Top End Of Summer Family Activities In St. Louis

July 29, 2016 7:00 AM

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Summer in St. Louis comes and goes in the blink of an eye. And before you know it, the kids are back in school and you’re back to the school and work routine. Don’t let this summer get away from you. Plan some great family activities with kids before they go back to school, and make some lasting and treasured loving memories. Check out these fun and entertaining actives, and put them on your summer recreation list today. 
St. Louis Zoo Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concerts
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 781-0900
www.stlzoo.org

Everyone in the St. Louis area is very familiar with our zoo. We love it. It’s one of the nation’s finest. But do you know about the great Friday night music series offered, … free of charge? Beginning in May and lasting through September, each Friday night the zoo rocks it with a variety of musical genres to entertain man and/or beast. There is something for everyone, from top 40 to rock to Blues and Bluegrass. Bring a lawn chair and stroll on down to the Schnuck Family Plaza with the family and enjoy an evening under the stars, and some great music. Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and run until 8:00 p.m.

Skyview Drive In
5700 N. Belt West
Belleville, IL 62226
(618) 233-4400
www.skyview-drive-in.com

Kids today are just missing a great thing that many of us experienced as a common summer activity when we were young: the drive-In theater. There is just something exciting about packing up the car with food and kids and pulling into a big parking lot, in front of a humongous white screen, just before dark, in anticipation of watching a great flick, outside, under the stars. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the family and it’s even more fun to caravan with neighbors and extended family and make it a community event. Skyview Drive-In, just across the river in Illinois, allows you to relive all those vintage movie going experiences. Their season runs from early spring through October, so there’s no reason to miss out. They are open seven days a week and children under 12 are free. Adults are admitted at $10 each. Check our there movie listings and pack up the car and go.

Purina Farms
200 Checkerboard Drive
Gray Summit, MO 63039
(314) 982-3232
www.purinafarms.com

Kids love animals and a great place to spend the day enjoying the wonders of animals, and watch your kids learn some great lessons about animals and nature is Purina Farms. They’ve been a place for field trips and outings for a long time, but in reality, it’s just a great place to have fun. The variety of actives is never ending. And its great on the budget too, because it’s a free admission destination. Enjoy wagon rides, cow milking or playing in the barn and hay loft. There are exhibits of dog shows, cat shows and dog agility. The excitement never stops. Check the event calendar before you plan your trip and make a reservation for your favorite event. 

Related: Top Summer Activities In St. Louis

Raging Rivers Water Park
100 Palisades Parkway
Grafton, IL 62037
(618) 786-2345
www.ragingrivers.com

Every day from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. families can have more fun than should be legal at Raging Rivers Water Park. No where else in the St. Louis area can you travel down towering waterslides while overlooking the Mississippi River. This place is huge and it’s loaded with aquatic fun. While mom and dad are floating on the lazy river the kids can whisk down the swirl pool or navigate the runaway rafts. Ride the wave pool waves or take in the Treehouse Harbor. The fun never ends. All day passes start at $20.95 for shorter guests and $24.95 for those over 48 inches. Grab your suit and beach towel and head to Grafton for a day of family fun before summer gets away from you.

The Muny
1 Theatre Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 361-1900
www.muny.org

You can’t celebrate summer in St. Louis, properly, unless and until you have visited The Muny, at least, once. Their summer lineups always include great family shows that are enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Make it a point to take in a night at The Muny once before the kids go back to school. Fiddler on the Roof runs from July 30 to August 5th, and Elton John’s Aida runs from August 8 through 14. Ticket prices range from $19 to $90. The magic of The Muny is always a great memory maker. Make Muny memories in the summer of 2016.

Related: 5 Activities To Do Before The Leaves Start To Fall

Lisa Payne-Naeger, a native of the St. Louis area, is a freelance writer, blogger, political activist and a homeschooling mother of two children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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