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.

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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! Save $100/week through June 6 on Tech Revolution Camps!

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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 presents Ghost

Running is all that Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has ever known. But Ghost runs for the wrong reasons until he meets Coach who sees something in him: crazy raw talent. Can Ghost stay on track, literally and figuratively, to harness his raw talent for speed on this elite track team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

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Purina Incredible Canine Kids Camp

Update 5/11: Purina Farms has cancelled camps for the summer of 2020. Calling all young pet lovers ages 10-14! Come work alongside the Purina Farms trainers and their amazing canine athletes and learn some of the most popular canine sports! Campers will learn from the pros how to train a dog in the sports of Freestyle Flying Disc, Diving Dog and Canine Agility, and learn responsible pet care through games and service projects. Campers will take home group photos and individual photos with adoptable dogs, take wagon rides to the Purina Event Center, and will each receive a flying disc and certificate signed by professional Purina Incredible Dog Team Trainers.  

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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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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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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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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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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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Explore Purina Farms: Trainer Tips
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 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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Explore Purina Farms: Amazing Canines
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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