Some St. Louis family attractions are re-opening 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.

Online Camps and Classes

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Camp-Tastic 2020 at Home

This year, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri are bringing camp to you via virtual programs and snail mail for a one-of-a-kind experience campers can share with their fellow Girl Scout sisters. It's going to be Camp-Tastic! Register for one or all week-long programs, each with fun themes lead by the Girl Scouts' beloved staff. 

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Virtual Summer Camp from The College School

The College School's Summer Adventures Day Camps are now online! These camps are designed to engage campers ages 7-11 by balancing online experiences with activities that will encourge campers and their families to get outside and experience the various thematic components of these camps. Check out the fun themes! They include Marine Life and Conservation, Wildlife Study/Backyard Safari, Get Active Ninja Warrior, Around the World, Indoor FunPark/Macgyver Funpark, and Down on the Farm.

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COCAcamps @ Home

COCAcamps@Home include more than 75 unique virtual camps representing COCA's most popular in-person summer camps! COCAcamps@Home provide campers with engaging activities to keep kids busy and having fun (not just more screen time). These camps have a holistic approach to nurture creativity in both the virtual and physical worlds. 

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Bricks 4 Kidz Online Classes and Camps

Bricks 4 Kidz is offering  a wide variety of online LEGO building camps and classes. Online classes are happening NOW in Scratch programming, robotics, LEGO building, and Minecraft Gaming. LEGO building classes and camps will use a proprietary Bricks 4 Kidz kit to build moving models, as well as using challenges where kids will use the LEGOs they have at home. Classes are held through Zoom and are designed to give children the option to start or continue building a love for STEM related activities. 

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Metro Theater Company Grand Theater Camp and Creative Arts Camp

Learning and play can still be part of your child's summer even while they stay safe and healthy through social distancing! Whether it's playing with sculpture, storytelling and song at Creative Arts Camp, or learning how to audition for a play at Grand Theater Camp, MTC's professional teaching artists bring fun and growth through the arts to campers of all ages. This year, in response to COVID-19, Metro Theater Company has moved all summer camps to an online platform, making them more affordable but equally as engaging as their usual in-person summer programs.

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Lavner Virtual Tech Camps: Tech Revolution

Lavner Camps is offering Virtual Spring STEM and Tech Camps, Virtual Summer Tech Camps, and Lavner IQ - the World's #1 Online Tutoring Academy. Limited Time Offer:  Save $100 off Virtual Summer Tech Camps! Sibling and multi-week discounts are also available. 

The group format of Tech Camp online allows for learning, collaboration and guidance from talented instructors. The 1:4 to 1:8 instructor to camper ratio ensures that everyone can continue learning, avoid learning loss, and have lots of fun. 

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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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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: Amazing Canines
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 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

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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Saint Louis Zoo Announces Opening Date for Summer 2020; New Safety Protocols

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced it will reopen Saturday, June 13 with new protocols for visitors, including requiring timed reservations and face masks, and limiting attendance to better allow for social distancing. All Zoo staff will wear face masks and all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while visiting. 

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

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