Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Francis Park, St. Louis City




Location: Eichelberger and Donovan Sts., St. Louis, MO 63109

Amenities: Roller Hockey Rink, Handball Courts, Lily Pond Fountain, Playground, Racquetball Courts, Soccer Field, Softball Fields, Tennis Courts, restrooms

Website: http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/parks/parks/view-park.cfm?parkID=3&parkName=Francis%20Park

Playground ground cover: Poured rubber

The park is in the St. Louis Hills area, in south St. Louis City.  Ted Drewes (on Chippewa) is only a few blocks away. There are both baby swings and sling swings, spring toys and play structures for toddlers and school-aged kids.



The playground is in the center of the park near the tennis courts. There is lots of street parking on all sides of the park. 



They finally updated the ancient bathrooms in 2019, and added some picnic benches as well.
















Little Free Library across the park at Hope church.



Cool new snake sculpture in the park


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Holiday Light Guide



Christmas time wouldn't be complete without seeing some beautiful light displays! Here is a list of the professional displays:

1.)The Garden Glow at the Botanical Garden, St. Louis City ($18 adults, $10 kids includes Gardenland Express Train display inside)
2.)Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis City ($9 weekdays, $11 weekends, under 2 free)
3.)Anheuser-Busch Brewery Lights, St. Louis City (Free)
4.) Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park, Ladue ($10 per car)
5.)Santa's Magical Kingdom at Jellystone Park, Eureka ($23 per car)
6.)Holiday in the Park at Six Flags, Eureka (included with admission)
7.)Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville IL (Free, donations accepted)
8.)Christmas Wonderland at Rock Spring Park, Alton IL ($7 per car)
8.)Celebration of Lights at Ft. Zumwalt Park, O'Fallon ($10 per car)
9.)Holiday Night Lights at Rotary Park, Wentzville ($8 per car)

Residential displays are best found through the amazing website, Holiday Light Hopping.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Center of Clayton Indoor Pool, Clayton

Location: 50 Gay Ave., Clayton, MO 63105                    314-290-8500

Website: https://www.claytonmo.gov/government/parks-recreation/center-of-clayton

Amenities:  Recreational swim with water slide, lazy river, and vortex, plus two 25-yard lap lanes

The Center of Clayton offers the ultimate experience in sports, fitness, swimming, recreational, educational and lifestyle enhancing programs. The Center's 136,000 square feet includes four gymnasiums, two pools, a suspended jogging track, weight lifting, aerobic/dance areas, a 30-foot climbing wall, classrooms, lounge, Subway and meeting rooms. The Center does allow non members to use their facilities- daily admission allows access to the pools, gyms and fitness areas. Programs including open climb are not included. Non resident rates are on their website, it costs $10 for kids 3-17, and $15 for adults.

Below are photos of the leisure pool taken from their website.








Thursday, November 21, 2019

Great Skate, St. Peters



Location: 130 Boone Hills Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376             636-441-2530

Website: http://greatskaterocks.com/

Great Skate is a great roller rink. They have roller derby, the offer lessons, they host parties, fundraisers, and they have open skate. It costs $6 per child and $3 skate rental. Non skating adults don't have to pay and they have free wifi and a cafe. The place is pretty small and it's easy to see everyone. They have a small arcade and prizes for tickets. My son likes the trainers they have that help him skate. They have different sizes and they're $3 to rent. They have a DJ and kids can request songs to be played on a sheet of paper. My kids loved requesting songs and hearing them get played!

Great Skate has been around for 30 years but the place doesn't feel as old and run down as Ron's Roller World (Rollercade).  Roller Skating was difficult for my preschooler so I suggest grade school kids and up for this activity.





















Sunday, November 3, 2019

The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station, St. Louis City



Location: 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63103

Website: https://www.thestlouiswheel.com/


The St. Louis Wheel™ is a 200-foot high observation wheel with 42 fully enclosed, climate controlled gondolas that seat up to six adults each. (Colossus at Six Flags is 180 ft. high) Wheel passengers will take three to four rotations high over the St. Louis skyline during the 15-minute ride. The St. Louis Wheel™ is a new iconic attraction on the St. Louis skyline and will be operational every day of the year. You can park in the lot or on the street at a meter. We went on a Sunday and got street parking right in front of the wheel and didn't have to pay anything. Score!




You have to wait in line to buy tickets then wait in line to get on the wheel (all outside). We waited about 15 minutes total for everything, it wasn't busy the day we went. At the beginning of the line there are people taking photos of you in front of a green screen that you can purchase after your ride.









The gondola is mostly glass. My stomach was doing flip flops! It doesn't go very fast but man it's kind of scary at the top.




Fun fact- The High Roller in Vegas is currently the tallest wheel in the world at 550 ft. tall.  I paid $35 to ride the High Roller at night (it's cheaper to ride during the day).The London Eye is 443 ft. tall. so this ranks at about the 4th tallest in the country, tied with the wheel in Pidgeon Forge which is also 200 ft. tall. 







After your ride you can explore the train shed at Union Station, they've added several things in 2019 including a carousel, mini golf, ropes course, mirror maze, several restaurants, and the aquarium which will be opening in late December 2019. The carousel is $5 per child and $5 per adult.




The mini golf is $10 per person. The course is kind of plain. Most other mini golfs in the area cost about half that. Here are all the mini golf courses in town. The only indoor courses are Chesterfield Sports Fusion and the Sheldon (seasonal).



The Soda Fountain was hopping when we were there. We have heard lots of buzz about their "freak shakes". Here is a photo from their Facebook so you can see for yourself.


We didn't eat there but would like to soon. Here is their menu if you'd like to check out their offerings yourself.


They have a lot of candy for sale!








The Mirror Maze costs $8 and they said it takes about 5-10 minutes to find your way out. 


The rope course is 3 stories tall, costs $15 per person, and you get 30 minutes to explore.  Included in this is a 30 ft long zip line. There is a mini version of the rope course very low to the ground for kids under 48" and that costs $5 per person.  




This is Sky Tykes, you can see how low to the ground it is. 


The playground is cute! Lots of little train lovers will love it. There is a rock wall, a slide, a bell to ring, and an area underneath to crawl around in. 





Next to that play structure there is another train to play on. 





Here are more train activities around the lou.


The fire and light shows on the lake are beautiful and not to be missed if you're there at night. The multi-million dollar breathtaking fire, water, and light music show features a 100 foot long waterfall with 50 nozzles that spray water 40 feet down into the lake. Lights will turn the water into a variety of glowing colors accented by the icicle lights decorating the surrounding trees. Get ready to see and feel the explosive power of the lake’s fire feature during the show. Eight lotus shaped pods on the lake shoot flames 25 feet into the air. The dancing lights, water and fire features are set to music to create a sights and sound spectacular that is sure to impress.
The wheel looks amazing at night also with over 1.6 million LED lights!




You can also feed the Koi in the lake


Map of all the attractions