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.
Registration for winter classes begins Monday, December 2 at 9 a.m.
Help BBG kick off our 100th year of gardening with children! Join our winter Children’s Garden programs to pick vegetables growing under row covers, spend time exploring plants and animals outdoors, and experience climates of the world in BBG’s conservatories.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sundays, January 5, 19; February 9, 2014 | 2–4 p.m.
Visitor Center Atrium
Sundays, January 5, 19; February 9, 2014 | 2:30–3:30 p.m.
Meet at Visitor Center Atrium
February 17–21, 2014 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Discover amazing plants through fun, hands-on activities, and pot up your own plant to bring home.
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!
2013 camp dates: Three 2-week sessions: July 1–12; July 15–26; July 29–August 9
Drop-off: 8 a.m.–9 a.m.
Camp: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Stay & Play After-Camp (optional): 3:30 p.m.–6 p.m.
Financial aid is available for qualifying families. For more information, and to register online, visit the Heart of Brooklyn website.