South County YMCA Preschool Playtime Open Gym

Located at: 12736 Southfork Rd, St. Louis, MO 63128  Website Come play, run, jump, flip and balance at the South County YMCA in their Gymnastics room. (This is a parent child activity) There is a large mat area with an obstacle course that kids can slide down a small slide, crawl through a tunnel, flip down…

Buder Park

The park’s website: Park website **Not that the playground picture on the website is outdated. Located at: South Buder – 215 Valley Park Road (Picnic Shelters/Playground), Saint Louis, MO 63026 North Buder – 101 Larkin Williams Road (Athletic/Model Air Fields and Archery Range) Saint Louis, MO 63088 We visited the South Buder park, as this is where…

West County EMS & Fire Safety House

Located at: 13790 Manchester Rd, Manchester, MO 63021  Website From the Safety House’s webpage: “Safety House was created through funding in the 2012 Proposition L bond issue. The curriculum engages children and families through interactions with West County paramedics and firefighters. Children learn through hands on activities focusing on: developing a family fire evacuation plan…

Mercury Gymnastics

Located at 10551 North Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153 This place was a blast!! We visited during their Friday morning Power Hour and everyone in the family loved it including my mother in law. From the Company’s website: “Come burn some energy on our trampolines, tumble trak, balance beams, bars, ropes, obstacle courses and foam…

Rise Coffee House & Craftibility

Located at: 4180 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110 Website RISE COFFEE HOUSE Coffee, Peace and Justice for All We recently attended a Craftibility session at Rise Coffee on a Wednesday morning.  Upon entering the downstairs area we were greeted by a typical large coffee house with mostly business people and students relaxing. However, upstairs is a different…

Wonderscope

Located at 5700 King Street, Shawnee, KS 66203 Website The mission of Wonderscope is to provide fun, dynamic exhibits and programs that integrate the arts, sciences and literature for children eight and under, their parents and teachers from across the Kansas City area. Inside this former school building, there are various rooms for visitors to explore. The Farm…

Frisco Train Store

Located at 24 Front Street, Valley Park, MO 63088  Website It’s almost impossible to believe that in all the time I have been sharing our adventures that I have not posted on the Frisco Train store. This is heaven for any train loving kid, and adult for that matter! Looking for a great spot when…

Lafayette Park

Located at 1699 Mississippi Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104 Despite several visits to the park area for festivals along the streets of Lafayette Square, on this visit we decided to stop and explore what this park has to offer. The playground area was impressive with two large playground structures, four sling seat swings and four…

Hermans Farm

Located at 3659 N. Highway 94, St. Charles, MO 63301 Website Open 9 am – 7 pm daily. Looking for a fun place to pick apples that isn’t 45 minutes away? Then this is your place! Hermans Farm located in St. Charles, MO packs a lot of fun into their small farm. Attractions include a castle playground,…

Schranz Memorial Park

Located at: 360 Honeysuckle Lane, Swansea, IL 62226 Looking for a unique playground? This is it! We made the 40-45 minute drive to Swansea, IL a few weeks back to meet some friends and were very impressed with this park! This castle themed playground had plenty to keep the kids busy.  This playground has two…

Ferris Park

Located at 500 New Ballwin Road, Ballwin, MO 63021  Website This 12 acre park is located close to where Big Bend Road turns and becomes New Ballwin Road. Hidden down a drive, this playground was a blast! Lots of new features and structures that we have not seen at any other parks. The nature themed…

Minnie HaHa Park

Located at 801 Old Gravois Rd., St. Louis, MO 63127  Website Minnie HaHa Park is a large park that features three playgrounds, 3 picnic shelters, a scenic overlook of the Meramec River, river access, multiple trails and 2 soccer fields. When we first pulled into the park, we saw the above playground and figured this was…