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.

Middle Schoolers

Busy as a Beaver

Beavers are always busy, it seems. They are very industrious and seem to never stop cutting down trees and building all kinds of neat stuff. Beavers are by far the largest rodents in North America, and a main reason that St. Louis was established here 250 years ago.

Kids ages 6-12 can learn more about the beaver, conservation efforts for them and why they are thriving in Missouri.

9:30-11 a.m. Free, but reservations are required.

At August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. 

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African Film Festival Youth Matinee

Experience South Africa during the 10th annual Washington University African Film Festival Matinee. Films include The Case of the Disappearing Daddy, Kanyekanye, and Khumba.

In The Case of the Disappearing Daddy (4 minutes), little Amy turns the case over to super sleuth A. Stemmet when daddy goes missing during bath time.

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Hops Run 5K and Kids Bunny Run

Kids ages 4 to 12 can participate in the Kids Bunny Run, a part of the Lift for Life Gym's Hops Run 2015. There will be a 1/4 "bunny trail" just for kids with four silly themed challenge stations.

Bring your camera for photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny and Fred Bird!

At the completion of the Bunny Run, children will receive a complimentary breakfast item and a drink, plus prizes and medals for all participants. 

10:15 at the Lower Muny Parking Lot in Forest Park. Registration is $10 per child in advance and $15 on race day.

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Washington University's Lunar New Year's Festival

Take a front seat for a spectacular performance from the Washington University's Lunar New Year's Festival.

From a magical diabolo performance, a fantastic feat of Chinese yoyo, to a powerful martial arts performance, visitors will enjoy traditional dances still popular in China today.

Part of the Children's China exhibit at The Magic House. 

Performances are at 10:30 and 12:30 p.m. Included with Magic House admission,

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Afflicted: Daughters of Salem

Meet the Mean Girls of Salem . . . Deep in the dark woods of Puritan New England, a clique of teenage girls make decisions that result in 20 executions, making them the most hated girls in history. Metro Theater Company and the Missouri History Museum present Afflicted: Daughters of Salem, a play inspired by the girls who forever established the legacy of Salem.

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Engineering Career Day

As part of National Engineers' Week, the Saint Louis Science Center is hosting Engineering Career Day. Teens, children and their families can check our formula racing cars, local robotics creations and other exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations from local engineering companies, colleges and organizations.

Free. More information: slsc.org

 

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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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