The Garden is temporarily closed. See updates.

Children’s Garden Classes

Children’s Garden Classes

Summer Programs in the Children’s Garden are Cancelled

As we all navigate this unpredictable time and continue to heed restrictions on public gatherings, BBG’s summer programs, including all Children’s Garden programs through August 30, have been cancelled. We will announce any updates to fall program offerings by the end of August.

We are here to help if you would like to receive a refund, apply your registration fee to a future class, or donate your registration fee to help support the Garden. Thank you for considering applying your fees to a future class or donating. Every contribution helps ensure the future of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s collections and programming. If you would like a refund, please reach out to Registration at 718-623-7220 or [email protected].

Online Learning: Videos

Designed for the Garden’s Trees & Saplings and Seeds students (ages 2–6), these classes are full of songs, sensory explorations, and demonstrations. Watch at full frame!

  • Trees & Saplings: Sensing Spring!

  • Trees & Saplings: Growing!

  • Trees & Saplings: Animals!

  • Trees & Saplings: Birds!

  • Trees & Saplings: Compost!

  • Trees & Saplings: Bugs!

  • Trees & Saplings: Flowers & Pollinators!

  • Kitchen Gardening with Greta and Mac: Planting Seeds

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s director of Youth Programs discovers some of the seeds we have in our kitchens and guides children on a planting project.

Weekly Activity Emails

While the Garden is closed, we’re sharing activities, games, recipes, and crafts to do at home. Projects are geared toward a variety of ages.

Catch up on past emails:

Signs of Spring
Make a garden journal, do a spring scavenger hunt, and create coffee filter peonies.

Spring Trees
Explore street trees, learn about phenology, and make a paper bag bonsai tree.

Sort seeds, grow seeds at home, make a living-seed necklace, and make seedy granola.

Check in on seedlings, grow carrot tops, and make carrot cookies.

Learn about animal homes, make a fairy house, play Hawk & Mouse, and make carrot-top pesto.

Go bird watching, make binoculars, build a bird’s nest, and make coconut “bird’s nest” cookies.

Create a home compost bin, make black bean “compost” dip, and play the Compost Shuffle game.

Learn an insect song, make a “worms in dirt” snack, play the In the Soil, On the Grass game, and make herbal bug spray.

Flowers & Pollinators
Learn about pollinators, craft leaf or paper pollinators, play pollinator tag, make sweet sun tea, and blend a citrus sunshine smoothie.


Cultivate a love of nature and a connection to plants in your kids by signing up for a Children’s Garden class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Children aged 2 to 13 can plant their own crops and flowers and harvest them under the guidance of garden instructors.

Registration for fall classes begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 3.


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. To request an application, please contact Registration at 718-623-7220 or [email protected].

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