Magnuson Children’s Garden is part of the 4-acre Magnuson Community Garden, which is one of the largest community gardens on the west coast.  Magnuson Community Garden is a non-profit entity that also includes a P-Patch, Demonstration Orchard, Native Plant Border and Nursery, and Horticulture Therapy Garden, all surrounding a beautiful Amphitheater.

This vibrant, interactive, children’s garden was created by community volunteers, using the ideas that have been dreamed up by local children and their parents! The garden is filled with plants and other features that delight all the senses, is FREE to the public, and open 365 days a year for families to have self-guided scavenger hunts and other adventures!


The Whale’s fabulous mosaic tail is a favorite place, whether on or under!

The Magnuson Children’s Garden Committee has guided the garden’s creation and its ongoing development since 2001.  Children’s Garden Committee members host FREE monthly events each year from spring to fall, featuring:

  • Family Days:  Fun drop-in events, with worm bin exploration, nature art-making, and other adventures;


  • Family Garden Classes:  Fun classes for parents and kids to attend together, with hands-on learning about family-friendly gardening and nature topics;


  • Volunteer stewardship events: Scheduled with community groups, scout troops, and others to help maintain the Children’s Garden for all to enjoy.  The public is welcome to drop in also, and lend a hand for any amount of time!


Each stewardship event includes hands-on education and guidance from King County Master Gardeners and other experienced gardeners, plenty of tasks that are easy for novice gardeners or children to accomplish, as well as some complex tasks for those who want a more advanced gardening experience. Tools, gloves, and refreshments are provided for all volunteers, and all events qualify as student service-learning.

For a list of stewardship events, volunteer opportunities, visit the
Magnuson Children’s Garden calendar and events page




At the 2011 Fall Harvest Celebration, hundreds of kids and parents joined Caspar Babypants in singing Happy Birthday to the Children’s Garden to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of its creation!