Looking for something fun to do in St. Louis this weekend? If so you’re in luck because there are a ton of fun activities for adults and families! Here are a few of my favorites.
ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Saturday, April 22 -Sunday, April 23, 2017
11 am – 5 pm
Muny Grounds, Forest Park
Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share Earth Day values, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options. The 2017 Festival will include special features, like yoga classes all day for both adults and children, a rock climbing wall, a pet adoption area, and many more activities for “children” of all ages. Event entry is free; the Earth Day Festival is a welcoming place where all are invited for celebration and learning.
Free & open to the public | Family & dog friendly | Rain or shine!
The Recycling Extravaganza, a collection event for hard-to-recycle items in its seventh year, is growing up! The Recycling Extravaganza will kick off Earth Month for St. Louis Earth Day again on its own day! This year, it will be April 2nd and still be located in the parking lot of the St. Louis Community College – Forest Park campus, off Oakland Avenue, from 10 am to 2 pm. A full list of acceptable items, including everything from CFL light bulbs and bicycles to used shoes and small appliances, is updated regularly online so you can start collecting and start planning your spring cleaning accordingly.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 New Date!
10 am – 2 pm New Time!
St. Louis Community College – Forest Park Campus, off Oakland Avenue
St. Louis Zoo: Earth Day: Party for the Planet
Sunday, April 23, 2017
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy live entertainment, fun educational activities, keeper chats and more. Pick up a map of events at either Zoo entrance and explore the Earth Day stations around the Zoo to learn how you can take action to defend the planet. Visit at least four of the stations to receive a prize! Claim your prize at any of the stations by 3 p.m.
Hear live entertainment by Bottoms Up Blues Gang in Schnuck Family Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Keeper Chats & Enrichment Activities
11 a.m. — Tree kangaroo, Children’s Zoo*
11:30 a.m. — Allen’s swamp monkey, Primate House
12 p.m. — Hippo, River’s Edge
12:30 p.m. — Western lowland gorilla, Jungle of the Apes
1 p.m. — Giant tortoise, Herpetarium
1:30 p.m. — Sumatran orangutan, Jungle of the Apes
2 p.m. — Polar bear, Polar Bear Point
2:30 p.m. — Takin, Red Rocks
3 p.m. — American white pelican, North Lake
Enrichment schedule is subject to change without notice.
Admission to the Zoo and Earth Day activities is free. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
*Please note there is admission fee to the Children’s Zoo.
Town & Country Crossing is celebrating Earth Day by hosting its annual catch and release Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00am to 10:30am. Children ages 4-15 years can participate in the Fishing Derby by pre-registering at 636-220-7827. All participants must bring their own pole and bait. Prizes will be awarded for smallest fish, largest fish, first fish and more!
Town & Country Crossing will also be featuring a number of free activities and events that the entire family can enjoy after the fishing contest (from 10:30am to 12pm), including The Reptile Experience, face painting, cotton candy and more!
The Magic House Free Family Night
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
These special nights give families – up to two adults and four children, FREE Admission! .
Here’s the schedule for the rest of the year so you can mark your calendars:
April 21, 2017
May 19, 2017
June 16, 2017
July 21, 2017
August 18, 2017
September 15, 2017
October 20, 2017
November 17, 2017
December 15, 2017
Reservations are not required.
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bring your green thumb and join The Magic House for an Earth Day Celebration! The Museum will be blooming with eco-friendly activities inside and out where kids will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty as they participate in a variety of planting activities. Kids will also enjoy earth-inspired art activities in the Museum’s Art Studio.
Cost: Free with Museum admission.
Fairy Tale Tea at The Magic House
When: Saturday, April 22, 2017 and Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Aspiring princes and princesses will have the opportunity to sip tea or apple juice, dine on fine pastries, make a bejeweled tiara or crown to take home and enjoy a short, live production of Cinderella inside the Whitaker Theater at The Magic House. Following the play, kids can see their favorite characters up close as Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother visit with guests and sign autographs. Guests are encouraged to dress in their storybook best. Registration required.
$15 per person for member
$20 per person for non-member
St. Louis Gateway Kite Festival
Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex A Fields
Sat, April 22, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Free to attend. All ages.
Join us for the St. Louis Gateway Kite Festival on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm! Bring friends and family to the Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (A Fields) for a beautiful afternoon of kite flying in open fields, giant show kites, colorful sky displays and team ballet flying demos for stunt and fighter kites! Kite competitions will be held, including nationally ranked flyers with two- and four-line stunts. Experts will be onsite to offer assistance and flying lessons for four-line kites, as well as a special “no crash” training set-up. Food vendors will also serve up delicious lunch specials and a mobile kite shop will be set up with kite supplies and accessories. This is an all ages event and is free to attend. The event is in partnership with the Gateway Kite Club of St. Louis.
Come early and see indoor flying demonstrations and a flying ballet competition will take place on Friday, April 21 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Parkway West High School Main Gymnasium!
Missouri Botanical Garden Chinese Culture Days
Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23
A Grand Parade led by a 70-foot dancing dragon opens our annual springtime festival of Chinese culture, featuring acrobatics, square dances, tea and cooking demonstrations, traditional artwork and authentic regional cuisine. Enjoy special activities in the Grigg Nanjing Friendship Chinese Garden.
Since 1996, the Garden has collaborated with the Chinese Culture Education and Services Foundation to produce an event to celebrate Chinese culture. Hundreds of community volunteers work towards producing a weekend filled with colorful Chinese pageantry, art, music and dance, history and legends, and of course, wonderful food!
Admission is $15 for ages 13 and older, $7 for children 3-12, and $7 for Garden members. Free for Garden members’ children. Regular admission rates apply for the Children’s Garden.
More than 100 national parks are waiving the entrance fees for National Parks week! Go to the National Park Service website for a list of participating parks. The National Park Service also has an easy-to-use directory of parks by name, location, activity and topic.
Entrance fees to National Parks will be waived again the weekend of April 22 – 23, also for National Park Week. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included.
- April 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
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