Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Fall Frolic

Colorful leaves on groundOctober 17, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

It’s beginning to look like fall, let’s explore the Garden and look for colorful fall leaves to paint using watercolor.Learn more


Children's Garden Closing Weekend

FacepaintingOctober 31 & November 1, 2015
Activities 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden is going into its seasonal hibernation this fall—before it does get outside and enjoy fun fall family activities. Explore the Children's Garden: see what’s ready to harvest in the edible garden, spelunk in a cave and see what’s hidden inside, discover what lives around our pond and learn about the fall critters who visit year after year. Climb to new heights in the tree house and 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! Plus, celebrate autumn with two fun-filled days of special family activities:

  • Pot-A-Plant: You can still have beautiful plants in your garden over the winter. Visit the potting station in the Edible Garden and select a winter-hardy plant (pansy or ornamental kale) to pot up and take home. Each plant goes home with a special tips sheet to help you add and care for the plant in your garden this winter.
  • 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 Impressions that you can take home and wear, display, or dangle in your window.
  • Nighttime Superheroes: Join us in the Cave for an action-packed adventure with our nighttime superheroes—bats! Learn about how bats use their superpowers to fight crime in the dark of the night and make your neighborhood a better place.
  • Spectacular Spiders: Have you ever looked a spider straight in the eyes? Learn about the different kinds of spiders that live in the Children’s Garden and what makes spiders so special. Practice being an arachnologist (a spider scientist) with a staff member and find out why you might need to get face-to-face to really get to know the spiders around you!
  • Nature Journals & Chromatography: Kids will be able to make their own nature journals and document the stages of a nature experiment that helps to answer the fall question of how leaves change color. Then kids then will be able to take the experiment instructions home to continue their research on other leaves in their neighborhood.
  • Nature Masks: Fall is a great time for festive nature fun. Using a variety of materials, make a nature mask to celebrate the changing of the seasons. What will you be? An insect? A wildlife animal? A bird in a tree?
  • Feathered Friends: Gardens can be great places for busy birds to find homes and food for the winter. Test your observation skills to see how many feathered friends are finding homes in the Children’s Garden. Learn about local birds, the plants they feed on in the winder, and what you can do to help your feathered friends all winter-long.
  • 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 Garden admission.

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 28 through November 1, 2015!

Girl with basket of vegetablesGermination Stations
Daily 10 a.m.–noon
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 noon. 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 Tree-rific Trees  (Tree Trunk Pavilion)
  • Tuesday: Learn about Plants and People (Osage Camp)
  • Wednesday: Let your Creativity Bloom! (Town Hall)
  • Thursday: Discover the Power of Pollinators (Pollination Garden)
  • Friday: Have Fun with Nature (Nature Explore Classroom)
  • Saturday: Dig in and Grow What You Eat (Edible Garden)
  • Sunday: Go Spelunking and Investigate (Cave)


Great Green Adventures: Tropical Trek

Citrus growing in the ClimatronNovember 21, 2015
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Let’s visit a forest that’s warm all year long. Learn about tropical plants, the rainforest ecosystem and ways to help with conservation. Learn more


Activities at Tower Grove House

Visit the historic Tower Grove House March 28, 2015 through December 30, 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