Children’s Programs – Spring 2020

Virtual Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

June 3rd – Germination Station

June 17th – Ladybug Life

10:00 – 11:00 am

Our virtual Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire young children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration (done in your own backyard), and hands-on activities. Each class will begin with a Zoom Circle Time and story, as well as a guided activity and Q&A period.  At the conclusion of our virtual class (approximately 20-25 minutes), students are encouraged to go outside with a parent or caregiver to complete an outdoor activity related to the topic of the day.  Activity Kits will need to be picked up at Van Vleck House & Gardens prior to the class.  Registration required.

Registration deadline: 1 week prior to class

 $7 per child/per class for Members; $10 per child/per class for Non-Members

Online registration: Click Here

Virtual Kids’ Gardening classes

Virtual Garden Tales 

 June 10th and June 24th

 3:00 – 4:00 PM

 Grades K – 2nd

 This virtual class is designed to introduce children to the joy of gardening  through seed planting, journaling, garden maintenance and outdoor exploration. Each class centers around a garden-themed book and participants will work on a planting project and other activities related to the story. The class will include a story, discussion and instruction regarding the planting project. We will also spend time journaling in garden journals. Total Zoom class time: 25 – 30 minutes). Activity kits, which will include all the materials necessary to participate in the class, will need to be picked up prior to the class. Registration required.

 $10 per class/per child for Members; $15 per class/per child for Non-Members

Registration deadline: 1 week prior to class.

Online registration: Click Here


Go & Grow Activity Kits

Our Go & Grow kits are designed to help you and your child enjoy quality time outside in the garden. Each kit will include supplies for one planting as well as a journal, activity sheet, and planting instructions. The Swallowtail Butterfly Garden Kit includes plants as well as seeds.
Go & Grow Sunflower Kit: $5 per kit
Go & Grow Swallowtail Butterfly Garden Kit: $10 per kit
Deadline to purchase: June 5th. Contactless pick up: June 9th.
Online purchase: Click Here


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 Member of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.