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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First Friday: Harry Potter
Friday, November 6, 2020

Return to Hogwarts once more and explore the science of our favorite wizarding world. Shop from local artists and crafters, journey through the building on a special mission, and learn how chemistry connects to Harry Potter with special guest Dr. Rebecca Lai. See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the end of the evening.

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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. 

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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The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
Saturday, August 22, 2020

The Taste of Maplewood Street festival brings together foodies, shoppers and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights and sounds of Maplewood. The festival includes live entertainment from two stages, children's activities, and local restaurants and retailers offering food, drinks, and specialties.

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Art Camp at Yucandu Art Studio

Yucandu Art Studio is open for summer camp! Yucandu believes that when you give kids great materials, they make GREAT art! Yucandu is such a fun and inspiring place to be and the camp projects are so cool! For 2020, Yucandu plans to offer small group camps with 5 to 8 kids and 1 to 2 teachers, as well as Take Home Camp Kits! Spaces are very limited for in-person camps, and extra safety precautions, including daily temperature checks, and personal art supply storage, and increased cleaning and hand washing, have been put in place. 

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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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    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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    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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    Virtual Family Fun Series from the Missouri History Museum
    Monday, June 1, 2020
    Monday, June 8, 2020
    Monday, June 15, 2020

    Join the Missouri History Museum this summer for virtual family fun! The Summer Family Fun series includes activities for all ages, including yoga, interactive workshiops about the Mississippi Riverm, sports and games, exploring Forest Park, Cahokia Mounds and more.

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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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