Family Programs – Spring 2018

A Sensory Celebration


Due to the chilly forecast for tomorrow, our outdoor Sensory Celebration is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience. We will reschedule the event for the warmer summer months.

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Van Vleck House & Gardens invites you to explore the gardens using your senses as your guide.  What colors and shapes do you see? What sounds do you hear around you? What smells are in the air? Activity stations will be arranged outdoors and in our education center focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors in the natural world.  Join us for a stress free afternoon of garden discovery.  Open to families. Check our website for rain date information. 

Suggested donation – $10 per family

Outdoor Adventures

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning?  Come to Van Vleck and visit our Education Center anytime between 10 am to 1:00 pm.  An environmental educator will discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens.  A simple craft will be offered, as well as supplies for a self-guided activity on the property.  Everything you need to enjoy quality time with your family is here for you.  Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up; however, all are welcome.  All children must be supervised by an adult.  Rain or shine.

April 21st – Birds and Beaks

May 19th – Spiders

June 16th – Edible Gardening

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$5 per child ages 4 & up; $10 per family (2 or more children)

Free for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration requested – drop-ins welcome

*Online Registration*

You may also register by calling 973-744-4752 ext 3 or emailing

Van Vleck House & Gardens’ Friends Day


Sunday, June 10th

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old… at Van Vleck House & Gardens’ Friends Day

Please be our guest as we celebrate and thank our supporters—our Friends of Van Vleck—with a fun day of special programming. We will have a birding expert pointing out our feathered friends, children’s activities and seed planting, and more, we’ll have something for everyone.

Not already a Friend? Become a Friend of Van Vleck today  Click Here  and join us,

or sign up onsite at Friends Day.

FREE for Friends of Van Vleck but registration required.

Click Here to register

Van Vleck House & Gardens

All classes and events are held at 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair unless otherwise noted. For further information, log on to To register or for additional information, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail us at Become a Friend of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.