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Summer Fun Is Here

Hint: National Ice Cream Day Is July 19 Plus A Wonderful Way To Walk Off Those Calories

For starters, pledge to soak in ALL 150-plus 'stars' located among six blocks of The Delmar Loop, otherwise known as The St. Louis Walk of Fame. This endeavor honors notable people from St. Louis, who made contributions to U.S. culture. All inductees were either born in the Greater St. Louis area or spent their formative or creative years here. The area is designated “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

A total of 120 St. Louisans are on the Walk of Fame selection committee, which includes chancellors of area universities; key people from local libraries, arts organizations and historical societies; media journalists; and citizens with an informed understanding of St. Louis’ cultural heritage.

The selection committee is 51% female and 49% male; it's 71% white, 27% African-American and 2% Asian-American. Ballots are mailed to selection committee members in the summer each year, and any new inductees are announced the following spring.

To complete this mission, seek out informative plaques and brass stars embedded in sidewalks along the 6100–6600 blocks of Delmar Boulevard.

  1. It's now owned as Marble Slab Creamery, but the outside sign still proudly proclaims the local, beloved Maggie Moo's at 8853 Ladue Road in Clayton. Remind yourself why life is sweet, and enjoy one of their nearly 60 flavors of fresh, homemade ice cream with mix-ins, six sorbets, three low-fat frozen yogurts, majestic shakes, smoothies, signature sundaes or handcrafted ice cream cakes. Did you know they also serve cupcakes?
  2. Brentwood Summer Beats: Join a free concert accompanied by Barley and Vine Drink Truck, Destination Desserts and Kona Ice. Take lawn chairs or thick blankets on which to sit. The Wax Museum band performs on July 9 and Rock Candy plays on Aug. 13. Concerts held in Brentwood Park from 7-9 p.m. No pre-registration needed. 
  3. Whether looking for an adrenaline rush or a peaceful stroll through nature, the team at Hidden Valley in Wildwood reopened the summer resort on June 4. They offer ziplining, scenic chairlift rides and hiking trails. Hours are Wednesdays to Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ticket sales:

  4. Nearly 40 years old, Parties in the Park started as a free event that attracts people of all ages. It's fondly called "the original after-hours happy hour." Bands are scheduled to perform July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13. It's held from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Shaw Park in Clayton on the Midwest Regional Bank Stage, with beverages and a food truck. Visit  

  5. Delight in selecting fresh veggies, coffee, pet food, bakery items, soap and more handmade goods at The Boulevard's Farmers Market in Richmond Heights. A total of 45 farmers/vendors are there (1 The Blvd.) each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They're partnering with Tower Grove Farmers Market to provide a variety of items, such as candles, popcorn and plants.

  6. Take an independent field trip at the National Museum of Transportation for $10 per person, Mondays through Fridays. This includes a self-guided activity pamphlet, miniature train ride, made-by-me take home train, and activity. Reservations required one week in advance. This program is for one student with parent(s) or a group of up to 14 total guests.
  • Courtesy of City of Brentwood