A Visit to San Diego Botanic Gardens Encinitas-Kid’s Fun

This post was written by Valerie on January 4, 2012
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes


Take your Grandchildren on a visit of the San Diego Botanic Gardens in Encinitas (formerly Quail Gardens) and let me share my adventure. It is a bit hard to see the map but imagine that at the very top of the map at Toni’s Tree house I am there with my son and his two boys. Now follow along with me on how at the very moment of climbing to the top of the tree house my 5 year old Grandson yells, “Dad I have to poop.”


First go to http://www.sdbgarden.org/sculpture.htm and find out about “Through the eyes of an Artist” exhibit and view a series of sculptures that are on exhibit now through Saturday, March 3, 9am to 1pm.

But back to my dilemma.  We started our visit at the Children’s Area of the Gardens

Children's Area of the Gardens

There is a fun path the kids take steering them through a number of interactive things to play with like sitting on a bronze tortoise. Then there is the sand lot with  Dinosaur toys and on to water play where the kids can scoop out toys from the well where there is an actual  pump the kids can use to fill the well. The boys love the water part the best but then when I showed them the play house and ran through it to the small yard they could catch a glimpse of the toy train moving around the “mountain”.  So it was off to the train area and that was fun. Then they saw the tables with paper and paint and did some drawings. On Saturdays the garden’s has “Saturday Slugs” from 11am to 1:30 pm where they offer painting, clay making and even how to make “worm tea” fertilizer for the edible garden. Check out the details at http://www.sdbgarden.org/hcg_home.htm under Children.
So once the boys were ready to take on the big park we made a restroom stop in the children’s area.
We made our way to the pond and some awesome dragon flies, frogs and pollywogs.
We also made our way to the benches above the water falls where we ate our lunch and now to our travel north to the tree house.
My Grandson yelling to his Dad and with one hand holding his bottom and yelling about the poop–my son threw me the diaper bag grabbed his son and starting running. I asked him if he knew where he was going to find the bathroom. My son said I don’t know so I told him to head to the snack shack. I grabbed the bag and my other Grandson and ran after them trying to show them where to go.
When we arrived at the snack shop/gift store  we could see the bathroom but no path to get there without walking through a planted cactus  gardern. We looked at each other desparately and almost started to run through the plants (I have to poop now! Being repeated loudly by my Grandson.) I realised that you had to go into the snack bar area.
No matter how many times I have made that visit with the grand kids we never fail to have one adventure or the other.
Have fun but be sure you take the map!



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