Kimberly shares her ideas on what people can do in their spare time to have fun.
Trying to Make Best of a Rainy Day?
It's hard to figure out what to do on a rainy day. Below, I have provided a list for St. Louisian's and visitors alike. I hope this list will give you some ideas of things to do in St. Louis on a rainy day.
Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park. They have multiple locations throughout the United States. They feature wall to wall trampolines like you have never seen anywhere else. The place is huge. You can just jump around on the trampolines if you want. Or, you can play 3D Dodge ball or participate in an exercise class. There are currently two exercise class options - SkyRobics and Sky/X-6 Boot Camp.
Both kids and adults like this place. They do designate certain times for only kids walking to 5 years old, 5 - 10 years, 10-15 years, 16 and up, and all ages. See the link below for prices and schedules.
St. Louis Science Center
The St. Louis Science Center is a fun place for kids and grown-ups alike. It is so large that it occupy's three huge buildings. It includes many perpetual exhibits as well as several exhibits that changes throughout the year.
The Omnimax theater shows interesting educational type films. They also show mainstream movies occasionally.
St. Louis Outlet Mall
St. Louis Outlet Mall formerly known as The Mills has tons of activities for when you don't want to be outside. It has something for everyone. You can ice skate on the same ice rink that the St. Louis Blues practice. You can go to Nascar and ride the go karts or play games. There is tons of shopping including my favorite store, The Banana Republic Outlet. Family Jump Center has inflatables for the kids to jump on and Putting Edge has glow in the dark mini-golf. There is also an 18 screen Regal Movie Theater and several restaurants including Tony Roma's, Johnny Rockets, and Chevy's. Get some outdoor gear or check out the huge aquariums at Cabella's. And, kids love the big indoor playground, jumping on a trampoline rig, riding the train around the inside of the mall.
I worked at Planet Fun when I was in high school. It was called Tumble Drum back then. It is an indoor playground for kids with tubes to crawl through, slides to slide down, ball pits and much more. There is an arcade up stairs and a small restaurant downstairs. Parents, be prepared. With all the kids laughter and screams of excitement, this place can get noisy!
If you are in St. Louis and can only choose one thing to do, go to the City Museum. This is my top choice for visitors and residents a like. There is something magical about the City Museum. It is unlike any place I have ever been. Their theme is "Where the imagination run wilds!" Imaginations definitely did run wild when creating this museum/playground/architectural marvel. 21 artisans constructed the museum out of reclaimed building materials including old chimneys, bridges, cranes, tiles, and two abandoned planes!
My favorite area is the first floor. The first floor is part "undersea immersion, part tree house hideaway, part cave adventure." You can crawl through a giant whale or get splashed by a boiler tank that sits on top of an 1880's fire pump. Passageways allow you to walk, crawl, and climb your way from beneath the floor to the two story ceiling.
The World Aquarium on the second floor features a tunnel that you can go through as sea life swims around you.
The outside of the building features activities on the side of the building as well as the roof. These areas need to be visited during nice weather.
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Hodak's in the Soulard/Benton Park area has the best fried chicken I have ever tasted. Their slogan is: Where Chicken Lovers Come to Roost!" They have been wowing patrons with amazing home style food and inexpensive prices since 1962. This place is a St. Louis institution. It has been awarded the title of Best Chicken in St. Louis 22 years in a row! Hodak's can serve you in their restaurant, as a carry out order, for parties in bulk or for an outside party in their banquet room. And, what better time to try their comfort food, than when it is chilly and rainy outside.
The Big Bang
This is an adult's only option. The Big Bang is a piano bar on the Landing. It is always a good time. Have a drink and sing along to the amazing musicians that perform there. The Big Bang is located at 807/809 N. 2nd Street in St. Louis, MO 63102. It is open Thursdays 8pm - 3am, Fridays 7pm - 3am, and Sundays 6pm - 3am.
The St. Louis Galleria
The St. Louis Galleria is located in the heart of midtown St. Louis. The address of the beautiful mall is 1155 St. Louis Galleria, St. Louis, MO 63117. This upscale mall has tons of great stores including Macy's, Nordstrom, Dillard's, Banana Republic, The Limited, Apple, Papyrus, Anthropologie, and much more. They also have several restaurants and a movie theater. There is plenty to do at The St. Louis Galleria to take your mind off a rainy day.
St. Peters Rec-Plex
The St. Peters Rec-Plex is a 236,000 square foot facility made up of two buildings: Rec-Plex and Rec-Plex South. It offers a world class natatorium that has hosted U.S. Olympic events. The natatorium has diving boards at multiple heights, a 50 meter heated swimming pool, a hot tub, a sauna, and a family leisure pool with a 130 foot water slide, water play features for the kids, and a current channel. There are life guards on duties at all times. The facility can be used when it is raining but not if it is lightning.
The Rec-Plex also has two ice rinks. The rinks are used for hockey, figure skating, and open skating. Check the website link below for open skating times.
The Rec-Plex also features a Gymnasium with volleyball and basketball as well as an 8,000 square foot fitness center with cardio and weight equipment and an indoor track.
The Rec-Plex is located at 5200 Mexico Road in St. Peters, MO 63376.
The Butterfly House
Inside The Butterfly House it is warm and toasty. The butterflies need the warmth so we can benefit from it during the cold and rainy weather and have the opportunity to be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies. The Butterfly House has 60 breeds of butterflies and 150 varieties of tropical plans to enjoy.
The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, MO 63017.
Dewey’s Pizza makes the perfect cheese pizza! Some may call this sacrilege because this is not really what Dewey’s is known for. Dewey’s is a specialty pizza place.
Dewey’s has sixteen locations in all. Most of these locations are in Ohio, a few in Kentucky, and the remaining five restaurants are in the St. Louis, Missouri area. Dewey’s is cool because they go into old buildings, fix them up, and make them vital again. The location I usually go to is in University City, Missouri. It is located at 559 North and South Road. They are open Monday – Thursday from 11am – 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am – 11pm, and Sunday from 4pm – 10pm.
Obviously, I am a huge fan of Dewey’s. This is one of my go to restaurants. I often go here with work groups or at the beginning of a night out. I would definitely give this restaurant 5 out of 5 stars.
Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gym
There are two Upper Limits Rock Climbing Gyms in the Greater St. Louis Area. They are located at:
Downtown St. Louis
326 S 21st Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314)241 - ROCK (7625)
West County St. Louis
1874 Lackland Hill Parkway
St. Louis, MO 63146
Both gyms can assist beginners and still provide a challenge to experienced climbers. They both have their own charm but both have wall features such as slabs, aretes, roofs, dihedrals, and cracks and two massive arches in addition to features specific to each gym.
If you don't have any climbing experience you will can take the Rock Gym 101 Class before you begin climbing independently. Sign up early because the classes book fast. To climb with kids there is a Family Class. If you don't want to take a class, you can use the Auto Belay's. Call ahead to check on availability.
For those with climbing experience that are new to Upper Limits, you will need to demonstrate proper belay technique with an 'atc' style belay device, tie in climb with a figure-eight knot, and demonstrate proper use of climbing commands and safety checks. After the belay check and orientation you can use the facility. This is only required on your first visit.
Upper Limits is not only a fun place to go when the weather outside is dreary but it was also voted as one of the best places in St. Louis to meet guys.
Saint Louis Art Museum
The St. Louis Art Museum is visited by around half a million people every year. It houses a collection of about 30,000 works of art from antiquity through present day. The collection includes: African, American, Ancient and Islamic, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts and Design, European, Modern, Mesoamerican and American Indian, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Admission to the museum is free everyday. Admission to featured exhibits is free on Fridays. The Museum is closed every Monday.
Missouri History Museum
The Missouri History Museum has several exhibits, many of which focus on the history of Missouri including a 1904 Worlds Fair Exhibit and an exhibit called Seeking St. Louis. For the kids there are activities such as listening stations, touchable items, games, and even a smalling station.
The museum is located at 5700 Lindell Blvd in Forest Park. Admission is free to the museum. There are fees for special exhibits.
The Magic House
And, last but certainly not least, may I recommend The Magic House for a rainy day adventure. Also known as the St. Louis Children's Museum, this facility provides fun and learning opportunities for kids. Their mission is to, "... engage all children in hands-on learning experiences that encourage experimentation, creativity and the development of problem solving skills within a place of beauty, wonder, joy and magic. The Magic House is open everyday but Monday and admission is $9.50 per person. It is located at 516 S Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122.