Children’s & Family Programs
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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Drop-in Family Workshops
From May to September and during select school breaks, children can take part in fun activities, plantings, and open-ended exploration workshops free with garden admission. Workshops are on a drop-in basis and appropriate for a broad range of ages.
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 have 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, planting seeds and transplants, and pulling weeds. Tasty seasonal treats like baby greens, radishes, tender herbs and early strawberries are a highlight for our hard-working spring gardeners.
Registration begins Monday, February 3.
How to Register
Select from the sections linked below to see class descriptions and fees. Be sure to note age requirements and other qualifications.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, exploring the wonderful outdoors, crafting and other fun activities. This is a drop-off program.
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, and other hands-on activities.
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.
NEW! 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.
NEW Ages! 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.
NEW! 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.
Discovery Workshops for Families
Learn about plants and animals at science activity stations, get hands on with garden plantings and crafts, sit in on story time, and head out to explore the grounds on a Garden hunt! Workshops are located in the Fragrance Garden and free with Garden admission for families with children of all ages. Drop by anytime during workshop hours.
Free Drop-In Workshops
For updates on program cancellations due to inclement weather, call 718-623-7200, x7801.
Tuesdays–Saturdays, April 5–June 6
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 6–June 1 | 1–3 p.m.
No programs on April 19–20, 26–27, 30; May 1, 24–25.
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Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) Summer Camp is an innovative enrichment day camp creating lifelong links between youth and their cultural community. With BCAP Summer Camp, become an adventurer in the heart of Brooklyn!
2014 Camp Dates: Three 2-week sessions: June 30–July 11, July 14–25, July 28–August 8
Camp: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Drop-off: 8–9 a.m.
Optional Stay & Play After-Camp: 3:30–6 p.m.
Financial aid is available for qualifying families. For more information and to register online, visit the BCAP website.
New! BCAPteen Media Leadership Project
A six-week summer program for teens ages 13–17, with a stipend. For more information, visit the BCAPteen website. Applications are due no later than April 1.