17379 Edison Ave.
Chesterfield, MO 63005
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.
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
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.
516 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
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.
326 S. 21st St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
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.
750 N. 16th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
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.