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World Bird Sanctuary

Free, fun, family-friendly environmental education programs are presented by the naturalists at the World Bird Sanctuary using snakes, parrots, birds and mammals. You and your kids will learn about the amazing creatures that share our planet, and what we can do to help them survive.

Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

At the World Bird Sanctuary. Admission and parking are free. More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Have you ever wondered what birds eat, where their food comes from or where birds themselves come from? Join the keepers at the World Bird Sanctuary as they do the morning feeding on the exhibit line, and learn all you want to know about birds.

For all ages. Free. Every Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park.

More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Celebrate eagles from around the world! Learn more about these majestic creatures as well as fun raptor facts with presentations from World Bird Sanctuary naturalists throughout the day.

Live eagle shows will be presented in the amphitheater, and there will be photo opportunities with a Bald Eagle. Kids can enjoy a craft center, and the entire family can tour the wildlife hospital.

Parking and admission is free.

Sunday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary.

More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Lodge of Des Peres with lots of activities for kids to learn about trees and safety in the forest.

Kids can enjoy a children's craft area, free tree seedlings, live music, have pictures taken with Smokey the Bear, win attendance prizes and see live birds up close thanks to the World Bird Sanctuary.

Free. 10 a.m. to noon at The Lodge of Des Peres.

More information: www.desperesmo.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Come over to the dark side and meet the amazing birds that exist by moonlight. Owl Prowls are an opportunity for families to learn about owls from the naturalists at the World Bird Sanctuary.

First, you'll be introduced to live owls and hear their unique calls. Then you'll take an easy night hike through the World Bird Sanctuary grounds to try and call a wild owl. Owl Prowls were awarded "Midwest Traveler's Treasure of the Midwest" by AAA's Midwest Traveler Magazine in 2010.

Admission is $9 for adults and $7 per child. Groups of 10 or more at $7/person regardless of age. Reservations are required. Call 636-225-4390 ext. 0.

7 to 9 p.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park. More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County

Celebrate vultures with zoos and conservation groups from around the world at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis County. A fun kids activity center will feature games and a vulture 'scavenger hunt.'

See vultures from North America and Africa, as well as a live Andean Condor. There will also be free-flight shows featuring live flying vultures.

All activities are free. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park.

More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Take leisurely two-hour hike through the oak hickory forest to see what kind of nature is in the woods at the World Bird Sanctuary. An expert naturalist will lead you on your hike-where you may see birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Learn about trees, rocks and who knows what else? Each hike  will be a new experience as the seasons change and we encounter different creatures.

9 to 11 a.m.

At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park. Click for map and directions

Admission: $9/adult and $7/kid. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 636-225-4390 x 0. More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Take leisurely two-hour hike through the oak hickory forest to see what kind of nature is in the woods at the World Bird Sanctuary. An expert naturalist will lead you on your hike-where you may see birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Learn about trees, rocks and who knows what else? Each hike  will be a new experience as the seasons change and we encounter different creatures.

9 to 11 a.m.

At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park. Click for map and directions

Admission: $9/adult and $7/kid. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 636-225-4390 x 0. More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Take leisurely two-hour hike through the oak hickory forest to see what kind of nature is in the woods at the World Bird Sanctuary. An expert naturalist will lead you on your hike-where you may see birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Learn about trees, rocks and who knows what else! Each hike  will be a new experience as the seasons change and you encounter different creatures.

9 to 11 a.m.

At the World Bird Sanctuary, 125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park. Click for map and directions

Admission: $9/adult and $7/kid. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 636-225-4390 x 0. More information: www.worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

When it comes to taking your kids out for some family fun, what's better than free?

Our go-to free destination is the Saint Louis Zoo, but it's not on this list.  Don't get me wrong – we love the Zoo with a passion. We are members and go so much we're actually on a first name basis with the anteaters. But the Zoo's reputation proceeds it; everyone knows it's awesome.

So here are the first five of my top ten list of my favorite kid-friendly, free gems of the city. Minus the Zoo, but it's implied.

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