Many St. Louis family attractions have re-opened with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings and safety guidelines here. We invite our readers to enjoy virtual events and socially distanced events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. Public health experts recommend that when you go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (required in St. Louis City and County), practice social distancing and wash your hands frequently. To learn why social distancing is important and effective in lessening the spread of COVID-19, hear from Dr. Alexis Elward, Chief Medical Officer at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Online Classes for Kids from Mad Science of St. Louis

Have fun with science at home! Mad Science online classes bring science to you, and are designed for ages 5-12 (kindergarten through 6th grade). These interactive classes make science learning super fun for your children. Only one child per household needs to be registered. Classes are $10 for one class, or $7.50 per class when you register for 2 to 4 classes, and just $6 per class when you register for 5 or more classes. Themes include Mad Mixtures, Optical Illusions, Under Pressure, Kitchen Chemistry, Dry Ice Capades and more. Classes take place via Zoom from 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Learn more and register at stlouis.madscience.org

 

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Saint Louis Zoo's #BringTheStlZooToYou Virtual Visits

Although the Saint Louis Zoo is closed to the public, the animal care team is sharing photos and videos of the animals and lots of information about the zoo your kids are sure to love! You'll learn about Hippo Harbor, what zoo volunteers do, the Children's Zoo (and the goats!), zebras, antelopes, stingrays, visit the insectarium, and lots more. 

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Fairy Tale Tea at The Magic House
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Sunday, November 15, 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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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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The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival
Saturday, August 22, 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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Find Indoor Fun for Preschoolers at These St. Louis Gems

Knowing where to go for some indoor kid fun is imperative this time of year. Fortunately, St. Louis has tons fun indoor play spaces for a variety of ages and interests. Here are a few of our favorites, specifically for preschool-age kiddos.

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COCACooks: Breakfast Club

In this two-hour workshop, kids ages 8-10 will explore the fun and creativity in making delicious breakfast items, from stuffed pancakes and breakfast meats to rich egg dishes with Chef April Strelinger. 

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Kids In The Middle Helps Children in St. Louis Find Resilience, and Families Adjust to the 'New Normal' When Parents Divorce

Separation and divorce can leave a kid’s head spinning and their heart broken, and knowing just how to help their kids in this new normal can be overwhelming to parents coming to terms with their own hurt and frustration. That's where St. Louis-based Kids in the Middle can step in and help families come out stronger even when a marriage has broken apart. Here's how they do it.
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City Museum on Air
Monday, August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Make art. Go on a guided tour, DIY a time capsule. Peek behind the scenes. Watch the Cassily Crew at work. Help inspect the slides. All from home! Every Monday through Friday the staff, crew, artists and historians at City Museum are going LIVE on Facebook to share stories, offer free art classes, and entertain kids and families in all the ways they know how (read: mischief, mayhem and making). 

 

 

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Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo Educators

Enjoy the Saint Louis Zoo online! Zoom with Saint Louis Zoo educators is a live, free presentation that allows families to learn more about animals and how amazing they are. Themes vary, and registration in advance is required. After registering, you'll receive a confirmation email letting you know how to join. 

If you can't join the live presentation, the recordings are available on the zoo's web site at stlzoo.org/STLZOOms

 

 

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Explore Purina Farms: Animal Connections
Monday, August 3, 2020
Monday, August 10, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020

Purina Farms is bringing the best of the farm to your home every week! You can virtually explore Purina Farms through videos featuring the animals, dog trainers and others who work there, as well as the pets who work and play at Purina Farms every day. Each day of the week features videos on a variety of topics including animal connections, training tips and responsible pet care advice for kids. 

 

 

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Magic At Home with The Magic House
Monday, August 3, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Magic House is bringing innovative, hands-on learning to you at home with its #MagicAtHome series of interactive, instructional online presentations. The Magic At Home series of activities includes lots of fun projects that you can make at home with common materials. The easy-to-follow directions mean your kids can make paper sculpture, do shaving cream marble painting, create make-your-own flowers, go "fishin," make TP roll animals, make salad spin art and more.

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

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