Kids Programs

Kids Programs

Queens Botanical Garden’s Kids Programs bring together youngsters from around New York City to enjoy seasonal, hands-on learning and gardening experiences year-round. Through exploration, nature study, and craft activities, we explore concepts of gardening and environmental stewardship at age-appropriate levels within each program.

For information, contact [email protected] or 718.886.3800, ext. 218.

Spring & Summer 2022 Programs

Expand below for more details and to register!

Spring Children's Garden Family Day (Sunday, 3/27)

Spring Children’s Family Day

Seven children kneeling, digging, and planting in soil bedSunday, March 27, 1 to 4pm
FREE; Drop-in
Ages 2-12 years old, must be parent-accompanied
*$10 parking fee in effect

Get your hands dirty with planting activities and garden crafts in the Children’s Garden! See how worms wiggle, discover the QBG plant collection, create garden art, and more. Learn about all the outstanding programs we have for children ages 2 to 12. 


Spring Children's Garden (Saturday, 4/2 - Sunday, 6/12)

Spring Children’s Garden 

Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, June 12*

Days: Saturdays or Sundays
8 weeks
1 to 3pm
$400 Non-Member / $360 Member
4-10 years old

*Program does not meet April 16-17  & May 28-29 

The Children’s Garden, sponsored by HSBC Bank, is a fun and exciting place where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. Our 8-week program incorporates the Garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on time in the garden, thematic activities, art, and science investigations.


The Garden thanks HSBC Bank USA, N.A. for generous sponsorship of the Children’s Garden.

Spring Afterschool Adventures (Tuesday, 4/5 - Thursday, 6/2)

Spring Afterschool Adventures

Group of students and adult in meadowTuesday, April 5 – Thursday, June 2*

Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Duration: 8 weeks
Time: 3:15 to 4:45pm
Fee: $400 Non-Member / $360 Member
Age: 1st-5th grade

*Program does not meet April 19 & 21

Join us after school for a blend of structured and freeform exploration. Our program is designed to provide children the support they need to express their natural curiosity.


Spring Garden Buds (Friday, 4/29 - Sunday, 6/12)

Spring Garden Buds

Child holding leaf in gardenFriday, April 29 – Sunday, June 12*

Days: Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays
Duration: 6 weeks
Time: 9:30 to 10:30am; 11am to 12pm
Fee: $180 Non-Member / $162 Member
Age: 2-3 years old

*Program does not meet May 27-29 

We welcome you and your toddler to join our Garden Buds program! Tailored to our youngest gardeners, these classes let children explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden, taste garden produce, and create botanical crafts. Registration includes one child and a participating adult.


Summer Children's Garden (Multiple Sessions)

Summer Children’s Garden

Session I: Flavors of Home
Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 15

Session II: Gardens for Wildlife
Tuesday, July 19 – Friday, July 29

Session III: Art in the Garden
Tuesday, August 2 – Friday, August 12

Session IV: A Place to Grow
Tuesday, August 16 – Friday, August 19 (1-week session)

Days: Tuesdays through Fridays
Duration: 2 weeks
Time: 9am to 3pm
Fee: $800 Non-Member / $720 Member (Session IV Only: $400 Non-Member / $360 Member)
Age: 5-12 years old

The Children’s Garden, sponsored by HSBC Bank, is happy to welcome back families for our DROP-OFF Summer Children’s Garden program!

Enjoy the great outdoors and learn about environmental themes such as gardening, discovering our animal neighbors, using our natural world to create art, and much more! Each session incorporates the Garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on activities, thematic activities, art, and science investigations.

Proof of vaccination required for participants.


The Garden thanks HSBC Bank USA, N.A. for generous sponsorship of the Children’s Garden.

Winter Family Outings

Winter Family Outings (SOLD OUT)

Winter Family Outings

Saturdays, December 11 (SOLD OUT), January 8 (SOLD OUT), February 12 (SOLD OUT), March 12 (SOLD OUT) & March 26 (SOLD OUT), 2:00 to 3:00pm

Winter is wonderful at QBG! Experience winter’s splendor with outdoor garden activities and a nature walk. This program is recommended for 4 to 12-year-olds.

This is a fully outdoor, socially distanced program. Please dress for all weather. Masks are required for the full duration of this event.

Ticket includes one child with one adult. Please purchase separate tickets for each child. This is NOT a drop-off program. Adults should plan to participate with children.

Sign up for a single session for $22. More details on each workshop are below.  

Discounts & Scholarships

Garden Members with Family Membership and above receive a 10% discount by using the code MEMBER at checkout. Siblings can receive a 5% discount by using the code SIBLING at checkout.

A limited number of scholarships seats are available by request. Please email [email protected]. For information on membership, click here.


Click Here For Tickets For Urban Advantage Voucher Holders ONLY

Please do not register using the above link if your child does not have an Urban Advantage voucher. A limited amount of tickets remain reserved.


Program Descriptions:

Winter Trees – Saturday, December 11, 2 to 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Kids learn about the various parts of trees and their functions, and use parts of trees to make a craft to take home! Program includes a walk through the Pinetum. Please dress for the weather.

Making Scents of Herbs – Saturday, January 8,  2 to 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Herbs create fragrances and flavors that we use in food, cosmetics, and medicines. Learn about different plant parts, identify their functions, and discover which of them we use every day! We’ll visit the Herb Garden to see edible plants and make our own tea bag blends to take home! Please dress for the weather.

Celebrating Black Botanists & the Legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver – Saturday, February 12, 2 to 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Learn how plants played an important role in the lives of Dr. Carver, Dr. Marie Clark Taylor, Edmond Albius, and Percy Gentle. We’ll explore some plants Dr. Carver worked with, using plants to paint and to create a lotion to take home. Please dress for the weather.

Bugging Out! – Saturday, March 12, 2 to 3pm (SOLD OUT)

Bugs are all around us! But where do they go in the wintertime? Come explore the world of bugs by examining the parts of a live insect, building your own clay creepy crawly, and searching for bug homes in the garden. Please dress for the weather.

Kitchen Gardening – Saturday, March 26, 2 to 3pm (SOLD OUT)

You can garden in the winter too! Participants learn about all the different ways to grow plants and even plant a few to take home! Class includes a sneak preview of the Children’s Garden seedlings in preparation for the spring. Please dress for the weather.


COVID Protocols

Health and Safety for On-Site Children’s Programs

  • Face masks required for program participants and staff
  • We will practice 3-6 foot social distancing between students, staff, and the public whenever possible.
  • Upon checking in, you will be asked whether or not you have COVID symptoms and a normal temperature.

Before Arrival

What do we need to do before arrival?

Before you leave your house, please ask yourselves the following three questions. If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home.

  1. Are you currently experiencing, or recently experienced (in the last 48 hours), any new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms?
  2. Have you had close contact (being within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period) in the past 10 days with any person confirmed by diagnostic test, or suspected based on symptoms, to have COVID-19? (If fully vaccinated (more than 2 weeks past your first shot of a single dose series, or more than 2 weeks past your second shot of a double dose series) then this does not apply unless you are exhibiting symptoms.)
  3. Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days?


What to Bring:

  • Water bottle
  • A breathable mask for you and your child. Please pack 1-2 extras.
  • Seasonal and weather-appropriate clothing: raincoat/poncho, rain boots, sweater/jacket, gloves, hat, etc.
  • Seasonally appropriate shoes that will stay attached to your feet and can withstand getting muddy.
  • Hand warmers
  • Sunscreen, or long-sleeved clothing with SPF protection.

Onsite Safety

How is QBG keeping students, staff, and families safe?

In keeping with CDC guidelines, the following measures will be implemented onsite. We will continue to monitor and update parents with any changes based on changing CDC guidelines.

  • For programming, students are required to stay on our 39-acre property while all classes take place outdoors.
  • Masks are required for staff and children throughout the entire program. Mask breaks can occur when more than 6 feet away from others.
  • Programs will have no more than 18 total people per section, including students, staff and volunteers.
  • Groups will not intermingle with other groups.
  • Any food or drink breaks will be 6 ft apart between participants, staff, and public.
  • Staff and volunteers will ensure students are socially distant during water breaks.

Will students be sharing materials?

  • There will be very limited shared materials. Anything that is shared will be wiped down before sharing, and/or children’s hands will get sanitized before and after usage of items.
  • Before the beginning of each program, staff will use sanitizing wipes or spray to wipe down benches, tables, surfaces, and materials touched and used.
  • Staff will aim to maintain a 3-6 foot distance from each other and students whenever possible.
  • Programs will be conducted entirely outdoors, including during light rain.
    • If weather is too inclement to host class, families will be notified and class’s will be held on Zoom.
  • There will not be a designated time for restrooms, as we ask you to take your child prior to class start time at the Visitor & Administration Building.

How do I know if anyone in my household is sick?

  • Staff and students are required to stay home if they or anyone in their household or that they’ve been exposed to for prolonged periods exhibits COVID-19 symptoms and/or tests positive for COVID-19.
  • CDC list of when to quarantine
  • There will not be make-up classes for COVID absences. If the whole class is canceled due to exposure, we will hold the class remotely, where possible.

What happens if I or someone in my group tests positive?

  • Families will be notified immediately if someone in their group tests positive.
  • Families will be contacted via email and asked to confirm receipt of email; follow up calls will be made, if necessary.
  • If a student becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms during the day, a staff member will quarantine the student away from the group and notify a parent/guardian for pickup. We will follow the most current CDC guidelines on when that child and others can come back to class.

Please email [email protected] for additional questions, scholarship information, or to be added to our email list and newsletter!

Kids Programs Photobook & Highlights!



  • Programs such as Forest Explorers and Jr. Naturalists are on pause & will be brought back as soon as possible. Please contact us via email (subject: name of the program) to receive news & updates on a specific program.