Take Your Family to Musical Storytime at the Library or Sing Along With Dan Zane at COCA

Here are five things you can do in or near University City.

Glad you clicked on our new Grab and Go Kids Planner. We've assembled a handful of kid-friendly activities. Each week, we'll give you the info on family activities or events. Have a suggestion or tip? Simply add them to the comment box below. There are plenty of fun things for families to do in or near University City this weekend. Here's a look at five of them.


When/Where: Saturday 10:30am, . Why Go: Hear the story of "Berlioz the Bear" with a musical accompaniment, featuring St. Louis Symphony bassist, Sarah Hogan. Try out real musical instruments and receive a free book. Pricing: Free.

When/Where: Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm, , 7210 Olive Blvd. Why Go: Help the community and spend a morning outside to boot. Join others in removing invasive bush honeysuckle from the banks of the River des Peres in Heman Park (in University City). Register online at www.riverdesperes.org or onsite at 7210 Olive Blvd. Gloves and hand tools will be provided to all volunteers. If you prefer, feel free to bring your own tools or gloves. Pricing: Free. Contact Theodore Smith, 314-640-2429 or td3x@aol.com if you have questions.

When/Where: Saturday 8:00pm, 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Ave. Why Go: Renowned jazz pianist Peter Martin will play a benefit event for Kids Place, Inc. Pricing: A $50 ticket to the event includes the concert and dessert; a $100 ticket also comes with an invitation to a pre-concert reception with Martin and the Kids' Place board. Website: http://www.kidsplace-stl.org/. Phone: 314-863-8055. Email: LWolpert@KidsPlace-STL.org.


When/Where: Friday (7:00 PM - 8:00 PM); Saturday (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)  (5:00 PM - 6:00 PM); Sunday (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM) (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM), COCA (Center of Creative Arts) 524 Trinity Avenue. Why Go: His Dan Zanes and Friends' Catch That Train! won the 2007 Grammy for Best Musical Album for Children. Zanes' music has been described as possessing the raw spontaneity of early rock and roll, with elements of folk, and the soulfulness of West Indian music – appropriate for both big and little ears – relaxed and exciting at the same time. Pricing: Ticket prices range from $18 to $22.


When/Where: Saturday 10:00am (light snacks served at 9:30am), Saint Louis Science Center, Lower Level. Why Go: The Science Center and youths from the Youth Exploring Science (YES) program will host a community conversation on climate change that is open to all ages. The event includes: Panel lectures by climate change scientists; Climate change tabletop activities including Polar Bear Hopscotch, Carbon Footprint Survey, What’s for Lunch?, and What’s a Watt? Pricing: FREE, open to the community, but reservations are required.



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