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It's summer and we're already bored! I would love to get some ideas from other St. Louis parents about what they do to stay busy during the summer. I really like to get out in the mornings, but I'm a total wimp when it comes to the heat - I can't take it!<br><br>
So far, I've come up with:<br>
Magic House<br>
library story times<br>
Discovery Room at St. Louis Science Center<br>
Creation Station at Museum of Transportation<br><br>
I'm trying to keep things low-cost, so that rules out the City Museum, though we love it.<br><br>
Any other great places I'm forgetting?
 

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I hate the heat, too! We invest in a pool pass every year, which pretty much sucks up the entertainment budget for the summer. But it's a good way to stay cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Other places I like are the Garden (lots of shade/fountains to run in) and the Zoo. I find the Zoo is bearable in the morning, especially if you head to the Penguin area and the fountains in the Children's Zoo.
 

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We've found the zooto be nice in the evening, too. We head up there around 5 and hit all the indoor and shaded attractions then it's usually cool enough to see a few animals before the zoo closes. (Our favorite is still in the morning, though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )
 

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I'm new here, so I'll take all the suggestions I can get too!<br><br>
I discovered the penguin area at the zoo this AM.... wonderful!
 

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Wherenberg, AMC and The Mills movie theatres all have free or low cost movies during the Summer. We've been to several and really enjoyed them.<br><br>
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The Butterfly House and the Carousel in Faust Park are nice too.
 

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We moved from STL four months ago,but I still lurk on this thread a lot. My best friend and I used to spend a lot of time at Cooper Ella Coffeehouse in Maplewood. It's on Summit. And it's wonderful. They have one side that is a playarea and the other is a coffee shop.Their food and coffee is great, a bit spendy for the food. But you can get snacks for kids at a decent price. Get there early though because by 10 am they are packed with moms and kids.
 

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whats the library branch like where you live? Most of the STL ones are great, and have great storytimes and activities, especially in the summer.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We moved from STL four months ago,but I still lurk on this thread a lot. My best friend and I used to spend a lot of time at Cooper Ella Coffeehouse in Maplewood. It's on Summit. And it's wonderful. They have one side that is a playarea and the other is a coffee shop.Their food and coffee is great, a bit spendy for the food. But you can get snacks for kids at a decent price. Get there early though because by 10 am they are packed with moms and kids.</div>
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I heard through the grapevine that Cooper Ella's is closing.
 

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Kangaroo Kids is great too!
 

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Actually, I think it's just the store - the cafe is staying open AFAIK.
 

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The Cooper Ella Cafe is great. I do think the store is closing. We went to lunch there over the weekend and I went into the store and got some clothes for the boys all 50% off.
 

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These are all awesome suggestions. I want to second the botanical garden, especially on weekdays. Such a great place for the kids to run around. There are at least four fountain areas that kids can go in there, and only one is in the kids part. Kids under 3 are free in the children's garden. Members are free on another day. There is an indoor play structure during the summer months too.<br><br>
We also love monkey jos. Its only 5 bucks if you don;t want to jump yourself. Bring a friend and camp out in the middle and talk while the kids go nuts. We always bring snacks and no one cares. DS1 sleeps so well after we go to monkey jos.<br><br>
Hartford coffee shop is another place to hang out with the kids. Again, no need to spend a bunch of $$ there.
 

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there's a new park mid-central county that is completely shaded!! It's right next to Warson woods pool, behind the tennis courts. I don't know the address, but it's down the hill at Sappington/manchester.<br><br><br>
There's also a place called, "It's party time" on Watson road near Hanley. It has a few bounce houses and a climbing place similar to McDonald's. The family that runs it is very kind and likes children!
 

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I just thought of another one. Whittle Shortline Railroad in Valley Park. This is a family owned business that makes trains similiar to the Thomas the Trains.They have train tables set up that kids can come and play on.There is one very large on and then two smaller ones for the kids to play at. I would call and check hours first. Before we moved, they were closed on Mondays and didn't open until 10:00 the rest of the week.<br>
They also use to have Family Night on one Friday each month where the kids go to do face painting, play upstairs on the birthday party train tables and make a cookie. It was always fun for our family.
 
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