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

Wintertime Wonders
January 26–March 20
Weekdays; 1:30–4:30 p.m., Weekends; 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Inside the cozy Discovery Center kids of all ages can take a closer look at the wonders of plants and animals in winter. Make bark rubbings, count tree rings, craft a bud necklace 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.

Winter Break: Cool Science
February 15–19
9 a.m.–4 p.m.; early drop-off and late pick-up options available
For kindergarten–2nd graders or 3rd–5th graders

Winter Break Campers embrace the cold! Kids explore states of matter by turning liquids into solids and investigate adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive cold, icy winters. Campers will also warm up with visits to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory tropical and desert collections to compare the plants growing in these environments. Games, crafts and other hands-on activities round out each day.

Vernal Investigations!
March 22–May 15
In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Weekdays; 1:30–4:30 p.m., Weekends; 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Explore the unfolding wonders of the spring season! Be on the lookout for signs that plants and animals are getting ready for spring at the Adventure Garden. Explore amazing buds, bulbs, nests and eggs inside the Discovery Center using scientific tools like hand lenses and microscopes, then go outside to hunt for evidence that plants and animals are awakening from their winter slumber.


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.