Visiting the Garden with Kids?

Join us for a Great Green Adventure program...explore plants, nature, and green living through hand-on activities, stories and games.  Great Green Adventures are designed for ages 6-12, and pre-registration is recommended.

Free admission for children ages 12 and under

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Doris I. Schnuck 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 Great Green Adventures program or just explore.

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Open Tuesday through Sunday, April through October, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open late on Wednesdays during Whittaker Music Festival



Brookings Exploration Center

Open year-round, the Brookings Exploration Center offers visitors of all ages interactive, multimedia opportunities to learn about plants, the places they grow, how people rely on them and the importance of protecting them. 

Get an up-close look at what's living in soil, create a symphony with the sounds of nature, retreat to the Family Tree Area and read a book or take part in hands-on activities in our new maker space.

Pick up a Garden on the Go Pack and explore the garden in a new way.

Hours and Admission 

Open Tuesday through Sunday, year round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closed Christmas Day

Included in Garden Admission
St. Louis City/ County Residents: Free Garden admission on Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon


Designed as an energizing, creative hub for plant science, investigative learning, critical thinking and discovery, the 1,100-square foot PlantLab offers a year-round experiential learning space for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to:

  • Engage in meantingful, hands-on experiences

  • Connect with the Garden's plant science mission in new and meaningful ways

  • Discover experiences you can recreate in your own classroom, home and community 

  • Gain inspiration and ideas for increasing plants and biodiversity in the greater St. Louis region

Find out about classes and field trips at the Garden:

Summer Programs
Programs for Scouts
School Programs & Field Trips

Garden Hours
  • Daily
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Additional Garden Hours & Information

  • Advance e-ticket purchase or reservations recommended. Walk-up tickets are available and can be acquired at the ticket counter on the day of your visit during operating hours. Card payments ONLY. 
  • Entry anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Garden closes at 5 p.m. Last entry is at 4:30 p.m.
  • Early Morning Walking Hours and Zoo-Museum District (ZMD) Resident Free Hours. Must show proof of membership or St. Louis City and County residency. Wednesdays and Saturdays (walking hours from 7–9 a.m.) Free St. Louis City and County resident admission from 7 a.m.–noon. Includes Children's Garden on Saturdays only.  
  • ZMD free tickets are available onsite for walk-ups only and cannot be reserved online in advance.  ZMD resident free admission is subject to availability. Free and early morning hours do not apply on holiday or event weekends, including Labor Day weekend.

Advance e-ticket purchase or reservations recommended. Walk-up tickets are available and can be acquired at the ticket counter on the day of your visit during operating hours. The Garden accepts cashless payments (credit/debit) only.

Free for children ages 12 and under

Garden Explorer Pack

Looking for new ways to experience the Garden?  Need some inspiration to explore the great outdoors?  The Garden Explorer Pack is filled with supplies that will encourage nature exploration and discovery!  Inspired by years of providing experimental learning programs for vistors, the Garden's interpretation staff developed these backpacks to help make your child's visit even more fun and educational.

Packs are designed for one child.  Recommended ages 6 to 10 years old.

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Location & Parking

The Missouri Botanical Garden is easily accessible throughout the metro area and conveniently located near Highway 44.