Carol & Bruce Bell Children’s Garden

Now Open!

Stomp in the snow and frolic in the flowers... explore the Bell Children's Garden this winter!

This new 2.5-acre outdoor wonderland 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 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.

This immense outdoor space 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!

Join us for our Grand Opening Week!

Friday, May 12
9 am–8 pm
Free admission for everyone to kick off Go Public Gardens Days

Saturday, May 13–Sunday, May 21
9 am–8 pm
Kids (17 and under) are free with paid adult admission

Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day)
9 am–8 pm
Moms and kids (17 and under) are free

Early closure at 3 pm on Thursday, May 18 for annual TasteBud fundraiser.

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. 

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

Bell Children's Garden Summer Activities

Bell’s Children Garden Tours
Every other Monday | June 12-August 21
4:30-5:30 pm

Children’s Story Time
Tuesdays | June 13-October 31
Fridays | June 16-August 25
10-10:30 am

Discovery Station
BMO Getaway Wednesdays | June 7-August 30
4-5 pm

Tuesdays | June 13-August 29
10 am-12 pm

Scavenger Hunts & Garden Discovery Boxes

Bell Children’s Garden:
Kids Show Miniseries

Select Sundays | 1–3 pm

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

Community Partner

Sponsored in Memory of Theresa Savage by Schreiber Foods

Grants – Nonprofit Ticketing

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

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, various 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!

Due to the winter storm, the Garden will be closing at 12 pm today (Friday, January 12) and will be closed Saturday, January 13. Stay safe!