For Families

Every day at the Garden families can embark on an exciting adventure to discover the world of plants. Each season brings new opportunities to explore and to make lifelong connections with nature.

The New York Botanical Garden is the perfect place to bring your family any time of year, with outdoor nature exploration each day in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden featuring seasonally changing programs, themed outdoor galleries, a nature wetland, and more. In the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, The Edible Academy provides hands-on gardening activities from April through October, encouraging little ones and adults alike to play in the dirt. Dig! Plant! Grow! with us every afternoon, taking part in activities that change monthly. With new gardening programs and special events all year round, you'll always have a reason to come back!

Seasonal Highlights

Evergreen Express
November 15–January 25

Hop aboard the Evergreen Express for lively activities in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, where each station stop offers something new to create or explore! Build your own train puppet with master puppeteer Ralph Lee (weekends), join a musical marching parade around the collection, and visit the William and Lynda Steere Discovery Center, where a hands-on workshop with cones, needles, and other winter plant parts helps you craft your own miniature balsam fir pillow.

All Aboard with Thomas & Friends™
January 3–25

Join Thomas and Driver Sam on a fun-filled, sing-along, mini-performance adventure by helping them decorate the station in time for the big Sodor surprise party before the guest of honor arrives! Bring your camera to have a photo-op with Thomas and capture the special day!

Tropical Discoveries
January 27–February 26

Inside the cozy William and Lynda Steere Discovery Center kids of all ages can take a closer look at the differences between tropical and temperate plants. Pot up a tropical plant to take home and compare its characteristics with foliage in your neighborhood. Make bark rubbings, count tree rings, and head back into the winter garden with a field notebook to discover the vital sparks of life that lie just below the surface of this quiet season in the Northeast.

Want to know what's going on at the Garden right now? There are many ways to keep on top of Garden happenings! Find the one that's right for you, and we'll keep you updated with informative, beautiful, and interesting updates throughout the week.

The Children's Gardening Program is a part of the MetLife Healthy Families Program at the Garden, made possible through the generous support of

Community Garden Programs sponsored by

Leadership support for Children's Education Programs is provided by the Altman Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan C. Clay, Con Edison, Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, Inc., The Everett Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Mrs. Andrew Heiskell, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.