Friday, May 27, 2016

School Is Out!

June 20th may be the official first day of summer, but for our family and many others, school is out - summer vacation has arrived! If the thought of finding ways to keep your kids  busy over the next 12 weeks has you panicked -- don't worry! St. Louis summers may be humid, but the town is also dripping with fun, free activities both kids and adults will enjoy. I've compiled a list of places that are free/cheap to visit (a couple charge parking), along with many free concerts and festivals to  keep your family engaged all summer long.
Audubon Center at Riverlands, free Engaging hands-on displays and bird-watching. Walk the grounds or sit in one of their comfy rockers and enjoy lunch outdoors.
Babler State Park
, free. The park offers great hiking, friendly naturalists and an inviting, visitor center filled with lots of hands-on exhibits and a theatre which plays short, 20 minute videos on various conservation topics.. 
Grant’s Farm
– free, just pay parking
Kids Bowl Free
-  (every day - all summer long)
Laumier Sculpture Park - free every day. Laumeier offers FREE Walking Tours on the first Sunday of each month, MayOctober, at 2:00 p.m. and FREE Stroller Tours on the third Thursday of each month, MayOctober, at 10:00 a.m.
Lewis & Clark Historic Site
, free. Travel back in time and enjoy many engaging, hands-on displays. very fun.

Magic House  - offers free family nights (for 2 adults and up to 4 of their children) on the 3rd Friday of each month 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits.
Mastadon State Historic Site
Museum is free for kids 12 and under. Adults/teens-$4
While in the area stop at the Blue Owl for their Oprah-made famous “mile-high apple pie” in Kimmswick.

Melvin Locks & Dam
, free private tours. Our family really enjoyed it.
Missouri Botanical Gardens/Children’s Garden Club – free admission every Saturday to St. Louis residents between 9 am – noon
Missouri History Museum’s Twilight Tuesdays – free, outdoor concerts
Youth and Family Programs, North Lawn
• Face painting: 5:30–7:30
• Strolling magician: 5:30–7:30
• Make-and-take craft activities: 5:30–7:30

National Great Rivers Museum
, free. Lots of engaging, hands-on exhibits.
Saint Louis Art Museumfree admission every day. The museum also offers Family Sundays every Sunday afternoon for hands-on art activities and a lively 30-minute family tour through the Galleries. Each month's family activities focus on a different, family-friendly theme. Family Tour leaves at 2:30 pm. Sign up for the Family tour is required, and starts in Grigg Gallery at 1:00 pm.
During the month of July enjoy weekly, free“Movies on the Hill”

Saint Louis County Libraries - STArt Science, Technology and Art Programs for Kids
Saint Louis Science Centerfree, just pay parking or park for free in the Planetarium lot and walk across. If you haven’t been to the Science Center in a while – it’s definitely worth another look.They’ve recently added a new area called Makerspace. According to their website, Makerspaces are interactive, community-oriented spaces where you can create and learn skills using a variety of different tools and materials.
Sofia M. Sachs ButterflyHousefree admission St. Louis City/County residents on the first Tuesday of every month from 10 -12 p.m.  Proof of residency is required. Due to high attendance, strollers are not permitted on free Tuesdays. 
Wehrenberg Family Summer Series $1/per person
every Wednesday and Thursday, 6/1-8/4), 10 am.

Whittaker Music Festival – free, outdoor concerts at the MO. Botanical Gardens (Wednesday evenings)
World Bird Sanctuary
Animal Encounters
(every Saturday and Sunday), free
5/28-5/29/16 St. Louis Renaissance Festival – free, preview weekend, 11 am – 4pm..
Enjoy a sampling of the delectable eats, show stopping entertainment, and unique handcrafted wares that will be at the 2016 Festival this fall

6/3-6/5/16 – Webster Groves Art & Air Festival, free. Offers a juried collection of art from both local artists and those from around the country. Food and live entertainment are also available.
6/4-6/5/16 – St. Louis Renaissance Festival, free, preview weekend, 11 am – 4pm
Enjoy myriad of live entertainment that both kids and adults will enjoy.

, National Trails Day at World Bird Sanctuary, free, Enjoy the outdoors with this family-friendly event and 3 different length trails to suit your pace! Naturalists with live animals will be at stations along each trail.

Webster Groves Gazebo Series, enjoy a picnic outdoors and live entertainment under the gazebo.
6/10/16 - Mariner 5/Plan 9 From Outer Space
6/17/16  - Gene Dobbs Bradford Blues Band/Pride of St. Louis
6/24/16  - Javier Mendoza/Night of the Living Dead (1968)
6/18-6/19/16 Purina Farms Country time Festival, free, 9:30-3:30 pm, featuring a Kids Carnival! Call 314-982-3232 to make reservations

6/18/16 Great Rivers Festival, free, 12 noon – 7pm
Live Bird Show with Tree House Wildlife Center 12pm-1pm
Live Reptile Show with Serengeti Steve 1:00pm-2pm
Live Bird Show with Tree House Wildlife Center 2pm-3pm
Live Music Line Up TBA

Webster Groves Gazebo Series
7/1/16  - Kids From School of Rock/Cavalcade of Cartoons
7/8/16  - Miss Jubilee/Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
7/15/16  - Billy Peek/Rock, Rock, Rock

8/7/16 Purina Farms Back to School Fun Fair, free, 9:30-3:30 pm

8/27-8/28/16 International Festival of Nations
, free, in Tower Grove Park

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