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Making Memories for a Lifetime

Nurture your child’s enthusiasm for the the wonders of nature with a trip to Powell Gardens. Each season Powell Gardens offers a wealth of opportunities for families, young learners and the young-at-heart to learn together in an inspiring setting.


Upcoming Programs

Family Frolic: Learn About Lepidoptera!
Saturday, August 12 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Butterflies, moths and caterpillars are some of the insects that make up the order of Lepidoptera and this family event will provide many opportunities to learn more about our flying (or crawling) friends, their life cycles, and important relationship to plants and us! Join us in this all day family-friendly event as part of the Festival of Butterflies at Powell Gardens. Several hands-on activities, free with festival admission, include plant an eco pot with seeds to take home, create a butterfly puppet, and butterfly life-cycle journal. Children and adults alike can make their own butterfly wings to wear ($5 a person) or build an insect hotel to take home ($5 a person). The StoneLion Puppet Theater will offer roving performances throughout the day and a special staged show at 2 p.m. All are encouraged to take part in the butterfly parade, scheduled at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Family Workshop: Singing Insect Symphony
Sunday, September 10 | 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Attend an evening symphony of buzzing, whirring, chirping, and “singing” performed by the“fall” insect orchestra. Ginger Miller of the Missouri Department of Conservation will lead an indoor/outdoor family workshop to explore various insect melodies to better understand their unique songs. Bring a camp chair and bug spray—dress for the weather to best enjoy the music! Families are encouraged to further explore the gardens before or after the scheduled workshop with a self-guided activity to discover more sounds. Best for ages 5 and up. Space is limited and reservations must be made in advance.


Eco Friends: Girl Scout Badge Program Day
Saturday, September 23 | 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Powell Gardens invites Girl Scouts of all ages to come to a day of exploration. Learn about bugs, flowers, trees, and gardening while completing activities to help with badge requirements. Troops, individuals, and Girl Scout Alumni are welcome. Scouts wearing a uniform will receive a special Powell Gardens patch. General garden admission applies.