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.

Music, Dance & Performing Arts

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed

Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed is a partnership between the Parkway and Rockwood School Districts that provides high-quality programs for all ages. Many programs are open to residents of all St. Louis area school districts, not just Parkway and Rockwood. Choose from a wide variety of sports programs (soccer, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, year-round group and private swim instruction (starting at age 6 months!), instructional camps and clinics, fitness (family yoga, zumba, boot camp), martial arts, arts & crafts, computer skills, orchestra, dance, outdoor education, and even family adventure travel opportunities like Smoky Mountains Adventure, Ozarks Rocks and more. 

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COCA

COCA – Center of Creative Arts – is a nationally recognized not-for-profit arts organization whose innovative programs encourage people to see, think and express themselves in new ways. COCA offers classes and camps for all ages, from enthusiastic amateurs to emerging professionals, in dance, early childhood, fitness, visual arts, theatre, vocal instruction, music and more. 

COCA's mission is to enrich lives and build community through the arts. Learn more about classes and camps, and register online at cocastl.org

 

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Circus Harmony

Circus Harmony, St. Louis' only social circus, teaches the art of life through circus education. Kids of all ages can discover a world of fun at Circus Harmony classes and camps, featuring tumbling, dance, acrobatics, aerial arts and hula hooping. Drop-in juggling and unicycling programs are available, as are private and semi-private lessons. And for those children who want to prepare for a future under the big top, the nonprofit also offers personalized, pre-professional training. 

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Metro Theater Company

Metro Theater Company is St. Louis' premier professional theater for youth and families. Founded in 1973, Metro Theater Company has received numerous local and national awards for theater and education and has served more than 2 million children and families. MTC tours serve youth locally, regionally and nationally, while mainstage productions engage thousands of St. Louis children and families annually.

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STAGES Performing Arts Academy

At STAGES Performing Arts Academy, our mission is to inspire curiosity, creativity and passion within students of all ages while providing the highest quality professional training in the musical theatre arts. 

The Academy's diverse curriculum, including our regionally unique Access the Arts program, motivates and influences many students. STAGES St. Louis offers year-round classes and activities, summer camps, field trips, birthday parties, workshops, and performances opportunities for children and teens from preschool age through high school.

 

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The Lodge Des Peres

The Lodge Des Peres offers Dancing Darlings youth dance classes each year. Our program spans the school year starting in September and ending with a wonderful recital in April. The program is affordable and centrally located for your convenience. 

The Lodge Des Peres offers a variety of fitness, sports, aquatic, dance and art programs for both kids and adults throughout the year. Drop in and use our gymnasium, indoor wave pool, lap pool or fitness center for fun indoor activities when the St. Louis weather gets extreme.

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St. Louis Children's Choirs

The St. Louis Children’s Choirs is a nationally recognized music-education program with 450 talented young singers (ages 6 to 18) from over 200 schools and 85 zip codes in Missouri and Illinois. Young singers achieve music excellence and character development through the performance of high quality choral literature and world-class performance opportunities, and the experience is transformational. Advanced ensembles tour nationally and internationally and perform as the official children’s choirs of the St. Louis Symphony.

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City Museum on Air
Monday, August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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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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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Explore Purina Farms: Animal Connections
Monday, August 3, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Monday, August 17, 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
Monday, August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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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Coming Soon: Why the Forest Park Playscape, Opening This Year, Will Be Much More Than a Playground

Since breaking ground on the child-inspired Nature Playscape in Forest Park last summer, Forest Park Forever, the City of St. Louis and their team of partners have been pushing forward on this much-anticipated project at full speed, constructing eight activity areas where your kids will soon splash, climb, build, and learn. Already halfway completed, this one-of-a-kind play area in the heart of the park is destined to grow children’s interest in the natural world around them.

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