Forest Park sits on 1,371 acres of land that plays host to many activates. It is not only the home of the St. Louis Zoo, two museums, The Science Center and, one of the few outdoor theaters in the country. The Park host many events throughout the summer on the first being the African Art Festival. It also has beautiful meadows, trails and ponds, just wait to be explored. (Little bit of trivia, Forest Park is bigger than New York’s Central Park- we are bigger and way cooler!).
The St. Louis Zoo is ranked one of the top zoos in the world. The zoo is the home to more than 650 different types of animals. Not only is it free but, it also hosts the summer -Jungle Boogie Concert Series. So check it out and go boogie with the animals.
The Muny is an amphitheater, that theater seats 11,000 people with approximately 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows that are available on a first come, first served basis. Go see a show or two for free!
The Art museum has a large collection of art the spans from ancient masterpieces to contemporary. Browse paintings, sculptures, historic pieces and the latest featured exhibitions on display. Go get a close up with Matisse or a Picasso painting (all exhibits are free on Fridays). You can even organize a free guided tour when you call ahead. In the Summer Art hill is the host of the “Art Hill Film Series.
The Saint Louis Science Center features over 750 exhibits including the famous James S. McDonnell Planetarium and Omnimax Movie Theater. The kids and I get a kick out of the many ways to stay busy here including architecting the St. Louis Arch out of building blocks, the dinosaurs band playing with the radar guns on the pedestrian bridge that overlooks the highway. The Science Center also has a first Friday event every month, the summer months include the following:
- May 5 – Hunger Games
- June 2 – The Mummy
- July 7 – Beetle Juice
- August 4 – Mystery Science Theater 3000
Some other free summer actives include Twilight Tuesdays at the History Museum, First Friday in Grand Center – which includes tours of Museums and Galleries in the area. Fair St. Louis that takes place during the week of July fourth. The Whitaker Music Festival held at the Botanical Garden on Wednesday night and St. Louis Park place on Thursday nights. In St Louis County there is the Magic House in Kirkwood, Grants farm in south county, the Walk of Fame in the University City Delmar Loop and last but not least Purina Farm in Grey Summit, MO where you can watch dogs do some amazing tricks. You can do this and much more without come out of pocket. So have a great summer and do so free stuff!
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