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To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, many family attractions have closed temporarily. In the meantime, we invite our readers to enjoy virtual events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. When you do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks, practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. To learn why social distancing is important and effective in lessening the spread of COVID-19, hear from Dr. Alexis Elward, Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Saint Louis Zoo Announces Opening Date for Summer 2020; New Safety Protocols

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced it will reopen Saturday, June 13 with new protocols for visitors, including requiring timed reservations and face masks, and limiting attendance to better allow for social distancing. All Zoo staff will wear face masks and all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while visiting. 

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Summer Camps Go Virtual for 2020

Summer camps that serve kids and teens in the St. Louis area are expanding options online in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in some cases offering live, interactive, virtual camps. In addition, some camps are offering spring camps and classes you can sign your kids up for right now. Some traditional camps have also lowered camp enrollment limits and instituted safety checklists for in-person camps. 

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Parenting During the Pandemic: Overwhelmed and Exhausted

No, last Saturday I didn’t plant a victory garden or make a sourdough starter. I wasn’t the mom who created movie tickets and set up a concession stand in my house for movie night (seriously, WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS and how did word get back to my kids?). I stayed on the couch all day and hissed at anyone who invaded my territory. Like millions of other parents juggling homeschooling and working from home, I’m beat.

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Family Time: These St. Louis Organizations Have Leveled-Up Their Online Resources to Enrich Your Stay-at-Home Life

St. Louis family attractions and businesses are providing lots of ways to entertain your kids and enrich your stay-at-home time as a family. Spend some time on the screen and experience what's new at the Saint Louis Zoo or take a tour of The Magic House, MADE for Kids. Take learning to the next level with online classes from Mad Science, the Saint Louis Chess Club, and Little Medical School. Or learn to juggle with Circus Harmony. You can even watch a snake feeding frenzy live! Here's where to find the fun: 

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Old School Home School: My Kids Are Going to Learn Like It’s 1991

Congratulations. You are now your kids' de facto teacher. But in this time of high anxiety, you get to decide what your "school" will look like and what your kids really need. I'm absolutely sure that what none of us need right now is more stress. To that end, I decided my kids need some current-day instruction mixed in with as many practical life lessons as I could pass along from my own growing-up years: the 1990s. 

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Explore Purina Farms: Amazing Canines
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Purina Farms is bringing the best of the farm to your home every week! You can virtually explore Purina Farms through videos featuring the animals, dog trainers and others who work there, as well as the pets who work and play at Purina Farms every day. Each day of the week features videos on a variety of topics including animal connections, training tips and responsible pet care advice for kids. 

 

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Science @ Home with the Saint Louis Science Center
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Science Louis Science Center is continuing to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning through its online Science @ Home series! Visit the Science Center's web site or social media channels for DIY science experiments that can be done at home, Amazing Science Demonstrations from the Science Center's Energy Stage team, connections to local scientists, astronomy updates from the McDonnell Planetarium, live chats and more. Content is designed for all ages. 

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Magic At Home with The Magic House
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The Magic House is bringing innovative, hands-on learning to you at home with its #MagicAtHome series of interactive, instructional online presentations. The Magic At Home series of activities includes lots of fun projects that you can make at home with common materials. The easy-to-follow directions mean your kids can make paper sculpture, do shaving cream marble painting, create make-your-own flowers, go "fishin," make TP roll animals, make salad spin art and more.

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Virtual Homeschool Day: Happy 200th Birthday James Eads!
Wednesday, May 27, 2020

James Buchanan Eads was an engineer, inventor, and treasure hunter who had a profound influence on St. Louis and our riverfront. The Eads Bridge is still a fixture of downtown St. Louis. Celebrate the 200th birthday of James Eads with a day of learning from the Missouri History Museum. 

 

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Saint Louis Zoo Announces Opening Date for Summer 2020; New Safety Protocols

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced it will reopen Saturday, June 13 with new protocols for visitors, including requiring timed reservations and face masks, and limiting attendance to better allow for social distancing. All Zoo staff will wear face masks and all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while visiting. 

Continue reading »
Summer Camps Go Virtual for 2020

Summer camps that serve kids and teens in the St. Louis area are expanding options online in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in some cases offering live, interactive, virtual camps. In addition, some camps are offering spring camps and classes you can sign your kids up for right now. Some traditional camps have also lowered camp enrollment limits and instituted safety checklists for in-person camps. 

Continue reading »
Family Time: These St. Louis Organizations Have Leveled-Up Their Online Resources to Enrich Your Stay-at-Home Life

St. Louis family attractions and businesses are providing lots of ways to entertain your kids and enrich your stay-at-home time as a family. Spend some time on the screen and experience what's new at the Saint Louis Zoo or take a tour of The Magic House, MADE for Kids. Take learning to the next level with online classes from Mad Science, the Saint Louis Chess Club, and Little Medical School. Or learn to juggle with Circus Harmony. You can even watch a snake feeding frenzy live! Here's where to find the fun: 

Continue reading »
Parenting During the Pandemic: Overwhelmed and Exhausted

No, last Saturday I didn’t plant a victory garden or make a sourdough starter. I wasn’t the mom who created movie tickets and set up a concession stand in my house for movie night (seriously, WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS and how did word get back to my kids?). I stayed on the couch all day and hissed at anyone who invaded my territory. Like millions of other parents juggling homeschooling and working from home, I’m beat.

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Accumulating Children: A Beginner's Guide

The key to successfully going from one, to two, to three kids is really just learning how to determine whose immediate need is more life-threatening. Plus, you stop judging parents who put their kids on leashes.

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