The City Museum is one of St. Louis' most interesting attractions. Local artists have taken recycled materials to create a museum out of the old Brown Shoe factory. The museum is more of a gigantic playground with slides and tunnels going every direction. Some tunnels even run underneath the floor. You may not think that you'll be able to make it through the tunnels, but the staff will be there assuring you that you will. Its not just for kids, as the staff encourages everyone to get involved and have a good time. There is also a bar area for adults that don't want to climb around. This is a great place to take kids and to be a kid yourself.
There are also lofts for sale upstairs and banquet rooms for wedding receptions.
If I were traveling with children in Saint Louis, there are a few "must see" sites besides the St. Louis Zoo that I would see:
1. Grant's Farm:
10501 Gravois Road
Grant's Farm is a 281 acre wildlife preserve just south of the city limits in St. Louis County. Anheuser-Busch owns it, & it takes its name from Ulysses S. Grant who actually farmed a portion of the 281 acres in the 1850's. Today it is home to the Busch family estate, the Clydesdale Stables, the Deer Park, Grant's Cabin, & a petting zoo.
Admission FREE but paid parking.
2. The Magic House (St. Louis Children's
516 South Kirkwood Road (Lindbergh Blvd
This Children's Museum is a place for exploration, discovery, experiencing, pretending, creating, & constructing.
It provides a hands-on learning experiences designed for fun, stimulation, and creativity.
$6.50 Regular Admission and free parking.
3. St. Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Avenue
The St. Louis Science Center is the number one educational attraction in the St. Louis area. Using science and technology, this center hopes that visitors will gain a better understanding of self & the world around them while having a great time doing it.
The center includes OMNIMAX THEATER,
PLANETARIUM, BOEING SPACE STATION, ORTHWEIN STARBAY, and EXPLORADOME.
Admission is free.
4. Purina Farms
200 Checkerboard Drive
Gray Summit, Mo. 63039
This adventure is to explore the special role that pets play in our lives. You are able to cuddle cats at the 28-foot tall Victorian style cat house, participate in a dog show and learn how to teach your dog tricks, pet a variety of dogs and puppies on display, and milk a cow at the Farm's regularly scheduled milking times. These are only a few of the activities available. There is a gift shop, children's play area, snack bar, interactive exhibits, & a barn full of farm animals.
Free admission and parking.
If you have kids, check out the Magic House in Kirkwood. It's the second-best children's museum in the country, and has TONS of awesome hands-on stuff for kids to do (adults like it too). Don't miss it! You can also walk around historic downtown kirkwood for a bit and look at the little art/antique shops.
If you're into amusement parks, you're in luck, because Six Flags has a park close to the city!
I wouldn't say it's really all that 'unique' since amusement parks can be found all across the country. Still, having been to several I can tell you that this one is pretty good. And if you're as big a fan of coasters as I am, this place should prove enjoyable for you. :-)
Not too far from St. Louis (about 30 miles), is 6-flags over mid-America. It's always well maintained.
The lines for the rides can get a bit long, but .... They do have a few roller coasters for the coaster enthusiasts---an old wooden one called the sceaming Eagle; a water one that causes a huge splash; and at least 3 other ones--the Mine Train, the Batman swing type, and the Ninja (shown in the picture). Other rides include Thunder River, the Carousel, a huge Ferris wheel (shown in the collage at the beginning of my page), the regular train, plus some rides I can't remember the name of. It's a rather large park. It also has the shows and restaurants that all big parks have. A fun way to spend the day.
The new Science Center. Yes, it is free also. Although they do have an Omnimax which charges a fee, and the planetarium side has star shows and laser shows to music that charge a small fee.
The Planetarium is actually in Forest Park and is connected to the new Science Center by a walk way over highway 40. It's a rather neat connection. The path leading to the bridge is a replica of a mine shaft. Also along that pathway is an interesting historical medical hands on exhibit. On the bridge are windows to see the traffic with radar guns that you can point at the motorist passing by and show them how fast they are going. There are even windows on the bottom of the walkway so you can see the cars going under you--kind of an odd feeling. The new science center has lots of hands on exhibits that are free, plus a children's learning center that has a small fee.
A place primarily for Children, but also good for grown-ups, who think knowing everything. A lot of games to play, through which we can understand the whys in daily life. There are some bridges provided to build the Arch. Through the building, we know it was really a very hard to build the real one, because very few people can succeed in buiding this 2-m toy.