Have fun with the whole family
St. Louis has plenty of kid-friendly, family-oriented activities, that kids of all ages will enjoy. Whether it’s Critter Stuff like an animal encounter or trip to the Zoo, Fun Stuff including amusement and water parks, Wacky Stuff to explore, Artsy Stuff where you can dig in and get your hands dirty or Smart Stuff that combines entertainment and education – you can find something just right for your family in St. Louis.
Plus, lots of places are FREE. Yep, you won’t have to break the piggy bank to have a great time in St. Louis and you’ll probably run out of time before you run out of things to do and see!
Lights! Camera! Action!
These artistic hotspots have lots of singing, dancing, playing music and creating art. Some places will even let you make your own “masterpiece” while the others let you sit back and just enjoy the show.
- Dance St. Louis
- Florissant Civic Center Theatre
- Grand Center
- Laumeier Sculpture Park
- The Muny
- Saint Louis Art Museum
- St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
- STAGES St. Louis
- World Chess Hall of Fame
Lions and tigers and bears – and more!
St. Louis has tons of places you can talk to the animals, including the birds, bison, and wolves. St. Louis has a bunch of “critter-iffic” attractions – explore prehistoric species, take a ride through an exotic animal preserve or take an old fashioned horse and buggy ride!
- Grant’s Farm
- Lone Elk Park
- Mastodon State Historic Site
- Purina Farms
- St. Louis Carriage Company
- Saint Louis Zoo
- Suson Park Animal Farm
- Endangered Wolf Center
- World Aquarium
- World Bird Sanctuary
The name says it all – these places are tons of fun!
Rent bicycles and quad-cycles along the Mississippi Riverfront (make the grown-ups pedal while you steer!) and take a riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River, or pedal a boat around a lake. Take a spin on some thrill rides, climb aboard a real locomotive, or spend a day riding the water park waves.
- Adrenaline Zone
- America’s Incredible Pizza Company
- Busch Stadium
- Chesterfield Sports Fusion
- Demolition Ball
- Faust Park
- Gateway Arch
- Gateway Arch Riverboats
- Kokomo Joe’s
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Museum of Transportation
- Pole Position Raceway – Indoor Karting
- Raging Rivers Waterpark
- Steinberg Ice Skating Rink
- Saint Louis Science Center
- Six Flags St. Louis
- St. Louis Union Station
- The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
- Turtle Playground
Find out lots of stuff you didn’t know – and have fun too!
Visit museums about dogs, rivers, and firefighters and see what it was like to live in a tipi. Learn about the explorers Lewis & Clark, play in a garden made just for kids, or try some hands-on science experiments. Play a game of chess (or learn how to) in one of the best centers in the world.
- American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
- Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
- Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis
- The Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
- Daniel Boone Home & Boonesfield Village
- Eugene Field House and the St. Louis Toy Museum
- Gateway Classic Walk of Fame
- Griot Museum of Black History and Culture
- Historic Old Courthouse
- The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum
- Missouri History Museum
- National Great Rivers Museum
- Scott Joplin House State Historic Site
- Shaw Nature Reserve
- Soldiers Memorial Military Museum
- St. Louis Public Library
- St. Louis Walk of Fame
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
- Vaughn Cultural Center/Urban League
These places are in a class all by themselves!
Take a helicopter tour of St. Louis, visit an everyday circus, explore the world’s coolest cave, climb on the biggest jungle gym you’ve ever seen or take a walk through a house filled with butterflies.
- City Museum
- everydaycircus & Circus Day Foundation
- Gateway Helicopter Tours, Inc.
- Glide St. Louis Tours
- Meramec Caverns
- Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis
- Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House
- Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Stand
Second Grade Students Develop Ultimate St. Louis Tour
The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (CVC) recently presented MICDS with the challenge of answering the question, “Why should we come to St. Louis/What is special about St. Louis?”. Students were asked to create a “kid generated tour” of St. Louis landmarks full of informative, creative, and entertaining activities kids can do while visiting. Working in small groups to develop a detailed plan of their tour students came up with well known St. Louis landmarks including the Gateway Arch, Butterfly House, Jewel Box, City Museum, Fox Theatre, Powell Hall, Science Center, the Zoo, Old Courthouse and Sheldon Hall. A tour was developed based upon the student’s presentations and activities
- Group 1: Sheldon Hall Concert Hall, Ballroom & Art Galleries: musical arts activity
- Group 2: Historic Old Courthouse: clay sculpture activity
- Group 3: The Fabulous Fox Theatre: board game – tic tac toe activity
- Group 4: City Museum: facts & tour activity
- Group 5: Saint Louis Science Center: making ice cream and orange soda activity
- Group 6: Jewel Box: wedding game activity
- Group 7: St. Louis Symphony, Powell Hall: ghost hunting activity
- Group 8: Gateway Arch: I spy activity
- Group 9: The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House: Scavenger hunt activity
The St. Louis CVC really enjoyed working with the students at MICDS developing this ultimate St. Louis tour for Kids.