Looking to avoid the winter blues? There are plenty of family-friendly activities happening around the St. Louis area. From the Magic House, to the Loop, to the St. Louis Symphony, there is something for everyone. Check out this list of upcoming activities for you and your family.
January 4: Fit Kid - Free Kid at the Magic House
516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Time: 4-7 PM
On the first Friday of the month kids are invited to spend some FREE time getting fit at Fit Kid: Free Kid at The Magic House. Kids 12 and under who complete a fitness challenge upon arrival can earn free admission to the event. Sponsored by St. Louis Children's Hospital. This month, it's tumbling time! Registration is required for free admission. More information and to register: magichouse.org
January 4 - St. Louis Center Dino Chat
5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
Time: 11:45 AM and 2:30 PM
Learn all about the world of dinosaurs including what they ate, newly discovered dinosaurs, and more.
January 4-5 - Calling All Master Builders
On Your Toes Dance Studio-4835 Lemay Ferry Rd, St. Louis, MO 63129
Time: Listed Below
Your child will have some serious FOMO if they miss out on this Master Builders Class with Eric Heuerman! Eric is a Certified Elementary and Secondary Education Teacher, Certified LEGO Education U.S. Master Educator, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Junior Coach and Sponsor (grades 1-8)! Each child will build and create with Certified LEGO Education US Master Educator Eric Heuerman, using LEGO WeDo2 kits, Chromebooks, and LEGO simple machines, to learn the beginning world of coding, programming, and robotics! Your child will love building a robot and free building with friends!!
Friday, January 4
5:00-6:00 (grades K-2)
6:15-7:15 (grades 3-5)
Saturday, January 5
1:00-2:00 (grades K- 2)
2:15-3:15 (grades 3- 5)
3:30-4:30 (grades 3 - 5)
Visit: www.danceonyourtoes.com for more information.
January 5 - Super Hero Night at The Magic House
516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Price: $15.00 for members, $22.00 for non-members
Calling all superheroes! Grab your capes and fly to The Magic House for an action-packed evening with some of your favorite superheroes including Super Girl, Batman and Superman.
Superheroes will enjoy a super fun pizza party, take some super silly pictures in the photo booth, create their very own superhero mask and enjoy private playtime throughout the museum!
Reservations are required. More information: magichouse.org.
January 11 - Owl Prowl
Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road, Wildwood, MO
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Who’s that hooting it up each December evening? Owls, that’s who. You will learn what makes them such effective night time hunters and why they hoot so much this time of year. Be prepared to spend some of the time outside. Please bring warm clothing including gloves, and flashlights. Everyone that will be attending should register individually for this program. Registration by January 10, 2018. For more information call 636-458-2236
January 13 - Juice Box Jazz
Jazz St. Louis-3536 Washington Ave, St. Louis MO 63103
Time: 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Price: Adults $8, Children FREE
Juice Box Jazz is a three-part series that will have the whole family learning and loving what jazz music is all about! Each session celebrates and teaches elements of jazz and explores familiar tunes in different styles of jazz through engaging programs led by experienced jazz artist-educators. Programs include musical performances, movement led by Shelley Dean of Rhythm 'n' Ruach, and snacks!
January 13-14: Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge
Riverview Dr, St. Louis, MO 63137
Time: 10:00 AM
Eagle lovers of all ages are invited to the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge on January 13 and 14 to watch eagles fishing, riding the ice floes, soaring overhead or roosting in nearby trees. Visitors are welcome to view eagles through spotting scopes staffed by trained volunteers. Did you know the Mississippi River hosts one of North America’s largest concentrations of bald eagles? They are drawn to areas of open water in search of fish, their preferred food. The Chain of Rocks rapids to the south of the Bridge create open waters which are ideal fishing waters for eagles. Eagle Days is a unique opportunity to watch them fish, ride ice floes, soar overhead and roost in nearby trees while learning more about eagles and local wildlife in the comfort of a warming tent! This free, family event is also an excellent opportunity to see bald eagles in the wild and up close during live bald eagle programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. During both days, the World Bird Sanctuary program will be repeated every 20 minutes from 10 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Lewis and Clark reenactors will also present a living history camp on the Missouri side, and demonstrations on the Illinois side. The event is hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Great Rivers Greenway (GRG). Eagle Days is also made possible by a sponsorship from Cabela’s.
January 16: Winter Movie Night at Ballpark Village
601 Clark St, St. Louis, MO 63101
Time: 5:00 PM
Enjoy a free movie with your kids on select Wednesday nights at Ballpark Village this winter. Movies are shown on the 40-foot screen inside Fox Sports Midwest. Additional family fun activities include movie-themed crafts, face painting and photos opps. January 16: Incredibles 2
Kids' activities begin at 5 p.m. Movies begin at 6 p.m., and no tickets or reservations are required.
More information: stlballparkvillage.com
January 18: Emerson Free Family Night at The Magic House
516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122
Time: 5:30 PM-9:00 PM
This special night every third Friday of the month allows a family (no more than two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits at The Magic House at no charge. The Magic House engages children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem-solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic.
January 18-19: The Loop Ice Carnival
The Delmar Loop
Time: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
The Loop Ice Carnival is held every year in mid-January. The Ice Carnival kicks off with the Snow Ball on Friday night. Then, it's a full day of fun on Saturday. The carnival features live ice carving demonstrations, more than 50 ice sculptures, ice slides and ice games for kids, human snow globes, jugglers, a Ferris wheel, fire performers, stilt walkers, photo opportunities, a Zip Flyte Zipline, and lots more! Free admission to Snow Ball and Frozen Buns Runs. Other activities may charge a small fee. Visit: http://greatriverroad.com/stlouis/stlevents/stlouisicecarnival.htm
January 19: 2019 Frozen Buns Run (5k/10k)
The Delmar Loop
Time: 10:00 AM
Join the Saint Louis Triathlon Club on January 19th, 2019 for the 13th Annual Frozen Buns Run. We encourage you to come on out and meet or exceed your new 2019 running goals or aim for a new 5k or 10k PR! Bring the whole family along as race morning coincides with the annual Loop Ice Festival to support local businesses. This race is regarded for its awesome finish line party with loads of snacks, music and an awards ceremony at Blueberry Hill. And how often do you get a chance to run alongside a penguin? To register Visit: https://www.stlouistriclub.com/get-active/frozen-buns-run/
January 19: Great Green Adventures at Missouri Botanical Gardens
4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110
Time: 10:30–11:30 AM OR 1:30–2:30 PM
Great Green Adventures are drop-in activities that explore a special part of the Garden each month. Learn about plants, nature and green living through hands-on activities, journaling, stories and games. Great Green Adventures are designed for ages 6–12. Adults may accompany up to three children. Younger children may attend. Meet at the Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden Ticket Fort unless a different meeting place is specified in the description.
January 19-20: The Cat in the Hat
1 James J. Eagan Dr, Florissant, MO 63033
Time: 2:00 PM
Everyone's favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red and white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. But what will mom find when she comes home? Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is a lively, engaging play with sound effects performed by Two Beans Productions. More information and tickets: florissantmo.com or call 314-921-5678.
January 19-21: STL Cardinals Winter Warm Up
700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102
Price: $40.00 for adults and $10.00 for children ages 5 to 15. Children younger than five get in free.
Baseball fans can see their favorite Cardinals players at the annual Winter Warm-Up. The three day event includes autograph sessions, baseball clinics and a sports memorabilia show. Money from the event goes to Cardinals Care, the team’s charity to help children in the community. The ceremonial kickoff to the 2019 baseball season, Winter Warm-Up is a three-day fan event that gives Cardinals fans a chance to get up-close and personal with their favorite team. In addition to player and alumni autograph sessions, fans can buy special souvenirs, bid on memorabilia at live and silent auctions, meet Fredbird, attend live Q&A sessions with players, broadcasters and team officials, and much more. Children can even play games and watch live entertainment in the free Kids Room. This annual event is a great way to get your baseball fix in mid-January while also supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the fundraiser support the team's charitable fund, Cardinals Care, in their mission of caring for kids in our community. Visit: https://www.mlb.com/cardinals/fans/winter-warm-up
January 20: Mardi Gras Winter Family Carnival
Soulard Market Park - at 9th St. and Lafayette Ave, St. Louis MO
Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
This free, family-friendly event will keep the kids busy with bounce houses, storytime, fire trucks, and police vehicles. Kids can also check out fun interactive displays provided by local artists and organizations. This is a family-friendly event thrown in conjunction with some help from the community and St. Louis’ first responders. There’s something for everyone of all ages, with bounce houses, story time, fire trucks, police vehicles and lots of new furry friends to pet and feed. Local artists and musicians will provide interactive opportunities for the kids in attendance, and the whole family can pick out festive crowns, masquerade masks and face paint to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! This is an alcohol-free event, and in order to maintain family-friendly vibe, alcohol of any kind will not be allowed in the tent. Email email@example.com to inquire about booth availability and how you can participate.
January 24-27: St. Louis Auto Show
America's Center and The Dome-701 Convention Plaza St. Louis, MO 63101
The largest automobile event in the St. Louis area, the Saint Louis Auto Show fueled by Phillips 66 features more than 500 new cars, trucks, SUVs and luxury vehicles from over 25 manufacturers all under one roof. Here are some of the attractions that St. Louis Auto Show goers can enjoy: Million Dollar Mile, a collection of luxury and exotic cars, kid Zone: an auto show experience crafted just for kids. Featuring: St. Louis Zyp Flyte- 32’ tall 400’ long indoor Zipline, Guess This Mess- Crushed car cube contest, Stray Rescue Adoption Event(Saturday & Sunday only),Ultimate bungee trampoline, LED mobile rock climbing wall, Wacky chaos obstacle course, 16’ slide, Carousel bounce house, Super hero camp games(Saturday & Sunday only), 4- linked Daytona Racing Simulators, Giant Foosball Table, Air Hockey, Dome Hockey, Pop-a-shot, Skeeball, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, 4 stand up arcades, Photobooth, 2 superhero characters for meet & Greet/photo (at select times) and more. Gateway Kartplex Go Karts kart racing right in the dome and live drift demos with drift champ Vaughn Gittin Jr., back by popular demand. Call 314-822-0333 for details. Visit: http://saintlouisautoshow.com/show-info/ for more information.
January 24-26: Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra-718 North Grand Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63103
Journey to a galaxy far, far away and relive the intergalactic adventure of Star Wars: A New Hope like never before as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs the score live.
Experience the iconic film on the big screen at Powell Hall for the most epic space adventure of all time! Hear John Williams’ incredible Oscar-winning score from the instantly recognizable opening fanfare to the Imperial March. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY.
January 25: An Evening With Raptors
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, 11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood, MO
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
This is a fun evening for all ages. Join the staff of the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center as they welcome back the Missouri falconers and their hunting partners! Falconry, a sport reported as early as 700 BCE, is still practiced today. Learn what falconry is and how to become a falconer. The evening will begin in the auditorium with a presentation on raptors and the art of falconry. Following the presentation you will have an opportunity to “meet and greet” the birds and their hunting partners, and see some of the equipment used in the sport of falconry. Be sure to bring your cameras. Free, register by January 25, 2019. For more information call 314-301-1500.
January 25-27: Momentum
Edison Theater-6465 Forsyth Blvd St. Louis, MO, 63105
Time: 7:00 PM on Friday, 1:00 PM AND 5:00 PM on both Saturday and Sunday
A mix of cutting-edge hip-hop & contemporary dance across a broad range of styles, Momentum brings members of COCAdance & the COCA Hip-Hop Crew together for a dynamic, can’t-miss performance.
Featuring choreography from guest artist Kara Wilkes of San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
January 25-27: The Little Mermaid
Various Marcus Theaters-Cape West, Chesterfield, Des Peres, Ronnies, St. Charles
Time: 10:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:45 PM
Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we're giving you your chance! Marcus Theatres is proud to present the Disney's Enchanted Tales series. Come see these timeless classics for only $5! The perfect outing for families, friends, and all ages.
January 26: Eagle Watch & Trail Walk
Fort Belle Fontaine Park-13002 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, MO
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Spend a day with the Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park observing the bald eagles along the Missouri River. A live eagle, several birds of prey, and a naturalist from the World Bird Sanctuary will be on site. A guided hike will be provided along the three-mile trail. Hikers and bikers are welcome to take the trek on their own throughout the day. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to dress for the weather and meet at the Grand Staircase. For more information, call Friends of Fort Belle Fontaine Park at 314-869-8251
January 27: Darci Lynne and Friends Live
Stifel Theatre-1400 Market St, St. Louis, MO 63103
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Price: · $26.75 - $46.75 via Ticketmaster
Winning NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” at just 12-years old by the most votes for a final performance in the history of the show, singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer impresses audiences across the country with her sweetheart disposition and undeniable, show-stopping talent beyond her years. Accompanied by her musical friends including a divaesque rabbit: Petunia, a shy and soulful mouse: Oscar and a sarcastic old woman: Edna. Singing through her friends helped the young entertainer find a voice inside she didn’t know she had, and helped her overcome a lifelong struggle with shyness. An Oklahoma native, Darci began participating in talent-based pageants at a young age, and picked up ventriloquism shortly after. Two weeks later, Darci began tackling talent shows, eventually making it to the biggest talent show on television, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Following her big win, she has been featured on NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” Food Network’s “Kids Baking Championship,” “Ellen” and “TODAY.” Her first Christmas special “Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas” aired on NBC this December. Darci and her friends are continually on the road bringing smiles to audiences across the country.