In a year when every parent could use a break, why not make gift giving easier, faster, and while you're at it, help support local organizations and businesses? That's why we've made our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide 100% local for 2020. Keep St. Louis strong, and those on your list happy, with these gift ideas that are just a click away.
A Saint Louis Science Center membership is a meaningful gift for the holiday season and supports STEAM education in the St. Louis region. Memberships include in-person and virtual member events, first access to educational programming, discounted tickets to special exhibitions, free tickets to the OMNIMAX Theater and James S. McDonnell Planetarium and free parking. Plus, when you make a gift purchase today, the membership can be activated at a later date (up to 2 years) so the recipient can enjoy a full year of benefits and experiences when they are ready. Give the gift of membership and support science for everyone. LEARN MORE
Laumeier Take and Make Art Kits. Create art at home with Laumeier Sculpture Park's new Take & Make Art Kits! Laumeier's Education Department has designed hands-on art activity kits for ages 4-12. Children can open the box of creative opportunity and watch instructional videos created by Laumeier art teachers to walk them through each activity in their kit. Continue the adventure with a drone tour of Laumeier Sculpture Park by Aron Owens and Sarah Harford and an animated virtual tour by Dave Derington. Kits include all the supplies needed for each activity. Kits can be ordered online at laumeier.org
Little Medical School's Wilderness Survival Activity Set offers aspiring adventurers a wide variety of hands-on and educational activities. Children will role-play going on a hike with their very own Bigfoot. They will learn important outdoor survival tips, how to properly prepare for a hike, common outdoor injuries, splinting, and the variety of uses for their Little Medical School bandana and special 5-in-one tool. This set is designed for children (3+) and can be used independently or with adult supervision. The Wilderness Survival Set inspires: role-play, health awareness through education, creativity, and problem-solving. Students conclude their activities with a graduation ceremony and diploma. LEARN MORE
Do you know someone who LOVES arts & crafts? Yucandu Art Studio makes giving easy and fun. Choose from drop-off holiday workshops & kits, projects in the open studio, and take-home kits with curbside pickup as well as shipping. Located in downtown charming Webster Groves among shops & restaurants. LEARN MORE
Fin-Tastic Gift Ideas from the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation will delight everyone on your list! Swim into the holiday season by adopting an animal for your friends and family gift giving. Include one of three Junior Biologist Learning Kits, a Commemorative Fish Plaque or an Aquarium Foundation Membership for all of those on your nice list. All gifts support the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation's mission to provide STEM education programs and free Aquarium admission to under-resourced families in the St. Louis region. For more information, visit the gift guide online at www.stlaquariumfoundation.org/giftguide.
Celebrate with Santa in the safe way! Book your virtual visit with Santa and enjoy the holidays from the comfort of your own home. Have a hectic schedule this year? You can also order a personalized message from Santa to share with your children. Kringle Mingle makes the best holiday gift around! Add on a commemorative 2020 holiday ornament to deck your tree or surprise your loved one with our Christmas Eve Prep Pack that includes a cookie plate, milk jug and note pad to be ready for Santa's big visit, plus an ornament and Christmas paint-by-sticker activity book. Avoid the malls, masks and lines this year and book Kringle Mingle today! Learn more at kringleminglefun.com.
Little Medical School's Veterinarian Horse Activity Set
Aspiring veterinarians get hands-on experience caring for - and cuddling! - an adorable plush horse with the Veterinarian Horse Activity Set! Little horse lovers adopt the plush horse, then complete activities including conducting a mane-to-tail exam using a working stethoscope, caring for a would, and more, eventually earning a diploma! Kids can complete the activities again and again to hone their veterinary skills! Designed for ages 6 and up. Learn more at littlemedicalschool.com
Order a Pet Education Box from Purina Farms filled with fun games and educational activities for the young pet lover in your home. Box contents are designed especially for kids under the age of 10. They include a printed activity book featuring word searches, coloring pages and matching games, a Checkerboard Charlie puzzles, a Better with Pets Bookmark, a Lola Gets a Cat book, a Purina water bottle, crayons and pet treat training pouch, and Training Tips Packet from the Purina Incredible Dog Team trainers. Boxes are $25 each. Learn more and purchase online at purinafarms.com
The Gingerbread Man Play Dough Kit from KeduKid includes everything your little ones need to make gingerbread men, a Christmas tree, or even some cookies. They will have fun using the gingerbread shaped cutters, making their own shapes and decorating them! Activity kits from KeduKid, owned by a St. Louis mom, use only natural, non-toxic, high-quality materials, and are designed to encourage creativity & build fine motor skills. KeduKid carries a variety of delightfully themed activity kits, wooden toys, and stocking stuffers. Use promo code STLPARENT for 15% off your purchase! LEARN MORE
Find a cozy spot and create something memorable with Artscope's Hibernate and Create Kits. Each kit includes written and video instructions from Artscope's teaching artists for two projects, plus the art and craft supplies your child will need to bring their vision to life! Three different kits are available, and you'll get a 15% discount when you purchase all three. Kits are intended for age 5 and up, but younger children can complete them with adult help. LEARN MORE
Trying to find the perfect gift for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Schedule a free virtual personal shopping session with Sara, the Museum Shop Buyer at The Magic House to help find that special gift! Here's how it works: Your session includes a virtual tour of the Museum Shop featuring a variety of educational and unique toys and games. Then, based on your price point, and the recipient's age and interests, our expert will find you the perfect gift! All items sold at the Museum Shop are tax free and help support The Magic House. Plus, curbside pickup is available on all Museum Shop orders. Email [email protected] to schedule your session today!
Join the Coolest Club in Town
Give the gift of the Blue Note Kids Club from the St. Louis Blues! Children ages 12 and under are eligible to join for the 2020-21 season and receive amazing benefits for just $29! Members of the St. Louis Blues Kids Club receive:
Parents can place their order now for pick up at the STL Authentics Team Store beginning December 18. Membership kits can also be shipped for an additional fee. LEARN MORE AT NHL.COM
St. Louis Blues Kids Club Membership
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Visit the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in Forest Park and see a star show to experience the largest artificial sky in the Western Hemisphere. Star shows are lead LIVE by one of the Planetarium's educators, creating a new and tailored experience for every audience.
Grab a spot for Weekend Play Time by Reservation at Play Street Museum in St. Charles. Kids and families can explore the museum during these special weekend hours. Playtime will be by reservation only to limit the number of occupants in the building at one time. Play is offered in 90 minute sessions and occupancy will be limited during each session.
The Magic House is offering the opportunity to enjoy private playtime in a special exhibit area of The Magic House or MADE for Kids before opening to the public! You choose the location and up to 10 family members or friends to enjoy your private morning. Stay and play after in the rest of the museum. Reservations must be made in advance.