Are your kids getting cabin fever? We understand - when it’s cold out, it can be hard to get them out of the house. But, as you know, it is important to keep kids and teens of all abilities active and engaged year-round, even it the weather outside isn’t perfect.
So, we came up with a list of indoor places to take kids this winter in the St. Louis area. Each place on this list is also fully accessible, and many have special features to make inclusive play, learning and fun not only possible, but also easy.
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Who knew that learning can be fun? (We did of course, but kids sometimes need a little encouragement.) At Myseum, exhibits are fully interactive, educational and designed just for kids. You’ll find instruments made from unique items, jumbo building blocks, a “Zoo Vet Center,” where kids can pretend to be a zoo veterinarian, a slide where your speed is measured by radar, a Dino Dig and so much more!
Created and owned by a family with a son with autism, this new attraction, located in Fenton, is a must for all kids. It is touted as the only kid’s gym in the area that offers an inclusive philosophy, and encourages children of all abilities to play together. Each piece of equipment and activity found here is uniquely designed to aid children with sensory processing disorders, helping them and their friends learn new skills and get some exercise.
Forever a favorite of many of our families, The Magic House is St. Louis’ children’s museum. Located in Kirkwood, this unique attraction offers ways for kids to learn, play and grow through activities such as Wonder Works, Bubble Room, an interactive music room and a Children’s Village, where kids run the world in their own grocery store, tree house, nursery and more. The museum even features a “Calming Corner,” created specifically for children with “developmental and physical challenges who may need a respite during their visit.”
Science lessons come to life at this phenomenal museum. Kids can meet a life-size tyrannosaurus rex, learn what causes earthquakes, see how space is explored, gaze at the stars, build an arch and so much more. There is even an iMax on-site, as well as rotating temporary exhibits, so each visit to the Science Center always has something new in store. Plus – it’s free!
If it’s a history lesson you’re looking for, and for no admission fee, look no further than the Missouri History Museum. Although many of the exhibits are definitely geared for older kids, teens and adults, there is a children’s exhibit filled with super fun, interactive activities for the whole family. The museum is fully accessible, including audio description tours, assistive listening devices, captioning, exhibit touchables and sensory kits that include noise-cancelling headphones, anti-glare glasses, fidget toys and more.
Along with the Science Center and the Missouri History Museum, the St. Louis Art Museum is located in Forest Park and is free to enter. You’ll find a wide range of collections, including African American Art, Arms and Armor, Contemporary Art, Photography, Textile Arts and so much more. Visit the museum on Sunday afternoons for “Family Sundays,” which include hands-on art activities and a special 30-minute family tour through the Galleries. Each month’s activities feature a family-friendly theme – just make sure to sign up early for the popular tour.