a listing of all the programs Denver Botanic Gardens offers for children and families, please click here.

My child doesn’t like crowds. When do you recommend we visit?
Mornings are typically busiest in the Children’s Garden. If you are looking for a quiet time to visit with your little ones, afternoons are usually less crowded.

What do you recommend I bring with me?
Children are encouraged to explore the Children’s Garden’s surroundings. Your child will have the opportunity to dig in a dirt pit, splash in a stream and participate in activities that sometimes get a little messy. We recommend dressing your child in play clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bringing an extra pair of clothes to change into after playing in Springmelt Stream. To keep the stream clean and safe for all visitors, if your little one is still in diapers, swim diapers are required. Sunscreen, hats and water bottles are always great accessories when visiting the Gardens.

Can I bring my stroller into the Children’s Garden?
Strollers are welcome in the Children’s Garden. The paths in the Children’s Garden are stroller friendly. Along Marmot Way, the main path through the Children’s Garden, you will see designated stroller parking areas where you can leave your stroller if you choose not to take it through the Children’s Garden with you.

Can I eat a snack or lunch in the Children’s Garden?
Picnic lunches and food/drink are all welcome in the Children’s Garden. Picnic tables are available under the Mountain Shadows Pavilion and by the Home Harvest Garden. Currently there is no food available for purchase in the Children’s Garden. However, Offshoots in the Garden café in the main York Street Gardens is available if you would like to purchase food or beverages.

Can I drop off my child to play in the Children’s Garden?
Children CANNOT by left unattended in the Children’s Garden. To insure the safety of all visitors, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I access the Children’s Garden?
The Children’s Garden is located on the third floor of the parking garage. Admission tickets may be purchased at the Welcome Pavilion on top of the parking garage.

How long should I plan on spending in the Children’s Garden?
We recommend anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours to visit the Children’s Garden. Each time you visit the Children’s Garden you are likely to have a unique experience and therefore the length of your stay will depend on your child’s exploration interests.