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Friday, July 31, 2015

On four Friday evenings this summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum will host free outdoor movies, art labs for kids and food trucks on Art Hill. This year, the film series features classic movies that have major anniversaries, like Jaws and Back to the Future.

The fun and festivities begin at 6 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 Revel Kitchen, Sia's Italian Ice, Pie Oh My, Completely Sauced, Slice of the Hill, Sarah's Cake Stop, Holy Crepe, Zia's, Brazil Express and lots more. The museum's cafe will also be open until 9 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

July 10: Movie: Back to the Future (1985). Art Lab: Kids can craft their own upcycled bow tie or corsage to make sure they're McFly enough for the Under the Sea Dance.

July 17: Movie: Jaws (1975). Art Lab: Kids can design a set of cork coasters with printed quotes from the movie, like "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

July 24: Clueless (1995). Art Lab: Kids can decorate a stylish cotton tote bag.

July 31: Sound of Music (1965). Art Lab: Kids will create custom greeting card collages featuring rain drops on roses, whiskers on kittens and other favorite things.

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 will hear stories about vegetables and what makes them so fun.

 

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. 

 

At the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Free.

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

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.

NEW!  ROBOTS Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too distant future are simply revolutionary – and they are becoming eerily like us. What does it take to make a humanoid robot – a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain? Why are humans attempting to create humanoids in the first place? ROBOTS answers these questions and many more as it showcases the latest developments, successes and failures of robots around the world and how humanoids are already changing the world.

Now Playing:

Humpback Whales. Their songs captured our hearts and their story will inspire you forever. An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga for an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year.

NEW! Journey to Space. Using exclusive interviews with astronauts and spectacular space footage, Journey to Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers. Viewers will witness unique views of Earth and operations in space, such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the Shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station. Plus, you'll learn about the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteriods.

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 Humpback Whales:

 

Watch a preview of ROBOTS:

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park features shows in the Orthwein StarBay daily. A 25-minute day sky Planetarium Show plays daily, along with:

• The Little Star That Could. Recommended for early childhood groups, The Little Star That Could is the story of an average star that travels the universe and makes many discoveries along the way.

• Live Sky: Southern Stars: This show, recommended for grades 6-12, takes you on a quick trip to see the stars as they appear at the North Pole, then heads south of the Equator to see constellations that never appear in St. Louis skies.

• Live Sky Tonight. This all live show features the Planetarium projector showing a brilliant simulated night on the Planetarium's 80-foot dome. The show, recommended for all ages, features what is currently visible in the night sky, including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events, such as meteor showers or comets. It also features current space exploration such as the rover on Mars.

After the show, you can take a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station to learn about living and working in space.

Admission is free for members of the Saint Louis Science Center, Non-member adults are $6, children and seniors are $5 and military personnel at $4.

Shows play daily hourly on the half hour. For a schedule and more information, go to slsc.org/planetarium-shows

At the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park.

 

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

The National Park Service presents this free, one-hour program for families at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. Each theme-based program offers hands-on opportunities to learn about St. Louis and the westward expansion of the 1800s.

Children will also create a craft project related to the day's theme. Themes include Colonial St. Louis, Lewis & Clark. Mountain Men, Pioneers, and Plains Indians.

10 to 11 a.m. Free. For reservations, call 877-982-1410.

More information: gatewayarch.com

 

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

See thousands of colorful and ornate lanterns light up the night sky when this ancient Chinese tradition returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the summer season. The Lantern Festival features 22 all-new sets of lanterns crafted from silk and steel, offering visitors the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.

Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture dating back thousands of years. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities. The 22 sets that make up the Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined are constructed using traditional materials including silk, wire and porcelain. Each set is accompanied by interpretation detailing the design's tradition, symbolism and meaning.

The Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined is open Thursday-Sunday evenings from 6-10 p.m. through July 31, and then nightly through August 23 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tickets are $26 for adults ($13 for members) and $10 for children ages 3-12 ($5 for member's children). Daytime viewing is included with regular Garden admission. 

More information and tickets: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo by John Evans.

 

Locations: 
South City, St. Louis
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 12 p.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

Kids ages 6 and up will learn about mammals living in Missouri, touch animal pelts and skulls. Part of the Super Summer Series at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood.

10 to 11 a.m. 

Free. For reservations, call 314-301-1500.

More information: mdc.mo.gov

Saturday, August 1, 2015

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 and meet some individual birds too.

For all ages. Free. On Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park.

More information: worldbirdsanctuary.org

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 6: Big Hero 6,  8:15 p.m.

July 11:  Annnie, (2014) 8:15 p.m.

August 1: Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, 8 p.m.

September 5: Cinderella (2014), 7:15 p.m.

More information: cityofedwardsville.com

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

See thousands of colorful and ornate lanterns light up the night sky when this ancient Chinese tradition returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the summer season. The Lantern Festival features 22 all-new sets of lanterns crafted from silk and steel, offering visitors the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.

Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture dating back thousands of years. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities. The 22 sets that make up the Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined are constructed using traditional materials including silk, wire and porcelain. Each set is accompanied by interpretation detailing the design's tradition, symbolism and meaning.

The Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined is open Thursday-Sunday evenings from 6-10 p.m. through July 31, and then nightly through August 23 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tickets are $26 for adults ($13 for members) and $10 for children ages 3-12 ($5 for member's children). Daytime viewing is included with regular Garden admission. 

More information and tickets: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo by John Evans.

 

Locations: 
South City, 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.

NEW!  ROBOTS Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too distant future are simply revolutionary – and they are becoming eerily like us. What does it take to make a humanoid robot – a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain? Why are humans attempting to create humanoids in the first place? ROBOTS answers these questions and many more as it showcases the latest developments, successes and failures of robots around the world and how humanoids are already changing the world.

Now Playing:

Humpback Whales. Their songs captured our hearts and their story will inspire you forever. An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga for an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year.

NEW! Journey to Space. Using exclusive interviews with astronauts and spectacular space footage, Journey to Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers. Viewers will witness unique views of Earth and operations in space, such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the Shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station. Plus, you'll learn about the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteriods.

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 Humpback Whales:

 

Watch a preview of ROBOTS:

 

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.

  • July 11 and August 1 at the JCC Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur.
  • July 18 and August 22 at the JCC Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield.

More information and online registration: www.jccstl.com

 

Your kids will provide the imagination and the library will provide the toys at Construction Junction. Kids have been playing with building toys since the library was founded 150 years ago. At this free event, they'll get to play and build wit the toys of today as well as the toys of our grandparent's generation.

There will be LEGO bricks, K'Nex, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, Erector sets and even Play-Doh. 

11 a.m.. to noon at the Central Library branch of the St. Louis Public Library. Free. 

More information: slpl.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Explore and learn about the lives of one of the world's most mysterious creatures: Dinosaurs! In this program, designed for ages 5 and up accompanied by an adult, kids will discover how dinosaurs ate, learn about dinosaur anatomy and examine real fossils. Plus, they'll make their own cast of a real dinosaur tooth! 

This program is fun for kids, families and adults. Tickets are $7 per person ($5 for members) and space is limited. One adult per four children is required. 

1 to 2 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. 

More information and tickets: slsc.org

Stock photo

Locations: 
St. Louis

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

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park features shows in the Orthwein StarBay daily. A 25-minute day sky Planetarium Show plays daily, along with:

• The Little Star That Could. Recommended for early childhood groups, The Little Star That Could is the story of an average star that travels the universe and makes many discoveries along the way.

• Live Sky: Southern Stars: This show, recommended for grades 6-12, takes you on a quick trip to see the stars as they appear at the North Pole, then heads south of the Equator to see constellations that never appear in St. Louis skies.

• Live Sky Tonight. This all live show features the Planetarium projector showing a brilliant simulated night on the Planetarium's 80-foot dome. The show, recommended for all ages, features what is currently visible in the night sky, including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events, such as meteor showers or comets. It also features current space exploration such as the rover on Mars.

After the show, you can take a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station to learn about living and working in space.

Admission is free for members of the Saint Louis Science Center, Non-member adults are $6, children and seniors are $5 and military personnel at $4.

Shows play daily hourly on the half hour. For a schedule and more information, go to slsc.org/planetarium-shows

At the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park.

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Joins the St. Louis R2 Builders Group at the Saint Louis Science Center and check out the droids they have built! This display is part of the Science Center's new exhibit Alien Worlds and Androids.

Alien Worlds and Androids brings the work of scientists to life in an exhibition that presents the possibility of life existing beyond Earth through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories. Visitors will joins scientists in their search for alien life as they explore technologies used to examine remote solar systems and Earth's extreme environments, discover alien-like creatures found on our planet and learn about scientific developments of robots and androids with artificial intelligence. You'll explore nine thematic areas that address the question that has fascinated man for centuries: Are we alone?

Admission to Alien Worlds and Androids is $6 for Science Center members and $8 for non-members.

More information: slsc.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Kids ages 3 to 12 can celebrate the beginning of another school year at the Back to School Bash at the Center of Clayton. Mad Science, Abra-Kid-Abra and Bricks 4 Kidz will provide games, hands-on workshops and entertainment. 

All proceeds from the event benefit KidSmart, which provides school supplies to kids in need across the metro St. Louis area. Cost is $8 per child in advance or $10 at the door. 

More information: centerofclayton.com

 

Locations: 
St. Louis County

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 and meet some individual birds too.

For all ages. Free. On Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. At the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park.

More information: worldbirdsanctuary.org

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park features shows in the Orthwein StarBay daily. A 25-minute day sky Planetarium Show plays daily, along with:

• The Little Star That Could. Recommended for early childhood groups, The Little Star That Could is the story of an average star that travels the universe and makes many discoveries along the way.

• Live Sky: Southern Stars: This show, recommended for grades 6-12, takes you on a quick trip to see the stars as they appear at the North Pole, then heads south of the Equator to see constellations that never appear in St. Louis skies.

• Live Sky Tonight. This all live show features the Planetarium projector showing a brilliant simulated night on the Planetarium's 80-foot dome. The show, recommended for all ages, features what is currently visible in the night sky, including constellations, planets, current Moon phase and any other special astronomical events, such as meteor showers or comets. It also features current space exploration such as the rover on Mars.

After the show, you can take a self-guided tour of the Boeing Space Station to learn about living and working in space.

Admission is free for members of the Saint Louis Science Center, Non-member adults are $6, children and seniors are $5 and military personnel at $4.

Shows play daily hourly on the half hour. For a schedule and more information, go to slsc.org/planetarium-shows

At the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park.

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

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.

NEW!  ROBOTS Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing. Those coming in the not-too distant future are simply revolutionary – and they are becoming eerily like us. What does it take to make a humanoid robot – a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain? Why are humans attempting to create humanoids in the first place? ROBOTS answers these questions and many more as it showcases the latest developments, successes and failures of robots around the world and how humanoids are already changing the world.

Now Playing:

Humpback Whales. Their songs captured our hearts and their story will inspire you forever. An extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature's most awe-inspiring marine mammals, Humpback Whales takes audiences to Alaska, Hawaii and the remote islands of Tonga for an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young. Captured for the first time with IMAX® cameras, and found in every ocean on earth, humpbacks were nearly driven to extinction 50 years ago, but today are making a steady recovery. Join a team of researchers as they unlock the secrets of the humpback and find out what makes humpbacks the most acrobatic of all whales, why they sing their haunting songs, and why these intelligent 50-foot, 48-ton animals migrate more than 6,000 miles round-trip every year.

NEW! Journey to Space. Using exclusive interviews with astronauts and spectacular space footage, Journey to Space puts into historical context the magnificent contributions made by the Space Shuttle program and its intrepid space pioneers. Viewers will witness unique views of Earth and operations in space, such as deploying and repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, and how the Shuttle launched and assembled the International Space Station. Plus, you'll learn about the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteriods.

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 Humpback Whales:

 

Watch a preview of ROBOTS:

 

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.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At The Butterfly House in Faust Park.

More information: butterflyhouse.org

 

See thousands of colorful and ornate lanterns light up the night sky when this ancient Chinese tradition returns to the Missouri Botanical Garden for the summer season. The Lantern Festival features 22 all-new sets of lanterns crafted from silk and steel, offering visitors the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia.

Lantern festivals are a central part of Chinese culture dating back thousands of years. Today, lantern festivals traditionally mark the Chinese New Year, when complex and ornate lanterns fill cities. The 22 sets that make up the Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined are constructed using traditional materials including silk, wire and porcelain. Each set is accompanied by interpretation detailing the design's tradition, symbolism and meaning.

The Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined is open Thursday-Sunday evenings from 6-10 p.m. through July 31, and then nightly through August 23 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Tickets are $26 for adults ($13 for members) and $10 for children ages 3-12 ($5 for member's children). Daytime viewing is included with regular Garden admission. 

More information and tickets: mobot.org

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Photo by John Evans.

 

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

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