At Red Rabbit, we strongly believe that teaching kids where their food comes from and how it is grown is key to helping kids make better food choices. Suddenly, kale goes from being another strange-looking green leaf to something they remember harvesting at their local community garden, making it far more familiar and appealing.
With summer right around the corner, we're looking forward to the bounty of local fruits and vegetables coming into season as well as the many fun outdoor events and educational programming hosted in New York City. Read on for our pick of kid-friendly, food and garden related events and days out, in and around NYC this summer.
What: Get your hands dirty at kids’ discovery stations throughout the garden. Investigate and classify plants, touch a carnivorous plant and learn how it eats, or go on a monarch and milkweed exploration in the meadow!
Where: Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
When: Tuesday–Friday | 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m through June 3rd
What: Drop in and explore the farmhouse with the family; hands-on crafts, self-guided exploration, scavenger hunts, and more. FREE.
Where: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn NY 11203
When: 11 am - 3pm Saturday June 18th (and every third Saturday of the month starting in May)
What: The one-acre Urban Farm at Randall’s Island Park offers a wide variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables. With over 80 raised beds, two greenhouses, a milk-crate container garden, a trellis tunnel for gourds and climbing vines, and even rice paddies, the farm presents a wide array of crops, varieties, and growing methods to visitors of all ages.
Where: Urban Farm at Randall’s Island, Wards Meadow Loop, New York, NY 10035
When: 11am - 3pm Saturday June 4th (and every following Saturday through September)
What: Walk through for loads of fun, hands-on activities including: cooking demos and food samples, take home DIY Seed Planters with something ready to grow, recycling games, nutrition education workshops, and check out the top 10 art contest submissions and watch the winners announcement at 12pm!
Where: Union Square Greenmarket – north end by the Pavilion
When: Monday, June 27th , 10am - 2pm.
What: Among the oldest children’s gardens in the country, Highland Park will host community gardeners and local volunteers to help with seasonal maintenance projects.
Where: Highland Park Children’s Garden, Jamaica Avenue and Ashford Street.
When: Saturday July 16th, 9am - 12pm.
What: At this workshop, kids will learn how soil impacts plant growth using hands-on explanations to explore soil health.
Where: E. 43rd Street Block Association Community Garden Garden, 1087 East 43rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11210
When: Monday, July 18, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
What: Gardener Karen will lead a fun-filled schedule of planting, exploring, observing, and creating around the historic grounds of the mansion. No two days are the same, and getting a little dirty is happily encouraged!
Where: Morris Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032
When: Monday August 1st -Friday August 5th, 10am - 12pm.
What: Bronx Museum educators will be in Target Bronx Community Garden leading activities centered around gardening, art, and the neighborhood.
Where: Target Bronx Community Garden, 1025 Anderson Ave, Bronx, NY 10452
When: 1 - 4pm, Saturday August 13th (and also Saturday June 11th and Saturday July 9th)
What: On a Saturday or Sunday visit to Stone Barns, participate in a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours all included with your one-day admission ticket ($10 for kids, $20 for adults).
Where: 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY 10591.
When: Every weekend until November 13th.
What: A new facility run by Green Bronx Machine offering numerous experiential learning opportunities around farming and gardening. Check out the indoor farm, robotics, a 100% mobile classroom kitchen with broadcast capabilities, solar and pedal power stations and computer lab.
Where: 450 St Pauls Pl, Bronx, NY 10456
When: Officially open as of May 10th