Children & Family Programs

Discovery & Exploration at Play!

Memphis Botanic Garden offers a variety of experiences for families to learn and grow with nature! Throughout the year, we offer activities for preschoolers and older children, as well as events and programs for the whole family!

Whether you’re looking for a children’s summer camp, an after-hours campfire party, or self-guided fun in the great outdoors, you’ll find plenty of ways for your family to learn and play at the Garden!

Summer Camps

Summer fun is blooming at the Garden! Our nature camps are dedicated to connecting kids with nature. These day camps for kids aged 4-12 offer a week full of nature crafts, games, and explorations led by one of our expert Garden Guides.

Summer 2022 Offerings
  • SOLD OUT – June 6-10: Garden Wonderland Ages 4-5
  • SOLD OUT – June 13-17: Jr. Naturalist Ages 6-9
  • June 20-24: How Does Your Garden Grow? Ages 4-5
  • June 27-July 1: Grossology Ages 10-12
  • SOLD OUT – July 11-15: Garden Wonderland Ages 6-9
  • SOLD OUT – July 18-22: Jeepers Creepers Ages 4-5
  • SOLD OUT – July 25-29: Jr. Naturalist Ages 6-9

Click each listing above for more information.

Full day (9 am-3 pm): $270 MBG Members/$300 Non-Members per week

Half day (9 am-12 pm): $225 MBG Members/$250 Non-Members per week

Memphis Botanic Garden is located at 750 Cherry Road; Memphis, Tennessee 38117.
Camps will take place at the International Paper Guest House Education Center in My Big Backyard.

The enrollment deadline for each camp is two weeks before camp begins. Class size is limited, so register as soon as possible. Camps subject to being canceled due to low enrollment.

50% refund if canceled two weeks in advance. No refund if canceled less than two weeks before the first day of camp.

Camps are subject to cancellation due to developing Covid restrictions.  If this occurs, full refunds will be issued.

Half day (9 am-12 pm) campers will have snacks provided. They may wish to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellant.

Full day (9 am-3 pm) campers will need to bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. They will be outside for most of the day so they may also wish to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. A snack will be provided.

All campers must follow the most up-to-date health department directive, mask mandate, and other government guidelines, which may include but are not limited to wearing a mask, social distancing and daily temperature checks. If your child is feeling ill or has been exposed to someone with Covid, please keep them at home. 

Camps are subject to cancellation due to developing Covid restrictions.  If this occurs, full refunds will be issued.

Drop-off begins at 8:50 am in the Visitors Center, and pick-up ends at 3:10 pm at the Guest House.

Please be sure to sign your child in & out on the roster each day.

Due to our staff’s busy schedule at this time of year, please understand that there will be no childcare provided before or after camp. Early drop-offs and late pick-ups will be subject to a fee of $5 per minute for the first five minutes and $1 per additional minute. Your child will not be able to attend camp until this fee is paid in full.

Please inform any other authorized persons of this policy, as you will be responsible for their compliance.

Before and aftercare is not provided. Children may not be dropped off earlier than 10 minutes before the camp start time and must be picked up no later than 10 minutes after the camp ends.

Caterpillar Club

Caterpillar Club offers twice-monthly fall and spring semester-long programming for toddlers and preschoolers. Parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, or nannies) accompany their toddler or preschooler (up to age 5) as they share stories, play games, create crafts, and explore the natural world. Caterpillar Club is one of the few preschool adventures in Memphis that gets your little one discovering nature, hands-on, in the great outdoors! Caterpillar Club offerings will be listed on our events calendar prior to each semester.

Homeschool Days

Join us for hands-on nature activities and learning that supplements your homeschool curriculum for children ages 6 and up. We typically offer four sessions each spring and fall. Homeschool Days offerings will be listed on our events calendar prior to each season.

Seasonal Programming

The Garden hosts a diverse range of programming for children and families all year. From classes to campfire parties to holiday happenings and storytime, we strive to offer hands-on fun for the entire family.  Seasonal programming for children & families are listed on our events calendar.

Children’s Birthday Parties

Looking for a natural outdoor setting to celebrate your child’s special day? Our birthday parties in My Big Backyard provide you with a private party space for birthday festivities. Book your child’s next birthday bash today!