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Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo

Celebrate Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo, where you'll get free admission to Stingrays at the Caribbean Cove when you come to the zoo dressed as a shark!

You can check out the stingrays as well as bonnethead, white-spotted bamboo and brown banded bamboo sharks. These sharks range in size from two and a half to five feet, are docile and pose no danger to humans. 

Kids will receive an activity guide to take home after their visit to Caribbean Cove. Saturday July 14 is Shark Awareness Day, and you can enjoy live music from 1-3 p.m. outside the Caribbean Cove, and enjoy shark-themed games and activities. Zoo interpreters will be available all around the zoo to enlighten guests about Shark Week and spin tales about their toothy friends. 

Admission to the Zoo is free.  If you're not dressed as a shark, admission to Stingrays at the Caribbean Cove is $4 per person. Children under age 2 are free. Admission is free to all from 8 to 9 a.m. The Zoo's adult costume policy applies to all visitors over age 13.

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Play Date Theater presents Edie's Fairytale Theatre's 'Duckugly'

Play Date Theater presents Edie's Fairytale Theatre's 'Duckugly.' which explores issues of bullying, at the St. Louis Public Library. The play centers around Mama Duck and her ducklings, one of whom is different from the rest and grows up into a magnificent surprise.  

Play Date Theater is a great way to introduce young children to the art of theater. Kids learn theater etiquette while being entertained by performers who understand the interests and abilities of young children. The show includes audience participation and an opportunity to meet the performers.

Duckugly is entertaining for all ages, but is geared toward children preschool age through grade 2. 

Free. 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at the Central Library Auditorium. 

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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.

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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.

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The Celia and Little Celia Show

Jeanie Bryan's Celia and Little Celia show is a one-of a kind musical puppetry experience featuring singalong favorites plus new, original music. This popular show delights audiences of all ages. Catch a free performance at the following branches of the St. Louis Public Library:

Monday, June 11 at 10 a.m. at the Julia Davis Branch

Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at Central Library

Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at the Carpenter Branch

Saturday, July 14 at 10 a.m. at the Schlafly Branch

Registration is not necessary. The show is free for all ages.

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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. 

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Family Day at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame in the open workshop space for families and enjoy crafts and games based on the exhibitions. Kids and caregivers can collaborate on crafts, or choose to adventure through the galleries on a scavenger hunt. Activities are designed for ages 5-10, but older siblings and the young at heart are all welcome! 

Admission is free for members at the Family and Supporter level, or $5 per child for non-members. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sessions are limited to 24 children, so registration is recommended. Family Days are held on Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End.

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Toddler Tuesday at the World Chess Hall of Fame

Visit the World Chess Hall of Fame with your tiny tot for an hour of free-play and exploration! Toddlers and their caregivers are encouraged to experiment with toys and activities that develop motor skills, build language, and support socialization. Learn through fun and collaboration. 

Toddler Tuesday is designed for ages birth to 3. It's free for World Chess Hall of Fame Family and Supporter-level members and $5 per child for non-members. One adult per child is required, and there is a limit of 15 adult/child pairs per session. Advance registration is strongly recommended. 

Held on Tuesdays from 9 to 10 a.m.

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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. 

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