Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the St. Louis Area
Winners for 2017
St. Louis is rich in fun events and exciting places. It was hard for our readers to select their favorites from the hundreds of choices! The venues listed below are wildly popular with kids and families in the St. Louis area. But don’t miss out on ALL the other wonderful places as well! Browse through KidsOutAndAbout.com and discover lots more to do!
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Saint Louis Zoo
Enjoying an adventure every time you visit. Knowing a discovery will be made around each corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away destination that brings together more than 17,400 wild animals and 3,000,000 visitors each year.
Epic 6 Laser Tag & Sports Arena
EPIC 6 is your go-to sports & recreation arena, offering laser tag, rock climbing, dodgeball, obstacle course, basketball/multi-purpose court, arcade room & more! Avail for birthday parties, church/school groups, lock-ins, corporate events and more.
Gateway Grizzlies Baseball
The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team and a member of the Frontier League since 2001.
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.
The Magic House
The Magic House will engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.
Big Joel's Safari
At Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo and Educational Park you can see over 60 different animal species, both big and small. We are a family-owned farm and attraction, open to the public from April though October.
Edison's Entertainment Complex
Genius Level Fun for Everyone! Edison's features 12 lanes of boutique bowling, a 3,5000 sq. ft. laser tag arena, a state-of-the-art arcade, a full-scale lounge and restaurant, and 5 private rooms, perfect for parties, meetings, and more!
Explore a unique setting of nature, animals & history in an up-close environment! See the home of Ulysses S Grant and tour the 281 acre wildlife preserve including 900+ animals, representing 100+ species, featuring the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales.
Miss Kelly's Gym
Miss Kelly's Gym is a local, family-owned gymnastics and fitness facility for kids. They offer gymnastics, dance and sport skills classes as well as children's Birthday Parties, Parents Night Out, Kids Camps and Open Gym! Located in Creve Coeur.
Critter Lane Petting Zoo
Located just north of Bonne Terre, MO, Critter Lane Petting Zoo has over 300 exotic animals on display! You simply cannot get closer to exotic animals anywhere else! Available for birthday parties, school groups, scouts, moms groups, and more!
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a 501c3 nonprofit big cat rescue. We provide homes for abused and neglected big cats rescued around Missouri. Crown Ridge offers many types of tours for all ages to see the cats and learn about tiger conservation.
Endangered Wolf Center
The Endangered Wolf Center preserves and protects some of the most threatened species of wolves in the world (Mexican gray wolves, red wolves, maned wolves, African painted dogs and swift foxes) and assists the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in reintroducing them to the wild. Located in Eureka, Mo., along Interstate 44 about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis. The Center also offers a variety of evening wolf howls, when visitors can howl at the wolves and are likely to hear wolves howling at them.
We Rock the Spectrum - Fenton
We are the only indoor sensory gym and we are a gym for ALL kids!
Myseum™ is the St. Louis region’s newest destination for kids to have fun and learn a thing or two. Our Interactive exhibits are scientifically fun and unique!
Six Flags St. Louis
Six Flags St. Louis and Hurricane Harbor water park combine two great parks in one great place for the perfect family getaway. Six Flags St. Louis is the Coaster Capital of Missouri with nine heart-pounding roller coasters. Live shows daily and concerts over the summer.
Chesterfield Sports Fusion
We offer seven feature attractions (including the best laser tag in St. Louis), the full service “Fusion Cafe,” and a top-of-the-line arcade. Each of our signature attractions (laser tag, mini-golf, dodgeball, rock wall, play structure, sport court, and obstacle course) encourage participants to be physically active.
Saint Louis Science Center
The Saint Louis Science Center is one of the top five science centers in the US, serving 1.2 million visitors annually. The complex includes a 4-story OMNIMAX Theater, the air-supported EXPLORADOME and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium.
The Little Gym
Your child will have Serious Fun learning gymnastics, dance, sports skills, or having a GREAT Birthday Party or drop off program at The Little Gym today!
Missouri Botanical Garden
Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation's oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark. It is a center for botanical research and science education, as well as an oasis in the city of St. Louis.
Kokomo Joe's Family Fun Center - St. Peter's
Kokomo Joe's is the ultimate Family Fun Center for both kids and adults. Enjoy time with your family and friends in our clean, welcoming and fun atmosphere. Offering Go Karts, Laser Tag, Escape Rooms, Glow Mini Golf, Bumper Cars, Bounce Beach, 100+ Arcades, Restaurant & Bar. Private Rooms and Meeting Space available. Open daily. All indoors.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in seven categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumCity Museum
Favorite Nature CenterMissouri Botanical Garden
Favorite Performing ArtsThe Muny
Favorite Indoor Play CenterEpic 6 Laser Tag & Sports Arena
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Eckert's Country Store & Farms
Favorite Place to have Fun OutdoorsSt. Louis Zoo
Favorite Professional Sports TeamSt. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Arts Education CenterCOCA - Center of Creative Arts
Favorite Sports Education CenterVetta Sports