free things to do in St. Louis with kids

Calling All Future Veterinarians

In this veterinary-themed program, students will assume the role of a veterinarian and learn how to perform a nose-to-tail exam, the importance of proper nutrition, perform a tick check, and identify animal body language.

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Spidey Senses

Kids can learn about their friendly, neighborhood spiders and their amazing senses. Then they'll paint spider webs using their own sense of touch, just like spiders. Spidey Senses is a free workshops for kids ages 6 to 11 presented by The Butterfly House. Registration is required.

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Block Friday

Come play on Block Friday at Play Street Museum! Block play is an open-ended play that offers children the freedom to create structures, take them apart, and put them together again. 

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Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Gather around the tree and listen to Mrs. Claus read some of her favorite holiday stories. After story time, children will decorate cookies and enjoy some delicious snacks. Parents, bring your cameras to take some pictures. Registration is required.

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U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is back for another beautifully lit season. Your family can stroll through the Zoo grounds surrounded by a million lights! Visitors will see animated light displays, enjoy fun photo opportunities, holiday carolers, Santa's woodland workshop, roaming entertainers, and lots more in this enchanting holiday wonderland.

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Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden

More than a million lights will illuminate some of the Missouri Botanical Garden's most iconic locations, walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic, and traditional candlelight village displays, festive drinks, s'mores and great photo opportunities will delight crowds of all ages.

 

 

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The Magic House Hosts Halloween Magic, Lots More in October

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