Children’s & Family Programs


Children’s Classes

Since 1914, children ages 2 to 17 have been growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs and learning firsthand about the natural world in Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Children’s Garden. Classes run three to six weeks and children must register in advance.
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Family Workshops & Walks

Children and caregivers explore nature together through fun plant-based activities and hands-on investigations. Preregister for special classes and nature walks or drop in at Discovery Stations in the Fragrance Garden (see hours below).
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Winter 2015

Harvest in the winter? Yes, you can at BBG! Come to our winter gardening sessions to pick vegetables growing under row covers; spend time exploring plants and animals outdoors; and sample other climates of the world in our greenhouses. Cooking, arts and crafts, nature study, and other age-appropriate activities round out the Children’s Garden winter experience. Be sure to wear cold-weather gear—our gardeners spend time exploring and working outdoors nearly every week!

How to Register

Select from the sections linked below to see class descriptions and fees. Be sure to note age requirements and other qualifications.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis in the order that payment is received; note that Children's Garden classes fill quickly.

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Children's Garden participants, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact
Registration at 718-623-7220 or registration@bbg.org.

Trees and Saplings

Trees & Saplings

For 2- and 3-Year-Olds with a Caregiver

Learn about the wonders of winter gardening with your child during this active, hands-on program. Our youngest gardeners work with their adult partner to go on scavenger hunts, harvest in the Garden, sing songs, taste new foods, and create nature crafts.

Consistent attendance of one adult per child is required. Pricing includes one adult and one child. No infants or older siblings, please.

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Seeds

Seeds

For students in pre-k or kindergarten (4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds)

Seeds settle in for winter fun with the cozy Children’s Garden House as their home base. Garden time, cooking, exploring the wonderful outdoors, crafting, and hunting in our greenhouses are some of the fun activities that Seeds can look forward to this winter.

This is a drop-off program.

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City Farmers

City Farmers

For students in 1st through 8th grades

City Farmers gear up for winter adventures each week at BBG. Digging out radishes, starting seeds in the greenhouses, and other indoor and outdoor garden tasks need to be accomplished through the season. Crafting, cooking, scavenger hunts, and other hands-on activities round out the City Farmers program each week.

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Download the Kids' Discovery Guide

Kids' Discovery GuideWhile the Discovery Garden is growing, explore the rest of BBG as a family and learn about the plant world. Download the Kids' Discovery Guide for activities around the Garden and playful challenges for the whole family.

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Discovery Programs for Families

Children and caregivers explore nature together through fun plant-based activities and hands-on investigations. Preregister for special classes and nature walks or drop in at Discovery Stations in the Fragrance Garden (see hours below).

Family Workshops & Walks

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family

Winter Bird Stroll for the Whole Family

Sundays, December 7, 2014; January 4, February 1, March 1, 2015 | 10–11 a.m.

Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein.

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Nestfest for Families

Nestfest for Families

Sunday, January 4, 2015 | 1–3 p.m.

Winter is the best time to look for nests in BBG’s trees! Discover how garden animals build their homes out of plant parts, and try crafting your very own nest to bring home.

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Fetching water from stream
Young visitors love to fetch water for the old fashioned hand pump that sends water down a bamboo waterway. Photo by Ashley Gamell.
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