Saturday Morning Story Time
Children's Discovery Benches
Programs for Schools or Youth Groups
"Wings of Fancy" Butterfly Exhibit Tours
NEW! Children's Program Calendar
Children's Programs & Workshops
Check out the Fall & Winter Children's Xperience pages for detailed information on all programs and events for children.
For children ages 3-5 with a parent.
This once-a-month series will meet the second Monday of every month. We will feature gardening activities, stories, crafts and garden walks. Siblings are welcome but will not be able to partake in craft making.
Please register here for each session listed below.
Course number 247603
Monday, January 13, 2014, 10:30am-12:00pm
Course number 247604
Monday, February 10, 2014, 10:30am-12:00pm
Fee: $5/child (adult free); registration required
Visitors Center Children’s Classroom
Saturdays, October 5-December 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.
Participate and listen to nature and seasonal stories that will encourage a child’s imagination and creativity. Each week a different story will be read followed by a hands-on craft.
Free; Ages 3- 6; no registration required.
Story time is held in the Visitors Center Children’s Classroom.
Note: Story time will be held in the Vistors Center Atrium on Saturday, November 9.
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Self-guided exploration, hands-on activities, educational games, books, and puzzles are available in the Visitors Center Children's Classroom Tuesday - Friday*.
Hours: September through June- 2:00-5:00p.m.
July and August-9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., (not available when camp is in session)
Appropriate for children ages 2-7
*Children's Discovery Benches are open based on staff availability.
In the new Children’s Garden, School’s Outside!, experience learning in fun outdoor classrooms planted with colorful flowers, “alphabet plants,” topiaries, and other curiosities like a “Little Library.” Opening in early summer, each classroom offers a lesson that will connect the garden to several classroom concepts.
Check the calendar below for detailed program and event information by date. Register for Children's Programs online through ParkPASS or by calling 301-962-1451. If you don't already have a ParkPASS account, visit the sign in page to create one. Registration for Spring & Summer programs opens February 14 for Montgomery and Prince George's County residents and February 15 for all others; registration for Fall & Winter programs opens August 14 for Montgomery and Prince George's County residents and August 15 for all others.
Birthday parties at Brookside Gardens are full of FUN and learning. Your child and their guests will enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities during one of our unique programs listed below. Birthday parties at Brookside Gardens are conducted on the week-ends during 3-hour time slots. Your $225 fee covers a 30 minute set-up time, 1-hour program led by trained staff, 1 hour party time, and 30 minutes for clean-up.
- Garden Fairies
Tour the garden looking for fairy folk plants and clues! Decorate your own fairy/butter-fly wings to take home. Ages 5-8
- Wooden Wonders
Learn the value of wood, forests, and trees! In a guided tour guests use a tree-key to identify 5 – 8 native trees. Construct and paint a wood bird house to take home. Ages 5-12
- Garden Tea
A lesson on the history of tea and practicing tea party manners is provided. Play a few party games and make a “Grow Buddy” to take home. Dress-up is encouraged. Ages 5-12
- Pollinators and Garden Critters
What’s all the buzz about? Go on a pollinator scavenger hunt and take a guided tour of the Brookside Gardens’ “Wings Of Fancy” exhibit. (Available May through mid September only) Ages 5-12
Birthday Party Guidelines
- The maximum number of children is 16 children.
- Payment is due at the time of scheduling. We will refund in full if the facility must cancel. If you must cancel due to an emergency, we will allow the party to be rescheduled (up to 1 year).
- Food must be purchased from a licensed food purveyor, not homemade. There is not access to a refrigerator, freezer or cooking appliances. Client provides all refreshments, tableware and décor Table decorations are allowed; balloons and piñatas are not.
- Garden parties often have an outdoor component, so please dress for the weather.
- Brookside Gardens is an eco-friendly facility and we encourage visitors to plan a waste-free event. We are happy to provide guidance in this matter, and can answer any other questions you may have regarding your event.
NOTE: Party space may reserved, without a program, for children younger than 5. Some parties available seasonally, call for fall & winter party theme options. Please call our Event Office at 301-962-1404 more details and to reserve your child’s party.
For additional party options, visit Montgomery Park's nature centers' websites; BrooksideNature.org, LocustGroveNature.org or MeadowsideNature.org
Brookside Gardens Summer Camp Programs
The 2014 Camp Guide will be published in January 2014
Register at ParkPASS.org
Brookside Gardens is a proud participant in Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens, a national initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama to provide opportunities for museum and garden visitors to learn about healthy food choices and promote physical activity. Visit our Heart Smart Trail and get moving! Look for more Let's Move! opportunities coming soon.
To volunteer with the Children's Program, call the volunteer coordinator, 301-962-1429