"St. Louis Sprout & About and the Missouri History Museum will unveil a new program in 2015: Kid Curator. We are proud to be a co-sponsor of this program, which will give local children an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Missouri History Museum, receive a hotel package from Drury Inn and Suites Forest Park and be featured in a video about a Missouri History Museum exhibit!"
Publisher, St. Louis Sprout & About
"At the Missouri History Museum, we have big plans to open the History Clubhouse — a FREE permanent space that's just for families. Kids will step back in time, explore, discover and play in some favorite St. Louis places that have rich histories. Last summer we had a preview of this space, and many families gave us their ideas about how our space should be designed in the future. We've spent the last six months incorporating their feedback into new designs, and we've made important changes to the permanent History Clubhouse. Families will take a trolley to the past, pretend to farm the ancient city of Cahokia, steer a steamboat on the Mississippi River, play at the 1904 World's Fair and much more. The History Clubhouse opens June 27, 2015!"
Youth and Family Programs Manager, Missouri History Museum
Learn more about programs at the Missouri History Museum.
"The Magic House is excited to open our newest traveling exhibit 'Children's China: Culture, Character and Confucius' on Feb. 21, 2015. The west meets the east in this immersive exhibit that transports families to a country where a quickly changing modern lifestyle intersects with ancient values. Visitors will discover the many similarities and differences in modern day Chinese culture. 'Children's China' integrates the time-honored teachings of Confucius, China's great teacher, with a focus on the importance of education and family values in a fun engaging environment!"
Carrie Hutchcraft, Director of Communications
The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum
"This year, the Gateway Arch turns 50 years old, and we aren't short of exciting changes and milestones happening here at the park! CityArchRiver renovations will ramp up at the Arch, its park grounds and Visitor Center, and the Museum of Westward Expansion. Although the Museum of Westward Expansion will close for construction this spring, visitors will still be able to take a Journey to the Top tram ride, enjoy the Arch documentary 'Monument to the Dream,' and peruse apparel and gifts at the Arch's Museum Store.
"We are excited to announce that during this time of renovation, the Old Courthouse will serve as our temporary Visitor Center for Arch guests and will feature three new exhibit galleries focusing on westward expansion. Our park ranger-led talks and programs will focus on these new and existing exhibits, as well as the courthouse itself.
"When museum construction begins, every visitor will be required to purchase a ticket to enter the Arch. Tickets will cover the cost of a tram ride and will include a free viewing of 'Monument to the Dream.' They will be available for purchase at the temporary Visitor Center at the Old Courthouse or online at ticketsforthearch.com.
"Explore www.nps.gov/jeff or www.gatewayarch.com for more information about our hours, programs, tickets, directions and parking options for your next visit. Help us commemorate 50 years of being one of St. Louis's most beloved attractions. See you soon!"
Interpretive Specialist at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Read more about improvements to Arch Grounds.
From a statement provided by the Saint Louis Science Center:
The Saint Louis Science Center looks forward to unveiling a new look in its Discovery Room, as well its Rocks and Rovers and Robots, Oh My! exhibit. In the summer, visitors will have the opportunity to design their own Mars rover parts, navigate a rover, plan missions and more at an exhibition exploring the science and engineering of Mars exploration.
"At the Saint Louis Zoo, we are looking forward to opening McDonnell Polar Bear Point, a 40,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art exhibit that has been under construction since September 2013. Expected to open in summer 2015, McDonnell Polar Bear Point will offer polar bears opportunities for swimming, diving, rock climbing and digging in the sand. Visitors will enjoy a 22-foot viewing window where polar bears can come right up to the glass to greet them. The sea area will feature a 1,000-square-foot Arctic cave room that allows visitors to get up-close and personal with the bears by looking through a four-panel viewing wall. At one end of the room, visitors will be able to watch bears swim in a 13-foot-deep pool, holding 50,000 gallons of saltwater. It is critical that zoos protect polar bears, which are declining in the wild and are highly vulnerable. By working to not only conserve polar bears in the wild but to offer a wonderful habitat for breeding and protecting bears in our care, we can help save these iconic animals."
Jeffrey P. Bonner
Ph.D., Dana Brown President and CEO, Saint Louis Zoo
"The Endangered Wolf Center can't wait to share our exciting programs in 2015! We will be offering Wolf Camps for every season, field trips and scout programs year round, three dates for our new Messy Play Day programs and outreaches into the community, just to name a few. We really strive to give children and their families a way to jump into nature, learning about this magnificent world we are part of while having a blast and making memories that will last a lifetime. From toddlers just learning to walk to grandparents, we have something exciting for everyone!"
Education Coordinator, Endangered Wolf Center
"Guests will be part of the action as they fight alongside Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and the rest of the Justice League team, to stop Lex Luthor and The Joker from their diabolical plan to take control of Metropolis. Aided by the cybernetic super hero known as Cyborn, guests will be recruited to join the Justice League reserve team and trained to use high-tech laser blasters in preparation for anything the super-villains have in store for them. Traveling in six-passenger vehicles, riders take to the streets and take aim against The Joker, Lex Luthor, and his relentless robot army, in the thrilling Battle for Metropolis!"
Statement from Six Flags St. Louis regarding new interactive dark ride experience, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis 4D
"We really have a lot of exciting things happening in 2015. Our new recreation and aquatic center that we are partnering on with the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Port Authority will be opening early next year. The Pavilion at Lemay is located inside of Jefferson Barracks Park and will truly be a state-of-the art facility that will be a great summer destination for our community. We are also in the process of building our first dog park, located near the Dog Museum in Queeny Park, which will open next spring. This is an amenity that has been requested by our residents for several years now, and we are so excited to finally be able to offer this unique place to play for our four-legged friends.
"During our summer camps we will be keeping some of the outdoor favorites, like our one-of-a-kind kids fishing camp but also ramping up our options with some new programs. Our 'Learn to Play' series will be for youth 3 to 11 and will give them the opportunity to try out new active lifestyle activities in a fun setting. It will encompass everything from water activities, to sports to bicycle safety. Our rangers will also be offering a new program for teens that will introduce outdoor skills in fun ways in a variety of settings."
Acting Director, St. Louis County Parks
"Unlimited Play is committed to providing the power and therapeutic benefits of PLAY for ALL children and families. We have recently opened two playgrounds in St. Louis City themed 'The Sky is the Limit' to join our four others in the St. Louis area. Watch for the opening of the grandest one of them all ... Kade's Playground will open summer of 2015 in Herculaneum. Be prepared to experience a volcano!
"Playday for ALL programs will continue to run one Saturday a month from April through Saturday. Admission is free. Check out our website for dates and locations. Lastly, are you willing to transform into a caped crusader and capture the villain? Join us for our ever popular Superhero Dash 5K and 1 mile Run, Walk or Roll on June 6, 2015. Experience our brand new course that will finish at Brendan's Playground in O'Fallon, Missouri."
Victoria Schmitt Babb
Community Engagement Director, Unlimited Play
"2015 will be one of the most exciting years in Innsbrook's history. We will be opening the first phase of our new resort amenity complex, which includes a zero-entry pool with swim lanes and a lazy river, a children's playground and an outdoor amphitheater. This is where many of our future summer events will take place including concerts and kids camps. We have bands from across the Midwest coming in to entertain with outdoor concerts, in addition to some new events and activities for families and kids of all ages. "
CEO, Innsbrook Resort, located near Wright City, MO
A New Year in Nature
"The Missouri Department of Conservation is looking forward to helping you discover nature in 2015! It's always a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors, both in the St. Louis area and throughout the state. We have many events and programs to help you get started. Our annual Eagle Days Festival at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge is happening Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 17-18. It's one of the biggest bald eagle extravaganzas in the metro area. Rockwoods Reservation's Maple Sugar Festival is a sweet success with people of all ages each year. It's happening Saturday, Feb. 7, and is a fun, free outing for everybody. Wetlands for Kids Day at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles is Saturday, April 4, this year. It's a great way to welcome in spring for both kids and adults.
"These are just a few of the things that MDC has to offer in the coming year. We also have many places to hike, fish, hunt, watch birds and wildlife, and explore nature ... so you can create your own outdoor adventures. The best way to stay up on all things outdoors around St. Louis is by going to our regional webpage or by signing up for our Conservation Connections Newsletter, also available there. We hope to see you in the great outdoors!"
Regional Media Specialist for the Missouri Department of Conservation
Arts and Entertainment
"Seeing a live performance at Peabody Opera House is an unforgettable experience for kids and parents alike, and we are so excited to welcome families for 'Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance!' Jan. 22-25! Sesame Street Live continues their tradition of giving audiences Broadway-quality productions and this all-new show gives kids the opportunity to get up and dance in the aisles with their favorite characters. Elmo uses his imagination to 'Do the Robot,' Cookie teaches all 'feets' to dance, and Ernie shares the fun of dance with the Sesame Street favorite 'Shake Your Head One Time.' Featuring timeless tunes and a cleverly written script that parents will appreciate, Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance is a wonderful introduction to live theatre for little ones, and it's fun for grown-ups, too!"
Marketing and Communications Manager, Peabody Opera House
"COCA is very excited about our Summer Arts Camp line-up for 2015, which we'll unveil on Jan. 31. Some sneak peeks include brand new camps like 'Let it Go, Let it Snow' and 'Zombie Crawl.' Plus, we're offering past camp favorites including 'Broadway Babies,' 'Legomation,' and the culinary camp 'Makin' Bacon.' All of our multi-disciplinary arts camps are taught by professional teaching artists. Camps begin June 1, 2015!"
Director of Arts Education, Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
"In addition to our popular monthly Stroller Tours and Play Dates for little ones, we are thrilled to be expanding our youth and family programs with exciting new camps and collaborations this summer. Summer at CAM will see the addition of a Punk Printmaking camp in conjunction with our Stop-Motion Madness animation camp — both for middle schoolers.
"CAM will also be collaborating with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sheldon Art Galleries for a big Family Day block party for all ages in June! And finally, we are excited to announce our collaboration with Central Print and Firecracker Press to offer a special printmaking camp for teenagers. Whatever your children's interests and ages, CAM has you covered with unique and captivating programs all year long."
"I think we're most excited about the number of performance-based programs that we're offering this year. We've always done full-scale productions in our Outreach programs in our partner schools, and at the Academy during the summer, but we're now offering performance workshops at the Academy practically year-round. It's one thing for our students to work hard all year in class honing their skills, but it's most rewarding to see them actually apply all that they've learned by performing in a full-scale musical theatre production. And our mainstage productions being of the highest quality has just been an amazing resource for us."
Director of Academy, STAGES St. Louis
"At the Fabulous Fox, we are thrilled to begin 2015 with 'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella,' the timeless tale of a young woman who wants to change the world. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love — the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more — plus some surprising new twists! You can experience the magic Jan. 20-Feb. 1.
"We will welcome Million Dollar Quartet to the Fox stage Feb. 27-March 1. The show is inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. You will love this exhilarating musical!
"Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, 'The Phantom of the Opera,' will visit the Fabulous Fox March 4-15. The production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier. Filled with classic songs such as 'The Music of the Night,' 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'All I Ask of You,' this moving production of the legendary show is sure to thrill any fan of musical theatre.
"'Kinky Boots,' the exhilarating Broadway musical that will raise you up to new high-heeled heights, opens at the Fabulous Fox March 24-April 5. Winner of six Tony Awards® including best musical, this inspirational story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.
"To finish our season we will welcome 'Stomp' and 'The Rat Pack is Back.' 'Stomp' is an innovative show where an eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps — to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. See what the noise is all about when 'Stomp' visits the Fox April 10-12. 'The Rat Pack is Back' is a spirited show that recreates one of the famous 'Summit at the Sands' nights when swingin', ring-a-ding group known as 'The Rat Pack' was creating hipster legend with a free-wheeling, no-holds-barred nightclub act starring Vegas' four favorite sons: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. Don't miss this show May 15-17. 2015 will be a fabulous year at the Fox Theatre!"
Vice President of Marketing, Fabulous Fox
Best Bets articles represent the views and the research completed by St. Louis Sprout & About journalists and are not driven by advertising or requests by vendors or venues. Best Bets do not imply an endorsement of a business or activity.
From the calendar