The Missouri History Museum is once again hosting a free concert series this spring. The Twilight Tuesday concerts return April 22, 2014. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the north lawn of the museum each Tuesday night for the outdoor concert series featuring some of the area's most popular musicians. Picnic baskets are welcome, or you can buy food and drinks when you arrive. Each concert starts at 6 p.m., and lasts for about two hours. See the complete schedule of performers and other detailed information about Twilight Tuesdays.
Your chance to help Saint Louis Effort for AIDS is April 24, 2014. That's the date for this year's Dining Out for Life in St. Louis. More than 100 local restaurants will donate at least 25 percent of their sales to the AIDS charity. Some of the area's most popular eateries are taking part, including Bailey's Chocolate Bar, Sidney Street Cafe, Favazza's on the Hill and Modesto. From inexpensive coffee shops to some of St. Louis' finest restaurants, there's a place to fit everyone's tastes and budget. You can find the complete list of participating restauants online.
St. Louis celebrates Earth Day every year with a big festival in Forest Park. This year's celebration is on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Popular attractions like the Zoo and Botanical Garden also host their own Earth Day celebrations. For more details on all of these events, check out Earth Day Celebrations in the St. Louis Area.
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The Stingrays at Caribbean Cove exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo opens for the season on April 18, 2014, and the exhibit will once again include sharks. No dangerous predators here, though. We're talking about small, mild-mannered bonnethead and brown-banded bamboo sharks. They'll be swimming in a 17,000 gallon saltwater pool along with cownose rays, southern stingrays and horseshoe crabs. Visitors are welcome to put their hands in the water and touch the rays as they swim by.
Admission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is $4 for the general public. Children under two are free. Admission is also free for everyone the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1.00 per cup. For more on the St. Louis Zoo, check out The Top Things to See and Do at the St. Louis Zoo.
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Easter is one of the best times of the year to visit the Jewel Box in Forest Park. You can enjoy the beauty of the Easter lilies and other spring flowers that fill the 7,500 square foot Art Deco greenhouse. The cost of admission is only $1 or it's free if you go on Mondays or Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Easter Lily Show
April 8-20, 2014
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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It's another sign of warmer weather in St. Louis. Grant's Farm is opening for the season on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The popular attraction will welcome visitors starting at 9 a.m. The 281 acre farm in South St. Louis County is home to hundreds of animals, including the famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Admission to Grant's Farm is free for everyone, but parking is $12 per car.
If you haven't been to Grant's Farm in a while, there are several new things this year to celebrate the farm's 60th anniversary. Visitors can participate in parakeet feedings and swan paddle boat rides. There are also special anniversary prizes and giveaways. For more information on Grant's Farm, read my Guide to Visiting Grant's Farm.
This is a good weekend to take the whole family to Eckert's Orchards in Belleville for a little Easter fun. The Easter Bunny will be at the Country Restaurant to have breakfast with the kids. Then, stick around for the largest Easter egg hunt in Southwestern Illinois. There is also facepainting, a petting zoo with baby chicks and bunnies, and special Easter treats. No reservations are required, just show up and have fun!
Breakfast With the Bunny
April 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 & 19, 2014
8 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Easter Egg Hunts
April 5, 6, 12, 13, 18 & 19, 2014
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$10 per child
(Photo courtesy Eckert's Orchards)
After opening the season on the road, the St. Louis Cardinals return to Busch Stadium for the home opener on Monday, April 7. The Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds at 3:15 p.m., but the celebrations begin much earlier in the day. Cardinals fans are invited to the newly-opened Ballpark Village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a pre-game pep rally at the Busch II Infield. There will be live music, games, giveaways, drinks and more.
Here's to some warmer weather in April. The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium to take on the Reds on April 7. There's also the marathon and the largest charity book fair in the Midwest. For more ideas on how to get out and enjoy yourself, check out Top Things to Do in April 2014 in St. Louis.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is celebrating Arbor Day by giving away free trees. When you visit the Garden on Friday, April 4, just stop by the Kemper Center for Home Gardening and pick up a Willow oak, dogwood or Blackgum sapling. The trees are native to Missouri and do well in our climate. Master gardeners will also be on hand to answer any questions.The giveaway begins at 9 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free Trees For Arbor Day
Missouri Botanical Garden
April 4, 2014
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