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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Got Those Back to School Blues? Neither Do We.

The Week before school started I came across a meme that said, "You only get eighteen summers with your kids – make them count!" My first thought after reading it was,"Eighteen? The house will never make it."
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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in Missouri

August means back-to-school for most area students, so the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is important for St. Louis families to note.  In the state of Missouri, the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2 and runs through Sunday, August 4.

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6 Smart Study Stations That Spell School Year Success

Homework may not be your child’s favorite part of the school year, but it’s no secret that completing those after-school assignments can lead to academic success.

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40 Days and 40 nights (of Summer)

I finally understand why my Mom shot off fireworks the night before the first day of school. I also understand why she talked to herself all of the time.

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Coming Soon: Back-to-School Bugs

Whooping cough, (also known as pertussis), measles, and other highly contagious diseases tend to spike when kids go back to school. If you're thinking of skipping vaccines - for any member of your family - read this first.

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Back to Class? Not So Fast

The heat hasn't made you delusional. "Summer" is almost over and it's getting shorter every year. Here are 6 reasons why starting school in the middle of August is all kinds of wrong.

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School Stress - The Mommy Edition

In just a few weeks, my 4-year-old’s preschool starts once again. As her excitement runs wild, my anxiety is jogging right alongside it.

Between work schedules, daycare, preschool, soccer, tumbling, family events and, on a very rare occasion, a social life, our home turns upside down the day school starts. Trying to stay on top of everything can be overwhelming for any parent, so instead of burying my stress under a king-sized Kit-Kat, I turned to two experts to help solve my most pressing organization dilemmas.

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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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World Bird Sanctuary Drive-Thru Safari Experience

Visit the World Bird Sanctuary for a fun drive-through safari experience from the safety of your car. Naturalists will offer facts and answer questions as they display reptiles and birds of prey, including eagles, owls, falcons, kestrels, hawks, parrots and more. There will also be distance selfie stations! 

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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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The Boulevard and Tower Grove Farmers Markets
Sunday, May 31, 2020

Visit the Boulevard in Richmond Heights for a combination Farmers Market with Tower Grove Farmers Market. Masks and social distancing are required to attend. #SupportLocal farmers and entrpreneurs selling essential items during this weekly event. 

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No, last Saturday I didn’t plant a victory garden or make a sourdough starter. I wasn’t the mom who created movie tickets and set up a concession stand in my house for movie night (seriously, WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS and how did word get back to my kids?). I stayed on the couch all day and hissed at anyone who invaded my territory. Like millions of other parents juggling homeschooling and working from home, I’m beat.

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St. Louis Area Summer Camps, Some Family Attractions to Open In June with New Safety Guidelines

Summer camps in the St. Louis area that have announced they will hold in-person summer sessions are enacting strict safety protocols to help ensure the health of their campers. In addition to limiting enrollment, camps are cancelling field trips, enacting strict cleaning protocols, taking daily temperature and symptom checks, and puting measures in place that will allow for social distancing.

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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

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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Blood, Flood or Vomit: How I Taught My Kids to Be More Independent

Once upon a time, well before we had children, I sat down to have a conversation with my husband. Looking back now, it was a magical twenty minutes. Perhaps we talked about something somewhat important, like our monthly financial spreadsheet, or something extremely important, like what restaurant we were going to for dinner. The point isn’t what the conversation was about. The point is that once upon a time we were able to have an entire uninterrupted conversation.

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