St. Louis Family Fun

Pumpkin Jamboree at Eckerts

Ride the wagons out to the pumpkin patch to search for your great pumpkin, even one up to 150 pounds! You can also enjoy wagon rides, country music, live entertainment, pony rides, petting farm, children’s activities, make-your-own scarecrow, funnel cakes and festival foods. At Eckerts Farms in Belleville, Millstadt and Grafton, Ill.

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Historic Shaw Art Fair

Located on the beautiful tree-lined parkway of Flora Place at Tower Grove Avenue, the Historic Shaw Art Fair is now in its 25th year. The urban location, food court, great music and fabulous art are all part of the visitor experience. A children's art area will feature hands-on art projects for kids. The Shaw Art Fair is held concurrently with the Missouri Botanical Garden's Best of Missouri Market, located directly across Tower Grove Avenue.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Admission is $7 for adults and valid for both days. Children ages 14 and under are free with an adult admission. Get $1 off admission with a non-perishable food item donation.

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Locations: St. Louis
Age Ranges: All Ages

Morning Play Date at the Contemporary Art Museum

Bring your preschool-age children to the Contemporary Art Museum for a play date full of fun activities. You'll enjoy artist-led activities, storytelling, music performances and more.

Parents will enjoy complimentary refreshments. Play Dates offer exciting ways for young artists to develop their artistic talents and provide unique opportunities for families to connect around their love of art.

10 to 11 a.m. Recommended for ages 2 to 5. At the Contemporary Art Museum. $5 per child. Children age 2 and under are free. 

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Also, check out Stroller Tours at the Contemporary Art Museum for infants up to 24 months.

Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival

Enjoy authentic food, live Salsa bands, dancing, the Los Niños Children's Pavilion with piñatas, a petting zoo, and more at the area’s largest Hispanic festival. 

There will also be folkloric dancers, Hispanic crafts, inflatable rides, exotic pets, traditional Hispanic games, information booths, and a carnival party at this celebration of the common heritage of Hispanic nations.

At Soulard Park (next to Soulard Market) Sept. 22-24. Free admission.

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Locations: St. Louis

Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series at the Missouri History Museum

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to the front lawn of the Missouri History Museum for the popular Twilight Tuesdays outdoor concert series. There will also be pre-concert activities for kids in the History Clubhouse, including make-and-take craft activities and more, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Food and drinks are also available for purchase from Bixby's, the museum's restaurant, and various food trucks. In the event of inclement weather, call the Twilight Tuesdays Information Hotline after 3 p.m. at 314-454-3199 to check if the concert will still take place.

At the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Free.

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Locations: St. Louis

On the national stage, St. Louis isn’t always seen in best light. You know, with Toyotas disappearing into sinkholes and movie stars tweeting photos of non-postcard worthy views from the comfort of their four-star hotel rooms. But those of us in the know love St. Louis for all of its envy-inducing traits – the free, world-renowned attractions for families, its thriving arts scene, and its culturally-rich neighborhoods where mom-and-pop shops mingle with award-winning restaurants.

St. Charles County Fair

The St. Charles County Fair is back for five days of fun at Rotary Park. Activities include carnival rides, bounce house, a petting zoo, a rock wall, entertainers, tractor pulls, a rodeo, demolition derby, live music and food vendors. Carnival rides are free with paid admission.

July 25-29 at Rotary Park in Wentzville.

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See a full schedule of events here


Locations: St. Charles County

Let Them Eat Art

Shop, eat and enjoy live music, hands-on art projects and entertainment for kids at this casual and fun Maplewood festival.

Enjoy food from some of the area's top restaurants, live music, art activities and more during Maplewood's whimsical tribute to Bastille Day. Kids' activities take place in Sutton Loop Park.

6 to 11 p.m. in downtown Maplewood. The parade kicks off at 6:30.

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Locations: St. Louis County

Heritage and Freedom Fest

The city of O’Fallon, Mo., throws a fantastic, family-friendly birthday celebration at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex over the 4th of July holiday.

Carnival rides, live entertainment by popular country artists and rock bands, a parade, and dazzling displays of fireworks are all part of the 4th of July fun at the Heritage and Freedom Fest July 3-4. Take advantage of free Kids’ Zone activities on July 3 and 4, or enjoy unlimited carnival rides with the purchase of a $20 wristband on Family Night on July 2.   

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Chesterfield's 4th of July Fireworks and Festival

The party begins at 6:30 p.m. in Chesterfield on the 4th of July, with a free concert, a Kids’ Zone, circus show, fireworks and lots more in the west parking lot at Chesterfield Mall. 

Children's activities in the Kids Zone start at 6:30 p.m. The Kids Zone features a two-hour circus show by Circus Kaput with unicycling, juggling, magic, aerial acts, a stiltwalker, teeterboard, fire breathing acrobats and more. You'll also find kids' games, two bubble machines, inflatable bounce houses and slides, and an obstacle course. Live music begins at 7:30.

The fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs and refreshments (no glass). Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors.

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