Kids’ Enrichment

Kids’ Enrichment

Class sizes are limited and registration is required unless otherwise stated. Payment must accompany registration.

Refunds for classes registered through Anderson Japanese Gardens will be issued if participant cancels at least five days prior to class date.

Anderson Japanese Gardens reserves the right to cancel events in which case, a refund will be issued.

Japanese Language Tutoring

Class fee is $30/hour and times are scheduled directly with the instructor.


Private sessions teach Japanese culture through reading, writing and speaking the language.  Students will learn greetings, numbers, time, simple sentences and noun/verb usage.  Instructor Keiko Hall is a native of Tokyo and teaches reading and writing of the three Japanese writing forms: Hiragana, Katakana and Kanji.  All levels are available from beginning to advanced. Preparation for the Japanese proficiency test is available for advanced students.


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Saturdays: May 12 | June 30 | July 21 | August 4, 2018
11:00AM – Noon

$10 per class for Garden Premium Members | $12 Non-Members


Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, dating back to the 17th century.  Participants will learn easy origami, the foundation for more complicated forms.  No previous experience is required.

Haiku for Kids

June 14, 2018   10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

$10 Garden Premium Members | $15 Non-Members


Join Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner, local literacy expert, on a tour of the Garden. Participants will walk through the Garden, stopping along the way to share and write about how the Garden touches the heart. Anyone who is tentative to commit pen to paper will see how easy it is to become a writer through this sensory experience. No previous experience is required.

Japanese Mini Camp

Sundays:  May 20 | June 24 | July 8 | August 5, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Each class: $20 Garden Premium Members | $25 Non-Members


Students will take an imaginary trip to Japan, where they will learn about Japanese culture and customs. Activities include origami, designing a Kare San Sui (rock garden) and learning Bon Dance (traditional Japanese dance). Japanese snacks will be provided. This class is for students ages 7 and up.


Wednesdays: June 6 – August 29, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

$20 per Class  |  $25 Supply Kit purchased from the instructor


Sumi-e, the Japanese word for black ink painting, focuses on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush as it captures the essence of nature.  Students will use the beauty of the Gardens to inspire their works as National Watercolor Society Signature Instructor, Stella Dobbins, demonstrates a new painting each week. Lesson subjects include flowers, fish, fur and fins.  This class is perfect for students ages 8-16. Supply kits ($25) are available from the instructor with advance reservation.

Young Rembrandts

Fridays: June 15 through July 20, 2018
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session price: $66 Garden Premium Members | $67 Non-Members


Join Young Rembrandts as they explore the culture and beauty of Asia and around the world in a six week drawing workshop.  Young Rembrandts provides a fun and creative environment where children learn and improve drawing skills and art techniques, while expressing creativity in a positive environment.  A world of inspiration and imagination awaits.  Registration is for the full six week session. This class is recommended for students ages 7-14. All materials are provided.

Japanese Summer Camp

Session 1:  Monday – Thursday, June 25 to June 28, 2018

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session 2: Monday – Thursday, July 16 to July 19, 2018
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Session price: $85 Garden Premium Members | $95 Non-Members


Japanese Summer Camp is a four-day class that focuses on the culture, traditions and art that is unique to Japan. Children ages 7 and up will explore the Garden and receive an exclusive tour of Anderson Japanese Gardens’ 16th century-style Guest House. They will also learn about Japanese tea ceremony, pop culture such as anime and manga, traditional Japanese Bon Dance, dressing in kimono, origami and create their own bento box lunch.