Elementary Age

Story Time with Bob at the World Bird Sanctuary

Head out to the World Bird Sanctuary for a special adventure with story teller Bob. 'Whooo' knows where the adventure will lead you: a squishy swamp, an ivy-covered castle, or an enchanted forest. Two things are sure: the adventures will involve birds and will be super fun! This free, half-hour story time includes a story and songs.

Story Time with Bob happens on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. until the end of October. There will be no story time on July 14, 18 or 21.


More information: worldbirdsanctuary.org


Faust Historic Village Open House

Experience St. Louis County as it was a century ago. Tour the 1850s Conway House, home of Dr. Frederick and Lavinia Bates and its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen. Also tour the circa 1848 log cabin of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, a dye and insect repellent garden, German vegetable garden, smokehouse, outhouse and woodshed and the Davis House, which originally was a two story log cabin with it's detached washhouse and smokehouse. On occasion, visitors may see a blacksmith at work in the Yokel barn. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions.

Spanning a period from 1840 to 1910, the Historic Village represents a cross-section of architectural styles and building materials. All of the houses were moved into Faust Park from the surrounding area and saved from probable demolition.

At Faust Park in Chesterfield on July 28 and 29. Noon to 4 p.m. Free.

More information: stlouisco.com


Faust Olden Days of Summer

Bring your kids to Faust Park for an old-fashioned celebration of summer. Enjoy hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, carousel rides, candle dipping, blacksmith and rope-making demonstrations, and visit the Faust Historic Village.

Admission is $10 per child in advance or $15 per child the day of the event. Call the park office for advance tickets: 314-615-8328 or register online.

Parents are free with a paid child ages 2-12.

9 a.m. to noon. At Faust Park in Chesterfield.

More information: stlouisco.com 


Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym

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. Wednesdays at Noon, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. a.m. and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. 

Each open gym session lasts one hour and is open to members and non-members ages 12 and under.

Free for members; $8 for non-members. Children under age 1 are free. Call for more information: 314-439-1100 or email tumble@misskellysgym.com

More information: www.misskellysgym.com


Play Date Theater presents Edie's Fairytale Theatre's 'Duckugly'

Play Date Theater presents Edie's Fairytale Theatre's 'Duckugly.' which explores issues of bullying, at the St. Louis Public Library. The play centers around Mama Duck and her ducklings, one of whom is different from the rest and grows up into a magnificent surprise.  

Play Date Theater is a great way to introduce young children to the art of theater. Kids learn theater etiquette while being entertained by performers who understand the interests and abilities of young children. The show includes audience participation and an opportunity to meet the performers.

Duckugly is entertaining for all ages, but is geared toward children preschool age through grade 2. 

Free. 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at the Central Library Auditorium. 

More information: slpl.com


The Basics of Staying Home Alone

Help prepare your child to stay home alone before and after school or for other short periods of time in the interactive program. Topics covered include: entering and leaving the house, getting safely to and from school, what to do while home alone, safe snacks, storm and emergency preparedness, internet safety, and simple first aid. A Home Alone booklet and light snack will be provided.

For ages 9 to 11. 6 to 8 p.m. at The Pointe in Ballwin. Program taught by educators from Safety Basics. Cost is $28. Registration is required.  

More information: ballwin.mo.us


Science at Sunset

Visit the Saint Louis Science Center for Science at Sunset on Thursdays this summer. Enjoy food and drink specials, live music in the Science Center's outdoor exhibit, GROW, and free space-inspired movies in the OMNIMAX Theater. You can also explore Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission special exhibition at discounted evening prices.

The movie schedule includes:

June 21: Hidden Figures

June 28: The Martian

July 5: Apollo 13

July 12: E.T.

July 19: Spaceballs

July 26: October Sky

August 2: Gravity

August 9: Contact

Science at Sunset is from 5-8 p.m. Movies begin at 6:30 p.m.

More information: slsc.org


Art Hill Film Series and Food Truck Fest at the Saint Louis Art Museum

On four Friday evenings this summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum will host free outdoor movies inspired by the remarkable story behind Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds. The films follow the search for something vital - whether it be truth, treasure or justice. Discover other lives, other eras, and other worlds with these epic quests. 

The fun and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Adult beverages and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the Panorama booth on Art Hill. The Art Museum's cafe will be open until 8:45, and you are also welcome to bring your own picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a "blankets only" section at the front of the viewing area.  

Movies begin at 9 p.m. 

You're also welcome to take a deep dive into the museum's family-friendly main exhibit, Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, before you take your seat on Art Hill. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. 

The schedule is:

July 13: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

July 20: Hidden Figures (2016)

July 27: Dr. No (1962)

August 3: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

In case of inclement weather, check the museum's Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates about cancellations.

More information: slam.or/filmseries