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August 2, 2014 6:00 AM

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The City Museum, St. Louis
St. Louis is full of friendly parks and fun places to play, but the city isn’t known for great weather. During a large part of the year, the STL is too hot, too cold, too rainy or too snow-covered for outdoor play. Luckily, St. Louis is also packed full of great indoor playgrounds. Here are a few of our favorites. 
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
17379 Edison Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 530-4550
www.skyzone.com/stlouis

When the kids are bouncing off the walls, bring them to Sky Zone in West County to burn off that extra energy. The floor and walls of the play area are made of trampolines, so kids and bounce, run, roll, flip and fly through space. Basketball goals and other simple sports gear are provided. Parents are welcome to take off their shoes and join in the fun. Be sure to set your camera on ‘high-speed sports’ to capture all of the action. 

St. Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 289-4400
www.slsc.org

Although there are areas of the Science Center that require paid admission — like the Discovery Zone for toddlers or the Planetarium — there is a lot of free fun to be had in this giant indoor space. Locals know to park on the Planetarium side, inside Forest Park, to get a free parking space. Your kids will love all of the interactive exhibits. They can build a model of the Arch (good luck getting that final block in place!), watch the giant dinosaurs, try out optical illusions, learn about their bodies, play at being scientists and more. 

The Magic House
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 822-8900
www.magichouse.org

St. Louis’s massive children’s museum in Kirkwood has grown from a Victorian home into the largest indoor play area in the city.  Children can play all day with imaginative, interactive exhibits designed to get them thinking, learning and making connections. Babies can toddle around safely in their own space, and enjoy water play. Children of ‘pretending’ age are invited to manage a restaurant, repair a car or create a grocery store in the Children’s Village. Older kids can explore mathematical and movement concepts in ways that engage their whole bodies and brains. 

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Upper Limits Climbing Gym
326 S. 21st St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-7625
www.upperlimits.com/st-louis

Are your kids climbing the walls? Then bring them to Upper Limits, next door to St. Louis Union Station. This 10,000-square-foot restored railroad factory is covered with climbing surfaces, up to its 35-foot ceilings. Although Upper Limits has features for the serious climbing aficionado, like caves, bouldering and auto-belays, families and beginners are welcome as well. Sign up for a quick lesson, rent all of the equipment you need and explore your limits. Climbing is a true challenge for even the sportiest families, yet safe and accessible for the little ones.

City Museum
750 N. 16th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-2489
www.citymuseum.org

City Museum is St. Louis’ weird and wonderful indoor playground for body, mind and imagination. Little ones can slide, splash, climb and play all day. Adults enjoy the upcycled art, mosaics and sculpture that fill the space. But City Museum is a special hit with the hard-to-please teen crowd. It’s weird, slightly creepy vibe gives it a trendy steam-punk feeling, and truly challenging climbing spaces keep teens engaged. This is the one place in St. Louis that makes everyone happy, from toddlers to great grandparents.

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Lauren Haas was the founder and publisher of The St. Louis Area Family Gazette magazine, and editor-in-chief of Marketplace Magazine. Now, Lauren is a full-time freelance writer who travels the world, using St. Louis as her base. Contact her at Lauren@LaurenHaas.com

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