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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Sea Lion Shows at the Saint Louis Zoo

See the Zoo's California sea lions perform acrobatic and athletic feats, including Olympic-style dives on a high-diving platform, flipper walks, frisbee tosses and plenty of surprises. While on stage with the sea lions, the Zoo's trainers explain sea lion behavior and positive-reinforcement training, in addition to the need for conserving the sea lion's ocean habitat.

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Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Families can help light up the trails at Memorial Park in Brentwood at the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. There will be a pumpkin carving contest for adults and pumpkin painting for kids, free pumpkins and lots of prizes for the winners.

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Kiener Kids

Kiener Kids is a morning of fun, free family activities in Kiener Plaza, including all-ages yoga, lawn games with oversized game pieces, storytelling and magic from Circus Kaput and more. 

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Kirkwood Greentree Festival

Saturday and Sunday are Kids' Days with special performances by Babaloo (2 p.m. on Saturday), School of Rock (1 p.m. on Sunday), activities provided by The Magic House, fun on inflatables, Tekno Bubbles, face painting, crafts, and kids' entertainment.

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September is Playtime for St. Louis Families

With school back in session, all those lazy days and outdoor adventures have come to a full stop—at least until the weekend hits! Once that three o’clock bell rings, get ready to burn off some steam with your family at one (or all!) of these action-packed events in September.

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Kirkwood Safety Town Exhibit Opens at The Magic House

Kids can learn how to play it safe starting August 24 when Kirkwood Safety Town returns to The Magic House. Co-created by The Magic House and the City of Kirkwood, this interactive exhibit is designed to educate the region's youngest residents about safety. Kirkwood Safety Town features a child-sized neighborhood including a fire station, police station, electric company, farmers market, park, house, and even a train station! Safety Town also features a bike helmet-fitting station and scheduled visits from community helpers, including firefighters and police officers. 

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Applefest at Eckert Farms

Wagon rides, live entertainment, great festival foods, a petting zoo and much more make this an apple pickin' good time for the whole family. There will be pony rides, a children's carnival, opportunities to feed goats and other farm animals, caramel apples, funnel cakes and more. 

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Bug Ball

Step into the wonder and beauty of butterflies, insects, spiders and their other many-legged friends at the Bug Ball!

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Zootoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo

Enjoy a new take on Octoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo's Zootoberfest. This family-friendly Octoberfest includes all the fun of the zoo, including your favorite animals, with German food for purchase, a "biergarten" for adults and root beer for kids, and kids activities.

 

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Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan, the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the United States. Your family can enjoy guided walking tours, bonsai, cooking, martial arts and origami demonstrations, sumo wrestling, and special activities for kids.

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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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Sandcastle Beach Opens at The Magic House
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Experience a day at the beach without having to go any further than The Magic House! The popular Sandcastle Beach features tons of sand, hidden seashells to dig up and even beach umbrellas on the "shores" of The Magic House!

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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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