Teens and Tweens

Faust Historic Village Open House

Experience St. Louis County as it was a century ago. Tour the 1850s Conway House, home of Dr. Frederick and Lavinia Bates and its period herb garden and outdoor kitchen. Also tour the circa 1848 log cabin of Ludwig and Salome Mertz, a dye and insect repellent garden, German vegetable garden, smokehouse, outhouse and woodshed and the Davis House, which originally was a two story log cabin with it's detached washhouse and smokehouse. On occasion, visitors may see a blacksmith at work in the Yokel barn. Guides in period dress will be available to answer questions.

Spanning a period from 1840 to 1910, the Historic Village represents a cross-section of architectural styles and building materials. All of the houses were moved into Faust Park from the surrounding area and saved from probable demolition.

At Faust Park in Chesterfield on July 28 and 29. Noon to 4 p.m. Free.

More information: stlouisco.com


The Basics of Staying Home Alone

Help prepare your child to stay home alone before and after school or for other short periods of time in the interactive program. Topics covered include: entering and leaving the house, getting safely to and from school, what to do while home alone, safe snacks, storm and emergency preparedness, internet safety, and simple first aid. A Home Alone booklet and light snack will be provided.

For ages 9 to 11. 6 to 8 p.m. at The Pointe in Ballwin. Program taught by educators from Safety Basics. Cost is $28. Registration is required.  

More information: ballwin.mo.us


Science at Sunset

Visit the Saint Louis Science Center for Science at Sunset on Thursdays this summer. Enjoy food and drink specials, live music in the Science Center's outdoor exhibit, GROW, and free space-inspired movies in the OMNIMAX Theater. You can also explore Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission special exhibition at discounted evening prices.

The movie schedule includes:

June 21: Hidden Figures

June 28: The Martian

July 5: Apollo 13

July 12: E.T.

July 19: Spaceballs

July 26: October Sky

August 2: Gravity

August 9: Contact

Science at Sunset is from 5-8 p.m. Movies begin at 6:30 p.m.

More information: slsc.org


Art Hill Film Series and Food Truck Fest at the Saint Louis Art Museum

On four Friday evenings this summer, the Saint Louis Art Museum will host free outdoor movies inspired by the remarkable story behind Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds. The films follow the search for something vital - whether it be truth, treasure or justice. Discover other lives, other eras, and other worlds with these epic quests. 

The fun and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with the Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Adult beverages and soft drinks will be available for purchase at the Panorama booth on Art Hill. The Art Museum's cafe will be open until 8:45, and you are also welcome to bring your own picnic basket, lawn chairs and blankets. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a "blankets only" section at the front of the viewing area.  

Movies begin at 9 p.m. 

You're also welcome to take a deep dive into the museum's family-friendly main exhibit, Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, before you take your seat on Art Hill. Advance ticket reservations are recommended. 

The schedule is:

July 13: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

July 20: Hidden Figures (2016)

July 27: Dr. No (1962)

August 3: The NeverEnding Story (1984)

In case of inclement weather, check the museum's Facebook page or Twitter feed for updates about cancellations.

More information: slam.or/filmseries


Family Fun Dairy Day at GROW

Visit the GROW exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center for Dairy Day. Meet dairy cows, play games, talk with dairy farmers to learn about how milk gets to your table, meet mascots Cookie the Cow and Norton the Penguin, and sample free Prairie Farms ice cream, flavored milk and more.

There will also be prizes! Eighty winners will be chosen to receive an $80 prize pack and one grand prize winner will receive an $800 prize pack. 

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. 

More information: slsc.org


Groundbreaking and Community Open House at COCA

COCA is proud to celebrate the completion of the renovations of its historic building and mark the beginning of its expansion. The community is invited to help mark the milestone occasion, enjoy lunch and take a look at COCA's new renovated spaces. 

June 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at COCA in University City. 

More information: cocastl.org


Madagascar Live on Stage

Your family can take a journey out of the Central Park Zoo and onto an enchanted desert isle with your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends from the DreamWorks blockbuster film, Madagascar! STAGES St. Louis presents this family favorite live on stage in a performance to entertain all ages.

Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the hip-hip Hippo, and, of course, mad King Julien for a musical adventure of a lifetime. Filled with gut-busting laughs galore, rockin' dance moves, and an upbeat, up-to-the-minute score that includes "Move It, Move It," exploring a brave new world was never so much ridiculous fun!

At the Robert G. Reim Theatre in Kirkwood. Day and evening performances from June 19 through July 1 (except Mondays).

More information and tickets: stagesstlouis.org or call 314-821-2407.


Grannie Annie Family Stories Festival

Be entertained and inspired as students read their published historical family stories and share insights into their story illustrations. The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration also includes a reception, book signing and art exhibit.

2 p.m. in the Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum. Free.

More information: mohistory.org


Life Outside Festival

The third annual Life Outside Festival encourages families to spend less time on the couch and in front of screens and spend more time venturing outdoors. The Life Outside Festival, sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway, will show you new and exciting ways all ages can have fun in the outdoors without spending a lot of money. There will also be live music and food trucks. 

This year's activities include electric bike demos, archery, paragliding, nature crafts, rock climbing, kayaking lessons, birdwatching, stand up paddle boarding and more. 

June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. Free admission. 

More information: greatriversgreenway.org