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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Preschool Science Series at the Saint Louis Science Center is the perfect program for young scientists. Preschool-age children and an adult caretaker will explore, investigate, hear stories, and do hands-on science together. 

Sessions are held in the Life Science Lab from 10 to 11 a.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. One adult per four children required. 

Each session has a different theme.

  • Nov. 24: Dino Stories
  • Dec. 8: Animal Adaptations 
  • Dec. 15: Color Stories
  • Dec. 22: Dino Adaptations
  • Jan. 12: Build a Bridge
  • Jan. 19: Rocket Science
  • Jan. 26: Flying
  • Feb. 16: To The Moon!
  • Feb. 23: Geology Rocks!

Each session is $5 per person.

At the Saint Louis Science Center. More information and reservations: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes. But how will you fare when you and your family try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The highly interactive exhibit brings the worlds of chemistry, forensics, science and detective work alive for visitors. You'll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting crime-solving opportunities!

Step into Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London and work side by side with his legendary detective. See a dazzling display of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props, and costumes. Become Holmes' eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation.

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes will be at the Saint Louis Science Center through Jan. 4, 2015.

For tickets, exhibit times, an educator guide, group rates, and special packages when you see an OMNIMAX movie together with the exhibition, visit slsc.org

See a preview of The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Open Gym is held several times each week: Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

Each open gym session lasts one hour.

Free for members; $8 for non-members. Call for more information: 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com

More information: www.misskellysgym.com

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bring your child, ages birth through 2, to Breakfast with Baby, designed to foster your child's early understanding and appreciation of the visual arts. Each session includes light refreshments, socializing, and an activity led by an early childhood educator. Each session focuses on a different area of creative and cognitive development.

The cost is $5 per adult/child pair. One adult per child is required. Free for members of the World Chess Hall of Fame, located in the Central West End. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as there is a limit of 12 adult/child pairs per session. Sessions begin at 9 a.m.

More information and to RSVP: worldchesshof.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Open Gym is held several times each week: Mondays at 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and Fridays at 11:30 a.m.

Each open gym session lasts one hour.

Free for members; $8 for non-members. Call for more information: 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com

More information: www.misskellysgym.com

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes. But how will you fare when you and your family try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The highly interactive exhibit brings the worlds of chemistry, forensics, science and detective work alive for visitors. You'll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting crime-solving opportunities!

Step into Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London and work side by side with his legendary detective. See a dazzling display of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props, and costumes. Become Holmes' eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation.

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes will be at the Saint Louis Science Center through Jan. 4, 2015.

For tickets, exhibit times, an educator guide, group rates, and special packages when you see an OMNIMAX movie together with the exhibition, visit slsc.org

See a preview of The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The Missouri Botanical Garden lights up the holiday season for the expanded second annual Garden Glow. More than a half million lights will illuminate some of the Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.

Wishing Trees, Snow Balls, and "Glowmen" will all light the night sky, and provide interactive fun for guests of all ages. Your family will love exploring the glowing snowman garden, magical light tunnels, interactive photo opportunities and traditional holiday music. 

In addition to all the beautiful lights, Garden Glow 2014 offers singing, dancing, shopping and dining for the entire family.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
 
The cost to attend Garden Glow 2014 ranges from $6 to $18 per person, depending on age, date of attendance, and membership status. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities, so purchasing in advance is recommended.

To learn more about Garden Glow and how to buy tickets for this winter wonderland, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Elementary? Maybe for Sherlock Holmes. But how will you fare when you and your family try to solve a captivating, original mystery in the tradition of the master detective? Find out at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Saint Louis Science Center.

The highly interactive exhibit brings the worlds of chemistry, forensics, science and detective work alive for visitors. You'll learn to use investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, and test yourself with exciting crime-solving opportunities!

Step into Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian London and work side by side with his legendary detective. See a dazzling display of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, film and television props, and costumes. Become Holmes' eyes and ears as he tackles a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation.

The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes will be at the Saint Louis Science Center through Jan. 4, 2015.

For tickets, exhibit times, an educator guide, group rates, and special packages when you see an OMNIMAX movie together with the exhibition, visit slsc.org

See a preview of The International Exhibit of Sherlock Holmes:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Tower Grove House at the Missouri Botanical Garden is decked for the holidays in true Victorian style this time of year. Enjoy the unique setting during free storytelling sessions held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m.

There will also be additional activities for children. Storytelling is included with Garden admission.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

The Magic House is inviting families to go back in time to the first Thanksgiving at its first ever Magic Tree House Thanksgiving Lunch. Kids will put on a pilgrim hat they make themselves and enjoy a delicious and healthy Thanksgiving lunch with Jack and Annie inspired by the first Thanksgiving.

Families will have the opportunity to learn more about the first Thanksgiving and the types of foods that were served and even take home a copy of the recipes used at the meal

The event also includes a special meet and greet with Magic Tree House characters Jack and Annie and a time-traveling adventure in the Magic Tree House exhibit, where children can climb Plymouth Rock, dig for clams on the beach, help prepare a feast in a Pilgrim house and set the Thanksgiving table.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person for non-members and $15 per person for members. Includes all-day admission to The Magic House. Reservations are required.

More information and reservations: magichouse.org

 

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Experience the holiday lights in Tilles Park, where you'll find thousands of beautiful holiday lights and animated displays designed by St. Louis County Parks employees.

The exhibit, which has become a St. Louis tradition, is open nightly through January 1. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. No reservations are needed and admission is paid as vehicles exit the park.

Winter Wonderland is open for vehicular traffic and carriage rides Sundays through Fridays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays are closed to vehicular traffic and open for carriage rides only.

Advance registration is required for carriage rides only.  To reserve a carriage ride, call 314-534-1111 or go through MetroTix

Recycle your Christmas lights that don't work. Bring your old or non-working Christmas lights when you come to Tilles Park and the county Parks Department will recycle them for you.

Admission is $10 per family vehicle; $20 per limousine; $40 for commercial transport vans and $90 per tour bus. Cash only.

Tilles Park is located at 9551 Litzinger Road. All vehicular traffic to Winter Wonderland must enter from south bound McKnight Road.

For more information, go to stlouisco.com
Photo: St. Louis County Parks

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown with the power of IMAX film technology. Sit under the four-story screen while taking in breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery in a state-of-the-art, wrap-around, domed theater.

Now Playing:

NEW!  Mysteries of the Unseen World: Do you think everything you see in your world is all there is to see? Think again! There is another world you can't see, made up of things that are too small or things that move too fast or too slow for the naked eye to see. Mysteries of the Unseen World takes you into these invisible realms that surround you every minute of the day to see what you're missing. This visually stunning film is produced by National Geographic. 

Now Open: Rocky Mountain Express: Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building a nearly impossible transcontinental railway. The film weaves together spectacular IMAX aerial cinematography, archival photographs and maps, and the potent energy and rhythms of a live steam locomotive to immerse audiences in this remarkable story from the age of steam.

D-Day: Normandy 1944: In May 1943, World War II is at its apex. To counter Hitler and the Axis forces, the Allies decide to open a second front on the western side of Europe. The Allied forces, led by U.S. General Eisenhower, have just months to organize the operation code-named “Overlord,” with only a 50/50 chance of success, that will break Hitler’s Atlantic Wall fortress and lead to the Battle of Normandy. Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner.

Showtimes vary daily. For showtimes and tickets, to go to www.slsc.org/showtimes

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Call 800-456-SLSC x4424 or 314-289-4424 for group ticket information.

Watch a preview of Mysteries of the Unseen World:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a St. Louis family tradition at Gardenland Express, the Holiday Flower and Train Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Visitors will see G-scale trains of many eras traveling through a miniature holiday landscape made up of festive decorations and thousands of fresh plants, poinsettias and flowers.

Gardenland Express is open daily through Jan. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with additional evening hours during Garden Glow evenings.

Daytime admission is $5 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children. Evening admission is $4 per person for non-members ages 3 and up. Free for Garden members and their children.

More information: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy the iconic lights that adorn the Anheuser-Busch Brewery close up during walking tours (that are stroller-friendly). There will also be live music, s'mores stations, souvenir photos in a themed snow globe, and beer samples for those over 21. The walking tours are free, but there are fees for the s'mores station, holiday cheer packages and other additional experiences.

6-9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 4. Walking tours are not available on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day or New Year's Day, but drive-through tours are welcome on those days and during weekdays from dusk until midnight.

More information: www.anheuser-busch.com

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The Midwest's best holiday parade features colorful floats, giant helium balloon figures, storybook characters, carriages, equestrian units, marching bands from across the St. Louis region and Santa Claus as it winds through downtown St. Louis to kick off the holiday season.

The parade begins at 8:45 a.m. at Market and 7th Street and continues West on Market Street, ending at St. Louis Union Station. 

More information: www.christmasinstlouis.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The Missouri Botanical Garden lights up the holiday season for the expanded second annual Garden Glow. More than a half million lights will illuminate some of the Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays will delight crowds of all ages.

Wishing Trees, Snow Balls, and "Glowmen" will all light the night sky, and provide interactive fun for guests of all ages. Your family will love exploring the glowing snowman garden, magical light tunnels, interactive photo opportunities and traditional holiday music. 

In addition to all the beautiful lights, Garden Glow 2014 offers singing, dancing, shopping and dining for the entire family.

The Garden Glow Light Exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday evenings from November 22 to December 18, and nightly from December 19 to January 3. Hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
 
The cost to attend Garden Glow 2014 ranges from $6 to $18 per person, depending on age, date of attendance, and membership status. Tickets are date-specific and sold in limited quantities, so purchasing in advance is recommended.

To learn more about Garden Glow and how to buy tickets for this winter wonderland, visit www.mobot.org/glow.

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Experience the holiday lights in Tilles Park, where you'll find thousands of beautiful holiday lights and animated displays designed by St. Louis County Parks employees.

The exhibit, which has become a St. Louis tradition, is open nightly through January 1. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. No reservations are needed and admission is paid as vehicles exit the park.

Winter Wonderland is open for vehicular traffic and carriage rides Sundays through Fridays from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays are closed to vehicular traffic and open for carriage rides only.

Advance registration is required for carriage rides only.  To reserve a carriage ride, call 314-534-1111 or go through MetroTix

Recycle your Christmas lights that don't work. Bring your old or non-working Christmas lights when you come to Tilles Park and the county Parks Department will recycle them for you.

Admission is $10 per family vehicle; $20 per limousine; $40 for commercial transport vans and $90 per tour bus. Cash only.

Tilles Park is located at 9551 Litzinger Road. All vehicular traffic to Winter Wonderland must enter from south bound McKnight Road.

For more information, go to stlouisco.com
Photo: St. Louis County Parks

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Friday, November 28, 2014

Visit Creation Station at the Museum of Transportation, a hands-on learning environment dedicated to introducing young children to all modes of transportation, while focusing on developing and enriching primary early learning skills.

Admission to the museum is $5 for ages 3 to 12 and $8 for ages 13 and up. Creation Station admission is $2 per person per one-hour session in addition to regular museum admission.

Special holiday boarding times are:

9:15, 10:30, 11:45 a.m.; 1 and 2:15 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29 and Dec. 27.

11:15 a.m., 12:30, 1:45 and 3 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 28.

More information: museumstlouis.org

 

The Rock n Roll Craft Show is the original St. Louis alternative art, craft and music event. The show, now in its 11th year, features unique items handcrafted from new and recycled materials by talented artisans, as well as entertainment from locally and nationally acclaimed bands.

Co-founder Jessi Cerutti explained: “When you come to RRCS, you are walking in to a finely curated handcrafted department store, where you can find something for everyone and pay for it all together at our central checkouts. No booths, no negotiating, no hidden prices. We have always strived to create the best balance between our artists and shoppers, so everyone has an affordable experience and we can get as many awesome handmade goods in the hands of as many folks as possible.”

At the Luminary Arts Center, 2701 Cherokee.

Friday, Nov. 28 is Red Carpet Black Friday with a $10 admission charge, door prizes giveaways and goody bags to the first 100 shoppers through the door. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29, $3 admission, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 30, $3 admission, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids under 10 get in free, and a life-size sock monkey will greet shoppers of all ages.

More information: rocknrollcraftshow.com

Read more in our feature story on this year's Rock N Roll Craft Show

 

 

 

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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