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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Children's Garden class registration for fall classes begins Monday, August 4 at 9 a.m.

How to Register

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

Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 4, at which time online registrations will be accepted (or, register in person at 1000 Washington Avenue).

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. To request an application, 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 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. We recommend that first-time gardeners and early twos choose the one-hour class section.

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Seeds

Seeds

For students entering 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.

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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, and other hands-on activities.

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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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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

For updates on program cancellations due to inclement weather, call 718-623-7200, x7801.

Children’s Garden Insider Tours

Children’s Garden Insider Tours

Spring: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Summer: Saturday, July 12 & August 2, 2014
2–3 p.m. & 3:30–4:30 p.m

Free with Garden Admission | Preregistration Encouraged

Take a peek inside BBG’s historic Children’s Garden on a special behind-the-scenes tour and then make a tasty seasonal garden treat.

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Members-Only Children’s Garden Insider Tours

Members-Only Children’s Garden Insider Tours

Wednesdays: June 18, July 23, August 20, 2014
6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
Free for members | Preregistration Required

Take a peek inside BBG’s historic Children’s Garden—a special place where for the past 100 years only children participating in our season-long horticulture programs have had access.

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Kids’ Discovery Stations

Kids’ Discovery Stations

July 1–August 29
Tuesday–Saturday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Drop by the Fragrance Garden to learn about amazing plants, meet our composting worms, and read garden stories. Free with Garden admission.

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Midsummer Magic Plant Walks for 8‑ to 12‑Year-Olds

Midsummer Magic Plant Walks for 8‑ to 12‑Year-Olds

Wednesdays, July 16, 23; August 6, 13, 2014
5:30–6:30 p.m.
Preregistration Required

Calling all witches and wizards! Uncover the mysteries of plants from mythology and your favorite stories as you learn more about the real magic of plants.

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BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl (For All Ages)

BBG at Night: Nocturnal Critter Crawl (For All Ages)

Thursday, August 7, 2014 | 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Preregistration Required

Join this fun-filled moonlit walk and workshop about bats and other nocturnal wildlife in the Garden.

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Go behind the scenes at Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions—Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Children's Museum, and Prospect Park! Weave exciting connections between the arts, nature, and the sciences, all in the heart of Brooklyn.

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
Ages: 7–12
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.

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

Members’ Summer Evenings: Wednesdays, 6–8:30 p.m.

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Admission

Members Free
Adults $10
Seniors (65 and over) $5
Students with a valid ID $5
Children under 12 Free

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