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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer concerts in Faust Park are a great way to enjoy the outdoors with your family. In addition to live music by local bands, beer, wine, soda, popcorn and candy are available for purchase. Local restaurants and food trucks will be on hand too. 

The park opens at 5:15 p.m. for seating and concessions are available beginning at 5:30. The concert begins at 7 p.m. In Faust Park, Chesterfield.

More information: www.chesterfieldmochamber.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.

Titans of the Ice Age: Woolly mammoths, dire wolves and saber-toothed cats come alive on the giant screen! Audiences are transported to the frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 20,000 years ago when giant animals roamed the ice-covered earth. One of the first films using ultra high definition digital cameras, Titans of the Ice Age brings long extinct animals and the drams of the Pleistocene ice age to life.

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

Bring your family to the Summer Family Fun Series at the Missouri History Museum for a splish-splashing good time. See the movie Finding Nemo and enjoy light snacks. After the film, kids can 'swim' through the galleries on a Nemo-themed scavenger hunt.

 

The Summer Family Fun Series combines special guests, storytelling, and hands-on arts & crafts projects inspired by objects and themes at the Missouri History Museum. 

 

These free events are perfect for families and are geared to kids ages 2 through 7. 

 

10:30 a.m. the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. (Groups of 8 or more must make private reservations.)

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Jam out to some great tunes every Tuesday evening at the Civic Park Bandstand in O'Fallon, Mo. Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating.

6:30 to 9 p.m. Admission and parking are free and food trucks will be on-site. 

More information: ofallon.mo.us 

Locations: 
St. Charles County

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 noon, and Fridays at 10 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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Whitaker Music Festival at Missouri Botanical Garden is a ten-week lineup of free Wednesday evening outdoor concerts June 4 through August 6.

Pack a picnic supper and enjoy the beauty of the Garden in summertime as you listen to an eclectic rotation of artists. Picnic fare, beer, wine, soda and sno-cones are available for purchase. Free parking is available at the Ridgeway Visitor Center and other authorized lots nearby, and along Tower Grove Avenue. Bike racks provided by Trailnet are located at the Ridgeway Visitor Center.

Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Free admission begins at 5 p.m. and last entry is at 9 p.m. The Children’s Garden remains open with free admission from 5 to 7 p.m.

More information and schedule of performers: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Locations: 
South City, St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a free summer concert at Citygarden, the urban oasis in downtown St. Louis filled with sculpture, reflecting pools, fountains (or 'spraygrounds') and art.

On hot summer days, plan to also enjoy Citygarden's water features too, including the Voyage pool, Lower Basin pool, Spray Plaza and fountains. Pools open at 10 a.m.

Concerts are held from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

More information: citygardenstl.org

Photo: citygardenstl.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
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.

Titans of the Ice Age: Woolly mammoths, dire wolves and saber-toothed cats come alive on the giant screen! Audiences are transported to the frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 20,000 years ago when giant animals roamed the ice-covered earth. One of the first films using ultra high definition digital cameras, Titans of the Ice Age brings long extinct animals and the drams of the Pleistocene ice age to life.

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

Join Taubman Prestige Outlets for free summer fun every Wednesday in June and July! These afternoon events include free performances for kids by some of St. Louis' best-known childrens' entertainers. Performances and activities are new every week.

The Summer Fun Wednesdays schedule includes:

June 18: Fun Glasses, Water Colors and Take a Closer Look at The Magic House. Kids can use their creativity and imagination to make their own pair of Fun Glasses, experiment with water color symmetry and make their own festive hat to take home.

June 25: Movers and Shakers by Fazio's Fret and Friends. This interactive workshop is designed to enhance your child's development and love of music through songs, dance, movement games and instruments. Each child receives a take-home musical instrument.

July 2: Art with Chesterfield Arts. Kids will create an Independence Day-themed mural of color with the assistance of professional artists from Chesterfield Arts. Kids will also make their own art to take home and can have their face painted.

July 9: Magic Show and Magic Workshop. See amazing tricks and outlandish stunts at this fun magic show, where kids will learn tricks that will amaze friends and family.

July 16: Meet Marshall the Miracle Dog and hear his story. Marshall was a victim of unfathomable abuse, but after being rescued and later adopted, he now helps his owner, author Cyndi Willenbrock, teach others about caring for animals.

July 23: Mad Science Fire and Ice Show + More. Kids will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with Mad Scientists! See foggy dry ice storms, giant beach balls floating in the air, make their own slime or silly putty to take home, and even learn how to make super balls.

July 30: Fairytale Theatre featuring the Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood. Enjoy the fantastic fun fable the Three Little Pigs which will focus on teaching the importance of cooperation, and family favorite Little Red Riding Hood, which will focus on teaching safety, both performanced by Fairytale Theatre. These performances include lots of audience participation!

All performances begin at 1 p.m. and are free. Be one of the first 100 to register and receive a free kids' food voucher! 

At Taubman Prestige Outlets in Chesterfield, at the Food Court. 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information and to register: www.facebook.com/taubmanprestigeoutlets

 

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Treat your kids to a free concert in beautiful Tower Grove Park. The Piper Palm House Children's Concert Series, taking place on Wednesdays throughout the summer, introduces kids to different musical styles. The interactive concerts are educational, feature a different theme each week, and are a lot of fun.
 

June 11: Here Comes the Brass

June 18: Sound the Drums

June 25: Peter and the Wolf

July 2: The Bull and the Bee

July 9: The Bremen Town Musicians

July 16: Baroque and Beyond

July 23: Elephant and Friends

July 30: The Tortoise and the Hare

Aug. 6: Strings and More Strings

Aug. 13: Discussion with Percussion

Concerts begin at 9:30 a.m. at Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. Doors open at 9 a.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

More information: www.towergrovepark.org

Locations: 
South City, St. Louis

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Everyone is invited to enjoy a free concert in Bluebird Park in Ellisville. Performances are on the amphitheater stage, and concert goers are asked to bring their own seating. 

7 p.m. in Bluebird Park, Ellisville. 

More information: www.ellisville.mo.us

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Bring your little ones to enjoy a nature adventure. This outing is perfect for parents or caregivers and kids ages birth to 8. Dress of the weather because this adventure begins with a hike with a naturalist to a special place in the forest. Then you'll enjoy stories under the canopy. Reservations are not required and siblings are welcome.

10 to 11 a.m. Free. At Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road in Kirkwood, near the intersection of I-44 and I-270.

More information: www.mdc.mo.gov

Bring your family for an evening of great food and live music around the pool! Family Dinner and Concert Nights are held at the Sunset Hills Aquatic Center on Thursdays through August 7. Meals will be available for purchase for $6 for adults and $5 for children. Food is served from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the band plays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Free for members and just $4 for non-members.

More information: sunset-hills.com

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Mad Science of St. Louis is holding a series of workshops for preschoolers that will show them how much fun science can be. These hands-on sessions also include a ride on the carousel! Participants will take part in experiments and demonstrations and receive a take home item at the end of the session.

Workshops are held on Thursdays through Aug. 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A different program will be held each week. 

Designed for children ages 3-5. Cost is $12/child per workshop. A parent or guardian must stay and assist child. Register by calling 314-615-8383.

At the Saint Louis Carousel in Faust Park, Chesterfield.

More information can be found on the carousel's Facebook page


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.

Titans of the Ice Age: Woolly mammoths, dire wolves and saber-toothed cats come alive on the giant screen! Audiences are transported to the frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 20,000 years ago when giant animals roamed the ice-covered earth. One of the first films using ultra high definition digital cameras, Titans of the Ice Age brings long extinct animals and the drams of the Pleistocene ice age to life.

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

Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy a free movie under the stars at The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis, There will be free popcorn! Movies begin at dusk.

June 26: Disney's Frozen (rated PG)

July 24: The LEGO Movie (rated PG)

More information: themeadowslsl.com

 

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Thursday evenings this summer the Saint Louis Science Center is staying open until 8 p.m.! Families can visit the Dinosaurs In Motion exhibit, which features recycled metal sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils. Or, see one of the movies playing at the OMNIMAX Theater: Titans of the Ice Age, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, or D-Day: Normandy 1944. During evening hours, you'll receive special rates to the OMNIMAX Theater and special exhibitions. (Check showtimes here.)

Also during these late nights, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium will highlight the popular Live Sky Tonight show at 7 p.m. You can also visit Experience Flight where you can choose your simulator experience or be the pilot or gunner in another fully immersive 350 simulator.

Additional activities include visiting the Life Science Lab where you'll see DNA without a microscope, examine your fingerprints, solve a crime using paper chromatogrophy and lots more. Then, visit the Discovery Room where young learners can begin to explore science and the exciting world around them.

More information: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Friday, July 25, 2014

On four Friday evenings this summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum will host free outdoor movies, live music and food trucks on Art Hill. The Outdoor Film Series is extremely popular and features live music and food trucks as well as vintage films appropriate for families.

The fun and festivities begin at 7 p.m., and food trucks will be on hand as early as 6 p.m. Movies begin at 9 

Many of St. Louis' favorite food trucks (presented by Sauce magazine) will be on hand, like Seoul Taco, Holy Crepe, Sia's, Slice of the Hill, Sarah's Cake Stop, Completely Saused, Steak Louie and lots more. The museum's cafe will also be open until 9 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

July 11: Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1996). Music: Rhythm Section Road Show

July 18: Movie: Funny Face (1957). Music: Brothers Lazaroff

July 25: Field of Dreams (1989). Music: iLLphonics

August 1: Meet Me in St. Louis (1945). Music: Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers

Movies are shown outdoors on Art Hill with the screen facing the museum. Families are welcome to bring a picnic, blankets, lawn chairs, food and beverages. Pets on a leash are allowed.

In case of inclement weather, check the museum's Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates about cancellations.

More information: www.slam.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 noon, and Fridays at 10 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

Explore the Ferguson Citywalk in the city's historic downtown district and enjoy a free evening concert.

The City of Ferguson holds a series of concerts for all ages throughout the summer and early fall. Concerts are held at Citywalk in the city's historic downtown, also home to the Ferguson Farmers Market, Streetfest and other community events.

All concerts are free. Picnic tables are available, or bring blankets for seating.

7 to 9 p.m. at Ferguson Citywalk. More information: www.fergusoncitywalk.com

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

If your kids like stories about creepy crawly critters, you won't want to miss this story time!

Storytelling at the Museum engages the youngest visitors and their families in historic objects and introduces them to a museum setting in a really fun way using traditional and contemporary story books. Children will also enjoy hands-on crafts and other activities.

 

Each 45-minute session is free and recommended for children ages 2-5. Adults are welcome with children.

 

10:30 a.m. in the History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park.

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Bring the whole family for a free concert in the center of the Zoo! Jungle Boogie concerts are held most Fridays from late May to August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Admission is free. More information: stlzoo.org

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Do you remember drive-ins? Your family can recreate the fun of outdoor movies with friends at Eureka's Starlight Movie Series. These free outdoor movies will be held on the lawn of the Eureka City Hall, and free popcorn and and lemonade will be served to movie goers while supplies last. 

Family friendly activities begin at 7:45 followed by the movie at 8:45 p.m. Attendees are free to bring their own snacks, but no glass bottles, please.

Movies scheduled include:

  • June 27: Despicable Me 2

  • July 25: The LEGO Movie

  • August 22: Monsters University

More information: www.eureka.mo.us

 

Locations: 
St. Louis County
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.

Titans of the Ice Age: Woolly mammoths, dire wolves and saber-toothed cats come alive on the giant screen! Audiences are transported to the frozen landscapes of the northern hemisphere 20,000 years ago when giant animals roamed the ice-covered earth. One of the first films using ultra high definition digital cameras, Titans of the Ice Age brings long extinct animals and the drams of the Pleistocene ice age to life.

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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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.

Admission: $9/adult and $7/kids. Reservations required. Space is limited. Call 636-225-4390 x 0.

More information: worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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