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Wednesday, April 23, 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:
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.

Jerusalem: This new film, produced by National Geographic, tells the history of this great city while following the lives of three young Jerusalemites and their families - Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Through their eyes, spectators learn what it's like to call Jerusalem home. Click here for more about Jerusalem.

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 Titans of the Ice Age:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For more than 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books.

Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs. The 2014 Greater St. Louis Book Fair will start the evening of Thursday, April 24 and continue through Sunday April 27 at Macys at West County Center at the intersection of I270 and Manchester Road. (Lower level of Macy's east parking lot.) On Monday, April 28, the fair is open to nonprofits only.

More information: www.stlouisbookfair.org

Schedule:

Thursday, April 24: Opening Night – $10 General Admission. Opening remarks at 3:30 pm, Book fair open from 4 p.m. to  9 pm

Friday, April 25: Free admission 10 am - 8 pm.

Saturday, April 26: Shopping for Persons with Disabilities 9 am - 10 am. Free admission. Book fair open to all 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: Free  admission – Half-Price Day.  11 am - 6 pm.

Monday, April 28 Non-Profit Day - Closed to Public 7:30 am - 10:00 am.

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Connect with other moms and enjoy a casual, fun night of conversation, games and door prizes. Refreshments are provided.

6:30 to 8 p.m. at the O'Fallon, IL., Public Library.

More information: www.metroeastmoms.homestead.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:
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.

Jerusalem: This new film, produced by National Geographic, tells the history of this great city while following the lives of three young Jerusalemites and their families - Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Through their eyes, spectators learn what it's like to call Jerusalem home. Click here for more about Jerusalem.

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 Titans of the Ice Age:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Children ages 3 to 5 and their special grown up can discover the magic of art through this special 4-week multi-sensory art class. Each monthly session features a different theme to introduce budding artists to a variety of unique art experiences.

Classes are held Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Cost for a month of classes is $60 for non-members and $40 for members. Reservations are required. More information: www.magichouse.org

 

Locations: 
West County
Age Ranges: 
Preschool

Friday, April 25, 2014

Parent and child getaways support the health of parent/child relationships. This is why YMCA Trout Lodge offers special weekends full of amazing activities designed for quality parent-child time together.

There are Father-Daughter, Father-Son and Mother-Son categories, and each one has awesome activities for both you and your child: Archery, riflery, climbing tower, zip line, trail ride, hayride, tie dyeing and more.

The weekend package also includes lodging and three full meals per day. All you have to do is have an amazing adventure together! For more information call Judy Gillam at 1-888-FUN-YMCA ext. 114 or go to www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

The Saint Louis Science Center and 3D Entertainment Distribution invite audiences to step back in time with the new giant screen theater film D-Day: Normandy 1944, which opens at the Science Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater on Friday, April 25.

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. D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world.

“We wanted to make a film to pay tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who gave their lives for our freedom 70 years ago. Regardless of nationality, virtually everyone today has a parent, grandparent or even a great-grandparent with a connection to World War II,” explained writer and director Pascal Vuong. “I thought for a long time about how to produce a large format documentary on this subject, and finally found my own way of telling this complex story to family audiences using a brand-new ‘cocktail,’ mixing innovative film techniques.”

 

Blending multiple cinematographic formats, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, D-Day: Normandy 1944 brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the very first time. Exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics, audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective in breathtaking OMNIMAX how this landing changed the course of history.

“What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history of mankind,” said Brokaw. “I originally thought this was going to be another traditional documentary featuring grainy black and white footage, but as soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant OMNIMAX screen, I found it irresistible.”

“After seeing this film, we think our audiences will feel a deeper gratitude for the courage and sacrifices of these champions of freedom,” said Bert Vescolani, president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center. “And, because we are a science center, we hope our audiences will discover a deeper appreciation of the science, engineering and technology involved in this monumental event.”

Over three years in the making and with a budget of $5 million, all live-action sequences for the film were shot exclusively on location in Normandy, France. No fewer than five CGI and visual special effects companies also collaborated under the creative leadership of N3D LAND Films to complete the 43-minute film.

For more information, visit slsc.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

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For more than 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books.

Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs. The 2014 Greater St. Louis Book Fair will start the evening of Thursday, April 24 and continue through Sunday April 27 at Macys at West County Center at the intersection of I270 and Manchester Road. (Lower level of Macy's east parking lot.) On Monday, April 28, the fair is open to nonprofits only.

More information: www.stlouisbookfair.org

Schedule:

Thursday, April 24: Opening Night – $10 General Admission. Opening remarks at 3:30 pm, Book fair open from 4 p.m. to  9 pm

Friday, April 25: Free admission 10 am - 8 pm.

Saturday, April 26: Shopping for Persons with Disabilities 9 am - 10 am. Free admission. Book fair open to all 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: Free  admission – Half-Price Day.  11 am - 6 pm.

Monday, April 28 Non-Profit Day - Closed to Public 7:30 am - 10:00 am.

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Chesterfield will host its own Earth Day Festival that's free and open to the public. Food trucks will be on hand, along with live music and refreshments. Attractions and activities include a tree and native plant giveaway, recycling drive-through, youth science fair competition, native garden grow-off, scout displays, green educators and vendors, and more.

Kids can make art projects from recycled materials with Chesterfield Arts and the St. Louis Teacher's Recycle Center - Van Go.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parkway West High School. Free.

More information: chesterfield.mo.us

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Get your kids pumped up about the great outdoors at Camp In’ Under the Arch, a special daytime event hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) in celebration of Junior Ranger Day. Camp In’ is held in air-conditioned comfort of the Gateway Arch Visitor Center and offers a variety of interactive activities to spur both novice and experienced campers’ excitement about heading outdoors.

In addition to learning how to pitch a pop-up tent, little campers will understand how to pack the perfect backpack for a day of hiking, including choosing the best equipment to take on a hike and understanding which items to leave at home. Kids will also identify trees by their leaves and branches, participate in mock campfire fun, and take part in a fishing activity to distinguish different species and learn about the Missouri Department of Conservation’s fishing regulations.

Participants will earn a special Junior Ranger Day patch.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Gateway Arch Visitor Center.

The event is free, and registration is not required. To learn more, visit gatewayarch.com

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Get kids moving and learning and find out about ways your whole family can have fun and be healthier at this free family event at your local YMCA branch.

At Healthy Kids Day, happening at YMCA branches across the St. Louis metro area, you can learn about the Y's programs for kids and adults, find out about summer camp opportunities, take part in games like kickball, take sampler classes, arts and crafts, face painting, enjoy free health screenings and lots more. Activities vary depending on the branch. Activities are free and open to the public.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information and to find your local YMCA branch, go to www.ymcastlouis.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

See short scenes from St. Louis' past move through the Missouri History Museum. Part of the Teens Make History Series.

11:30 a.m. Free. At the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Meet on the upper level between Currents and Reflections.

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Kids ages 4-11 can have fun with their friends at the J's Saturday Night Party Zone. They'll swim, make crafts, enjoy snacks and a picnic dinner, and watch a movie.

5 to 10 p.m.

Cost is $22 for members and $26 for non-members. Additional siblings are $13 for members and $17 for non-members. $5 additional fee if not registered by the Wednesday prior to the scheduled Party Zone.

At the JCC Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield.

More information and online registration: www.jccstl.com

 

Don't miss this rare opportunity to camp out with the elk and bison at Lone Elk Park. Families, scout groups, church groups, homeschool groups and others can join in a night hike, learn about trees, canoe on the lake, roast marshmallows over the fire, and in the morning, take part in releasing a rehabilitated bird of prey.

2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 27 at Lone Elk Park.

Reservations are required, and you must bring your own tents, camping gear dinner and breakfast. Cost is $12 per person.

More information: www.stlouisco.com

 

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Families can take a trip to the past and learn about the natural plant community that were present at Queeny Park prior to human settlement. You'll see firsthand the effort that are currently underway to convert areas of the park back to the prairie, woodland and savanna habitats that were historically located throughout the park landscape.

You can also take part in kids' crafts, bird banding, tree planting, exibits and goodies from the shaved ice truck. The event is free.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Queeny Park near Des Peres. More information: www.stlouisco.com

 

The Greater St. Louis Book Fair is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most popular charity book sales. For more than 60 years, book lovers and collectors have enjoyed bargain prices on a diverse and quality selection of new, gently-used and rare books.

Fair proceeds benefit local non-profit education and literacy programs. The 2014 Greater St. Louis Book Fair will start the evening of Thursday, April 24 and continue through Sunday April 27 at Macys at West County Center at the intersection of I270 and Manchester Road. (Lower level of Macy's east parking lot.) On Monday, April 28, the fair is open to nonprofits only.

More information: www.stlouisbookfair.org

Schedule:

Thursday, April 24: Opening Night – $10 General Admission. Opening remarks at 3:30 pm, Book fair open from 4 p.m. to  9 pm

Friday, April 25: Free admission 10 am - 8 pm.

Saturday, April 26: Shopping for Persons with Disabilities 9 am - 10 am. Free admission. Book fair open to all 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 27: Free  admission – Half-Price Day.  11 am - 6 pm.

Monday, April 28 Non-Profit Day - Closed to Public 7:30 am - 10:00 am.

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Spend an evening with the cowboys and cowgirls from the Triangle Y Ranch during Horse Overnight weekends at YMCA Trout Lodge. Meet the Wranglers at the Ranch and pair up with a trusty steed for a two-hour ride to a bluff overlooking beautiful Sunnen Lake.

Mount back up for a ride to the Ranch, where you’ll bed down for the night at a rustic campsite with dinner cooked over an open fire. The Triangle Y Wranglers will entertain you around a cozy campfire for an evening filled with plenty of good cowboy conversation and s’mores.

Wake up to breakfast cooked dutch-oven style on Sunday morning, then head back to the barn for a short trail ride before enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. $99 per person; ages 10 and up only; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of 12 people and minimum of 6.

More information: www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Parent and child getaways support the health of parent/child relationships. This is why YMCA Trout Lodge offers special weekends full of amazing activities designed for quality parent-child time together.

There are Father-Daughter, Father-Son and Mother-Son categories, and each one has awesome activities for both you and your child: Archery, riflery, climbing tower, zip line, trail ride, hayride, tie dyeing and more.

The weekend package also includes lodging and three full meals per day. All you have to do is have an amazing adventure together! For more information call Judy Gillam at 1-888-FUN-YMCA ext. 114 or go to www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Kids ages 7-13 will have the opportunity to go the distance in this triathlon just for them. Kids will have the opportunity to swim, bike andd run with others their age in this event designed to boost confidence and encourage a lifetime of physical activity. Parents can root their children on! 

Check in begins at 7:15 a.m., event begins at 8 a.m.  

More information: www.ymcastlouis.org

Locations: 
St. Charles County

Enjoy a morning of family fun at the OEC Outpost inside Babler State Park. Play a one-of-a-kind weather game, get crafty with wind veins, and even make a cloud identifier. Don't just learn about weather; experience it with these fun interactive activities! Bring out the whole family for some wacky weather fun.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. 9 a.m. to noon.

More information: rockwood.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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Camp Lakewood Open House are designed to give you and your children and teens the opportunity to meet the camp directors, ask questions and see the beautiful property. You'll get a tour of the camp, be able to speak with camp staff and be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime at YMCA Camp Lakewood.

2014 Open House Dates:

  • March 23, 1-4 p.m.
  • April 13, 1-4 p.m.
  • April 27, 1-4 p.m.
  • May 4, 1-4 p.m.

If you cannot make it to one of the Open Houses and would like a tour of the camp and the opportunity to meet with camp directors, call the Camp Lakewood office at 314-241-9622.

YMCA Camp Lakewood's summer overnight camp for kids ages 6-17, provides a well-rounded experience for campers, by getting them outdoors to connect with nature. With a 360-acre lake, over 5,000 acres of forest-covered hills, caves, creeks, and more, there are many opportunities for natural exploration and experiential learning.

YMCA Camp Lakewood is located 75 miles south of St. Louis between Potosi and Steelville, Missouri. It is a branch of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis and is accredited by the American Camp Association.

More information: www.camplakewood.org

Parent and child getaways support the health of parent/child relationships. This is why YMCA Trout Lodge offers special weekends full of amazing activities designed for quality parent-child time together.

There are Father-Daughter, Father-Son and Mother-Son categories, and each one has awesome activities for both you and your child: Archery, riflery, climbing tower, zip line, trail ride, hayride, tie dyeing and more.

The weekend package also includes lodging and three full meals per day. All you have to do is have an amazing adventure together! For more information call Judy Gillam at 1-888-FUN-YMCA ext. 114 or go to www.ymcaoftheozarks.org

Enjoy live entertainment, fun educational activities, keeper chats and more at Earth Day: Party for the Planet.

Pick up a map of events — the 2014 Earth Day Event Passport — at either Zoo entrance, and head for Earth Day stations around the Zoo. Participants will visit the event stations, complete an activity or craft and receive a stamp to solve a mystery word. Visitors with at least three stamps and the solution for the mystery word can bring their passports to either entrance and redeem a prize.

Throughout the day, there will be Keeper Chats and Enrichment Activities at Big Cat Country, Sea Lion Sound, Red Rocks, the Herpetarium, Bird House, Fragile Forest, Primate House and the Children's Zoo. For a detailed schedule click here

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Admission to the Zoo (and Earth Day activities) is free. Admission to the Children's Zoo is $4 per person for ages 2 and up (children under 2 are free). The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

More information: www.stlzoo.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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