Public gardens must serve the needs of visitors and maintain stunning collections. Sometimes these are in conflict, and one is sacrificed for the other, specifically in engaging children. Over the past eight years, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Learning Campus has had to address the balance between use by people and the impact on the plants. We will share the history of the Campus, how communication and partnership made play and the plants richer, and ways to expand the collaboration to improve other spaces. Leave with ideas for working together to address challenges, inspiration for activities and displays both beautiful and playful, and discussion on collaborations beyond spaces for youth.