Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Great Green Adventures: Weather Watcher

Autumn leaves with raindropsOctober 21, 2017
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join us as we observe and identify changes in the weather and how this seasonal change affects the plants in the Garden.Learn more


Children's Garden Closing Weekend!

Girl playing on ropes November 4 & 5, 2017
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
    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 rosemary) 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.
  • Seed Bombs/Seed Savers | Pollination Garden
    Planting native seeds and plants can help you to create a Missouri friendly garden that is great for you and creates a bio diverse habitat for other Missouri creatures. Today we are going to create seed packs of native Missouri plants that you can then plant at home.
  • Bats | Cave
    Bats are unsung heroes of the night! Discover how bats use their super senses and learn how you can help these creatures fight their super villain.
  • 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 11 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.

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 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 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)

Join us for additional family-friendly activities throughout the Garden (included with Garden admission). Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

In Brookings Exploration Center: 
  • Spider Web | MakerSpace
    Come explore what it is like to be a spider making your own spider web. Learn about what it is like to be a spider in Missouri and create a unique web just like they would.
  • Nature's General Store | Garden Theater
    Native Americans who lived in this area used many local plants every day. Volunteers will help visitors discover what plants they used and what kinds of plants we use today.
Child looking at acorns and seeds through magnifierIn the PlantLab:
  • Collecting Program
    Inspired by Garden founder Henry Shaw’s love of collecting botanical wonders, dig deep into the fascinating world of everyday natural materials. New connections will be made as visitors discover what lives on Garden grounds, 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.

At Tower Grove House:

  • Preserves
    How did Missourians keep food ready-to-eat year-round in the days before refrigerators and freezers? Come discover some simple ways plant products were historically preserved, and see how our lives are enriched by these delicious foods!


Great Green Adventures: Evergreen Trees

Evergreen needlesNovember 18, 2017
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 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!


Activities at Tower Grove House

Visit the historic Tower Grove House through December 31, 2017 for:

Wednesday through Sunday 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