Spring Time Fun Activities
for Children and Families at The New York Botanical Garden
Families: Nature's Ice Cream Parlor in Everett Children's
Adventure Garden—May 1st through the 31st, Every
Weekend, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Open Monday, May 31st!
Back by popular demand, Natures Ice Cream Parlor
returns to the Adventure Garden for another fun-filled month.
During the month of May, children and their families enjoy
delicious ice cream and learn about the plant parts that give
this treat its fantastic flavors. From
all-time favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry,
to exotic flavors like pistachio and coconut. Children
participate in special activities like making ice cream and
tasting out-of-this-world ice cream flavors! In addition, children
make their own “plant part” sundae and top it off
with plant treats including, sugar sprinkles, berries, and
Month of Mothers Day Magic in
the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden—May 1st through the 31st, Tuesday
through Sundays, 1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Children and their families (especially Mom) celebrate
Mother's Day throughout the month of May with a bounty of floral
crafts and garden activities! Children enjoy spring flowers
and hands-on gardening with the entire family this month. Children make fun crafts including a
paper flower, or they can create their own unique Mother's
Day card, and pot up a special plant for Mom. NEW! Plant
Patterns—An Exhibit in the Bendheim Global Green
House at the Everett Children's Adventure Garden–May
11th through January 7th, 2005
In this exhibit, children discover some of the
infinite patterns found in plants by sorting and classifying
plant parts, creating and comparing different bark rubbings,
exploring leaf tessellations (tiling patterns), and exploring
the Fibonacci number sequence.
Budding Botanists, a drop-in program for
2--5 year olds Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., is
where preschoolers learn their ABC's by doing fun hands-on
activities. Children explore plant and garden words that go
with each letter of the alphabet. This month features the
letters: Now through May 7: I is for Insects and Ivy; May
11 through 21: J is for Johnny-Jump-Ups and Jolly Jungles;
May 25 through June 7: K is for Katydids and Kites for Kids.
For Teachers: The Sara Lee Schupf Summer
Institutes provide a weeklong intensive immersion for teachers,
of grades K through 5, in ecology and botanical science led
by professional scientists and educators. Participants in this
dynamic program learn how to make science fun through field
tested, hands-on, inquiry based activities. Teachers discover
how to make the Garden an extension of their classroom, while
enriching the curriculum with award-winning resources and more.
Seedlings program for teachers of grades K through
2 July 5th through the 9th or July 12th through the
Saplings program for teachers of grades 3 through
5. July 26th through the 30th or August 2nd through
more information on the Summer Institutes please contact
James Boyer at (718) 817-8177 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Every day the Garden offers something new for children
to investigate. Children and their families experience a world
of plants, explore nature, and discover the thrill of science.
Children have fun while learning about plant science in an
engaging, hands-on, real-world way with a variety of indoor
and outdoor activities such as dissecting flowers, pressing
plants in the herbarium, using microscopes and hand lenses
to study plant parts, and take-home activities including making
a nature field notebook to record observations, leaf rubbings,
and plant and flower sketches, as well as nature art and seasonal
For a full listing of Family Fun activities go to http://www.nybg.org/family/index.html. For more information call (718) 817-8700 or
visit us on the web at www.nybg.org. The Everett Children's Adventure Garden has
been made possible by the leadership generosity of Edith and Henry Everett.