Location: 6750 Tyson Valley Rd, Eureka MO 63025
Messy Play Days happen 3 times a year during the summer months of June, July, and August. They're always on a Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and it's for kids walking to age 5. I will say that my kids are 4 and 6 and honestly they were a bit too old for this. I would say this activity is best suited for toddlers up to age 3.
The cost is $8 a child and you should register in advance. They had 80 people sign up! I was the first person to get there and I'm so glad because it was crowded. This facility is gated but someone will greet you and give you instructions when you pull up to the gate.
The next station was self face painting. They had mirrors and lots of colors. My daughter had fun with this one!
The next area had lots of tubs for water play. There were a variety of water toys in each tub.
The next area was finger painting. They gave everyone paint and a paper towel roll and you could decorate it however you wanted.
The last area contained baby pools filled with sand and mulch. They all had buried objects like plastic insects and shovels and sifters. They also had tubs of water if the kids wanted to clean themselves off. My son hates having dirty hands so he appreciated that.
You had 4 hours to play but my kids were done quickly so I decided we should also do the wolf tour. It cost $10 for adults and the kids were free (it was included with their messy play admission). They had tours starting every hour. A docent talked to us while our group walked to the area where the animals are kept. She told us about the property and how all the buildings were originally WWII bunkers. The Wolf Sanctuary was founded in 1971 by world famous Marlin Perkins. Their goal was to save wolves that were becoming extinct and their work continues to this day. I was shocked to hear that the red wolf is the most critically endangered animal right now and that their numbers in the wild are less than 100.
African painted dogs
The day we were here it was about a thousand degrees outside, and the walk was long and hot. My kids were not happy about it. It would have been more enjoyable on a cooler day.
They have some other events that look interesting, including a photog tour, keeper for a day, predatour, wolf camps, birthday parties, campfire wolf howl and more. I'm glad we finally got to check it out!