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10 Must-See Summer Activities for St. Louis Kids

It’s the best time of the year – school is out, the weather is warm, and there are plenty of opportunities for adventure! Here are 5 must-do activities before heading back to school in the fall:

School is out, the weather is warm, and it’s the perfect time for some adventure! To help plan what to explore this season, join the Amazing Smiles Summer Fun Challenge and visit some of our team’s favorite spots. Here are our top 10 must-see activities for kids and parents alike:

  1. St. Louis Zoo
    The St. Louis Zoo is one of the top ranked in the nation because of the huge variety of animals, impressive conservation efforts, and the up-close-and-personal experiences it provides. Visit your favorite animals and learn how our zoo goes the extra mile to make sure animals are happy and healthy in their homes. Best of all, the zoo is free of charge so you’re able to splurge on an extra treat!

  2. City Museum
    One part kids museum, one part art museum, one part playground equal an awesome day of play! This former warehouse has repurposed old city pieces to create a system of tunnels and caves, slides, bridges, and more. Feeling a bit daring? Check out the school bus hanging off the top of the roof – it is a view you will never forget.

  3. Magic House
    This Kirkwood children’s museum is great for hands-on learning and discovery through play. Throughout the summer months, you can enjoy special exhibits like the Waterfall Patio and Sandcastle Beach, which provide tons of outdoor fun. This museum is especially well-suited for children between 2-11 years old.

  4. Six Flags
    From gentle rides for the whole family, to roller coasters that will make you scream, Six Flags St. Louis is a blast! Visit the waterpark, catch a show, and stay for dinner at this all-day park.

  5. Busch Stadium
    Let’s Go Cards! This summer, check out a game at St. Louis’ favorite ballpark and cheer on our Cardinals. For added fun, join the Kids Club and receive access to unique experiences inside and outside Busch Stadium.

  6. Grizzly Stadium (Gateway Grizzlies)
    Once you’ve stopped by to visit the Cardinals, your next trip should be to Grizzlies Country! They are the members of the Frontier League, the oldest currently running independent league. Grab a couple lawn chairs and hot dogs for an all-American afternoon.

  7. Science Center
    Connect with curiosity at this free museum full of out-of-this-world experiences. The Science Center is full of hands-on experiments if you want to learn more about space, plants and animals, dinosaurs, technology, food and farming, and so much more.

  8. Botanical Gardens
    These stunning gardens are a lovely stop in the middle of the city of St. Louis. Take a stroll through the Japanese Garden, explore a tropical rainforest in the Climatron conservatory, and learn about everything you’ve ever wondered about plants at the Center for Home Gardening.

  9. Grant’s Farm
    Welcome to Anheuser-Busch’s place for family fun! There are over 900 animals who call Grant’s Farm home, including the world-famous Clydesdales. Once you’re finished there, try out the paddleboats, carousel, and animal shows to complete your afternoon.
  10. Edison’s Entertainment Complex
    If you’re looking to beat the heat, check out this one stop indoor rec center which boasts bowling alleys, laser tags, arcade games, and more! This is a great spot to gather some friends for a birthday party or just because. And this is one entertainment center where you won’t look for a vending machine – their full-service restaurant will have something delicious for everyone.

These activities are full of family fun, and we hope you’re able to visit them all! To participate in our Summer Fun challenge, download the PDF below. When you make a visit, have a parent/employee initial by the location, snap a quick pic, and share on Facebook and tag our office @AmazingSmilesOrthodontics. If you manage to visit 5 or more from this list, you’ll win a swag bag and entry into our STL Fun Pack (value $50). If you visit all 10, you win the swag bag and TWO entries into the raffle. The challenge ends September 3rd, so get started today!