Did you know that San Diego Botanic Garden was named one of North America’s Top 10 Gardens Worth Traveling For? Lucky for us, this gem is right here in Encinitas. Start new family traditions at their upcoming holiday events or visit any day of the year to introduce your ‘buds’ to their sprawling children’s gardens for water play, climbing nets, story time, arts and crafts, festivals and so much more. Scroll through our slideshow to learn about the dazzling Garden of Lights event, a towering treehouse your kids will want to move in to and join us in eagerly anticipating the opening of the 8,232 sq. ft. Dickinson Family Education Conservatory that’s currently being built!

Seeds of Wonder Children’s Garden

All aboard to explore the Seeds of Wonder Garden. It's a perfect spot for the littles. You'll find buckets of soapy water with wands to make bubbles, a sand pit with hidden plastic dinos where little hands can dig in, a playhouse with kitchen utensils and plates and a terrific mountainous train track complete with Thomas the Train. Introduce your budding green thumb to gardening at one of the free (with admission) classes listed below.

Toddler Tales & Tunes
The 2nd-5th of the month, 10 a.m.-Noon
Ages 1-4 years

Garden & Craft
Weds., 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages 1-6 years

Trains, Paints & Plants
Thurs., 10-11 a.m.
Ages 1-6 years

photo: Rachel Cobb

Regular Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: $14/adult; $8/child; children 2 and under free; parking $2

230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, Ca
Online: sdbgarden.org

Has your family enjoyed this magical garden? Tell us about in the comments.

—Nikki Walsh