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Posted: 3/13/2014 | Print Friendly Version

 

CHILDREN’S GARDEN OPENS FOR THE SEASON WITH A WEEKEND OF FAMILY FUN MARCH 29-30

WHAT: Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden seasonal opening
WHEN: Opening weekend activities: Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children’s Garden is open daily through November 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open late from 5 to 7 p.m. on Whitaker Music Festival concert Wednesdays, June 4 through Aug. 6
WHERE: Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., south St. Louis
COST: $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Adults are included with general Garden admission. St. Louis City and County residents are free on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
SPONSOR: Presented by Macy’s Foundation
INFO: www.mobot.org/finn ; (314) 577-5100, 1-800-642-8842 toll free

ST. LOUIS):  Leave winter behind and spring into another season of activities at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. Families can explore the great outdoors and experience all the Children’s Garden has to offer: a waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and more! Opening weekend activities at the Children’s Garden are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 29 and 30 and are presented by Macy’s Foundation.

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Spin a wheel as you enter the Children’s Garden for a chance to win a prize. Make a packet of native seeds and grow native Missouri plants at home. Learn more about the plants we eat in the Edible Garden and pot a plant to grow your own leafy green vegetables at home.

Children will have the chance to create a fairy house or gnome cottage for their own gardens and assist in creating a miniature world for the Garden’s Nature Explore Classroom. They’ll also create frames using natural and recycled materials for a place to display their favorite picture from their outdoor adventures in 2014. Staff and volunteers will help children create their own nature journals to track, draw and log all their visits to the Children’s Garden.  

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Special guests include live birds from the World Bird Sanctuary, who will visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Finn, the Children’s Garden friendly frog mascot who will roam the Garden and greet visitors at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Spring-inspired face painting will also be available both days.

Admission to the Missouri Botanical Garden is $8; St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Children ages 12 and younger and Garden members are free.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis, accessible from Interstate 44 at the Vandeventer exit and from Interstate 64 at the Kingshighway North and South exit. Free parking is available on site and two blocks west at the corner of Shaw and Vandeventer.

For general information, visit www.mobot.org or call (314) 577‑5100 (toll-free, 1‑800‑642‑8842). Follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at www.facebook.com/missouribotanicalgarden and http://twitter.com/mobotnews.

More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at www.mobot.org/membership.

 

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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus (www.metrostlouis.org). For general information, log on to www.mobot.org or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit www.mobot.org/membership call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit www.mobot.org/volunteer or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.