Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the St. Louis Area
Winners for 2016
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 19,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kokomo Joe's Family Fun Center - St. Peter's
Kokomo Joe's is a family entertainment center featuring Go Karts, Bumper Cars, Inflatables, Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, Mini Bowling, a Giant Arcade, and Snack Shack all under one roof! Open daily!
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.
River City Rascals
The River City Rascals are a member of the Frontier League, an independent minor league baseball organization. Located in O' Fallon, MO with games held at CarShield Field.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Eckert's Country Store and Farms
The largest family-owned Pick-Your-Own orchard in the U.S., started as a simple roadside stand in 1910. Today, the 6th and 7th generations of the Eckert family operates retail, entertainment and farming entities in Belleville, Illinois.
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.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball's National League. One of the most successful franchises in MLB history, St. Louis owns 11 World Series championships, 20 National League pennants, and 12 division titles.
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.
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!
Playtime Party Center
Playtime Party Center has 14,400 sq ft of playing area with roller skating, 2 indoor playgrounds for adults & kids, 50 video/arcade games, 5 bounce houses, 4 private party rooms, & a full kitchen to satisfy your hunger. Family operated!
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 and Magic House
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
Favorite FestivalGreat Forest Park Balloon Glow and Balloon Race