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Book Buddies Training for Kids: Shelter Pet Reading Program

The Book Buddies Shelter Pet Program lets kids to adore animals make a real difference in the lives of shelter pets.

As part of the Book Buddies Shelter Pet Program with the Humane Society of Missouri, kids ages 6-12 are trained to read to shelter pets. Reading to the shelter dogs helps to bring comfort them and reduces anxiety. It also makes the pet more adoptable. Reading helps shy dogs learn to relax around people and teaches high energy dogs and calm behavior is desirable.

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Dine with Anna and Elsa

Your little ones are invited to attend a festive dining event with Frozen's Anna and Elsa. Join in the merriment with lunch, singing, dancing and a keepsake photo with the queen and princess!

This event takes place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 23, 24, 30 and 31, and on Feb. 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Cost is $22.50 per person. At Eckert Farms in Belleville.

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Above and Beyond Opens at the Saint Louis Science Center

Celebrate aerospace technology at the new, highly interactive special exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center: Above and Beyond. This special exhibition will immerse you in flight and space travel, with simulations that allow visitors to design and test-fly a supersonic jet, experience flight as a bird, and ride in a space elevator. 

Above and Beyond takes you faster, farther and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in association with Boeing, in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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Free Stroller Strides Class at Vetta Sports Soccerdome

Kick off the new year by taking part in a free Stroller Strides class at a new indoor location. The one-hour class will feature co-teaching from three Stroller Strides instructors, and be filled with music for mom interlaced with songs for kiddos.

The morning kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a "Women Who Rock"-themed Stroller Strides class, followed by giveaways, prizes, refreshments and more than an hour of playtime for children 12 months to age 7 on Vetta's indoor playground of giant inflatables!

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Puppets Workshop at The Magic House

Give a hand to puppeteer Daniel Romano and his Blaque Berry Puppets as he brings his puppets to life during workshops and performances at The Magic House.

Romano is a puppeteer, storyteller, teacher and folklorist. His Blaque Berry Puppet Theater performs original stories as well as African, Irish and frontier tales at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals across the St. Louis region. Romano is on the artists' roster for Springboard, a St. Louis-based art education agency.

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Family Dreams Series Parent Cafe

The LUME Institute invites parents with children from birth through age 8 to a series of free parent workshops focusing on developing parenting skills and learning about child development.

The Parent Cafe sessions are opportunities to build relationships with other parents and hear from child development experts on the following topics:

Jan. 14: A Vision for Me

Feb. 11: Building Our Families

March 10: Empowering Community

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Planetarium Campfire Star Stories
Monday, February 24, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Monday, March 2, 2020

Gather around the campfire and discover the many changes we see when day changes to night throughout the year. At this story time for all ages, you'll hear the seasonal sounds of nature and see stars twinkle across the sky as the wonders of the Earth's cycle are revealed. 


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Storytime Theater Presents: The Honest to Goodness Truth
Monday, February 24, 2020

The Honest to Goodness Truth is a story by award-winning black author and St. Louisan Patricia McKissack. The adaptation is by Gregory Carr, a professor at Harris Stowe. This home-grown tale features a smart, confident young woman named Libby who learns a valuable lesson about telling the truth with compassion. 

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Toddler Tinker Time
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bring your little ones to Toddler Tinker Time at The Magic House, MADE for Kids for special experiences designed especially for preschoolers and their parents and caregivers. Toddler Tinker Time is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 am. to noon at The Magic House, MADE for kids. It's free with admission.

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