Missouri Botanical Gardens

Located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110

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We have always enjoyed the Missouri Botanical Gardens, including the Children’s Garden, but just had to go back and experience the updates to the Brookings Exploration Center in the Climatron.

Almost every visit we have made to Mo Bot has been on Saturday morning as all city and county residents get in free until noon.  Plus you get free admission to the Children’s Garden from 9 am – noon.  Flooring in the Garden is a mix of poured rubber, mulch and concrete.

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The Children’s Garden has 4 paths, 2 of which are wheelchair/stroller accessible. There is stroller parking just inside the gates near the waterfall as well as near the Splash Pad area.

The boys always have so much fun exploring all the Children’s Garden has to offer, including the cave, multiple tree houses, rope bridges, steamboat, secret garden with climbing area, musical instruments, building area and large sand box. There is also a Midwestern prairie village that includes a small store with play food.

img_8577-1Slide over the Cave at the Children’s Garden

img_8580-1Rope Bridge

img_8594-2Climbing Wall

img_8587-1Steamboat Steering Wheel

img_8588Steamboat Front 

img_8592-1Fossil Dig in the Cave

img_8591Cave in Children’s Garden

img_8584Sitting Area in the Children’s Garden

img_8586Log Climber and Ax in the Trunk

img_8595-1Prairie Village in the Background

img_8596Imaginary Garden

img_8597One of the wheelchair/stroller accessible paths in the garden

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Many kids love to get soaked in the Splash area, so you may want to bring a swimsuit, towel and change of clothes.

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The Town Hall structure in the Prairie Village can be rented for private parties.  This is a great spot for birthday parties! There is a $200 non-refundable rental fee ($175 for members) which provides admission for up to 24 children (3–12 years old) and five adults to both the Garden and Children’s Garden.

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The renovated Brooking Exploration Center (located inside the Climatron) was a lot of fun for the boys and the adults.  There is a water feature that my 18 month old was obsessed with, a dimly lit cave area complete with “stone” pillows, a interactive garden where kids can climb inside and see the root systems, an area to scan different objects to learn more about them, a dress up area, an arts and crafts area, a reading corner and a quiet corner to relax.

In order to transition away from the Children’s Garden/Exploration Center without a toddler meltdown, we have found that it best to visit the Koi pond and allow the boys to feed the fish and ducks after we have played for a while in the children’s area.  Also, the sheep provide a great place for kids imaginations to take off!

img_8607-1Koi Pond

img_8613-1Sheep Structure

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