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ThurtenE Carnival at Washington University

The annual ThurtenE Carnival at Washington University brings together the university and greater St. Louis communities for three days of rides, live performances and delicious food.

It is the largest and oldest student-run carnival in the nation, organized by members of the ThurtenE Honorary.

Carnival hours are:

Friday, April 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. (unlimited wrist band night)

Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General admission is free, and tickets for rides and special performances are available on-site.

Held on the campus of Washington University. More information: thurtene.org


Locations: St. Louis
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Physics Family Fun Day

Calling all families of middle schoolers! Learn the physics of behind sharks, cheetahs, electric fish and more at this free Family Fun Day. You'll learn about the physics of all of these super animals through experiments and hands-on activities. 

This free event is sponsored by the Washington University Department of Physics Outreach Committee. Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Washington University's Danforth Campus, Crow Hall, Room 201. Free. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

RSVP to washu.physics.outreach@gmail.com

More information: schoolpartnership.wustl.edu


Lavner Camps at Wash U

One Brookings DR
St. Louis, MO 63130

Lavner Camps – Award-Winning Summer Camps at Wash U!  Summer Camp. Redefined. Lavner Camps leads the industry in Summer Enrichment Camps and is offering Cutting-Edge Technology Camps & Creative Art Camps at Washington University in St. Louis! Campers can attend one or more weeks at any of our highly specialized camps in Robotics Camp with LEGO® EV3®, Robotics with Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Camp with VEX® IQ, 3D Minecraft™ Camp, Elite Skills Minecraft™ Camp with Java™ Coding,  National Minecraft™Camp Tournament Week, Computer Programming Camp with Python™, Computer Programming with Java™, Spy Tech Camp, Video Game Design Camp with Apps, Game Design with GameMaker™, Digital Movie Production Camp for YouTube™, Web Design Camp, 3D Printing Camp & Modeling, Digital Fashion Design Camp, Fashion Design Camp, Graphic Design with T-Shirt Customization, Filmmaking Camp! Also check out our CIT Leadership Program. Read More

The teen brain is an amazing thing – especially when it’s hard at work learning about itself. Through the St. Louis Area Brain Bee (SLABB) on Feb. 17, Washington University and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) are giving future researchers, physicians, and scientists the chance to get up close and personal with the human brain and discover what truly makes us tick – all while they compete for great prizes.

Family Fun Saturday at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

Join the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on Oct. 29 for Family Fun Saturday, with interactive art experiences, family-friendly performances, and lots more for all ages. Come in costume and receive a special prize!

Activities include collage making, storytelling, button making, snacks, family-friendly tours of the exhibits and much more. A special treat will be a spoken word, family-friendly hip hop performance by St. Louis Story Stitchers.

Visitors will enjoy stories about artists like Jackson Pollock and Matisse, and all ages can take part in an emoji scavenger hunt! Find the artworks that correspond to the emojis and be entered to win a special prize.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is located near the corner of Skinker and Forsyth Boulevards, and is directly west of Forest Park on the Danforth Campus of Washington University. Parking on campus is free on weekends.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Ongoing art activities and games for all. The Saint Louis Stitchers spoken word and hip hop performance begins at noon.

Family-friendly tours of the exhibit are scheduled for 1 and 2 p.m.

Family Fun Saturday is free and open to all.

More information: kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu


Locations: St. Louis
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Play Fit, Stay Fit

To guide kids and parents alike through the causes and effects of sports injuries as well as their prevention, Washington University and the St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center, which provides traditional and comprehensive sports medicine services to young athletes, is hosting Play Fit, Stay Fit!, a free open house event.

Kids age 8 and older are invited to take part in a day of fun, free activities, including warm-up exercises with physical therapists, games, Ask-the-Doctor booths, wholesome snacks, and great giveaways. Orlando Pace, former offensive tackle for the St. Louis Rams, will meet kids in the Fan Zone alongside Rampage from the Rams and Louie from the St. Louis Blues.

Stick around as clinicians from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Orthopedics lead a series of informative and interactive presentations focused on the topics most relevant to your child’s safety on the field, ice or court, such as sports injury prevention, concussions, sports anxiety, and heart conditions in the young athlete.

Play Fit, Stay Fit! will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 8 at St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center, 13001 North Outer 40 in Town & Country. The event is geared toward young athletes ages 8 and older, but is free to everyone who attends.

Registration is required – to book your family’s spot, call 314-454-KIDS or visit www.stlouischildrens.org/playfit.


African Film Festival Youth Matinee

Experience South Africa during the 10th annual Washington University African Film Festival Matinee. Films include The Case of the Disappearing Daddy, Kanyekanye, and Khumba.

In The Case of the Disappearing Daddy (4 minutes), little Amy turns the case over to super sleuth A. Stemmet when daddy goes missing during bath time.

In the film Kanyekanye (25 minutes), an argument erupts in a township in South Africa about which apple is better - the red or the green - and causes a great divide in the town's history. The one rule, that greens and reds do not mix, is broken when Thomas, a boy from the green side of town, falls in love with Thandi, a girl from the red side of town.

Enjoy the best in African animation in the film Khumba (85 minutes) where, rejected by his superstitious herd, a half-striped zebra embarks on a daring quest to earn his stripes but finds the courage and self-acceptance to save all the animals of the Great Karoo.

The matinee begins at 1 p.m. in Brown Hall, Room 100 at Washington University. All films are free and open to all.

More information: wupa.wustl.edu/africanfilm


Washington University's Lunar New Year's Festival

Take a front seat for a spectacular performance from the Washington University's Lunar New Year's Festival.

From a magical diabolo performance, a fantastic feat of Chinese yoyo, to a powerful martial arts performance, visitors will enjoy traditional dances still popular in China today.

Part of the Children's China exhibit at The Magic House. 

Performances are at 10:30 and 12:30 p.m. Included with Magic House admission,

More information: magichouse.org


Festival of Science Family Fun Day at the Saint Louis Science Center

Enjoy a day of interactive activities, wacky experiments and amazing presentations for the entire family. Experience science with your kids as you investigate the human brain, learn about birds of prey, explore military technology, climb a rock wall and much more.

Other featured activities include:

• Wings Over Water program by the World Bird Sanctuary at 12:30 and 2 p.m.

• Take the Disney Travel Challenge with Radio Disney's Road Crew from 10 a.m. to noon. Show off your travel skills and win great prizes.

• Check out the Amazing Brain Carnival presented by Washington University. This event explores the mystery and wonder of the human brain with experiments, real brain specimins and brain games of chance.

• Climb the Upper Limits rock wall!

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saint Louis Science Center. More information: www.slsc.org

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