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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The Loop Ice Carnival

The Loop Ice Carnival is two-day festival full of icy fun for all ages. Held on Delmar Blvd. in University City, the carnival features live ice carving demonstrations, ice slides and ice games for kids, winter-themed characters, fire performers, stilt walkers, photo opportunities, frozen turkey bowling, and lots more.

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MLK Community Celebration

Bring your family to the Missouri History Museum to celebrate and reflect on the life and legacy of Dt. Martin Luther King Jr. Discuss how to make a difference in your community, get active with yoga and movement workshops, create peace-inspired art, meet local and nationally renowned authors, and explore stories of the civil rights movement and the work of Dr. King. 

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Summer Opportunities Fair

The St. Louis Summer Opportunities Fair is an opportunity for parents to learn about day camp and sleep-away camp opportunities for their children. More than 100 camp representatives will provide information about camps for kids age toddlers to teens. 

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COCAPlay: Magnificent Me

At COCAplay: Magnificent Me, children enjoy story time with books that celebrate unique gifts such as Incredible Me and I Like Myself. Then, they creatively express themselves through movement and self-portraits that highlight their own special gifts.

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Not-So-Late New Year's Eve at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Ring in 2020 with the whole family at the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. This celebration is from 6 to 8 p.m., so it's perfect for all ages. Kids can make an eco-friendly party hat with Perennial, or write down their wish for the new year on seed paper and watch their dreams grow throughout the year. 

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U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

U.S. Bank Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo is back for another beautifully lit season. Your family can stroll through the Zoo grounds surrounded by a million lights! Visitors will see animated light displays, enjoy fireside stories, campfire s'mores, fun photo opportunities, the Conservation Carousel, the 4-D Theater featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and lots more in this enchanting holiday wonderland. Parking is free.

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Ice Skating at Winterfest

Enjoy special hours for ice skating at the Winterfest Ice Rink on Christmas Day. Skate from noon to 4 p.m. at the Winterfest Ice Rink in Kiener Plaza. On Sunday, December 29, skate with characters Snow White and Captain Marvel from noon to 1 p.m.!

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Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar at Purina Farms

The Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar is a family-friendly event especially for dogs and kids! This St. Louis-favorite returns to the state-of-the-art Purina Event Center the weekend of Dec. 14-15 and offers fun for all ages, including a Kids Activity Area and photos with Santa. Admission and parking are free, and no reservations are necessary.

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Winter Celebrations at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Celebrate the season at the Saint Louis Art Museum with free performances and art activities inspired by traditions from around the world. Winter Celebrations includes music and dance performances from community organizations representing diverse global cultures, art activities for your little ones and much more during this two-day festival.

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Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge

Visitors are welcome to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers. There will be a warming tent that will include children's art activities and a St. Louis Audubon display. Families can also take photos next to the full-size eagle's nest, and watch a live eagle educational program.

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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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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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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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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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