Things To Do In Granite City

Half Off Racing Experiences

Gateway Motorsports Park

$129 $64

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 40% Off Dragster Experience

Multiple Locations

$199 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

Lavell Crawford – Up to 33% Off Standup

Chaifetz Arena

$59.80 $40

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Five popular comics, including Breaking Bad's Lavell Crawford, stir up pre-Mother's Day laughs

Up to 52% Off from St. Louis Carriage & Trolley Company

Union Station

$34 $17

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Tours roll by Lafayette Square, Union Station, Peabody Opera, City Gardens, the Arch, the City Museum, and other city landmarks

Up to 57% Off Kids' Dance Camp

St. Louis

$175 $79

Each week of camp teaches kids a style of dance such as jazz or hip-hop

Up to 55% Off Kids' Themed Birthday Party

Maplewood

$299 $139

With the package, partiers can receive invitations, decorations, setup, cleanup, a host, games and activities, and a take-home craft

53% Off Round of Golf with Balls and Drinks

Saint Louis

$43 $20

Nine-hole par 3 course facilitates short-game practice with no holes longer than 160 yards

61% Off Boot Camp from NowFitness

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

Certified trainers lead groups through energetic and creative combinations of cardio and strength-training routines in local parks

Up to 54% Off St. Louis Storytelling Show with Drinks

Morgan Street Brewery

$60 $30

Storyteller and tour guide regales audiences with tales of St. Louis while joined by a folk guitarist; includes drinks and a food discount

Up to 67% Off at PHG CrossFit

Shrewsbury

$179 $59

Instructors lead students of all abilities in ever-changing workouts that work to improve strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance

Up to 80% Off Classes from PowerFit Bootcamp

Multiple Locations

$99 $29

Trainers motivate exercisers to tackle routines of calisthenics, plyometrics, and resistance training

Up to 50% Off Bowling with Shoe Rentals

Olivette

$24 $12

Retro bowling alley includes 24 lanes with automatic scoring system

Up to 85% Off Metabolic Strength Training

Brentwood

$120 $29

Both options include a nutritional consultation

69% Off Personal Fitness Program

St. Louis

$275 $85

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Up to 57% Off at CrossFit South City

St. Louis

$150 $65

Instructors motivate students to tone and slim bodies in high-energy workouts of the day; fundamentals course recommended for beginners

Up to 54% Off Indoor Boot Camp

Saint Louis

$60 $29

Indoor, one-hour wintertime boot camp sessions get groups moving with the guidance of an experienced trainer tailored to all fitness levels

Up to 65% Off Pilates Classes

Ladue

$150 $71

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Instructors guide up to eight students through core-strengthening stretches and resistance work aboard the Reformer machine

Up to Half Off Visit to Miniature Museum of Greater St. Louis

Bevo

$20 $10

Groups can visit the museum to view a collection of miniatures which includes houses and replicas of the Basilica of St. Louis and Bevo Mill

Up to 86% Off CrossFit Classes at Heavy Metal CrossFit

Kings Oak

$275 $39

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CrossFit classes combine an ever-changing rotation of high-intensity functional movements to keep clients in shape

Up to 74% Off Fitness Classes

Tower Grove

$100 $29

Expert instructors lead students in jujitsu and Fight Fit conditioning classes

Up to 55% Off at Tee Time Family Fun Center

Mehlville

$37 $18

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Steer bumper cars, navigate a black-lit 3-D maze, and re-energize with pizza; birthday party includes pizza and arcade tokens

Up to 76% Off Yoga Fusion Classes

Multiple Locations

$100 $29

Beginning and ending with yogic exercise, classes also address strength and cardio training

64% Off Yoga Classes

Tower Grove South

$70 $25

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World Aquarium – Up to 70% Off a Tour

Midtown

$130 $49

Aquarium docents introduce visitors to fish, amphibians, reptiles, and arachnids, with opportunities to feed and touch wildlife

Up to 78% Off Fitness Classes or Gym Membership

Central West End

$80 $19

Center located on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital campus features highly trained, certified fitness pros and top-notch equipment

Up to 55% Boot Camp at HD Fitness

Downtown St. Louis

$100 $50

Resistance and cardiovascular exercises keep participants active throughout the entire workout, raising heart-rates and helping shed pounds

Up to 52% Off Children's Dance Classes

Overland

$90 $45

Experienced instructors give kids a well-rounded dance education with a focus on theory and technique

Up to 73% Off Group Fitness or Dance Classes

Central West End

$65 $19

Spacious dance studio holds variety of classes atop its 1,200 sq. ft. sprung hardwood dance floor

Up to 59% Off Indoor Rock Climbing

Multiple Locations

$60 $32.99

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Learn the basics of climbing in a two-hour class before putting skills to use; families and members scurry up 35 ft. indoor rock arches

51% Off Boxing Classes

Clayton

$80 $39

Trainers lead more than 10 boxing classes that help athletes get in shape and improve skills such as speed, agility, and coordination

Up to 53% Off Retro Arcade Gameplay

Mehlville

$33.96 $17

The arcade houses more than 80 full-size video games, including Ms. Pac Man, Street Fighter II, Galaga, and Frogger

50% Off

Brentwood

$48 $24

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Up to 94% Off at Pink Galleon Billiards and Game

Multiple Locations

$39 $15

Party guests sip free drinks and play pool on hot-pink tables; beach-themed decor includes airbrushed murals of mermaids and pirates

Up to 71% Off Dance Classes

Tower Grove South

$48 $20

Modern dance lessons stress the idea of expression through movement; tunes from Broadway musicals soundtrack jazz dance classes

48% Off Pottery Painting

Oakville

$25 $13

Choose from hundreds of food-safe, functional ceramic items before decorating with paints, brushes, and patterns in a new location

Up to 57% Off Zumba or Dance Packages

The Gate

$60 $30

Afro-Caribbean and Latin beats motivate moves in one-hour Zumba classes; dance classes include salsa and bachata

"Il Divo: A Musical Affair" – Up to 53% Off

Peabody Opera House

$73.70 $35

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Tony-winner Lea Salonga joins the operatic pop quartet for an evening filled with the greatest songs of Broadway

50% Off Pottery Painting at Pottery Hollow 

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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Paint ceramic mugs, figurines, and platters with colorful pigments inside a studio with an enchanted-forest theme

Up to 66% Off Saint Patrick's Day Bar Crawl

Washington Ave.

$44 $18

St. Patty's Day bar crawl includes three drink tickets, no cover, drink specials, and a medallion; portion of proceeds go to local charity

Up to 50% Off One-Man Comedy

The Pageant

$60 $30

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Based on the hit book by John Gray, Peter Story's live performance elicits knowing laughter from both sexes

Up to Half Off Reptile and Exotic-Pet Show

Moolah Shrine Center

$30 $15

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Reptile, amphibian, and arachnid breeders and experts showcase creatures' behavior and biology through exhibits and demonstrations

Up to 81% Off Bikram Yoga St. Louis

Clayton

$127.50 $29

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Beginners are welcome at this friendly yoga studio, which turns the heat up to increase circulation and loosen the muscles

54% Off Children's Fitness Classes

Ballwin

$85 $39

Kids ages 4 months to 12 years can stay fit and active with a variety of classes, including karate, dance, and gymnastics

Up to 81% Off at J5 CrossFit

Collinsville

$150 $29

Certified CrossFit coaches lead intense, ever-changing functional-fitness workouts in an 11,000 sq. ft. facility open seven days a week

Up to 81% Off Classes at J5 CrossFit

Collinsville

$150 $29

Trainers use a variety of ever-changing exercises using various equipment and functional movements to prep for all physical activities

51% Off Martial-Arts Classes and Uniform

Collinsville

$335 $165

Instructors instill strength, agility, and balance, as well as confidence and discipline, during martial-arts and fitness classes

50% Off Unlimited Classes

Collinsville

$50 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 80% Off CrossFit Classes

Collinsville

$90 $18

Expert instructors create new workouts every day to form well-rounded athletes and keep fitness regimes interesting

52% Off a Cahokia Mounds Tour 

Collinsville

$26.90 $13

Visitors take self-guided audio-visual tours of a metropolis built by Native Americans from AD 700 to 1400

Up to 50% Off Gateway Fun Park

Collinsville

$50 $25

Wristbands grant unlimited access to fun park rides, including bumper cars, go-karts, and mini golf for two hours

Up to 62% Off Yoga Classes in University City

University City

$130 $49

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Certified yoga instructors promote holistic healing through yoga practice

Up to 73% Off at Hot Yoga Edwardsville

Glen Carbon

$75 $20

Hot yoga performed in 95-degree room promotes flexibility, weight loss, and detoxification

Up to 91% Off Yoga or Martial Arts Classes

Maplewood

$200 $20

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Choose from yoga, tai chi, self-defense, and integrative martial arts sessions, which cover dozens of techniques from around the world

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$32 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 76% Off Fitness Classes

No Excuses

$125 $35

Burn fat and build muscle in these high-energy aerobic and boot-camp workouts

50% Off Video- and Arcade-Game Play

Overland

$30 $15

Gamers battle on systems that range from Sega to Wii, and also play computer and arcade games, such as air hockey and pinball

Up to 54% Off Confluence Tower Admission

Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower

$18 $9

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Parallel towers loom above the fork of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, where Lewis and Clark commenced their historic voyage

Up to 53% Off Kids' Gymnastics Classes with Yearly Membership Fee

Hazelwood

$116 $55

Expert instructors lead children through gymnastics classes appropriate for all ages

Up to 58% Off Pizza Tasting at Edwardsville's Pizza Prowl

Woodland School

$40 $20

Friends and families sample cheesy slices from up to 10 different pizzeria's from around the neighborhood

Up to 45% Off a Walking Tour from Alton Hauntings

First Unitarian Church

$50 $29

Tours created by the authority of Alton's ghostly history take visitors to the most haunted locations within the city

Up to 73% Off at Webster Yogaworks

Webster Yogaworks

$119 $39

Yoga practitioners find mind/body balance at a brand-new studio with hardwood floors and large windows that let in plenty of natural light

Up to 75% Off Boot-Camp Sessions

St. Louis Gymnastics Centre

$150 $39

Studio's owner uses his 13 years of experience in the fitness industry to lead clients through boot-camp-style workouts

Up to 86% Off at ATT Evolution

Rock Hill

$214.50 $29

Students learn MMA, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through fitness classes which run by UFC star Tyron Woodley

Up to 91% Off Boxing and Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$100 $10

Trainers teach how to land jabs, hooks, and roundhouse kicks using pads and heavy bags, helping students burn up to 1,000 calories per class

Up to 55% Off at Shrewsbury Lanes

Shrewsbury

$32.50 $15

Pairs or groups of four knock down pins while enjoying cold soda or beer in a retro-style bowling alley

Up to 51% Off Lessons at The Falls Golf Club

O'Fallon

$90 $45

PGA professional works on developing reliable swings during private lessons and junior clinics

Up to 78% Off Kids Dance Classes

O Fallon

$120 $29

Instructors teach the fundamentals of styles such as ballet, pointe, hip-hop, tap, and jazz dance

Up to 51% Off Round at Creve Coeur Golf Course

Saint Louis

$50 $25

Nine holes of golf through undulating terrain with tree-lined fairways and stone-lined ponds

50% Off Open-Play Paintball

Multiple Locations

$60 $30

Warriors fire 100 paintballs and dodge their opponents during open-play bouts on nine fields

Up to 63% Off Boot-Camp Sessions

Belleville

$160 $60

Experienced instructors lead popular, high-intensity Insanity classes or help clients achieve goals through a resistance-training program

Up to 51% Off at Fun Spot Skating Center

Belleville

$34 $17

Computerized lights flash above a classic, solid maple roller-skating rink as speakers play popular music

Up to 55% Off Turbo Kick Classes

Saint Charles

$50 $25

Instructor combines kickboxing and dance in a routine backed by high-energy music; classes torch calories and improve endurance

Up to 63% Off Group Fitness Classes

Millstadt

$72 $29

Instructors help guests develop strength during boot-camp classes, flexibility with Pilates, and inner calm with yoga

Boston – Up to 39% Off Concert

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis

$24 $18

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Legendary rock outfit serenades with "More Than A Feeling," "Amanda," and other hits and deep cuts; supporting act The Doobie Brothers

50% Off Services

Maryland Heights

$70 $35

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Up to 59% Off Yoga Classes

Richmond Heights

$120 $49

Experienced yoga instructors guide yogis of all skill levels through classes that range from gentle Hatha yoga to high-energy Vinyasa flow

Up to 50% Off at Swing-A-Round Fun Town

Fenton

$53.90 $27

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Unlimited all-day access to professionally designed mini-golf courses, bumper boats, and go-karts, as well as sessions in the batting cages

50% Off Services

Fenton

$80 $40

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50% Off Ice Skating

Saint Louis

$14 $7

Groups of two, four, or six skaters lace up in rental skates and take to the ice during public-skate sessions

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Like the CGI monster-filled remake of How Green Was My Valley, STL Cinemas combine state-of-the-art technology with classic Hollywood aesthetics. Mainstream blockbusters and independent films happily rub silver-screen shoulders on each theater's marquee, while the retro lounges and concession stands serve enough beer, wine, and classy sweets to keep movie-goers sugar-buzzing—or just plain buzzing—through any double-feature. Voted Readers' Pick Movie Theatre by St. Louis Magazine readers, the Moolah Theatre's single screen is one of the biggest in town, and cinephiles can take their pick of 400 stadium seats, plush leather couches, or balcony seating. Chase Park Plaza Cinemas—nestled inside the Chase Park Plaza Hotel building—boasts five auditoriums with luxury seating. Granite City Cinemas is brand-new with all digital projection. And exposed beams and stage lighting add a vintage touch to Galleria 6's lobby, while its bar provides a lovely backdrop for post-film discussions, screenplay pitches, or outbursts of hard-boiled dialogue and artfully lit cigarette smoke.

1243 Niedringhaus Avenue
Granite City,
IL
US

When asked about their teaching qualifications, the instructors at Finney's HIT Squad—including Jesse Finney himself—all point to their win records. All of them have a competitive fighting history in their chosen disciplines, and several have earned championships or black belts. As full-time employees of the gyms, they school guests on MMA, kickboxing, boxing, Brazilian jujitsu, and wrestling. They also access their inside knowledge of the industry for fighter-development programs, which strive to transform beginners into professional combatants without stuffing them into hollowed-out punching-bag cocoons for 5 years. For amateurs and experts alike, they assert that "you fight how you train," and aim to simulate official rounds inside their onsite cages, boxing rings, and matted arenas. In 2011, their professional chops helped Finney's HIT Squad take the title of Best MMA Gym in the Riverfront Times Best of St Louis feature.

Despite their investment in competitions, however, the staffers view the two gyms as all-inclusive spaces. Whether they are instilling confidence in children through kids' jujitsu, orienting a new member to the fitness equipment, or leading a women-only martial-arts class, they mentor students of all backgrounds.

400 A St
Granite City,
IL
US

Fire. Hammers. A pottery wheel. Some of humanity’s most elemental and primitive tools, yet into the 21st century they remain. And Craft Alliance Program Director Susan Donahue Yates attests that they’re some of the coolest. With each season’s catalog of classes, some of the most popular, according to Yates, let students play with fire, hammer metal into jewelry, or shape a lump of clay into something as fundamentally beautiful as a baby seal mimicking the Mona Lisa’s wry smirk.

At Craft Alliance, the focus is art in all its forms. Whether the tool is the raw flame fusing cut copper or a Mac loaded with Photoshop image-editing software, the intention to inspire and to create remains the same. Its two locations schedule seasonal terms with four- to six-week classes, as well as intensive workshops and children’s classes. Guiding each student along his or her adventure, skilled faculty instruct from experience. Most are working artists who exhibit their work and who have reaped their experience from the trenches of the art world.

Craft Alliance is not just empowering people with knowledge; they are also helping people make mugs, bowls, wooden spinning tops, rings, rugs, and digital photo albums. Many of these things are practical and serve a functional purpose. But many do not—they’re just beautiful things, like vestigial tails. A good number of these pieces are created by hand and are meant to remind us, as Yates remarked, that everyone can do something different from their everyday, workaday lives by adding beauty to a world that truly needs it.

The student and faculty artists backbone the Craft Alliance community, which in 2014 celebrates its 50th anniversary. The Grand Center location represents a regeneration of an arts district already pillared by the Fabulous Fox Theatre, Powell Symphony Hall, and St. Louis University.

6640 Delmar Blvd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Though built as a private home in 1901, the Victorian mansion stood vacant for years—until its first children's hands-on exhibits opened to the public more than 30 years ago. Since then, The Magic House's curators have worked to engage children of all ages in learning and creative thought through a range of interactive multimedia exhibits. Their exhibits enable visitors to service cars, climb treehouse ladders, and go fishing in a child-centric community, or play with pumps and pipes in a waterworks playground. They can also climb a three-story fairy-tale beanstalk or use detective skills, fingerprint analyses, and secret passageways to solve mysteries.

Museum staffers also organize a range of themed birthday parties, during which attendees play and complete special tasks as time travelers, scientists, or fairy-tale nobility. Family programs encompass monthly visits from outside professional artists, and special events designed to get the whole family moving. Visitors can refuel for exploration at the on-site Picnic Basket Cafe, whose menu highlights whole grains and healthy ingredients.

516 S Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Shane Perrin’s love for the standup paddleboard led him to set a world record as the first person to use the simple vehicle to travel the Missouri River’s 340 miles between Kansas City and Columbia. His trek even made him the subject of the documentary Stand Up Guy, which chronicles his odyssey against more than 100 kayakers and canoeists in the sixth annual Missouri River 340.

When he’s not looking for another stretch of water to conquer or out paddling for the Pau Hana Surf Supply team, Shane shares his passion through lessons and guided tours for all levels of outdoorsmen. Venturing out onto waters such as the Meramec River, Shane pays meticulous attention to every detail to help guests have a positive, memorable experience. He starts by matching each client with a standup-paddleboard outfit that suits their stature, which facilitates proper maneuvering. He then provides ongoing training as he guides guests past wildlife such as deer, hawks, and the beavers who built the river’s hydroelectric dams.:m]]

41 South Central Avenue
Clayton,
MO
US

Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.

Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.

1874 Lackland Hill Parkway
St. Louis,
Missouri
US