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Breakfast with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Take your kids to The Butterfly House to have brunch with The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Guests will meet live caterpillars and butterflies, listen to readings of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, and explore the interactive Bug Stations.

This special day will be captured with a souvenir photo with The Very Hungry Caterpillar himself!

Reservations are required and space is limited.

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After School Session: Maple Sugaring

Did your child’s school miss out on a Maple Sugar School Field Trip? No problem. Learn the history of maple sugaring, visit the sugar bush to collect sap, and learn to boil it down into syrup. Dress for the weather as the entire program is outdoors and part of the trail is not stroller accessible.

Free. 4-5:30 p.m. at Rockwoods Reservation in Wildwood. 

More information and reservations: www.mdc.mo.gov


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Tails of the Night at the Wildlife Rescue Center

Learn about nocturnal animals at the 6th annual Tails of the Night at the Wildlife Rescue Center. The Center treats more than 500 native nocturnal animals yearly, such as bats, foxes, opossums, raccoons and flying squirrels. You'll learn about the live of these seldom-seen neighbors from the volunteers and staff who care for them.

You can also take an audio tour of the wildlife rehabilitation facility and learn about the mission of the Wildlife Rescue Center. then grab your flashlight and head out to the nature trail.

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Child Safety Day

Child Safety Day in St. Louis is an opportunity for kids to learn about all kinds of safety organizations that are in the community and have fun too. Fredbird is a special guest!

At Child Safety Day, kids can learn about fire safety from the St. Louis Fire Departmetn and tour the department's Safe House. The Missouri Department of Health will be giving away free bike helmets while supplies last. The St. Louis Police Department will also be on hand with their canines to demonstrate how the dogs respond to commands. 

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Great Pumpkin Festival

Have a fun day at the Great Pumpkin Festival, a county-fair-meets-pig-roast-meets-trip-to-the-pumpkin-patch event to kick off the fall season. The Great Pumpkin Festival include live music, local vendors, great food and lots of kids' activities in the Pumpkin Patch Kids Corner. 

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See What's New for Kids at GroveFest 2015

Set in the heart of St. Louis, The Grove is one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in the city. This year's GroveFest will be more family friendly than ever, with a new Grove Kids Zone featuring a children's stage, a hay bale maze, a giant paint-by-numbers community mural and lots more.

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Sandcastle Beach at The Magic House

With the help of ten truckloads of sand, The Magic House's backyard will be transformed once again into a beachfront park for the popular Sandcastle Beach exhibit. Sandcastle Beach opens May 26 with a Kick Off to Summer event that includes ice cream, the Bubble Bus and a dance party!

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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. Opening May 24: The Little Mermaid: The IMAX Experience.

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