Springtime Village returns to Purina Farms March 14.
Groundhog, schmoundhog: In St. Louis, we know the sure signs of spring are the sight of the miniature train chugging through The National Museum of Transportation, the smell of funnel cake wafting through Six Flags and the familiar crack of the bat at the Cardinals’ home opener. Dig out your flip-flops and shades and join us for a countdown to springtime fun in St. Louis!
The National Museum of Transportation’s Miniature Train | Saturday, March 10 After being stuck indoors all winter, many little go-getters are ready to move when spring arrives. Visit The National Museum of Transportation for a ride on the C.P. Huntington Miniature Train, which is scheduled to resume its schedule Saturday, March 10 (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 | Thursday, March 15 All aboard the historic St. Charles Trolley! This unique mode of transportation begins running for the season March 15. 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 16 See your favorite sea lions get in the spirit of baseball season when the First Bank Sea Lion Shows return for spring training March 16-29 at the Saint Louis Zoo. Tickets to the show are $2 per person and free for children under 2. General admission to the zoo is free.
Purina Farms | Wednesday, March 14 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 Wednesday, March 14. 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, which is offered Wednesdays-Sundays, March 14-18, March 21-25 and March 28-31. Reservations are required for this free event. Call 314-982-3232 Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Parking is $5.
Six Flags St. Louis | Saturday, March 24 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 24. Hurricane Harbor opens Saturday, May 26. Added bonus: Through May 13, fearless caped crusaders can ride Batman: The Ride...Backward! Cars will be turned 180 degrees in the opposite direction so passengers will travel the ride's five inversions and a sidewinder facing backward.
Big Joel’s Safari | Saturday, March 24 Bring your restless critters to opening day at Big Joel’s Safari Saturday, March 24. 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 $8 per person (free for children under 2).
Suson Farm | Sunday, 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 Sunday, April 1.
Opening weekend at Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden | Saturday, March 31 Greet Mother Nature as she awakens from her winter slumber when the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden opens Saturday, March 31 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.
St. Louis Cardinals Home Opener | Thursday, April 5 Though it’s too soon to know what the weather forecast will be for the 2018 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 Arizona D-backs Thursday, April 5, at 6:15 p.m.
Can't wait for opening day to see your favorite Cardinal fan? 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 April 4. Festivities include games, prizes, free kids’ meals and a visit by Fredbird.
Caribbean Cove at the Saint Louis Zoo | Friday, April 13 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 13. Visitors can dip their hands into a 20-inch deep pool to touch and even feed stingrays. Tickets are $4; admission is free for children under 2. Note that admission to Caribbean Cove is free the first hour that the zoo is open daily.
Grant's Farm | Saturday, April 14 Bottle-feed baby goats, spot zebras, meet the world-famous Clydesdales and more when Grant’s Farm reopens Saturday, April 14. Admission is free, though there is an additional fee for parking and some attractions.
Hermann Farm | Saturday, April 28 Learn more about the history of agriculture in Missouri at Hermann Farm and Museum, a living history museum in Hermann, Missouri, that offers tram rides, tours of historic buildings, draft horses and more.
Gateway Grizzlies Home Opener | Thursday, May 3 The Gateway Grizzlies swing into action against the Southern Illinois Miners Thursday, May 3, at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, Illinois.
River City Rascals Home Opener | Friday, May 4 Start your weekend a little early with the River City Rascals home opener against the Gateway Grizzlies Friday, May 4 at 11:05 a.m., at CarShield Field in O’Fallon.
Sandcastle Beach at The Magic House | Wednesday, May 23 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 23-Sunday, June 24. 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. Forts and Clubhouses will also return to The Magic House May 26-Sept. 3.
Raging Rivers | Saturday, May 26 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 26.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.