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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.

326 S 21st St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

A collaboration between Gold's Gym, Title Boxing Club, local cycling studio St. Louis Spinning, and cavernous climbing gym Upper Limits, Bring the Heat poses a challenge that demands unwavering endurance and focus. From the starting date, each participant has one month to conquer 20 visits, whether they're open workout sessions or classes. At the end, all cards with the full 20 punches are entered into a drawing for a three-month gym membership.

326 South 21st Street
St. Louis,
MO
US

Drive A Tank teaches civilians how to handle tanks by placing them at the controls of an FV433 Abbot tank. Comprehensive tank experiences include lessons on the history of its use, from World War I up to its present function as the vehicle of choice for the most aggressive holiday shoppers. During certain packages, tanksters complete their militaristic forays by test firing WWII-era weaponry or crushing cars beneath behemoth treads.

111 N 7th St
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Come to the Peabody Opera House and marvel at the rich history and lavish décor of this grand building. This gorgeous 3,500 seat opera house has set the stage for amazing shows by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Katherine Hepburn, Jack Benny and much more. Today the Peabody Opera House carries on the meaningful tradition of bringing great performances to their audience. They have a wide array of high quality entertainment to choose from including concerts, family shows, theatrical performances and comedies. Sit in one of their comfortable chairs and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable show.

1400 Market St.
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Multifaceted rocker Todd Rundgren has been entertaining fans for more than 40 years with an eclectic range of music, including hits such as "Hello, It's Me," "Can We Still Be Friends," and "Bang the Drum All Day." Since albums—like collections of porcelain stegosaurus figurines—are best presented whole, Rundgren will reward loyal listeners by playing two of his albums, Healing and Todd , in their entirety. The show is part of a six-stop tour and one of two dates featuring The Fixx—the English New Wave band known for ’80s hits such as "One Thing Leads To Another" and "Saved By Zero"—who will kick things off and guard the stage against robot encroachment until Rundgren arrives. The beautiful, ornately wrought interior of the Roberts Orpheum Theater, which has played host to performers from Mae West to Pearl Jam, wraps musical notes in a veneer of class before delivering them to eardrums in gilded sonic envelopes.

416 North 9th Street
St. Louis,
MO
US

The Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con “Spring Edition” herds international artists, writers, and celebrities together into one superpowered carnival atmosphere. Attendees can wander the pavilion's floor and meet their film and comic-book idols face-to-face, asking penetrating questions about their artistic processes, favorite projects, and availability to join a vigilante crackdown on line-cutters. The day’s program features events and guests, including a Q&A with Chandler Riggs of The Walking Dead renown, appearances by Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark artist Greg Horn, and a writing panel featuring Eisner Award–nominee Matt Kindt.

701 Convention Plaza
St. Louis,
MO
US