If the kids are bored and you’re short on cash, I’ve got great news for my fellow St. Louis moms! Our town is filled to the brim with awesome places to go and things to see that are totally free! I’ve lived around St. Louis my whole life and I’ve spent many a day looking for free things to do with my own kids, my Cub Scouts or my friend’s kids–and now I want to share!
I’ve visited other cities with my family and could NOT believe how much it costs to entertain them. Not in St. Louis! Just load up the kids, your neighbor’s kids, your cousin’s kids…it doesn’t matter, we can entertain everyone for cheap in this town.
Free Places to Visit in St. Louis with the kids
These places are all super fun and do not charge admission. Extras might cost extra, and the free parking may not be super obvious, but I’ll show you where to park to avoid those pay lots when I can.
Museums don’t have to be boring! Even our prim and proper St. Louis Art Museum has free family days where they get down on the kid’s level and let them really understand and appreciate art as a kid. And if your kid loves to run around and touch EVERYTHING then take them City Garden or Laumeier for their art appreciation…outside!
- St. Louis Science Center
- Powder Valley Nature Center
- Magic House Free Days and coupons
- St. Louis Art Museum
- Laumeier Sculpture Park
- City Garden
- Missouri History Museum
Do your kids love animals? You’re in luck, because our world class St. Louis Zoo has NO admission charge! We also have Grant’s Farm an a park full of birds of prey.
- St. Louis Zoo for Free
- Grant’s Farm
- World Bird Sanctuary (it’s a bird zoo my friend)
- Lone Elk Park (Drive through animal sanctuary)
One for the Dads:
St. Louis is also the home of Anheuser-Busch, and the Busch family LOOOVE their local fans. Touring the brewery is free and totally family friendly. Also, did you know that Grant’s Farm is the old Busch family home? So it’s only natural that they offer free samples!
One for the Chocolate Lovers
St. Louis is home to a couple of fabulous chocolate companies…but this one will give you a free sample.