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Things To Do In St. Louis With Kids

Updated on November 30, 2012
Missouri Botanical Garden, Children's Garden
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St. Louis has tons of family friendly activity. Here is a list of some things to keep the kiddos busy and happy.

Sky Zone

My eleven year old son and his friends love going to Sky Zone. Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park. It has huge wall to wall trampolines. You can run around and bounce of the trampolines, bounce off the trampoline walls, or play dodge ball.

Sky Zone is located at 17376 Edison Ave in Chesterfield, MO 63005.

Planet Fun

Planet Fun is a super fun indoor playground for kids. It has tons of tubes and passageways to climb through and explore. You can take your kids for the day or play a birthday party there. We have done both. It is always a hit!

Planet Fun is located at 5849 Suemandy in St. Peters, MO 63376.

Castlewood State Park

Take the kids on a hike, a picnic, or to the play ground at Castlewood State Park in Ballwin, MO. They have several hiking trails with beautiful views that will entertain the kiddos as well as wear them out! There is also a nice playground and meadows where deer can often be seen.

Castlewood State Park is located at 1401 Kiefer Creek Rd in Ballwin, MO 63021.

Forest Park Balloon Race


Once a year in September, Forest Park is taken over by hot air balloons. On that Friday evening, the grounds glow with lit up balloons bursting to get into the air. Families can walk amongst the balloons and talk to their pilots. The Friday evening ends with a fireworks display around 9pm. That Saturday the same balloons will compete in a race. Both events are spectacular.

St. Louis Science Center


The St. Louis Science Center is a great place to take kids. There are many different hands on learning opportunities that are fun to. Most areas of the Science Center are free to participate in. Special exhibits and shows must be paid for and tickets can be purchased in the main lobby.

The Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Avenue in St. Louis, MO 63110.

City Museum

The City Museum is the most fun and interesting place to visit in the city. The former International Shoe Company building is made of recycled building materials like old school buses, planes, chimneys, bridges, planes, and tiles. It is a place to play, climb, and explore.

The City Museum is located at 701 N 15th Street in St. Louis, MO 63103.

Carousel at Faust Park


The St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park in Chesterfield Missouri was built in 1920. It has 60 hand carved horses and deer. The carousel lived at the Forest Park Highland Amusement Park until 1963 when a fire struck the theme park. The carousel escaped major damage and was purchased by Howard Ohlendorf and donated to the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation. It operated at Sylvan Springs County Park until 1979. It was apparent that time had taken it's toll on the carousel. The St. Louis County Historic Buildings Commission created a foundation called the Faust Cultural Heritage Foundation to raise funds to restore and maintain the carousel. The carousel was restored and began operating again on May 9, 1987 in it's new home at Faust Park in Chesterfield. The carousel is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 4pm. It is $2 to ride. Faust Park is located at 15189 Olive Blvd in Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Butterfly House at Faust Park


There is never a bad time to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies. The Butterfly House in Faust Park has 60 breeds of butterflies and 150 varieties of tropical plans to enjoy.

The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, MO 63017.

Missouri Botanical Gardens


There is a lot of beauty to take in at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. But, for the kiddo's there is a great Children's Garden. It is open from April - October each year. Kids can venture into a limestone cave, explore the wetlands, board a steamboat, climb in the tree house or visit a midwestern prairie village.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, Missouri 63110. For more information see the Missouri Botanical Gardens website below.



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A markerSky Zone -
17376 Edison Ave, Chesterfield, MO 63005, USA
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B markerPlanet Fun -
5849 Suemandy Dr, St Peters, MO 63376, USA
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C markerCastlewood State Park -
1401 Kiefer Creek Rd, Ballwin, MO 63021, USA
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D markerForest Park -
1 Government Dr, St Louis, MO 63110, USA
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E markerScience Center -
5050 Oakland Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, USA
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F markerCity Museum -
701 N 15th St, St Louis, MO 63103, USA
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G markerFaust Park -
15189 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO 63017, USA
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H markerMisssouri Botanical Garden -
4344 Shaw Ave, St Louis, MO 63110, USA
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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Thanks for an interesting hub. I live in the O'Fallon MO area and each year when my Atlanta grandchildren come to stay I am looking for some new ideas of things to do with them. We have done several on your list but you've also given me a few new ones to try. Thanks.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Interpete! Sky Zone is fun for kids and adults. I like the exercise classes there.

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      The Sky Zone sounds like a lot of fun! I would probably hurt myself, but it would be a great place to go with friends. The other places you mention also sound interesting. Great hub!