Christmas Break in STL

After the gifts are all opened, then comes the worst part of Christmas for parents: Christmas break. Nothing will drive you battier than hearing “I’m bored” after seeing kids with all the gifts the day before. Don’t worry though, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to keep them entertained during. Here are some fun-filled activities to enjoy between Christmas and New Year’s in St. Louis.

St. Louis Science Center

St. Louis Science Center

One of St. Louis’s free museums, the Science Center, is a great place to spend Christmas break. You can hang out with animated dinosaurs, play with virtual fish, build an arch, or even check out one of the (paid) exhibits or activities. They have a Star Trek exhibit, Lego MINDSTORMS, or even an Omnimax movie.

If your kids are really driving you crazy, drop them off at the Holidazed Day Camp. Kids in grades 1-5 can spend 3-6 hours a day learning about science and having fun. They have activities December 22-23, 26-30, and January 2 so there’s plenty of chances for kids to have fun.

Zoo sign

St. Louis Zoo

Another free place to have fun is the St. Louis Zoo. Get there between 9 and 10 AM and you’ll also get to explore the Children’s Museum for free. Plan your day so you can see animal feedings and make sure to mix up the indoor and outdoor activities so you don’t get too cold.

Raja the elephant will be turning 19 on December 27 so come visit him on his birthday between 11 AM and 1 PM for the party.

Don’t forget to visit the zoo after dark. If you work during the day take the kids out at night for Wild Lights at the zoo ($5 for those over age 2). From 5:30-8:30 PM December 26-30 you can see holiday lights, penguins on parade, a gingerbread village and more. The carousel will be running and you can buy hot cocoa to keep warm.

Missouri History Museum

Another free location in Forest Park is the Missouri History Museum. December 27-30 the museum will be doing a Winter Getaway for families. Tuesday the 27th you can watch Ice Age 2, a short mastodon skit, and enjoy music and dance with Radio Disney. Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th there will be crafts galore. Friday the 30th will feature a short skit, crafts, and The Land Before Time. All of these feature heavily around the current Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age exhibit (fee).

The Magic House

The Magic House in St. Louis The Magic House is St. Louis children’s museum. This museum does cost ($8.75) but you’ll be guaranteed fun for all ages here. There’s a music center, a children’s village, a baby play area, bubble room, and more to enjoy. If your kids like the Magic Tree House series then you’re in luck- there’s currently a Magic Tree House exhibit at the Magic House.

This holiday season you’re also in luck. December 30 from 5:30-9 PM they’ll be having their Holiday Night Lights where you can see the museum lit up, enjoy some snacks and crafts, and explore the museum after dark. December 31 they’ll be having their Noontime New Year Celebration. From 9:30 AM to 4 PM kids can enjoy the museum, make a lot of noise, join in a parade, and countdown to 12…noon that is.

Have another destination in STL for kids to enjoy themselves this winter break? Let us know and we’d be glad to mention it!


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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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