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Saturday, August 30, 2014

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

 

Visit Dinosaurs in Motion at the Saint Louis Science Center on Saturdays this summer and get hands-on with local artists. Artists will be on site in the exhibition with activities and demonstrations helping you and your kids discover where art and science meet!

Each Saturday has a different theme, and activities include watercolors, printmaking, quilt artistry, illustration, comic book art, 3D printing and lots more.

Activities will be ongoing throughout the day during regular hours. More information: slsc.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

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: worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Your family can enjoy guided walking tours, bonsai, cooking, martial arts and origami demonstrations, sumo wrestling, special activities for kids, including the anime movie Children Who Chase Lost Voices, ice sculptures, dance, storytelling and lots more.

The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (grounds will remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelit walks), and Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and kids ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 3-12; $5 for Garden members, and free for children of Garden members ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and under.

Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

For more information and to see the daily schedule: www.mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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

Kids in fifth grade and up, along with their parents, can spend an afternoon learning about the heart and cardiovascular system in this hands-on experience offered by the Young Scientist Program of Washington University School of Medicine. Using real, human anatomical specimens, attendees will get a glimps of real medical training.

Cost is $10 ($8 for members) per person.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. Call 314-289-4424 for reservations. More information: www.slsc.org

This is the first in a four-part series, and families can register for one or all of the workshops. For information about the entire series, click here

Locations: 
St. Louis

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, August 31, 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:

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

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: 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

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Your family can enjoy guided walking tours, bonsai, cooking, martial arts and origami demonstrations, sumo wrestling, special activities for kids, including the anime movie Children Who Chase Lost Voices, ice sculptures, dance, storytelling and lots more.

The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (grounds will remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelit walks), and Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and kids ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 3-12; $5 for Garden members, and free for children of Garden members ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and under.

Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

For more information and to see the daily schedule: www.mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Bring your family to defy gravity at the Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center! Take a trapeze class and learn to fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

Sunday Fun Days include free juggling lessons for all ages from 4-5 p.m.

The Circus Harmony Flying Trapeze Center is located under the train shed across from the Hard Rock Cafe at Union Station.

More information: circusday.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Monday, September 1, 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

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Your family can enjoy guided walking tours, bonsai, cooking, martial arts and origami demonstrations, sumo wrestling, special activities for kids, including the anime movie Children Who Chase Lost Voices, ice sculptures, dance, storytelling and lots more.

The festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (grounds will remain open until 10 p.m. for candlelit walks), and Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and kids ages 13 and older; $5 for ages 3-12; $5 for Garden members, and free for children of Garden members ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and under.

Since 1977, the Missouri Botanical Garden has produced the annual Japanese Festival in conjunction with the Japanese Activities Committee, a coalition of several Japanese-American organizations that provide art, dance, food and entertainment for thousands of visitors each year.

For more information and to see the daily schedule: www.mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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