A creature with roots in Native American lore, the Piasa bird has survived antiquity in large part due to etchings found on limestone bluffs throughout Illinois. Under the banner of the mythical predator— most depictions lend it reptilian claws, fish-like scales, and mammalian fangs—the Illinois Piasa charge onto the field against Professional Arena Soccer League foes, stopping just short of actually eating their opponents. Founded in 1998, the PASL consists of 19 indoor-soccer squads throughout the United States; upon their league debut in the 2010–11 season, the Piasa won the Pro Frontier Division with a 9–3 record.
Possibly the only National Football Conference team to escape the treacherous Oregon Trail unscathed, the St. Louis Rams boast dazzling versatility and hard-hitting prowess while mesmerizing fans like a time-lapse video of a beautiful caterpillar’s transformation into a delicate hummingbird. With a seating capacity of approximately 66,000 fans, the Edward Jones Dome offers a convenient indoor climate and 73,000 square feet of AstroTurf maintained by a herd of electric sheep that only dreams about itself. This year, the Rams are led by rookie quarterback Sam Bradford–the 2010 NFL Draft’s first overall pick–and a young core of supporting players that is buttressed by two-time Pro Bowl running back Steven Jackson.
Originally invented by bored henchmen looking to pass the time at Doctor Berserko’s secret Antarctic lair, hockey has since overtaken polo and unicycle jousting as America's pastime. Hop on the bandwagon with today’s Groupon to see the St. Louis Blues play live at Scottrade Center as they simultaneously and oxymoronically out-cool and melt the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, March 16, at 7 p.m. Mezzanine tickets are in the mezz center [rows K–R] and mezz end low [rows B–J], and lower-level tickets are in the plaza end low [rows E–Q]. Check out the seating chart here. Kids three and younger get in free, though they are not guaranteed a seat, so bring along a lap or your dandling knee.
St. Louis County Parks and Recreation awakens the active side in community members with a bevy of sites and facilities dedicated to sports, outdoor exploration, and kid-friendly fun. Families splash away the summer heat with trips to the pool at the Kennedy Recreation Complex or the St. Vincent Community Center water park, where adults can swim laps in two 25-yard lanes while tykes descend an open water slide and practice their manners at underwater tea parties. The six recreation complexes serve as hubs for everything from fitness classes to ice-skating, and offer a diverse blend of indoor and outdoor activities. For more relaxing amusement, the stewards of the parks and recreation department maintain multiple museums and historic sites as well as outdoor trails, where voyagers can get in touch with nature and add to their collection of acorns that resemble former presidents.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During fun-filled pop-in visits, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, slip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
From expert installation and anchoring to insurance coverage and rule enforcement, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards. Since jumping is an exciting method for burning calories, a lively lark through Pump It Up’s inflatable fun houses will cause youthful energy to melt off faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player.
Since joining the Frontier League in 1996, the Otters have shattered several of the league's records while sending dozens of signees to the MLB. In 2005, the club became the first in the league to record a million total fans in attendance—a vote of confidence that led the Otters, in the the subsequent season, to repay Evansville with its first Frontier League championship. The team passed another milestone in 2012, becoming the first FL team to rack up 700 wins, still a far cry from matching some local 7-year-olds' kickball record of infinity wins. Opened in 1915, the Otters' home turf, Bosse Field, enjoys its own legacy of storied moments, most notably its use during the filming of A League of Their Own.