Some St. Louis family attractions are re-opening with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings and safety guidelines here. We invite our readers to enjoy virtual events and socially distanced events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. Public health experts recommend that when you go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (required in St. Louis City and County), 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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Purina Incredible Canine Kids Camp

Update 5/11: Purina Farms has cancelled camps for the summer of 2020. Calling all young pet lovers ages 10-14! Come work alongside the Purina Farms trainers and their amazing canine athletes and learn some of the most popular canine sports! Campers will learn from the pros how to train a dog in the sports of Freestyle Flying Disc, Diving Dog and Canine Agility, and learn responsible pet care through games and service projects. Campers will take home group photos and individual photos with adoptable dogs, take wagon rides to the Purina Event Center, and will each receive a flying disc and certificate signed by professional Purina Incredible Dog Team Trainers.  

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Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp

Both in-person and online summer camp are on at Sweetology! Space is limited for in-store camps and special health precautions will be taken for in-store camps. Sprinkle summer with sweet creativity, fun and smiles! At Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp, campers will learn the basics of cake decorating, making frosting, basic design, how to frost a cake, cake decorating tools and uses, piping basic borders and designs, working with fondant and more. We'll explore playing with food to create delicious edible art projects and campers will bring home their edible creations throughout the week. No previous decorating experience is required. Each session is limited to 8-10 campers. Open to youth entering grades 1-8, 3-day and 5-day programs feature one of three delightful camp themes: As Seen on TV, Furry Friends, and Under the Sea.

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Metro Theater Company

Learning and play can still be part of your child's summer even while they stay safe and healthy through social distancing! Whether it's playing with sculpture, storytelling and song at Creative Arts Camp, or learning how to audition for a play at Grand Theater Camp, MTC's professional teaching artists bring fun and growth through the arts to campers of all ages. This year, in response to COVID-19, Metro Theater Company has moved all summer camps to an online platform, making them more affordable but equally as engaging as their usual in-person summer programs.

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YMCA Summer Camp

The Gateway Region YMCA will hold summer camps as planned in 2020 and will follow CDC-recommended public health guidelines. While summer camp may look different this summer, families can count on an exceptional experience for their children. At the YMCA, we provide a fun, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, build self-confidence, and make lasting friendships. The Y offers DOZENS of camps for all interests, including traditional outdoor camps, a huge variety of sports camps, and themed camps for every interest. We also have a few locations that offer preschool camp. Available for ages 3-17. Full-day and some half-day camps available. Camp ages, types, schedules and prices vary by branch. 

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MICDS Summer of Adventure

PLEASE NOTE:  Registration is open for Eliot Summer Academy, operating as a distance learning program. Registration is also open for July Rams Sports Camps. Camp Pegasus and Spanish Language Immersion Camps for 2020 have been cancelled.

Embark on a summer filled with endless possibilities at MICDS Summer Camps. Create lasting memories with your fellow campers – kids of every age, school and interest. 

Eliot Summer Academy
Students have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research, learn digital art techniques in our studios, explore world history and more.
 
Rams Sports Camp
Campers learn from student-athletes and coaches to improve the athletic ability in a fun and challenging environment.
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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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Teaching in Room 9 from The Nine Network

The Nine Network is producing two hours of literacy and math instruction for prekindergarten through fourth grade weekdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The grade-appropriate instruction is taught by local educators at home, and is available on your St. Louis PBS station, channel 9. 

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Explore Purina Farms: Amazing Canines
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 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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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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