Since Missouri is considered both a southern and midwestern state, St. Louis straddles both cultures, and balances them very well. Bearing both Southern Hospitality and Midwestern Charm, the city welcomes families with a variety of things to do in St. Louis with kids. We’re here to help with a couple of quick itineraries.
Downtown St. Louis is compact and friendly. Not many cities boast a baseball stadium and ice arena in their city centers. But here, you can hear the crack of the bat and visit some amazing museums, all within a few square blocks. Here’s a suggestion for spots to visit on a day in downtown St. Louis for kids:
The City Museum is a dream come true for children of any age, even if they’re fully grown adults. Imagine a shoe factory transformed into a literal playground spanning 600,000 square feet, with places to crawl, climb, and disappear into—not knowing where any tunnel or pathway will lead.
The intent here is to encourage guests to explore. To that end, the maps available on the website are only a little bit more informative than the museum’s name, so you’ll have to rely on intuition and happenstance to find these amazing fixtures:
Not far from the hustle and bustle of downtown, activities in St. Louis for kids can still be found. Starting at one end of the park, then traversing northwest, you can see some pretty great sights.
In just about any casual restaurant in St. Louis, you’ll find this delicious local dish. Its roots have been traced back to the St. Louis’s Italian restaurants in the neighborhood known as The Hill. One origin story is typical of such dishes: a chef inadvertently dropped some ravioli into hot cooking oil instead of water, and a legend was born.
Legendary indeed—these crunchy, cheesy morsels will have your kids talking about them long past your family trip to St. Louis. Ravioli squares containing cheese or ground meat or both are breaded and deep-fried, dusted with parmesan, then served with marinara sauce for dipping. The dish is so loved in St. Louis that its grocery stores freezers are stocked with bags for customers to make at home.
St. Louis has so much more to do for families seeking fun activities for kids.
Here’s a quick list of fun things to do with kids:
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