Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Seeds on the Move

SunflowerOctober 19, 2019
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Whether by wind, water or animal fur seeds are on the move this time of the year. Join us as we explore seeds big and small. Learn more


Children's Garden Closing Weekend!

Girl playing on ropes November 2 & 3, 2019
Activities 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Join us as we put the put the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden to bed 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. With it being Halloween weekend, children are more than welcome to dress up!

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

Girl and mother potting a plant
  • Pot-A-Plant | Edible Garden
    Fall is still a great time to have hearty flowers in your garden. Visit the potting station in the Edible Garden and select a plant to get a start on your planting with snap dragons or pansy. Each plant goes home with a special tips sheet to help you add and care for the plant in your garden.
  • Daffodil Dig
    Fall is a great time to prepare for Spring. Plant a daffodil bulb in the Children’s Garden and take one home to plant in your yard. When you see it bloom in the spring, the Children’s Garden will be getting ready to reopen.
  • Pollination
    Even in fall pollinators are important to keep in mind. Learn about how pollination works and how you can be a friend to native pollinators.
  • Planting
    Discover what plants to place in your garden for a fun fall landscape. 
  • Bats
    Learn more about these fascinating winged creatures that come out after dark.
  • 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 fall-inspired cheek art!

Don't miss:

Saturday at 10 a.m. & Sunday at 1 p.m.

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

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House |
Encounter critters of all kinds with our friends from the Butterfly House.
WildHeart | Village Square
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 subject to change and more activities to be announced.

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)

Child looking at acorns and seeds through magnifierJoin us for additional family-friendly activities throughout the Garden (included with Garden admission).

In Brookings Exploration Center
(10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Tree Stories
In the PlantLab
(11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Live Critters from the Butterfly House
At Tower Grove House
(10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Nature's Medicine Cabinet


Great Green Adventures: I Spy Fall

Autumn leavesNovember 16, 2019
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

The leaves have fallen, birds have begun migrating and the weather is cooler. Join us as we search the Garden for other signs of fall. Learn more


Activities in the Children's Garden

Enjoy these fun activities for kids and families in the Children's Garden!

Girl with basket of vegetablesGermination Stations
Daily 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
Themed “Germination Stations” are located throughout the Children’s Garden and are staffed daily from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Interpreters use questions, activities, and hands-on props—plant parts, gardening tools, puppets, puzzles, head lamps, instruments, etc.—to engage visitors of all ages in interactive activities.

  • Monday: Explore Missouri History
  • Tuesday: Dive in and Navigate Waterways
  • Wednesday: Go Spelunking and Investigate Cave Life
  • Thursday: Discover the Power of Pollinators 
  • Friday: Have fun with Feathered Friends
  • Saturday: Dig in and Discover What Plants You Eat
  • Sunday: Be a Native Plant Detective and uncover why plants are important


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