Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is one of my favorite theme parks in California.
It’s the perfect size to spend a day and get to see almost everything. It’s beautiful with all the trees, flowers, and fascinating circus trees.
It’s also a great place to learn!
Throughout the park are many educational stations where you can learn about bees making honey, advances in agriculture, earthquakes, the history of the park and local area, and more. This educational theme park is full of adventure and surprises! Pick up a pamphlet at the Welcome Center when you enter the park about the historic circus trees or for a self guided tour of the history and culture, gardens, agriculture, or water and environment of the park. You can also download a teacher or student self-guided Discovery Days workbook on the Gilroy Gardens website before you visit.
There is even more hands on learning than ever with the addition of the new Green Barn.
Our family took a break from the heat and the sun inside the large Green Barn. We enjoyed the reading corner and made some beautiful artwork of colorful leaf rubbings in the art studio. Then we explored the walls of rocks and minerals, my son was in heaven! He’s a young geologist. He was thrilled with the shelves full of all kinds of rocks and crystals to touch and explore. We all really enjoyed the extensive insect collection as well.
Enjoy this short slide show of educational activities inside the Green Barn:
We were just about to leave the Green Barn when the kids were offered even more!
They have a points program, you sign up and take a short quiz which automatically gives you 100 points toward any rock, shell, or mineral on display to take home. My kids were so excited! But they played it smart and decided to save their precious points till next time because they will get free points on their birthdays and can bring certain items, such as fossils and rocks, to trade in for more points. The more points you have, the larger or more exquisite rock, mineral, or shell you get to keep.
Of course we enjoyed the rest of the park with rides and beautiful gardens.
One of my kids’ favorites is the Pinnacles rock maze. They wandered the maze and crawled through tunnel for quite a while and I was happy to let them because I could see where they were from the walkway above the maze.
Their new favorite, however, is the new Water Oasis.
If you take the time to read the many signs around, there is lots to learn about conservation.
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