19 Things to Do This Weekend with the Kids in St. Louis

19 Things to Do This Weekend with the Kids in St. Louis

It’s the middle of summer break and the kids are getting bored–oh no! What can we do? Here’s a list of fun and exciting things you can do with your kids this weekend to pump some fun back into your summer!

19 fun things st louis

  1. Food Truck Friday at Grant’s Farm: This only happens once a month, so plan accordingly! You can do just about everything you normally do at Grant’s Farm (pet the goats, feed the camels, drink free beer) BUT you get to do it as the sun goes down. This time they’ve invited Gioia’s, Farmtruk, and Vincent Van Doughnut to join the fun. Gates open at 5:45pm and the event runs to 10pm. Admission is still just $12 per car. Walk-in’s are $5, so just drive, m’kay? 
  2. Fiesta in Florissant: Celebrate the Latino lifestyle in North County at this awesome Hispanic Festival. There’s a special kid’s area, lots of crafts and tons of home made food. Saturday & Sunday.
  3. Route 66 at the History Museum: Check out the Mother Road, which used to run right through St. Louis. Then make sure you stop by the History ClubHouse, a fun area for kids to play. Starts Saturday and runs to July 16. 
  4. Blackberry Jam Festival: Head over to Eckert’s in Belleville for blackberry picking (no thorns!) and family fun. They’ll have the carnival rides out, plus inflatables and pony rides. The event is free, with some rides requiring tickets. Blackberries are $3.49 a pound.
  5. How Food is Grown at the Science Center: New this week! The Science Center has replaced the old ExploraDome with GROW, a permanent exhibit about farming & food. Included with regular admission.
  6. Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden: Always a big hit, take the kids to play–and splash–at the Garden. Admission is free on Saturday from 9am to Noon for St. Louis City and County residents. 
  7. St. Louis Zoo: Remember, the zoo is open late on summer weekends! Admission to the zoo is free, and remember to bring back your Zoo Sipper Cups–you get cheap refills for LIFE.
  8. Magic House: Hot outside? It’s cool here! Be sure to check out the new Future Lab play area and Sandcastle Beach. The Magic House is open until 9pm on Friday’s! Admission is $10, grab a coupon here.
  9. Visit a Farmer’s Market: I had a ton of fun (and ate a ton of cheese) at the Tower Grove Farmer’s market last weekend! These markets are more than just fresh tomatoes!
  10. Purina Farms: This place is awesome for the little dudes! Learn about farm life and catch an AWESOME dog show. Bonus? It’s free!
  11. Pole Position Raceway in Sunset Hills: This is the latest adventure for big kids and adults: super fast go karts! Kids have to be over 48 inches to drive and there are NO double cars. This is real racing–youth carts go up to 30 MPH and adult karts hit 45mph. 
  12. Epic 6 in Fenton: Laser tag, dodge ball and mazes! Epic 6 has plenty of specials (I like the 2 hour Beat the Buzzer for $20) and a great parents lounge away from the noise.
  13. Sky Zone: What’s better than a room full of trampolines to wear the kids out? Plan to come early—they only allow a certain number of kids in the arenas at one time. If you come late, you’ll need to wait your turn. Even smarter: go online, pay in advance and they let you RSVP your time slot. (Psst. Sky Zone now has two locations, in Chesterfield AND Fenton.)
  14. Sports Fusion in Chesterfield: An indoor amusement park with laser tag, dodge ball, rock climbing, mini golf and arcade games. $21 will get your kid unlimited play for two hours, so bring a friend (for the kid) and relax in the snack bar.
  15. America’s Incredible Pizza in South County: Unlimited Pizza and arcades. Plan this one for lunch or even dinner, because you can nibble on the buffet while the kids play.
  16. City Museum in Downtown St. Louis: Haven’t been? Go. That’s all I’m saying—you’ll thank me later.
  17. Butterfly House in Chesterfield: $6 for adults, $4 for kids, and little ones under 2 are free. This place is especially nice to visit if the weather is crummy because it’s always summer time with the butterflies.
  18. Laumeier Sculpture Park in Sunset Hills: totally free (it’s a county park) and educational without being boring. This huge park has walking trails and whacked out modern art right in the middle of the woods that will get your kids talking—and maybe thinking, too. Pack a picnic to enjoy while you’re here. The indoor museum and gift shop is closed for renovations.
  19. Parks & Playgrounds: Of course there’s always the park! Here’s our top 6 St. Louis area playgrounds (as rated by the kid).

 

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