The Family Arena: 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63303
June 16, 2021
“Pinkfong and Round Room Live are proud to announce that Baby Shark Live!, the fully immersive concert experience, will continue to splash across North America beginning in June 2021.”
Kennedy Recreation Center: 6050 Wells Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63128
September 11 – 12, 2021
Attractions include meeting professional Lego artists, Duplo Pile, Building Zone, Minifigure Merchants, and tons of exhibits.
Events, discounts, drink and food specials, activities for everyone. Theme days include: Juneteenth, Sweet Loop Tour, Game Night in the Loop, Taco Tuesday, Yappy Hour, Pride Day, Make Music Day, and Loop Arts Fest.
Saturday June 15 – Saturday, June 22, 2021
Fair St. Louis activities will resume in 2022, however the fireworks show will go on in 2021
The Gateway Arch:
July 4, 2021 at 9:40 pm
St. Charles Main Street: 230 S. Main Street, St Charles, MO 63301
August 20 – August 22, 2021
Midwest’s Premier Arts and Craft festival, complete with a Kids Corner!
Virtual + In Person for 2021
Tower Grove Park: 4257 Northeast Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
June 19 – August 29, 2021
Our region’s largest multicultural celebration features more than 40 booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world.
Historic Downtown Maplewood
Friday, July 9, 2021
6 pm – 10 pm
“Featuring live art demonstrations, performances by regional musicians and kids’ activities, plus food and drink from Maplewood’s award-winning food purveyors, Let Them Eat Art serves as a celebration of the arts and a whimsical tribute to Bastille Day. There will be plenty of shopping along the way, too: Maplewood retailers will have extended hours and offer special event-only promotions.“
St. Louis Science Center: 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Science at Sunset events are held on various Thursday evenings until 8 pm
Enjoy food and drink at GROW’s Fermentation Station, have access to exhibits
Introducing Pod Reservations – sales start May 31, 2021
June 2 – 27, 2021
Forest Park: 6604 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110
Bring blankets, chairs, food, and drink and enjoy this adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays. There are activities for kids before the play starts and everyone will enjoy the play at sunset.
Forest Park – 5995 Grand Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112
September 3 – 5, 2021
“St. Louis World’s Fare will be held on September 3-5, 2021. There will be performing arts stage; 1904 worlds fair society and history displays; kids island; backyard games; bar olympics; healing arts center with free yoga classes; historic shuttle tours; ferris wheel; food truck row; and much more.”
Missouri History Museum : 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63112
Thursdays throughout the summer
“This weekly series will include workshops, special guests, and art in connection with themes from our exhibits as well as local culture and history.”
Faust Park Butterfly House: 15193 Olive Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63017
June 18, 2021 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Celebration of the firefly with activities that showcase their amazing talents.
Concerts at the Square
“Bring your lawn chairs and settle in for some great music outdoors in downtown Belleville on the square. Every Monday, a different band will entertain the public, FREE, starting at 7 pm
Concerts at Bellevue Park
“Enjoy the summer nights and great music outdoors at our historic park. Every Thursday evening, different bands will entertain the public FREE, starting at 7 pm.”
Every Friday and Saturday from May 28 – July 3
“Each year as summer rolls around, Eckert’s Belleville Farm gears up for another exciting Summer Concert Series. As a family-owned and operated business, we love planning outdoor concerts, and each year we look forward to bringing you a line-up featuring live music acts that get your hands clapping and your toes tapping.”
Belleville Parks and Recreation
(No 2021 Date Set – Check Website for Updates)
Plenty of activities and discounts for families spread out over the week. Fun includes a Sweet Treat Trail, Spongebob Squarepants meet and greet, and Train Day. You can also check out the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site or Camp Dubois.
Located on the Mississippi River, Bee Tree Park offers gorgeous views and lots of fun. Families can enjoy the 10-acre lake that is stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation, five hiking trails, a playground, and numerous picnic sites.
“We know why you really came to The Boathouse at Forest Park. The food was a bonus, but you came here to live out your childhood dream as a pirate or a naval commander. Well, we won’t burst your bubble. We can’t offer you the high seas, but Post Dispatch Lake is a fantastic place to launch a mini-expedition on our paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Our boats may not be the USS Constitution, but we can promise they’ll float.
We open every morning, and close around sunset each night. Rent our boats by the hour to explore Forest Park from an entirely new perspective. Stay up to date on special events like moonlight picnics and paddleboard yoga.”
1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
The park has hiking and mountain biking trails that range from those great for first-time riders to ones that even the most experienced will return to time after time. Good fishing, broad meadows filled with wildlife, and plenty of recreational facilities make the park a favorite for people who want an adventure or just to get away.
“Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park is 2,145 acres in size. Located in Maryland Heights, Missouri, it is the largest park in St. Louis County parks system. You will never run out of stuff to do while visiting the park because there is something for everyone. In the warmer seasons, guests can rent boats or bicycles to spend the day adventuring. Getting out on the water is a blast if you rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. If you just want to take in the breathtaking view of the lake, try the 3.8 mile asphalt trail that surrounds the lake. This loop trail is ideal for walkers, runners, bikers, or other activities like rollerblading. Pets are also welcome as long as they are kept on a leash.”
“The Endangered Wolf Center is a non-profit wildlife facility in Eureka, Missouri, United States, near St. Louis that is dedicated to preserving and reintroducing to the wild critically endangered species of wolves. It is certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.”
“Forest Park, which is owned and operated by the City of St. Louis, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States.
Forest Park truly offers something for everyone — amazing destinations and institutions that challenge the mind, a Dual Path system that invites both leisurely walks and intense workouts, quiet places to picnic and read, and a variety of popular festivals and events — all set in the background of a city oasis, a place to escape it all.”
Within Forest Park, you will find the Missouri History Museum, The Muny, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the St. Louis Science Center. You will also find athletic fields, and a golf course.
“An exciting new Forest Park destination is now open to the public. Funded by donors to Forest Park Forever and completed in partnership with the City of St. Louis, the Anne O’C. Albrecht Nature Playscape is a 17-acre experiential play space with natural landscapes that include native and diverse species. Featuring nine distinct activity distinct activity areas, the free destination includes sand play areas, willow tunnels, stump steppers, boulders and rocks, hand water pumps and much more. The goal: Encourage visitors — especially kids — to connect with nature as they engage their senses as they explore, discover and learn.”
Located in Forest Park between the World’s Fair Pavillion and the Jewel Box.
“Go Ape Zipline & Adventure Park takes scenic to new levels, literally, up to 45 feet in the trees. Our aerial adventure offers amazing views of the natural lake and surrounding woodlands. Our high-ropes course takes between 2-3 hours to complete.
So much more than a canopy tour, the Go Ape Treetop Adventure will have you navigating 31 crossings with suspended obstacles, jumping into our Tarzan swings and flying from the treetops to the ground on one of our five ziplines.”
“Grant’s Farm celebrates America’s past with a commitment to the future. Honoring both the 18th president of the United States and the Busch family legacy, the Farm is a refuge for more than 900 animals, representing more than 100 different species.” A popular St. Louis destination since 1954, Grant’s Farm is the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, named for Ulysses S. Grant who originally worked a portion of the land. Take a tram ride through the deer park, feed baby goats, ride a camel or a carousel and finish the day off with an ice cold Budweiser!
Hidden Valley is more than just a place to go skiing! Check out their high flying ZipTour adventure, scenic chairlift rides, and hiking trails. You can even see the Arch from the peak on the trails!
Drive through wildlife park, free to the public, however donations are encouraged. “Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. Motorcycles are prohibited. Domestic animals are not allowed, even if confined in a vehicle.”
A greenhouse dome, a Victorian home & gardens, a butterfly house & more spread across 79 acres. There’s also a children’s garden open from April to October. Tickets are available online or when you arrive.
“What began as a grassy spot between two oak trees has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre. The Muny’s storied history is one of vision, perseverance and commitment to culture and community. Think of The Muny as a blank canvas to a memorable night out. You’ll always see a great show, but the rest of the experience is entirely up to you. Picnic in the grass or a cocktail in the pavilion? Suit and tie or Saturday shorts? Date night or group outing? At The Muny, the answer is always yes!”
Explore the springs, caves, and rock formations as you hike the trails at Rockwoods Reservation. Kids can have fun splashing in the creek beds and searching for the various animals and plants that call the reservation home.
Come experience Missouri’s largest, most thrilling theme park filled with over 45 exciting rides, shows, & attractions!
“Home to over 12,000 animals, representing 500 species, the St. Louis Zoo is recognized worldwide for its innovative approaches to animal care and management, wildlife conservation, research, and education. One of the few FREE zoos in the nation, the St. Louis Zoo attracts approximately 3 million visitors annually and is the most visited attraction in the region. And, as a free zoo, visitors are encouraged to come back again … and again!
“World Bird Sanctuary is both a unique St. Louis attraction and entertaining environmental education opportunity. With over 305 acres and over 200 animals in our care, we offer a one-of-a-kind wildlife experience. World Bird Sanctuary’s mission is to preserve, protect and inspire to safeguard bird species as part of the global community for future generations.” … “World Bird Sanctuary bustles with activity on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest, featuring our public buildings, avian exhibits and five hiking trails.”
Jacoby Arts Center – 627 E. Broadway, Alton, IL 62002
“Join us every Thursday night from 7-10pm, starting June 3rd through July 29th for the Night Market ~ an awesome experience where you can enjoy live music in an outdoor setting, plus art and other handmade/homegrown products, as well as vintage & hip thrift items!”
Thursday nights from June 3 – July 29, 2021
Edwardsville City Park- 101 South Buchanan St., Edwardsville, IL 62025
“Bring a picnic and a blanket while you meet your neighbors and friends to one or all of Edwardsville most treasured summer events – six weeks of arts, entertainment, and activities in Edwardsville City Park.”
Includes Children’s Art in the Park, Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, Summer Symphony Series, and Shakespeare in the Park
Granite City Movies Under the Stars
Fridays during the summer
“Come to Collinsville, Illinois to be a part of the fest devoted to all things horseradish celebrated the first weekend in June in Uptown Collinsville on Main Street.
Where else can you learn how to prepare your own horseradish, join in any of the classic Horseradish Festival Contests, visit the Craft Village, or just sample the food and listen to the Live music.”
June 4 – 5, 2021
Noon to 10 pm
Located on the Great River Road just north of Grafton, Pere Marquette State Park offers miles of hiking trails and bike trails, equestrian trails, fishing spots, and campgrounds. The lodge at the state park is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Mississippi, play a game of giant chess, or sample some Missouri wines at the winery on site.
Starved Rock State Park is about a 3-hour drive from St. Louis, but definitely worth the drive. Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. There 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Visit the Lodge and see the largest two-sided fireplace in Illinois!