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Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.10.10 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.10.04 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.09.52 PM Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 4.09.40 PM Delta Dental Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for a mid-January break?  Delta Dental Winter Zoo give you a chance to enjoy FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids at the Saint Louis Zoo on Sundays, January 25 and February 1, 8 and 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Delta Dental’s Tooth WizardSM and his sister Tooth FairySM will star in the Land of Smiles® stage show in Anheuser Busch Theater in The Living World building at 11:30 a.m. each week. In addition to teaching good oral health habits, Land of Smiles will educate children on the benefits of eating healthy foods and active play 60 minutes a day. Each child attending the show will receive a free “smile bag” containing dental health supplies to help put them on track for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Movin’ All Around the Land of Smiles activity, by Delta Dental, will take place in The Living World at 3 p.m. (2 p.m. on Feb. 15).

Watch a video on the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation in Punta San Juan, Peru; enjoy Humboldt penguin and takin keeper chats and enrichment activities; and listen to live music each week.

On Sunday, February 15, join the Zoo for the best family Mardi Gras celebration in town. Delta Dental Mardi Gras includes mask making, beads, live music and more. Turn your child’s wagon or stroller into a Mardi Gras parade float, and join in the parade through the Zoo at 3 p.m. led by the Zoo’s costumed characters and Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles characters.

Admission to the Zoo and Winter Zoo activities is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All activities and games are designed for kids aged 2-10. No reservations are needed. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Winter Zoo is sponsored by Delta Dental of Missouri, Prairie Farms Dairy and FM NewsTalk 97.1.

For more information about the Saint Louis Zoo, visit www.stlzoo.orgwww.facebook.com/stlzoo,www.twitter.com/stlzoowww.youtube.com/stlzootube.

 

Help Saint Louis Zoo Name Baby

Saint Louis Zoo baby orangutan

Photo by Stephanie Braccini, Saint Louis Zoo

 

The Saint Louis Zoo is looking for help naming its new baby Sumatran orangutan. Beginning today you can cast your vote in the Saint Louis Zoo’s Name the Baby poll.

The baby’s a girl born December 14, and the  Zoo’s Great Ape care team was asked to select a few  female names for her. Her mother is  Merah, and her father is Cinta. They all live at the Zoo’s Jungle of the Apes. The baby orangutan is not currently on view.

You can cast your vote for one of the four name choices through midnight, January 16, 2015. They are:

•           Marigold

•           Lucy

•           Cranberry

•           Ginger

To vote online, go to the zoo’s website, Facebook, TwitterInstagram or Pinterest. You can also vote in person at the North Entrance Zoo Welcome Desk or by mailing a “Vote for the Baby Orangutan Name” postcard with your name, address and your vote to Name the Baby Orangutan, Saint Louis Zoo, #1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110.

The winning name will be revealed during a baby shower for Merah and the newborn at 10 a.m.,  Monday, January 19 at Jungle of the Apes. Merah will reveal her baby’s name, and the orangutans will enjoy special enrichment presents and a cake.

Visitors can bring a gift to help celebrate the new addition. You can find a wish list on the Zoo website for the wish list, or select from the list below. Many of these items are used in the day-to-day care of the orangutans to provide extra comfort and enrichment or shared with chimpanzee and gorilla cousins:

•           Heavy fleece blankets, sheets, towels

•           Paper lunch bags or paper grocery bags

•           DVDs – cartoons/nature shows

•           Kong toys

•           Gift cards: Otto Environmental, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Petco, PetSmart

•           Strong plastic cups and bowls

•           Jumbo Lego blocks

The orangutan species is endangered due to the rate of habitat loss.  A global demand for palm oil has resulted in widespread deforestation and subsequent drastic declines in the number of orangutans that survive in the wild.

The Saint Louis Zoo has been named America’s top zoo by Zagat Survey and Parenting Magazine. It is widely recognized for its innovative approaches to animal management, wildlife conservation, research and education. One of the few free zoos in the nation, it attracts about 3,000,000 visitors a year.

8 Best Places To See Holiday Lights In St. Louis

Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical GardenThere’s no time like Christmas in St. Louis. With lights a-twinkling, Santa visiting and enough activities to keep families busy virtually every day of the month, St. Louis’s December calendar is indeed full.

Here are some of the best places in St. Louis to see holiday lights.  Enjoy!

Wild Lights at the St. Louis Zoo.  It’s Christmas in the jungle. Colorful lights, animated displays and seasonal sounds greet visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo nightly December 19-23 and 26-30 and January 2-3, 2015. Tickets include activities for kids. 

Winter Wonderland in Tilles County Park. Through January 1, 2015. This amazing light display is an annual favorite with young and old alike. It will dazzle you with a million twinkling holiday lights and characters and festive scenes.

Anheuser-Busch BreweryLight Display. Thursday-Sunday through January 4, 2015.  More than a half-million sparkling lights outline the red-brick buildings of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Even the iconic clock tower is a-twinkle. If you’re 21 or older, this year you can sample your favorite beers too.

Garden Glow  Through January 3, 2015. This year’s expanded display of glimmering lights includes a half million holiday lights set in the familiar scenes of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

3rd Annual Window Walk in the Central West End. Through December 22. This event showcases Central West End retail and restaurants’ holiday-themed window displays.Visitors who come to the Central West End during Window Walk will see the area transformed into a winter wonderland and experience an eclectic atmosphere that celebrates the holiday season.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom.Through January 4.  This drive-through park in Jellystone Park Resort in nearby Eureka, features flying reindeer, a tree land village of elves, splashing dolphins, a shimmering 300-foot waterfall that flows from the sky and other magical scenes. Kids will want to visit with Santa in his workshop, ride the Santa Express train or take an old fashioned holiday wagon through the kingdom.

Way of Lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Through January 2, 2015. Located in nearby Belleville, Ill. visitors embark on a mile-and-a-half drive to Bethlehem. The scriptural journey features more than a million lights in displays with life-size biblical statues scriptural journey to Bethlehem via unusual electro-art displays.

Citygarden in downtown St. Louis. With its whimsical works of art, Citygarden has capture the imagination of those who have visited it. Now, for the holidays, it takes on a whole new look when the sun goes down.

 

Saint Louis Zoo Sets Holiday 'Wild Lights' Dates

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis ZooA sparkling array of 500,000 lights await you as you wander through the Saint Louis Zoo’s U.S. Bank Wild Lights.

Wild Lights will be open  Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 28-December 14, and nightly December 19-23 and 26-30, 2014, and January 2-3, 2015, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (The exhibit is closed on December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.)

The whimsical light displays is sure to enchant visitors. It has a snowfall flurry walk, beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an Arctic wonderland, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and a charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and more.

Visitors can warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, where they can see see colorful insects, reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

Then they can gather ‘round the fire to fluff their fur, warm their paws and perk up their listening ears as they listen as theatrical interpreters present animal stories.

Visitors can aboard their favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). At the 4D motion simulator ($4), they can slide along with “Ice Age: Return of the Dinosaurs.” Rides are weather permitting.

Visitors can also take a detour to Lakeside Cafe for dinner, snacks and hot chocolate. Youngsters can make festive crafts to take home while listening to holiday music.

Live performances by local groups will occur on select nights.  Zoo gift shops will offer a variety of unique gift ideas and Wild Lights visitors receive a 10% discount on any purchase. The discount is 20 % if you’re a Zoo member.

Holiday Light Recycling Drive

The  Zoo is partnering with St. Louis Green to collect non-working holiday lights to be recycled and keep them out of landfills. The public may drop off lights in recycle bins at the Zoo’s north and south entrances during Zoo hours through Jan. 18 and on evenings Wild Lights is held through Jan. 3.

Wild Lights Admission

Admission to Wild Lights is $7 per person; $6 for Zoo members (no passes accepted). Children under 2 are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 314-646-4771.

Groups of 15 or more can get a group rate of $6 per person by calling in advance.  To order group tickets, call 314-646-4718 or email the zoo office at groups@stlzoo.org.

Free parking will be available on the South Lot on Wells Drive near I-64 during Wild Lights. Visitors should enter the event through the South Entrance.

U.S. Bank Wild Lights is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Eaton Corporation, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo and Fresh 102.5.

 

 

Last Chance For 'Boo At The Zoo,' Saint Louis Zoo's Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for Halloween

It’s your last chance to take your kids to The Saint Louis Zoo‘s Boo at the Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

The event is held  5:30 to 8:30. The last day is Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct.] 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

'Boo At The Zoo' Is Saint Louis Zoo's Not-So-Scary Halloween Celebration

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenThe Saint Louis Zoo has taken on a Halloween look for Boo at the Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Halloween With 'Boo At The Zoo'

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenCelebrate Halloween at the kid-friendly Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Saint Louis Zoo Celebrates Halloween With 'Boo At The Zoo'

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Boo At The Zoo' for HalloweenCelebrate Halloween at the kid-friendly Boo at the Zoo at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This annual family event features spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories and entertainment as a non-scary Halloween alternative.

Boo at the Zoo is held  5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night through Oct. 30. No reservations are necessary. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes.

Admission is $6 for members and $7 for non-members; children under 2, free. Kids in costume get a $1 discount on admission, available at the door only. See the Zoo’s costume policy.

You can purchase tickets online, by phone at (314) 646-4771, or at the door.

Although this is not a trick-or-treat event, each child gets a treat bag when they leave.

Things to look for–singing/dancing pumpkins, a mystery straw maze, Fragile Forest Fairyland, floating busts that have spooks to sing about, creepy caverns and sinister swamps and more.

“Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” featuring animals performing natural behaviors takes place at the Emerson’s Children’s Zoo.

Storytellers like Terry Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats and others tell captivating animal stories. Grandmother Goose shares tales of other Missouri critters.

Kids can make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner. There’ll be food for sale at Lakeside Cafe. You can purchase souvenirs at the Halloween boo-tique at the Safari Gift Shop and receive a 10 percent discount (20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more.

Parking will be available for free on the South lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The North lot and entrance will be open only on Oct. 17, 18, 24, 25 and 30.

There’s an extra charge for these activities:

  • The  Conservation Carousel, draped in cobwebs, becomes the not-too-spooky “Scare-ou-sel.”  $3 per person.
  • “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” 4D Motion Simulator. $4/person. Anywhere Passes are NOT valid at this event.
  • “Legend of Not-So-Sleepy Hallow” night hikes. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. $5 per hiker, age 3 and up. Children age 2 and under are free. Advance registration is recommended by calling (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors of Boo at the Zoo Nights include SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Mid America Chevy Dealers, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® At The Zoo, K-Hits 96.3 and FM News Talk 97.1.

Celebrate Oktoberfest In St. Louis

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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Where will you celebrate Oktoberfest in St. Louis?

You have plenty of choices this year:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

There’s still time to celebrate Ottertoberfest at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  October 11-12.

5 Oktoberfest Celebrations In St. Louis Area In October

Soulard Oktoberfest
Soulard Oktoberfest

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October is just around the corner and St. Louisans can choose from five (yes, 5!) Oktoberfest celebrations:

Soulard Oktoberfest
Perhaps the area’s largest Oktoberfest celebration is in the  Soulard neighborhood October 10, 11 and 12. The event is held across Seventh Stree from Soulard Market.

Soulard Oktoberfest’s carnival is modeled after Oktoberfest in Munich.

This festival has everything–musicians from Germany as well as popular local bands on three–count ‘em, three–stages,  bratwurst, rotkraut, pretzels and strudel. What more could you want?

Entertainment includes:

  • Deutschmeister Brass Band
  • Austrian Express
  •  Volksmusik
  • Steve Ewing
  • Chardon Polka Band
  • Dorfrockers
  • The Wendl Band
  • The Chardon Polka Band
  • Copper Box
  • Soulard Blues Band Revue
  • Good Times

See the entire schedule here.

Tickets are $5 and are available here.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis’ own Union Station becomes Munich on the Mississippi Oct 3-4, 2014 with Oktoberfest St. Louis.

The festival will offer two stages featuring live performances showcasing German culture.  Bands like the  20-piece Deutschmeister Brass Band and Uber Cool will perform on the Main Stage while the German Cultural stage hosts live displays of  facets of German culture such as Dance Troupes, contests, choral performances, and more.

Admission to the event is $10.

Oktoberfest at St. Louis Union Station visitors can learn the craft of brewing from an actual brewmaster at The Spaten Bier School (additional charge).  At each 45-minute session participants get a guided tasting and discussion of different styles of beer and how they are brewed.

A German Market will offer fine German crafts and a German bakery will offer delectable creations.. Visitors can also experience German wines at the Rhineland Wineland Garden.

Check out the schedule here.

Hermann Oktoberfest

In the picturesque town of Hermann, MO, just about an hour’s drive from St. Louis, Oktoberfest is a month-long event as the town along the Missouri River celebrates very weekend in October.

Many of the events are FREE.

A Oktoberfest biergarten will spring up in Seqicentennial Park on Gutenberg Street, there’ll be lots of German food and, of course, there are wineries to visit.

Check out the entire schedule here.

Gateway Arch Oktoberfest Cruise
The Mississippi River impersonates the Rhine for the first three Sundays in October, when you cruise the river on a German-themed river boat. The buffet will feature authentic German buffet and a live German band plays German music.  Menu includes beer rouladen, bratwurst/knockwurst, sweet & sour cabbage, knoodle kugle, hot german potato salad, rye & pumpernickel breads, tossed salad, German chocolate cake, coffee, and iced tea.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. cruises on Oct. 5,12 and 19 are $38 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12. Reservations are required.

The Gateway Arch Riverboats are located below the south leg of the Gateway Arch at 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63102. Parking is available on the levee in front of the boats.

Ottertoberfest at Saint Louis Zoo

Oktoberfest becomes Ottertoberfest for two weekends in October at the Saint Louis Zoo.

This popular FREE  event includes traditional German biergartens, live music, kids’ activities and more. At the biergartens, visitors can purchase beer, bratwurst and other German specialties.

Otter-related games and activities for children will include a River Ranger game, an “Otter Says” game and a river otter biofact table. Children can also create an otter-themed craft. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. October 4-5 and October 11-12.