Celebrate Mardi Gras Family Style with Beads and Face Paint at the Zoo or Head to the Science Center for a Brain Carnival

Here are some activities you can do with the family in or near University City.

Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids / family this weekend in or near University City? Look no further! We’ve got some ideas right here!


When/Where: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday, St. Louis Zoo. Why Go: The Zoo-style Mardi Gras celebration is complete with mask-making, beads, face painting and grand finale parade. Attendees can also dance to live music courtesy of Bob Case with his Wild Accusations. Pricing: Free.

When/Where: Saturday, March 5 from 10am-4pm at the St. Louis Science Center. Why Go: It’s a brain carnival! Your kids are sure to learn a lot and have fun while doing so. Pricing: Free

When/Where: Sundays (including March 6) at the St. Louis Science Center from 1pm-4pm. Why Go: Bring the family out each Sunday at the St. Louis Art Museum and enjoy hands on activities, 30 minutes tours throughout the gallery, a host of fun filled family performances.  Each month focus on different themes. Pricing: Free.

When/Where: Saturday, March 5 from 9am-3pm at the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Why Go: At the Missouri Botanical Gardens, you and your family can view  a sampling of the 3-D entries created by students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the “Power of Plants” contest. The entries illustrate the properties of plants and the benefits they provide. Pricing: Free for members and kids under age 12. St. Louis City and County residents $4 ($3 for seniors). Everyone else $8.

When/Where: Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 at various times (click above). Auditions take place at St. Louis University High School. Why Go: You have a child that you think has the stuff it takes to be in a Muny Production! Pricing: It’s free to audition

When/Where: Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at the . Mondays at 7pm, Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 3:45pm. Why Go: You’ve got kids that are just the right age to enjoy story time, crafts and songs at the library. Pricing: Free


When/Where: Thursday, March 3 from 9:30am-11:30am at , 2950 Kings Xing, Saint Peters (first and third Thursday of the month through April 21). Why Go: If you’re a mother of pre-school aged children, this is a great place to meet other parents with kids the same age. In this group you will find other moms who share common life circumstances. Each meeting will present a guest speaker, snacks and a craft. Childcare is provided. Pricing: Free


When/Where: , 318 S Duchesne Dr. in St. Charles. Hors d'oeuvres at 6:30pm, Program at 7pm. Why Go: Unlike some Mardi Gras events / concerts, this concert – put on by the William Lenihan Jazz Trio from Washington University – is open to the whole family. Pricing: $12 suggested donation.

Mary K March 05, 2011 at 07:39 AM
Your lead is: "Looking for something fun and different to do with the kids / family this week in University City? Look no further! We’ve got some ideas right here!" Um, which of these events is in University City? Granted, the Zoo isn't far, but St. Peters & St. Charles? Those are a bit of a schlep, no?
Myra Lopez March 05, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Mary, you are absolutely correct, these events are not in U City. It should read in or near U City. However, I'll speak with the calendar editor who puts this item together and ask him to make more of an effort to find activities in U City.
Joycelyn Barnes March 05, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Thanks for the tips! This is great. Now, the boys and I (and their cousin) have something to do after my son's basketball game. I'm diggin' THE PATCH! Thanks!!


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