Start your countdown to the next Public Mission at the Challenger Learning Center. Assemble and launch a probe in Rendezvous with a Comet™, or replace a team stationed on Mars and continue its dangerous work in Voyage to Mars™. If these simulated missions are too intense for younger astronauts, consider registering for a Jr Astronauts™ session, where kids can work in teams to build mini-rockets and travel into space to research an unknown object.
The facility features a Mission Control room, Space Station, transporter, orientation room and gift shop. Challenger Learning Center also offers scouting programs, field trips, summer camps and corporate outings.
Public Missions are $15 per person; reservations are required. Challenger Learning Center is located at 205 Brotherton Lane, Ferguson, MO, 63135. Call 314-521-6205 for more information.
Bricks 4 Kidz
Parents who have stepped on more than their fair share of Legos walking through the house should check out Bricks 4 Kidz. With three locations in the St. Louis metro area, there is a program to fit every family's needs. Franchisees in Ballwin and Kirkwood in Missouri and in Metro East, offer after-school enrichment programs, birthday parties, and Kidz Night Out events at area facilities. Kids are introduced to engineering, architecture, math and science concepts, including classes designed for Minecraft fans.
College For All Kids
Registration is open for St. Charles County Community College's "College For All Kids" camps. Children ages 5 to 14 can try their hand at a number of STEM camps. Blast off into Outer Space, Code Breakers and Computer Game Design are just a few of the titles offered.
St. Charles Community College's "College for All Kids" is located in the Humanities Building at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO, 63376. Call 636-922-8233 for more information.
Saint Louis Science Center
STEM fun for the entire family awaits at the Saint Louis Science Center. Not only do guests enjoy access to more than 700 exhibits, there is also an Omnimax Theater and the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. When a day at the Saint Louis Science Center just isn't enough, register for Summer Science Blast.
The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110. Admission is free, although there is an additional charge for some exhibits and activities.
The Magic House
STEM fun isn't just for older kids! The Magic House is perfect for children of all ages to experience hands-on learning all while having fun. "Wonder Works," a new exhibit that opened in December 2015, introduces children through second grade to STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Kids can explore the principles of physics, use the latest technology to bring life to their own artistic creations and role play a deep sea voyage. Learn more.
The Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63122. General admission is $10. Call 314-822-8900 for more information.
Stargazing STEM fun
Take your love for science outdoors to these astronomy-based activities for the whole family.
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Center for STEM offers astronomy viewing sessions on various Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to meet, after sunset, at the William C. Shaw Skylab located on the north edge of campus.
Every Friday evening as long as the sky is clear, the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri hosts a Friday Night Open House at Broemmelsiek Park. The park is located in St. Charles County at 1650 Schwede Rd., Wentzville, MO, 63385. The events are free and open to the public. Volunteers are on hand to provide telescopes and answer questions.
Spirit of St. Louis Air Show & STEM Expo
Taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 14-15, 2016, the interactive STEM Expo is one of the highlights at the St. Louis Air Show in Chesterfield Valley. Kids can walk through hands-on exhibits and presentations by companies with the latest technology on display. Get the details.
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