Kids Activities in Saint Louis


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  • The Neutral Zone
    Recently voted Best Arcade St. Louis 2013 by the Riverfront Times, The Neutral Zone may have started out as a small retail store for video games, trading cards, and collectibles. But the biggest draw was always the handful of classic arcade games in the back of the space. Now it holds more than 100 machines, from new games like Tekken, VirtuaTennis, and Star Wars Trilogy to classics such as Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong. Four-person games such as X-Men, NBA Jam, and The Simpsons make it easy to play as a group, and rarities such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time impress arcade connoisseurs. The owners constantly add new machines to their carefully curated collection; recent acquisitions include Atari's Asteroids from 1979?in its own original dedicated cabinet?and Marvel vs. Capcom 2, which lets players choose from more than 50 different playable characters. One thing is missing from the retro feeling, however?players never run out of quarters and tokens. Instead, players simply pay one price for admission and enjoy unlimited arcade play. The Neutral Zone also has arcade games for sale, and the space can be rented for private parties on Sundays.
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    4239 Reavis Barracks Rd
    Saint Louis, MO US
  • Hammer's Food & Fun
    Though kids need to frolic and play, they must also learn financial responsibility if they're ever to grow up and pay for their parents' dinner. At Hammer's Food & Fun, an electronic game card opens the door to Hammer’s array of indoor rides and arcade games, teaching kids the mystical power—and responsibility—contained within a magnetic stripe. Indeed, after games such as Big Bass Wheel and Space Balls dispense points redeemable for prizes, kids can retain the balance on the card for future visits—an educational precursor to saving money in a grownup bank's vault filled with 50/50 raffle tickets. Before exploring the indoor attractions—which range from go-karts and mini golf to inflatable bounce houses and a checkered dance floor—families fill their bellies at Hammer’s extensive buffet. Made fresh daily using local beef from Twin Hills Farm, slices of pizza in more than 20 varieties sit on circular trays, and elsewhere, a line of sweet desserts taunts the salad bar filled with crispy vegetables trying desperately to sprout ice-cream-flavored leaves.
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    5254 South Lindbergh Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO US
  • Moolah Theatre
    Before hosting moviegoers, the 111,000-square-foot Moolah Temple was home to a colony of pigeons. According to Amy Gill, co-head of the 1913-built temple's restoration team in 2003, the birds were "living in every crack and crevice" among debris, peeling paint, and cracked floors. Thanks to the team's refurbishing, leather couches and love seats, as well as balcony and stadium seating, now adorn the bird-free theater. Moolah Theatre only boasts a single screen, but what it lacks in quantity is made up for in size: its 20-by-45-foot screen showcases everything from the latest Hollywood releases to midnight movie staples such as The Big Lebowski. Like "The Dude," Moolah Theatre celebrates bowling with eight lanes at its in-house retro alley. Post-flick fun can also include playing billiards, blasting tunes on the StarLink Internet Jukebox, or burping arcade games that ate too many quarters. Some lucky residents even call these amenities home—besides the theater and bowling alley, Moolah Temple makes room upstairs for 40 luxury lofts.
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    3821 Lindell Boulevard
    St. Louis, MO US
  • Tee Time Family Fun Center
    Abundant rides and games find their way into every corner of Tee Time Family Fun Center's indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which keeps guests of all ages enthralled throughout their visit. After entering the facility, it's not long before kids are hugging the racetrack?s turns from behind go-kart wheels, accelerating their bumper cars or bumper boats into fellow participants? vessels, or parading their putting skills at an 18-hole mini golf course, voted Best Miniature Golf in 2009 by Riverfront Times. A 3-D maze coaxes puzzle solvers through its black-lit labyrinth, and a multi-level soft-play area accommodates crawling tykes with its tunnels, tubes, and crawling seminars taught by worms. After playing racing games in the arcade, patrons can re-energize with pizza, chicken wings, or a slice of cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory at the snack bar.
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    4631 Lemay Ferry Rd.
    Saint Louis, MO US
  • Splash at Wabash
    A kid ricochets down a spiral waterslide, hugging each curve as a smile stretches across his face when he hits the water with a splash. Already having made a safe landing, his sister raises her fists in victory, having proven the speed slide is faster. Elsewhere in the sprawling waterpark, toddlers splash safely on a padded playground, away from their nosy older siblings. After recovering from swimming laps in the six-lane pool or sunning on the deck, parents meet up with their kids to refuel at the full-service Cannonball Café with burgers, chicken strips, and snow cones.
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    501 N Florissant Rd.
    Saint Louis, MO US
  • St. Louis Science Center
    Something new is always happening at Saint Louis Science Center that ignites visitors? passion for science and technology with educational exhibitions and special events. The center houses a four-story OMNIMAX Theater, a hands-on life-science lab and atrium, and a variety of constantly changing exhibitions. More than 9,000 stars revolve around the 80-foot domed ceiling of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, whose two levels of exhibits explore the future of space travel, life on the international space station.
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    5050 Oakland Ave.
    St. Louis, MO US
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