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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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.
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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 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.

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 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, 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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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.

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Nature Explorers

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.

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Summer Science Adventures

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.

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Field Investigators

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.

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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.

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 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.

Kids’ Discovery Stations

Kids’ Discovery Stations

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.

Drop by the Fragrance Garden to learn about amazing plants, meet our composting worms, and read garden stories. Learn about a different theme each week.

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

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

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