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Friday, August 14, 2015

Enjoy a fun evening with your kids listening to live music from some of St. Louis' most whimsical bands at The Magic House. Grooving in the Garden takes place July 10, August 14, and September 11 and is included with admission to The Magic House.

Kids can play in the museum's front garden and everyone can enjoy specials from the Picnic Basket Cafe.

4 to 7 p.m. Included with admission to The Magic House.

More information: magichouse.org

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

It's the food truck event that started them all!  Local food trucks gather for an evening of friends, fun and plenty of good food. St. Louis' favorite mobile restaurants will be dishing out fresh fare in Tower Grove Park.

The 2015 season brings new offerings of food and beverages, entertainment and local charity contributions.

Sponsored by Sauce Magazine. Composting and recycling is available on-site. Bring seating (blankets or chairs).

2015 Food Truck Fridays are scheduled for:

  • May 8: 4-8 p.m.
  • June 12: 4-8 p.m.
  • July 10: 4-8 p.m.
  • Aug. 14: 4-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: 4-7:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 2: 3:30-7 p.m.

At Tower Grove Park along Southwest Drive. More information: saucemagazine.com/foodtruckfriday

 

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

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

Little ones will hear stories about things that make them go "Eww!"

 

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

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

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

At Great Green Adventures: Harvest Time! kids will explore fruits and vegetables growing in the Garden.

Great Green Adventures are drop-in activities that explore a special part of the Missouri Botanical Garden on the third Saturday of each month. Learn about plants, nature and green living through hands-on activities, journaling, stories and games.

Great Green Adventures are designed for ages 6–12. Adults may accompany up to three children. Younger siblings may attend.

  • 10:30  to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 
  • No pre-registration needed
  • $3 per child under 12
  • Free for Garden members

Meet at the Children’s Garden Ticket Fort. At the Missouri Botanical Garden.

More information: www.mobot.org

 

Locations: 
South City, St. Louis

Sunday, August 16, 2015

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 and are for all ages. Most art activities are designed to be simple enought for ages 4 and up to enjoy, yet complex enough that more experienced young artists can take their projects to the next level. 

2 to 4 p.m. More information: laumeiersculpturepark.org

 

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

 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Bedtime can be a challenge, but these stories can make it better.

 

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.

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Toddler Tuesdays at the World Chess Hall of Fame are designed for children ages birth to 3 and their parents or caregivers. Each session has a different theme developed to engage young minds. Activities focus on creative and cognitive development. There are also light refreshments and time for socializing. 

Cost is $5 per adult/child pair, one adult per child. Free for members.

More information and to RSVP: worldchesshof.org

Stock photo

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

St. Louisans love Food Truck events! Gather with friends and family in Tilles Park for live music and some of St. Louis' favorite food trucks. 

5 to 8 p.m.

More information: stlouisco.com

 

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Bedtime can be a challenge, but these stories can make it better.

 

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.

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

Visit the Animal Protective Association (APA) of Missouri for a free story time for preschoolers and help foster their love of animals. Stories will be led by APA Education Director Jennifer Blome and other special guests. Kids will learn about caring for our four-legged friends as well as be entertained by fun stories.

The APA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing people and pets together, advancing humane education and creating programs beneficial to the human/animal bond.

The free story time is open to all. 10:30 to 11 a.m.

More information: apamo.org

Photo of Jennifer Blome courtesy of APA of Missouri

 

 

Locations: 
St. Louis County
Age Ranges: 
Preschool

Come to Frontier Park in historic St. Charles along the Missouri River for Food Truck evenings. Enjoy live music as you indulge in a variety of foods from popular food trucks. Bringing your own lawn chair or blanket is recommended. 

5-8 p.m. in Frontier Park, St. Charles.

More information: stcharlesparks.com

Locations: 
St. Charles County
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Enjoy a free summer lunchtime 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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The St. Louis Public Library hosts this free concert series right on the steps of the Central Library location once a month through September. Families are welcome to enjoy live music outdoors. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Learn more about these concerts and a list of band performances in our feature story.

More information: slpl.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Enjoy a fun play time at the Carousel in Faust Park. Kids ages 5 and under, along with a parent or caregiver, can enjoy the play room and unlimited rides on the carousel between 10 a.m. and noon.

Great for play groups. Cost is $8 per child, which includes the parent or caregiver.

For more information, check the St. Louis County Parks Facebook page or call 314-615-8345.

Join the Great Rivers Greenway's Walk to the Wharf event every Thursday this summer. You'll hear live music and enjoy lunchtime fare from some of St. Louis' most popular food trucks as you eat lunch along the Mississippi. 

The walking route takes participants on a stroll past the Old Cathedral, through the Arch Grounds and to the newly reopened Leanor K. Sullivan Boulevard.

Free. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More information: greatriversgreenway.org

UPDATE: 7/1/15: The July 2 Walk to the Wharf has been cancelled due to flooding.

 

Locations: 
St. Louis
Age Ranges: 
All Ages

Explore Laumeier Sculpture Park with your little one during a free Stroller Tour. Tours are led by trained Laumeier Docents and museum educators, and are outdoors, so dress for the weather.

Stroller tours begin at 10 a.m. and are free. Reservations are only required for groups of 10 or more. Tours meet at the Tony Tasset's Eye sculpture.

More information: laumeiersculpturepark.org

 

Friday, August 21, 2015

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

Insect defenses and insects' role in our ecosystems will be explored in this fun, hands-on, workshop led by Mad Science. After learning about insects, children will use their new knowledge to make their own bug model to take home. 

For ages 3-6. Free, but registration is required. This workshop will be held at the following branches of the St. Louis County Library:

July 2 at 10 a.m. at Prairie Commons Branch

July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Oak Bend Branch

July 11 at 10 a.m. at the Tesson Ferry Branch

July 15 at 2 p.m. at the Natural Bridge Branch

July 23 at 10 a.m. at the Lewis & Clark Branch (call 314-994-3300)

August 21 at 10 a.m. at the Samuel C. Sachs Branch

To register and for more information, click on the session you'd like your child to attend.

Part of the STArt@Your Library Program.

 

 

 

 

Age Ranges: 
Preschool

Bedtime can be a challenge, but these stories can make it better.

 

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.

 

More information: mohistory.org

 

Locations: 
St. Louis

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

Some of the best things in life are free! The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm to 9 pm.

These special nights enable a family (no more than two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge. Reservations are not required.

More information: magichouse.org

Age Ranges: 
All Ages

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