AdventureWoods is a natural materials playground space, inspired by sketches from Studio Bryan Hanes and built in the Awbury’s Secret Garden in 2017.

Adventurewoods Highlights


What is a natural materials playground?

It is a mixture of structures, paths, and loose materials that invites families to play in nature.

This innovative, sustainable playscape engages children in creative, imaginative, and active discovery.  Kids are free have fun and learn, experiment and discover, all while exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

AdventureWoods features three distinct natural playscapes:

❦ the Willows     the Woodlot     the Weft and Weave

When can we visit?

As of June 5th, when Philadelphia shifted to the Yellow Phase of the partial reopening, we are able to welcome families to visit AdventureWoods once more!

AdventureWoods is free and open to the public:

Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, and

Sundays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM 

through the end of October

(Weather permitting)

Please Note:

❦ Visitation will be limited to 30 guests at a time, first come first serve.

❦ Masks are strongly recommended.

❦ Guests are expected to maintain social distance.

❦ No restrooms or portable toilet will be available.

❦ We suggest you bring your own hand sanitizer as there are no hand-washing facilities on site.

AdventureWoods is also available by special arrangement and for rentals.  Please contact Branda O’Neil at for more details.

Where is AdventureWoods?

Address for your GPS: 6060 Ardleigh St, Philadelphia, PA 19138

AdventureWoods is located in the Secret Garden at Awbury Arboretum, which includes more than three acres of enclosed space.

Directions: Please park on Ardleigh St and follow signs to the Secret Garden entrance.  (Click maps to enlarge images.)


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What do kids do in AdventureWoods?

They play in nature!  You and your guests are free to wander the Secret Garden and creatively engage with the structures and materials.

How much does it cost?

Admission during open public hours is free!

Looking to host a party in AdventureWoods?  Please contact Branda at for details about renting the space outside of open public hours.

What if it rains?

Please note that AdventureWoods will be closed if it rains.

Where do we park?

There is ample free parking on Ardleigh St.

Any special events and activities?

Yes! We periodically have performers, scavenger hunts, art exhibits, and more in AdventureWoods.

Upcoming events:

September 5th through October 17th: Family Field Studies series

Visit AdventureWoods between 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and learn from our Educator, who will be on site with displays, information, and hands-on activities. What makes a butterfly an insect? How are butterflies connected to caterpillars? And what is the difference between butterflies and moths? Find the answers to these questions and more at our Family Field Studies!

Upcoming Field Studies explorations:
Sept 5th: Butterflies & Moths
Sept 12th: Decomposers
Sept 19th: Water Cycles
Sept 26th: Animals at Awbury
Oct 3rd: A Look Back at Nature in the 1700s (in conjunction with the Revolutionary Germantown Festival)
Oct 10th: Seeds, Trees, & Leaves
Oct 17th: Birds


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Families explored, built, enjoyed AdventureWoods at our Discovery Day public opening on September 24, 2017.