Kid Friendly Outings while Visiting St. Louis, Missouri

Miniature Railway at St. Louis Zoo

So much fun to be had at St. Louis Zoo.
So much fun to be had at St. Louis Zoo.

Fun things to do with kids in St. Louis Missouri

There are so many things you can do in St. Louis Missouri, its hard to know where to begin. I was thinking of the best ideas I could come up with for kids and kids of all ages. The Butterfly House was one, City Museum and and St. Louis Zoo are the others. These are my top rated choices but these are really just the beginning. Hopefully this hub and help you decide if one of these is right for you while you are visiting or vacationing (or "staycationing") in Missouri.

The City Museum, great place for kids of all ages

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701 N 15th St, St Louis, MO 63103, USA
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The City Museum

Don't let this name cause you to think that this may be a boring museum, because it is one of the most exciting places you can take a kid. The City Museum is huge, and really an extraordinary feat, just in its creation. I could fill up pages, literally going on about all there is here and all the fun to be had. To keep it short, you can go into caves and explore, go into a huge vault, slide down a 3 story slide, see creatures and critters, watch artists blowing glass, play outside on huge playground equipment, play inside on big fun equipment and tunnels and slides, well.... you get the idea hopefully. There are 4 stories, and an aquarium inside, and a big bus on the roof. In the evenings, for "bigger kids" you can stay late and they turn out the lights, which I cannot imagine. The video you see here, shows just a very small part of the City Museum, the outside part.

Truly, I never seen a place like this one. There is an indoor ramp "park" where you can run up and down ramps and get so much exercise that you won't know what hit you. The whole huge building in St. Louis Missouri is like a child's wonderland. There so many things to choose from, that if you have a large group, with many varying tastes involved, then you can still find something for everyone. If you ever get the chance, I rate this up there with going to see the Arch in St. Louis, as its just that unique and one of a kind, kind of place. I guarantee, you will make memories at the City Museum that you will have forever. I did have to stay on my toes, when my kids were smaller, and we were visiting family in the area. They have great staff, and food, and bathrooms and gift shops and workshops. Its like it literally never ends. There is a big grand piano I think on the second level, that kids can just play on, there are little "tours" and all kinds of things to explore.

In the deepest part of wintertime, you can't go wrong taking a crowd of kids here. They will definitely thank you. I am so glad that I ever went the first time I was invited to go, because at first I assumed it was this old building with mediocre museum displays. It wasn't...and it more like a big huge playground, literally.

The City Museum, great for kids, just amazing!

The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House in Missouri

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15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA
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The Butterfly House and St. Louis Carousel

This is one of my favorite places when I am in Missouri, and it never fails that I see children also enjoying the incredibly beautiful butterflies in their habitat. I have taken many of my own family there as well and their children and my own have loved to go. There is much more than meets the eye at the Butterfly house, if you should get a chance to go there.

First of all, there is a short movie in a little theater area where you see the life cycle of the butterfly. If you are debating about whether or not to see this part, do not skip it, for its short and incredibly educational and interesting.

There are many different kinds of critters at the Butterfly house, besides butterflies. These are in enclosed containers, and are very interesting, all kinds of bugs and little critters. If this doesn't appeal to you though, its easy enough to skip.

The St. Louis Carousel, and Faust Historic Village

Right near the Butterfly House is the St. Louis Carousel which is very popular! It is only two dollars to ride this historic carousel. It was saved from a large fire in the Forest Park Highlands so long ago. It now sits in Chesterfield, Missouri, and is a lot of fun to see. In fact, if the kids aren't wore out after the Butterfly house, and the carousel, there is a great little playground just on the other side of the parking lot, as well as a little historic village to see, all within walking distance from the Butterfly house.

They have a little educational center as well, and an outside butterfly garden that is just lovely and fun to stroll through any season. There is large pond, and its just a great setting to see butterflies of Missouri or the Midwest USA. At the entrance, is a huge butterfly as well as a huge caterpillar outside to climb on. There are ducks, another large pond, and a new fun playground and often a large carousel is open. There are even some historical/educational buildings that can be toured around the perimeter. This would be a great day event for the whole family, but can also be kept short as need be. I can't encourage a visit to the Butterfly House.

Blue Morpho Butterfly - Wings Open

This blue morpho butterfly has its wings wide open to view the lovely color they show.  If the kids want them to land on them, try dressing in that color, and it may work!
This blue morpho butterfly has its wings wide open to view the lovely color they show. If the kids want them to land on them, try dressing in that color, and it may work! | Source
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Forest Park, St Louis, MO 63110, USA
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St. Louis Zoo, great for kids and free as well!

As for my top three kids picks, this rounds out my choices. Last but definitely not least, comes the St. Louis Zoo, famous near and far. I simply love this Zoo, and all the unique buildings and exhibits and landscaping that is woven throughout.

There are many places to eat, relax, play and learn at this zoo. You can go to the zoo for free, and bring food like a sack lunch to further keep costs down. I can't stress enough how much it is worth going to this zoo. My whole family loved it when we got to go. Keep in mind, that the little train in the top picture of this hub costs a little bit extra but is very worth it.

All kinds of animals are represented, and your child is sure to have an experience they will not soon forget. Create a great memory with your child today. No matter what it is, spending some time with them doing something they like is something you will never regret. They grow so quickly and its hard to get that precious time back. These are the formative years, so critical. Have some fun with kids doing these or one of the many other options that St. Louis offers.

A Giraffe is one of the many amazing animals you will see at the St. Louis Zoo.
A Giraffe is one of the many amazing animals you will see at the St. Louis Zoo.

Cahokia Mounds Map

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Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, Collinsville, IL, USA
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Cahokia Mounds in Nearby Cahokia Illinois

Cahokia Mounds is a wonderful place for adults and children to visit when in St. Louis Missouri. It is incredibly educational and full of history that not many are aware of in our country, or so it seems! There was a civilization there so long ago, and the mounds are evidence of their existence and ways of living. There is a movie and a lot of area to run and walk around as well.

There is a little gift shop and educational area to tour, like a museum almost. I promise you, that you will be amazed to find out what Cahokia Mounds represents for the history of the United States. It is very worth visiting, especially if you are into teaching yourself and your children about history. It is like a mystery, to learn about what might have happened to such a large and once thriving group of people.

To the right is a map, but you can look up their website for more information. The drive is just over the river, and really not too far considering what you are getting out of it. It's a gold mine for history buffs, but interesting for all people I think.

Cahokia Mounds

One of the areas containing huge mounds, that are part of a past civilization in the United States.  It is truly incredible!
One of the areas containing huge mounds, that are part of a past civilization in the United States. It is truly incredible! | Source
This is part of the Victorian Garden area, it is simply amazing and beautiful!
This is part of the Victorian Garden area, it is simply amazing and beautiful! | Source

Children's Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden is a great place to take people of all ages. You can easily spend a whole day or just an hour, at this garden, and have a wonderful time. The sky is the limit for what it offers. A few years ago, they opened up a garden that is specially designed for children! It is very interactive and special, and sectioned off from the rest of the garden. I would highly recommend visiting it at least one time.

There are endless possibilities to roam around the St. Louis Botanical Garden, like the Climatron. This is a unique indoor place for kids to roam around and learn all kinds of things, in an indoor environment. So even if it is during the holidays, there is so much to see, do, and discover at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

I would highly recommend checking the website before going, to know of any extra, above and beyond exhibits they have going on there. Throughout the year, there are truly amazing shows going on. Christmas themed shows, like the Garden Glow, Gardenland Express, or the themed Orchid show, etc. With an amazing gift shop, and places to eat, you have it all there to observe and enjoy. I can't recommend this enough for anyone, whether going alone or with a large group.

Map to Missouri Botanical Garden

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Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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Kids Visiting St. Louis Poll

Have you ever visited St. Louis as a Child, or visited there with children?

  • Yes, I have lived near, or visited St. Louis as a child
  • Yes, I have visited St. Louis and/or brought my children there
  • No, but we hope to in the future
  • No, and we might visit there in the future
  • We have driven through St. Louis
  • Some other answer
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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

What choices one has! I'd especially love to visit the City Museum- from glass blowing to a three-story slide, the place really has it all! I bet it's a kid's paradise.


Fetty 6 years ago

What wonderful ideas for all ages but especially for kids. Your enthusiasm shines through here. Great hub.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Really love this one! My four kids would have a blast in St. Louis - voted up and awesome.


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hi Simone, yes it is a kid's paradise, thank you for your comment!


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Fetty, Thank you very much.


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Stephchick, Yes, they would probably love it! Thank you so much for your comment.


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Les Trois Chenes 6 years ago from Videix, Limousin, South West France

If the kids are happy, everyone is happy. Great ideas.


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WordCustard 6 years ago from Scotland

St Louis looks like a great place to take kids. Loads of fun to be had!


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aperturering 6 years ago from Raleigh, NC

I love the train!

St. Louis is a lot of fun. I got to take my first trip out there last winter.


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Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

Wow! I loved the miniature train! Great place to become a kid myself and enjoy without a care!Congrats on a wonderful hub!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Les Trois Chenes, so true, that if the kids are happy then everyone is!

Word Custard, thank you for your comment, and yes lots of fun to be had!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Aperturering, glad you got to experience St. Louis. Thank you for your comment.

Purple Perl, thank you, and I love the train too!


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PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

cool train!


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thanks, its a very cool train I think. Just the right size to enjoy.


shellonj 5 years ago

These look like great choices. Can you tell me if they're located in the same area? Do you happen to know of a place to stay that would be convenient to these sites?


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Rastamermaid 5 years ago from Universe

This hub is awesome!

St.Louis does have loads of stuff that's great for the kids,a lot of free exhibits and activities.I use to wonder what the big deal was about the zoo being free,but once I started traveling I paid to enter zoo's that don't come close to ours here in St.Louis.

When you add The Gateway Arch,Six Flags,Forest Park and The Science Center you have a fun filled family vacation with something for everyone.

Also several casinos for the traveling gambler.


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oceansnsunsets 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Rastamermaid, thank you very much for your comment. That's right, there are casinos as well for the travelling gambler, and people seem to really enjoy that right there on the riverfront. When you travel around and drop a lot of money for other things, then you realize how nice it is.


Maria klockenkemper 4 years ago

i love the St. Louis zoo you can have very cool memories there.


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oceansnsunsets 4 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Maria, I love the Saint Louis Zoo, and agree that you can have some great memories there! Thanks for sharing your comment here.

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