If you’re into cool, artsy stuff that’s free for the whole family, check out these creative St. Louis hot spots for art, music, and more. You can even start with the Gateway Arch, because everyone knows that you can’t miss a trip to the Gateway Arch you take the family to visit St. Louis.
See this 630-foot tall, stainless steel-covered monument — the world’s tallest arch — up close without breaking your budget. The Gateway Arch entry-only tickets are low cost for adults and free for kids under 15. Tickets to go to the top of the arch cost more, but it’s plenty exciting from the ground. In addition, park rangers lead free programs about the arch and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.
While the arch is certainly cool, there’s plenty more to explore in St. Louis for little or no cost that offers a good time for all ages.
Laumeier Sculpture Park
There’s nothing stuffy about this crazy, kooky, and free sculpture park. From a neon light that spells out “Laumeier” in flashing red, blue, and green to a supersized, life-like fiberglass deer, this 105-acre park’s 60 sculptures are the bomb when it comes to fun art your kids will talk about for years to come.
They can climb all over the colorful, sparkly Ricardo Cat sculpture — it’s also a bench that looks like it’s hugging anyone who sits on it — and snap selfies next to the giant eyeball sculpture. A smiley face sunk into the ground gives them a cool place to sit and stand in its nose, eyes, and mouth.
Show your kids art that’s a little outside of the box when you take them to see some of St. Louis’s most eye-catching murals. If they want to see a crawfish playing saxophone, a cow-sized fish, and manta rays, stop at “Tails of the Mississippi,” a graffiti-style mural of wacky sea creatures painted by different artists on the riverfront flood wall a little south of the Gateway Arch.
After Labor Day weekend, check out the Paint Louis Graffiti Wall along the riverfront. Every year, artists from around the country paint murals on the wall for a stretch of nearly two miles, and the result is some pretty exciting stuff. You can also find cool murals along South Broadway between Bellerive Park and the River Des Peres in the city.
Who knew you could thrash out to live indie rock at the library? Throughout most of the year, St. Louis’ downtown Central Library holds the free Not So Quiet! concert series on the third Thursday of every month. It’s first-come, first-served seating for those who love to groove to folk, blues, indie rock, soul, and swing music. During the summer, concerts are outdoors.
Enjoy tons of free performances as a part of St. Louis’ Summer Concert Series, where you can hear everything from jazz to rock to retro while chilling out and kicking back on a blanket with a picnic basket. The Jungle Boogie Concert Series is held at the St. Louis Zoo, where kids can bust a move along with the critters.
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