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Astro Botanicals

November 18 - December 31, 2017


  • Nov 19 - Dec 14: Science City Hours
  • Dec 2: Science City Hours & 6 - 8 pm
  • Dec 9: Science City Hours & 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Dec 15 - 19: FREE during Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train
    • Dec 15: 2 - 5 pm & Union Station Members Only 6 pm - 8 pm
    • Dec 16 & 17: 10 am - 8 pm
    • Dec 18: 11 am - 8 pm
    • Dec 19: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Dec 20 - Jan 1: Science City Hours


PRICE: Union Station Members experience it for FREE. Non-members can visit with Science City admission during operating hours.
Holiday Family Night – Science City: Dec 9, 5:30 - 8:30 pm | Members Free, Non-Members $5* plus preservation fee.

*Astro Botanicals are contingent upon weather, high winds will shut down this outdoor display.​

New! Holiday Winter Wonderland featuring the Astro Botanical Garden* in Haverty Family Yards. These bigger-than-life multi-colored displays give off a magical aura. Illuminated at night in holiday colors, guests will walk thru and experience a dreamy winter wonderland by interacting and taking pictures with these ice sculptures. New this year, these 8 to 15 ft. tall geometric sculptures are a “garden walk” you won’t want to miss!

*Astro Botanicals are contingent upon weather, high winds will shut down this outdoor display.

Take a walk through this other-worldly wonder . . .

From November 18th through December 31st, guests will experience a bold, new sculpture garden that’s going to catch the eye of nature lovers, art enthusiasts and will capture the hearts of the playful. Just outside Science City in the new Haverty Family Yards, eight inflatable sculptures between eight and 15 feet tall will “grow” in a unique and fantastical exhibition.
Astro Botanicals are the brainchild of California-based Stan Clark, a fabric artist who hand sews these giant ornamental pieces where architecture, geometry and nature come together. His inflatable designs are purposefully massive in scale, so their multi-colored light displays give off a magical aura.
“In the daytime they appear to be bigger-than-life ice sculptures, and at night, Astro Botanicals are illuminated in holiday colors for a dreamy winter wonderland feel,” says Tammy Ruder, Special Events Manager at Union Station.
This newest addition to “Holidays Come Alive” will be visible from the West Yards Garage pedestrian bridge, but to truly be immersed with them, guest should plan to walk among them. During regular daytime hours, Science City guests are invited into the “garden” via Science City outdoor gates. For evening hours, Haverty Family Yards gates will be your access point. Either way, you won’t want to miss interacting and taking pictures with the sculptures titled, Magnolia Starship, Asparagus and Dragon Lotus. (You’ll have the coolest holiday selfies imaginable!)
“All ages absolutely love it, including the youngest kids,” Clark says of his creations. “It’s so fun to see the interactions, even a game of hide-and-seek within [the sculptures].” The Magnolia Starship is a standing lotus flower with five legs and curly tops. Underneath is a sitting place so kids and adults can gaze up through a clear window at the beautiful geometries inside the color changing light.
Astro Botanicals visits Kansas City for the first time and ONLY at Union Station. Union Station Members will experience it for FREE and non-members can expect a nominal charge. Green thumb or not, this is a “garden walk” you won’t want to miss!

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