For Families

For more events and activities during your visit, view our calendar above.

Family Adventures

Focusing on Nature
Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m. Weekends plus Holiday Mondays; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Everett Children's Adventure Garden is a fun, beautiful space that captures the imagination of children, and brings out their inner explorer. Children are invited to come learn about the natural world around us, and investigate how technology has changed the way we view it. They will explore the world through a "new lens" while learning about how observations of nature have been shared throughout time.

Memorial Day Weekend: May 24–26; Independence Day Weekend: July 4–6;
Labor Day Weekend: August 30–September 1

Kids learn about John Philip Sousa and two of America's distinct instruments, the sousaphone and kazoo. Participants make bandleader hats and receive a kazoo with which to march around. On Labor Day, September 1, participants are encouraged to come back and take part in a performance in the Ross Hall, for families and friends!

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Children’s Gardening Program

Summer session begins July 8

Offered in the spring, summer, and fall, kids ages 3–12 plant, tend, and harvest vegetables, and are taught lessons on gardening topics from apples to worms. To learn more and to register, call 718.817.8181 or visit

Dig! Plant! Grow! Hands-On Gardening Activities

Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Open daily; 1:30–6 p.m. (Drop-in Activities end at 5:30 p.m.)

Plants and imaginations grow at the Howell Family Garden, where kids are allowed—no, encouraged!—to play in the dirt. Display gardens, such as the Global Gardens and the Breakfast Bowl, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire.

Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens

Salad Days
May 10–June 6

Global Gardens Spring Harvest Celebration
June 7–8

Sweet & Stinky
June 10–July 18

Pickle Me!
July 19–August 15

Global Gardens Summer Harvest Celebration
August 16–17

Pollinator Pals: Bees and Butterflies
August 19–October 3

Summer Break Science Camp (5–10 year-olds)

Session I: July 7–August 1 Session II: August 4–29

Each week celebrates a different theme for exploring the garden: Art in the Garden, Wild Wetlands, Forest Adventures, and a brand new theme for 2014: Wildlife Discoveries. From painting with plant parts to hiking in the forest, the summer will be full of adventure. Sign-up for a single or multiple week plan. All weeks listed offer concurrent programs for 5–7 year-olds and 8–10 year-olds. Get pricing and registration information.