Spring Breakin’ in St. Louis
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When we think “spring break,” we often think of a relaxing week on the beach or a skiing rendezvous in the mountains. Instead, why not discover all that St. Louis has to offer? You’ll likely find that you need much longer than one week to enjoy all the rich history, art, food and drink, nature and entertainment in our “big-small” Midwestern town.
Whether St. Louis is your home or destination, here are a few ideas to help kick off your spring break, St. Louis style!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Jumpstart your spring break with St. Louis’ annual celebration of Irish heritage and culture at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown this Saturday, March 12 at noon! Rain or shine, the procession begins at 18th and Market streets and concludes at Broadway and Market. With Leprechaun Village for children, Shamrock Village for adults, and more, you’re sure to get your Irish on! Visit IrishParade.org for more.
It’s that time of year again! NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball teams battle it out in hopes of advancing to the Final Four. Catch first- and second-round games of the Big Dance at Scottrade Center Friday, March 18 and Sunday, March 20 (time and teams TBA). Visit scottradecenter.com/events for more information.
Would you rather cheer on your team through the screen? Watch the big games at one of CBS Local’s “Top Bars for March Madness in St. Louis”.
Activities at the Old Courthouse and Riverboats
Even though the Arch is temporarily closed for renovations, there is plenty to do around the Arch grounds! Check out the Old Courthouse’s Women’s History Month programming or catch a free showing of Monument to the Dream documentary detailing the construction of the Gateway Arch. Or, take a one-hour sightseeing cruise on the Gateway Arch Riverboats. See our previous blog post for more information and additional ideas.
Cheers for Charity
The only thing better than having a drink with great friends is having a drink with great friends in support of a good cause. On Thursday, March 31, Budweiser Brewhouse will host Cheers for Charity, an event featuring a fashion presentation by Ola Style, a silent auction fundraiser and drinks at the Crown Room. Twenty percent of all proceeds go to Dress for Success Midwest. More information at stlballparkvillage.com.
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Spring Break Series at the Missouri History Museum
Bring the kids to the Missouri History Museum to take part in special activities planned throughout the weeks of March 13 and March 20. Enjoy storytelling and crafting workshops on Tuesdays and Fridays, and movies and performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays. View the full schedule at MoHistory.org/springbreak.
Springtime Village at Purina Farms
Peter Cottontail, egg hunts and a cute animalsit’s spring in a nutshell! Hop to Purina Farms March 18-April 4 for family-friendly fun, including face painting; photos with Peter Cottontail; a petting arena with piglets, chicks and rabbits, and even adoptable puppies. Plus, participate in egg hunts on March 29, and grab the Golden Egg on Saturdays and Sundays. Visit PurinaFarms.com for hours and more info.
There’s no better time to get outside than springtime. Take a family bike ride on the Katy Trail or grab your friends and spend the day at an area winery.
Katy Trail State Park offers tree-shaded areas, open fields and quaint communities along the trail. Perfect for your leisurely stroll or adventurous trek across the state!
There are several wineries in the St. Louis area, each with their own unique charm. A few of the best according to About.com are Stone Hill in Hermann, Mo. and Mount Pleasant in Augusta, Mo. Both are just about an hour’s drive from St. Louisperfect for a weekend getaway.
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Create at Pinot’s Palette
Hone your artistic abilities while sipping and chatting the night (or day) away. At Pinot’s Palette, you’ll paint an image of your choice, from a landscape or a furry friend to a simple quote or glass of wine with step-by-step guidance from an instructor. So grab your buds and some food and drinks (you may bring your own or purchase snacks, beer and wine at the in-house bar) and head to one of three St. Louis area locations. Check out PinotsPalette.com for more information.