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

Dig, Plant, Grow: Pickle Me!
July 14–August 14

Go on a Pickle Parade through the Family Garden to learn about plants—both familiar and unfamiliar—that take part in the pickling process. Learn what it takes to pickle and make your very own batch of pickles to savor back at home.

Frida's Flora and Fauna
May 16–September 27, Weekdays; 1:30–5:30 p.m. Weekends plus Monday Holidays; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Visit the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to experience the inspiration Frida Kahlo found in the natural world that can be seen and appreciated in her artwork. Throughout the Adventure Garden investigate plants and animals growing and living in New York City, using your senses as well as scientific tools to discover your own creative muse. Spur creativity through all sorts of expressive activities, including Frida's Puppet Theater; kitchen fun in La Casita Azul playhouse; and creating self-portraits using seasonal colors, fruits, and animals as inspiration—just like Frida might!

Cooking with Frida
May 16–November 1, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; 2 & 4 p.m.

Hands-on activities in the Edible Academy's Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden bring together children and their families to experience the colors, textures, smells, and tastes of Frida Kahlo's Mexican kitchen. Cooking demonstrations feature recipes inspired by those Frida served to family and friends, using nutritious, garden-based ingredients. Visitors can explore and tend to the plant staples of Mexican cuisine growing throughout the Family Garden: beans, tomatoes, peppers, chiles, herbs, and more!

Art in Nature Camp for 8–10-year-olds
Monday, July 13–Friday, July 17, 2015; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Children become artists in the Garden throughout this week-long camp. Embarking on daily nature walks with sketchbooks in hand, they are ready to find inspiration anywhere. Campers will have the opportunity to view works of art by Frida Kahlo on display in the Mertz Library Art Gallery, and create nature-inspired self-portraits. Each day will be filled with outdoor explorations, hands-on activities, and time to create individual and collaborative art.


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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.