The traditional ‘go-to’ St. Louis answer for rainy days, and for good reason! The Magic House is a fun time for kids as well as adults with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and activities. From the huge bubble makers to the ‘hair-raising’ Van de Graaff generator, The Magic House has hours and hours of playtime ready to go. And because The Magic House is a St. Louis Family Attractions approved destination, we have an awesome deal:
While Bounce U specializes in birthdays (they are ’Where Birthdays Come to Life’ after all), they also have a ton of ‘open bounces’ available to the public at both of their St. Louis area locations. Throughout the month they put on unique events including Cosmic Bounce, Family Nights, and even a Parent’s Night on the 3rd Friday of the month. If you’ve never taken the kids to Bounce U, prepare to be amazed. They have the biggest, bounciest, jumpiest inflatables, fantastic games and wall-to-wall fun. All you need to bring is your socks. They take care of everything else!
Originally founded as a planetarium in 1963, The Saint Louis Science Center has become another classic St. Louis family destination. Kids of all ages can explore over 700 interactive exhibits on everything from dinosaurs to space exploration and even take in a movie in their massive OMNIMAX Theatre. The Science Center is a free attraction, as are other ‘Museum District’ destinations including: the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum, and Missouri Botanical Garden.
Might as well go for a soda… If you were caught in the rain while enjoying your favorite Forest Park attraction, it’s just a short hop over to the best darned soda pop shop you’ll ever visit! Fitz’s is home to the world famous Fitz’s Root Beer (makes sense). and their flagship soda is made according to an original recipe developed in St. Louis in 1947. It includes the finest ingredients including: select natural roots, spices, barks and all natural pure cane sugar. Thanks to its robust and creamy flavor, Fitz’s Root Beer has been recognized as one of the best root beers in the United States! They serve delicious, family friendly food including burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and more, and no meal is complete without an ice cream float featuring their house made soda!
America’s Incredible Pizza Company is THE place that the family can spend an entire rainy day and hear ZERO complaints from the kids. With awesome rides, state-of-the-art video and prize games, and of course, an unlimited amount of food from their amazing pizza (and more!) buffet, AIPC is fun for the whole family. And with their recent million-dollar renovation to the Lindbergh location, that includes a 3,500-square foot indoor steel roller coaster, it just got a whole lot more fun!
Experience the life of a butterfly; from caterpillar, to pupa, to fully developed butterfly right before your eyes. With a huge conservatory at the heart of the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, it’s a controlled environment where nearly 2,000 butterflies are free to fly (and land) wherever they want. You’ll also be free to explore the exhibit hall that has many displays on all kinds of bugs including spiders, scorpions, and other creepy crawlies.
With their humble beginnings in an abandoned grain silo, Upper Limits Climbing Gym has certainly ascended to being one of the top of St. Louis attractions. Offering classes for beginners as well as experts, Upper Limits has two area locations that are sure to be fun and challenging for everyone in your family.
Another free ‘Museum District’ destination is the St. Louis Art Museum or SLAM. The museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums with works of art from virtually every culture and time period. With over 30,000 objects in its permanent collection, it has a little bit of everything to keep kids of all ages interested including Egyptian mummies, Medieval suits of armor, pre-Columbian artifacts, African and Asian art, classical sculptures and paintings and contemporary modern art. And in case you forgot to bring snacks, there are 2 restaurants onsite that can refill your tummies; The Café and Panorama.
When people ask ‘What’s at the City Museum?’ the most common answer is ‘What’s NOT at the City Museum?’ One of the most unique museums in the world, it’s the brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly. More of a playground than a museum, the City Museum is a collection of odds and ends that make perfect sense together.
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. Whether you’re crawling through the human sized habitrail, exploring a re-creation of a Missouri limestone cavern, or sliding down their massive 10 story slide, you’re sure to find something that you and the kids will enjoy together. But be prepared to be worn out at the end of the day as there’s a lot of crawling and climbing involved in some of the installations.
We know that it may seem too simple, but if you’re not afraid of getting wet (and there’s no lightning), just step outside with your galoshes and your umbrella and play in the rain! Jump in puddles, catch raindrops on your tongue, float ‘leaf boats’ in the storm gutters, go to the park and slide/swing. Because it’s totally out of the ordinary, this is one of those experiences that your kids will remember for a long time.