Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Children's Garden Closing Weekend!

Girl playing on ropes November 2 & 3, 2019
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
    Fall is still a great time to have hearty flowers in your garden. Visit the potting station in the Edible Garden and select a plant to get a start on your planting with snap dragons or pansy. Each plant goes home with a special tips sheet to help you add and care for the plant in your garden.
  • Daffodil Dig
    Fall is a great time to prepare for Spring. Plant a daffodil bulb in the Children’s Garden and take one home to plant in your yard. When you see it bloom in the spring, the Children’s Garden will be getting ready to reopen.
  • Pollination
    Even in fall pollinators are important to keep in mind. Learn about how pollination works and how you can be a friend to native pollinators.
  • Planting
    Discover what plants to place in your garden for a fun fall landscape. 
  • Bats
    Learn more about these fascinating winged creatures that come out after dark.
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting
    From tots to teens and those in between, who doesn’t love face painting? Visit with volunteers while getting some spectacular fall-inspired cheek art!

Don't miss:

  • Finn, the Children's Garden friendly frog mascot will be roaming the Children's Garden Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Note: the Children's Garden will remain open until 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, but activities will end at 3 p.m.

Activities subject to change.

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)

Child looking at acorns and seeds through magnifierJoin us for additional family-friendly activities throughout the Garden (included with Garden admission).

In Brookings Exploration Center
(10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Tree Stories
In the PlantLab
(11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Live Critters from the Butterfly House
At Tower Grove House
(10 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday):
  • Nature's Medicine Cabinet


Great Green Adventures: I Spy Fall

Autumn leavesNovember 16, 2019
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: Trees with Winter Coats

Evergreen needlesDecember 21, 2019
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Why do some trees keep their leaves or needles over the winter and others lose them? Join us as we get to know some of the trees in the Garden by their bark, needles, or berries. 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.


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 29, 2019 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