Do you regularly look after your grandchildren as part of childcare arrangements? And are you looking for inspiring places and activities to enjoy with your grandchildren in Cornwall?

We’re running special ‘grandparent-friendly’ activity sessions at our beautiful site, where you can:

  • enjoy spending time with your grandchildren outdoors 
  • be inspired by play ideas and outdoor fun, with activities led by our expert team
  • have the chance to meet other grandparents with their grandchildren

What sort of things we get up to

Every day is different, but you can expect all sorts of fun and educational activities which make full use of our inspirational site, and help grandparents and toddlers play together. These include storytelling, nursery rhymes, craft activities, making music and walking nature trails.  

After the activities, there’ll of course be the opportunity to head to the cafe for a catch-up with others in the group.

New bookable music, nursery rhyme and story sessions 

We are now offering a series of bookable sessions in the mornings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Tuesdays: Wiggle and Rhyme, it’s springtime

Grandparents and under-fives, help us wake up the Med Biome for springtime. Make some noise and move around and, through your music and movement, we will wake up the sleeping plants. Join us in singing nursery rhymes which will help us practise our early numeracy and literacy skills. You might learn some new songs and games to play at home. 

This half-hour session takes place on Tuesday mornings at 11am on 27 February, 6, 13, 20, 27 March.

Wednesdays: Story Explorers

Join us in the Med Biome to hear a story and take part in activities linked to it.  

Make a character from the story to take on a trail or adventure around the Biome and take it home to re-enact the story you have learnt. Explore the meaning of the words used and learn nursery rhymes and songs related to the themes in the story.  

This one-hour session takes place on Wednesday mornings at 11am on 28 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March.

Fridays: Music in the Med

There'll be lots of music making, spotting patterns and rhythms in music and the chance to learn some new Eden-inspired nursery rhymes. 

This half-hour session takes place on Friday mornings at 11am on 23 February, and 2, 9, 16, 23 March.

How to book

The bookable sessions are free with admission (so you'll just need a ticket, Annual Pass, Locals' Pass or Eden Project Membership to come in), and don't forget that under fives get free entry to Eden. You will need to book your grandchild(ren)'s free place on the session to help us anticipate numbers. Please note when booking that the session takes place at 11-11.30am - choose the morning session to continue with your booking. 

We ask for a maximum of two children per adult. Please note that the named adult on the booking form must be the individual who attends the session. Book online using the orange links above.

Who it’s for

We’ve designed these sessions with grandparents and under-fives in mind, as we know that many visit Eden regularly – often as part of regular childcare arrangements.

When it happens

Grandparent-friendly sessions happen at Eden daily Tuesdays – Fridays during term time. Check our What’s On calendar to see if it’s on when you’re planning to visit.

Sessions take place between 11am and 3pm. Details on daily activities and where they take place can be found on the blackboards around site, including the Visitor Centre. We'll also post this on Twitter

We also have bookable sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Where it takes place

The activities take place around the Eden Project site, with a particular focus on making the most of our Outdoor Gardens. We want to help you explore the lesser-known corners of Eden, so we’ll take you to places like the Global Gardens allotment, secret Wild Cornwall and mysterious Myth and Folklore. We’ll be outside as much as possible, so do come prepared for the weather – although we will make alternative plans for very rainy days.

How to take part

Simply turn up and drop in! All our activities are free, just make sure that you bring a legitimate form of admission to Eden, such as Eden Project Membership, a Locals’ Pass or an Eden ticket (treat this as a donation when you buy it, and you can visit as many times as you like within a year). Children four years old and under can visit for free. 

To take part in our music sessions on Friday mornings, please book ahead.

Volunteering opportunities

If you’re interested in volunteering at Little Eden for Grandparents, we’re particularly looking for those who are aged over 50 and have enthusiasm for learning. Find out more about this opportunity.