Kids Activities in University City

Up to 55% Off at Shrewsbury Lanes

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 66% Off Kids’ Classes at Gymboree Play and Music

Gymboree Play and Music

Webster Groves

$114 $49

Kids develop healthy habits & expand imaginations during classes helmed by expert instructors who teach singing, drawing & fine motor skills

The Magic House – 40% Off Admission

The Magic House

Saint Louis

$50 $30

(475)

Interactive exhibits invite little ones to service cars, climb beanstalks, and solve detective mysteries in a 1900s-era Victorian mansion

Up to 57% Off Water-Park Packages in Ferguson

Splash at Wabash

Ferguson

$21.50 $10

Water park with two slides, zero-entry pool, toddler area, and lazy river entertains patrons and refuels them with tasty concessions.

Up to 50% Off Open Bounce, Party, or Camp

BounceU St. Louis

Multiple Locations

$59 $35

Air-filled slides, obstacle courses, and bouncy houses allow kids to expel energy and have fun in a safe, supervised environment

50% Off Pottery Painting at Pottery Hollow 

Pottery Hollow

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

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

Up to 53% Off Bowling for Four

Crestwood Bowl

Crestwood Bowl

$40.35 $19

Bowling alley more than 50-years-old serves up pizza & soda as bowlers pummel pins for one hour

Grant’s Farm – 40% Off Private Expedition Tour for 12 Guests

Grant's Farm

Saint Louis

$215 $129

281 acres of farmland host more than 900 animals, including famous cyldesdales, zebras, and elephants

Up to 50% Off Bowling Package at Show Me Lanes

Show Me Lanes

Mehlville

$30 $15

(6)

Large pizzas complement games of bowling at family friendly center

Up to 51% Off International Photography Hall of Fame

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

St. Louis

$35 $17

Photographs and equipment from more than 500 artists, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, fill a 6,000-square-foot space

Up to 50% Off Bowling with Shoe Rentals

Olivette Lanes

Olivette

$24 $12

Retro bowling alley includes 24 lanes with automatic scoring system

Up to 66% Off Bowling at Tropicana Lanes

Tropicana Lanes

Richmond Heights

$74.55 $25

Soda fuels groups of six as they scatter pins inside an alley that has hosted the Professional Bowlers Tour

Up to 54% Off Tee Time Family Fun Center

Tee Time Family Fun Center

Mehlville

$64.49 $32

Four-hour passes grant unlimited rides on go-karts, bumper boats, and other rides; birthday party includes pizza and arcade tokens

Up to 60% Off at Museum of Transportation

Museum of Transportation

Saint Louis

$24 $10

(114)

Vintage automobiles, planes, and a massive collection of locomotives fill the museum grounds, circled by miniature-train tracks

Up to 79% Off Bowling Packages

Concord Lanes & Arizona Action Park

Sappington

$74.75 $20

Groups lace up rental shoes and toss bowling balls down one of 32 polished lanes

Up to 60% Off Week of Music Summer Camp

School of Rock

Multiple Locations

$399 $159

Kids ages 10+ learn to play and sing classic rock songs in themed summer camps, focused on artists such as Led Zeppelin and The Beatles

50% Off Ice Skating

Kirkwood Ice Skating Rink

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

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

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

Up to 65% Off Bowling Packages at Crest Bowl

Crest Bowl

Florissant

$64.52 $25

Bowlers lace up included shoes before toppling pins down 1 of 32 up-to-date lanes in an alley with a pizzeria and bar

Up to 46% Off Family Fun at Epic 6

Epic 6

Fenton

$37 $20

Test your skill on dodgeball and basketball courts, navigate a 7,000-square-foot laser-tag arena, and climb a 22-foot rock wall

Up to 50% Off Pizza and Bowling at St. Charles Lanes

St. Charles Lanes

Saint Charles

$48 $24

Families and friends strive for strikes at locally owned bowling alley, celebrating games with a large one-topping pizza

40% Off Admission to Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

Lewis & Clark Boat House & Nature Center

St. Charles

$10 $6

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The facility honors Lewis and Clark with full-scale models of the explorers' boats, a museum, and trails through the surrounding woodlands

Up to 61% Off Guitar Lessons

Dave's Guitar Instruction

Saint Charles

$157.50 $65

(39)

Learn simple tunes by the end of the first lesson, then interactively play on a stage with a recorded band to quickly pick up guitar skills

Harlem Globetrotters – Up to 40% Off Kids' Clinic

Harlem Globetrotters Summer Basketball Clinic

Multiple Locations

$110 $66

(6370)
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Harlem Globetrotters players coach kids ages 6–12 on basketball fundamentals, drills, and off-the-court character development

Up to 57% Off Ice-Skating Packages

Hardee's Iceplex

Chesterfield

$14 $6

Public-skate session with skate rental and hot cocoa or soda

Up to 74% Off at Imperial Bowl

Imperial Bowl

Imperial

$59 $20

Thirty lanes host group bowling outings that include free shoe rental and pizza

Up to 45% Off at Splash City Waterpark

Splash City Waterpark

Collinsville

$58 $32

(9)

Kids and adults zip down water slides, surf on the FlowRider, or float down a lazy river during visits to fun-packed waterpark

Up to 50% Off Gateway Fun Park

Gateway Fun Park

Collinsville

$50 $25

(6)

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

52% Off a Cahokia Mounds Tour 

Cahokia Mounds Museum Society

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 55% Off Bowling with Soda and Popcorn

St. Clair and Bel-Air Bowl

Multiple Locations

$64.95 $29

Two bowling alleys welcome guests to a combined 82 lanes for a pair of games complemented by popcorn and soda

Up to 55% Off a Speed-Training or Soccer Program

Elite FT

Multiple Locations

$105 $49

Professional athletes and coaches teach running mechanics and balance in conditioning camps or train kids in intensive soccer camps

Up to 67% Off Bowling and Pizza or Party

Harvest Lanes

Saint Charles

$45 $15

Bowling alley sports 24 lanes with seating, tables, and automatic scoring, as well as a snack bar, lounge, and arcade

Up to 67% Off Bowling and Pizza

Cave Springs Lanes

Saint Peters

$45 $15

Bowling alley with 36 lanes hosts duos, quintets, and birthday parties for two hours of lane time plus pizza

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort – 52% Off

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Resort

Next to Six Flags in Eureka

$60 $29

35-acre family-fun resort with video arcade, mini-golf course, train ride, swimming pool, recreation center, picnic area, and more

Up to 48% Off at Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center

Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center

O'Fallon

$22 $14

Family-friendly aquatic center features a lazy river, two water slides, a 1-meter spring diving board, and a kids' splash area

55% Off Guitar Lessons

Guitar Pedal Shoppe LLC

O'Fallon

$165 $75

Brick-and-mortar guitar shop that specializes in accessories also offers weekly lessons for students in all styles and genres

53% Off Visit to National Churchill Museum

National Churchill Museum

Fulton

$15 $7

History museum, located beneath a church imported from London and rebuilt here, tells the story of Winston Churchill and the world he knew

Up to 56% Off at Fulton Bowling Center

Fulton Bowling Center

Fulton

$49.90 $24

Bowling alley with 16 lanes and a café hosts groups of up to a dozen players for play with shoe rentals

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum – Up to 51% Off

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Hannibal

$22 $11

(167)

Guests explore Mark Twain's childhood home and the surrounding properties that inspired his stories

Up to 55% Off Camping with Rafting

Meramec Valley Campground & RV Park

Cuba

$56 $25

Campsites with or without water and electricity; relaxing float trips down the Meramec River aboard rafts

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Towering alongside Clayton Road, the Tropicana Lanes sign has a vintage, weather-beaten look acquired after more than 50 years of welcoming visitors. Three generations of Richmond Heights bowlers have ventured into the facility during this time, scattering pins across the same 52 lanes that have hosted the nationally televised Professional Bowlers Tour. Owner and PBA Hall of Fame inductee Ray Bluth oversees the day-to-day operations of the alley—which, despite its retro disposition, sports modern extras such as automatic scoring and singing shoelaces. Between frames, bowlers can kick back inside the cocktail lounge, play in the game room, or munch on wings, nachos, and hot dogs from the snack bar.

7960 Clayton Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Players defeat bosses, slam foosballs, and shoot aliens out of the sky at Game Haven STL. This gaming lounge brings together consoles and arcade games ranging from Atari to Xbox One in one safe space for kids and adults. Big-screen TVs and computers set up for LAN parties allow for group play, making it a good destination for birthday parties or as a place to make a new friend. In addition to video and arcade games, Game Haven hosts tabletop play—owner Gabriel Escobedo first became enamored with gaming after playing Magic: The Gathering in the early '90s. Participants can also use the free WiFi and enjoy concessions whenever they need a break from jumping over barrels or capturing mushrooms.

2518 Woodson Road
Overland,
MO
US

At Shrewsbury Lanes, 10 white appendages await punishment from careening spheres at the end of 24 polished alleys. Automatic scoring screens keep count at every lane so that rollers can concentrate on picking up seven-ten splits, savoring hot eats from the snack counter, and grabbing cold beers or daily happy hour cocktails from No Bul's Bar. During birthday packages, revelers can bounce between bowling alleys and party rooms, which are stocked with hot dogs, drinks, and chips. Shrewsbury Lanes also hosts leagues for bowlers who enjoy more serious competition or nostalgic adults who were raised inside trophy cases. The roar of ransacked pins echoes throughout the facility until 11 p.m. on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

7202 Weil Ave
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

At this 9-acre family fun center, orb-tossers young and old drive spheres down 32 glossy lanes, and miniature-golf enthusiasts putt their way around a desert-themed 18-hole course. Tepees, outcroppings, and an active waterfall cover the pint-size fairways and greens, creating a unique layout that was named Best Miniature Golf in 2011 by the Riverfront Times.

Nearby, nine batting cages hurl baseballs and softballs at varying speeds, and three sand volleyball courts await bouts of friendly competition. Overlooking the sandy courts, an outdoor deck invites guests to lounge in the sun with casual fare from the cafe. The indoor section pumps jukebox tunes as pool balls sink into the pockets of the billiards table or a passing kleptomaniac.

11801 Tesson Ferry Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

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.

4631 Lemay Ferry Rd.
Saint Louis,
MO
US