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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Science Spooktacular at the Saint Louis Science Center

Science gets spooky at the Saint Louis Science Center's annual Halloween party! Bring your little ghouls, goblins, astronauts and dinosaurs to this candy-free Halloween event featuring hands-on, spell-binding science. The whole family is encouraged to come in costume. Admission and parking are free.

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Fall Open House at Forsyth School: A Taste of Forsyth

Find out what makes Forsyth School unique at its Fall Open House: A Taste of Forsyth. Register your child for a sample class! Try art, music, science or stories. Then tour the campus with a grade 6 student, or explore on your own! Either way, enjoy plenty of time to talk with the teachers, administrators, and current parents. Childcare will be provided for children ages 2 and up.

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Frights and Heights at the Gateway Arch

Enjoy a night of Halloween fun topped off with a view you can't find anywhere else! Wear your family friendly costumes and see spooky sights as you make your way to the top of the Arch. Then families can have fun with face painting, balloon animals, pumpkin decorating and treats for kids. 

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St. Louis Has Supersized Halloween This Year! Here's Your Guide to Tons of Freaky Family Fun

When it comes to Halloween fun, St. Louis has always been a bit . . . extra. Lucky for those of us who can't get enough of monsters, ghosts and goblins, this year is no different! Break out your best costumes and get ready for some spooky, mostly not-so-scary Halloween fun for you and your little pumpkins, because we found more than 60 ways to celebrate the spookiest of seasons. 

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Pumpkin Patch in the Pool

Come see the floating pumpkin patch at the South City Family YMCA and enjoy a night of spooky fun! There will be swimming, a water slide, pumpkin decorating, family selfie station, and pumpkins to take home. Come prepared to make a splash. 

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Halloween Hayride and Trunk or Treat

Enjoy a fun fall hayride, dress in your Halloween costumes, and gather some sweet treats at the Trunk or Treat at this Halloween-themed event sponsored by the city of Valley Park. There will also be The Bubble Bus, a pumpkin maze, bonfire, face painting, and a special showing of Hocus Pocus after dark. 

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Big Truck Day at The Magic House

Big trucks will be a big deal at The Magic House on Big Truck Day. Visitors can register to attend a Big Truck Day celebration where they can get up close and personal with a cement mixer, crane, fire truck and more.

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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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