Kid City was a huge hit in its inaugural year, and now in its second year, the kid-centric event has expanded and moved to a larger location. And the number of activities available for your kids will keep them busy, active and safe all day.
On the safety side, the U.S. Cellular Safety Zone will be offering Child Identification Kits, and the interactice Kohl's Child Passenger Safety course will help them learn how to be safe on the road. For sports fans, there is the Get Out and Play Zone, featuring batting cages and activity stations. And kids can get their bounce on in the always-popular Kid City Bounce House.
Story fanatics and those who want a break from active play can visit the Story Time Corner, presented by Prairie Farms and North Star Frozen Treats. And the Big Top Showcase will feature magicians, Bob Kramer's Marionetes and youth performers. Kids can also meet Dora and Diego, and visit Charlie the Tourtoise in the Pet Center.
Parents aren't left out either. You'll find information about education, day care, camps, financial planning, healthcare, child safety and fitness. Plus, parents who donate blood at the Midas Blood Drive will receive a free oil change from Midas.
Kid City organizer Tammy Wildman said the event was born from her own needs as a St. Louis mom of two kids under 4. "As a new mom, I know how overwhelming parenting can be," she said. Every day seems to bring a new challenge for me. For example, how do I get my 3-year-old to eat something more nutritious than macaroni and cheese? And to be honest, I'm not really sure what 'nutritious' or 'healthy' really means in today's packaged food world. Are the Gerber veggie puff snacks really a healthy snack for my 1-year-old?"
Wildman designed the event so that kids can have a blast while their parents get answers to challenges and questions like these. Wildman added: "Kids City will address your unique needs by bringing parenting resources and services together in one place. Our mission is to educate parents in a fun atmosphere that entertains the whole family."
Kid City will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the St. Charles Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and children 13 and up. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Parking at the convention center is also free. For more information and to order tickets in advance, visit www.stlkidcity.com
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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.
Make art. Go on a guided tour, DIY a time capsule. Peek behind the scenes. Watch the Cassily Crew at work. Help inspect the slides. All from home! Every Monday through Friday the staff, crew, artists and historians at City Museum are going LIVE on Facebook to share stories, offer free art classes, and entertain kids and families in all the ways they know how (read: mischief, mayhem and making).
Attention parents of preschoolers! Looking for some socially distanced, in-person learning and fun? Visit MADE for Kids, the satellite location of The Magic House for Toddler Tinker Time. Toddler Tinker Time is free for members of The Magic House and free for residents of the city of St. Louis, and $5 per person for others. Includes all-day admission to MADE for Kids.
Need a break from virtual learning screen time? Schedule a family field trip to MADE for Kids! On Friday mornings, a limited number of families will be able to enjoy a special field trip where educators from The Magic House, MADE for Kids will lead them through fun, interactive STEAM learning experiences. Each family will have their own workspace to ensure social distancing, and families are welcome to stay and play after their field trip.