Seasonal Closing Weekend Activities at the Children's Garden

Saturday, November 4, 2017
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Sunday, November 5, 2017
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 A St. Louis family favorite – the Children's Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden – will be put to bed for the season on Nov. 4-5, and children are invited to have an adventure exploring all the Garden has to offer before the gates close.

Enjoy the waterfall, steamboat, cave, rope bridges, tree house and other amenities in the garden and take part in special activities, including:

  • Pot-A-Plant: Visitors of all ages can visit the potting station to select a winter-hardy plant to pot and take home. Each plant goes home with a special tip sheet to help you care for the plant this winter.
  • Nature Impressions: Little ones can dig into their natural curiosities and discover the patterns, shapes and details that are in their favorite leaves, flowers, seeds and rocks. Using clay and natural materials found in the Children's Garden, kids can make nature pendants to take home and wear, hang in the window or dangle on their holiday tree.
  • Nature Masks: Kids can explore their creativity and make a unique mask to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
  • Create a Nature Journal: Explore nature in the Children's Garden with your new nature journal. Kids will use observation skills to draw and write what they see in the whole new way. Make a creative nature journal of your very own from natural materials and bring it with you next season!
  • Watercolor Webs: Learn about Missouri spiders and their webs while creating your very own web using crayons and watercolors.
  • Finn-tastic Face Painting: Who doesn't love face painting? Volunteers will create snazzy fall-inspired cheek art!

Children's Garden activities are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Meet Finn, the Children's Garden friendly frog mascot on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Other scheduled events include a visit from live native creatures at the World Bird Sanctuary on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and live music by WildHeart, the Emmy award-winning educators and entertainers Jan and George Syrigos, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. 

Activities are included with admission to the Children's Garden of $5 per child ages 3 to 12 ($3 per child for Garden members' children). Ages 2 and under are free.

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