To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, most family attractions and many businesses have closed temporarily. We urge our readers to follow public health guidelines: Stay home if at all possible and practice social distancing if you must leave your home. For the latest on protecting your family and community from COVID-19 follow these guidelines. To learn the facts about children and COVID-19, hear from Dr. Hilary Babcock, an infectious disease specialist with 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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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020

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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Parents' Survival Night at The Little Gym
Friday, May 1, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020

Parents call it a break from the kids, and kids call it a break from parents, so its a win-win for all! During Parents' Survival Night you can spend some adult time seeing a movie or catching up with friends, while your kids get quality "kid time" in a safe, familiar, and fun place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games and fun LEGO, DUPLO and LEGO Junior building activities.

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Kids Art Night Out
Friday, May 1, 2020

Kids Art Night Out at Yucandu Art Studio features a new creative project each month, ranging from mosaics, to collage, print-making, glitter, clay and more.

 

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Tons of Transportation
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Kids of all ages are invited to climb on and explore dump trucks, backhoes, fire trucks, police cruisers, an excavator and more at Tons of Transportation.

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Congratulations. You are now your kids' de facto teacher. But in this time of high anxiety, you get to decide what your "school" will look like and what your kids really need. I'm absolutely sure that what none of us need right now is more stress. To that end, I decided my kids need some current-day instruction mixed in with as many practical life lessons as I could pass along from my own growing-up years: the 1990s. 

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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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