Circus and Sandcastles and Polar Bears, Oh My…
Create a magical summer for children right in St. Louis with the following great kid-friendly activities.
“One Summer on 2nd Street” at Circus Flora
Since the beginning of time people have come together around a fire, food or, in this case, the ring to bond and connect through storytelling. Circus Flora returns for its 29th season as St. Louis’ own one-ring theater circus in Grand Center. One of the first performance organizations in St. Louis, Circus Flora brings together guests in an intimate setting that allows them to become immersed as a part of the action. Only three cities in the country have its own resident circus and St. Louis is uniquely one of them. You’d have to go to New York, or Sarasota, Florida to find another tented circus. The artistic and theatrical storylines in the performances are similar to the cultural experiences you might see in Paris.
The 2015 production “One Summer on Second Street” debuts under the big top tent now through June 28. “One Summer on Second Street” takes place during the Jazz Age and depicts people from different walks of life coming together to perform circus acts. The show features dynamic circus acts in the storyline as a Ukrainian couple trains screeching alley cats to perform tricks, the Flying Wallendas perform balancing acts on a high wire and a young couple falls in love.
“Circus Flora is one of the places in St. Louis where people from all backgrounds can gather in common experience,” said Joel Emery, executive director of Circus Flora.
Performing before 30,000 spectators each summer, Circus Flora is an exciting trip for families, groups or a date night. It provides opportunities for families to share their thoughts and reactions to the show in conversation about the experience. Tickets start at $10 and through the Share the Circus program, donors make contributions for children and families to receive tickets to the circus – making it affordable to all. Circus Flora will also host both a peanut-free preview and a sensory-friendly performance for children with autism and other special needs. Enjoying the circus is a fun for everyone and you can see the smiles and joy after every show.
Sandcastle Beach at the Magic House
When you’re a kid there’s no better way to spend the summer than building sandcastles during a day at the beach. The Magic House brings the beach a little closer to home with the return of Sandcastle Beach now through June 28. Bring the entire family to join in on the fun and build a sandcastle in the backyard of The Magic House. Dig for seashells, walk the boardwalk and watch as native St. Louisan and world champion sandcastle sculptor Dan Belcher sculpts a gigantic 75-ton sandcastle. This will be the 11th spectacular sandcastle that Belcher has constructed for The Magic House. Throughout the year, The Magic House encourages kids to create, experiment and discover. Regular museum admission is $10 and children under age 1 are free.
Kali the Polar Bear at the Saint Louis Zoo
Next week, the zoo is opening an outstanding new exhibit. Polar Bear Point is set to open on Saturday, June 6, welcoming polar bears back to the Saint Louis Zoo. The exhibit’s first resident, Kali (pronounced “cully”), a 2 ½-year-old, 850-pound male polar bear has just arrived in St. Louis via FedEx. You can see Kali in his new 40,000-square-foot habitat when he makes his debut next week. Kali is the Inupiat name for Point Lay, the town where he was first rescued. Kali became an orphan in Alaska when a hunter unknowingly killed his mom in 2013. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service then placed Kali with the Buffalo Zoo before coming to St. Louis. Now he’s been safely transported to his new habitat, awaiting his debut at a zoo that annually attracts 3 million visitors.