Children’s Garden


The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC Bank offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. The Children’s Garden creates an immersive environment–a blend of structured and free-form exploration designed to provide children the support they need to express their natural curiosity. Each session incorporates the Garden as a resource for hands-on nature discovery, thematic activities, art, and science investigations. Children’s Garden is a drop-off program.


For children entering Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Mondays through Thursdays, 9am to 3pm: July 8 through August 22
After-Care: 3:00 to 5:30pm, $25/day
Need financial assistance? QBG is here to help! Scholarship applications are closed, click to learn more.

Session I: July 8 through 18
The Kitchen and Beyond: All About Plants and Their Uses

Have a cook in the family? Campers harvest fresh garden fruits and vegetables to make tasty and healthy snacks and create their very own recipe book. Each day, participants will learn about medicinal and traditional uses of plants, and make plant-based home products like lotion and bug spray.

This program is sold out.
After-Care Available: 3:00 to 5:30pm, $25/day

Session II: July 22 through August 1
Urban Critters

Young ecologists will discover the critters who inhabit our NYC urban jungle and beyond. They search for animal tracks and homes, make a rainforest terrarium, hatch swallowtail caterpillars, and identify and search for local birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects.

This program is sold out.
After-Care Available: 3:00 to 5:30pm, $25/day

Session III: August 5 through 15
Art in the Garden

Get creative! Artists utilize the natural world to create, discover, and design. They use rainwater to do watercolors, make recycled seed paper, use the sun’s power to make prints, and more. Campers work together to create a communal art project for the Garden.

This program is sold out.
After-Care Available: 3:00 to 5:30pm, $25/day

Session IV: August 19 through 22
Buds and Bees

Stop and smell the roses! Kids discover the beauty and wonder of QBG’s vast flower collection, do flower dissections, and design their own flower. They get up close and personal with the busy pollinators who keep the garden blooming.

This program is sold out.
After-Care Available: 3:00 to 5:30pm, $25/day


For children KINDERGARTEN through 5th Grade

Saturdays, 2 to 4pm, September 14 through October 12

Single Class or 5-Class Series

Help harvest and put the garden to rest! Autumn sessions focus on harvesting and processing the last of the season’s veggies, pulling beds, and preparing the garden for the winter.

$20 Members / $22 Non-Members per class
$85 Members /$95 Non-Members for entire series

Registration opens on June 3 at 10am.

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Scholarships (Application Closed)

Need financial Assistance? QBG is here to help!

Queens Botanical Garden offers partial scholarships for families in need of financial assistance. Scholarships are only for the summer season of Children’s Garden. Scholarships are limited and are awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, in the order they are received. You will have the opportunity to indicate your preferred session(s) on the application. Session preference is not a guarantee of placement, and QBG will do its best to place you in the session of your choice.

To Apply for a Scholarship:

  1. Fill out the application.
  2. Submit application with official proof of income and dependents: IRS Tax Return Form with blacked out social security
  3. Send the application with proof of income to [email protected] or mail to:
    Queens Botanical Garden
    Attn. Samantha Ross
    43-50 Main St
    Flushing, NY 11355

Application and proof of income must be submitted together to be eligible. After we receive your application, you will be notified within two weeks of your scholarship status. The final date to apply is May 1st, 2019. If awarded, remaining payments are due no later than June 1st, 2019. All information submitted is used solely for the purpose of this scholarship. Submission of this form does not guarantee a scholarship or placement. QBG reserves the right to terminate an application at any time.

Application Closed


Contact Us

Still have questions?

Feel free to contact Samantha Ross, Education Coordinator, Youth Programs

[email protected] | 718-886-3800 ext. 218

Become a Member

Members at the Family-level or above receive discounts on Kids Programs. Please become a QBG Member prior to registering for your program to receive these discounts.

Photo Credits: Anne Tan-Detchkov, Allison Eng