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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Mardi Gras Family Winter Carnival at Soulard Market Park

Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly Mardi Gras fun. Activities include a bounce house, arts and crafts, fire trucks and police vehicles, story times, interactive displays by local artists, a dress-up Mardi Gras-style area, and face painting, mask and crown making and more. This is an alcohol-free event.

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Curious George Breakfast at The Magic House

Go bananas because Curious George is coming to the Magic House! Families are invited to swing into the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast (bananas included) with visits from Curious George himself. Children will also enjoy private playtime in the museum, create a hat to take home inspired by The Man in the Yellow Hat, and get to explore the Magic House's newest exhibit, Curious George: Let's Get Curious! Registration is required. 

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Time Capsule Workshop for Kids

Kids can capture their favorite memories from 2019 and make wishes for the future at the Time Capsule Workshop at Yucandu Art Studio in Webster Groves. They'll enjoy New Year's Eve with lemonade and popcorn, then countdown to the Stomping of the Bubble Wrap!

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Fit Kid: Free Kid: The Nutcracker with The Dance Center of Kirkwood

On the first Friday of each month, kids are invited to spend some free time getting fit and having fun at Fit Kid: Free Kid at The Magic House. Kids 12 and under who complete a fitness challenge and register in advance will earn free admission! They'll also get to try new fitness activities because each Fit Kid: Free Kid features a different theme.

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Santa in Pajamas at Play Street Museum

Kids can wear their pajamas for this very special visit with Santa at Play Street Museum! Santa will be in his pajamas too! Santa will read The Night Before Christmas, and there will be treats for everyone. There will be lots of opportunities for photos with Santa, and kids will also enjoy crafts and playtime in the museum. Each child will receive a special Melissa & Doug sticker book from Santa at the end of the event. 

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Winter Early Childhood Open House

How do Forsyth's youngest students spend the school day? Learn more about Forsyth's Early Childhood Program for ages 3-5 and the NEW Eyas (ahy-uhs) Program for ages 2-3 at the Early Childhood Open House. Visitors will have plenty of time to talk with teachers, administrators and current parents. Open to anyone interested in learning more about Forsyth School.

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Brunch with Santa & Fredbird

The biggest brunch of the season features Santa and Fredbird of the St. Louis Cardinals! The menu covers all the bases, and families get to take home photos of their kids with Santa and Fredbird. Additional activities for kids include a face painter, balloon artist, and letters to Santa. 

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Free Family Night at The Magic House @ MADE

Located in the Central West End, this 7,000 square-foot makerspace is designed for kids ages 4-14 to play, explore create and collaborate. Visitors have a chance to "paint" on the digital easel, use a pottery wheel to create a clay creation, design for a 3D printer, launch air rockets, build robots and circuits and more!

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Indoor Open Play Date at Purina Farms

Visit Purina Farms for an indoor Open Play Date for kids up to age 8. Families will have the chance to play and participate in activities associated with Purina Farms' new Indoor Winter Birthday Parties. There will be separate play areas for ages 5 and under and ages 6-8. The fun include pony hops, pedal tractors, a kids' obstacle course, a small animal petting area with guinea pigs and rabbits, a sandbox with cedar pellets and bulldozers, costume play, and soccer. Cupcakes, pizza and drinks are included!

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Mother & Son Superhero Date Night

Moms, bring your favorite superhero to this date night at The Lodge Des Peres. Couples will enjoy a special dinner, dancing, inflatable obstacle pro-racer bounce house, photo opportunities and party favors. Advance registration is required. 

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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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