Head to Forest Park for the 47th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race. Watch as nearly 70 hot air balloons inflate, glow and launch. Families can also enjoy food trucks, fireworks, children's activities and live music.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Friday (music, food trucks and kids' activities), and the Balloon Glow lasts from dusk to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the Forest Park Balloon Race kicks off at noon. The Purina Children's Entertainment area also opens at noon with live performances, inflatables, games, mural painting and other activities designed for the younger crowd, plus performances by the Purina Pro Plan Performance Team and food trucks. Skydivers take flight at 3 p.m. and balloons launch at 4:30 p.m.
More information: greatforestparkballoonrace.com
You and your kids can learn about space, science, the solar system and lots more in a fun, hands-on way during Public Missions at the Challenger Learning Center. Simulated Space missions are geared for families with kids ages 6 and up, and some for families with kids ages 11 and up.
Wagon rides, live entertainment, great festival foods, a petting zoo and much more make this an apple pickin' good time for the whole family. There will be pony rides, a children's carnival, opportunities to feed goats and other farm animals, caramel apples, funnel cakes and more.
Kids can enjoy bubble fun from The Magic House, the St. Louis Police Department Operation Polar Cops ice cream truck, face painting, games, and explore the St. Louis Fire Department fire truck. There will be 300 free lunches provided for children 12 and under.