St. Louis is turning the big 250 this weekend! Whooo-hoo!
We don’t have a solid date for when St. Louis became a thing, but historians have pin pointed it to this weekend, so we’re running with it. There’s a couple pretty cool events going on that are family friendly to celebrate the city’s birthday. See if you can squeeze some of these events into your Valentine/President’s Day weekend:
The Biggest Birthday Bash at the Missouri History Museum
Feb. 14 (3:30-7:30 p.m.), Feb. 15 & 17 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
This is a free event perfect for kids! The History Museum has prepared a new exhibit to showcase important people, places and things from St. Louis’ last 250 years. It will be free during opening weekend!
During this weekend the museum is offering a ton of free stuff for kids! There will be cupcake decorating, crafts, live music sing-alongs, a puppet show, face painting, balloon artists and more! See the Museum’s website for a complete schedule. Some events are only during certain times, so plan accordingly.
Burnin’ Love at Art Hill
Feb. 14 (4:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
Rescheduled due to ice to Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 9pm. KMOV is reporting that “the show will go on as planned with vendors, entertainment and the Burnin’ Love 25 foot Heart of Fire.”
This event is outside, so we don’t know if the weather is going to be nice enough to take the little dudes and dudettes yet. But it’s free, so what do you have to lose? And there’s heated tents, so maybe it won’t be that bad.
There will be kid-friendly activities from 5 to 7:30pm. They will have science experiments for the kids, post cards to write to the future (the History Museum will save them for the big 300 party), a couple artsy projects and the St. Louis Zoo is doing something called “Zoolebration”.
The festival has live bands, fire dancers, food & drink booths (hot drinks & booze) and fireworks at 10:20. There will be a 25-foot flaming heart at center stage, so I think we’ll go just to see that!
The stage is at the bottom of Art Hill and vendors are at the top of the hill and down by the lake. Since there is snow on the ground you might want to bring chairs if you think you’ll be watching the entertainment. The festival has a whole list of rules–this is not like the Balloon Glow, so NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK. Or backpacks. Or your own fireworks. Or tents. Leave your tents at home people! (Seriously, who brings a tent to a festival?)
I think it’s going to get muddy pretty fast–dress accordingly! Check out the Burnin’ Love website for a schedule, map and parking tips.
Historical Reenactment at the Arch Grounds
Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
There’s going to be a reenactment of the city’s founding at 10:30 down on the river, but that sold out. However, after the show they are inviting everyone to the Arch Grounds for a historical encampment. You can “meet” Auguste Chouteau (yep, that’s who the street was named after) and see demonstrations of 18th century blacksmithing and carpentry. The camp will be at the south leg of the Arch, which is where the first little village was built.
My, how we have grown!