Kidding Around St. Louis

Families will delight in kidding around St. Louis with these spirited, kid-centric attractions that offer hands-on activities, exciting experiences and just plain fun.

1. Ryze Adventure Park

Ryze Adventure Park is the ultimate place to let loose, for both kids and adults alike! Featuring an obstacle ropes course with over 100 obstacles, mini golf, ziplining, and yard games, this adventure tower offers one of the best outdoor adventure experiences in St. Louis.

2. Inside the Economy Museum

Young consumers can learn how their allowance money fits into the overall economy with a visit to the new Inside the Economy Museum within the historic Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Group members can engage in a hands-on, one-of-a-kind experience that explains the economy and their role in it, in a fun and interactive way. Nearly 100 exhibits include games, videos and interactive displays that make sense out of money and how the financial systems function.


The Economy Museum inside the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in Downtown is free for all.

3. City Museum

This whimsical warehouse of artsy fun enchants all ages with man-made caves to explore, funky hands-on art projects, performances by an in-house circus troupe and an unusual aquarium. Recycling is truly an art form at City Museum, a museum made entirely out of recycled materials. The museum building itself was repurposed having started life as a shoe manufacturing factory and warehouse. Items that would have become landfill now fill the floors of the quirky and innovative warehouse of artistic fun.

An exterior view of City Museum in St. Louis.

4. St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis Union Station is a must-see for kids of all ages! With nine different attractions and nine spots to grab food, this historic train station turned entertainment complex offers a wide variety of things to do. Don’t miss out on seeing the St. Louis Aquarium, with over 13,000 animals, or the Grand Hall Light Show, which takes place everyday between 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station glowing against the nighttime St. Louis skyline.

5. The Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Within the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Children’s Museum offers kids a chance to learn about nature in a fun, interactive way. Kids can explore a limestone cave, take to the trees in tree house, climb aboard a steamboat, and take a turn down the Spelunker’s Slide. With so much to climb and play around on, kids are sure to have a blast at this unique experience.

The Climatron and reflecting pool at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

6. Saint Louis Science Center

The center for all things science is the Saint Louis Science Center (SLSC), another of the city’s free cultural attractions. The SLSCS has been named one of the “10 Best Science Centers for Families” by Parents magazine. Science Galleries feature hands-on activities including conducting experiments using microscopes, digging for fossils, and working with computers. Have an out of this world experience at the Boeing Space Station within the SLSC’s McDonnell Planetarium.

The Saint Louis Science Center is another fantastic and free attraction in Forest Park.

7. Saint Louis Zoo

Animal-loving youth groups will go ape on a safari through the Saint Louis Zoo. One visit and you’ll see why this Zoo has been named the #1 Zoo in the USA by Zagat’s Family Travel Survey. More than 18,000 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered, make this park their home.

The sea lions and seals play at the Saint Louis Zoo.

8. Grant's Farm

Another stop for animal-lovers, Grant’s Farm offers an up-close-and-personal experience with the many animals that call the reserve home. Located on land once owned by U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, enjoy a tram ride through the Deer Park, where you can see a variety of deer, bison, and more, before arriving at the petting zoo area in the Tier Garten. With over 900 animals, it is a perfect spot for kids to explore and see animals up close.

A girl feeds the goats at Grant's Farm.

9. The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

One of the top Children’s Museums in the country, the Magic House takes learning to a whole new level, with hundreds of interactive exhibits sure to keep kids entertained. With activities like the Bubble Room, Art Studio and Make-It Workshop, Future Play, and a rotation of new exhibits, kids and adults a like will have a blast learning and interacting with the world around them.

Kids play in the St. Louis CITY SC exhibit at The Magic House.

10. Six Flags St. Louis

What kid isn’t seeking non-stop fun? That’s what’s in store at Six Flags St. Louis. Groups can experience more than 100 rides and attractions throughout the park including the new Boomerang forward and backward roller coaster and wet and wild Tsunami Soaker which lets riders spray each other with blasts of water while the ride floats and spins ‘round and ‘round. Admission to Six Flags St. Louis also includes the Hurricane Harbor water park for the same price. Entertaining shows and musical performances and arcade games round out the theme park fun. Season runs from April through early November.

Six Flags St. Louis boasts nine exhilarating rollercoasters (six steel and three wooden) with more than 22,000 feet of combined track.