Some St. Louis family attractions are re-opening with limited capacity and enhanced safety protocols for visitors and staff. Read more about family attraction re-openings and safety guidelines here. We invite our readers to enjoy virtual events and socially distanced events highlighted in our Things To Do calendar. Public health experts recommend that when you do go out, follow public health guidelines: wear masks (now required in St. Louis City and County), 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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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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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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Slime Day at The Magic House

Slimers of all ages are invited to The Magic House for a day of hands-on slime experiences at the The Magic House STEAM Center (Kirkwood) or at The Magic House, MADE for Kids (5127 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, 63108). Kids will learn creative slime recipes and create the fluffiest, gooiest or stringiest slime masterpiece to take home for continued slime fun!

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Goldfish Swim School Open House

Families are invited to enjoy the brand new Goldfish Swim School, a learn-to-swim facility offering swim lessons for kids ages 4 months through 12 years old. All are invited to participate in Open Family Swim (RSVP required), crafts, a balloon artist, face painting, games and lots more at this free Open House.

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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood

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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Hearts for Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum

Show your favorite work of art some love this Valentine's Day weekend at the Saint Louis Art Museum! Visit the Museum from February 14th through the 16th and pick up a free paper heart at one of the Museum Information Centers. Explore the Museum, find an artwork you adore, and leave your paper heart near the artwork. You can even write a short message on the paper heart describing what the artwork means to you. 

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Wilson School Open House

The Wilson School's January Open House is an opportunity for parents to see the school's spaces, talk with teachers, explore student exhibits, and learn what sets Wilson apart.

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An Evening with Raptors

You'll have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Reservations are required.

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Mad Science time at Play Street Museum

Calling all budding scientists! Let's experiment, measure, and mix things up a bit with a morning full of exploration at Mad Science Time. Kids will get to be hands-on experimenting. All activities can be explored freely and playtime is included. 

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The Ready Readers Winter Story Fest

Join Ready Readers at the 2020 Winter Story Fest, where there will be a winter carnival with hands-on activities for kids and a live performance of The Tortoise and The Hare by Circus Kaput! This festival includes lots of activities celebrating literacy recommended for kids under age 10. 

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One Nation Celebration at the Winterfest Ice Rink

Celebrate the successful seasons of the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Cardinals with play and alumni appearances, autograph signings and much more at the Winterfest Ice Rink One Nation Celebration. The St. Louis BattleHawks, our new XFL team, and #MSL4THELOU join the Blues and Cardinals for a special recognition of our growing professional sports community. 

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Calling All Future Veterinarians

In this veterinary-themed program, students will assume the role of a veterinarian and learn how to perform a nose-to-tail exam, the importance of proper nutrition, perform a tick check, and identify animal body language.

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Explore Purina Farms: Fur Friday

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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Storytelling in the Museum from the Missouri History Museum
Friday, July 10, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Friday, July 24, 2020

Storytelling in the Museum is now offered virtually on Zoom from the Missouri History Museum! Tune in every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for engaging stories with themes like Believe Project Storytelling with Black Authors of Children's Literature, Make Music, Trip to the Zoom, I Scream for Ice Cream, Let's Dance and Hello Beach.

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Magic At Home with The Magic House

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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Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym
Friday, July 10, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Space is limited to 10 kids per session. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

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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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