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Activities For Children 2017-08-18T12:16:14+00:00

Children’s Activities

Sheffield Botanical Gardens is an approved site for Children’s University activities. For more information on the Sheffield Children’s University see

The activities are run in the school holidays and at half terms and offer a variety of activities. They are designed to encourage children to experience the Gardens identifying features, plants and wildlife. Different activities are available for children aged 4-8 and 8 plus. Children not in the Children’s University are very welcome to join in.

Summer Holidays

Wednesdays, 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd August – For younger children there will be storytelling in the Dorothy Fox Centre from 1.00-1.20pm. Still plenty of time to do the other activities as well.

All other activities start in the Dorothy Fox Centre.

1.00-3.30 Wednesday 2nd August – Bear afternoon. Bear Hunt and/or help draw a Bear border. Pick up a Bear Hunt sheet or have a go at drawing and decorating a Bear. Cost 50p

1.00-3.30 Wednesday 9th August – Structure Trail. Pick up a structure trail and using instructions work out where the structures are. Suitable for ages 4-11. You may like to take photos of the structures. Cost 50p

1.00-3.30 Wednesday 16th August – Using printing techniques make tree bunting. Give a tree a hug and do a bark rubbing. Can be messy so dress appropriately. Using an I-Spy investigate the Gardens. Cost 50p

1.00-3.30 Wednesday 23rd August – Minibeast afternoon. Equipment provided although you may like to bring your own collecting and magnifying equipment. Collect minibeasts from the Gardens and help is given in identifying them. Draw your minibeasts. You may like to take photos. Cost 50p

Remember to bring the passport to learning to collect credits if children are members of the Children’s University.

Do come to the Gardens which are lovely all the year round with plenty to see. Explore parts of the Gardens that are often missed such as the Four Seasons behind the pavilions and the Marnock Garden. Remember to say hello to the Bear in the Bear pit.

Always wrap up in appropriate clothing for the weather such as waterproof shoes. Children must be supervised by a parent or carer at all times.