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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.


 

A limited number of scholarship seats are available by request. Please fill out the scholarship request form here to inquire.

 After completion of the form, we will respond by 2 weeks from the program start date.

Please be patient with us as we receive a high volume of requests.

Spring Programs

Spring Children’s Garden

Ages 4-10 | drop-off

Schedule:

Eight weeks, two-hour sessions | Saturdays or Sundays | 1 to 3pm

  • Saturdays, April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, & June 1 OR
  • Sundays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, & June 2

$400 Non-Member / $360 Family-Level+ Member

Two children with clipboards in hand, observing a garden bed full of vegetable sprouts.

The Children’s Garden is a fun and exciting place where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, our young gardeners will grow and harvest vegetables, awaken the garden from its winter slumber, create botanical art & recipes, and explore their interconnected ecosystems.

 

This program is for drop-off only and takes place mostly all outdoors. Participants may go indoors for inclement weather. Masks are not required. We kindly require that all children are able to use the restroom independently.

*Lunch is not provided as a part of this program.

Queens Botanical Garden thanks Amerasia Bank for its generous sponsorship of the Children’s Garden.

Spring Garden Buds

Ages 2 & 3

Schedule:

April, May, and June sessions, four weekly sessions per month. Choose one weekly day (dates below).

TIMES (one-hour duration):

  • Fridays 9:30am-10:30am
  • Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am OR 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sundays 9:30am-10:30am OR 11:00am-12:00pm

$150 Non-Member / $135 Family-Level+ Member

Tailored to our youngest gardeners (ages 2 and 3), we invite you to connect with your little one to explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden. Together, you’ll harvest garden produce, create botanical crafts, share stories and songs, and help awaken the garden from its winter slumber.

Each child must be accompanied by only one adult. Please, no siblings, unless you have a second adult to accompany. This program is held almost entirely outdoors.

 

April Garden Buds: Seeds & Sprouts

Fridays, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27

Sundays, April 7, 14, 21, 28

Register by Friday, April 5 to guarantee a seat!

A smiling child holds up a freshly harvested radish.

 

May Garden Buds: Bees & Blooms

Fridays, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25

Sundays, May 5, 12, 19, 26

Register by Friday, April 26 to guarantee a seat!

A young child and their parent harvest carrots together from a garden bed.

 

June Garden Buds: Blossoms & Berries

Fridays, May 31, June 7, 14, 21

Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22

Sundays, June 2, 9, 16, 23

Register by Friday, May 24 to guarantee a seat!

A young child and their parent hang up a pinecone bird feeder.

Summer Registration is OPEN! 

Limited-Time Early Bird Discount Codes:

Offer ends on Monday, May 13 at 11:59 pm. No Early Bird discounts will be honored past this deadline.

EARLYBIRD – Code is auto-applied. 10% off registration for non-members.

EARLYBIRD-SIBLING – 15% off registration for two siblings.

EARLYBIRD-MEMBER – 20% off registration for family-level members

Summer Children’s Garden

Ages 4-10 | drop-off

Schedule:

2-week sessions*. Mondays – Thursdays, 9am-3pm.**

*Session IV is one week only.

**Extended Hours until 5:30pm (For an additional $35/day, Extended Hours are available as add-on at checkout.).

  • Session I: Garden Lab Mondays-Thursdays, July 8-18
  • Session II: Botanical Recipes Mondays-Thursdays, July 22-August 1
  • Session III: Plant Pals Mondays-Thursdays, August 5-15
  • Session IV: Growing Artists Monday-Thursday, August 19-22 (1-week/ 4-day session)

$800 Non-Member / $720 Family-Level+ Member

 

 

Two children run along a path in the Children's Garden full of greenery.

The Children’s Garden is a fun and exciting place where kids spend time planting, playing, observing, and learning in a nurturing environment. Our program offers a blend of structured and freeform exploration, designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity.

Young gardeners will learn to grow and harvest vegetables, bringing their food from seed to table. Each session incorporates the garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on time in the garden, thematic activities, botanical art, and science investigations.

This program is for drop-off only,  held outdoors for the majority of the time with access to indoor program space. Masks are not required. We kindly require that all children are able to use the restroom independently.

*Lunch is not provided as a part of this program.

Queens Botanical Garden thanks Amerasia Bank for its generous sponsorship of the Children’s Garden.

Summer Garden Buds

Ages 2 & 3

Schedule: Six weekly sessions available. Choose one weekly day:

WEEKLY DAY (six days total):

  • Fridays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
  • Saturdays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17
  • Sundays:  July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18

TIMES (one-hour session duration):

  • Fridays 9:30am-10:30am
  • Saturdays 9:30am-10:30am OR 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Sundays 9:30am-10:30am OR 11:00am-12:00pm

$210 Non-Member / $189 Family-Level+ Member

 

Child and adult water bean plants.

Tailored to our youngest gardeners (ages 2 and 3), we invite you to connect with your little one to explore the wonder of nature through hands-on work and play in the garden. Together, you’ll harvest garden produce, create botanical crafts, and share stories and songs.

Each child must be accompanied by only one adult. Please, no siblings, unless you have a second adult to accompany. This program is held almost entirely outdoors.

Junior Naturalists

Students entering 6th-9th grade | drop-off

Schedule:

Three 2-week sessions. Mondays – Thursdays, 9:00am-3:00pm.*

*Extended Hours until 5:30pm (For an additional $35/day, Extended Hours are available as add-on at checkout.)

  • Session I: Garden Lab – July 8 – 18
  • Session II: Botanical Recipes – July 22 – August 1
  • Session III: Growing Artists – August 5 -15

Cost per session: $800 Non-Member / $720 Family-Level+ Member

One student holds up a broccoli head and another holds up a beet and broccoli.

 

Give your middle schooler the summer of a lifetime! Instructors challenge young naturalists to use their observation skills and individual experiences as each discovers how plants, sustainability, and local ecosystems are part of everyday life. Using critical thinking and team collaboration, budding ecologists will learn to hunt edible weeds, identify local birds and mammals, trap insects and freshwater invertebrates, and so much more!

This program is for drop-off only and takes place mostly all outdoors. Participants may go indoors for inclement weather. Masks are not required. We kindly require that all children are able to use the restroom independently.

*Lunch is not provided as a part of this program.

Know Before You Go 

Information for participating families of kids’ programs.

What to Bring

  • Water bottle
  • Seasonal and weather-appropriate clothing: raincoat/poncho, rain boots, sweater/jacket/coat, gloves, hat, sunscreen for summer programs, etc.
  • Seasonally appropriate shoes that will stay attached to your feet and can withstand getting muddy.
  • Hand warmers (optional)

Health & Safety

For the safety of students, staff and families, QBG is closely following CDC guidelines. As such, the following health and safety measures are in effect for 2023 programs. We will continue to monitor and update parents with any changes.

  • Vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.
  • Participants and staff are not required to wear masks indoors. Individuals may choose to still wear masks.
  • Staff and students are required to stay home if they or anyone in their household tests positive for COVID-19, or other contagious viruses. For reference, please review CDC guidelines.
  • We ask all participants to consider the following three questions before coming to a QBG program. If you answer yes to any of these questions, please stay home.
    • In the last 48 hours, have you experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or other contagious viruses?
    • Have you tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or another contagious virus in the past 10 days?
    • Has anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 or another contagious virus in the past 10 days?
  • What happens if I or someone in my group tests positive?
    • Please notify us if your child (program participant) tests positive for COVID-19 or another contagious virus..
    • When we are notified of a positive case in a program, we will notify families via email that someone in their group tested positive
    • If a student becomes ill with 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.

Parking

  • Parking for all programs is $5.00, an exclusive rate for kids programs participants.
  • Families have a 15-minute window for drop off at the parking circle.
  • For information on how to get to the Parking Garden, please reference this page on the website.

Payment, Cancelations, and Refunds

  • 10% discount off program fee for Family-Level Members and above
  • All programs are rain or shine.
  • We have a no-refund policy within 30 days from the program start date. If you must cancel after registering, notify the Kids Programs staff at 718-886-3800 x218 or [email protected] at least 30 full days before the start of the program and the Garden will refund 75% of the program cost.
  • Refunds and credits are not issued for partial attendance or after the program begins. Registrations are nontransferable.
  • There will not be make-up classes for absences due to illness from common contagious viruses, including COVID-19.

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