To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, many family attractions have closed temporarily. In the meantime, we invite our readers to enjoy virtual events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. When you do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks, 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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Free Sand for Pick Up at The Magic House

The Magic House is giving away the beach! The exhibit Sandcastle Beach is leaving for the summer and on June 28, famillies are invited to take some of the beach home with them. Anyone intererested in filling their sandboxes or backyard should bring shovels, bags, buckets and trucks to get digging. With about 200 tons of sand, there is plenty to go around.

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Free Family Night Swim and Canned Food Drive

Everyone is invited to this free open swim at the outdoor pool at the Lodge of Des Peres. In addition to swimming, there will be games, a live DJ, Italian ice and other cool treats, snacks and fun giveaways. 

Suggested donation per person is two cans of food items to be donated to a local food bank. For all ages. Open to the public.

4 to 7 p.m. More information: desperesmo.org

 

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Chinese Culture Day at The Magic House

Visitors to The Magic House can participate in hands-on arts and crafts projects, simple cooking demonstrations and chopstick games and contest during Chinese Culture Day.

Supported by the St. Louis Modern Chinese School. Activities are free with Magic House admission.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Let's Learn About St. Louis

Bring your preschooler to a morning of storytelling and St. Louis-themed activities, including a visit with FredBird!

This free event, for ages 2 to 6 celebrates a newly published curriculum "Let's Learn About St. Louis" by The Wilson School's pre-kindergarten teacher Linda Noel. It also features local author June Herman and her book Goodnight St. Louis. Both books will be available for purchase.

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Mud Day

NOTE: The Missouri Department of Conservation announced on 6/19 that Mud Day has been cancelled due to projected flooding of the Meramec River. More information can be found at mdc.mo.gov

 

It's all about fun in the mud at Mud Day! At this free event, kids will

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Fireflies: Summer Night Lights

Remember the delightful, warm summer nights you spent as a child capturing fireflies? Experience those night again with your own kids as you all learn more about this fascinating beetle. 

During Fireflies: Summer Night Lights, you'll also take a hike into a magical firest filled with twinkling lights.

For ages 7 and up with parents or caregivers.

7:30 to 9 p.m. Free, but reservations are requested. At Powder Valley Nature Center.

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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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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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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: Animal Connections
Monday, May 25, 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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Explore Purina Farms: Trainer Tips
Tuesday, May 26, 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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