Our local botanic gardens is such a special place. It is a perfect location to bring the children to meet friends for a play or for a bit of homeschooling activity. It's beautiful, the gardeners are friendly (albeit eccentric, including Tam), it's enclosed (!) and we usually have it all to ourselves. There's a creek, rainforest, bush, flowers, herbs, veggies, bats, insects, frogs and birds. And trees to climb. And in spring, a beautiful lush meadow!