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Center of Creative Arts Serves Up Free Family Fun at Taste of COCA

Inside every kid is a Lin-Manuel Miranda, a Picasso and a Misty Copeland - all ready to break free to act, paint and dance.

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Hip-Hoppin'

Kids will be introduced to basic hip-hop dance styles while listening to their favorite Kidz Bop artists at this free workshop.

Part of the StArt@Your Library series at the St. Louis County Library. Presented by STAGES St. Louis. For ages 5-7.

Hip-Hoppin' will be held:
 

June 13 at 10 a.m. at the Bridgeton Trails Branch

Free, but registration is required. Learn more and register at slcl.org
 

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SHAKE 38 Festival is Five Days of Family Fun for Even the Youngest Theater Lovers

For five days in St. Louis, the region’s cast of characters turn the city into a stage and its residents into their audience.

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WiseWrite Festival of One-Act Plays

See a collection of one-act plays written by fifth graders at the WiseWrite Festival of One-Act Plays, now in its 20th year. The WiseWrite Festival is free and open to all.

The festival, presented by Springboard, is the culmination of many weeks of learning, brainstorming, writing, editing, practicing, reading, coaching and tweaking by students and their Springboard instructors and teachers. Using character development, plot analysis, theatricality and more, students increase literacy skills while bringing their stories to life as original plays. 

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Rhythms and Folklore of Africa

Enjoy the rhythms and stories of Africa with storyteller and performer Kenya Ajanaku at this exciting, free program for all ages. Part of the Black History Month celebration at the St. Louis County Library. 

Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Florissant Valley Branch

Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Branch

Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Bridgeton Trails Branch

Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Indian Trails Branch

Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Weber Road Branch

More information: slcl.org

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Mad Science Time at Play Street Museum
Sunday, February 25, 2024

Calling all budding scientists! Let's experiment, measure, and mix things up a bit with a morning full of exploration at Mad Science Time. Kids will get to be hands-on experimenting. All activities can be explored freely and playtime is included. 

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Paws for Reading from the St. Louis County Library
Monday, February 26, 2024
Monday, March 4, 2024
Wednesday, March 6, 2024

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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Kindermusik Playdate
Monday, February 26, 2024
Friday, March 22, 2024
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Are you interested in learning more about Kindermusik before committing to a full semester? Are you unsure how your baby or child will respond in a group setting? Join Kindermusik for a musical playdate and see firsthand how singing, moving, playing instruments, and dancing together has the power keep us connected, fuel kids' brains and bring joy. 

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