$100 – $500

Summer Children's Garden

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Queens Botanical Garden

43-50 Main St

New York, NY 11355

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The Children’s Garden sponsored by HSBC offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. The Children’s Garden creates an immersive experience-- a blend of structured and freeform exploration designed to provide children the supports they need to express their natural curiosity. Each session incorporates the Garden as a resource to support nature discovery, hands-on time in the garden, thematic activities, art, and science investigations.

Children's Garden is for children ages 4 to 10 years old. Sessions run Monday through Thursday from 9:00 to 3:00. After care available. Queens Culture Friday! optional add on days. Detailed informantion below.

*Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2017. This is a drop-off program.*


Session I: Bees and Buds

Stop and smell the roses! Kids will discover the beauty and wonder of QBG’s vast flower collection, do flower dissections, and design their own flower. Get up close and personal with the busy pollinators who keep the garden blooming.

Session II: The Kitchen and Beyond: All about Plants and Their Uses

Have a cook in the family? Campers will harvest fresh garden fruit and vegetables to make tasty and healthy snacks, learn about medicinal and traditional uses of plants, and make plant-based home products like lotion and bug spray!

Session III: Urban Critters

Young ecologists will discover the critters who inhabit our NYC urban jungle and beyond. Learn about animal habitats throughout the Garden, hunt for animal tracks and homes, and identify and search for local birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects.

Session IV: Art in the Garden

Get creative at QBG! Artists will utilize the natural world to create, discover, and design. Use rainwater to do watercolors, make recycled seed paper, use the sun’s power to make prints, and more!

Queens Culture Fridays!

Make it a full week and see what Queens has to offer as we explore various cultural institutions within Flushing Meadows Park. Young explorers will take trips to Queens Zoo, New York Hall of Science, and Queens Museum for guided workshops and discovery. Afternoons will be spent exploring and playing in the park. We will meet on location. Offered for Sessions I, II, and III only. No after-care available on these days.


Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm

Session I: July 10-20 (2 weeks), $500/450 for members*

Session II: July 24—August 3 (2 weeks), $500/450

Session III: August 7-17 (2 weeks), $500/450

Session IV: August 21-24 (1 week), $250/225

*Member discounts apply to family-level members or above. Member discount does not apply to IDNYC members.


After Camp Care

Monday—Thursdays, 3:00—5:30

Sessions I, II, and III: $200 per session

Session IV: $100


Queens Culture Fridays!

9:00 to 3:00, No after care available on Fridays

Session I: July 14 & 21, $150

Session II: July 28 & August 4, $150

Session III: August 11 & 18, $150

(None for Session IV)

*Queens Culture Friday participants must be signed up for a Children's Garden session*

Children's Garden Frequently Asked Questions


If you must cancel after registering, notify the Children's Garden at 718-886-3800 x218 or sross@queensbotanical.org at least five (5) business days before the start of the session and the Garden will refund your fee minus a $10 registration fee per child. Refunds for cancellations less than five days prior to the start of the session will be issued only if a registrant from a waiting list will fill the space. No refunds or credits are issued after a garden session begins. No discounts can be applied after you pay.


By attending QBG programs you may grant permission to Queens Botanical Garden to take and use you and your child's photograph and name in perpetuity, in all forms of print and electronic media used to promote, publicize, or advertise the Garden, its activities, and programs.


In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email.


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QBG staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors. QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well. For more guidelines on garden etiquette, click here.


By public transportation, take the number 7 subway line to Main Street, the Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing, or the Q44-SBS or Q20 bus.

By driving, please click here for more information.

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43-50 Main St

New York, NY 11355

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