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Fit Kid: Free Kid at The Magic House

On the first Friday of the month kids are invited to spend some FREE time getting fit at Fit Kid: Free Kid at The Magic House. Kids 12 and under who complete a fitness challenge upon arrival can earn free admission to the event. 

 

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Safety Town Opens at The Magic House

Kids can once again go to town learning about safety because Kirkwood Safety Town has returned to the Magic House. Safety Town features a child-sized neighborhood including a fire station, police station, electric company, farmers market, park, house, and even a train station!

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Cold and Flu Season is Upon Us. Here's How You Can Be Prepared

A chill is in the air and what is commonly known as "cold and flu season" is now upon us. Sometimes catching a virus is simply inevitable, but there are certainly steps you can take for yourself and your children to decrease the likelihood of becoming ill. We spoke with Rachel Orscheln, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Infectious Diseases at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University, about common seasonal illnesses in kids and how to protect against them, as well as treat them.

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Super High SPF? Spray vs. Lotion? Organic vs. Traditional? Your Complete Guide to Kids' Sun Safety

The long, hot days of summer are in full swing, which means kids are spending hours outdoors in the sun swimming, playing sports, attending camps and other activities.

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Kids Open Play at Ultimate Ninjas
Friday, February 15, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Kids and teens ages 6-15 can practice and explore a variety of obstacles, fine tune their skills on a single obstacle, or practice running the customizable courses at Ultimate Ninjas Open Play. Registration is recommended. 

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Cosmic Climb at Upper Limits Rock Gym
Friday, February 15, 2019
Friday, March 15, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019

Put on your black light reflective gear and head to Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym for Cosmic Climb! This out-of-this-world climb is held on the third Friday of each month. 

 

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