We took the kidlets to St. Louis this winter for a wedding and to visit family. While there, we checked out some recommended spots for families – and it was a lot of fun!
I’ve waited an embarrassingly long time to write about it. Which makes it sound like it wasn’t that fun…nope, I’m just a procrastinator.
St. Louis hot spots for families
Our first stop was food. Naturally. This is me we’re talking about. Adam over at Visit Flyover Country recommended a few greats spots to eat in St. Louis and my mom picked the old-fashioned soda fountain, Jennifer’s Pharmacy and Soda Shoppe in Clayton. Darling place. And super friendly ladies behind the counter. My kids’ favorite part of the lunch was the flying monkey sundae. Order it and enjoy the literal flying monkey.
The ladies at Jennifer’s sent us to the Frisco Train Store.
It was nowhere near where we were so if you’re planning a trip, don’t plan to do it like we did (nor try to get to it during rush hour). But it is a fun store to check out if you have the time. The kids LOVED the train tables, as I imagine that’s the main draw for anyone who brings their kids there.
Basically, there are benches set up around the shop and parents can sit while their kids go nuts over the big track. You’ll be tempted to browse. And shop. Which we were. And that’s the whole point of the set up.
Like most kids, mine have an abundance of energy. Like insane amounts. So, we figured that we needed to take them somewhere to unload some of that energy before a wedding we were attending.
Adam made some excellent recommendations, especially for my kids’ ages. Check them out here. We had a hard time choosing given our limited time in the city.
So, we went to the City Museum. Go there! With or without kids.
It’s a bit of an enigma when it comes to explaining it.
Great for kids (multi-stories long slides, tunnels, circus, crafts, I could go on), great for adults (there’s a bar inside) – it’s just incredible.
It’s like the creative folks at Hot Shops got a hold of your childhood drawings of a magical fort and bam!
There it is with a skate ramp, ball pit and train added in.
Our favorite spot was for the preschool and younger crowd. It’s much much easier to keep an eye on the kids in a room with only one exit.
I do it no justice, so just trust me, it’s worth a visit. There are food options there (pricey).
Our other kid-friendly stop was before we were heading out of town, trying to burn off that incredible energy again before an 8-hour road trip. NO, it doesn’t usually take that long to get to St. Louis, but traveling with my kids, it takes longer.
We checked out the FREE Science Center in St. Louis.
This one would definitely be better for gradeschoolers on up, but my kids had a lot of fun. There were activities that suited my 4-and-under crowd just right. Take your kids over the interstate bridge, for sure. There is a food court there with some healthy options.
This was a busy place, but my kids managed to play with lots of the exhibits.
And you can’t beat free.
Monday 27th of January 2014
Glad you had a good time!
The Science Center has had a rocky few years, but about to revamp many of the exhibits - I hope to appeal to a wider variety of ages. That said, I agree it's more geared towards grade-school kids than the under 5 crowd (though Discovery Room, which is an extra $3 per child, is perfect for the under 5s).
Funny thing - this is the first I've heard of the Frisco Train Store...so now I'll follow your advice on STL and check it out :)
Monday 27th of January 2014
Now I regret not forking over the extra money for the Discovery Room!
Let me know how your family liked the Frisco store. It's a train kid's heaven.