Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Children's Garden Opening Weekend!

Girl playing on ropes April 1 & 2, 2017
Activities 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Join us as we welcome spring and open the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden with two festive fun-filled days of hands-on activities celebrating the changing of the seasons. Have an outdoor adventure exploring all of the wonders the Children’s Garden has to offer. See what’s ready to harvest in the edible garden. Spelunk in a cave and see what’s hidden inside. Explore what lives around our pond and learn about the fall critters who visit year after year. Climb to new heights in the tree house. Come investigate the Missouri ecosystems that thrive in the Children’s Garden and discover why native plants are important. Get inspired to be adventurous in the great outdoors and learn more about the nature that lives in your own neighborhood. 

In the Children's Garden:
Activities 9 a.m.–3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday

Boy watering plant
  • Pot-A-Plant | Edible Garden
    Time to get a jump on that spring garden. Visit the potting station in the Edible Garden and select a plant to get a start on your planting with lettuce, Swiss chard, or snapdragons.
  • Living With Plants | Osage Camp
    Native Americans who lived in this area used many local plants every day. Come discover what they used and what kinds of things we use today.
  • Construct a Community Critter Condo | Nature Explore Classroom
    Help build a critter condo for the Children's Garden and learn about the helpful garden animals that will make their home there.
  • Create a Toad Abode | Swamp or Wetland
    Build a place to attract toads to your garden. This fun home not only attracts amphibians but it also dresses up your garden or yard.
  • Make a Pinecone Birdfeeder | Pollination Garden
    Birds migrate every year across thousands of miles. Help them find food by making a pine cone bird feeders in the Children's Garden and then track which birds you see in your yard this year.
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting | Town Hall
    From tots to teens and those in between, who doesn’t love face painting? Visit with volunteers while getting some spectuacular spring-inspired cheek art!

Don't miss:

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m.–noon

Finn | Roaming
Meet Finn, the Children’s Garden friendly frog mascot. 
Saturday & Sunday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

World Bird Sanctuary | Entry Walk
Get a bird’s-eye view of live native creatures from the World Bird Sanctuary. Learn from their birding experts about Missouri native birds and other fascinating creatures.
Saturday & Sunday
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WildHeart | Village
Enjoy live music by WildHeart, the Emmy award winning educators and entertainers Jan & George Syrigos. Visitors of all ages will be captivated by their energizing performances.

Activities are included with Children's Garden admission:

Free: ages 2 & under
Free: ages 13 & up
$3: Garden Members (ages 3–12)
$5: Non-members (ages 3–12)

This is also Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis festival weekend! Join us for additional family-friendly activities throughout the Garden (included with Garden admission).

In Brookings Exploration Center: 

10 a.m.–3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday

  • Be a Curiosity Collector | Garden Theater
    Inspired by Garden founder Henry Shaw's love of collecting botanical wonders, dig deep into the fascinating world of everyday natural materials. From seed pods and cones to leaves and lichens, natural curiosities will come to life with the help of visitor imagination and digital media. New connections will be made as visitors discover what lives on Garden grounds, what's living in their neighborhoods, and what plants Garden scientists are studying and working to conserve around the world. Become a "collector," and learn to start your own collection at home.
  • Impressive Nature Impressions | MakerSpace
    Impressed by nature? Dig into your natural curiosities and discover the patterns, shapes, and details that are in your favorite leaf, flower, seed or rock. Using clay and natural materials found in the Children's Garden, we'll make Nature Impressions that you can take home and wear, display or dangle in your window.
Child looking at acorns and seeds through magnifierIn the PlantLab:

  10 a.m.–3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday

  • Nature Journals
  • Microscopic Investigations
  • Native Plant Matching Game
  • Botanical Sketching
  • Herbarium Collections

At Tower Grove House:

  • Planning & Plotting with Henry | Herb Garden | 10 a.m.–3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday
    Travel back in time and explore how Henry Shaw planned out the Garden. Discover how Horticulturists use the same practices today. Get inspired to make a plot plan for your own home garden.
  • Shaw Stories | East Wing | 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday
    Who was Henry Shaw? Step into the past in Henry's country home. Join staff for an interactive story time to learn about how Henry grew the Garden.


Great Green Adventures: Woodland Wonderland

Path in English Woodland GardenApril 15, 2017
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day by investigating the English Woodland Garden; we’ll search high and low for leaves of all shapes and colors. Learn more


Great Green Adventures: Missouri Native Shade Garden

FernsMay 20, 2017
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Let's learn about the plants of Missouri woods and how to protect the remaining native ecosystem. Learn more


Activities in the Brookings Exploration Center

Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
at Brookings Exploration Center (included in Garden admission)
Enjoy hands-on activities!



Be sure to check out classes and additional happenings for kids and families at the Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House!

Children’s Garden

Girl climbing ropes in Children's Garden
The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden (open April–October) is the perfect place to make new discoveries. Host your next birthday party, come for a drop-in program, learn at a germination station or just explore. Learn more