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.

Summer Children’s Garden

Registration now open!

The Children’s Garden, sponsored by HSBC Bank, is a drop-off program your kids can really dig this summer!

Environmental themes include gardening, discovering our animal neighbors, using our natural world to create art, and much more! Fill your children’s summer with nature discovery, hands-on activities, art, and science investigations.

Days: Tuesdays through Fridays
Duration: one or two weeks
Time: 9am to 3pm

Sessions

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

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

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

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

Fees

Fee for each two-week session: 
$800 Non-Member / $720 Family-Level+ Member
Fee for Session IV Only:
$400 Non-Member / $360 Family-Level+ Member
For ages 5 through 12
Proof of vaccination required for participants.

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

Spring Afterschool Adventures

Accepting registration on a rolling basis! 

Tuesday, April 5 – Thursday, June 2*

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

*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.

***Registration is ongoing. Contact us for more information at [email protected] or 718.886.3800, ext. 218.

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Other Current Spring Programs

Expand below for more details!

Spring Children's Garden (Saturday, 4/2 - Sunday, 6/5)

Spring Children’s Garden 

Saturday, April 2 – Sunday, June 5*

Days: Saturdays or Sundays
Duration:
8 weeks
Time:
1 to 3pm
Fee:
$400 Non-Member / $360 Member
Age:
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.

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

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.

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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!

The deadline to request scholarship for Summer Children’s Garden is May 13th, 2022.

Kids Programs Photobook & Highlights!

 

FAQ’s:

  • 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.