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St. Louis Attractions Card Gives You St. Louis Discounts

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Whether you live in St. Louis or are visiting the area, the St. Louis Family Attractions Card gives you St. Louis discounts on local attractions. The card can save you money on entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis.

Here’s a sampling of what the 2014 Family Attractions Card offers:

  • Get $10 off a hipline admission at Meramec Caverns Zipline.
  • Save $3 on a single-day adult or child ticket at Raging Rivers Monday through Friday only  (good for up to six tickets)
  • Get a FREE iPod tour and save 10 percent off your total purchase in the Museum Society Gift Shop (one time use only) at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.
  • Buy one admission at the Magic House and get another admission for half price. Limit one per coupon; not valid with other offers.
  • Get a FREE boat ride in Meramec Caverns with the purchase of another ride.
  • Get half-price Cardinal baseball tickets off select seats at any Wednesday home games during the regular season. Black-out date: Aug. 6. Offer based on availability.

 

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website (you will have to give your email address). Or you can pick up the brochure at any DierbergsShop ‘n Save or Schnucks supermarkets.

 

Free Admission At St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 4.51.17 PMDon’t miss this St. Louis freebie!

The St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is offering FREE admission all summer long. Free admission is compliments of the Gateway Foundation.

CAM’s new hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p..m., Saturday.

According to the CAM website:

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. It is the premier museum in St. Louis dedicated to contemporary art. Focused on a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through the diverse perspectives offered in its exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. It is a site for discovery, a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.
 

Four Fabulous Friday Night St. Louis Freebies

St. Louis Old Courthouse from Kiener PlazaMore often than not, the problem with weekends in St. Louis is deciding how to spend your time. There are so many options!

This weekend you’ll find among your various options four fabulous Friday night events–and they’re all FREE:

Free Family Night At The Magic House

St. Louis Magic House Children's MuseumIt’s Free Family Night at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum on Friday, July 18, 2014!

Admission to the museum is FREE that evening. 

The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. These special nights enable a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.)

Here are the other Free Nights this year:

August 15, 2014
September 19, 2014
October 17, 2014
November 21, 2014
December 19, 2014

 

 

Free Movies At Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum’s Outdoor Film Series picks up Friday, July 18, 2014 with Funny Face on an enormous screen on Art Hill. Movies begin at 9 p.m.

The Saint Louis Art Museum is located in Forest Park.

Movie-goers can bring their own picnics or purchase food from the third annual Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Food Truck service will begin at 7:00 pm.


Located in the East Building, the Museum’s Panorama Restaurant offers full-service dining, and the Cafe, located on Level 1, serves casual fare. Both will also be open until 9 pm. 

Here’s the lowdown on tonight’s flick:

Funny Face
(1957, 103 minutes, color)
Directed by Stanley Donen;
starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson


An impromptu photo shoot at a Greenwich Village bookstore leads to the fashion-model discovery of a shop clerk who isn’t crazy about the idea.

Here’s the line-up for the rest of the month:

Friday, July 25
Field of Dreams
(1989, 107 minutes, color)
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson;
starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster


Hearing voices commanding him to construct a baseball diamond in his fields, an Iowa farmer sets out to discover whether the notorious Chicago “Black Sox” can play ball again.

Friday, August 1
Meet Me in St. Louis
(1945, 113 minutes, color)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli;
starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, and Lucille Bremer


The four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love they prepare for a reluctant move to New York that will force them to miss the upcoming World’s Fair.

 

 

 

Emerson Free Night At The Magic House Coming Up

St. Louis Magic House Children's MuseumAdmission is FREE Friday (July 18, 2014)  evening at the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum.

The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. These special nights enable a family (maximum  two adults and four of their own children) to enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the museum at no charge through the generosity of Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.)

 This month’s Emerson Free Night is Friday, February 21.

Here are the other Free Nights this year:

August 15, 2014
September 19, 2014
October 17, 2014
November 21, 2014
December 19, 2014

 

Free Movies At Saint Louis Art Museum

Saint Louis Art MuseumThe popular free movies at the Saint Louis Art Museum on Friday nights in July  continue this year.

The Saint Louis Art Museum’s Outdoor Film Series picks up this weekend with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on an enormous screen on Art Hill. Movies begin at 9 p.m.

Movie-goers can bring their own picnics or purchase food from the third annual Food Truck Fest presented by Sauce Magazine. Food Truck service will begin at 7:00 pm.


Located in the East Building, the Museum’s Panorama Restaurant offers full-service dining, and the Cafe, located on Level 1, serves casual fare. Both will also be open until 9 pm. 

Here’s the lowdown on tonight’s flick:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
(1986, 102 minutes, color)
Directed by John Hughes;
starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jennifer Grey, and Jeffrey Jones


A wise guy is determined to have a day off from high school with his best friends, while a suspicious principal tries to prove he is playing hooky.

 

Here’s the line-up for the rest of the month:

Friday, July 18
Funny Face
(1957, 103 minutes, color)
Directed by Stanley Donen;
starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson


An impromptu photo shoot at a Greenwich Village bookstore leads to the fashion-model discovery of a shop clerk who isn’t crazy about the idea.

 

Friday, July 25
Field of Dreams
(1989, 107 minutes, color)
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson;
starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster


Hearing voices commanding him to construct a baseball diamond in his fields, an Iowa farmer sets out to discover whether the notorious Chicago “Black Sox” can play ball again.

Friday, August 1
Meet Me in St. Louis
(1945, 113 minutes, color)
Directed by Vincente Minnelli;
starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien, Mary Astor, and Lucille Bremer


The four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love they prepare for a reluctant move to New York that will force them to miss the upcoming World’s Fair.

 

 

 

Free Magic House Night

Magic House St. Louis Children's MuseumSave the date: July 18.  That’s when there’s an Emerson Free Family Night at the Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum.

The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights on the third Friday of every month.  On these nights families can visit at no charge from  from 5:30 to 9 p.m.  The offer is for a maximum  two adults and four of their own children).

The free night is made possible by Emerson. Reservations are not required.

The Magic House is a hands-on children’s museum with more than 100 hands-on exhibits. It is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.)

These are the dates of remaining Free Nights this year:

August 15, 2014
September 19, 2014
October 17, 2014
November 21, 2014
December 19, 2014

 

Free: Misssouri History Museum To Show 'America From The Ground Up' Film Series

America From the Ground Up“America: From the Ground Up,” a series of six films of Monty Dobson, archaeologist and filmmaker, will end on at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 30, in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room in the Missouri History Museum. Dobson will answer questions after the films run.

The  session features  “American Revolution,” “Science of Archaeology” and “War of 1812.”

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

 

 

Free: Misssouri History Museum To Show 'America From The Ground Up' Film Series

America From the Ground Up“America: From the Ground Up,” a series of six films of Monty Dobson, archaeologist and filmmaker, will be shown in Sundays and Mondays in June at the Missouri History Museum. The Sunday sessions begin at 1 p.m. and the Monday ones at 10:30 a.m. All are in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose room. Dobson will answer questions after the films run.

The third Sunday session is on June 29, 2014. It features “Science of Archaeology” and “War of 1812.”

The last Monday session is on June 30, featuring  “American Revolution,” “Science of Archaeology” and “War of 1812.”

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.