‘Ourselves and our grandchildren have made wonderful memories!’
Participating grandparent

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

Upcoming activities

You can find details of our programme of drop-in sessions for grandparents and their under-fives until spring 2020. 

Wednesdays: Look Closely in the Lab 

Free, drop-in science activities for under-fives and their families, especially grandparents. Use magnifying glasses to look closely, explore and investigate, spot, sort and match. We'll be looking closely at different parts of plants, and at different states of matter. Pick up a pair of 'Curious Eyes' to keep looking closely as you explore the rest of the Eden Project. 

When: Wednesdays, 18 September – 16 October, 6 November – 11 December; drop in between 10am and 3pm

How to join in: Drop in to The Lab in our Core building

Wednesdays: Explore and Play

Join us in the Link building for play activities themed around Eden’s Rainforest’s fascinating plants. Learn about what they look like and where they grow on a journey of discovery in the Rainforest Biome.

When: 15 January – 12 February; drop in between 10am and 3pm

How to join in: Drop into the Eden Kitchen in our Link building, with discovery trails in the Rainforest Biome.

Wednesdays: Discover and Do

Use your senses to investigate the Mediterranean Biome followed by make and play activities on the Med Terrace.

When: 26 February - 18 March; drop in between 10am and 3pm.

How to join in: Simply meet us on the Med Terrace on the day.

Thursdays: Music in the Med

Make some noise as you sing, play and move to the beat of the Biome. In this interactive session, you'll learn original songs about the plant life at Eden, written by music specialist Matt Douglas. Find us in the Citrus Grove until December 2019 and on the decking from January 2020.

When: 12 September – 17 October, 14 November – 12 December, 9 January – 13 February, 27 February – 26 March; 11am – 11.45  

How to join in: Simply meet us in the Mediterranean Biome.

Little Eden for Grandparents

A six-week play club celebrating the great outdoors through games and stories, quests and hunts, making and creating and campfire cooking. 

When: Thursdays, 1-2.30pm, from 12 September – 17 October, 31 October – 5 December, 27 February – 2 April.  

How to join in: Please book your six-week course online. Please note, the first six sessions are free and need to be taken in a consecutive block. Then a fee per child per session will apply.

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.

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How to book

The drop-in sessions do not need to be booked in advance, and 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. We ask for a maximum of two children per adult. Use the link above to book the Little Eden for Grandparents sessions. 

How to find us

Activities are listed on blackboards around site. Please speak to staff for directions.  

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.