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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Hoot & Howl at Powell

Celebrate Halloween with a spooktacular concert with Luna the Bat, featuring Night on Bald Mountain from Fantasia and John Williams' Hedwig's Theme from the popular Harry Potter films.

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Cyclocross Color Fun Ride

Join Spielberg Fitness and Junior Stars Cycling for the Cyclocross Color Fun Ride. The is a hybrid of an all-terrain biking adventure and color fun run.

No previous experience is needed. The color run ride includes a bike course full of obstacles, colored dust, bubbles, squirt guns, silly string and more. 

Registration includes an event t-shirt. The first 10 people to register get a free water bottle. Registration opens at 9:15 a.m.; the ride starts at 10 a.m. Free, but a $10 donation is suggested. Sponsored by Spielberg Fitness.

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The Scare Halloween Event

Kids are invited to wear their Halloween costume and participate in fun activities at this free event at Dierbergs stores. There will be face painting, balloon artists, and trick or treating throughout the store.

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The Great ShakeOut

Kids and families can learn how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake at the Great ShakeOut. The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are an annual opportunity to practice what to do during earthquakes and how to improve preparedness. 

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The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not

Go places you've never imagined and explore the real science behind the unbelievable with The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not! An extraordinary collection of intriguing objects and astonishing artifacts from Ripley's Believe It or Not awaits you. 

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Manchester Munchkins Halloween Party

Preschool age children will enjoy story time, crafts, games and activities based on fun themes that promote socialization and sharing. Dress to get messy for this morning of outdoor Halloween fun.

A snack will be provided, and a parent must stay with the child for the entire event. Cost per child is $6 and registration is required. 

For ages 2 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. at Paul. A. Schroeder Park in Manchester.

More information: manchestermo.gov

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Girls and Engineering Workshop

This free workshop for mothers and daughters focuses on the need for female engineers and careers for women in engineering. It will be led by Donna Chapman, Business and Technology Specialist with the Rockwood School Districs as well as other Rockwood staff.

Girls and Engineering is part of the Rockwood Parent Series, free workshops designed to strengthen communities and offer expert information to parents.

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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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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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Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo Educators

Enjoy the Saint Louis Zoo online! Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo educators is a live, free presentation that allows families to learn more about animals and how amazing they are. Themes vary, and registration in advance is required. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email letting you know how to join. 

If you can't join the live presentation, the recordings are available on the zoo's web site at stlzoo.org/STLZOOms

 

 

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