Grow @ the St. Louis Science Center

Located in the St. Louis Science Center at 5050 Oakland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110 Website

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Per the Science Center’s website, Grow, the recently opened free permanent indoor/outdoor exhibit attached to the Science Center, allows visitors to “dig deeper as we take a look at the science of the most important element of our daily lives: Our food. Where does it come from? How does it grow? How far does it travel? And how can each of us make a difference so we can all eat? You’ll find the answers to all these questions and so much more at this one-of-a-kind exhibit focusing in on the journey of food.”

Featuring a variety of hands on exhibits, Grow is acceptable for all ages.  There are more than nine distinct areas to visit in this exhibit.

Inside the building, are the Grow classrooms and Grow Pavillion.  The Grow pavilion includes the Bi State Agricultural Map, Farm to Fork Adventure, Seed Lending Library and The Hive.

Out front of the pavilion, the Botany Basics demonstration featuring Plant Power, Roots to Branches, Fruit Orchard, Ozone Garden and Birds, Bees, Plants and Seeds and the Water Works demonstration featuring a Rain Filter and Rain Play, Native Plant Garden, Bee Manor and Pollen Partners.

Around the corner is the Animal Corral.  This area showcases activities including Digest This!, Tummy Textures, Livestock Corral and The Milking Parlor.

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The Farm Tech Fields includes the Tractor Run (with Pay to Ride battery operated tractors –  $4 cash or credit), climb inside a real Harvester and Technology in Agriculture.

The Greenhouse allows tours during regularly scheduled programs.

The Fermentation Station is the exhibit’s outdoor concession area.

The last area in Grow is the Homegrown area which consists of Soil City where kids can dig for rubber insects in the mulch beds and participate in various hands on activities, the Chicken Yard and the UFO Chicken Coup where you can find live chickens.

The boys enjoyed exploring this exhibit and is definitely worth a return visit.  We attended on a very hot day and the boys were running quite warm so we didn’t stay for a full hour. There were limited shaded areas to cool down within the actual exhibit, however, you would always duck into the pavilion or Science Center to cool down.

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