Events and Explorations

Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis- 

Much Ado About Nothing Forest Park

August 12 – September 6, 2020 | 20th Anniversary Season

Bring blankets, chairs, food, and drink and enjoy this adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays. There are activities for kids before the play starts and everyone will enjoy the play at sunset.


Music Mondays-Summer Family Fun Series 

Missouri History Museum

(Missouri History Museum is slated to reopen June 20 – check the website for individual programs)

Mondays throughout the summer

Live music and dance showcases for the family. Some include dance lessons and trying out musical instruments!


SciFest: Bright Ideas Expo 

St. Louis Science Center

SciFest events are held on various Saturdays at 9:30 am

  • July 18, 2020 – SciFest: Mission: Mars Celebration
  • August 22, 2020: SciFest: Play and Creativity Expo
  • October 12, 2020: SciFest: Animal Kingdom Expo
  • November 14, 2020: SciFest: Health Expo


Meet and work alongside some of the most innovative artists, tinkerers, entrepreneurs, STEM experts, and creative types in the St. Louis region and beyond. Get involved and engage your own creativity and bright ideas.


Delmar Loop Week and Loop Arts Fest

(Events On-Hold Until Further Notice – Check the Website for Updates)

Events, discounts, drink and food specials, activities for everyone. Theme days include: Juneteenth, Sweet Loop Tour, Game Night in the Loop, Taco Tuesday, Yappy Hour, Pride Day, Make Music Day, and Loop Arts Fest.


Grub and Groove 

Francis Park

(On Hold – Please Check the Website for Continuous Updates)

Restaurant vendors, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Tropical Liquors, live music, and a Kids Zone!


Festival of Nations 

Tower Grove Park

August 22 – 23, 2020

Our region’s largest multicultural celebration features more than 40 booths, non-stop dance and music, arts and crafts, and an international bazaar with unique gifts from around the world.


Summer Friday Festivals: Firefly Festival at the Butterfly House 

Faust Park

June 19, 2020  8:00-9:30 pm

Celebration of the firefly with activities that showcase their amazing talents.


Brick Universe Lego Fan Convention 

Queeny Park

(Event Postponed until May 22-23, 2021)

Attractions include meeting professional Lego artists, Duplo Pile, Building Zone, Minifigure Merchants, and tons of exhibits.




Pirate Cruise on the Hakuna Matata Grafton IL

(No 2020 Date Set – Check Website for Updates)

Adventure down the Illinois and Mighty Mississippi Rivers! Treasures will include pirate punch and treats and the biggest joy of all is when your child joins the captain at the helm!


Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival 

Carlinville, IL

(No 2020 Date Set – Check Website for Updates)

Carlinville Square turns into an open-air gallery lined with colorful works of chalk art! This event offers kids, teens, and families an opportunity to make temporary chalk masterpieces on the paved walkways surrounding the Gazebo on the Square in Carlinville.



Alton, IL

(No 2020 Date Set – Check Website for Updates)

Plenty of activities and discounts for families spread out over the week. Fun includes a Sweet Treat Trail, Spongebob Squarepants meet and greet, and Train Day. You can also check out the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site or Camp Dubois.



Bee Tree Park

South St. Louis County

(Playgrounds are closed but trails are open, with social distancing encouraged)

Located on the Mississippi River, Bee Tree Park offers gorgeous views and lots of fun. Families can enjoy the 10-acre lake that is stocked by the Missouri Department of Conservation, five hiking trails, a playground, and numerous picnic sites.


Castlewood State Park

Ballwin, MO

(636) 227-4433

(Playgrounds are closed but trails are open, with social distancing encouraged and daily occupancy limits)

The park has hiking and mountain biking trails that range from those great for first-time riders to ones that even the most experienced will return to time after time. Good fishing, broad meadows filled with wildlife, and plenty of recreational facilities make the park a favorite for people who want an adventure or just to get away.


Rockwoods Reservation

Wildwood, MO

(636) 441-4554

(Trails are open, with social distancing encouraged and limited occupancy enforced)

Explore the springs, caves, and rock formations as you hike the trails at Rockwoods Reservation. Kids can have fun splashing in the creek beds and searching for the various animals and plants that call the reservation home.


Meramec State Park

Sullivan, MO

(573) 468-6072

(Open with social distancing encouraged and limited occupancy enforced)

The Meramec River flows by majestic bluffs, wooded areas, and a dramatic cave entrance. More than 13 miles of hiking trails are available for exploring the park and visitors can swim, fish, raft, and boat in the river and stay at the campground, cabins, or motel. No visit to the park would be complete without a tour of the Fisher Cave with hand-held lights.


Klondike Park

Augusta, MO


(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

White sand beaches surround Klondike Lake and trails that connect to the historic Katy Trail. Go for the day or camp overnight in one of the cool cabins.


Marble Creek 

Arcadia, MO


(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

Marble Creek is known for the pretty dolomites that were mined for use as Taum Sauk Marble. These cool rocks make up the 20 mile Marble Creek. You can enjoy fishing, bike riding, hiking, and camping.


Castor River Shut-Ins 

Fredericktown, MO

Madison County


(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

These pink granite shut-ins offer wading pools, fishing holes, and lots of space for exploring.


Lane Spring Recreation Area

Mark Twain National Forest


(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

The recreation area is situated along Little Piney Creek and offers lots for day and overnight visitors. Have fun swimming, hiking, fishing, climbing, and viewing lots of wildlife.



Pere Marquette State Park 

Grafton, IL

(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

Located on the Great River Road just north of Grafton, Pere Marquette State Park offers miles of hiking trails and bike trails, equestrian trails, fishing spots, and campgrounds. The lodge at the state park is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the Mississippi, play a game of giant chess, or sample some Missouri wines at the winery on site.


Starved Rock State Park 

Oglesby, IL

(Open with social distancing encouraged, and limited capacity enforced)

Starved Rock State Park is about a 3-hour drive from St. Louis, but definitely worth the drive. Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. There 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Visit the Lodge and see the largest two-sided fireplace in Illinois!