Top 3 Things To Do at Green Spring Gardens with Kids


If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to take the kids that you’ll all enjoy, look no further than Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA. Here are 3 great things to do at Green Spring Gardens with kids:

1. Pretend you’re in a Fairy Tale

If you have kids who like to play pretend, here’s an excellent backdrop for adventure. With its beautiful gardens, Green Spring Gardens is the perfect place to play make-believe. 

Green Springs Gardens with kidsYou can imagine you’re in a fairy tale as you wander through the themed gardens, and who knows, you might even find a hidden treasure or two.

My kids love the Children’s Garden. It’s full of colorful flowers, and interesting plants, and kids can learn about compost or butterflies with the child-friendly exhibits.

A pink, blossoming cherry tree in the Children's Garden at Green Springs Garden.

2. Teach your kids about nature (even if you don’t know much)

If you don’t know much about nature, Green Spring Gardens is here to save the day! You can stroll through the gardens with your kids and point out all the different plants and flowers, pretending like you’re a botanist or horticulturist since so many plants are labeled. Inside the main building, there is a library with Nature Books for children as well as adults.

A children's library area of Green Spring Gardens with bookshelves of nature-related toys and books.

If you enjoy tropical plants or succulents, make sure to stop by the Glass House to see unique plants!

A display of succulents at Green Springs Garden.

Green Spring Gardens also has workshops and programs for all ages. You can find nature walks, gardening classes, and arts and crafts workshops. Check their website for a calendar of events and sign up for something that interests you and your family.

3. Tire kids out (so they’ll actually sleep) 

If your kids seem to have boundless energy, Green Spring Gardens might be the perfect place to tire them out. There’s a nature play area, trails, and a grassy open field to enjoy. Kids will have plenty of opportunities to run, jump, and play to their heart’s content.  They’ll be so exhausted by the day’s end that you might all sleep well!

A grassy field at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, Virginia. If you’d like to stay out a little later and enjoy some family-friendly live music, in the summer, Green Spring Garden is a host for Fairfax County’s Summer Entertainment series.

The gardens are open year-round and no matter what season you visit, you’re sure to see something beautiful. Enjoy these three things to do at Green Spring Gardens with kids in Alexandria, VA. Whether you’re looking to play make-believe, learn about nature, or tire the kids out,  you’ll be able to find something to do. So pack a picnic, grab your family, and head on over!  

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Alicia Manning
Alicia is a mom of two girls and a newcomer to the DC area. Most recently moving from Alaska, thanks to the military, she is living her childhood dream of living on the East Coast and exploring everything. Alicia and her family love attending local events, trying new foods, sitting in the nosebleeds for Nats games, and visiting museums galore with her daughters. Alicia is passionate about increasing the number of women in STEM careers and works with Rosie Riveters as a STEM educator in Northern Virginia school districts. She is a beginning watercolorist, a devoted dog mom and loves to immerse herself in a good book. Alicia is also a contributor at The Military Mom Collective.