Let it Snow: Wintertime Activities in St. Louis

Monday January 4, 2016

When it snows, isn’t it thrilling?  There’s plenty to see and do, so don’t let the weather prevent you from enjoying the season in St. Louis.

The City Museum is always a good time. It’s a giant shoe factory transformed into an artsy playground in warehouse of recycled fun for the whole family. Explore enchanted caves, go down a three-story slide, play in a treehouse and view art at the City Museum. The second floor features the World Aquarium full of sharks, rays, sea turtles, parrots, tortoises, terrapins, otters, snakes, alligators and other sea creatures. Circus classes and workshops are held daily.

Learn all about the history of St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum. Currently “A Walk in 1875 St. Louis” is on display until Feb. 14 and “Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Freedom in America” begins Feb. 6. If you’re looking for a more kid friendly exhibit History Clubhouse opened in the fall.

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 Theater and explore outer space at the Planetarium. Experience science and technology through the new Mission: Mars exhibit. Travel to the year 2076 for mars exploration in the future.

The Magic House is St. Louis’ interactive children’s museum encouraging children to experiment combining education and fun in all activities. Kids may touch an electrically charged ball that will make their hair stand up with static electricity, or push a large pin screen and create 3D impressions of themselves, spin the big kaleidoscope or create their own works of art in the art studio.

If you’re willing to brave the cold sledding on Art Hill is a real treat. You can go ice skating at Steinberg Ice Rink or Shaw Park Ice Rink. Steinberg Ice Rink in Forest Park is a seasonal favorite and the largest ice skating rink in the Midwest will be open through Feb. 25. The Shaw Park Ice Rink offers views of the downtown Clayton skyline. Or take in the frosty air at Hidden Valley Ski Resort with snow skiing, boarding and tubing all on lighted trails.

Winter weather have you down? Take a short trip to south city. Missouri Botanical Gardens Climatron is a balmy and humid 85 degrees year-round. Walk among the waterfalls, palm trees and tropical plants, and it’s like you’re in the rainforests of Costa Rica — for one-thousandth the price.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is one of the leading comprehensive art museums in the country. At the museum, there’s a collection of 33,000 works of art from virtually every time period and culture. Currently on display at the museum is: St. Louis Modern (until Jan. 31), Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd: Scouts or Sports? and they’ve recently acquired Horace Pippin’s “Sunday Morning Breakfast”.

Each year hundreds of bald eagles migrate from the north down to the Alton area along the Mississippi River. But where’s the best spot to view these beautiful birds of prey? Never fear. There’s an app for that.

The deals and trades of baseball’s “Hot Stove League” can almost be as intriguing as the baseball season itself. But nothing celebrates the off-season quite like the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up (January 16-18) — a chance for fans to meet the players and get autographs. And the best part of all, the entire event benefits charity.

You know what they say. Got lemons? Make lemonade. The same can be said with frozen precipitation. Got ice? Make ice sculptures! But that’s not all you can expect at Ice Carnival in the Delmar Loop (January 11-16), which always tends to come during the coldest, bleakest days of winter. Enjoy s’mores, snowball fights and — our favorite — the human dog sled races.

Beer! Beads! Fun! January – February is Mardi Gras Season in St. Louis and what’s not to love about the nation’s second-biggest Mardi Gras celebration?

It’s public show season in St. Louis. The Wedding Show (Jan. 10), 2016 Saint Louis Auto Show (Jan. 28-31), Motorcycle and more will all take place this winter at America’s Center. Sports are alive in St. Louis, come and cheer on the St. Louis Blues and Saint Louis University Billikens. Entertainment options are endless at Scottrade Center, Peabody Opera House, Fabulous Fox, Jazz at the Bistro, Ballpark Village and more.

For all the great ways to enjoy the winter weather, visit our events calendar.

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