Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden

The Children's Garden, is temporarily closed until further notice to support the regional effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

About the Children's Garden

Child climbingOpened in April 2006, the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden: A Missouri Adventure introduces youngsters at their most impressionable age to the significance of plants and nature in fun and innovative ways. The children of the Donald Schnuck family provided the lead gift to name the new Children’s Garden in honor of their mother.

Occupying nearly two acres west of the Climatron® conservatory, A Missouri Adventure brings botany and 19th-century history to life through a variety of interactive themes with appeal for both kids and adults. Venture into a limestone cave, glide down Spelunker’s Slide, explore the wetlands, board a steamboat, climb to new heights in the tree house or visit a Midwestern prairie village.

Your Guide to the Children's Garden

NEW! Children's Garden Pre-Visit Tools

These pre-visit tools were created to make your child’s experience in the Children’s Garden a more meaningful and comfortable one. The tools are most helpful for families with children with ASD and other sensory concerns, but can be helpful for all young children. The following pdfs are available for download:

Parent/Caregiver Narrative
Children's Pre-Visit Guide
Visual Schedule
Calming Corner

A quiet, comfortable room for nursing moms and for children who need a quiet space to take a break is located in Edward Jones Hall near the Brookings Exploration Center and Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden. Learn more

School Groups at the Children's Garden

Teachers, bring your students to the Children's Garden! Pre-registered school groups enjoy a discounted rate of $3 per student. Learn more