Kids at Play

Summer is soon coming to an end and school will be back in session. What better way to say good-bye to the warm summer months than to soak up the outdoors with the range of parks and playgrounds in the city, indoor and outdoor games for children to play, and a variety of local outdoor recreation experiences that will bring joy to all.

  1. Photo By: City of Clayton

    Shaw Park


    Shaw Park:  Tennis courts, 10 ball fields, two playgrounds, two sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, walking/running paths, outdoor aquatic center, outdoor ice rink.

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    Memorial Park - Brentwood, MO


    Memorial Park:  Pirate ship, climbing boulders, log balance beams, baseball field, two softball fields, youth soccer field, playground, restrooms, pavilion; playground replaced during spring 2019. 

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    Tilles Park:  Splash pad/spray fountain, playgrounds, fitness trail, restrooms, tennis courts, picnic shelters, poured rubber ground cover and musical instruments to play.

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    Highland Park - Richmond Heights


    Highland Park:  Splash pad, astro turf, merry-go-round web spinner, shaded reading spot, DNA tower (three-dimensional climbing net stretched inside steel skeletons).

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    DeMun Park


    DeMun Park: Fenced-in, small equipment perfect for toddlers; playgroup (first and third Thursdays of the month at 10 a.m.); email for details.

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    Veterans Tribute Park


    Veterans Tribute Park:  Destination playground for children of all abilities; divided into zones: interactive/motion-activated water play; music play; adventure play; inclusive swings, hillside slide.

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    Schranz Memorial park


    Castles at Schranz Memorial Park:  Tunnels, climbers, bridges, turrets; separate toddler area offers cute ice cream truck next to a smaller climber.

  8. Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park


    Go Ape Zipline and Adventure Park:  A treetop adventure course with 2 to 3 hours of challenging obstacles, bridges, ropes and of course, zip lines.


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    The St. Louis Wheel


    The St. Louis Wheel:  200-foot-high, 15-minute perfect skyline view from observation (enclosed, climate-controlled) gondolas, not open-air ferris wheel seats. 


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    Missouri History Museum


    Missouri History Museum:  Free family gallery filled with hands-on activities where kids 3–9 can pilot a steamboat and build a downtown skyscraper.


  11. Quail Ridge Park


    Take a hike along Peruque Creek at Quail Ridge Park, with over 250 acres of rolling pastures, wooded hillsides, and two fishing lakes.


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    Kinetic Park


    Scooter, Skateboard and BMX Lessons are available at Kinetic Park throughout the year for children ages 4-17.


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    Climb So iLL - St Charles Co


    David Chancelor of Climb So Ill - St. Charles says their mission is to challenge, educate and inspire individuals through a unique indoor rock-climbing experience.


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    Indian Camp Creek Park


    Walk along with a park ranger to learn about reptiles and amphibians living in our St. Charles County parks, August 25 at Indian Camp Creek.


  15. Fountain Lakes Park


    There are four lakes at Fountain Lakes Park, open for fishing and stocked annually.

  16. Six Flags St. Louis


    Six Flags is always a family favorite. You can also have tons of fun in the sun at Hurricane Harbor Water Park.


  17. Photo By: Dan Peters

    Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo & Educational Park


    Big Joel’s Safari is a walk-through petting zoo where guests can enjoy learning about, feeding and touching a large variety of animals.


  18. World Chess Hall of Fame


    The World Chess Hall of Fame presents world-class exhibitions that explore the connection of chess to art, culture, and history. Admission is free.


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    St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station


    At the St. Louis Aquarium, you’ll journey along a freshwater river, then a salt marsh, then into the deep, dark abyss of the ocean.


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    Olympia Gymnastic Training Center - Chesterfield


    Olympia Gymnastic Training Center - Chesterfield In typical/non-pandemic years, they host special activities, events, parties, open gym, camps, field trips, clinics and kids' nights out. Check for updates. 

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    Dream Play Recreation


    Dream Play Recreation:  Exclusive Rainbow Play Systems factory direct showroom for Missouri and Southern Illinois.

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    Earth Surf Skateboard Park/ Future Sk8


    Earth Surf Skate Park:  This indoor skate park was in the lower level of the former Sears space at Chesterfield Mall; hours vary, check post-pandemic. 

  23. Photo By: Manchester Parks And Recreation

    Schroeder Park:  Huge playground for all ages, basketball goals, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, walking paths, nature trail, amphitheater and Manchester aquatic center.

  24. Photo By: Stephanie Haller Jones

    Owl Hollow Park

    Owl Hollow Park:  Nature play theme treehouse and playground with poured-in-place rubber safety surfacing, plus basketball court and baby/sling swings. 

  25. Photo By: Jennifer Pruitt

    Turtle Park

    Turtle Park Playground:  Seven concrete turtles/one snake in Forest Park, sculpted by artist who wanted to give children a place to be "happy and inspired."