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What to do this weekend in St. Louis

The VCR’s To Perform Free Jungle Boogie Concert At Saint Louis Zoo

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The VCRsThe FREE Jungle Boogie Friday night concert series at the Saint Louis Zoo continues Friday evening with a concert by The VCRs, a band that plays ’90′s music.

Jungle Boogie concerts are performed from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

The series presents a variety of music–rhythm-and-blues, pop, rock, jazz and more–among the animals through August 29.

As always, admission to the zoo is free.

Check out the Jungle Boogie schedule for the rest of the season:

–August 1 — Mood Swings (’80s covers)
–August 8 — Coco Soul (Disco)
–August 15 — Griffin and the Gargoyles (Variety/Dance)
–August 22 — Ticket To The Beatles (Beatles covers)
–August 29 — FatPocket (Funk)

America Chevy Dealers sponors Jungle Boogie.

Prairie Farms sponsor the zoo’s extended hours on the weekends this summer. Through September 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Labor Day, Sept. 1, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission to the Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, is FREE.




Schnucks Coupon Saves $3 At Raging Rivers

Raging Rivers--get a Schnucks coupon

Get wet and cool during the summer heat at  Raging Rivers in Grafton, Ill. along the Great River Road.

Stop by a Schnucks Supermarket and pick up a coupon for Raging Rivers to save you $3 on an adult or child admission.

The coupon cannot be combined with any other discount.

You can purchase your tickets online to avoid waiting in line at the park.

Just a short drive up the River Road from St. Louis, Raging Rivers is 20-acre water park in a most scenic setting. Raging Rivers offers Runaway Rafts; a Body Flume; a beach with a four-foot wave pool and  “Endless River” where you can float along at a leisurely two and a half miles an hour.

New this year are river view cabanas where six to eight of your family members and friends can enjoy a shaded visit.

And you can get special offers and coupons throughout the season by joining Raging Rivers email club. (You will have to submit your email address to join.)

Here are some other deals that get you savings when you visit Raging Rivers this year:

Pepsi deal: Bring in a Pepsi can any day of the week through Sept. 1 and receive an adult admission for the price of a regular full-price child’s admission at the ticket window.   Not valid with any other discount offers.  One discount per can.  Any Pepsi can product is acceptable, does not have to be a specially marked can.

Bunny Bread deal: Bring in the coupon for a Bunny Bread bag and get a two-for-one adult/child admission after 3 p.m. any day of the week and all day on Tuesdays.  Offer good thru September 1, 2014; not valid with any other discount.  One coupon needed for every two people.

AAA deal: AAA members a $3 discount on adult or child regular full-price tickets when AAA Membership Card is presented at the ticket window.  AAA members also save $6 on any adult or child regular full-price ticket on Wednesdays.  Offer valid any day thru September 1, 2014.  Not valid with any other discount.

Free: Last Summer Concert At Brookings Quadrangle Of Washington University

Gateway Festival Orchestra 2014The last summer concert of the Gateway Festival Orchestra will be at the Brookings Quadrangle of Washington University at 7:30 p.m. July 27, 2014. It will be Bright Lights of Broadway featuring soprano Jane Jennings and tenor Keith Boyer.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. The quadrange is in the eastern end of the campus at the western city limits of St. Louis. It can be reached from Skinker and Forsyth boulevards and the Forest Park Parkway.






Free Admission To Botanical Garden For Residents Wednesday And Saturday Mornings

Missouri Botanical Garden

Planning your weekend? If you’re a resident of St. Louis City or St. Louis County, you can get into Missouri Botanical Garden for free.

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County get free admission to the Garden on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

You have to get there before noon. The deal is off if there is an event with a special admission fee. Garden hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


St. Louis Attractions Card Gives You St. Louis Discounts

St. Louis Discounts with the St. Louis Attractions CardIf you like St. Louis on the Cheap, please consider “liking” us on Facebook and following us on Twitter!  And don’t forget to sign up for our FREE newsletter (info is on the right.)


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.


National Ice Cream Day In St. Louis

Ice CreamTed Drewes SundaeIce cream with cherriesSundaeMississippi Mudslide at Fountain On Locust






Today, July 20, 2014 is National Ice Cream Day! Where will you celebrate?

St. Louis, the city that brought the world the ice cream cone (via the 1904 World’s Fair) is a great place to celebrate this national day created by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Whether you hit Ted Drewes for a thick concrete or a luscious sundae, head to the Blue Owl for an ice cream specialty built around one of their famous desserts or to the Fountain On Locust for an ice cream martini that sets a new bar for frosty adult treats, July 20 is a day to celebrate!

For more ideas, check out this article.


Today is Sunday: Save $5 With Muny Opera Coupons Plus FREE Seats

The Addams Family at the Muny OperaIt’s Sunday and here’s your chance to save $5 on a performance at  The St. Louis Muny (the Muny Opera) in Forest Park. Just stop at your local   Schnucks Super Market and pick up a coupon.

Tonight’s performance is the “frighteningly fun” Addams Family.

The coupon is good for seats in Terrace A and Terrace B for Sunday night only.  You can get up to 10 tickets with the coupon on any combintion of Sunday shows. You must redeem the coupon at the Muny box Office in Forest Park which is open every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fine print: Offer may not be combined with other offers. Original coupons only. In case of rain tickets may be exchange for another Sunday performance (subject to availability) or refunded. Valid until capacity is reached. Coupon expires Aug. 12.

And don’t forget you can always attend the Muny for free!  At every Municipal Opera performance there are approximately 1,500 free seats in the last nine rows of the theatre that are free. They are available on a first come, first served basis. The entrances to the free seating area are at the top of the theatre seating area. The free seat gates open at 7 p.m. each evening.

Christopher Reilly of “Alive” had this to say about the Muny’s performance of The Addams Family:

“Creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky, the Addams Family has taken up residence on the Muny stage for a madcap romp that’s sure to put a tortuous tickle in your funny bone. The strong cast is headed by Rob McClure as Gomez, and from the opening defibrillating number—“When You’re An Addams”—through its finale, you’ll be zombified into submission with non-stop gags, guffaws and gut-busting grotesqueries.”

Still coming up at the Muny this summer:

Seussical, July 22-28

Grease, July 31-Aug. 8

Hello Dolly, Aug. 11-17

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