Find some low and no-cost gardens in NYC, along with activities, to enjoy a day outdoors with your kids this spring.
With such stiff competition from today’s technology, it’s not always easy to keep your kids active. Local gardening activities can be a quick fix to boredom during spring break or even just on a routine weekend.
Check out some gardens in NYC below to see how to entertain your kids and make the best of the spring weather.
This garden in Staten Island, inspired by the popular children’s book The Secret Garden, is one of the best-kept secrets in New York City. Kids can wander around this half-acre botanical garden to find a garden maze with detailed paths and plantings throughout. There are also a few educational programs and exhibits along the way.
From bird and nature walks to gardening workshops and wellness talks, Wave Hill in the Bronx offers guided tours all year round. It’s a great place to start walking more this season and to enjoy some nature views while you’re at it. Learn more about the arts with family art projects from local artists, and check out the seasonal deals as well.
The Queens Botanical Garden has a number of activities to keep your mind and body active. They have events like story time with nature-inspired stories, where you can have a relaxing afternoon reading with your kids. You can keep them healthy and active by taking them on a scavenger hunt in the garden as well.
Head over to the United Community Centers Garden/Youth Farm in Brooklyn to learn more about gardening. The community centers use after-school programs to teach kids how to garden. Take home some veggie transplants and tips at the GreenThumb annual giveaway and get a jumpstart on your community garden as well.
You can also get your kids involved in a community garden program at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. There instructors can teach them how to plant, tend, and harvest vegetables and herbs. The topics range from pollination to composting and are kid-friendly, with plenty of activities for specific ages.
If afterwards your kids still crave a little more of nature, check out the best places to hike in NYC too!
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