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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bring your doggie for a dip at The Lodge of Des Peres outdoor pool as they end the summer season. Watch your pooch paddle and play in the water, receive some tasty treats and make some frisky new friends!

Owners must show current proof of the following vaccinations in order for their pups to participate: Distemper, Parvo, Rabies. Dogs will not be allowed entry without written documentation of the above vaccines.  Owners may not swim with their pooches, this swim is for dogs only. Maximum of 150. $10 per dog. No pre-regisgtration required. 5 to 7 p.m.

More information: desperesmo.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

Insects are everywhere, and sometimes we like them around us and sometimes we don't. Kids, ages 3-6, will learn what makes an insect an insect, and then go searching for insects on the trail and in the garden. 

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free, but reservations are required.

At Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270. Call 314-301-1500 for reservations.

 

More information: www.mdc.mo.gov

 

 

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

ROOKie Readers is an early literacy program designed for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Each week, you'll enjoy a different story, accompanied by a related game, activity or art project based on rotating themes.

From the squares on the chessboard to the special ways each piece can move, chess is a game of patterns. Children will take part in pattern recognition games and activities, and caregivers will participate too. 

10 a.m. at the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End. Cost is $5 per child/adult pair. One adult per child is required. Sessions are limited to 12 adult/child pairs, so registration is recommended.

For more information and to register: worldchesshof.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Friday, September 5, 2014

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

First Fridays in Grand Center are an opportunity for families to enjoy the latest art exhibitions from St. Louis' leading arts organizations, like the Contemporary Art Museum, the Sheldon Art Galleries, Bruno David Gallery, International Photography Hall of Fame, Craft Alliance, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Saint Louis University Museum of Art and others.

Explore the neighborhood's remarkable array of visual arts during a walking tour. Free and open to all.

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Grand Center. More information: grandcenter.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Bring your kids to experience beautiful Laumeier Sculpture Park during Free Family Days this summer. Go on a tour of the grounds that includes many active explorations of the amazing outdoor art and create artwork with your kids to take home.

Each Free Family Day has a different theme:

► Sunday, July 20: Women Artists: Place, Presence and Perspective

Experience works by women artists who explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural world. Then, you'll visit creative spaces with artworks inspired by nature and create your own art together. Family tours begin at 2 p.m. and hands-on art projects Family Fun Days activities are from 2 to 4 p.m.

► Sunday, August 17: Ecology: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore and Respect

Repurposing materials is the name of the game these days, so you'll learn about the many contemporary artists at Laumeier who are influenced by environmental concerns and use materials that are ephemeral, biodegradable, reused and/or recycled. Then, you and your kids can breathe life into old materials by using them in your own unique sculptural creations. Free family tours begin at 2 p.m., with handsom-art projects and Family Day fun continuing until 4 p.m.

► Friday, Sept. 5: Art and Nature during Feast in the Park

Take part in a fun visual tour and scavenger hunt offering a behind-the-scenes look at how large-scale sculptures are built and maintained at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Learn how natural phenomena and the environment effect the preservation and deterioration of the works of art. Then, experience "Feast for Your Eyes," as you explore and experiment with colors to create your own unique art. Feast in the Park with food trucks will be on site during this special Free Family Day too! Tours and activities begin at 5 p.m.

► Sunday, Oct. 5: Poetry in Motion: Art Moves!

View kinetic works of art and those with implied movement, including an installation from this fall's Kranzberg Exhibition Series. The whimsical installation inspires visitors to take a closer look at how art can amplify or reframe the beauty in nature. Then take part in "Art Moves," where you'll use the rhythm and movement surrounding us in nature and create a family-focused activity book featuring original drawings by Tom Huck, paired with fun learning activities about real insects, to take home.

More information: laumeier.org

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Food trucks are as hot as ever in St. Louis, and now the mobile-dining trend is taking St. Louis County by storm through a series of summer and fall festivals.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on June 6, August 1 and September 5, food trucks and live music sponsored by Feast magazine will gather at Laumeier Sculpture Park to bring you a variety of great eats and tunes. 

More information: stlouisco.com

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

In conjunction with First Fridays at the Saint Louis Science Center, you can participate in public telescope viewing and see the Live Sky Tonight show at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.

Weather permitting, the St. Louis Astronomical Society and the Science Center will set up a number of telescopes for public viewing and staff will be on hand to answer visitors' questions.

The indoor Live Sky Tonight show is held regardless of weather and features what is currently visible in the night sky, including constellations, planets, the current moon phase and any other special astronomical events, such as meteor showers or comets.

The Sky Tonight show is held at 7 p.m. Public telescope viewing times vary.

More information and public telescope viewing times: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Spend an evening watching a family movie under the stars at the Chesterfield Amphitheater. There is combination of fixed and lawn seating at this free event. Feel free to bring blankets if you want to stretch out on the lawn, and your own refreshments. The concession stand will be open.

Scheduled movies include:

Aug. 22: American Girl Movie: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight. 7 p.m.

Aug. 29: Despicable Me (Rated PG) 7:35 p.m.

Sept. 5: The LEGO Movie (Rated PG) 7:25 p.m.

Sept. 12: Frozen (Rated PG) 7:15 p.m.
 

More information: www.chesterfieldamphitheater.com

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:

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: They dance, sing and capture your heart. Watch the incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar told for the first time on the giant screen at the Science Center. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these photogenic primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction.

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 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day juried at fair featuring affordable art from more than 50 artists based in the St. Louis area. Enjoy quality art, tasty food and drink and live music. There will also be special attractions for kids, including the Paul Vandivort Puppet Show (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and storytelling with Georgy Rock (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.), and hands-on art projects with Yucandu Art Studio.

At Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Admission is free.

Art Outside, now in its 11th year, will be held

  • Friday, Sept. 5: 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday. Sept. 6: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 7: Noon to 4 p.m.

More information: www.schlafly.com

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Schlafly Art Outside is a three-day juried at fair featuring affordable art from more than 50 artists based in the St. Louis area. Enjoy quality art, tasty food and drink and live music. There will also be special attractions for kids, including the Paul Vandivort Puppet Show (Saturday at 2 p.m.) and storytelling with Georgy Rock (Saturday at 3:30 p.m.), and hands-on art projects with Yucandu Art Studio.

At Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Admission is free.

Art Outside, now in its 11th year, will be held

  • Friday, Sept. 5: 5 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday. Sept. 6: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 7: Noon to 4 p.m.

More information: www.schlafly.com

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a free movie at the Edwardsville City Park Band Shell (by the library) at sunset. All movies are free and family friendly. 

June 7: Frozen (sing-along) 8:30 p.m.

July 12: Mary Poppins, 8:40 p.m.

August 2: The Nut Job, 8:20 p.m.

September 6: The LEGO Movie, 7:30 p.m.

More information: cityofedwardsville.com

 

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

The City of Chesterfield hosts a free outdoor concert at the Chesterfield Amphitheater on select Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. and end at approximately 10 p.m. There is a combination of fixed seating and lawn seating available. Concessions will be available, or you can bring your own food and beverages, but no glass bottles. 

The concert schedule includes:

  • June 7: Wayman's Revelation

  • June 21: Breakfast Club ('80s Rock)

  • July 26: The Well Hungarians

  • August 9: Spin the Bottle

  • August 23: Magazine

  • September 6: Dogs of Society (Elton John Tribute)

More information: chesterfieldamphitheater.com

 

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:

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar: They dance, sing and capture your heart. Watch the incredible true story of the lemurs of Madagascar told for the first time on the giant screen at the Science Center. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this documentary will take you to a remote and wondrous part of the world where these photogenic primates first landed as castaways 60 million years ago, evolved into hundreds of species and now face extinction.

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 Island of Lemurs: Madagascar:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Shining Rivers Waldorf School has partnered with Childgrove Dancers to host Family Contra Dances, a communal style of folk dancing that is fun and easy to learn. No experience is necessary. Children and adults engage in simple movements which encourage concentration, coordination and sequencing, all while having fun. This is a time-honored American pastime combining movement and social connection with beautiful live music. Best for families with children ages 6 and up. All are welcome.

At The Monday Club in Webster Groves. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child ($16 max per family).

More information: www.childgrove.org

 

 

Kids of all ages are invited to ride the trains at Kircher Park. The steam and diesel trains are operated by the St. Louis Live Steamers, a nonprofit organization interested in the construction of large-scale model railroads.

Rides are offered from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kircher Park is located just south of Highway 44 on Williams Road in Eureka. Rides are free but a small donation is appreciated. More information: www.stlouislivesteamers.org

Explore the current exhibitions at the World Chess Hall of Fame during a kid-friendly tour, take part in hands-on activities for kids, and play and learn about the game of chess at these special Saturday Family Days. These events are designed for families with children ages 5 to 12. Each day has a different theme.

Admission is free for members at the Family level, or $5 per child for non-members. Sessions begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is limited to 24 children per session, to registration is recommended.

To RSVP and for more information: worldchesshof.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Ever wonder what dinosaurs ate for dinner? Join Science Center staff as they explore dinosaur dinner menus and how dinosaur teeth adapted for specific meals. You will even make your own cast of a real dinosaur tooth! Designed for families with children age 5 and up.

Cost is $5 per person for all ages. One adult is required for every four children.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Call 314-289-4424 to make a reservation or purchase tickets at the ticket kiosk at the Science Center.

More information: www.slsc.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Experience flight and wonder and celebrate the first Paper Kite Butterfly Festival at The Butterfly House. Watch paper kite butterflies fly through the tropical conservatory, see kite building demonstrations, build original butterflies. and decorate your very own kite to take home. Kids will have fun while learning what makes butterflies and kites soar.

The Paper Kite Butterfly Festival is included with regular admission.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At The Butterfly House in Faust Park.

More information: butterflyhouse.org

 

Celebrate all things pink at Citygarden's Fabulous Flamingo Festival in downtown St. Louis. This free event for kids and families includes a costume contest and all the fun that Citygarden brings. 10 a.m. to noon. At Citygarden, 9th Street between Market and Chestnut.

More information: www.citygardenstl.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Sunday, September 7, 2014

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

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