Fun vacations don’t always mean long car rides or lines at the airport.

“Staycations” give you a break from your daily grind without having to spend a lot of time and money on travel. They also let you spend quality time with your kids and enjoy your home city in a fun, relaxing way.

In greater St. Louis, dozens of family-friendly activities are just around the corner. Once you’ve hit Forest Park, The Magic House and a Cardinals game (or two), try these ideas.

  • Find a new nature center. At Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center, just west of St. Louis, you can go on a hike or, if you’re there on a Saturday, watch the fish feeding in the park’s aquarium. Across the river in Illinois, go for a horseback ride at Pere Marquette State Park.
  • Check out a cool museum. In St. Louis, the one-of-a-kind World Chess Hall of Fame will get your child excited about brain games. And what kid wouldn’t love to spend an afternoon at the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum in Cahokia, Illinois?
  • Take in some art. Laumeier Sculpture Park lets all members of your family—even the four-legged ones—get some exercise while learning about art and nature.
  • Plan a night at the drive-in. Pack up your car with a picnic dinner and some comfy blankets. Dress your kids in their PJs and head to a drive-in movie theater for an affordable, old-school way to watch the latest family-friendly flick.


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