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Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax / Ripley’s Museum

Remember watching Ripley’s: Believe it or Not! when you were a kid? The oddities and artifacts collected by Ripley and his team are always enough to keep us entertained at any age. At Louis Tussaud’s Palace of Wax / Ripley’s Museum, you can see all the interesting items featured on Ripley’s and a host of wax figures of your favorite celebrities and characters from Hollywood classics to the present. After the wax figures and strange items, head to the Impossible LaseRace or Enchanted Mirror Maze to experience the weirdness first hand. The snack bar is stocked with reasonably priced food like hotdogs, nachos and pizza or you can stop at one of the many local restaurants in the area.

Lucas Garden Park

As loft developments continue to thrive along historic Washington Avenue, more and more people are coming to Lucas Garden Park to relax and bond—with each other and their dogs. Once unsightly, the park has undergone a serious face-lift, and is now one of the few places in downtown St. Louis where dogs can run and play off-leash in a fenced area, and, unlike dog parks that require membership, at no charge. The park has a rich history, as it is located on the site of a brick home built in 1820. Now, it’s protected by the Lucas Park Beautification Project, which helps raise funds to renovate and maintain the park.

Lucky Bar

This is for the 21 and over crowd only, enjoy cheap beer, great music, and free dance lessons. Stop by on Monday nights to take in some salsa dancing. So grab a couple girlfriends, put on a great pair of comfortable dancing shoes, and have some fun learning a few new dance moves. 

Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel

This boutique hotel in Union Square pays tribute to the troops, but you can only stay if you are active-duty or a vets or are being sponsored by a member for an event at the hotel. If you're planning on making a reservation, consider signing up for a membership because the discounts are even deeper. Although there are amenities abound, including free washer and dryer use, free hot breakfast, and a happy hour daily, it is the tributes to the military that make it a humbling experience. Be sure to make time for the room tiled wall to wall with the names of soldiers who gave their lives in service of our country.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

 

Miller Outdoor Theatre offers free summer concerts, musical theatre, music concerts, children's theatre and other events. Located on approximately 7.5 acres in Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre is considered Houston's premier outdoor theater for the performing arts. An afternoon or evening at the theatre is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and fantastic entertainment. Though the performances are free, you can get ticketed, assigned seating in the covered area for many of the shows. In addition, hillside seating on the ground is also available. Just bring a blanket or lawn chair. You can bring a picnic basket with food and drinks, but no glass containers.

Minnesota Zoo

If you're looking for something to do that will make for an enjoyable Baby’s Day Out don’t miss the massive 500-acre Minnesota Zoo, located in the spacious southern Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of Apple Valley. The vast land allows the zoo to offer various spacious regional landscapes. Highlights include six themed areas, three long walking trails and plenty of indoor exhibits for the winter months. Unlike most zoos, the seasonal Wells Fargo Family Farm introduces visitors to farm animals and includes a petting zoo. If you're around in April be sure to stop in for the annual "Farm Babies" event which features the newest zoo editions.

Morgan's Wonderland

Morgan’s Wonderland is known for being arguably the best amusement park in the country for children with special needs. However, this destination is open to all children and is fun everyone -- from newborns to adults. All the rides are built with safety in mind and there are numerous educational exhibits for hands-on learning. Families will be impressed with the cleanliness of Morgan’s Wonderland and the endless amount of fun that can be had. From the carousel to the train to the water play area, your little ones will love it all. Be sure to purchase your tickets online to save money. Children under the age of 2 (in addition to children of all ages with special needs) get in for free.

 

Morrison Clark Inn

You will love the old fashioned charm of this Victorian mansion that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just one block from the convention center, you will enjoy having a hotel room with an actual key as opposed to the key card we have all become so accustomed to using. Don't forget to set your shoes outside your door at night for a quick shoe shine and enjoy the free wireless internet and twice a day maid service. Your stay would not be complete without grabbing a bite to eat in the award winning restaurant located in the hotel. 

 

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

This may not be the first place on your list of places to take your date on Valentine's Day but it will definitely not disappoint. Upon arrival you and your date will be bound together and then taken on a tour of the three floors of the museum including the set where America's Most Wanted is filmed, the interactive CSI type crime lab, and special exhibits about crimes of passion. In addition to getting to explore the lab and pretend like you are on CSI and see about crimes committed out of passion you will get a pair of handcuffs to take home. The museum can appear to be small from the outside but don't let that fool you, it could take up to two hours to get through the museum. The special exhibit is open February 11-14 from 4:00 PM until close which ranges from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM depending on the day. 

 

Ocaquatics Swim School

More of a workout for your baby or tot than for you, the classes at Ocaquatics are a great way for your children to learn how to swim while you spend some quality time together. Parent-and-child classes are offered for little ones as young as six months old and up to 3 years of age. Your kids can also take lessons alone starting at 20 months. If you want more personalized attention, the swim school also offers private and semi-private classes for adults and children. Ocaquatics has three locations aside from its main indoor facility although two of the pools are only open during the summer months.