When it comes to family-friendly activities, St. Louis has major bragging rights. Take the kids to one of these top attractions and enjoy a day of fun, laughter, creativity and pure joy.
HANDS-ON MUSEUM FUN
The mind-boggling array of hands-on exhibits at the rambling Magic House-St. Louis Children's Museum are all designed to spark imagination, pique curiosity, enhance creativity and develop problem-solving skills. The scientifically fun, highly interactive experiences at Myseum are recommended for kids ages 2-12, but there’s also a dedicated toddler area.
FARMS AND FURRY FRIENDS
Admission is free at the animal-centric Purina Farms in Gray Summit, which includes a Visitor Center, Animal Barn and Hayloft Play Area, baby animal petting area, Incredible Dog Arena, Purina Event Center, wagon rides, cow-milking demonstrations, canine performances featuring agility, diving and flying discs, and much more. Grant's Farm, the 281-acre estate of the Busch family (that’s Anheuser-Busch), named for Ulysses S. Grant (who worked a portion of the land), is open for tours of the grounds. It features more than 900 animals (100 different species), animal shows, close-up experiences with goats, birds and Clydesdales, refreshments, carousel, camel rides and more.
Missouri Botanical Garden, the city’s prettiest 79 acres, imaginatively landscaped with streams to cross, woods to explore, bridges to traverse, tropical conservatories to visit and flowering gardens to enjoy, would qualify as one of the city’s best family-friendly attractions even without its fun-filled Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. The garden’s Whitaker Music Festival offers free Wednesday-evening concerts in June and July.