To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, most family attractions and many businesses have closed temporarily. We urge our readers to follow public health guidelines: Stay home if at all possible and practice social distancing if you must leave your home. For the latest on protecting your family and community from COVID-19 follow these guidelines. To learn the facts about children and COVID-19, hear from Dr. Hilary Babcock, an infectious disease specialist with St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Fairy Tale Tea at The Magic House
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Sunday, May 17, 2020

At The Magic House's Fairy Tale Tea, aspiring princes and princesses will have the opportunity to dine on fine pastries and fruit, make a bejeweled tiara or crown to take home and enjoy a short, live production of Cinderella. They can also meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and the Fairy Godmother! Reservations are required.

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Family Time: These St. Louis Organizations Have Leveled-Up Their Online Resources to Enrich Your Stay-at-Home Life

St. Louis family attractions and businesses are providing lots of ways to entertain your kids and enrich your stay-at-home time as a family. Spend some time on the screen and experience what's new at the Saint Louis Zoo or take a tour of The Magic House, MADE for Kids. Take learning to the next level with online classes from Mad Science, the Saint Louis Chess Club, and Little Medical School. Or learn to juggle with Circus Harmony. You can even watch a snake feeding frenzy live! Here's where to find the fun: 

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First Friday: Harry Potter
Friday, November 6, 2020

Return to Hogwarts once more and explore the science of our favorite wizarding world. Shop from local artists and crafters, journey through the building on a special mission, and learn how chemistry connects to Harry Potter with special guest Dr. Rebecca Lai. See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the end of the evening.

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Old School Home School: My Kids Are Going to Learn Like It’s 1991

Congratulations. You are now your kids' de facto teacher. But in this time of high anxiety, you get to decide what your "school" will look like and what your kids really need. I'm absolutely sure that what none of us need right now is more stress. To that end, I decided my kids need some current-day instruction mixed in with as many practical life lessons as I could pass along from my own growing-up years: the 1990s. 

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St. Louis Family Attractions Closure List (Continually Updated)

Break out the books, toys and puzzles and sharpen your pillow fort skills. St. Louis family attractions have closed their doors and cancelled events for the next several weeks to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Here is a handy list of what's closed (and for how long) that will be updated daily as new information becomes available. Please note that projected opening dates may change.

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12 Easy Ways to Create Hands-on STEM Learning Labs for Kids at Home

Do your children have an interest in figuring out how things work? Do they enjoy experimenting with their surroundings? Almost all kids do, and luckily, it's easy to set up hands-on learning stations for your kids in your own home using materials you probably already have.

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Wee Wednesday at the Saint Louis Art Museum
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Preschool age kids can learn, play, explore and grow at the Saint Louis Art Museum's program for its youngest visitors. Join in on the adventure as little ones discover new ways of interacting with art and each other. 

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WeBop Free Trial Class

Developed by Jazz at Lincoln Center, WeBop is an early-childhood jazz education program for ages 3 to 5 that invites families to stomp, strut and swing to the joyous rhythms of jazz. Pre-registration is required for this free trial class. 

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Tot Time at the Carousel
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Kids ages 2-6 will have fun riding the Carousel in Faust Park, making a craft and hearing an original story from Aunt Peggy, a local author and retired school teacher.

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The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Taste of Maplewood Street festival brings together foodies, shoppers and music lovers to enjoy the bites, sights and sounds of Maplewood. The festival includes live entertainment from two stages, children's activities, and local restaurants and retailers offering food, drinks, and specialties.

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Hunt for a Cure
Sunday, May 31, 2020

This fantastic egg hunt is one of the largest in St. Louis and benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - Gateway Chapter. More than 80,000 eggs will be hidden in Queeny Park. Family passes are $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the hunt. 

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Barks 'N Books Reading Day at Purina Farms
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Visit the newest interactive reading experience for kids in the St. Louis area – Barks N Books Reading Day at Purina Farms! This free book reading features USO therapy dog Maverick and gives your kids the opportunity to read to them. Reservations are not necessary.

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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Camp Lakewood Open Houses are designed to give you and your children or teens the opportunity to meet the camp directors, ask questions and see the beautiful property. You'll get a tour of the camp, be able to speak with camp staff and be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime at YMCA Camp Lakewood.

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Parents' Survival Night at The Little Gym
Friday, May 1, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020

Parents call it a break from the kids, and kids call it a break from parents, so its a win-win for all! During Parents' Survival Night you can spend some adult time seeing a movie or catching up with friends, while your kids get quality "kid time" in a safe, familiar, and fun place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games and fun LEGO, DUPLO and LEGO Junior building activities.

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Kids Art Night Out
Friday, May 1, 2020

Kids Art Night Out at Yucandu Art Studio features a new creative project each month, ranging from mosaics, to collage, print-making, glitter, clay and more.

 

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Tons of Transportation
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Kids of all ages are invited to climb on and explore dump trucks, backhoes, fire trucks, police cruisers, an excavator and more at Tons of Transportation.

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St. Louis Family Attractions Closure List (Continually Updated)

Break out the books, toys and puzzles and sharpen your pillow fort skills. St. Louis family attractions have closed their doors and cancelled events for the next several weeks to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Here is a handy list of what's closed (and for how long) that will be updated daily as new information becomes available. Please note that projected opening dates may change.

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Old School Home School: My Kids Are Going to Learn Like It’s 1991

Congratulations. You are now your kids' de facto teacher. But in this time of high anxiety, you get to decide what your "school" will look like and what your kids really need. I'm absolutely sure that what none of us need right now is more stress. To that end, I decided my kids need some current-day instruction mixed in with as many practical life lessons as I could pass along from my own growing-up years: the 1990s. 

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Sleep-Away Camp: Then and Now

Last summer, I was introduced to the wonders of modern-day sleep-away camp when my daughter spent a week at one for the first time. And let me tell you – these kids have it good. Real good. I went to sleep-away camp too, when I was a kid, and let's just say things have changed. Here are just a few of the differences between then and now.

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Coming Soon: Why the Forest Park Playscape, Opening This Year, Will Be Much More Than a Playground

Since breaking ground on the child-inspired Nature Playscape in Forest Park last summer, Forest Park Forever, the City of St. Louis and their team of partners have been pushing forward on this much-anticipated project at full speed, constructing eight activity areas where your kids will soon splash, climb, build, and learn. Already halfway completed, this one-of-a-kind play area in the heart of the park is destined to grow children’s interest in the natural world around them.

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Blood, Flood or Vomit: How I Taught My Kids to Be More Independent

Once upon a time, well before we had children, I sat down to have a conversation with my husband. Looking back now, it was a magical twenty minutes. Perhaps we talked about something somewhat important, like our monthly financial spreadsheet, or something extremely important, like what restaurant we were going to for dinner. The point isn’t what the conversation was about. The point is that once upon a time we were able to have an entire uninterrupted conversation.

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