Top Cheap Activities To Do With Kids In St. Louis

May 23, 2014 7:00 AM

The STL is a great place to be a kid, and an even better place to be a parent. There is a lot of fun to be had in the area for just a few dollars — or even for free. Here are five of our favorites.

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

Most of the Zoo is free, but even the areas with an admission charge are a bargain. The Children’s Zoo costs $4/person and offers a full day of fun. Kids can play in a see-through slide that passes through the otter pool, play in fountains that shoot geysers of water from the ground, climb on a giant spiderweb or dig like an aardvark. There are lots of animals to meet and interact with, and zookeepers are always on hand to answer kids’ questions about the animals.

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

Like the zoo, the Science Center offers free admission to most of its remarkable, interactive exhibits. But for an additional $3.50, you can take kids ages one and up into the Discovery Room for hands-on science play. This special space is meant to be a nurturing, fun space for families to explore scientific concepts. Kids can experiment with water and magnets, or dress up and explore Native American or medical environments. Discovery Room sessions last for 45 minutes and start on the hour. Of course, your kids can enjoy the rest of the Science Center, too.

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Museum of Transportation
3015 Barret Station Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
(314) 615-8668

If your kids love trains, they will love the Museum of Transportation. The Museum has more than 300 displays, but the highlights are the steam, diesel and electric trains. Antique cars, street cars, buses and aircraft are represented here as well. Admission is just $4 for kids or seniors and $6 for adults. You can ride a train for $4 or visit the Creation Station activity area for $2. Most of the exhibits are outdoors, so plan this trip for a nice day.

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Grant’s Farm
10501 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 843-1700

Admission to Grant’s Farm is free, but you’ll pay $12 per car for parking. The beautiful property used to belong to the Bush family and was once farmed by Ulysses S. Grant. Now it’s home to a surprising assortment of animals. Every St. Louis child has fond memories of feeding the baby goats at Grant’s Farm. You’ll get a good look at about 25 of the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales, which are stabled here, and the antique car collection is impressive. The elephant and exotic bird shows are very popular.

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

Many St. Louisans don’t realize that Purina operates this learning center for kids just west of the city. It’s free to visit, but you are encouraged to make a reservation. The property is never crowded and always delightful. Your children will enjoy seeing dog agility shows, a giant kitty house and farm animals. In the barnyard area, kids learn about milking cows, weigh themselves on the scale used for pigs and play in the hayloft. There are also baby animals to pet and wagons to ride. Bring a little cash for the food court.

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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