World Chess Hall of Fame Toddler Time

Located at 4652 Maryland Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108    Website

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Looking for something to do on a rainy or dreary day? Or even a nice day? Check out Toddler Tuesdays at the World Chess Hall of Fame! Per their website, “these sessions are designed for children ages birth to 3 years old.  Each weekly session includes light refreshments and socializing followed by activities focusing on creative and cognitive development.”

The cost is $5 per adult/child pair and free for their members. It says that you must have one adult per child, however, I attended with both of my boys and there were no issues. There is a limit of 15 children, but when I called to inquire about reservations, the receptionist said they are typically never to the capacity of 15 children.

We attended the Shapes and Colors session, which featured activities focusing on these ideas/concepts.

The session is held on the third floor in what appears to be a loft area. Play items included large cardboard blocks, Melissa and Doug fruit sorting set, reading area, crayon coloring area, a toss game featuring colored balls and a free play area with various toys, including Magnatiles, a Lakeshore Magnetic Designer, and a handful of trucks and trains.

In addition to the Shapes and Colors session, there are two other sessions, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Baby Talk. The World Chess Hall of Fame rotates through these sessions over a three-week period.

After the session ended, we went downstairs to the second floor to check out the rotating exhibit. The current exhibit is Kings, Queens and Castles which is on display through September 11, 2016.

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The boys really enjoyed this exhibit! A giant chessboard with movable pieces, two slides and two castles, two photo-op areas with giant chess pieces, two regular sized chess boards, a craft area to make a crown and shield and a dress up area allowing kids to dress up a various chess pieces.

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We enjoyed the whole venue more than I anticipated, however, my three and a half-year old is probably on the far side of the targeted audience for Toddler Time.  It is definitely geared more toward the 1’s, 2’s and younger 3’s.

All in all a great place to do something new! Plus, you are within walking distance of Fro Yo or The Cup, if you want to enjoy a little treat afterwards!

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