Part 2 of our Spring Break…
Thursday of our week off we drove to St. Louis, MO.
(It’s about a six hour drive from here.)
What is fun to do in St. Louis for families? (Just for you, Kelly!)
Our top picks:
1. City Museum
(This is honestly the main reason we go to St. Louis.)
An old shoe factory that’s been converted into the most awesome artist colony you’ve ever
seen. Artists have turned empty spaces into a magical wonderland for both children and adults.
Your imagination can go crazy (and so can the kids!) Plan to spend an entire day here. This is the most expensive thing we do in STL and it’s around $13 a head I think.
There are lots of clubs and restaurants in this area also so you won’t be bored!
|My kids want to live here!|
|Inside the “caves” 15 story slide!|
|Opera Poster exhibit I adored|
|Waiting to hear it play|
2. Forest Park (Home of the 1904 World’s Fair)
So many things to do IN the park (and many for FREE)- We’ve been in the summer and rented bikes there- that way you can explore the park and go from attraction to attraction.
- St. Louis Zoo (FREE, and as my happy husband said “They have BEER!” If you park in the zoo’s lot it costs $10, but you can also park along streets in park for free.)
- St. Louis Science Center (free)
- Grand Basin (or the grounds where you can fly kites, picnic, or just let the kids run- and free)
We happened upon a nice guy flying a kite so high up you could barely see it. He let us all “fly” it for a bit and talked about the science of kite flying.
|My family visiting the second silver tree in a week- second state!|
- Missouri History Museum
- St. Louis Art Museum (free)
|Dear Old St. Louis|
3. Fitz’s American Restaurant
In the DelMar loop- A fun family place to go after the park, Fitz’s makes their own Root Beer and soda right there. You can see the bottling plant working while you eat.
|Be warned- This is a float SPLIT in 1/2!|
4. The Gateway Arch (This was the first time we didn’t stop to see it. You can ride up to the top, or just explore the park and the Museum of Westward Expansion under the arch which is free.)
5. Anheuser-Busch Brewery
(We didn’t visit the brewery this time either. It’s a neat FREE tour of the factories and stables for the Clydesdale horses. I find the history and actual factory very interesting. Some like the free sampling and snacks at the end of the tour… Kids like the horses the best I think.) Grant’s Farm is also supposed to be a really neat place to visit but it wasn’t open this trip due to weather.
My honey had to work the next week so our plan was for us to drive up and stay til Sunday morning, and he’d fly back the following week after working at his company’s office there.
However, Mother Nature had other plans! Snow started Saturday night and by Sunday morning this was our view from the hotel…
|Snow Dancers Outside the hotel|
On the way back we stopped at Lambert’s Cafe “Home of the Throwed Rolls” in Sikeston, MO.
Really a fun place for kids- they actually yell “ROLLS?” and if you want one you raise your hands and have to catch them. Really hot, good, homemade rolls. Wish the butter was real…
The kids liked the giant drinks and all through the meal they come around asking if you want this or that. Make sure you’re hungry or share a meal. We shared and still had leftovers for days. Oh, and they don’t take credit cards…(this is when a teenage daughter who doesn’t spend money comes in handy- Thank You, E.)
For more fun in St. Louis check this out:
They have a great food festival Labor Day weekend that’s FREE and fun!
St. Louis in Fall
old shoe factory that was converted into an art gallery/playground that is
next to nothing you’ve ever seen before. They take recycling to a new
extreme. Our kids were old enough this time for me to not panic when
they disappeared into a tunnel. I trusted that they would stay together
and they did for the most part. Since we were there last time they’ve
added so much. A whole middle section that goes up at least ten stories
with slides that span the entire building and a rooftop garden complete
with ferris wheel! Where else can you watch a circus, be a human skateboard, see the world’s largest pencil, slide down ten stories, climb in an airplane hanging on a crane, enter the belly of a whale, and more?? Bring your walking shoes!
|Dragon Friend on Patio|
It was a crazy weekend in St. Louis, as many in the summer/early fall are. Make sure you try and get a room booked ahead of time. I had one for the first night and we just lucked into one the second night (thank goodness.) There was a college football game, professional football game, Food Festival (which was so much fun,) and a Cardinals game all that weekend! Downtown St. Louis has really boomed since we visited a year or two ago. I was amazed at all the new bars, shops, and restaurants downtown as well as the neat lofts and condos in the old factory district. Very cool.
|Gateway Arch (great free museum underneath!)|
|View from Arch (Only 3 of the 6 of us were brave enough) See the Cards game in Busch Stadium?|
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour is another fun (and free) thing to do. It takes about an hour if you catch it at the right time. The architecture and artwork is phenomenal and the kids love seeing the Clydesdales and the bottling plant. (Free drinks and pretzels at the end of the tour!)
|Scott the Clydesdale|
|Hops Chandelier in Mash Room at A.B.|
On the way home we stopped at the Mastodon State Park. Not as grand as I’d imagined, but a nice break with some fun information that the kids enjoyed. (And we learned the difference between mastodons and woolly mammoths!)
My cousin has a new fun Mr.Linky on her site. Here’s my answer…