I feel like spring is playing hide and seek with us this year–spring break has been mostly cold and dreary, but there was the one day where we could break out the hammock and enjoy the sunshine…until the wind kicked in. (sigh)
When the weather warms up and I can hear birds chirping through my (briefly) open window I start thinking about getting the kids outside. Don’t you? But our favorite St. Louis venues are still closed! Worry not, little camper, I’ve got a list of all the fun outdoor spots in St. Louis and when they plan on opening back up. Now you can plan your weekends accordingly!
(Speaking of planning your weekends, did you know I write a weekly column at stlMag.com on your best weekend family fun?)
What’s Open in March
Ted Drewes is open at the big Chippewa location. We’ll have to wait for Mother’s Day for the smaller S. Grand spot to open.
Butterfly House in Chesterfield: The Butterfly House is doing Morpho Mardi Gras through the end of March, which is (in my humble opinion) the best time of year to visit.
Purina Farms: A perfect place for the little tikes and it’s free (just remember to RSVP first). You’ll spend most of your time inside the cozy barn, but the dog show is outside. Don’t worry, the pool for the diving dogs is heated! Purina Farms opens March 14, 2018 for the season with their annual Spring Time Village. Don’t miss it!
Miniature Train: The Transportation Museum is always open, but they put away the big toys for the winter. The mini train starts up on March 10.
Sea Lion Shows: The Saint Louis Zoo is always a little bit more fun when you can take in the sea lion show, don’t you think? It’s back March 16.
Six Flags: Get ready for roller coasters, cause the park is open March 24.
What’s Open in April
Children’s Garden: The kid’s love running around this garden playground tucked inside our world famous Missouri Botanical Garden. It also has a great spray pad play area that turns on when the temps hit 70. Bonus, the whole Garden is free on Saturday’s before noon for residents of STL City/County. Opens April 7 with a Meet Meet Outdoors Weekend celebration.
HandCar Village: This fun outside play area at the Transportation Museum will reopen April 1.
Stingrays at the Zoo: Heads up, the stingrays are back from their Florida vacation on April 13.
Grant’s Farm: What’s not to like about goats, elephants, Clydesdale’s and beer? Our favorite place to take the kids will be open on April 14.