Activities & Resources
Brooklyn Botanic Garden050in Brooklyn, NY 11225
about Brooklyn Botanic Garden:
The outdoor adventure garden is designed especially for young children to explore plant life from a kid's perspective. Children may visit sense-ational plants and colorful flowers, follow butterflies and birds in a wildlife meadow, pump water down a bamboo waterfall to a stream, hide under a tree, hike a nature trail, and meet a giant green spider. The Discovery Garden includes safe areas designed for toddlers to experience plant life firsthand and have fun.
Brightly colored Plant Discovery Carts are chock-full of games, puzzles, and natural objects. Kids can "Be-a-Bee" and learn about pollination, or train to be a Tree Surgeons and learn how to help the trees on your block, or try to guess what part of a plant is in the mystery bag. Topics, activities, and schedules change regularly, so there's always something new to explore. Don't forget to collect family fun activity sheets to take home. Check our Calendar for upcoming events.
Kids can sign up for KinderGardeners Seedlings programs, usually offered in increments of six Fridays or Saturdays. Check the website for classes.
Free guided tours are offered at 1pm on weekends (except major holiday weekends); no reservations are needed.
The Terrace Cafe offers a full menu of gourmet lunches and beverages. Dining is outdoors from spring to early fall and in the Steinhardt Conservatory late fall and winter. Picnicking is not permitted in the Garden.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden has two shops, both located on Lily Pool Terrace. The Gift Shop carries stationery, personal accessories, and home items. The Garden Shop carries everything for the garden as well as huge selection of nature and gardening toys for kids.
The Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) Summer Camp, for kids ages seven to 12, is offered in three two-week Summer Camp sessions from late June through mid-August. An optional after-camp program, from 3:30pm-6pm, is also available and features games, activities, and time for journal writing, reading, movies, or just being with friends at one of the seven participating institutions. Tuition assistance is offered for qualifying campers.
The basic camp fee for the two-week program (Mon-Fri for 10 sessions, 9am-3:30pm) is $625. The after-camp fee for the two-week program (also Mon-Fri for 10 sessions) is an additional $150.
Family Membership benefits include two membership cards for free admission for two adults and any children under 16, free parking for four visits, 10% discount at the Terrace Cafe, discounts on children's programs and classes, 10% discount at the Garden Gift Shop, entry to members' summer hours, Sunset Picnics and Preview Night at the Plant Sale, and quarterly issues of both the 21st-Century Gardening Series Handbooks and Plants & Gardens News.