Parents stand with a child in the Rose Garden.

Helpful Info, Events, and Activities for Families

There's so much for families to discover together! The Huntington is a perfect place to engage all of your senses as you explore the gardens and galleries.

When You Visit:

Kids and Families Events Calendar

Find paid and free events for kids and families on our calendar. Drop in on a family program, gallery or garden party, or engage in hands-on experiences in the Conservatory and Children's Garden.

Weekend Discovery Art Carts

Stop by our themed activity stations where kids can get creative on various craft projects. Find them in the Japanese Garden and Chinese Garden on weekends.

Second Sundays: Free Drop-In Events

Enjoy themed activities like musical performances, hands-on artmaking, and more at these events for all ages held the second Sunday of every month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free with general admission. Check our events calendar for more details.

Dining Options

We offer a variety of dining options at The Huntington. If you bring your own snack and need a quiet place to eat, there is a family picnic area with tables and umbrellas located by the Huntington Store.

Family Bathrooms and Nursing Mothers Room

Family bathrooms are located near the admission windows, in 1919 Cafe, by the Lily Ponds, in the Japanese Garden, in the Chinese Garden, and the Children’s Garden. We offer a dedicated lactation room close to the front entrance, in the Education Visitor Center. Please ask for the door code at the reception desk. You are free to breastfeed wherever you feel comfortable.

Stroller and Wheelchair-Friendly Paths

The steepest and least accessible roads are indicated with a dotted yellow line in The Huntington visitor guide. The Chinese Garden is ADA-compliant, and the perimeter of the garden is accessible, although there are some steps leading to the inner pavilions. Many paths in the Desert Garden are also stroller and wheelchair friendly. Please use caution as some paths are made of decomposed granite and may be uneven.

The Helen and Peter Bing Children's Garden invites kids of all ages to splash in water, play among topiary animals, make music with pebbles, dance under rainbows, discover fairy doors, and hold the magic of magnetic forces in their hands. This whimsical garden is the perfect space for youngsters to explore the green world and develop a lifelong appreciation for nature.

The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science houses interactive exhibits designed to engage children and families in a wonder-filled scientific exploration of plants. Living plants fill a 16,000 square-foot greenhouse with 50 interactive exhibits and three different habitats (a lowland tropical rain forest, a cloud forest, and a carnivorous plant bog) and a plant lab devoted to experiment stations focusing on the parts of plants.

Travel back in time and meet Henry E. Huntington, the railroad and real estate businessman who founded The Huntington; watch a short video about The Huntington; see a Red Car replica, grab a themed tour guide, create your own masterpiece, and even take a selfie with The Blue Boy!

More to Discover

Explorers Camp

Each Summer, kids aged 5-13 can join The Huntington's Explorers Camp and go behind-the-scenes of the art, library, and garden collections with hands-on experiences that inspire wonder, discovery, and fun! All camp sessions are created with inclusive and age-appropriate activities tailored to the multiple ways kids learn.

A group of children stand near a pond with koi fish.

Fun Things to Do Online:

Take some time to unwind and create while you discover an object, artwork, or plant in The Huntington’s collections. Each coloring page includes informational text for deeper learning about the source inspiration, plus links to related educational resources.

Celebrate Betye Saar's artistic legacy and learn more about her work as you make art inspired by five of her artworks. Available in English and Spanish.

Celebra el legado artístico de Betye Saar y aprende sobre su trabajo al crear arte inspirado en cinco de sus obras. Disponible en inglés y en español.