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Top 6 Holiday FREE + Cheap Things To Do This Weekend In St. Louis

So many great FREE and cheap holiday activities this weekend and so little time!

Here’s our pick of the top 6 holiday-related things to do in the Lou this weekend:

 

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Wild Lights' Open Until Jan. 3

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

U.S. Bank’s “Wild Lights” is in full swing at the Saint Louis Zoo giving visitors a glimpse of the North Pole during their visit.

Dates and Times:

The ever popular holiday light program is open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-6; Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-13; Wednesday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-23; Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 26-30 and Friday-Sunday, Jan. 1-3.

The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. (Exhibit is closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.)

Admission prices:
Weekdays (Monday-Thursday):
  • $7 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $8 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8 p.m. each night.
Weekends (Friday-Sunday):
  • $9 for Zoo members (no passes)
  • $10 for general public
  • Free for children under 2
  • Tickets to Wild Lights will be sold until 8 p.m. each night.

Wild Lights tickets can be purchased online at stlzoo.org/wildlights, or at a Zoo Welcome Desk during Zoo hours. Tickets are also available at the door the nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking is

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

Wild Lights at the Saint Louis Zoo

available on both Zoo parking lots.

“Wild Lights” simulates an arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday lights and seasonal sounds with more than a half million colorful lights. Here’s what you’ll see:

  • Gingerbread Village
  • Starry Safari
  • Jungle Bell Rock
  • Neon North Pole
  • Swan Lake
  • Fantasy Butterfly Garden
  • Snowfall Flurry Walk
  • Poppin’ Prairie Dogs
  • Numerous trees and plantings ablaze in lights

Wild Lights activities included:

  • Kali the polar bear at McDonnell Polar Bear Point
  • Penguin & Puffin Coast
  • Monsanto Insectarium
  •  Sea Lion Sound tunnel
  • Campfire s’mores (available for purchase) at the Holiday Traditions area sponsored by Laclede Gas
  • Fireside stories: Gather ’round the fire as storytellers like Tundra Tom spin wintry tales about penguins, reindeer and other wildlife. Arctic Annie may share chronicles of Missouri critters. Sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy.
  • Ice carving demonstrations on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Strolling entertainment and costumed characters on select nights
  • Enter the 102.5 KEZK Blizzard Zone for ornament-making, animal-themed games, photo ops and all kinds of fun.
Rides
  •  Conservation Carousel. ($3/person, weather permitting)
  • COMING SOON: 4-D Theater featuring Polar Express—The 4-D Experience ($5/person)
Sponsors
  • U.S. Bank
  • Eaton
  • Laclede Gas
  • Prairie Farms Dairy
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo
  • 102.5 KEZK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Louis Zoo To Celebrate Cheetah Day With Activities

Cheetah, photo by Ray Meibaum, Saint Louis Zoo

Cheetah, photo by Ray Meibaum, Saint Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo will celebrate cheetahs on International Cheetah Day, Friday, December 4, and visitors can join in with activities for all ages.

Participants in International Cheetah Day will be able to:

  • Create their own cheetah mask, see if they can run as fast as a cheetah, and learn all about cheetah care and conservation programs from zookeepers.
  • Visit the cheetahs at River’s Edge (weather permitting) and step into the African Schoolhouse where Zoo educators will show biofacts and share hands-on activities about these amazing animals.

The fun happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River’s Edge, African schoolhouse across from the cheetah habitat. The Living World will be the event site in case of inclement weather.

The zoo says Cheetahs are in trouble in the wild. In the last century, the cheetah population has declined from 100,000 to fewer than 10,000 individuals, while the species has become extinct in at least 13 countries.

From a zoo press release:

The Saint Louis Zoo is a leader in cheetah research and captive breeding. Unlike other big cats, the cheetah has very different breeding and behavioral needs. What began as an interest in discovering what makes these animals so selective in mate choice has now become an international cooperative effort to link captive breeding programs with research and protection in cheetah range countries.

Since 1974, when the Saint Louis Zoo opened the Cheetah Survival Center, a facility for research and captive breeding, the Zoo’s cheetah breeding program has successfully raised more than 35 captive-bred offspring. The Zoo coordinates its cheetah breeding efforts with other North American zoos as part of the Species Survival Plan® (SSP). These animals may provide assurance for wild populations in the future.

In the wild, the Zoo’s WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa is focused on developing an effective cheetah census technique, efforts to reduce human/cheetah/livestock conflict, conservation of cheetahs outside protected areas, veterinary and health issues and education programs related to cheetah conservation in Africa. The Center has expanded its census and monitoring efforts to include all 35 carnivore species in Tanzania. In addition, the Center is teaming up with researchers in Kenya, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to promote the conservation of cheetahs through research, awareness and community participation in these range countries.

 

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Wild Lights' Opens Nov. 27

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 12.23.46 AMVisitors to the Saint Louis Zoo‘s “Wild Lights” will get a glimpse of the North Pole during their visit. U.S. Bank sponsors the event. Check out all the details here. Dates and Times The ever popular holiday light program will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: Friday-Sunday, November 27-29 Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-6 Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-13 Wednesday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-23 Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 26-30 Friday-Sunday, Jan. 1-3 The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. (Exhibit is closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.) “Wild Lights” simulates an  arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday lights and seasonal sounds. Visitors to the McDonnell Polar Bear Point may glimpse the Zoo’s special delivery for 2015: Kali (pronounced “Cully”) the polar bear. Admission Monday through Thursday, tickets are $7 for Zoo members and $8 for general public.  Friday through Sunday, tickets are $9 for Zoo members and $10 for general public. Children under age 2 are admitted free. Wild Lights tickets can be purchased online at stlzoo.org/wildlights, or at a Zoo Welcome Desk during Zoo hours. Tickets are also available at the door the nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking will be available on both Zoo parking lots. Holiday Lights and Activities Little visitors will love the whimsical light displays, including a neon North Pole, starry safari, jungle bell rock, snowfall flurry walk, the beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and a charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and more. According to a Zoo press release: Get nose-to-beak with the birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast, warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectariumwhere you’ll see colorful insects from around the world, and go underwater through the Sea Lion Sound tunnel.   Gather ‘round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivatinganimal stories by theatrical interpreters sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy. Live ice carving demonstrations will take place on Friday and Saturday nights, and on select nights look for strolling entertainment and costumed charactersthroughout the event. Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). Chill out in the 4-D Theater featuring “Polar Express—The 4-D Experience” coming in early December ($5/person). Rides are weather permitting. Food and Shopping Campfire s’mores will be available for purchase at the holiday traditions area. Laclede Gas sponsors that area. Three zoo cafes will be open for dinner, snacks and hot chocolate. The 102.5 KEZK Blizzard Zone will sell all kinds of frosty fun for kids. “Wild Lights” visitors can get a jump on their holiday shopping with  a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops. They will receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase. ( Zoo members receive a 20 percent discount.) Group Rate Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $7/person on weekdays and $9/person on weekends by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call (314) 646-4718 or email groups@stlzoo.org. More Information For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org/wildlightswww.facebook.com/stlzoo and www.twitter.com/stlzoo, or call (314) 646-4771. Sponsors U.S. Bank Wild Lights is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Eaton, Laclede Gas, Prairie Farms Dairy, Build-A-Bear Workshop® at the Zoo and 102.5 KEZK.

Saint Louis Zoo's 'Wild Lights' Opens Nov. 27

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 12.23.46 AMVisitors to the Saint Louis Zoo‘s “Wild Lights” will get a glimpse of the North Pole during their visit. U.S. Bank sponsors the event.

Check out all the details here.

Dates and Times

The ever popular holiday light program will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Friday-Sunday, November 27-29

Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 2-6

Wednesday-Sunday, Dec. 9-13

Wednesday-Wednesday, Dec. 16-23

Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 26-30

Friday-Sunday, Jan. 1-3

The Zoo will close to the public at 4 p.m. each day of Wild Lights. Doors will re-open at 5:30 p.m. for the event. (Exhibit is closed on Dec. 24, 25 and 31.)

“Wild Lights” simulates an  arctic wonderland of twinkling holiday lights and seasonal sounds. Visitors to the McDonnell Polar Bear Point may glimpse the Zoo’s special delivery for 2015: Kali (pronounced “Cully”) the polar bear.

Admission

Monday through Thursday, tickets are $7 for Zoo members and $8 for general public.  Friday through Sunday, tickets are $9 for Zoo members and $10 for general public. Children under age 2 are admitted free.

Wild Lights tickets can be purchased online at stlzoo.org/wildlights, or at a Zoo Welcome Desk during Zoo hours. Tickets are also available at the door the nights of the event starting at 5:30 p.m. Free parking will be available on both Zoo parking lots.

Holiday Lights and Activities

Little visitors will love the whimsical light displays, including a neon North Pole, starry safari, jungle bell rock, snowfall flurry walk, the beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and a charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and more.

According to a Zoo press release:

Get nose-to-beak with the birds at Penguin & Puffin Coast, warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectariumwhere you’ll see colorful insects from around the world, and go underwater through the Sea Lion Sound tunnel.  

Gather ‘round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivatinganimal stories by theatrical interpreters sponsored by Prairie Farms Dairy. Live ice carving demonstrations will take place on Friday and Saturday nights, and on select nights look for strolling entertainment and costumed charactersthroughout the event.

Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). Chill out in the 4-D Theater featuring “Polar Express—The 4-D Experience” coming in early December ($5/person). Rides are weather permitting.

Food and Shopping

Campfire s’mores will be available for purchase at the holiday traditions area. Laclede Gas sponsors that area. Three zoo cafes will be open for dinner, snacks and hot chocolate. The 102.5 KEZK Blizzard Zone will sell all kinds of frosty fun for kids.

“Wild Lights” visitors can get a jump on their holiday shopping with  a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops. They will receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase. ( Zoo members receive a 20 percent discount.)

Group Rate

Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $7/person on weekdays and $9/person on weekends by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call (314) 646-4718 or email groups@stlzoo.org.

More Information

For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org/wildlightswww.facebook.com/stlzoo and www.twitter.com/stlzoo, or call (314) 646-4771.

Sponsors

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

 

Summer Zoo Weekends Return To Saint Louis Zoo May 22

Jungle Boogie at the Zoo

 

Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends at the Saint Louis Zoo return May 22 with extended hours and Jungle Boogie, the Zoo’s popular Friday evening summer music series.

Starting May 22, the zoo is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays May 22 through September 7,  for Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Zoo will close at noon on Friday, June 19, for ZOOFARI 2015 presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, the Zoo’s biennial fundraiser.

Here’s the Jungle Boogie concert schedule:

May 22 — Butchwax & the Hollywoods (50s, 60s & 70s)

May 29 — Disco Nites feat. Coco Soul (Disco/Soul)

June 5 — My Friend Mike (Top 40/Motown Classics)

June 12 — Ticket to the Beatles (Tribute)

June 26 — Whiskey Morning (Country/Bluegrass)

July 10 — GalaxyRed (Top 40/Classics)

July 17 — Griffin and the Gargoyles (Top 40)

July 24 — Pennsylvania Slim (Blues/Soul/Swing)

July 31 — American Idle (Country/Pop/Variety)

August 7 — Push the Limit (Top 40/Motown/Rock)

August 14 — Mood Swings (80s)

August 21 — Miss Jubilee (Swing/Jazz/Rhythm)

August 28 — Big Brother Thunder & the Master Blasters (R&B/Funk/Soul)

The whole family can “splish splash” with the stingrays, “cha-cha” with the cheetahs, and “frug” with the frogs at Jungle Boogie presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers. Visitors to the zoo are treated to  free live music by local bands on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.through Aug. 28 (no concerts on June 19 and July 3).

The First Bank Sea Lion Show at Sea Lion Sound has a fresh new look this year with a touch of “California Dreamin’,” thanks to a partnership with The Muny. The new show features a new beach-style “surf shack” and more audience participation and fun music. The sea lion superstars will thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing and lots of splashing! Throughout the show, trainers explain sea lion behavior and positive-reinforcement training, animal fun facts and the need for conserving the sea lions’ ocean habitat.

Timed tickets are $4 per person; children under age 2 are free. Shows are at 10:30 a.m.1 and 3 p.m. daily in summer starting May 22, with an additional show at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

The season-long pool party with Stingrays and sharks have returned at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by Mercy Kids. Admission is $4 per person; children under age 2 are free. Zoo members at the Family Level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Admission is free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1 per cup.

And don’t forget the live animal shows at the Emerson Children’s Zoo featuring a variety of exotic and domestic animals showcasing natural behaviors on stage. Shows are at 10 and 11 a.m.1 and 2 p.m. daily starting May 23, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Keeper chats with live animals on stage are at 9 a.m.12 noon and 3 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is $4 per person with free admission the first hour the Zoo is open; children under age 2 are free.

The ever-popular Emerson Zooline Railroad still transports visitors after 50 years. Tickets to ride are $5 per person for the 20-minute, 1.5-mile round trip. Children under age 2 are free.

Keeper chats continue this year at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily throughout the Zoo and animal enrichment and training activities are at p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Admission to the Zoo which is located in Forest Park and to Jungle Boogie is free. Fees are charged for special attractions. Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Children’s Zoo and Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel are free from 8 to 9 a.m. every day in summer. Admission charges apply after 9 a.m. for these attractions.

For more information, visit stlzoo.orgfacebook.com/stlzootwitter.com/stlzooinstagram.com/stlzooyoutube.com/stlzootubeor call (314) 781-0900.

 

 

Saint Louis Zoo Sea Lion Shows Start 'Spring Training' March 14

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 1.31.07 PMThere may still be snow on the ground but you know spring is almost hear when the St. Louis Zoo Sea Lion shows are announced. The sea lions will start “spring training” on Saturday, March 14 at the Saint Louis Zoo’s First Bank Sea Lion Show.

Special guest Brad Thompson, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher and current co-host of “The Fast Lane” on 101ESPN, will toss out the “first fish” at the 1 p.m. show on March 14.

Spring Training shows are slated 1 and 3 p.m. daily March 14-29. Timed tickets are $2 per person. Children under two are free.

These “Fish League” practices even include a few baseball-themed activities for the animal athletes — Cardinals-inspired, of course! The trainers are working with the intelligent pinnipeds on hurdle and high jumps, flipper walks, balancing acts, high dives, Frisbee tosses and other acrobatic and athletic behaviors.

Opening Day is Saturday, April 4 with performances at 10:30 a.m.1 and 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays only through May 17. Daily summer shows run Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 22-Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m.1 and 3 p.m., with an additional show at 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays in summer. Timed tickets for these shows are $4 per person. Children under two are free.

Tickets may be purchased at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth. Zoo members may redeem their Anywhere passes for timed tickets at a Welcome Desk or at the Sea Lion Show ticket booth.

You can learn more about the Saint Louis Zoo at its website, at Facebook, www.facebook.com/stlzoo, on Twitter, www.twitter.com/stlzoo, or Youtube, www.youtube.com/stlzootube, or by calling (314) 781-0900.

The Lichtenstein Sea Lion Arena includes an 811-seat amphitheater, the large Ann Lux Family Stage, a 40,000-gallon see-through pool, a rock bridge extending into the audience and a high diving platform and slide — all designed to show off the sea lions’ natural abilities.

The Sea Lion Sound habitat, which opened on June 30, 2012, is home to 10 California sea lions and a harbor seal. In addition to the show arena, the exhibit also includes the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Family Sea Lion Landing and features a spectacular 35-foot-long underwater walk-through tunnel. Above water at Sea Lion Landing, public feedings take place at 11:15 a.m.1:45 and 3:30 p.m. daily. Admission to Sea Lion Sound is free.

 

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo Ends Sunday With Mardi Gras Celebration

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Delta Dental Winter Zoo, a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids at the Saint Louis Zoo ends Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. The activities will be available from11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday’s event includes Delta Dental Mardi Gras, 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. 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.

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. 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 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.

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.

 

Free, Cheap Things To Do In St. Louis This Weekend

Looking for free and cheap things to do in St. Louis this weekend? You have plenty of choices. Check out this sampling of fun free and cheap things happening this weekend in St. Louis.

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Events for the weekend of February 6, 2015:

Maple Sugar Festival

Come to the Maple Sugar Festival and learn how maple trees are tapped and how early settlers boiled sap over open fires. The fun happens 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6 at Rockwoods Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road in Wildwood. The event is FREE.  It’s sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Visitors can taste delicious syrup, sugar on snow taffy, and pure maple sugar. And, they can learn to do all of this right in your own backyard!

No reservations are necessary. Parking will be available at Rockwoods Reservation and off-site via shuttle bus.

 

Soulard Mardi Gras Continues With Dogs, Taste

Soulard Mardi GrasSoulard Mardi Gras  continues this weekend with the Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard Saturday and Sunday and the Beggin’ Pet Parade and the PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Between now and Fat Tuesday Soulard, Mardi Gras features many events–and many of them are FREE!

Other upcoming Soulard Mardi Gras events include:

Check out all the Soulard Mardi Gras events.

Delta Dental Winter Zoo Fun At Saint Louis Zoo

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Delta Dental Winter Zoo is fun at the Saint Louis Zoo in the middle of winter.

It’s a day of  FREE activities, games and crafts with the kids on Sundays, Feb.  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.

 

World Bird Sanctuary Offers Free ‘Keeper Talks’ Saturday, Sunday

Keeper Talks at World Bird Sanctuary

Learn more about birds like where they come from and what they eat at a Keeper Talk at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park this weekend. The keepers give the “talk” each Saturday and Sunday as they do the morning feedings.

Keeper talks and parking are FREE as is admission to the World Bird Sanctuary. Meet at 9 a.m. opposite the wildlife hospital.

The Sanctuary is near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Route 141 in Valley Park just west of St. Louis. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission and parking are free.

The attraction features live displays of bald eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, parrots and reptiles and free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.

 

Award-Winning Author To Kick Off Black History Month At St. Louis County Library

 

Award-winning author Tavis Smiley to kick off Black History Month at the St. Louis County Library

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley will kick off the St. Louis County Library‘s Black History Month celebration at 7 p.m., February 7 at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Smiley will discuss and sign his latest book “Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.” The program is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The library says this about Smiley and his work:

“From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Tavis Smiley—broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist—has emerged as an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late-night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International (PRI). He has written 18 books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Rich and the Rest of Us.”

In his latest critically-acclaimed book, “Death of a King,” Smiley presents a dramatic chronicle of the12 months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.

Martin Luther King, Jr. died in one of the most shocking assassinations the world has known, but little is remembered about the life he led in his final year. Smiley recounts the final 365 days of King’s life, revealing the minister’s trials and tribulations—denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country’s black middle class and militants, and assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics—all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

Smiley’s “Death of a King” paints a portrait of a leader and visionary in a narrative different from all that have come before. Here is an exceptional glimpse into King’s life—one that adds both nuance and gravitas to his legacy as an American hero.”

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.