Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Spectacular Spring

CrocusMarch 21, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join us as we search for the Garden for the first signs for spring.
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Children's Garden Opening Weekend

Finn greets young visitorMarch 28 & 29, 2015
Activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Presented by Macy’s Foundation

The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden is reopening just in time for spring! Explore all 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 return of spring with two fun-filled days of special family activities:

  • Creating with Cattails: Cattail plants were a one-stop supermarket for the Osage people, providing materials to make many things from toys to mats and other essentials for daily life. Make a cattail duck and learn why it floats.
  • Creativity Blooms: 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.
  • Pot a Plant: Learn about the plants we eat in our Edible Garden. Visit the potting station and select a leafy green edible plant (snap dragons, lettuce, kale) to pot up, take home and add to your own garden.
  • Avian Adventures: Gardens can be great places for busy birds to find natural materials to build their nests for spring. Working together, kids will learn about local birds, the types of nests they make, and will participate in building a larger-than-life nest in the Children’s Garden.
  • Tune in with Trees: Get creative and make a unique musical instrument out of natural materials. Learn about which plants and trees these materials come from and discover some ways you can explore making more nature instruments at home.
  • 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 spring-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)


Great Green Adventures: The Mighty Oaks

Oak barkApril 18, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Let’s celebrate Arbor Day by getting to know some of the Garden’s mighty oak trees.Learn more


Activities in the Brookings Interpretive Center

Through September 7, 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.



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 September 7, 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