Kid-friendly gardens & urban farms

When the weather is nice, these gardens and urban farms are the perfect place to explore nature with your kids. Read on for some pro tips and helpful information. Did we miss something? Email us at

Alice’s Garden Urban Farm (Free!)

2136 N. 21st St, Milwaukee, WI 53205

(414) 687-0122

Alice’s Garden is a two-acre urban garden that is committed to wellness and community. You can check their website for upcoming events such as yoga classes and movie nights, or you can drop by with your children and take a walk in the labyrinth. This space is peaceful, relaxing, and really special. They also offer free movies for kids and families in the summer – check their Facebook page (or our Calendar) for dates and times!

Boerner Botanical Gardens

Whitnall Park (9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners, WI 53130)

(414) 525-5650

Get in free: The Gardens typically offer free admission to Milwaukee County residents with proof of residency on the first Tuesday of each month, May through September. Check their website for the most updated information.

Buds n’ Sprouts Kids Garden (Free!)

Havenwoods State Forest

6141 N Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53209

(414) 527-0232

Havenwoods State Forest is home to a huge garden space where kids can discover nature. In the Buds n’ Sprouts Kids Garden, they can jump from plant to plant, collect bugs, watch worms, and sniff the colorful flowers. Nearby, the Heritage Gardens feature traditional food crops from five major cultural groups in America – African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American. In the Naturalist’s Backyard, you’ll find a model landscape with native plants, nurtured by compost bins. There is also a rain garden that uses run off rainwater from the roof to feed blooming flowers all summer long.

Lamm Gardens (Free admission!)

2708 Sherman Rd., Jackson, WI 53037

(262) 677-3010

Lammscape’s beautifully landscaped grounds are open to the public for free events throughout the season. Check out their kid-friendly events on their website. In the past they’ve hosted train-themed events, pumpkin painting parties, and more.

Lynden Sculpture Gardens

2145 W. Brown Deer Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217

(414) 446-8794

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory – “The Domes”

524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215

(414) 257-5611

Get in free! The Domes are free to county residents every Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Worth the drive:

Bookworm Gardens (Free!)

1415 Campus Dr.

Sheboygan, WI 53081

Bookworm Gardens is an absolute must-visit, whimsical children’s garden based completely on children’s literature. The two acre garden offers the young and young at heart the opportunity for free, unstructured play in a beautiful and secure environment. Entrance to the garden is free. Special elements of the garden include outdoor classrooms, a small amphitheater, greenhouse and outdoor creation station. Nooks and crannies for reading are plentiful, as are benches for resting and chatting. Read more about our visit to Bookworm Gardens and see more pictures here.

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