1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122


Phone: (415) 661-1316

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San Francisco Botanical Garden is a public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

familY & community

Get outside to play and learn together!

From garden crafts to bug hunts in the Children's Garden, to Story Time and our Summer Reading Club at the Library, families with children of all ages will find something to enjoy.

To get the latest on program themes, special guests and new activities, sign up for our monthly family newsletter here! And be sure to check our events calendar.

Bean Sprouts Family Days

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Start a new tradition with family and friends and GET OUTSIDE TO PLAY at the Garden!

Families with children of all ages can enjoy nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games and exploration in the Children's Garden - a whole variety of activities to do at your own pace with help from garden staff and teen interns. Water thirsty plants, create a crazy critter, dig in our dune sand pit, or share a book in our Living Room. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic in the garden.

Free to all garden visitors!

1pm-4pm, Saturdays, April-October FREE with regular admission


Story Time and Family Walk

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join lively readers in our cozy children's book nook to hear engaging stories from the Library's extraordinary collection. Afterward, families are invited to take a special docent-led children's tour of the Garden.

Why not bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings?


Story Time takes place the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, year-round, and lasts approximately 30 minutes; the tour leaves the Library at 11am.


Library admission FREE, Garden activities FREE with regular admission. 


Summer Reading Club

Flex your mind and body this summer with the Summer Reading Club at the Botanical Garden Library.


Kids learn about the natural world in a new game format and receive seeds to plant as they meet weekly reading and activity goals! Special prizes await children who complete the eight-week program.


Prevent the "summer slide" and get outside — join the Club! Drop in during the Library's open hours, 10am–4pm (six days a week; closed Tuesdays), June 1–July 31.


Library admission FREE, Garden activities FREE with regular admission. 


Baby Story Time

Enjoy rhymes, songs, and stories especially for babies! Have a ball with your little one while learning how you can support their early literacy through fun and simple daily activities. It’s a joyful opportunity to explore our children’s nature library and meet other families. Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy in the Garden! For infants and babies up to 18 months and their caregivers. Free.