Explore St. Louis with Children
We live in a suburb of St. Louis and each summer my grandchildren from Atlanta come to stay with us. Each year I look for new and different things to show them in the area. This year they are 8 and 10 years old . I showed them several of the choices of places to visit and their choices were all some of their favorites from the past. All of these places had some new exhibits this year so we decided to go back and revisit some St. Louis Greats.
- The Butterfly House
- The St. Louis Zoo
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- The Muny
Along with these visits we spent time together going to a water park,visiting the library, doing crafts at a nursing home with residents, going to a movie and doing crafts at our house.
It was a busy and fun filled week.
Here are the highlights of our St. Louis visits. They are all places that my granddaughters, Rachel and Ella and I highly recommend.
Butterfly House Birthday Cake
The Butterfly House
The Butterfly House has been a favorite of my granddaughters since they were very young. I think the first time I took the oldest, Rachel there she was just 2 years old. When they were small they loved to go in the beautifully landscaped conservatory garden. This area is a 8000 sq ft glassed in area which houses 1000's of tropical butterflies. When the girls walk in the conservatory there are butterflies everywhere. New this year were little gnomes placed throughout the conservatory. The girls were given a sheet when they entered showing photos of all the gnomes and they were challenged to find the little men hidden throughout the conservatory.
Now that they are older, the girls are very interested in photography. They each have their own point and shoot digital cameras and they love to capture shots of the butterflies and flowers in the garden. After visiting the conservatory we went to the outside butterfly garden where they were able to photograph native butterflies and flowers.
The Butterfly House is located in Faust park which has several other attractions that the girls enjoy. There is a beautiful old carousel that has been restored that the girls enjoy riding. There is also a nice sized playground and a picnic area.
Parking is free in Faust Park, but there is a small charge for entrance to The Butterfly House.
Paper Kite Butterflies
Butterfly House located in Faust Park
The Butterfly House is located in a suburb of St. Louis approximately 20 minutes from the downtown area.
A Day at the Zoo
St. Louis Zoo
The St. Louis Zoo is one of the top Zoo's in the country and would you believe there is no entrance fee to the zoo. We spent the entire day at the zoo and the only money we spent was for our lunch, a ride on a carousel, and stuffed animals for the girls.
We started out by going to an area called the Rivers Edge. This is a beautiful section of the zoo that consists of winding paths where you can see animals from four continents. One of the girls favorite parts in the Rivers Edge was watching the Elephants. They were very entertaining. As we traveled along the paths of this section we also saw cheetahs, a mongoose and hippos. There was also a section for Missouri river animals where we saw channel catfish and frogs. We spent about 1 1/2 hours exploring the paths and watching the animals in the Rivers Edge.
After Rivers Edge we stopped for a bite of lunch. We had hamburgers and nachos and the cost was around $12 for three of us. We had brought bottles of water from home.
After the Rivers Edge we headed over to Big Cat Country. This area of the zoo is where we found lions, tigers and leopards. Next to the Big Cat Country is the Red Rocks area. This is where my granddaughter Ella was anxious to go. We had a good time wandering through this area and taking photos of giraffes, kangaroos, camels, zebras and many more animals. The St. Louis Zoo is such a great place to take a walk, see lots of animals and practice our photography.
After our visit to the Red Rock area we went through the famous bird cage. This bird cage was first built for the 1904 World's Fair. In fact, it was about this time that the St. Louis Zoo started. The bird cage holds many different exotic birds and ducks.
Our next stop was to get some "Dippin Dot" ice cream. It was a great treat as we neared the end of our zoo visit.
Before we left we stopped by the carousel for the girls to ride on the animals of this clever merry-go-round. There was a cost of $3 each for this ride. Of course before we left we had to make one more stop..you guessed it...the gift shop. The girls are stuffed animal nuts so of course they wanted one from the zoo.
Although we spent a full day at the zoo we didn't begin to cover all there is to see. In past years some of the girls favorites from the zoo included:
- Penquin and Puffin Coast
- Childrens Zoo
- Monkey House
- Sea Lion Show
- Riding the Zoo Railway
- Petting the Stingrays
Elephants in Rivers Edge
Explore Rivers Edge
Lego Butterfly and Flower
Missouri Botanical Garden
Missouri Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to visit. It is located in the southern part of the city. I love to go there to photograph the beautiful flowers and waterfalls. I am so happy that my granddaughters also enjoy visiting the gardens.
This year there was a special exhibit in the Climatron, a climate controlled building for tropical plants. The exhibit featured legos set among the plants. There were 19 different lego exhibits. One of my favorites was a beautiful Eagle. Rachel like the Monarch butterfly and Ella like the exhibit with lego squirrels, birds and birdfeeder.
Another favorite of the girls is the children's garden. In this area there are many places for the girls to explore including rope ladders, an old boat, rocks to climb, slides, a puppet theater and much more. It is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
There is a small fee to enter the gardens and an additional fee for both the climatron and the children's garden. Parking is free.
Great Place to take Photos
Visiting St. Louis
Have you visited St. Louis
St. Louis Muny
One of the highlights of the girls visit each year is a night at the St. Louis Muny. The Muny is a large outdoor theatre in Forest Park. Each summer the Muny brings St. Louisians 7 great musical productions. In 2013 the girls saw Mary Poppins.
This year the production while the girls were here was Seussical the Musical. Both girls thoughly enjoyed the show.
Take me to the Muny
More to do in St. Louis
Here are some of the places we have taken Rachel and Ella to on previous years visits.
- The Magic House
- Science Center
- Art Museum
- City Museum
- Boat rides in Forest Park
- Ferry ride across Mississippi
- Cardinals Ballgame
- Grants Farm