Children’s Programs

Virtual Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

Select Fridays

December 4th – Getting Ready for Winter

        December 18th – Winter Homes

NEW TIME! 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Age: 3 – 5 year olds accompanied by a parent/caregiver

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. 

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

Advanced registration required. Registration deadline: the Tuesday before the class.

Online registration: Click Here

Outdoor Adventures

Select Tuesdays

December 1st – Animals in Winter

December 15th – Winter Happenings

NEW TIME! 1 – 3:30 pm

Recommended age: 4 – 11 but all are welcome
 Join us in the gardens as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center between 1 and 3:30 pm on the day of the program.
Masks are required at all times while on the property. Social distancing protocols will be in place.
$10 per family/per class for Members. $15 per family per class for Non-Members.
Advanced Registration is required. Deadline to register: the Friday before the program. 
Online registration Click Here

          Outdoor Adventures is sponsored by Montclair State University.

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.

Please note: We are reserving a few spots for those experiencing financial hardship right now due to the COVID-19 crisis.  These spots are first come first serve. Please email  to reserve a spot.