One-of-a-kind works of art, delicate sculptures, ancient artifacts, kids – wait, kids? That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but the Saint Louis Art Museum has dedicated Sunday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. to families. With a new theme each month, your family can enjoy a free guided tour and hands-on activities during your visit. “Made in America” is the theme for November and will include new galleries and artwork that has not been on display in years. On Nov. 6, part of the special activities will include performances by the Confluence Chamber Orchestra and an opportunity for kids to get a closer look at string instruments during an “instrument petting zoo.” Family tours kick off every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and require advanced sign-ups. If you can’t make a family fun day, be sure to visit their website to download a self-guided tour sheet.
STL Symphony Family Concert Series | Powell Hall
Experience the symphony with your children at one or more family-friendly concerts at Powell Hall this season. These concerts, suited for children ages 5-12, feature the STL Symphony playing familiar musical favorites, making it a perfect first symphony experience. The series includes three shows: Thrills & Chills on Oct. 30, 2016; New Adventures of Peter and the Wolf on Jan. 22, 2017; and a special presentation with Saint Louis Zoo March 12, 2017. All shows begin at 3 p.m. A family of four can purchase tickets for all three concerts in the series for as little as $90. Other upcoming family-friendly shows include Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, the Mercy Holiday Celebration with a special visit from St. Nick, and Disney in Concert: Tale as Old as Time.
U.S. Bank Broadway Series | Fabulous Fox Theatre
Keeping your child in his seat will be no problem this season at the Fabulous Fox. The 2016-2017 U.S. Bank Broadway Series lineup includes several shows geared towards the younger set, such as “Annie,” “Finding Neverland” and Disney’s “The Lion King.” Prior to the April 25 show of Disney’s “The Lion King,” the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation will host a Kids’ Night, comprised of dance demos, crafts, photo opportunities and more. Tickets for Kids’ Night go on sale Nov. 12 at 10 a.m.
Foundry Art Centre | St. Charles
The Foundry Art Centre, located in a renovated train car factory in St. Charles, is home to classes, artist exhibits, performances and more. Stop in to check out exhibits from local up-and-coming artists or sign up for a class. Drawing and painting classes or a monthly book club and craft are just a few activities the center offers. For a fun excuse to get dressed up with your child, sign up for the Mommy and Me Nutcracker Tea on Sunday, Dec. 4. The elegant tea party will include a light lunch, tea and hot cocoa. After refreshments are served, guests will enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker. All Nutcracker Tea reservations must be made by Nov. 28.
Bob Kramer’s Marionettes | Central West End
Entertaining audiences of all ages, Bob Kramer’s Marionettes is one of the oldest onsite puppetry theaters in the United States. Five new shows are performed each year and include familiar favorites such as “Hansel and Gretel” and “Peter and the Wolf.” Prior to each show, visitors are invited to the puppet shop next to the theatre to watch these works of art come to life. Show times are Monday-Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Sundays at 1 p.m. Reservations are required.
COCA | University City
Whether you want to watch, listen or do, the Center of Creative Arts in University City will have a class or performance that will appeal to you. COCA offers classes led by professionals in their field ranging from painting, sculpture, comic and graphic storytelling, fashion, ballet, salsa, voice, beginning acting, and more. COCA also presents stage productions that will delight young and old and highlights students of COCA programs as well as local professionals.
Melissa Nordmann currently resides in St. Charles County. She enjoys attending her sons' baseball games and hiking with her family in many of the area's fabulous parks.
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