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Creation Station is Open on Sundays

Pretend play, art projects, puzzles, mazes, toy cars, trains, and more are ready for your child (5 years old and under) to explore at the Creation Station, located inside the Visitor’s Center of the Museum of Transportation. The newly redesigned and light filled play room is now open on select Sundays in September, October, November, and December, in addition to regularly scheduled weekday sessions. The open play sessions are first come, first served, and last one hour. The Creation Station is wonderful for play dates as the space is just the right size to keep track of children and most activities encourage a variety of social interactions.

Fall Family Days

Sunday, September 2
Sunday, September 9
Sunday, September 30
Sunday, October 7
Sunday, October 21
Sunday, November 4
Sunday, November 18
Sunday, December 2
Sunday, December 16

Sunday session play times are: 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 1:45 pm, and 3 pm

Weekday schedule (Call to confirm, 314.965.6212. As of this writing, the weekday play times will change again in November, but the schedule has not been confirmed yet.)

Now through September 8
Monday through Friday: 9:15 am, 10:30 am, 11:45 am, and an additional session at 1 pm on Thursdays only.

Starting September 9 (Fall Schedule)
Tuesday through Friday: 9:15 am, 10:30 am, 11:45 am, and an additional session at 1 pm on Thursdays only.

Admission Information

Admission to the Creation Station is extra, in addition to the general museum admission fee. The Creation Station is $2 per person per one hour play session. Ages 1 and older. Members may receive free Creation Station admission depending on their membership level. No reservations or pre-sales accepted.

Admission to the Museum of Transportation is: adults $8 (13 years old or older), children $5 (3 to 12 years old), and members are free.


* The earlier morning Creation Station play sessions tend to fill up quickly, so try to arrive 20 minutes or more before the session start time to secure your child’s spot.

* The snack bar offers reasonably priced pretzels, yogurt, cheese sticks, hot dogs, chips, sweets, juice boxes, and more.

* The miniature train that kids and their caregivers can ride around the museum grounds runs through November. Tickets are $4 per person, unlimited rides. Train schedule.

* Tickets to the museum, Creation Station, and train rides add up to a pricey visit rather quickly. If you think that you might visit the Creation Station and ride the miniature train more than two times during the year, consider becoming a member. Membership levels and benefits. Your membership gift is tax-deductible. Also, check with your workplace for any matching gift programs.

* The Creation Station is available for birthday parties on the weekends. Book early as many time slots are filled months in advance.

* Take some time to visit the old trains in the area above the Visitor’s Center. These trains offer great rambling and exploration opportunities for kids.

Photo: Jennifer Lin

The Children’s Garden is open!

The adventure filled Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden opened for the season this month and the beautiful spring weather has made visits to this outdoor gem even more ideal. The Children’s Garden is mainly designed for toddlers up through middle school age. It features elaborate tree house type constructions, rope bridges, a creek with boats and locks, slides, fake branches to hang from, pretend play areas including a general store, an unending amount of structures to climb on, a big sand box, musical instruments, water play, and much more. Plus, you have the nature aspect of the garden as well, so you may find your kids entertaining themselves with piles of bark or fallen leaves.

The Children’s Garden is open daily, April through October, 9 am to 5 pm. The cost varies from free to $5 for ages 3 to 12 (see tip number five below). View a map of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The Children’s Garden is number 29 on the map.


1. The bathrooms are conveniently located inside the Children’s Garden and do not have automatic flush toilets (in case your child has a complex about this). There is also a nice frog step stool for kids to use at the sink.

2. You can easily spend a couple of hours at the Children’s Garden with preschoolers. Be sure to bring a snack and drink for your child with you. Technically no outside food is allowed, so be discreet, clean up, and definitely no picnicking. More about the Garden’s rules.

3. The Children’s Garden is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the parking lot (and double or triple that if you have a meandering toddler). So if you anticipate that your child may not walk the whole way, bring your stroller. You can park your stroller near the waterfall by the front entrance of the Children’s Garden.

4. Beyond just running around and going crazy (an important experience in itself!), there are lots of socialization, shape recognition, texture, tempo/speed, color, size, and counting learning opportunities throughout the Children’s Garden for your little one.

5. Although there is a $3 to $5 fee for kids ages 3 to 12, the Botanical Garden offers ample options to experience the Children’s Garden for “free.” Ages 13 and up and 2 and under are free. Garden members Tuesdays all day, and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to noon are free. Family-level members and above are free everyday and St. Louis City and County Residents are free on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to noon. Depending on what membership level you join at, members also receive varying numbers of “Bonus Bloom Passes,” that can be used for a complimentary anytime visit to the Children’s Garden or a tram ride. Memberships start at $65.

6. If you have a child who isn’t taking afternoon naps anymore, the Children’s Garden is less busy on weekday afternoons. This is often a fun time to visit.

7. The Sassafras Cafe located inside the Visitor’s Center is a nice place to eat after a morning at the Children’s Garden. The Cafe serves lunch until 2 pm on weekdays and until 3 pm on weekends. It tends to get very busy from noon to 1:30 pm and the lines can get long so plan ahead.

8. Bring a change of clothes if your child is going to play in the water area. They can get soaked!

Photos: Jennifer Lin