Many St. Louis family attractions have re-opened 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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St. Louis Ribfest

If you love ribs and barbecue you'll was to experience the St. Louis Ribfest, held over Memorial Day weekend in New Town St. Charles. 

The festival features a large children's play area, national BBQ champions, live music, lots of food vendors, craft vendors, and free admission. 

Hours are Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

More information: thestlouisribfest.com

 

 

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Missouri River Irish Fest

Now in its 14th year, the Missouri River Irish Fest includes activities for all ages. Children can have their face painted, have their hair painted with the Irish flag, meet Irish dancers, jump on inflatables, have fun with hands-on arts and crafts, take part in the Shamrock Stomp and Shamrock Smack, have a Fairy Tea Party and lots more.
 

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Healthy Kids Day at your local Family YMCA

Get kids moving and learning and find out about ways your whole family can have fun and be healthier at this free family event at your local branch of the Gateway Region YMCA.

At Healthy Kids Day, happening at YMCA branches across the St. Louis metro area, you can learn about the Y's programs for kids and adults, find out about summer camp opportunities, take part in games like kickball, take sampler classes, arts and crafts, kid-friendly yoga, free health screenings and lots more. Activities vary depending on the branch. Activities are free and open to the public.

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Music and Movies at the Meadows

Come have some fun on summer nights during Music and Movie Nights at The Meadows, featuring free outdoor movies, concerts from favorite local bands, food trucks and more. 

Music and Movies will take place at center court - Clock Tower Plaza at the Meadows of Lake Saint Louis. Bring lawn chairs for seating. 

All movies start at dusk, concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The schedule includes:

August 25: Summer Movie: Hotel Transylvania 2

More information: themeadowsatlsl.com

 

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Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog

Kids can increase their confidence and reading skills while reading to an adorable, attentive dog in this program sponsored by Love on a Leash.

Bring your own book or choose one at the library and read for 10 minutes to one of the dogs from Love on a Leash. Reading to dogs is a positive and non-threatening way to build confidence in reading. For ages 5-12.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the McClay Branch of the St. Charles County Library. Free.

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Under the Big Top at The Butterfly House

Under the Big Top is an all-new summer exhibit at The Butterfly House where guests will be awed by arthopod acrobats and thrilled by sideshow spectacles! Bring your kids to spy on the fabulous flea circus and marvel at circut-inspired botanicals. Daily show schedules include story time, live animal encounters and butterfly releases.

 

 

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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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City Museum on Air

Make art. Go on a guided tour, DIY a time capsule. Peek behind the scenes. Watch the Cassily Crew at work. Help inspect the slides. All from home! Every Monday through Friday the staff, crew, artists and historians at City Museum are going LIVE on Facebook to share stories, offer free art classes, and entertain kids and families in all the ways they know how (read: mischief, mayhem and making). 

 

 

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Amazing Animal Encounters at the World Bird Sanctuary

Take your family to watch birds of prey fly right over your head, snakes slither across the stage, macaws speak the English language and much more at Amazing Animal Encounters at the World Bird Sanctuary. Every program showcases different animals so each day is a new experience. Advance tickets are required. Seating is limited due to social distancing requirements. Masks are required to attend. 

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