The Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden opens for the season April 1.Photo courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden.
While in other parts of the country spring is heralded by the arrival of the first robin, here in St. Louis, it’s the annual return of the Cardinals that signals the return of sunshine, warmer days and outdoor adventures. Find out when your favorite family attractions reopen for the season:
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard | Thursday, Feb. 9 Admittedly, early February is a bit early to be suffering from spring fever, but when that first unseasonably warm day arrives, isn’t it comforting to know you can indulge your sweet tooth with a frozen concrete from Ted Drewes Frozen Custard?
Museum of Transportation Miniature Train | Saturday, March 11 After being stuck indoors all winter, many little go-getters are ready to move when spring arrives. Visit the Museum of Transportation for a ride on the C.P. Huntington Miniature Train, which is scheduled to resume its schedule Tuesday, March 8 (weather permitting). Museum admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Ride wristbands are $5 per person and include unlimited rides on the Miniature Train, handcars and trolley.
St. Charles Trolley | Wednesday, March 15 All aboard the historic St. Charles Trolley. This unique mode of transporation begins running for the season March 14. The trolley stops at Streets of St. Charles, Main Street and several other St. Charles downtown destinations.
Sea Lion Spring Training Shows at the Saint Louis Zoo | Friday, March 17 See your favorite sea lions get in the spirit of baseball season when the First Bank Sea Lion Shows return for spring training March 17-31 at the Saint Louis Zoo. Tickets to the show are $2 per person and free for children 2 and under. General admission to the zoo is free.
Purina Farms | Saturday, March 18 Celebrate the return of longer days and warmer weather with a trip to the farm! The Purina Farms Visitor’s Center opens for the season Saturday, March 18. Activities include wagon rides, cow-milking demonstrations and canine performances. Visitors can also explore the loft, which will be transformed into an Easter wonderland filled with bunnies and chicks for Springtime Village March 29-April 2.
Six Flags St. Louis | Saturday, March 25 If we could create a candle that smelled like summer fun, it would certainly be a mix of the waffle cones, funnel cakes and fudge that greet visitors as they enter the gates at Six Flags. Experience the heavenly aroma for yourself when Six Flags St. Louis reopens for the season Saturday, March 25. Hurricane Harbor opens Saturday, May 27.
Big Joel’s Safari | Saturday, March 25 Bring your restless critters to opening day at Big Joel’s Safari Saturday, March 25. This petting zoo and educational park, located in Wright City, is home to a menagerie of animals, including llamas, camels, zebras, ostriches, parrots and more. Admission is $6 per person (free for children under 2).
Suson Farm | Saturday, April 1 Though it opens for the season on April Fool’s Day, it’s no trick — kids can get a taste of country living right in St. Louis County. Visitors can learn more about most breeds of farm animals and even do a bit of fishing at Suson Farm, which opens Saturday, April 1.
Opening weekend at Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden | Saturday, April 1 Greet Mother Nature as she awakens from her winter slumber when the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden opens Saturday, April 1 at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Admission to the Children’s Garden is $5 for non-members ages 3-12, in addition to general garden admission. The grand opening will coincide with the Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis Festival April 1-2.
St. Louis Cardinals Home Opener | Sunday, April 2 Though it’s too soon to know what the weather forecast will be for the 2017 Cardinals home opener, you can bet that come rain or shine, Cardinals fans will be there to cheer on the boys in red when they take the field against the Cubs Sunday, April 2, at 7:35 p.m.
Can't wait for opening day to see your favorite Cardinal? Get your little sluggers ready for the upcoming season at a Family Night with Fredbird! Cardinals Nation Restaurant will host these special dinners Wednesday nights through March 29. Festivities include games, prizes, half-price kids’ meals and a visit by Fredbird.
Caribbean Cove at the Saint Louis Zoo | Friday, April 14 Ducks and bunnies aren’t the only animals that come out to play in spring! Caribbean Cove, the popular stingray exhibit at the Saint Louis Zoo, is scheduled to reopen for the season Friday, April 14. Visitors can dip their hands into a 20-inch deep pool to touch and even feed stingrays.
Grant's Farm | Saturday, April 15 Bottle-feed baby goats, spot zebras, meet the world-famous Clydesdales and more when Grant’s Farm reopens Saturday, April 15. Admission is free, though there is an additional fee for parking and some attractions.
Food Truck Season | Tuesday, April 18 While the backyard barbecue will always be the king of summertime, live music, picturesque settings and expansive food selections have also made food truck nights a popular outdoor dining choice for St. Louis families. St. Charles kicks off the 2017 food truck season Tuesday, April 18, at the St. Charles Soccer Complex on Mueller Road. O’Fallon’s Food Truck Frenzy begins with a pep rally for the River City Rascals Friday, April 28, from 5-8 p.m. at CarShield Field in O’Fallon. Food trucks return to St. Louis County Parks Thursday, May 4 at Faust Park. St. Charles Community College will kick off kick off its 2017 Food Truck Frolic and Family Movie Night Series with the CHOMP Food Truck and Music Festival Friday, May 19, from 5-10 p.m. Grant’s Farm will stay open till 9 p.m. Fridays beginning May 26 to host food trucks and live music.
River City Rascals Home Opener | Friday, May 6 Start your weekend a little early with the River City Rascals home opener against the Gateway Grizzlies Friday, May 5 at 11:05 a.m., at CarShield Field in O’Fallon.
Gateway Grizzlies Home Opener| Friday, May 12 The Gateway Grizzlies swing into action against Florence Freedom Friday, May 12, at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois.
Sandcastle Beach at The Magic House| Wednesday, May 17 If your kids are already dreaming of wiggling their toes in the sand, plan a getaway to nearby Sandcastle Beach, which returns to The Magic House Wednesday, May 17-June 25. Little pirates can dig for seashells and build their own sandcastles alongside a professional sand sculpture. Admission to Sandcastle Beach is free with general admission.
Raging Rivers | Saturday, May 27 For the ultimate warm-weather fun, slather on some sunscreen and plan a trip to Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton, Illinois, which opens for the season Saturday, May 27.