Children’s Programs

Cultivation Education

Join us this summer for our engaging, nature-based educational series! Children will discover how nature builds connections within ecosystems, and how humans build connections with their natural environment. The two-week program will also incorporate environmental themes from Sean Kenney’s Nature Connects sculptures displayed throughout the gardens.

2024 dates to be announced!

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Richland County Foundation

Storytime Series

NEW DATE AND TIME! Wednesdays at 11AM

Join us for our Storytime Series! Every week, a Kingwood staff member or volunteer will read an engaging children’s story. A new theme will be featured each month. This program is geared towards children 6 and under, but all kids are welcome.

Free with admission. Registration encouraged, not required.

The Peacock Playhouse: The Kingwood Sensory Center

At the Peacock Playhouse, children and their families can explore nature through many different activities. There are books you can read, garden games to play, and masterpieces to create. You can even take a rest on your Kingwood journey and watch birds and hummingbirds through the large windows of the center. 

The Peacock Playhouse is designed for self-exploration and is periodically monitored by staff throughout the day.

The Peacock Playhouse was originally the Gate House and home to the chauffeur’s office and garage space during Mr. King’s time.

The Peacock Playhouse is open January through November.

The 2022 Peacock Playhouse Impact Project was generously funded by The Shelby Foundation.

The Storybook Trail

Located near the Peacock Playhouse, this literacy adventure can be enjoyed by all ages! Take a stroll through a woodland path while discovering Bella’s Fall Coat written by Lynn Plourde and illustrated by Susan Gal.

This loving and whimsical intergenerational picture book captures the wonders of fall as it reflects the common childhood desire that everything stay exactly as it is forever.

Many thanks to our project partner, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, and to the Keyser Library Fund and the George and Barbara Keyser D A Fund of Richland County Foundation who funded the establishment of the Storybook Trail. 

The 2022 Porous Pave project improved the Storybook Trail with the addition of ADA-accessible and stroll-friendly paving. This project was generously funded by The Shelby Foundation.

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