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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Spring and Summer Children’s Garden

Children have been tending their own garden plots in BBG’s cherished Children’s Garden for 100 years. Our young gardeners get a first-hand look at the wonders of nature as the spring season unfolds each week while they transform their barren plots by mulching beds, pulling weeds, and planting seeds and transplants. Tasty seasonal treats like baby greens, radishes, turnips, and tender herbs are a highlight for our hard-working spring gardeners.

Registration begins Monday, March 2.
 

How to Register

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

Scholarships

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Children's Garden participants, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To request an application, please contact
Registration at 718-623-7220 or [email protected].

Trees and Saplings

Trees and Saplings

For 2- and 3-year-olds with a caregiver

Learn about the wonders of gardening with your two- or three-year-old during this active hands-on program. Our youngest gardeners work with their adult partner to tend to their garden plots, 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 and kindergarten (4, 5, and 6-year-olds)

Seeds work together in small groups to care for their garden plots and participate in cooking, scavenger hunts, crafting and other nature-based activities. This is a drop-off program.

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City Farmers

City Farmers

For students in 1st through 8th grades

City Farmers dig gardening! Students develop basic horticulture skills to bring garden plots to life with fresh, seasonal vegetables and enjoy crafting, cooking, nature exploration, hands-on activities, and science experiments.

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Spring Break Mini Session

Children's Garden Spring Break Mini‑Session

For Kindergarteners through 5th Graders

Kick off your spring season in the Children's Garden! Help with early-season tasks like mulching, weeding, and seeding. Round out the morning with crafts, cooking, scavenger hunts, and other fun spring projects.

Kindergarteners–Grade 1

Grades 2–3

Grades 4–5

Nature Explorers

Nature Explorers

For Students Entering Grades 2–3

Join in the adventure to find out more about the plants and animals that make their home at BBG. Art, crafts, games, science, and nature walks inspire Nature Explorers to uncover the mysteries of the natural world. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Summer Science Adventures

Summer Science Adventures

For Students Entering Grades 4–5

Stir up scientific excitement in our greenhouses and classrooms during Summer Science Adventures! Explore the wide world of plants with hands-on investigations, planting projects, fun-filled scavenger hunts, and other science-based activities. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Field Investigators

Field Investigators

For Students Entering Grades 6–8

Become a steward of the earth! Field Investigators conduct experiments, collect data, research current ecological topics, and work on team projects. In this field studies program, kids expand knowledge of plant and earth science by exploring exciting habitats at BBG. Meets Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

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Want a longer day at the Garden this summer?

Combine hands-on gardening in the morning in City Farmers with a botany bonanza in the afternoon in Nature Explorers, Summer Science Adventures or Field Investigators. Sign up for both programs to create a 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Garden experience. For students entering 2nd through 8th grades. Send your child with a packed lunch—staff will supervise lunchtime and then escort the students to their afternoon program.

Discovery Programs for Families

The new Discovery Garden will open in June, full of exciting interactive exhibits and plant displays. But don’t worry—until then there’s still plenty to see and do! Drop by the Fragrance Garden during weekends in April and May for a variety of drop-in programs for families, and pick up a Kids’ Discovery Guide to inspire your exploration of Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Family Workshops & Walks

Family Nature Adventure Walks

Family Nature Adventure Walks

Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30, 2015 | 3–4 p.m.

Join us for interactive walks around BBG’s grounds. Open to families with children of all ages.

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Frolic

Frolic

Saturday, June 6, 2015 | 1–5 p.m.
FREE!

Bring your wild wings and your dancing shoes for a fabulous family festival celebrating springtime whimsy and the opening of BBG’s new Discovery Garden. Dragonflies, butterflies, and other winged friends are welcome!

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Family Discovery Weekends

Family Discovery Weekends

Saturdays and Sundays | 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
June 7, 13, 14; July 11–August 23; September 19–November 1
No programs September 26; October 10, 11, 24

Experiment, learn, and play together in the Discovery Garden. Hands-on stations throughout the garden’s meadow, woodland, and marsh habitats, and in the vegetable garden encourage families to explore nature together.

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First Discoveries for Toddlers

First Discoveries for Toddlers

Tuesdays | 1:30–3 p.m.
June 16–August 25
No programs June 23 or 30

Calling all explorers 2–4 years old (and their caregivers)! Plant a carrot seed, touch a wriggly worm, nestle into a meadow nook to read a story, or create a unique nature craft at special Discovery Garden activity stations designed for toddlers.

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Kids’ Discovery Stations

Kids’ Discovery Stations

Tuesday–Friday | 10:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
July 7–August 28

Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the Garden. Investigate a mystery plant, hold a water plant and learn how it floats, or go on a pollinator hunt in the meadow!

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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program

BCAP Summer Camp

For students ages 7–12
Go behind the scenes of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park Alliance, and Prospect Park Zoo—in this two-week summer day camp. Every day, BCAP Adventurers travel to two cultural sites on the BCAP campus for hands-on workshops that weave connections between art, science, culture, and the environment. Register early—camp starts filling up in March. Financial aid available.

BCAPteen Creative Leadership Project

For students ages 13–17
Teens are invited to apply for this six-week summer filmmaking program on the BCAP campus. Earn volunteer hours and a stipend while learning about media and communications with other creative kids from across the city. Applications are due March 30.

For more information about BCAP or BCAPteen, visit the BCAP website.

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.
Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program
Students conduct Venus flytrap experiments as part of a cultural adventures summer camp. Learn more at bklynpubliclibrary.org/bcap.
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Hours

Tuesday–Friday:
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed Mondays

Note: BBG will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

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Members Free
Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over) $6
Students with a valid ID $6
Children under 12 Free

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