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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Visiting Artist Series: The Elves and the Shoemaker Performance

Based on the tale by The Brothers Grimm, the Imaginary Theatre Company tells the story of the kindly cobler whose good deed is rewarded with the help of magical events. This heartwarming story is a reminder that with kindness, generosity and hope, anything is possible. Enjoy a performance of The Elves and the Shoemaker at The Magic House on December 7, with shows at noon and 2:30 p.m.

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Boo at the Zoo Nights

Explore the St. Louis Zoo after dark at Boo at the Zoo. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to this non-scary celebration designed just for kids. Though this is not a trick-or-treating experience, costumes are encouraged, and each child 12 and under will receive a treat bag when they leave.

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Howl-O-Ween Fest at Purina Farms

Bring your kids and your dog to Purina Farms for some dog-gone fall fun at the Howl-O-Ween Fest! You'll enjoy a costume party, fun carnival games, music, face painting, storytelling, circus and magic shows, amazing canine performances, pony rides, inflatables, and more. Wear your favorite costumes for the costume paw-ty! Reservations are NOT required. 

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Storytime Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

Christmas Eve provides a backdrop to explore the arrival of four spirits sent from beyond to teach a miserly Scrooge about the interconnectedness of people and the importance of kindness, compassion, and community. This free performance is geared toward kids in grades kindergarten through grade 5.

 

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Books and Butterflies

Experience this storytelling adventure at The Butterfly House. Your little ones will enjoy fun storytime readings with some very special guests. Books and Butterflies is included with Butterfly House admission.

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Trim the Trees Family Workshop

Learn about winter birds while you and your child create homemade ornaments that double as bird feeders. Then, you'll head out for a guided hike around Laumeier Sculpture Park to explore the woods and leave one of your ornaments for the birds at Laumeier. 

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Not-So-Haunted House at The Magic House

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.

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Breakfast with Santa at Dinnertime

For those of you who just aren't morning people, Eckerts is offering Breakfast with Santa at Dinnertime. It's exactly like Breakfast with Santa, but at dinnertime. Children can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, and Santa will have a special gift for each child.

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Breakfast with Santa at Eckerts

At Breakast with Santa at Eckerts, your child can tell Santa their Christmas wishes, have their photo taken with him and decorate some holiday cookies while your whole family enjoys a farm-fresh breakfast. 

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The Monster Under the Bed Isn't Real, But Kids' Fears Can Be

As much as you tell your kids that the monsters under the bed aren't real, kids' fears can be very real to them, and have a major impact on their lives. Here's how to give your kids the tools they need to understand fear and put things that scare them into perspective. 

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Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk

Visit Maplewood as they kick off the holiday season at the annual Christmas Tree Walk. You'll enjoy caroling, the grand lighting of the Christmas Tree, free carriage rides and hot chocolate and, of course, pictures and visits with Santa Claus.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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