Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden
March 29–April 15: Springtime Village
Head out to the farm and meet Peter Cottontail at Purina Farms' annual festival of spring. Kids can learn about and pet baby farm animals, take a wagon ride, and watch amazing agility dogs put on a show. On Saturday and Sunday, kids under 10 can pick a golden egg from the wagon for a prize. Free. RSVP by calling 314-982-3232. 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 200 Checkerboard Loop (Gray Summit, Missouri).
April 1: Hare in the Air
The Easter Bunny will be dropping in by helicopter and hosting a fun—and free—egg hunt for kids ages 2–8. The event will include a petting zoo, balloon artists, and four egg hunts divided by age (2, 3, 4–5 and 6–8). Event opens at 9 a.m. East Bunny arrives via helicopter at 9:30 a.m. Logan University, 1851 Schoettler (Chesterfield, Missouri).
April 1: Wetlands for Kids
It's time for outdoor fun at the August A. Busch Conservation Area. Kids can get face to face with wetlands animals like snakes, turtles, and birds of prey. If you're ready for an adventure, you can try out air rifles, archery, and fishing. Free. No RSVP required. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 2360 Hwy D (St. Charles, Missouri).
April 1–2: Children's Garden Opening Weekend
You know spring is officially here when the gates open to the Children's Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Meet wild birds from the World Bird Sanctuary, make a "toad abode," and take home an edible plant. Opening Weekend is part of Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis, with live music and fun activities all over the garden. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Included with admission. 4344 Shaw.
April 1–2: Spring Fling
The Butterfly House is celebrating the insects that make your garden grow all spring long. Kids can learn fun facts about pollinators, play games, and make crafts. Event activities are included with admission. $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages 3–12 $5, free for kids under 2. 15193 Olive (Chesterfield, Missouri).