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packofjedis
05-18-2010, 08:04 AM
We're going to be in St Louis for most of 1 day this summer. Everything I'm looking at to do closes at 4 or 5. So what is there for the evening? We're not looking to spend a lot of money, just staying occupied while on our way farther west.

Also, where is a good part of town to get a hotel? I'd prefer it be on the Kansas City side since that's where we'll be heading the next day.

(My kids are 11 & 13 boys if that helps at all!)

Thanks!!

eatatmidnight
05-18-2010, 08:33 AM
It may not be very buget, but I think the City Museum would be a great way to burn energy and have loads of fun for boys your age. I don't know of any discounts at this time, but others who post may. It is an old shoe factory that has been turned into a very hands on museum. Here is the link.
http://www.citymuseum.org/home.asp

As far as hotels go, I'd check Expedia or Travelocity for hotels in St. Peters, St. Charles and Wentzville. They are one county west of St. Louis and right on I-70.

sah95
05-18-2010, 08:38 AM
If you are going to be there on a Friday, the Science Center will be open until
9:30p.m.

packofjedis
05-18-2010, 08:45 AM
Sorry - I should have said this...we'll be there on a Saturday.

I looked into the City Museum. Looks like fun, but $48 is quite high for the 4 of us. I was really looking for something a bit cheaper. We're spending more on the 2nd half of the trip.

alymae1010
05-18-2010, 08:47 AM
I have to agree, City Museum is awesome! It's only open late on Friday and Saturday's though.

NotUrsula
05-18-2010, 08:54 AM
How do you feel about things athletic? There may be some opportunities for things that are hand's on, and some that are spectator. I'll check on what's up on a Saturday night out in West County.

JB2K
05-18-2010, 09:30 AM
If your family is into baseball, you may want to check-out the St. Louis Cardinals (http://www.cardinals.com) -- attendance has been down at ballparks all over the country, and the Cardinals have been offering some budget-friendly incentives.

If you would rather go minor league, the River City Rascals (http://www.rivercityrascals.com/) are on your way to K.C. (O'Fallon, MO -- off I-70 West) and you can have a great time on the cheap...

DisneyNut4Life
05-18-2010, 09:52 AM
St Louis also has an amazing zoo, and its FREE :goodvibes

deerhart
05-18-2010, 10:03 AM
The really budget friendly cardinal tickets are weekday tickets. We have $5 tickets to tomorrow nights game.

The St. Louis zoo is celebrating it's 100th anniversary (need to drag the kids down either this or next weekend hehe) and they have reopened the stringray petting exhibit (it costs about $3.00 pp).

Not sure WHICH Saturday your coming down, but the zoo stays up until 7pm starting the 28th.

The zoo is free but there are paid things like the kid zoo, the rr, etc.. Many of the things that used to cost are now free (like the insect house). If you are planning to do alot of the paid stuff, the arm bands would be a better value ($10pp), but are not necessary. Also don't pay for parking (unless you want to). There are tons of places to park within forest park if you don't mind hoofing it.

Also downtown the arch museum is free its the ride up that costs.

As for evening entertainment, well that will really depend on where you stay, what you like to do. and when your coming. Lots of the towns in the County run programs on Friday and Saturday nights. My town does a movie night once a month during the summer (its a Friday though) and I know the last one scheduled is supposed to be how to train your dragon.

The parks in St. Louis also run programs all summer long, but again when your going to be here will determine what is going on.

I would not stay in St. Charles County if everything your planning to do is going to be in the St. Louis County/City area. Westport would be more appropriate (its on I-270 near I-70) and an easier drive then St. Charles. There are not hotels in St. Charles County along I-70. Westport has a ton though.

Disneycrazymom
05-18-2010, 10:55 AM
I am not a fan of the City Museum, my niece had a bad accident there and had to have surgery. They were less than helpful when it happened and the piece of equipment she got hurt on was not changed. Just so you know.

The Muny is a great way to spend an evening. There are free seats but you have to get there a little early. You could spend the afternoon at the Zoo, get a fast food supper and eat it at the Muny while you wait for the show to start. The Rascals and of course the Cardinals are always fun. If you stay in St. Peters the Rascals are very close. West port is a better choice for downtown events.

ICF
05-18-2010, 11:05 AM
I looked into the City Museum. Looks like fun, but $48 is quite high for the 4 of us. I was really looking for something a bit cheaper. We're spending more on the 2nd half of the trip.

It would be $48 well spent.

It was more than we usually spent on things (since so many are free in StL) but was totally worth it when we went there for the 1st time last Oct.

It would be perfect for 11 & 13 year olds...boys especially.

deerhart
05-18-2010, 11:09 AM
I am not a fan of the City Museum, my niece had a bad accident there and had to have surgery. They were less than helpful when it happened and the piece of equipment she got hurt on was not changed. Just so you know.

The Muny is a great way to spend an evening. There are free seats but you have to get there a little early. You could spend the afternoon at the Zoo, get a fast food supper and eat it at the Muny while you wait for the show to start. The Rascals and of course the Cardinals are always fun. If you stay in St. Peters the Rascals are very close. West port is a better choice for downtown events.

Even to pay for the back seats, at like $9 a ticket it is a great price!

DH and I got season passes for this year as our Mother's Day, Father's Day and Anniversary presents

Disneycrazymom
05-18-2010, 11:29 AM
Deerhart What night are you going to be there? Our tickets are on Wednesday. I so enjoy the Muny it is my Mothers Day gift every year!

deerhart
05-18-2010, 11:44 AM
Deerhart What night are you going to be there? Our tickets are on Wednesday. I so enjoy the Muny it is my Mothers Day gift every year!

We have Friday night tickets. Wed. is TKD for my oldest son and one of my husband's 3am shifts so being up and out late that night hurts LOL. He often has to close on Thursday so Friday seemed the best bet.

EKW
05-18-2010, 12:21 PM
Magic House in Kirkwood is amazing. They're on Facebook. You can often get discounted entry for them from the St. Louis visitor's guides.

Last time we went to the Science Museum it was free...you only had to pay to see the special shows, do the Lego Mindstorm activities, and a couple of other "extra" things. We spent a whole day there...it reminded me of Innoventions.

The Riverboat rides aren't too expensive, if I remember correctly.

The Zoo is free. Or, was last time we went.

It doesn't cost anything to tour the museum below the Arch. If you want to ride, there is a ticket cost.

The Busch farms are supposed to be spectacular. I haven't gone there personally, but if you google them I'm sure you can find out what, if anything, they charge for a tour.

Finally, just outside of town are Our Lady of the Snows shrine and Cahokia. I don't have current prices on either of them, but your family may enjoy visiting them depending on your beliefs and interests.

EKW
05-18-2010, 12:31 PM
Should have added...last time we went we stayed at the Days Inn in Kirkwood. It's right down the street from Magic House. They have a huge pool, free breakfast, and an indoor play area. It was super inexpensive when I did the prepay option.

One note: We had a clean room and it has decent facilities. If your family is a Hiatt sort of group, you probably won't like it. But, if you're the Motel 8, Day Inn sort, it is a good choice. It's an easy shot to the freeway from there, too.

ICF
05-18-2010, 12:36 PM
I agree that Kirkwood is a nice area to stay in, we've stayed there many times.

We've really enjoyed the magic house, but I dont know that the it would be a good choice for 11 & 13 year old boys. IMO, it skews towards the younger kids and I really think the 13 yr old would be bored quickly.

FoundMyPrince
05-18-2010, 12:41 PM
We're going to be in St Louis for most of 1 day this summer. Everything I'm looking at to do closes at 4 or 5. So what is there for the evening? We're not looking to spend a lot of money, just staying occupied while on our way farther west.

Also, where is a good part of town to get a hotel? I'd prefer it be on the Kansas City side since that's where we'll be heading the next day.

(My kids are 11 & 13 boys if that helps at all!)

Thanks!!

If you are on a tight budget and want to go to a Cards game, check out the First Pitch tickets. You get in line by 9a.m. at the ticket counter on 8th Street. There will be a line :) There are 275 vouchers distributed for $11 each; each voucher is good for 2 tickets, anywhere in the ballpark. (to do this, you would need 2 adults to buy the tickets - there is absolutely no guarantee your 4 seats would be together). Then, 10 minutes before the game is to begin, line up at the First Pitch gate and you will show your voucher and receive an envelope with 2 tickets. DH and I did this last week and had great seats in section 129 - outfield seats at the foul pole section. Our seats would have been $45 each. And, if you need to really save money, take in any drinks in plastic containers and any food that you wish; they allow soft sided coolers.

There are full details at: http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/ticketing/index.jsp?c_id=stl site for the First Pitch seats -- just scroll to the bottom of the page.

FoundMyPrince
05-18-2010, 12:44 PM
double post - sorry

eatatmidnight
05-18-2010, 01:12 PM
The really budget friendly cardinal tickets are weekday tickets. We have $5 tickets to tomorrow nights game.


How do you get $5 Cardinal tickets?

ICF
05-18-2010, 01:25 PM
How do you get $5 Cardinal tickets?

not sure how they did it, but the Cards had a promo going for $5 off per win on a homstand a week or two ago.

They won 6 games (I think) so they took $30 off a regularly priced $35 ticket.

You can also find cheap (although not very good most likely) seats on stub hub.

http://www.stubhub.com/search/doSearch?searchStr=st%20louis%20cardinals&&rows=50&start=0&nS=0&category=5651;St%20Louis%20Cardinals%20Tickets&searchMode=event

deerhart
05-18-2010, 02:15 PM
not sure how they did it, but the Cards had a promo going for $5 off per win on a homstand a week or two ago.

They won 6 games (I think) so they took $30 off a regularly priced $35 ticket.

You can also find cheap (although not very good most likely) seats on stub hub.

http://www.stubhub.com/search/doSearch?searchStr=st%20louis%20cardinals&&rows=50&start=0&nS=0&category=5651;St%20Louis%20Cardinals%20Tickets&searchMode=event

yup that is the promo we used. All seats outfield lodge or higher were $5 each.

The cards are also running a ton of half priced nights that you find out from their weekly emails. This will be our third game of the year and I have only paid full price once (for my son's b-day game). I have purchased twelve tickets to the games (3 games for 4 of us) for less then $250. We have sat in outfield lodge twice (regularly $35-$42) and this game we are sitting in outfield reserve (way high up).

I still have two free tickets to a game as well (we went kids weekend and the kids get free tickets to use later).

There is no Busch Gardens in St. Louis. The place your thinking about is Grant's Farm and it is free to get into but parking is like $12-$15 and you have to park there (there is no other parking around). It generally closes at 5:00 pm. It's better for little kids with the petting zoo and such. The zoo is much better. Grant's farm does do a safari type ride, but beyond that, you will have a better experience at the zoo.

The cards half priced nights are great because you can buy 4 seats, albet way up high, for as low as $33 for a family of 4. With Busch Stadium there really isn't a bad seat in the entire park (we have sat just about everywhere except dugout areas). When we sit up high, I prefer the pavillion seats (the one right above big mac land)

packofjedis
05-18-2010, 04:07 PM
Thanks for all the replies! We're actually heading straight down I-70 to go to Kansas City, so I'd like a hotel off I-70 probably on the west side of St Louis, so the next morning we're ready to head that way.

The Cardinal info was very interesting, but we're actually heading to St Louis for a soccer game (Manchester United vs KC Wizards). So I think that's enough sports for one weekend. :rolleyes1

I'm going to look more into the City Museum. It does look really interesting. Are there ever any coupons out for that?

We also heard good things about Grant's farm. It does seemed geared for a bit smaller kids, but I can show it to my kids and see what they say.

Oh...and what is the Muny?

eatatmidnight
05-18-2010, 04:51 PM
not sure how they did it, but the Cards had a promo going for $5 off per win on a homstand a week or two ago.

They won 6 games (I think) so they took $30 off a regularly priced $35 ticket.

You can also find cheap (although not very good most likely) seats on stub hub.

http://www.stubhub.com/search/doSearch?searchStr=st%20louis%20cardinals&&rows=50&start=0&nS=0&category=5651;St%20Louis%20Cardinals%20Tickets&searchMode=event

Not to hijack, but thanks for the stub hub link. I got infield terrace box seats for tonight's game for $12 each (after fees). I hope the seats are good!

eatatmidnight
05-18-2010, 04:57 PM
Oh...and what is the Muny?

The Muny is the largest outdoor theater in the country. They show Broadway type shows. It is truly an experience. If you get there a couple of hours early, you can get free seats. We have done that on a number of occaisions and always sat one row behind paying ticketholders. We pick up Subway or something and eat while we wait. However, I won't go again if the heat index is over 100. IDK how you feel about heat and humidity.

Here is a link to their website. All the shows are good this year.
http://www.muny.org/content/view/355/264/

Leajess99
05-18-2010, 08:05 PM
Thanks for all the replies! We're actually heading straight down I-70 to go to Kansas City, so I'd like a hotel off I-70 probably on the west side of St Louis, so the next morning we're ready to head that way.

The Cardinal info was very interesting, but we're actually heading to St Louis for a soccer game (Manchester United vs KC Wizards). So I think that's enough sports for one weekend. :rolleyes1

I'm going to look more into the City Museum. It does look really interesting. Are there ever any coupons out for that?

We also heard good things about Grant's farm. It does seemed geared for a bit smaller kids, but I can show it to my kids and see what they say.

Oh...and what is the Muny?

I am so jealous as we love going to watch the KC Wizards when we are out in Kansas. They have some players that are so down to Earth with the fans especially with the kid fans.

When we go through there we usually stay on I-64 (avoids a ton of traffic you get on I-70 through St Louis) and stay in O'fallon, Missouri. The last trip we stayed at the Residence Inn O'Fallon for $74 a night due to finding the rate on travelocity for $99 but on Marriott site for $185. Booked it with Marriott and filed the low price guarantee which knocks it down to the low price plus takes an additional 25% off. We had a 2 bedroom suite for that price. It has an indoor pool too.

As for things to do, Grant's farm is free (aside from parking) and very nice. The zoo and Science center are close to each other and are also free.

LizinSTL
05-18-2010, 08:24 PM
We're going to be in St Louis for most of 1 day this summer. Everything I'm looking at to do closes at 4 or 5. So what is there for the evening? We're not looking to spend a lot of money, just staying occupied while on our way farther west.

Also, where is a good part of town to get a hotel? I'd prefer it be on the Kansas City side since that's where we'll be heading the next day.

(My kids are 11 & 13 boys if that helps at all!)

Thanks!!

Oh so many things to choose from....

11 and 13 yo boys? I'd look at the Science Center 1st (park on the Forest Park/Planetarium side for free parking) It may close early but you can do dinner out before going to the hotel... Look at Drury Inn locations along 270 for easy access to KC Most, if not all, will have pools for your Sat. evening entertainment.

I'm not a fan of the City Museum but my opinion isn't popular ;)

Lots of fun choices for dining around town- post back after you make your hotel reservation for suggestions near your hotel.

Grants Farm, the Zoo and the Magic House are great but a bit young for your kids.

ICF
05-18-2010, 08:27 PM
Not to hijack, but thanks for the stub hub link. I got infield terrace box seats for tonight's game for $12 each (after fees). I hope the seats are good!

Im a big Cards fan, so hopefully you see a victory

SarahKate
05-18-2010, 09:27 PM
Are you going to KC by way of I-64? Just did a Google map and it looks like that would be the route.

You'll be passing thru Chesterfield which is on the far west side of St. Louis. Right on the interstate is a Drury Plaza which we've stayed at a number of times. You won't find a place better, cleaner, and at a mid price level. We can usually stay there for $70-90 a nite. Wonderful indoor pool area, free hot food/drinks, etc. There's a couple codes you might try on their site, "stlfun" or just "fun".

As far as activities, there's Chesterfield Mall if you enjoy shopping. There's the butterfly house, but that wouldn't take that much time. Science Center isn't TOO far from that area and would be a cheap way to spend a few hours (unless you do shows/exhibits which can get costly!).

gardengalB4
05-18-2010, 10:16 PM
Check out (St. Louis) Family Attractions Card site-for discounts on restaurants,hotels,attractions & events.
You can print the coupons right off the site.HTH.

sunshine74
05-18-2010, 10:28 PM
Since your kids are a little older, and may get into the "high speed automated manufacturing" thing, you may consider a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. I will apologize in advance if I offend with a beer suggestion.... but, it is a free tour and is amazing to see the process - whether you drink or not...

St. Louis is a wonderful place for free and cheap family things to do. many have been mentioned.... Zoo, Science Center, Muny, Grants Farm, History Museum, Cardinals games, minor league games.

One that I don't think has been mentioned, but may interest your teenage kids is the NASCAR speedpark at St. Louis Mills. I'm not sure how "budget" it is, I haven't acutally been there. But, my DH keeps trying to talk me into it (we're local)!

deerhart
05-18-2010, 10:33 PM
Forest Park is about a 15 minute tdrive (with no rush hour traffic) from Clarkson Rd (which is where Chesterfield Mall and that Drury Inn is) right down Highway 40. To head out to KC from there, you would head west on highway 40, cross the Boon Bridge and just follow 40 out until it crosses I 70 near Wentzville. Though I would avoid the Hampton exit to Forest Park and the Zoo if you go early Saturday morning. With the new round about they put in, the last time we went that way it was a disaster. So we are avoiding it and heading into the Park from Skinker.

Its actually MUCH faster to get out that way then taking 70 usually.

Oh and the Cards won tonight.. here's to NO RAIN for tomorrow while we are there!

NotUrsula
05-18-2010, 11:04 PM
Actually, I was going to suggest a sports activity for the boys to do, if you're OK with it. (You can do it, too, if you like; it's not a kids-only thing.) It's my 13yo DS' favorite local special activity, and has been for a couple of years now. There is a SkyZone jump gym in Chesterfield, and it is open in the evenings. There are not too many of these gyms in the US; they are kind of unique. A short session (30 minutes) is $8/pp. Longer sessions cost a bit more. http://www.skyzonesports.com/default.aspx

There are 4 interactive things that you can do up at St. Louis Mills Mall: there is an indoor glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, the aforementioned NASCAR speed park, an ice rink, and the Plan Nine Skate Park -- also a large multiplex cinema, and of course, outlet shopping. (If you decide to spend the evening up there, I'd suggest staying in Earth City or St. Charles rather than Chesterfield; there is no point in looping down and back up again.)

packofjedis
05-19-2010, 06:23 AM
Since your kids are a little older, and may get into the "high speed automated manufacturing" thing, you may consider a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. I will apologize in advance if I offend with a beer suggestion.... but, it is a free tour and is amazing to see the process - whether you drink or not...


Actually that is on our list. I didn't want to offend anyone either :confused3

I went as a kid to the one in Florida, so I thought my kids would enjoy seeing how they bottle it and make it.



"[QUOTE]Actually, I was going to suggest a sports activity for the boys to do, if you're OK with it. (You can do it, too, if you like; it's not a kids-only thing.) It's my 13yo DS' favorite local special activity, and has been for a couple of years now. There is a SkyZone jump gym in Chesterfield, and it is open in the evenings. There are not too many of these gyms in the US; they are kind of unique. A short session (30 minutes) is $8/pp. Longer sessions cost a bit more. http://www.skyzonesports.com/default.aspx"

This looks like fun too! How busy do you think it would be on a Sat afternoon/evening?

Thanks for the advice about staying in Chesterfield. I couldn't figure out what everyone meant by I-64 and had to head back to the map. I just kept remembering that we would take I-70 straight thru IL & MO. I'll be looking up the Drury today.

jgates
05-19-2010, 08:53 PM
The brewery tour is fascinating & we have taken my kids on it for years.

Love Grant's Farm - they have enjoyed at all ages since it became 'open' and you didn't have to get a pass to go. Make sure you visit the horse barn at the back of the parking lot to see all the Clydesdales up close. It is well worth the parking fee. It's fun to pay a bit & feed the baby goats bottles of milk.

Drive them up to Ted Drewes & get ice cream afterwards.

The Arch is a great ride up at night - the lights of the city are fascinating to view. However, you may need to either pre-order tix online or go early in day to get your tix, as popular summer evenings can sell out.

NotUrsula
05-19-2010, 10:40 PM
DH and DS often go to SkyZone late on Saturday afternoon. Once or twice they have had to wait 30 minutes before there were slots available, but it isn't too common. I'm not sure about Saturday nights, but if you call I'm sure that they would be able to tell you what the average crowd level is.

I live quite close to Drewe's main store on Watson. It's good stuff, and pretty easy to find; also not very expensive. Watson Road is Route 66, and the store has a lot of interesting 66 memorabilia up on the windows. Their Kosher certification is also posted up, it's an interesting thing to read if you've never seen the details of one before.

Fun story: when you order "chocolate" anything at Drewe's, you get chocolate that has been mixed with marshmallow creme. This dates back to WW2 when chocolate was scarce, and after the war they just never changed it back. (If you're a purist, order Fudge flavor.)

One other free thing that visitors I have taken are just amazed by: the New Cathedral on Lindell (officially the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.) If you have any interest in the art of glass, this is a must-do stop. It is one of the largest examples of glass mosaic art in the world; even the floors are mosaic in part of the sanctuary. (There is a vigil Mass at 5 pm on Saturdays; you would want to go before that, but if you are considering this you probably should call ahead and make sure you won't walk into the middle of a wedding. They don't do the guided tours on Saturdays, but you can walk in and just quietly look around, if the doors are open and nothing is going on.) http://cathedralstl.org/intro/ I know, touring a church isn't something that one would normally think of with teen boys, but as long as you don't do the long tour, even the least religious teens will often be impressed -- the art is literally on EVERY surface except the pews, and the entire interior of the church glows because of all the gold.