To help limit the spread of Coronavirus and to support public health efforts, many family attractions have closed temporarily. Some are opening with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings here. In the meantime, we invite our readers to enjoy virtual events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. When you do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks, 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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Putting the "Family" in Family Films

Dear Big-Time Hollywood Producers,

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but thank you. Thank you for understanding that parents must sit through children’s movies. Thank you for realizing that although they may walk into walls and eat Play-Doh once in awhile, our kids are pretty smart and can laugh at things besides bodily functions. Thank you for creating films we can enjoy together as a family and don’t make me want to beat myself silly with the remote control.

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Catch the Action of Live Soccer with the St. Louis Athletica


Are your kids crazy about soccer? Keep them inspired at a women’s professional soccer game with the St. Louis Athletica. The season kicks off April 11 with a game against the FC Gold Pride at the St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton.

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Siteman Cancer Center's Mammography Van to Visit Metro Area YMCAs

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and the YMCA of Greater St. Louis have announced a partnership to offer health screenings, education and cancer prevention information across the region. As part of this effort, the Siteman Cancer Center's mammography van will regularly visit YMCAs across the region from now through August.

The Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van will be at the following YMCA locations to screen women for breast cancer:

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Dreaming of Dry Nights

A couple of months ago I celebrated that my days of surfing the Web for “potty training” expertise were over. And yet there I was yesterday, back online, googling “bed wetting” info. My 3-year-old can go quite some time without incident, and then boom! We have a night like Thursday, when I’m changing the bedding twice in one night for no apparent reason.

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Catch a Wave at the Science Center’s Omnimax Theater

Chances are you won’t see too many people surfing on the Mighty Mississippi, but you can still experience what it’s like to ride the waves at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Omnimax theater presentation of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater.

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Enjoy a Musical Merry-Go-Round Dance Party with Ralph’s World

Ralph Covert, the indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and children’s book author behind the insanely popular Ralph’s World shows and albums, will make a special, intimate St. Louis appearance at Off Broadway Nightclub on Sunday, April 11, as part of 88.1 KDHX’s Musical Merry-Go-Round concert series.

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Pick Up Some Groceries & Support Children’s Theater

Since 1973, St. Louis-based Metro Theater Company has helped foster an early appreciation for the arts in children through its educational theater productions performed  in schools and community centers throughout the city and state. To help continue this tradition, on Thursday, April 1, area Whole Foods Markets will sponsor a Community Support Day to benefit the theater company.

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Getting Through The Kids' Shows

Like any mom, I’ve joined my children on the floor to catch up on their favorite kids’ shows.

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A Missouri Adventure: Children’s Garden Reopens at Botanical Garden April 1


A Missouri Adventure: The Doris L. Schnuck Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden kicks off its fifth season with a number of opening-week festivities April 1 through 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spring festivities, presented by Macy’s, include live music, storytelling, face painting, crafts and educational activities in the Nature Explore Classroom. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about plants we eat and the power of pollination, and they can make a seed packet to take home.

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Fabulous in Five

When reality star Kendra Wilkinson showed off her newborn son in magazines last December, I thought, cute baby, but OMG, check out her nails! They were perfectly manicured! And dark! I can’t remember the last time I wore dark red polish.

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Get Back to Nature at Powder Valley

Now that warmer temperatures have arrived, it’s a great time to get the family outside and break the cabin fever that’s been lingering all winter. What better way to get “back to nature” than a hike in the woods.

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New Children's Hospital iPhone App Is Reassuring

It's pretty much common sense that if your kid gets a sliver, you take it out. But what if it's a really big, really deep one that you can't remove?  In her foot, so it hurts when she walks? And it's 5 p.m. so you'd have to go to the emergency room for medical care? The new St. Louis Children's Hospital iPhone app, called Kid Care, can help.

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Get Cookin’: Schnucks Hosts Special Cooking Class for Kids


Want to start your kids learning the basics of cooking or inspire budding chefs? The Schnucks Cooks Cooking School, located on the mezzanine level of the flagship Des Peres store, is presenting a special cooking class this Saturday from for kids ages 5-8 called “The Rookie Chef: Kids in the Kitchen.”

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The Surprise Inside

When we were younger, my brother and I would battle over the surprise in the cereal box. If it took an eye gouge to win the temporary tattoo out of the corn flakes, so be it. This wasn’t breakfast. This was Fight Club.

Thanks to Cheerios®, kids won’t have to fight over the surprise in each box. In fact, they can share it – and learn from it.

Beginning in late March, specially marked boxes of Cheerios will feature a free book, “1 Zany Zoo,” written by Lori Degman, a special education teacher from Vernon Hills, Ill., and winner of Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories® New Author Contest. The book will be packaged in 2.2 million Cheerios boxes before its Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers hardback launch this summer.

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All Aboard! Model Train Exhibit at The Magic House

Kids love trains and Kirkwood is a community that is developed around train tracks. So it makes sense that Kirkwood’s Magic House children’s museum is hosting a special model train exhibit beginning March 12.

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Explore Purina Farms: Fur Friday
Friday, June 5, 2020
Friday, June 12, 2020
Friday, June 19, 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
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 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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Science @ Home with the Saint Louis Science Center
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Friday, June 5, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020

The Science Louis Science Center is continuing to ignite and sustain lifelong science and technology learning through its online Science @ Home series! Visit the Science Center's web site or social media channels for DIY science experiments that can be done at home, Amazing Science Demonstrations from the Science Center's Energy Stage team, connections to local scientists, astronomy updates from the McDonnell Planetarium, live chats and more. Content is designed for all ages. 

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No, last Saturday I didn’t plant a victory garden or make a sourdough starter. I wasn’t the mom who created movie tickets and set up a concession stand in my house for movie night (seriously, WHICH ONE OF YOU DID THIS and how did word get back to my kids?). I stayed on the couch all day and hissed at anyone who invaded my territory. Like millions of other parents juggling homeschooling and working from home, I’m beat.

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The Magic House, Made for Kids, Sandcastle Beach Will Reopen to the Public, Including Summer Camps

The Magic House has announced it will reopen to the public on June 15, open its St. Louis city satellite location – MADE for Kids – on June 9, and summer camps are proceeding as planned. 

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St. Louis Area Summer Camps, Some Family Attractions to Open In June with New Safety Guidelines

Summer camps in the St. Louis area that have announced they will hold in-person summer sessions are enacting strict safety protocols to help ensure the health of their campers. In addition to limiting enrollment, camps are cancelling field trips, enacting strict cleaning protocols, taking daily temperature and symptom checks, and installilng measures that allow for social distancing.

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Saint Louis Zoo Announces Opening Date for Summer 2020; New Safety Protocols

The Saint Louis Zoo has announced it will reopen Saturday, June 13 with new protocols for visitors, including requiring timed reservations and face masks, and limiting attendance to better allow for social distancing. All Zoo staff will wear face masks and all guests over the age of 9 will be required to wear face masks/face coverings while visiting. 

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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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