Many St. Louis family attractions have re-opened with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Many are hosting virtual and socially distanced events, which you'll find 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.

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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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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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Cupcake Concert from the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

From Saturday morning cartoons to pop adaptations, opera can be fun for kids and adults alike. Enjoy a lively, 45-minute concert of recognizable hits from favorite operas, followed by cupcakes and hands-on opera-inspired crafts. The Cupcake Concert is ideal for ages 5-12, or for anyone embracing their inner child!

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COCAcooks: The Perfect Cookie

Kids ages 8-10 can join the quest to make the perfect cookie! They'll explore at least two cookie styles, such as bar, drop, or shaped; and a range of ingredients, such as cocoa, chocolate chips, oatmeal, lemon or peppermint. Along with way, participants will learn the basics of baking and a dash of personal preference and creativity. 

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Storytime Theater Presents: The Honest to Goodness Truth

The Honest to Goodness Truth is a story by award-winning black author and St. Louisan Patricia McKissack. The adaptation is by Gregory Carr, a professor at Harris Stowe. This home-grown tale features a smart, confident young woman named Libby who learns a valuable lesson about telling the truth with compassion. 

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Planetarium Campfire Star Stories

Gather around the campfire and discover the many changes we see when day changes to night throughout the year. At this story time for all ages, you'll hear the seasonal sounds of nature and see stars twinkle across the sky as the wonders of the Earth's cycle are revealed. 

 

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Parents Guide to YouTube and Snapchat

YouTube and Snapchat, two of the most popular apps among middle and high school students, pose understandable concerns for parents. From graphic content to stranger danger, from the Momo hoax to the Tide Pod challenge, and countless stories linking social media use to depression, both apps can seem like minefields of potential danger. This free presentation will answer those questions, and help parents better communicate with their teens about social media. 

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Metro Theater Company presents Ghost

Running is all that Castle Crenshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has ever known. But Ghost runs for the wrong reasons until he meets Coach who sees something in him: crazy raw talent. Can Ghost stay on track, literally and figuratively, to harness his raw talent for speed on this elite track team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

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How to Set Expectations for Your Kids

A couple of years ago a dear friend shared with me some valuable advice: Every morning on the way to school she told her children exactly what she expected of them that day. She found her kids responded very well to this, and almost always rose to the expectation. Instantly I began using this almost everywhere we would go.

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Virtual Home School Days with the Missouri History Museum - Open to all Virtual Learners
Monday, September 21, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
Monday, November 23, 2020

Virtual Home School Days presented by the Missouri History Museum allow virtual learners across the St. Louis region the ability to tune in to lessons appropriate for individual leaners, those in a learning pods, and traditional home schoolers. Home School Days are held monthly, with new themes each month, and are free. 

 

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City Museum on Air

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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Explore Purina Farms: Animal Connections

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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