The Kentucky Children’s Garden is open for the 2022 season! 

The Kentucky Children’s Garden will be open during regular hours from 10 am - 5 pm on June 18, 2022.
For the next two weeks Central Kentucky will be experiencing extremely hot weather which may force the KCG to close. The garden will remain open as much as possible but please be sure to call or check our website to stay updated on closures due to the heat.

Hours

Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm 

Central Kentucky is experiencing extremely hot weather! We may close the KCG in the afternoons if the heat index is forecast to be high. The garden will remain open as much as possible, but please be sure to call or check our website to stay updated on closures due to the heat.

You must purchase addmission at the Visitor Center BEFORE 4 pm!

The KY Children's Garden is closed on the following Saturdays for Home Football games- September 3rd, 17th and 24th, as well as, October 8th and 15th. 

Admission

$3.00 per person ages 2 and above

All visitors must purchase addmission at the Visitor Center BEFORE 4 pm!

Train Hours

11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm & 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Education Programming 

During our season of operation, we have educational programming each day we are open from 10 am - 12 pm. 

Wondering if we are closed due to weather? 

For everyone's safety, we close the garden during inclement weather. We will close the Kentucky Children's Garden for any of the following reasons:

  • Thunder or lightning (we will close for 30 minutes after we hear thunder or see lightning)
  • Hard rain
  • Temperatures below 40 degrees
  • Temperatures below 50 degrees combined with rain
  • Heat index above 102 degrees

During our season of operation, you can check our Facebook Page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. 

COVID-19 Policy for the Kentucky Children's Garden

  • Mask are not required in the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center
  • Mask are not required for anyone outdoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay at home and do not visit if you are sick or display COVID‐19 symptoms such as fever, dry cough, or tiredness. ​
  • Stay at home and do not visit if you have been exposed to someone who had COVID‐ 19 in the last two weeks. ​
  • Please respect others who are practicing social distancing while you are at The Arboretum and in the KCG. ​
  • Please regularly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds if you visit the KCG.

Appreciation Days*

April 16, 2022 Military & Veteran Day

10 am- 5 pm (Must gain admission at Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center by 4pm)

Show your Military or Veteran ID at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center to receive free admission for one adult and one child to the Kentucky Children's Garden.  This is The Arboretum's way of thanking you for your service. General admission is $3/person for all other guests (ages 2 and up).

 June 18, 2022 Grandparents Day

10 am – 5 pm (Must gain admission at Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center by 4pm)

You and your grandchild can receive free admission to the Kentucky Children’s Garden today. Tickets available at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center for one adult and one child per family. General admission is $3/person for all other guests (ages 2 and up). The Arboretum thanks you for being a great grandparent!

July 16, 2022 First Responder & Healthcare Worker Day

10 am – 5 pm (Must gain admission at Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center by 4pm)

Show your Firefighter, Hospital, Nurse, Technician, Police, or Paramedic ID at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center to receive free admission for one adult and one child to the Kentucky Children's Garden. This is The Arboretum's way of thanking you for your service throughout COVID-19. General admission is $3/person for all other guest (ages 2 and up).

August 20, 2022 Teacher & School Employee Day

10 am – 5 pm (Must gain admission at Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center by 4pm)

Show your school ID/Employee Badge at the Dorotha Smith Oatts Visitor Center to receive free admission for one adult and one child to the Kentucky Children's Garden. This is The Arboretum's way of saying thank you for educating and helping the students of our community! General admission is $3/person for all other guests (ages 2 and up).

Two additional FREE days will be Addie's Day (Saturday, May 21, 2022) and Arbor Day (Saturday, October 22, 2022).

*Appreciation days will not be re-scheduled if cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Small Groups

We welcome small groups such as a preschools, single classes, summer camps or church groups of less than 30 or 50 people (see schedule below) to visit during our season of operation during normal operating hours. Small groups are SELF-GUIDED and must pre-register. Admission charges of $3 per person (everyone age two and above) apply to both students and adults. We do not offer discounts for small groups.

April 6th – May 24th - Small groups are limited to 50 people

May 25th – August 10th - Small groups limited to 30 people

August 10th – October 29th - Small groups are limited to 50 people

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