701 N. 15th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
City Museum Description
If Willy Wonka were to build a children's museum, it would be this one. Kids travel between levels via slide, "swim" through a river filled to waist level with plastic balls, and prowl subterranean tunnels lit by candlelight. The super outdoor playground MonstroCity is a warren of suspended bridges, castle towers, an airplane fuselage, and wire tunnels, all comprised of recycled parts. Play "I Spy" as you approach the museum to see who can pick it out first (hint: you can't miss it; there's a school bus hanging off the roof).
Toddlers & Pre-K: Truncated slides and short tunnels miniaturize the City Museum experience for the youngest visitors in Toddler Town. The Baby Ball Pit downscales the Big Ball Pit for toddlers and preschoolers, who will also like the special activities at the aquarium (including otter feedings).
Pre-Teens & Teens: As long as you don't call it a "children's museum," teenagers will love City Museum as well as their younger siblings. Everyday Circus is especially engaging, as most of the performers are teens themselves.
- Dress for adventure. The many slides, tunnels, and outdoor bridges are best approached in long pants and closed-toed shoes.
- Evening warning. Though the museum is open until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, it tends to fill with young adults the later the hour. Families are happiest until about 9 p.m.
- Dine in. The museum bars outside food and drink and the activity level here is high, so plan on feeding your family at the museum's sandwich-focused café. Prices are reasonable and the menu includes standards like peanut butter and jelly for picky eaters.
- See the circus. Don't miss a performance of Everyday Circus, a kid's circus school housed at the museum. Half-hour shows run generally three times each day.
Just the Facts
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Recommended Time: 2 - 4 hours
Reviews of City Museum
By kehufker December 31, 2008
What we loved:
It has a lot to do
What we didn't love:
It is has a record with many incidents and injuries
Before you go I must inform you of several serious incidents at the city museum.br/In the train there was a hole in the floor, this hole proved just large enough for a two year old girl to fall through. A teen, while crawling through one of the play areas, hit he head on the ceiling and passed out. The most dangerous is that last summer a fifteen ton block of granite fell from the ceiling. Fortunatly no one was hurt. In addition to these there are even more problamatic areas and it is only a matter of time untill someone gets hurt or even killed. One area I would definatly avoind is the out side play ground. You are 30+ feet in the air sometimes supported by nothing more than chicken wire. The problem, it was built by artists not engineers who didn take the safety of your children into concern. Read More