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 do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (now 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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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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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood

Camp Lakewood Open Houses are designed to give you and your children or teens the opportunity to meet the camp directors, ask questions and see the beautiful property. You'll get a tour of the camp, be able to speak with camp staff and be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime at YMCA Camp Lakewood.

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YMCA Camp Lakewood

YMCA Camp Lakewood is not just any overnight summer camp. It's that special time at the perfect place, with friends and memories your children will take with them throughout the rest of their lives. Help them to high-five every accomplishment, celebrate their growing independence and wonder of the world around them through the gift of overnight summer camp.

While campers love the sports, horseback riding, arts & crafts, water activities, caving, climbing, ziplining, camp games and more, great kids are grown into well-rounded individuals by also teaching respect, responsibility, belonging and accomplishment. Children gain knowledge of the world around them through culturally diverse staff, all within the incredibly fun and safe environment of the Y. This is why campers call Camp Lakewood "My Camp!"

 

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Little Medical School Summer Camp

Little Medical School plans to offer in-person and virtual summer camps in 2020. In-person camps will have limited enrollment - 10 campers per camp. As a leader in healthcare programming Little Medical School has developed a COVID-19 Safety Checklist System based on CDC recommendations. Details are available on the Little Medical School web site. In-person camps include Future Doctor, Future Veterinarian Dog or Cat, Teen Medical, Wilderness Medicine, Future Pediatrician and Sports Medicine. Camps are for ages 4-15. The early sign up discount has been extended until May 31.

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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in Missouri

August means back-to-school for most area students, so the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is important for St. Louis families to note.  In the state of Missouri, the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2 and runs through Sunday, August 4.

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World Bird Sanctuary Dinner and Drive-Thru Safari Experience
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Visit the World Bird Sanctuary for a fun drive-through safari experience from the safety of your car. Come see eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and reptiles all from the luxury of your own vehicle. World Bird Sanctuary's dinner and drive through lets you experiene the birds without dealing with the summer heat.

 

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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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Wildwood Outdoor/Drive-in Movie Night
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Bring the family for a fun movie night on the lawn or from your car at the B&B Wildwood 10 Theater. See Secret Life of Pets. For lawn seating, please bring bag chairs or blankets. Some parking will be allowed on the lawn. Attendees must maintain social distancing and wear a mask.

 

 

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