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After hearing rave reviews about the World Bird Sanctuary located near 141 and 44, the kids and I decided to check it out!

What we discovered was a fun family outing tucked across the street from Lone Elk Park. It’s interesting, educational, and unique.

Here’s what you need to know before you go:

  • Handicap/stroller accessible, though much of the terrain is mulch or gravel-covered.
  • Exhibits both inside and outside, with the majority outside.
  • Map and plenty of info available on their website.
  • Free, though donations are welcome. Several donation boxes located throughout the sanctuary.
  • Nice new restroom facility with a baby changing station.
  • Plenty of benches and rocking chairs to encourage you to take a break and enjoy the lovely surroundings.
  • Several picnic tables, with some under shelters.
  • Expect to see birds, especially eagles and raptors. There are also some snakes, lizards and other reptiles.
  • You might just get a chance to pet Dumpling, the pet chicken!
  • Seasonal shows and animal encounters
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I came across this info and thought it sounded like a frugal family outing worth checking out!

Saturday, October 2, from 3-7, Concord Church on Tesson Ferry Road is having their annual Fall Festival. Free!

  • Kid’s parade, pumpkin toss, pony rides, and games
  • Emergency vehicles on site for kids to check out
  • Food items to purchase: cake walk, hot dogs/burgers and hot chocolate/cider

Has any of our readers ever been to the Concord Church Fall Festival before? If so, would you recommend it?

Word just came from my husband (who is at the Botanical Gardens with the kids) that if you arrive before 10am on a Wednesday or Saturday, tickets to Dinoquest are free!

Entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free to St. Louis city and country residents Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9-12, and the Children’s Garden is free to city/county residents during those times as well.

Since parking is always free at the Botanical Gardens, this can make for a really frugal family outing – free parking, entrance, Dinoquest, and Children’s Garden if you are a St. Louis city or country resident and go early on a Wednesday or Saturday. Nice!

Thanks to Jennifer for helping me choose what next St. Louis deal to highlight…

Nestled in wonderful Forest Park, the home of the 1904 World’s Fair, is an outdoor Municipal Theater popular with St. Louisans. Each summer there is a full slate of musicals that can be enjoyed under the stars, with natural heat provided. Check out the Muny home page here to see what’s planned for the rest of the summer, and be sure to check here for information on free seats for every performance!

Yes, that’s right! The Muny has over 1500 free seats for every performance! Some things to consider before you go:

  • Check the Muny’s website for information pertaining to your visit.
  • The free seat gates open at 7pm before each show, but arrive at least an hour before that to get in line.
  • Seriously consider taking or renting binoculars. There’s a reason the free seats are free. However, if you are fine listening and seeing from a distance, then don’t worry. I’ve never used binoculars…but wished I could have!
  • Soft-sided coolers that fit under the seats are allowed…see all the restrictions here.
  • Performances begin nightly at 8:15.
  • Free street parking is available in Forest Park, but you might end up having to walk a ways.

We are hoping to get to Sound of Music July 26-August 1 sometime, and take our three-year-old with us for the first time. Since the seats are free, it won’t be a big deal if (when!) we need to leave early. That’s always a bonus.

Whether you live in the great St. Louis area or are just in town for a visit, consider taking the family to the new recreation complex in beautiful Carondelet Park on the south side of town. Built by the city and run by the YMCA, the Carondelet Park Rec Complex has fitness equipment, two gyms, an indoor track, and a large pool area. My advice would be to head over for a swim on a cold winter day to get some wiggles out. Just be sure to check out the indoor pool schedule first, and consider going when the “Splash Park and Slide” are open for optimum fun. My husband likes the 2 1/2-story waterslide, we all enjoy the lazy river, and when our cautious three-year-old is feeling brave, he has fun on the toddler play structure, complete with water slide. In fact, we joined the RecPlex primarily so we’d have a place to take our little guy and get some energy out during the winter months.

Before you visit the RecPlex, here are some important considerations:

  • Each guest may visit one time free of charge unaccompanied by a member.
  • Print out the “guest pass” on this page under the download section, and be sure to take the pass with you. I would recommend printing one per person, just to be on the safe side.
  • Everyone 15 years and older needs a photo ID, but they prefer those 13-15 years have them as well.
  • Towels are available for use at no charge.
  • Mens, Womens, and Family locker rooms are available. Bring your own lock if you so wish.
  • Be aware that the pool area, although indoors, is closed in the event of lightning.
  • This pass does not work for entrance to the outdoor pool.
  • Consider calling the RecPlex at 314-768-9622 before you go to confirm that their guest policy hasn’t changed.

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