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The City Museum in St. Louis Missouri
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The City Museum, of Saint Louis
The City Museum
Many people have said that if they had to pick one favorite place to go to in Saint Louis, that is great for kids as well, it would be the City Museum! I kid you not, there is nothing anyone could have told me to prepare me for how wonderfully fun a place this is for adults and kids alike. Still, kids can do the most, and have the most fun. Adults have quite a bit of fun as well.
Basic Facts about the City Museum
The City Museum's address is 701 N. 15th Street in St. Louis Missouri, 63103. The phone number is 314-231-2459. Hours of operation are Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. For all of the free things offered up in Saint Louis, there is a cost for this, but it is very much worth going to. The last I knew, it was 10 dollars per person, with group rates available, as well as later in the day rates, and rooftop rates.
Main Highlights of the City Museum
There is simply so much to see, I am not sure where to begin. For instance, there are several slides for kids and adults to slide down, even multi "story" slides! There are large "caves" to explore, a museum area, a huge old vault and playgrounds that tickle the imagination. I kid you not, it is one of the most fun places you might ever go to. It will bring the kid out in you!
There is an indoor skate park in this huge building, as well as an artistic area where kids can do all kinds of art to their hearts content. Being several stories high, it is almost easy to get lost in this place, so keep an eye on your little ones. Never fear, even if you do "lose" someone in a tunnel or anything, as they have a lot of staff all around to help find kids and fast. I know that sounds strange, but if you ever go, and know how easy it is to turn your back for a minute in a place say like Disneyland, well you know what I mean! No need for alarm, I was very impressed by the staff!
There was a time where kids could make these amazing paper cut snowflakes with an instructors help. There was another area for glass blowers to make beautiful works of art. They teach students there, and even sell some of their neat creations. There is a grand piano kids can play, and before I go any further, let me comment on my photos in this hub.
Photos in this Hub show just One of the Playgrounds!
This playground is a few stories high, and is outside. There are slides, ball pits, neat huge old vehicles and other modes of stationary transportation, bridges, and tunnels. You name it, this playground might just have it. I have known kids that want to go play even when it is probably too cold to be playing out there. At the time of this writing, these are the photos I have that show this one area of the City Museum. I hope though, that you can get a feel for what the rest of the indoor part includes.
Inside the City Museum
When you head back inside the City Museum, there are a number of things you can do. Basically, there are different exhibits, and experiences for kids of all ages. It is completely different from every other museum I have ever seen. So there isn't any way to really compare it to anything else. It is so unique, you don't want to miss then when visiting or living in Saint Louis Missouri.
While this museum has somewhat of a strange name, as it doesn't have too much to do with cities or Saint Louis, it is very much a wonderful place to visit. It simply is full of all kinds of imagination. For instance, when walking up to the City Museum, you will find an old school bus perched up on top and leaning off the edge, though secure! Its wild from the minute you go in. There is a shoestring factory, even, as well as aquariums and other animals in their own exhibit the time we visited.
In short, its high on quirky and fun! There is an Everyday Circus, even! One of the places the kids spent the most time, (ok, and adults), is the caves on the inside. They are perfect for playing hide and seek!
Finally, there is a snack bar, so a place to relax a little and get recharged. If you are wondering if you can spend the day there, the answer is yes. I can recall now, the looks on kids faces, and adults as well. It is just so fun! The City Museum is a huge adventure worth trying once.
One more thing, for the Big Kids
As if this place couldn't get any more fun, there is a time of year when people can go to this museum at night, go on the roof, and have general fun in a completely different way. I heard about some college students going, and they were planning a visit. It sounded like so much fun! If this is something you are remotely interested in, look it up and make some plans for a night of fun.
The City Museum in Saint Louis Missouri
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