Camden Children's Garden, Camden

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#129 of 137 in Parks in New Jersey
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  • So much potential. There is a few problems with this place and it makes me really sad that attendance is terrible here with such a good idea. First off you are pretty much forced to park in the aquari...  more »
  • This was hard to rate. We picked the day for an advertised Strawberry/Nature event. When we got there the event was a paper strawberry fan the children could color. There was not much of a "garden" an...  more »
  • Total waste of money. Nothing to see but a rickety train, rusted carousel and maybe a handful of butterflies. Worst $26 spent in Philly. Very disappointed.  more »
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  • A lovely, underestimated place to take your youngins that's affordable. It's minimalist only in the sense that there aren't bright, flashy lights and sounds jangling your kids' senses to entertain them - the point is to give their imagination peace and freedom to wander and entertain themselves. That's what enjoying nature is for. While they play, you can walk and read the placards of natural facts and history of the area. There's a butterfly house, splash area, carousel, train ride, garden, and fairy tale play place, plus fresh fruits and ice cream for a hot summer day.
  • The train ride and carousel cost an additional $2 per person, but we're gentle fun for all. The kids loved the splash zone where they entertained themselves for over an hour. However, it was miniscule and offered the least of all such splash areas we have visited. The butterfly house was delightful. That's about all there was. My amateur garden outshone the greenery at the Children's Garden. Other areas were in neglect. My final impression was that new management and direction were greatly needed. Not worth the $10/person entry fee. Someone out there who has the authority, please help the untapped potential awaiting. The city of Camden certainly could use a little positive P.R. (Oh,BTW, on the weekday we visited there were two other families who visited. That's it.)
  • So much potential. There is a few problems with this place and it makes me really sad that attendance is terrible here with such a good idea. First off you are pretty much forced to park in the aquarium lot which is 10$ higher than the price of admission to go here. The butterfly house is awesome and the employees posted here are always so knowledgeable, there is a free butterfly house at Red Bank Park that is much smaller and has very limited hours. I think they should consider selling nectar cups to make some extra cash or have butterfly scavenger hunt cards.The rides cost an additional 2.50 which also is fine but the carousel didn't even play music and they have some butterfly tower ride that is not operable that looks like it hasn't been renewed since 2015. If your not using it , lose it. You are wasting space that could be utilized. We didnt use the water area but it is very comparable to the free public water area at Fasola Park. The signs throughout the storybook garden are honestly the best piece of this whole area when you take the time to read them which is hard with a little one but they should have some kind of hands on activity planned out for everyday. You easily could get little theaters or summer theaters to perform fairytales at the stage area that is set up here that has been unused all six times i have been here. I did see a lot of volunteer work and minor construction going on and it also seems like the employees love this place and are invested. Please find a good business partner and some educators to work with and take this place to its full potential.
  • Great for small children! I have 2 under 3 and this place is great for them. The train ride, carousel and butterfly house are always highlights for my kids. It's small but it's for smaller kids. If the splash pad is open we can spend a couple hours here.
  • Fun time for kids playing with water and rides

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