Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Children's Garden Closing Weekend

Finn greets young visitorNovember 1 & 2, 2014
Activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Presented by Macy's Foundation

Join us as we put the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden to bed for the season. Have an adventure exploring all of the wonders the Children’s Garden has to offer, including a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and other amenities designed to instill an appreciation for plants and nature through play. Plus, celebrate the turning of the seasons with two fun-filled days of special family activities:

  • Daffodil Dig: Come by our raised bed in the Nature Explore Classroom, where visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to add to our living collection by planting daffodil bulbs.
  • Nature Impressions: 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 pendants that you can take home and wear, hang in your window or dangle on your holiday tree.
  • Make a Nature Frame: Explore your creativity and make a unique photo frame out of natural and recycled materials. Get inspired to take photos of your Children’s Garden adventure and use your new frame to display your favorite shot.
  • Create a Nature Journal: Explore nature in the Children’s Garden with your new nature journal. Use your observation skills to draw and write about what you see in a whole new way. Make a creative nature journal of your very own from natural materials. Bring your new journal with you to track, log and draw all of your Children’s Garden adventures next season.
  • Watercolor Webs: Learn about Missouri spiders and their webs while creating your very own using crayons and watercolors!
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting: From tots to teens and those in between, who doesn’t love face painting? Visit with volunteers while getting some snazzy fall inspired cheek art!  

Don't miss:

Saturday 11 a.m.
Sunday 1 p.m.

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

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

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:

  • $5 children (ages 3–12)
  • $3 Garden members' children (ages 3–12)


Activities in the Children's Garden

Spring and summer just got better with these fun activities for kids and families in the Children's Garden running from March 29 through November 2, 2014!

Girl with basket of vegetablesGermination Stations
Daily 10 a.m.–noon
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
Ever wonder what life on the prairie was like? Why bees are so important? How far food really travels? Join us on a Missouri adventure as we dig deep into our connections with nature through making, creating, building, planting and exploring through interpreter-led discovery at these Children's Garden Germination Stations:

  • Mondays: General Store
  • Tuesdays: Edible Garden
  • Wednesdays: Nature Explorer Classroom
  • Thursdays: Wetlands
  • Fridays: Pollination Station
  • Saturdays: Edible Garden
  • Sundays: Cave

Child journalingNature Journaling
Tuesdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m.
in the Children's Garden (Children's Garden admission required)
How do your kids engage with nature? What do they see? Feel? Hear? Smell? One way to connect, create and learn is by keeping a nature journal. Start your journaling adventures with us. Make your very own nature journal and take a guided trek through the Children’s Garden. We’ll capture what we see, hear, smell and feel using simple journaling techniques.


Great Green Adventures: I Spy Fall

November 15, 2014
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


Great Green Adventures: Evergreen Trees

Evergreen coneDecember 20, 2014
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Why do some tree leaves stay green all winter? Join us as we explore the Garden and learn about which trees stay green and why. Learn more


Activities in the Brookings Interpretive Center

From March 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015 enjoy activities for kids in the Brookings Interpretive Center in conjunction with the Nature in Your Neighborhood hands-on exhibit:

Create with Nature
Daily at 4 p.m.
at Brookings Interpretive Center (included in Garden admission)
Invigorate your natural curiosities and explore your artistic side! Make, create, build, investigate, connect and discover the marvels in nature using plant parts and everyday materials. Learn creative ways to plant your future at home or within your local community.


Activities at Tower Grove House

Visit the historic Tower Grove House March 29, 2014 through January 4, 2015 for:

Wednesdays & Saturdays at 11 a.m.
in Tower Grove House (included in Garden admission)
Relax a while and enjoy a nature-themed story in the cozy story corner of Henry Shaw’s country home.

Tower Grove House is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays, Tuesdays and the months of January through March. The House is also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.



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

In Brookings Interpretive Center

Nature in your Neighborhood logo
Through January 4, 2015
This fun, hands-on, interactive exhibit will challenge visitors to explore and reconnect with nature in their own backyards, parks, trails and schoolyards. Included with Garden admission. Learn more