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Early-Years Play

Early-Years Play

RBG offers outdoor education programs for little explorers! Join us with your 2 to 5 year old throughout the year for fun and games as we explore and learn about our natural world.

  • Children Playing in Sandbox
  • Monarch On Purple Verbana Bloom
  • Camp Staff With Children In Circle Credit Markzelinzki.com
  • Kippax Garden in Hendrie Park in Bloom
  • Hendrie Park Pink Jolie Veranda Rose

Oaks & Acorns Nature Play

Move, create, and discover during our morning early-years programs for children and caregivers. Held behind the Nature Centre in our newly-designed outdoor nature play space, this nature-based program for 2-5 year-olds is designed to inspire a life-long love of nature and the outdoors. Explore the natural world together through nature walks, storytelling, imaginative and loose parts play, and hands-on discovery in the Arboretum Play Space. Flexible registration permits families to register for a number of sessions, so you can come for a single morning or all through the season.

Program Dates

Early-Spring Session

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
March 24 to May 2, 2020
Late-Spring Session

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
May 12 to June 20, 2020
Summer Session

9 to 11 a.m.

Available Saturdays
July 4, 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020
Early-Fall Session

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
September 22 to October 31, 2020
Registration coming soon!
Late-Fall Session

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
November 3 to December 12, 2020
Registration coming soon!

Pricing and Registration

Pre-registration is required for all early-years programming, available online via the links above. If you have any questions about the registration process, please give us a call at 905-527-1158 ext 270.

Type of Registration Price
Session Pass
One day per week for the duration of the season
$100/child (+ Service Fee)
Single Session $18/child (+ Service Fee)
  • 15 children per session
  • Pre-Registration is required
  • Please Note: this is not a drop off program, you must stay with your child for the duration of the program
  • All fees include complimentary admission for 1 parent/caregiver.
  • Program fee includes admission to all RBG garden areas for the day.

RBG Members receive 10% off when using the RBG Experiences (courses and programs) discount code, sent with the latest digital edition of Paradise Found (November), or in your Membership purchase / renewal paperwork.

More Family Fun

Every trip to RBG is a whole new adventure! Whether you’re visiting an interactive exhibit, learning a new skill, or just exploring the great outdoors, RBG offers year-round experiences that bring your family closer to nature.