Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden

Now Open

Frolic in the flowers... explore the Bell Children's Garden this spring!

This new 2.5-acre outdoor wonderland with more than 19,000 plants connects nature, play, and learning, and creates a garden experience for everyone that promises to cultivate, educate, and inspire a lifetime connection to the natural world.

The Bell Children’s Garden features a variety of accessible outdoor areas, awe-inspiring structures, and an overall nature-based story where children in our community and their families can discover delight and wonder while learning about their local Wisconsin environment and make long-lasting memories along the way.

Three out of every four plants are native to our area – more than 15,000 plants! – helping to inspire guests to plant more natives at home or in their neighborhoods.

This space also educates guests about managing rainwater runoff, preserving wetlands, and understanding the local environment’s significance. Plus, interactive educational signs offer guests an accessible way to dig deeper into learning about nature with large graphics, audio options at the push of a button, and scannable QR codes for Spanish translations.

This immense outdoor garden supports the Garden’s mission of connecting people with plants by providing year-round educational and recreational experiences for everyone, and will help nurture a love for nature in all guests through every season!

Included with Admission
Hours are seasonal and may change during special events.

Weather pending, the water features and restrooms in the Bell Children’s Garden will be closed for the season on October 23.

The Bell Children’s Garden will be closed November 13 through mid-January during WPS Garden of Lights.

Bell Children's Garden Activities

Story Time
Tuesdays | September 5-October 31
10-10:30 am

Scavenger Hunts & Garden Discovery Boxes

Nonprofit Ticket Opportunity

In fulfillment of our mission, we’re excited to offer a ticketing opportunity to local nonprofits made possible by a grant from Garden Club Des Peres to experience the Bell Children’s Garden.

Nonprofit organizations wishing to apply for consideration, submit an application by Friday, July 21. We will notify selected recipients the week of July 24. 

Children & family Education
Programs & Activities

Children’s Story Time
Tuesdays | June 11-October 29
Fridays | June 14-August 30
10-10:30 am

Discovery Station
Tuesdays | June 11-August 27
10 am-12 pm

Stop & Learn Signs | Garden Discovery Boxes
Scavenger Hunts | S.E.E.D. Packs


Bell Children’s Garden:

Nature Nook Series

Select Sundays

Stop by the Council of Critters Amphitheater in the brand new Bell Children’s Garden for special performances and outdoor fun for the whole family!
Included with general admission. No additional ticket purchase required.

Thank You to Our Activity Sponsors




Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc.

Ladybug Garden Club

Community Partner

Explore the Children’s Garden

More to Discover

Bell Children’s Garden Expectations

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time, please review these expectations:

Stay on the paths or play areas.

This keeps everyone safe.

Leave the plants, fruits, and veggies.

They need to grow big and tall.

Save your climbing for the Mushroom Jumper Play area.

Stay off walls and entry sculpture.

Stick together.

Grown-ups should ensure safety, fairness, and fun for everyone.

Clean up for critters.

Toss trash and recycling in bins by the Wetland Deck, Hobbit House, and Lodge.

Return all toys and tools.

Place them where you found them.

Be kind.

Respect all humans, plants, and animals.

This is a smoke and vape-free zone.

Keep the air fresh and clean.

Your actions matter! Guests not respecting these expectations may be asked to leave.
Video surveillance in progress.

Contact Us

For more information about the Bell Children’s Garden, contact our Guest Experience Team at 920.490.9457 or

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Your Kindness Transforms Us!

A donation to the Garden by Dec 31 makes a world of difference. Be part of our growth journey! 🌺

Don’t just give a gift…
give an experience.

A Garden membership is a meaningful gift for your loved ones to enjoy this timeless treasure and make memories all year long.

Support the Garden and gift a membership today!

Last Chance!

Special Offer for New Members

Explore nature’s wonders!
Join as a new member by December 3 and receive two Free Daily Admission Passes.

Online Auction
Live Now!

View and bid on hundreds of items like plant containers and hanging baskets, gift packages, outdoor living items, and so much more.

Sounds of Nashville on August 11

will be moved indoors with limited seating due to Friday’s weather forecast. Tickets are no longer available. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Our online ticketing system is currently down. To purchase tickets, contact us at 920.490.9457 or visit the Garden.