2016 Fall Family Fun in St. Louis

Tuesday September 27, 2016

Fall family fun is abundant in St. Louis from the museums of Forest Park to the hayrides at our local parks. Celebrate the season with entertainment at the Fabulous Fox, Peabody Opera House, a St. Louis Blues hockey game or one of the many other events that St. Louis has to offer. The following are only a sample of the excitement you’ll find here this fall.

You’ve never seen anything like the City Museum, a giant shoe factory transformed into an artsy playground in a warehouse of recycled fun for the whole family. Explore enchanted caves, go down a three-story slide, play in a tree house and experience re-purposed, architectural and industrial art. Circus classes and workshops are held daily. Don’t forget to check out the outdoor playground and rooftop.

Gumby. Barbie. Slinky. Mr. Potato Head. Wham-O. Spirograph. Hot Wheels. The names of popular toys found at the Missouri History Museum’s newest exhibit Toys of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.  These popular toys capture the craziness, the joy, and the sheer fun of being a kid. Experience the toys and their stories through three imagined living rooms that bring the decades back to life. (Nov. 2 – Jan. 22)

For twenty-five glorious years, the Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival has been screening features and shorts from around the world at venues throughout the St. Louis region. Don’t miss this chance to catch one of the festival’s most impressive offerings with more than 450 films including narrative features, documentary features, and hundreds of shorts all set to make this year’s celebration the best yet! (Nov. 3 – 13)

St. Louis Blues

The NHL season got underway just a few weeks ago, and the Blues are off to an impressive 5-2 start.  This month they will be playing against the Chicago BlackHawks, Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars and more! Check out their home schedule to see a game this month at the Scottrade Center.

St. Louis audiences get the chance to experience the musical FUN HOME at the Fox Theatre this month. The hit show won five Tony Awards in 2015 including the award for Best Musical.  Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.  A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, “FUN HOME is extraordinary, a rare beauty that pumps fresh air into Broadway.” (Nov 15 – 27)

The Ameren Missouri Festival of Lights at Union Station will officially kick off the Holiday Season in St. Louis with a host of entertainment, lighting of the Salvation Army Tree of Lights and a festive fireworks finale (Nov. 19)

Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade

The 2016 Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade will celebrate its 32nd year beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 24 from 7th Street and Market Street in Downtown St. Louis. The parade features more than 130 parade units, including musical floats, displays, giant helium balloon figures, and local marching bands. As the parade concludes, Santa Claus will be on hand to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

The Magic House is St. Louis’ interactive children’s museum encouraging children to experiment combining education and fun in all activities. Kids can get up close and personal with static electricity, create 3D impressions of themselves, spin the big kaleidoscope or create their own works of art in the art studio. This fall, the Not-So-Haunted House (Oct. 21-23, Oct. 28-30) will return along with the annual Halloween Party (Oct. 28) inviting children to dress up in costumes and have a blast.

The Saint Louis Zoo has been ranked the third best zoo in the U. S. and the fourth in the world by TripAdvisor. Located in Forest Park (larger than New York’s Central Park), the Saint Louis Zoo boasts Polar Bear Point, among many other fascinating animal exhibits such as Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast and the interactive Stingray Pool. This fall, costumes are encouraged and families are invited out to the Saint Louis Zoo for some not-so-scary fun after dark at Boo at the Zoo (Oct. 18-30).

Boo at the Zoo

Over 750 scientific and educational exhibits are on display at the Saint Louis Science Center including a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, watch 3D film experiences at the four-story Omnimax Theatre and explore outer space at the Planetarium. The Saint Louis Science Center and James S. McDonnell Planetarium will host the annual free Halloween celebration, the Science Spooktacular on October 27.  Bring your kids to participate in the haunted festivities such as, spooky exhibits, Halloween-themed experiments, crafts and more.

Visit the Conservatory, the Butterfly Garden, the exhibit hall and the Emerson Theater at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Nearly 2,000 butterflies are present at the Butterfly House, wear brightly colored clothing and you just may attract them up close. Watch butterflies emerge right before your eyes through the “Miracle of Metamorphosis.” In October, The Sofia M. Sachs Butterfly House transforms into the Booterfly House all month long featuring the Scorpions Lair, story time with Little Miss Muffet and Botanicals Gone Mad in the Conservatory. At the annual Booterflies Ball (October 22 & 23), kids can explore the hand painted treat houses, play games and create crafts.

Six Flags St. Louis is a Midwest theme park and Missouri’s coaster capital. The park includes looping the loop on Batman the Ride, the Screaming Eagle wooden roller coaster, 4D adventure ride Justice League Battle for Metropolis, Fireball and more. Join in on the fun during Fright Fest at Six Flags when “it’s thrills by day and fright by night,” as Six Flags transforms into a haunted attraction after dark every weekend throughout October.

These are just a few of the attractions and events that families can enjoy this fall. For more fall fun in St. Louis, check our our calendar of events.


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