St. Louis Zoo
Admission to the Zoo is always free, but each day during the summer from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., the Children's Zoo, the Conservation Carousel, the Stingrays at Carribean Cove and other special exhibits are also free. The Children's Zoo has an outdoor playground with slides, bridges and rope ladders. Kids can also get an up-close look at bunnies, guinea pigs and other animals. During the summer, the Zoo is open until 7 p.m., on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
May 27 - September 5, 2011
Grant's Farm is another great place to see animals from around the world. The 281 acre farm in South St. Louis County is home to hundreds of animals, including the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. In the summer, Grant's Farm is open daily except Mondays. Admission is free for everyone, but parking is $11 per car.
May 3 - August 14, 2011
Admission is free to the Children's Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Children's Garden is designed to teach kids about nature in a fun way. There's a tree house, frontier fort, outdoor classroom and more.
June 1 - August 3, 2011
Powder Valley Nature Center
Families can take a hike on one of several paved trails that weave through the Powder Valley Nature Conservation Center. There's also an indoor learning center and special free classes for kids throughout the summer.
Fountain at Tower Grove Park
The fountain and wading pool at Tower Grove Park is a nice place for kids to cool off in the summer heat. There are dozens of pop-jets for children to play in, as well as a large water bowl in the center of the fountain. During the summer, the fountain and jets are on every day. The wading pool is open Thursday through Sunday.
Opens May 1, 2011
St. Louis' top childrens museum has free admission for families on the third Friday of the month from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, 2011
St. Louis Science Center
Admission to the St. Louis Science Center is free for everyone (except for special exhibits). On the first Friday night of each month there is also a free Star Party at the Planetarium. Members of the St. Louis Astronomical Society set up telescopes for public viewing outside and there are kid-friendly events inside.
June 3, July 1 & August 5, 2011
Citygarden is one of the newest attractions in Downtown St. Louis. It's a city park filled with fountains, wading pools, sculpture and more. It's a great free place for kids to play on a hot summer day. Citygarden is located along Market Street between 8th and 10th Streets. It is open daily from sunrise to 10 p.m.
Wehrenberg Theatres Family Summer Series
Kid friendly movies are shown on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., at nine local Weherenberg Theatres.
June 1 - August 4, 2011
Free Family Film Festival
The Regal Cinema at St. Louis Mills Mall shows free movies on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. All movies are rated G or PG. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis and are limited to theatre capacity.
June - August 2011