When your family just can't agree on one frozen treat, check out LuLu's Shaved Ice, which also features frozen yogurt and frozen custard. Canines can get on these cool creations, too, with pet parties that feature chicken- and beef-flavored shaved ice. LuLu's is located at 904 Main Plaza Drive, Wentzville, MO, 63385. With an island vibe, outdoor games and fun flavors like Warheads, Bahama Buck's is a fun place to take the family on a warm summer night for shaved ice, smoothies, iced coffees and even snowballs to go. Bahama Buck's has two locations in St. Peters.
Parents love that frozen yogurt is friendly on the waistline, and children have a blast creating their own custom creations at build-your-own bars. FroYo, located in Ladue, Chesterfield, Manchester, Central West End, Delmar Loop, Creve Coeur and South County, offers lots of tasty flavors and fresh toppings. With a decor that's as light and playful as its treats, Chill Yogurt Cafe offers plenty of seating for families and larger groups. Chill Yogurt Cafe is located at 1894 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385. When the kids are craving frozen yogurt but mom and dad really need a healthy dose of caffeine, find both at Coffee Junction, located at 200 E. Main St., Belleville, IL, 62220.
A great float starts with a great soda, and at Fitz's American Grill and Bottling Works, you're sure to get it. Kids will love watching Fitz's bottleworks almost as much as they'll love sipping one of these frothy concoctions made with orange, rootbeer or cream sodas. Fitz's is located at 6605 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63130. Watch the bottling process on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Milkshakes for the Connoisseur
With flavors like salted caramel and three-chili chocolate (order without alcohol for the kiddie version), and a hip decor, Bailey's Range Burgers and Shakes is perfect for the adventurous palate. Bailey's Range is located at 920 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63101.
For a more traditional ice cream cone, Serendipity Homemade Ice Cream will satisfy your sweet tooth with flavors like chocolate orange, cotton candy and Bailey's Irish Cream. Serendipity's parlor is located at 8130 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO, 63119. Several area restaurants serve Serendipity ice cream; check their website for details.
The Big Chill
The home of the world's only exploding snow cone, Tropical Moose can't be beat for a funky take on this frozen treat, and even offers special snacks for dogs. Tropical Moose is located at West Adams and Geyer roads in Kirkwood, Kirkwood, MO, 63122; and the Kirkwood Farmers' Market at Taylor and Argonne, Kirkwood, MO, 63122.
For a custard creation, check out Fritz's Frozen Custard, located in Florissant, West County, Wentzville, St. Peters and O'Fallon. Order at the counter, and enjoy a summer evening under the stands' retro neon lights. For the authentic St. Louis experience, try a baseball helmet sundae from Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Ted Drewes is located at 6726 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO, 63109, and 4224 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63111.
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Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.