Visit the Missouri History Museum this summer for all kinds of family fun that's free! On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, children will enjoy art, storytelling, special entertaining guests, musical workshops, crafts, performances by St. Louis favorites like the Muny Kids, Celia and Friends, and lots more.
Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. each day and are held throughout the museum.
June 29: Storytelling and crafts.
July 2: Folk Music in the Melting Pot presented by The Sheldon. Enjoy the folk music of America, from Colonial-era ballads and Southern spirituals, to songs of the cowboys and folk songs of the 20th century.
July 3: Storytelling and crafts.
July 6: Storytelling and crafts.
July 9: Celia and Friends Puppet Show.
July 10: Storytelling and crafts.
July 11: "Tar Beach" by Faith Ringgold. Local authors from the St. Louis Black Authors of Children's Literature Initiative will share their original stories as well as this classic story about Cassie Louise Lightfoot.
July 13: Storytelling and crafts.
July 16: Carnival Celebrations of West Indies presented by Pinx Academy of Dance. Take a journey through the Caribbean and learn the history and evolution of Carnival celebrations.
July 17: Storytelling and crafts.
July 18: Maybe Something Beautiful" by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Step into a story about Mira, who brightens up her gray community with colorful artwork in Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood.
July 20: Storytelling and crafts.
July 23: Musical Muny! Join Robert Bernstein from Robert's Music Together to celebrate 100 years of St. Louis's legendary outdoor theater.
July 24: Storytelling and crafts.
July 25: Change the World Before Bedtime. Step into a special superhero and learn how young people can take simple actions to make a big difference in the world.
July 27: Storytelling and crafts.
All activities are free. At the Missouri History Museum.
More information: mohistory.org
Also check out the new Museum Babies Storytelling for ages 6 months to two years.
Bring your kids and your dog to the Purina Farms Trunk or Treat! In addition to plenty of treats for your two-legged and four-legged little ones, there will be face painting, games, balloon animals and a family entertainment area. Advance tickets are required.
It's the Not-So-Haunted House that is oh-so-fun! Kids of all ages are invited to dress in their most "boo-tiful" Halloween costumes and have a ghoulishly good time trick-or-treating at The Magic House and getting autographs from their favorite storybook characters.
Artscope offers a variety of creative opportunities on Sunday afternoons, mostly for kids in Kindergarten and up, but some are for adults too! Sunday Fundays are focused on culture, ecology and artistic skill-building, and there is a different activity each week.