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Students Benefit from Summer Learning Opportunities and Activities

“Mom, I’m bored!” How many times do parents hear those words while their kids are on summer break?

Well, have no fear. There are plenty of opportunities for summer fun and learning in the St. Louis area.

The popular St. Louis County Library (SLCL) Summer Reading Club will be back this summer for the entire family. Last year, more than 47,000 people participated in the program, which offers fun activities and prizes.

Summer Reading Club participants track their reading online or by using a paper log, which is available at all SLCL branches. Young readers can collect virtual badges for reading and for visiting participating area attractions like the Saint Louis Zoo, The Magic House and the Science Center. Prizes are awarded for each age group and include books and sponsor coupons.

Participation is free and select branches feature kick-off parties. Visit the SLCL website for more details.

Fun is also plentiful at the world-class St. Louis Zoo. Camp Zoey features learning for kids age 4 to those entering kindergarten, while Camp KangaZoo is or campers entering first- through sixth-grade.

Teen Camp and Specialty Camps are also available at the Saint Louis Zoo, and each camp is designed to meet the needs of the ages and interests of camp-goers. Children with special needs are encouraged to attend and an inclusion specialist works with families to make sure needs are met.

For more information on Saint Louis Zoo learning opportunities, visit www.stlzoo.org or email onlineregistration@stlzoo.org with questions.

The Saint Louis Science Center also offers a variety of camps that offer stimulating science sessions for preschoolers to teenagers. In addition to Summer Science Blast Camps, the Science Center offers camp-ins, family vet school, simulated space missions and more. For more information, visit www.slsc.org.

Other local destinations that can provide learning opportunities this summer include:
  • Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks — A U.S. Army post from 1826 to 1946, the museum buildings were part of the section built in the 1850s. Exhibits, educational programs and special events are presented.

  • Laumeier Sculpture Park — The outdoor large-scale sculpture park is free to the public year-round. Features temporary exhibitions, education programs, public events and sculptures.

  • Saint Louis Art Museum — Located in Forest Park, the museum features a collection of more than 33,000 works. Daily free admission plus free admission to featured exhibitions on Fridays.

  • St. Louis Mercantile Library — Established in 1846 by civic leaders and philanthropists, the Mercantile exists today as a vibrant community and cultural asset. It is the oldest library west of the Mississippi.

  • Citygarden — The urban park and sculpture garden is owned by the City of St. Louis, but maintained by the Gateway Foundation. It covers two city blocks in downtown St. Louis, and is open year-round with free admission.

  • Grant’s Farm — The historic farm and long-standing landmark was built by Ulysses S. Grant on land given to him and his wife by his father-in-law. A popular St. Louis destination since 1954, the 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family combines history, heritage and wildlife.


Published May 2019

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