Five Kid-Friendly Alternatives To The Super Bowl In St. Louis

January 24, 2014 7:00 AM

What are your plans for Super Bowl Sunday? If you’re planning on partying with your adult friends, you may want to spend some extra quality time making the day special for your kids as well. If so, here are five local area attractions with plenty of warm indoor space that are open on Sundays. 
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City Museum
701 N. 15th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-2489

Many St. Louis parents are put off by the word ‘museum,’ afraid they’ll find lots of silent, stuffy rooms full of boring objects the kids aren’t allowed to touch. City Museum is nothing like that. It’s a giant, four-story interactive wonderland of the imagination. Bob Cassily, St. Louis’s favorite eccentric sculptor, has designed the entire building to be a giant playmate for kids; especially older kids, teens and adults. Wear your comfy shoes and be prepared to crawl through tunnels, climb things and spend the whole day in a state of amazement.

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

Another of St. Louis’s great children’s museums is The Magic House. This is the ideal place to bring younger kids, from babies through middle school. Little ones can play all day with imaginative, interactive exhibits designed to stimulate their budding brainpower. Preschoolers and young school-age kids are invited to run a restaurant, service a car or run a grocery store in the Children’s Village. The most difficult thing about visiting the Magic House is getting the kids to leave when mom or dad gets tired. Plan on lunch afterward, and use that as a lure to draw them out. 

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Family Sundays at St. Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 721-0072

Every Sunday afternoon at the Art Museum, there’s a Family Program just for parents and kids. Each month’s activities focus on a particular theme. Start with a lively family-oriented tour of the galleries at 2:30 p.m., then enjoy hands-on art and craft activities. This program is one of the best-kept secrets in St. Louis for young learners and budding artists, and a pure delight for parents. Some weeks there are treats, performances, scavenger hunts and cultural or historical themes as well as art-based topics. 

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

One of St. Louis’s greatest free attractions for families, the Science Center is open on Sundays until 4:30 p.m. The Center offers tons of free interactive exhibits for learning about everything from dinosaurs to space exploration. Try your hand at flying a plane, or explore optical illusions, the human body, medical history and lots more. For a few dollars, you can add a Discover program, an Omnimax film or a Planetarium show. 

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St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 781-0900

The Zoo can be a magical place in winter. If it’s a clear day, you can dress warmly and wander around the wide-open pathways as if you’re the only people on earth — a far cry from visiting on a weekend in summertime. If you get cold, there are plenty of indoor activities and spaces to explore, like inside the Children’s Zoo, Discovery Corner, the Living World Center or the Penguin and Puffin Coast. The Zoo has indoor restaurants as well. If you’ve never tried a winter visit to the Zoo, Superbowl Sunday is a great day to start.

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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

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