Scheduled Activities & Special Events
Children's Garden Meet Me Outdoors Weekend

Child potting up plant April 7 & 8, 2018
Activities 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
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Join us at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden for 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. Get inspired to be adventurous in the great outdoors and learn more about the nature that lives in your own neighborhood.

In the Children's Garden:
Activities 9 a.m.–3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday

  • Pot-A-Plant
    Time to get a jump on that spring garden. Visit the potting station in the Edible Garden and select a plant to get a start on your planting with Swiss chard, kohlrabi, or lavender. Each plant goes home with a special tips sheet to help you add and care for the plant in your garden.
  • Habitat Explorations: Critter Condos & Pond Dip
    Explore natural habitats and the plants and critters that live in them. What can you observe today?
  • Nature Art
    Come explore and create with nature. When in nature, we can use sticks, tree bark, flowers, dirt, stones, etc. as our art materials.
  • 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 at 10 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)



Child looking at acorns and seeds through magnifierOn this Meet Me Outdoors weekend, join us for additional family-friendly activities throughout the Garden (included with Garden admission).

In Brookings Exploration Center:
  • Toad Abodes
    9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Find out about where toads and frogs can be found, why they are important and how you can help!
  • Nature Masks
    9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
    Come make your spring nature mask. What will you create?
In the PlantLab:
  • Nature Journals
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Visitors will be able to make their own nature journals to document their discoveries while they explore the great outdoors.
  • Microscopic Investigations
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Get up close to some amazing plants with our digital microscopes.
  • Native Plants vs. Invasives
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Explore what makes native plants so great and how you can help protect them from one of their biggest threats: invasive species.
  • Plant Presses
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Become a plant collector and create your own plant press to preserve your wild finds!
  • Plant Heroes
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Meet the Plant Heroes of the APGA's Plant Protection Program. Learn what you can do to help them and become an important part of the team.
At Tower Grove House:
  • Be a Curiosity Collector | Victorian District
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Inspired by Garden founder Henry Shaw’s love of collecting botanical wonders, dig deep into the fascinating world of everyday natural materials. From seed pods and cones to leaves and lichens, natural curiosities will come to life with the help of visitor imagination and digital media. New connections will be made as visitors discover what lives on Garden grounds, what’s living in their neighborhoods, and what plants Garden scientists are studying and working to conserve around the world. Curators from the Science and Conservation Department and from our historic Library and Archive will be present to give visitors a look at what a collection curator does in the 21st century. Become a “collector,” through a seek and find activity and learn to start your own collection at home.
  • Expert Herb Gardening Advice | Herb Garden
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Experts from the St. Louis Herb Society offer spring gardening advice for edible and native plantings in our Herb Garden. They will offer their book for sale, the illustrated A–Z reader of herbs is perfect for the entire family!
  • Shaw Stories | East Wing
    11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Who was Henry Shaw? Step into the past in Henry's country home. Join staff for an interactive story time to learn about how Henry grew the Garden.
  • Self-Guided Tours | Tower Grove House Interior
    10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Volunteers and staff share the narrative of Henry Shaw's life and legacy though third person interpretation inside Tower Grove House. Visitors enjoy a self-guided tour through the Victorian era historic home, with opportunities for engagement with interpreters along the way. 


Great Green Adventures: Getting to Know Trees

Evergreen needlesApril 21, 2018
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 trees. Learn more


Great Green Adventures: Around the Pond

Frog on lilypadMay 19, 2018
10:30–11:30 a.m. or
1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore around the pond and find out what plants and animals call the pond their home.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 in the Herb Garden

English lavenderHerb & Heirloom Tuesdays
Tuesdays, June 5–August 28, 2018
10 a.m.–noon

Discover a different herb each week. The first 200 participants will pot one up to take home. Included in Garden admission.
Learn more



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