Programs for Kids & Families

2021 Classes:

The Missouri Botanical Garden continues to be dedicated to keeping all staff and participants safe and appreciates your patience and understanding.

  • All classes will be held in-person outdoors or virtually. Outdoor classes will be held under covered spaces if needed and limited capacity for proper social distancing.
  • Online registration includes agreement to our Covid-19 Waiver with a hyperlink to view the document. Checking the box confirms your agreement to the Covid-19 Waiver and Class Policies.
  • As you arrive to class, the instructor will confirm you reviewed the Health Questions, listed in the Education Participant Safety Protocol, and will update you on any changes in safety protocols.
  • If you have a fever of 100.4° + or answer “yes” to any of the health questions, please call (314) 577-9506 to cancel and receive a full refund.

Classes and protocols subject to change based on current guidelines of St. Louis City and Health Department.

Note: If you coming to the Garden for a class you have registered for, you do not need to make a general admission reservation.

Featured Programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Mother and son in the iris garden Garden Buds
For ages 4–6
Mother and daughter
Budding Scientists & Budding Artists
For ages 6–12
Preparing ropes to climb
Canopy Climb
For ages 8 and up
Come Grow With Us...

Mother and daughter potting a plant Offered for a diversity of learners, from young explorers to budding enthusiasts, our programs have been expertly designed to educate, inspire and enrich. Most importantly, they are intended to strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world.

Our classes for kids and families have been designed for children and adults to experience together. Instructors strive to engage children in age-appropriate activities, while providing adults examples of ways to learn about the natural world at home.

Ready to register? Skip to class listings and online registration.

Early Childhood Programs for
Grown-up & Child

Family Programs at the Garden


Family Programs at
Shaw Nature Reserve


in Gray Summit, Missouri

Bring the family to Gray Summit to discover the prairie, the wetlands and nature. Join us for a Creek Stomp, Geocaching or a Canopy Climb! We have classes and programs for families with children of all ages. Learn more

Family Events at
the Butterfly House


in Chesterfield, Missouri

Visit us at the Butterfly House in Chesterfield! Join us for the Spring Fling, Summer Buggin’, Booterfly House, Winter Jewels or participate in one of our other fun programs. Learn more


Visiting the Garden with Kids?

Garden Explorer pack

Order a Garden Explorer pack with your admission tickets! The pack is bursting with activities and supplies to help you explore nature together. Learn more


Summer Reading Program


This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!
Learn more