Need to burn off a little energy? Bounce it off at BounceU! Stop by for an hour of open play or book ahead and make it a play date at BounceU's indoor bounce houses, which include obstacle courses, jumbo slides, canons and even a boxing ring. Bounce time is $7.95 per hour and $9.95 on weekends. Be sure to dress children in socks and bring a signed waiver, which can be found online, or plan to sign one upon arrival.
BounceU is located at 17365 Edison Ave., Chesterfield, 63005, and 4403 Meramec Bottom Rd., Ste. C, St. Louis, 63129. Call 636-532-5867 for more information about the Chesterfield location and 314-845-7529 for information about the St. Louis location.
Interactive Dino Dig at the Saint Louis Science Center
It's a scientific fact that preschoolers love dinosaurs, so they're sure to dig exploring at the Dana Brown Fossil Prep Lab and Dig Site at the Saint Louis Science Center. After digging at this recreation of the Badlands in Montana, visit with staff and volunteers preparing real fossils. Free admission and a play space that's easy to supervise make this a perfect destination for toddlers and preschoolers. Also, check out the Discovery Room for kid-friendly experiments and exploration. Admission is $3.50 for the Discovery Room.
The Saint Louis Science Center is located at 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 63110. Call 314-289-4400 for more information.
The Painted Pot
Visit The Painted Pot for open studio time, where young artists can create ceramics, pottery, mosaics and more. Prices start at $8 for ceramics, $12 for mosaics and $20 for clay.
The Painted Pot is located at 3773 Monticello Plaza, St. Charles, 63304 (on Hwy. K near O'Fallon). Call 636-300-4515 for more information.
Jump 4 Fun
For indoor bouncing fun in St. Charles County, visit Jump 4 Fun Party and Play Center. Bounce on slides, superhero-themed houses and more. Open play is $7 for ages 2 and up; children under 2 are $5.50, and 1 and under are free with a paying child. Visit the Jump 4 Fun website for a monthly schedule.
Jump 4 Fun is located at 79 Hubble Dr., Ste. 103, Dardenne Prairie, 63368. Call 636-329-1811 for more information.
Toy Tyme Play and Partay Room, Chesterfield Mall
Let's play pretend! Kids can enjoy a play kitchen, a store, a dress-up area and more at this play space in Chesterfield Mall. Playtimes are offered daily; check Toy Tyme's Facebook page for the daily schedule. Admission is $6 per child for 90 minutes; siblings are $4 and children under 12 months are free.
Toy Tyme Play is located at 29 Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, 63017. Find out more about Toy Tyme in the St. Louis Sprout & About store opening announcement.
Make fitness fun at the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Admission starts at $9 for 30 minutes of jump time; note that Sky Zone socks must be purchased for $1.50 but can be kept and used for future visits.
Sky Zone is located at 17379 Edison Ave., Chesterfield, 63006. Call 636-530-4550 for more information.
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