Spring Break Activities at the Garden for Kids and Families

Spring Break @ The Orchid Show

The Adventure Garden comes alive with a cast of characters only a garden can showcase. As part of The Orchid Show: On Broadway, kids will love exploring the Showstoppers of Spring, a fun, hands-on, fully interactive exploration of nature's theater in the Adventure Garden. Don't miss Broadway Day on April 19 where members of Broadway's most popular shows have created unique interactive programming exclusively for the Garden. Have fun with activities from Broadway's Billy Elliot, Addams Family, Million Dollar Quartet, and more!

Dig, Plant, Grow! Wake Up, Garden!

In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Daily, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Children and families learn about plants and the natural world through hands-on gardening at this one-and-a-half acre site. Each afternoon children--with help from their parents, volunteers, and staff--are encouraged to dig, weed, compost, plant, tend, and harvest in garden plots. These ongoing gardening activities are complemented by a changing roster of programs that encourage children to explore seasonal garden-related themes.

Earth Day Programming

Friday, April 22 - Across Garden grounds

What better place to celebrate the earth and its gifts than at The New York Botanical Garden? Explore nature in the Forest, learn how worms recycle plants into compost, and learn how to be green at home.

    • Self-Guided Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

      All day
      Pick-up a scavenger hunt sheet at any admission booth or in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. You lead the way with clues that help you solve Garden riddles.

    • Guided Forest Tours

      1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - Meet at the Reflecting Pool in the Visitor Center
      Experience the beauty of the Garden's 50-acre Forest on this walking tour led by one of our expert docents. You'll learn facts about the trees, history, geology, and ecology of this old growth woodland.

    • Earthworms on Earth Day

      1:30-5:30 p.m. - Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
      Learn all about the hard work our slimey friends do in the garden. Sift nutritious worm compost to take home for your own houseplants!

    • How to Create a Worm Bin

      1-3 p.m. - Everett Children's Adventure Garden
      Check out how easy it is to recycle food scraps into compost in your kitchen just by using a worm bin! See what a working worm bin looks like, learn the basics of maintaining this earth-friendly ecosystem, and get the practical tips, advice, and encouragement you need to begin composting and making natural plant food at home.

Bronx Arts Ensemble Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, April 24; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble winds will portray Grandfather, the Bird, the Cat, the Duck, the Hunters, the Wolf and more in Sergei Prokofiev's popular musical fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf. The audience will be introduced to each instrument and join in the madcap adventure to help capture the Wolf! Admission included with All-Garden Pass.