Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden

The Children's Garden is currently closed for the season.

We will reopen for the 2022 season March 26, 2022. 

Regular admission or member benefits apply (see Member FAQ’s for benefits). There will be two 3-hour Adventure Sessions each day: a morning session 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an afternoon session 1 to 4 p.m. To ensure social distancing, only a limited number of visitors will be able to enter the Children’s Garden during each session. At the end of each session, the Children’s Garden will be cleared for cleaning.

Masks required for all unvaccinated including children Tickets are Required to Enter
Timed Adventure Session tickets are required to enter and may be purchased or claimed onsite only for same-day entry. Unlike general admission tickets to enter the Garden, Adventure Session tickets are not available online or in advance.

Adventure Session tickets are available for purchase at the entrance to the Children's Garden; tickets are not available in the Temporary Visitor Center at the main Garden entrance.

Children’s Garden Admission

  • Free: ages 2 & under
  • Free: ages 13 & up
  • $3: Garden Members (ages 3–12)
  • $5: Non-members (ages 3–12)

Garden members: Free Tuesdays all day.
Free everyday for members at the Friends and Family-level and above.
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St. Louis City/County Residents: Free on Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m.

NOTE: All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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
School Groups at the Children's Garden

Teachers, bring your students to the Children's Garden! Learn more