5 Fun Things to Do with Kids in St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis With Kids

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We do not typically plan a trip without any research on things to do with kids in certain location. It helps make travel with kids easily to know in advance what options we have in a city. Even with just a short list of things to do already make planning that much easier.

We have a last minute trip coming up to St. Louis, Missouri so I have to do a quick research on what are fun things to do with kids in Saint Louis.

So here are our picks for 5 Fun Things to Do with Kids in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch St. Louis

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It’s without a doubt a must-see and must-do on our list. The symbolic arch that stands tall in Saint Louis is also a Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. For us, it’s a another stamp we will collect in our National Park passport book. The visit to the base of the Arch is free but to get a great view of the city we plan to purchase a ticket for a Journey to the Top. We will also see if we can join the free ranger-led guided tour as well. Also we will heed Sarah from WanderOff.com advice on tips to visit the Gateway Arch.

The City Museum

CityMuseum St Louis

Photo Credit: Janet

A museum in the city that is housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company with the eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects? We are definitely there! The bonus is with a location in downtown area near the Arch, it’s a perfect location for our short visit in St. Louis when we have limited time in the city.

Citygarden Sculpture Park

CityGarden St Louis

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A quick stop at this oasis in the downtown seems like a good idea. The Citygarden is a green space blends art, architecture and functions into a park that the whole family can enjoy. We love visiting parks with unique characters like the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle and we are looking forward to checking out the sculptures in the Citygarden park as well. Plus reading Jodi from FamilyRambling.com about the Citygarden, Mr. Z already pointed out and said ‘I wanna see that!’

The Magic House

Magic House St Louis

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I have read a couple reviews on the Magic House children museum and from what I gathered this place is HUGE. So we will probably visit knowing that we won’t be able to do everything and see all the exhibits. It’s a bit further from downtown but we will have car so it’s not so hard to get to. I hope the kids will leave without fuss even if we can’t see the whole place. Mara from Motherofalltrips.com has a great review post on Magic House.

The Saint Louis Zoo

Saint Louis Zoo

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This highly recommended place to visit with kids are St. Louis long time resident Sarah from Wandering Off is a good stamp of approval for us. We put this on the list but might have to see if we will have enough time to visit this trip or for our future trip. The best part about this zoo? FREE admission for all. For budget family travel, this is probably the best part. But free admission doesn’t mean you will get dingy zoo. The Saint Louis Zoo is a well-maintained zoo with many family-friendly activities for kids as well.

About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Thanks for mentioning me! I was born and raised in St. Louis, so I still look at the city from a kid’s perspective. :) You’ve chosen some excellent things to see and do. I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  2. Thanks for the list. We’ve been meaning to head down to St. Louis for a visit. I didn’t know about the sculpture park. Looks fun.

  3. Thanks for all the tips. We live in Nashville and are always looking for a quick weekend trip somewhere fairly close. That would be fun to go do.

  4. This would surely keep my son busy but chasing behind him would tire me out for sure if we did all five. I have heard of the Gateway Arch and the Zoo but not the Magic House or the Park. Which did the kids enjoy the most? And there zoo is free wow wish it was free here!

  5. Oh the photo of the Gateway Arch is incredible. Your sites great (“love the name Q family. I’m getting great ideas of possible States to visit in the US. Never thought of St Louis, but I think it’s a great & I have put it in my top ten. Good places to take kids too. Thanks. AJ

  6. While in St. Louis, take a trip north to Alton, IL and drive along the scenic river road. Check out the new River Road Audio Tour app at http://www.hallslearning.com.

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