Programs for Kids & Families
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.

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?

Show-Me Backpack

Order a Show-Me Backpack! The packs are bursting with activities and supplies to help you explore nature together. Learn more


Summer Reading Club

This summer, Missouri Botanical Garden will be partnering with St. Louis County Library and their Summer Reading Club. Please visit their website for more information. To redeem your Missouri Botanical Garden specialty prize pack, please bring your certificate to the Missouri Botanical Garden Membership desk between the dates of June 13 and August 13, 2022. Book recommendations