Enjoy fun family adventure all year long in St. Louis, MO

Family Fun All Year Long

St. Louis celebrations, attractions appeal to all ages

Jackie Tucker
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St. Louis is a city for families through all seasons. From music and culture to sports and adventure, we love to celebrate what makes St. Louis special. No matter what time of year you visit, you’re sure to find something exciting to make your family trip unforgettable.
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There’s no better place to enjoy springtime than the Missouri Botanical Garden, where the sun shines softly as a new season begins. Stroll through 79 acres of beautiful landscapes and don’t miss the once-a-year Orchid Show, during which you’ll get a whiff of 6,500 exotic and fragrant orchids and tropical plants.

Any season is a good one to grab a group of friends and try out your detective skills at one of the awesome escape rooms in the area like St. Louis Escape, Mastermind EscapeNo Way Out STL and the Kokomo Joe’s. All feature several unique rooms to try and crack the code!

If a spring shower comes along, head indoors to the Saint Louis Art Museum and take in the beauty of sculptures, paintings and ancient masterpieces from all corners of the Earth. Explore exciting new artists or sit in awe before your favorite classics.

The kids will love the big egg hunt at Purina Farms Springtime Village, but come early for the petting zoo. What says spring better than chicks, piglets and bunnies?

City Museum, courtesy of Dan Donovan
City Museum, courtesy of Dan Donovan
The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare Festival, courtesy of J. David Levy
The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare Festival, courtesy of J. David Levy
Not So Haunted House, The Magic House, courtesy of The Magic House
Not So Haunted House, The Magic House, courtesy of The Magic House


It’s game day in St. Louis. Explore Ballpark Village and pick up your Cardinals gear before heading to Busch Stadium to cheer on the redbirds while you enjoy a sweeping view of the Gateway Arch.

If you’re around during the week of July 4th, check out Fair St. Louis. The annual festivities include free concerts and activities for the whole family and a fireworks display that truly wows. This year, the fair returns to the Gateway Arch grounds.

Immerse yourself in culture under the stars with Broadway-quality plays at St. Louis’ grand outdoor amphitheater, The Muny, or channel your inner Bard at the Shakespeare Festival in Forest Park. Or, take in an aria at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

The fun never stops at quirky City Museum. Be cool at the rooftop water park, maneuver through man-made caves and slinky-style wire tunnels and shoot down the 10-story-tall slide.


Fall into science at the Saint Louis Science Center. Part museum, part planetarium and all fun, the Science Center engages young minds with interactive exhibits that encourage exploration and promote discovery.

Get your “spooky” on at the spectacular Saint Louis Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo. Don your favorite costume and admire 14,840 animals in a non-scary, family-friendly environment. Have a “ghoulfully” good time trick-or-treating at The Magic House’s Not So Haunted House. Fun for the whole family, it’s a Halloween night filled with treats, laughs and adventure.

Looking for something a little more terrifying? St Louis has enough old haunts to get your adrenaline pumping. Ease into the spook with Six Flags Fright Fest, before making your way to these decidedly non-kid-friendly spots. Visit the king-of-scream haunted house, The Darkness, or Creepyworld, America’s biggest and longest haunted scream park.

Kids of all ages can explore more than 30 exhibits at Myseum. Exhibits like the Zoo Vet Center, Seaweed Swamp, Dino Dig and much more provide fun and interactive experiences.

St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center courtesy of St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues, Scottrade Center, courtesy of St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Symphony, Powell Hall courtesy of St. Louis Symphony
St. Louis Symphony, Powell Hall, courtesy of St. Louis Symphony
Winter Wonderland, Tilles Park courtesy of Dan Donovan
Winter Wonderland, Tilles Park, courtesy of Dan Donovan


Break out your hats and mittens and strap on a pair of ice skates—it’s winter in The Lou. Steinberg Rink in Forest Park or Shaw Park Ice Rink in Clayton are the places to be for a chilly outdoor adventure in the city.

Once you’ve gotten your fill of figure 8s, check out some hockey. Head to Scottrade Center to see the Blues hit the ice and skate their way to victory.

Christmas music sets the stage for the holidays at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. An evening filled with all the holiday classics has become an annual tradition for many St. Louis families.

St. Louis is the perfect place to visit during the holiday season with amazing light displays at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park, Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical, Brewery Lights at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo and Magic of Lights at Gateway Motorsports Park, just to name a few.

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