If you plan to take on the holiday shopping crowds this Friday and are looking for fun child care options for your kids, several St. Louis organizations are offering special Black Friday events that will keep your kids entertained while you get down to business! At each of these options, you can drop off your kids as you head to the stores and rest assured they're having a blast while you tackle your gift list.
Of course, even if you're not planning to shop but have other items on your agenda (lunch with friends? a day at the spa? getting the holiday decorating done? You get the picture!) your kids are welcome to spend the day with old friends and new at these venues. Please note that some require reservations.
• Black Friday Shop 'Til You Drop at Kidsplay
With locations in Manchester and O'Fallon, Kidsplay offers drop-in child care year-round (as well as regular child care, fall, winter, spring break and summer camps), and on Black Friday, they're open from 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Special activities are planned for the kids, like games, crafts, a fun indoor play area and XBox games, and you can even save on the hourly rate with this coupon from their Facebook page for $10 off a 2-hour minimum stay. No reservations are needed for ages 2 and up. Hourly rates vary but start at $8 with sibling discounts available.
For kids under age 2, the O'Fallon Kidsplay location offers child care, but reservations are needed (636-379-9494). For more information and to download the coupon, visit the Kidsplay Facebook page or check the listing on our Things To Do calendar.
On Saturday, Kidsplay is also offering a Let's Talk Turkey-themed day. Kids can make turkey crafts, play games that celebrate our friend the turkey and enjoy special treats. Hours on Saturday are 8 a.m. to midnight. Reservations are not needed for ages 2 and up, but as with the Shop 'Til You Drop event, children 2 and under are accepted at the O'Fallon location with reservations.
• Parents Morning Out and Parents Night Out at Miss Kelly's Gym
Miss Kelly's Gym in Creve Coeur is offering morning and evening care on Black Friday. With a full indoor gym, your kids can tumble, practice sports skills, dance and run until they feel like they've been shopping all day (but they'll have a lot more fun!)
Morning care is available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.; and evening care from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $25 for the first child, and siblings are $12.50. Member discounts are also available. This event is for kids ages 3 and up who are potty trained. Space is limited and reservations are requested. Call 314-439-1100 or visit their web site for more details.
Miss Kelly's is a locally owned gym and kids' fitness center that also offers gymnastics instruction, sports skill classes, birthday parties and camps.
• Black Friday Kids Camp at the Downtown Family YMCA
This special day camp is for those who want to hit the stores extra early! Black Friday Day Camp is for kids ages 5 to 12, and offers kids all the fun of spending time at the Y! Camp kicks off bright and early at 5:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. Breakfast is included and healthy snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the morning.
Parents are asked to pack a sack lunch for their child. Cost is $25 for YMCA members and $35 for non-members. Reservations are required and space is limited. Visit www.ymcastlouis.org or call 314-436-4100 for more information and to register.
• Black Friday Camp at My Gym in Chesterfield
This morning camp for kids ages 2 1/2 to 9 runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Reservations are required by calling 636-536-9949. My Gym is located in the Chesterfield Valley, and kids will be able to enjoy the full gym during this three-hour adventure. Rates vary. Call for details or visit www.mygym.com/chesterfield
Catch a movie or two at the Saint Louis Science Center's OMNIMAX Theater, where films are shown featuring the IMAX with Laser. This state-of-the-art theater provides the sharpest images, unmatched sound quality and 40% greater color range than traditional theaters. The five-story, 80-foot-diameter dome will fill your entire field of vision providing a truly immersive experience.
Your child is old enough to start kindergarten, but is he or she ready? Are you? At this special presentation, both you and your child will get a brief overview of what is expected before your child even enters the classroom. You'll also receive a free backpack and school supplies. Registration is required.
Read to a friendly therapy dog from DUO Dogs, Inc. After the story, the dog's handler will answer any questions kids have about therapy dogs, pet care and more. For ages 3-11. Registration is required for this free program.