My wife and I visited the Garden a couple of years ago without the kids. I can't say I've ever been during 'peak season' when everything is in bloom.
I thought all 3 of my kids would enjoy this quick trip at the end of Spring Break. It doesn't take long to explore all of the Garden. If you're looking to spend a whole day among plants you should check out Sarah Duke Gardens.
Like Duke Gardens, NC Botanical has an Education Center with a library where you can peruse books (including some offerings for children). There's also a gift shop and a small kids' area with
To make it more enjoyable for the kids I planned an informal scavenger hunt with only one item to find - the cabin.
But there's plenty of other little things you can challenge your kids to find throughout the Garden.