St. Louis Family Attractions

Saint Louis Art Museum

Located in the heart of historic Forest Park, the Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the nation's leading comprehensive art museums with collections that include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Beyond the collection, the Museum offers art programs designed for all ages and interests! Learn more at slam.org/Families.

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Laumeier Sculpture Park

Laumeier Sculpture Park: Engaging the community through art and nature.

Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the first and largest sculpture parks in the country. Laumeier is an internationally recognized, nonprofit arts organization that is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and operates in partnership with St. Louis County Parks.

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

From the youngest to the oldest, every member of the family is sure to enjoy a visit to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The only museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art, CAM is a place for discovery and delight, where families can encounter art that is bold and unexpected—and see something new with every visit. Special programs offer even more ways to connect with the art and for families to explore their own creativity.

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Grant's Farm

In the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey®, Grant's Farm ranked overall as the seventh-best family attraction nationwide. Together, Zagat Survey and Parenting magazine surveyed more than 11,000 avid travelers to rate family-oriented attractions across the United States. Zagat is the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure content. The Farm is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. Grant's Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., has been a St. Louis tradition for over five decades.

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Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the United States, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. Recently named one of the Top 10 Science Centers for Families by Parents magazine and one of America’s most visited museums by Forbes Traveler Magazine, – the only museum in Missouri to be named to either list - the Saint Louis Science Center complex includes a four-story OMNIMAX Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Its mission is to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning. 

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Missouri Botanical Garden

Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. The Garden is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis. Education programs for all ages, special exhibits and breath-taking attractions are year-round features. The Missouri Botanical Garden family of attractions includes The Butterfly House and Shaw Nature Reserve.

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Omnimax Movies at the Saint Louis Science Center

Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown featuring the IMAX with Laser. This state-of-the-art theater provides the sharpest images, unmatched sound quality and 40% greater color range than traditional theaters. The five-story, 80-foot-diameter dome will fill your entire field of vision providing a truly immersive experience. 

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Budding Artists Preschool Art Program
Monday, October 3, 2022
Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Tuesday, October 11, 2022

At this free art program for ages 3-6 the focus is on the process of making art rather than the finished product. Both in-person and virtual sessions are offered.

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Kindergarten Prep
Monday, October 3, 2022
Saturday, October 8, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022

Your child is old enough to start kindergarten, but is he or she ready? Are you? At this special presentation, both you and your child will get a brief overview of what is expected before your child even enters the classroom. You'll also receive a free backpack and school supplies. Registration is required.

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Paws for Reading from the St. Louis County Library
Monday, October 3, 2022
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Monday, October 10, 2022

Read to a friendly therapy dog from DUO Dogs, Inc. After the story, the dog's handler will answer any questions kids have about therapy dogs, pet care and more. For ages 3-11. Registration is required for this free program. 

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Join the Quest to Find 100 Turtles that have Escaped from City Museum!

Your biggest summer adventure awaits along the 128 miles of Great Rivers Greenway trails! Families are invited on the Greenway Quest to see if they can find one of 100 hand-painted turtle rocks that have been hidden along the trails in St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, and even a few hidden at City Museum! Those who find the "turtles" can register them and win prizes, and you can even enter to win prizes before you start your adventure!

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