Get your kids pumped up about the great outdoors at Camp In’ Under the Arch, a special daytime event hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) in honor of Founders Day, its 97th birthday celebration. Camp In’ is held in air-conditioned comfort of the Gateway Arch lobby and offers a variety of interactive activities to spur both novice and experienced campers’ excitement about heading outdoors.
In addition to learning how to pitch a pop-up tent, little campers will understand how to pack the perfect backpack for a day of hiking, including choosing the best equipment to take on a hike and understanding which items to leave at home. Kids will also identify trees by their leaves and branches, participate in mock campfire fun, and take part in a fishing activity to distinguish different species and learn about the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fishing regulations.
To introduce kids to Native American history, Camp In’ also features a life-size canvas tipi to crawl in and a touch table so they can get their hands on examples of tools and hides that supported life on the Great Plains. Camp In’ Under the Arch will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 in the Gateway Arch lobby.
The event is free, and registration is not required. To learn more, visit www.gatewayarch.com