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2020 Summer Camp Guide

We found 39 camps that match your search.
YMCA Summer Camp

The Gateway Region YMCA will hold summer camps as planned in 2020 and will follow CDC-recommended public health guidelines. While summer camp may look different this summer, families can count on an exceptional experience for their children. At the YMCA, we provide a fun, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. The Y offers DOZENS of camps for all interests, including traditional outdoor camps, a huge variety of sports camps, and themed camps for every interest – like aquatics, cooking, art, theater, science, music and so much more! We also have a few locations that offer preschool camp. Across 22 branch locations in both Missouri and Illinois, the Y runs camp weekly May 28 - August 9. Available for ages 3-17. Full-day and some half-day camps available. Camp ages, types, schedules and prices vary by branch. 

Fun Club, the Y's Before and After Camp Care, is available at select branches. We also offer early sign up discounts for up to three weeks of camp!

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Bricks 4 Kidz Minecraft Gaming, Video Game Design, Robotics, Star Wars and LEGO Building Camps

Online classes are being offered right now in Scratch programming, robotics, LEGO building, and Minecraft Gaming! Online and in-person camps will be offered this summer as well. Click here to learn more about online classes and camps.

Bricks 4 Kidz summer camps are a great way to learn STEM topics, building moving models from technic LEGO bricks, 3D brick building, and more! Build self-confidence and problem-solving skills. Foster teamwork and collaboration. Spark imagination. We offer basic brick building themed camps (Star Wars, Minecraft, Super Heroes, and more), Robotics camps, Video Game Design, Minecraft Gaming and more. 

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Miss Kelly's Gym Summer Camps

Need a fun way to beat the heat this summer? Summer Camps at Miss Kelly's are a great way for kids ages 3-10 to burn off some energy all while learning and playing with friends. Camps are packed full of physical activities, gymnastics, and crafts – all in a fun, non-competitive environment. Each camp week will have a new, exciting theme that your child is sure to love!

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Lavner Camps at Wash U

Lavner Camps at WashU – The World's #1 Summer Enrichment Camp. 

We offer in-person and virtual Summer STEM Camps. We also have virtual Spring Tech Camps happening right now! 

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  • Save $75/week for the first child's enrollment in 3+ camp weeks.
  • Save $100/week for each additional sibling's enrollment in 3+ camp weeks.

Lavner Camps, held at WashU, leads the industry in specialty camps and summer enrichment camps. Lavner Camps offers 30+ cutting edge STEM and Creative Arts camps at WashU. Lavner campers enroll in one camp each week, pursue their passions, discover new interests, improve skills, build self-confidence, get a head start, and have access to award-winning camp programs all summer. Lavner Camps are developed by a leadership team with educational backgrounds from the University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Penn Engineering, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, UCLA Graduate School of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education and more.

Campers develop in-demand skills through hands-on, experiential learning in Robotics, Coding, Game Design, Minecraft, Roblox, Spy Tech, YouTube Video Production, Graphic Design with Custom Converse/Vans Shoes, Film, Artificial Intelligence, Space Camp, Scratch, Python, Java, and much more. 

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Metro Theater Company

Learning and play can still be part of your child's summer even while they stay safe and healthy through social distancing! Whether it's playing with sculpture, storytelling and song at Creative Arts Camp, or learning how to audition for a play at Grand Theater Camp, MTC's professional teaching artists bring fun and growth through the arts to campers of all ages. This year, in response to COVID-19, Metro Theater Company has moved all summer camps to an online platform, making them more affordable but equally as engaging as their usual in-person summer programs.

Students will need a secure internet connection, including a microphone and web camera to participate fully in camp. Instruction will be a mix of full group activities, small group activities, and at-home activities to ensure a balance of creative fun in between screen time. There will still be a digital performance for family and friends to enjoy at the conclusion of the program.

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Summer Art Camps & Teen Art Program at Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier offers one-week themed Summer Art Camps in half-day morning sessions for ages 4 to 6 and full-day sessions for ages 6-12. Camp registration is open and camps are currently scheduled to move ahead as planned. Participants learn about art in a camp setting with field day activities; weekly pool visits; gallery exhibition excursions; and treks through the Park and woodland trails. Campers (divided into groups by age) develop their artistic abilities using a variety of art media and processes including drawing, painting, sculpting and more, while learning about art conservation and history, inspiring new ideas to create their very own masterpiece. Help your child find their inner artist through a week immersed in art and nature!

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Code Ninjas Summer Camp

Code Ninjas offers fun and rewarding coding camps for kids ages 7-14. Camps include Program & Play in Python, Game Builders' Club, Code Drones, Beginning Javascript, Minecraft Create, Roblox Create, Robopro: Beginners, Robopro: Advanced, Browse & Build, Hack Attack!, Storytelling in Scratch, Roblox Royale, and Minecraft Modding!  Code Ninjas plans to move forward with summer camps as planned in 2020. Camps have limited enrollment, and begin June 1. 

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YMCA Camp Lakewood

YMCA Camp Lakewood is not just any overnight summer camp. It's that special time at the perfect place, with friends and memories your children will take with them throughout the rest of their lives. Help them to high-five every accomplishment, celebrate their growing independence and wonder of the world around them through the gift of overnight summer camp.

While campers love the sports, horseback riding, arts & crafts, water activities, caving, climbing, ziplining, camp games and more, great kids are grown into well-rounded individuals by also teaching respect, responsibility, belonging and accomplishment. Children gain knowledge of the world around them through culturally diverse staff, all within the incredibly fun and safe environment of the Y. This is why campers call Camp Lakewood "My Camp!"

 

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Mathnasium 'Summer Workout' Program

Mathnasium Summer Programs are all about preventing summer learning loss and helping students prepare for what lies ahead. For some students, that means a solid review of previous material. Others benefit from previewing upcoming concepts. Mathnasium offers programs for elementary, middle and high school students. Check out the newest program: Mathnasium@Home!

Skills we teach: Times tables, fraction concepts, multiplication/division readiness, fractional parts, factors & multiples, ratios & proportions, integers, area & perimeter, reading charts & graphs, measurements, word problem solving, percent, decimal, & fraction concepts, algebraic thinking, and more.

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Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp

Both in-person and online summer camp are on at Sweetology! Space is limited for in-store camps and special health precautions will be taken for in-store camps Sprinkle summer with sweet creativity, fun and smiles! At Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp, campers will learn the basics of cake decorating, making frosting, basic design, how to frost a cake, cake decorating tools and uses, piping basic borders and designs, working with fondant and more. We'll explore playing with food to create delicious edible art projects and campers will bring home their edible creations throughout the week. No previous decorating experience is required. Each session is limited to 8-10 campers. Open to youth entering grades 1-8, 3-day and 5-day programs feature one of three delightful camp themes: As Seen on TV, Furry Friends, and Under the Sea.

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Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation: Next Stop Broadway

Program dates are August 3-7. Registrations are still being accepted! Young performers ages 10-18, of all skill levels, are invited to register for a week-long performing arts program taught by Broadway professionals. The week consists of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. The staff of Broadway professionals teaches "cast members" songs and choreography from two hit shows from the "Golden Age of Broadway." Cast members create their own presentations based on shows in the 2020-21 Fabulous Fox Theatre season and other hit musicals. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program includes a mid-week "edu-tainment" segment, highlighted by film clips of the Broadway shows. The week culminates with an "Opening Night" performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon followed by a cast party. 

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iD Tech Camps held at Washington University

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 20+ years of experience and 450,000 alumni. Programs for ages 7-19 are held at 150 prestigious campuses in the USA, Europe, and Asia, including Washington University, NYU, Caltech and Imperial College London. 

Led by tech rockstar instructors, students build in-demand skills for futures in coding, game development, robotics, creative arts and more. Guaranteed small class sizes ensure personalized learning for all skill levels.

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J Day Camps

A Camp Your Kid Will Love!

It's no secret: we want your child to become a J Day Camper this summer. We're excited about what we have planned, and we care about providing the best quality summer camps for as many kids as possible. We're proud to offer a wide variety of weekly summer camps for children ages 3-15. Choose from traditional camps, sports camps, arts camps, teen camps and more! We have a camp for every kid, and every kid is welcome at the J. 

2020 Camp Dates: May 26–August 21.

At J Day Camps:

  • Our staff is led by full-time, year-round camp professionals
  • Most campers swim daily in our aquatic centers
  • We're accredited by the American Camp Association
  • Everyone can camp
  • And much more!
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Camp Invention

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program. Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth's ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas.

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2020 Chess Club Summer Camps

Chess Summer Camps are the perfect way to introduce the game of chess to new students, deepen understanding of the game for established players, or offer intensive instruction for aspiring chess masters. Grandmaster instructors provide daily lessons, puzzles, and play to help guide students through each session. Instruction offers a solid, basic foundation, emphasizing the fundamental skills needed to begin a lifetime of learning in chess.

Each camp provides opportunities to practice these skills in a variety of activities and workshops with classmates under the observation of a Grandmaster and experienced chess instructors from the Saint Louis Chess Club. Camps are offered at Our Lady of the Lourdes School, Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis Chess Club.

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    The College School Summer Camp

    The College School will not proceed with in-person camps in 2020. Instead, they plan to offer alternatives that incorporate online activities. Summer camp leaders are in the process of creating online camp opportunities. These one-week, themed camps will engage campers and enrich the summer experience. Registration for online summer camp will open soon.

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    New City School Summer Camp

    Summer wouldn't be the same without New City School Summer Camp! Your camper will have an exciting time learning new things, pursuing their passions, meeting new friends, and rekindling old friendships. Our camps complement busy summer schedules, with over 20 full-day options for campers age 3 through 7th grade, plus our NEW Innovation Lab! We are looking forward to spending a lot of time in the lab creating, cooking, and enjoying what we've made. Join us for a summer of fun, learning, and creativity!

     

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    The Wilson School Think Camp & Day Camp

    Registrations are currently on hold for these summer programs.

    The Wilson School Day Camp (age 3 through grade 6). Tired of running your own "camp" at home? At Wilson Day Camp, students get to experience a little bit of everything. Weekly themes such as Harry Potter, Minute to Win It, cardboard creations, solving mysteries, circus arts, animals, The Amazing Race, stop motion movie making, The Great Wilson Cooking Show, bridge challenges, and more have students of all ages moving and thinking on their feet!

    Wilson School Think Camp (entering 2nd through grade 6). Give your little tinkerers the perfect chance to experiment, create, and build at The Wilson School's Think Camp. Think Camp is led by experienced and enthusiastic Wilson School teachers dedicated to ensuring your child's camp experiences in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), through labs, STEM challenges, digital investigations, game design and more!

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    Camp Magic House

    Make your child's summer magical with a one-of-a-kind camp experience. Campers participate in fun, educational activities, explore The Magic House or The Magic House, MADE for Kids, and more. Weeklong, camp is available for ages 4 to 13 with sessions at both Magic House locations. Featuring a variety of themes, from art to tech to world traveler, Summer Camp at The Magic House is sure to spark your child's imagination. Register online at www.magichouse.org/camp

     

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    Challenger Learning Center Summer Space Adventures

    Working remotely is nothing new for NASA! Check out our new online Ground Control Camp here! 

    Aspiring astronauts, scientists and engineers ages 8-18 will have a "blast" at the award-winning Challenger Learning Center where they can explore space, science, art, and technology through simulated space missions and other out-of-this-world activities. 

    Space adventurers can travel to the Moon or Mars, explore Comets, or train in an underwater environment in SCUBA gear. Future engineers can design, build and inhabit a life-size lunar colony or build remote-controlled rovers and rockets with 3D printed parts. Specialty camps include: Astronaut Training Camp, Rocket Lab, Innovator's Workshop, and NEW: Drone Makers Camp, and Artemis Adventure Camp!

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    MICDS Summer of Adventure

    Embark on a summer filled with endless possibilities at MICDS Summer Camps. Create lasting memories with your fellow campers – kids of every age, school and interest. Each of our four camps is located on our sprawling 100-acre campus and supervised by enthusiastic counselors and expert MICDS staff. 

    Camp Pegasus
    Campers explore an array of exciting activities in the arts, sciences, technology, sports and swimming to ensure that brains and bodies are active and engaged. 
     
    Language Immersion Camp
    Participants will "visit" different countries and experience the culture through cooking, nature, art, music, film and games while being immersed in the target language.
     
    Eliot Summer Academy
    Students have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research, learn digital art techniques in our studios, explore world history and more.
     
    Rams Sports Camp
    Campers learn from student-athletes and coaches to improve the athletic ability in a fun and challenging environment.
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    Summer At SLU

    What kind of summer do you want your kids to have? Whatever your answer is, you'll find it at Saint Louis University. SLU offers more than 80 camps and academies for Pre-K through high school students. Please note that all programs scheduled for June and July have been cancelled. An announcement concerning programs in August will be made at a later date.

    Visit summer.slu.edu for detailed information.

     

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    Artscope

    Please note: The start of camp has been postponed until June 15. Artscope's Summer Camp Create is now at TWO locations!

    Artscope's Cottage: Tons of artistic projects during the week, with an emphasis on the use of recycled and natural materials. Camp at the Cottage includes lots of outdoor play time, and field trips into nature. Cottage Camps are for children entering kindergarten through 4th grade. Dates are June-August 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Before and After care is available for an additional fee. 

    NEW! Camp Create at the Stupp Center: In partnership with Tower Grove Park, In the Field, and Complete Harmony Yoga, we're excited about our new camps for older kids. Art, nature, ecology and yoga with our teaching artists and lots of special guests! Stupp Center Camps for 4th through 6th graders are July 27-August 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. After care is available for an additional fee. 

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    Little Medical School Summer Camp

    Little Medical School plans to offer in-person and virtual summer camps in 2020. In-person camps will have limited enrollment - 10 campers per camp. As a leader in healthcare programming Little Medical School has developed a COVID-19 Safety Checklist System based on CDC recommendations. Details are available on the Little Medical School web site. In-person camps include Future Doctor, Future Veterinarian Dog or Cat, Teen Medical, Wilderness Medicine, Future Pediatrician and Sports Medicine. Camps are for ages 4-15. The early sign up discount has been extended until May 31.

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    Ursuline Academy Summer Camps

    Whether your child loves to perform, create, run, build, compete, or everything in between, Ursuline has a summer camp for them! This year, we're excited to offer a wide array of options in athletics, STEAM, new and exciting camps with our partners COCA and Bricks4Kidz, and more, all on Ursuline's campus.

    There are camps available for children and teens ages 6-14, half and whole day camps, and the option to participate in several camps. All camps take place on Ursuline Academy's campus in Kirkwood, Missouri. 

     

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    Community Camps at Community School

    Community School offers camps for 3-year-olds to eighth graders, including arts, academics and just plain summer fun on the school's beautiful 18-acre campus. Expanded mini camps include over 90 offerings, with special sessions from COCA, Bricks4Kidz, Little Medical School and more, including partnering with STAGES again for three musical theater camps. Plus, there's Play Camp for our youngest campers and FUNdamentals to fight the summer slump.

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    Forsyth Summer Discovery

    Summer begins here! With nearly 50 camps developed by Forsyth School faculty, Summer Discovery provides kids age 3 through Grade 6 with an appropriate mix of structure, freedom, and challenge. 

    Different weekly themes allow kids to become engineers, artists, cyclists, filmakers, spies, performers, climbers, designers, scientists, photographers, explorers, and more! Forsyth Summer Discovery is a place to play, try, make, be, and do – on the high ropes or obstacle course, in the science lab, on the stage, and on the field. 

    Located on Forsyth School's one-of-a-kind campus featuring a gymnasium, Adventure Center, Sport Court, track and field, playgrounds, and Big Backyard, Summer Discovery offers a largely "unplugged" experience with a neighborhood feel. Kids enjoy lunch with friends, daily pick-up games, and lots of water games and play!

     

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    Vetta Sports Summer Camps

    Please note: Operations are currently suspended. An announcement will be made soon about summer camps. There's something to be said for longevity, and Vetta Sports Summer Camps have been around for more than 25 years. Simply put - we play sports and have FUN. As part of their summer camp experience, your child will discover a variety of activities, including classic sports such as soccer, basketball, tennis, racquetball and kickball. But the fun doesn't stop there! Campers also learn innovative team-building skills, play archery tag, jump on inflatables and get creative with arts & crafts. Special guests educate and entertain kids with animals, introduce science concepts, teach athletic skills and much more. Plus, we go on awesome field trips!  

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    STAGES Performing Arts Academy

    STAGES Performing Arts Academy offers an exciting variety of Musical Theatre camps, workshops and productions for students of all ages and abilities, all summer long!

    These dynamic and inventive programs are designed for preschoolers to teens. To register, call 636-449-5775 or visit StagesStLouis.org

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    Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design Staenberg Summer Camps

    Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design has been providing arts education and craft experiences to the St. Louis Community for over 55 years. With our professional teaching artists and our fully stocked studio classrooms, Staenberg Summer Camps provide creative discovery through clay, metal, glass, fiber, drawing, painting, and more. Camps are designed to engage youth in learning fun and new techniques such as how to throw a bowl on a potter's wheel, how to sculpt the eyes of an animal, or how to draw a comic strip of their very own!

    In conjunction with Summer Camps, Craft Alliance offers Teen Internships. Teen Interns can apply to assist our summer camp faculty in the studio of their interest! In exchange for volunteering, Teen Interns can enroll in one or two of the five Teen Studio sessions offered. 

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    Super Kids Quest Camp at The Little Gym

    At Super Kids Quest Camps, your child will spend three adventure-filled hours a day on a unique, exciting quest with their friends. Each week revolves around an interactive learning theme with different, creative lesson plans that will keep your child engaged. Sign up for a whole week, or build your own summer schedule by choosing the number of days YOU WANT per week. 

    Super Kids Quest Camps are for children 3-9 years old who are bathroom independent. We're the perfect camp for first-time campers! Save up to 30% by purchasing a Camp Pass now; you can assign or switch your individual days as camp gets closer. 

    At our Grade School Skill Thrill Camps, your child will take their gymnastics skills to the next level through a special three-hour program, focusing on specific beginner, intermediate or advanced moves. By the end of the summer they'll stick the landing when they handspring back to school. Grade School Camps are for children ages 5-12.

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    Washington University in St. Louis Pre-College Programs

    After careful and thoughtful discussion, and with the health and safety of instructors, staff and students in mind, Wash U has announced that all in-person pre-college programs for the 2020 summer will be cancelled. These programs include the High School Summer Scholars Program, High School Summer Institutes, High School Summer Academy and Middle School Summer Challenge. 

    Students can still experience Wash U online this summer through the Early College Scholars Program.

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    Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed

    Bring your imagination, passion, creativity, curiosity and talent and join us for an exciting summer! Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed offers a variety of full-day and half-day camps, clinics and classes for youth and adults in the following areas: adult education and literacy, aquatics, enrichment, outdoor education, school-age care, sports, and visual & performing arts. You do not have to be a Parkway or Rockwood resident to participate in Community Ed summer programs. 

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    BablerWiLD Outdoor Education Center Camps

    What better way to spend the summer than outdoors! BablerWiLD Summer Programs offer full-day and half-day camps and classes that bring science and nature to life at Babler State Park. Check out WiLD Adventure Weeks that take place during the first and last week of summer that feature field trips and choice activities, and the WiLD Survival Academy for middle schoolers who love spending time in the outdoors. From hiking to fire-building there is something for every nature lover.

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    Science @ Home with the Saint Louis Science Center

    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

    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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    Teaching in Room 9 from The Nine Network

    The Nine Network is producing two hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grade weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The grade-appropriate instruction is taught by local educators at home, and is available on your St. Louis PBS station, channel 9. 

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    Explore Purina Farms: Animal Connections
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    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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    Explore Purina Farms: Trainer Tips
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    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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