For St. Louis families, summer will be over soon—despite the scorching temperatures. Most area schools start back around mid-August, with classes starting Aug. 14 for students in the Webster Groves School District and Aug. 15 for students at Nerinx Hall High School.
Now's the time to grab last-minute summer fun. Temperatures are expected to hit the 100-degree mark on Monday and Tuesday and then remain in the 90s the rest of the week.
Here’s a few ideas on how to squeeze the last bits of fun out of your kids' summer break.
Hit a park: Kids love playgrounds and the summer heat has been keeping a lot of children tucked away in their basements playing video games. If you still think it’s too hot, try going in the early morning or late evening hours. Memorial Park, where the Webster Groves Recreation Complex is located, offers a plethora of fun activities both inside and out.
Take a hike: Castlewood State Park in smack in the middle of West County. The three-mile River Scene Trail has a steep incline to start, but the views and board walk steps are way too much fun to miss.
Go for a swim: You don’t need a backyard pool! Go to the Webster Groves Aquatic Center.
Go for a wild water slide ride: If you haven’t already, head over to Eureka and visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
Play tourist: Take the kids downtown and visit the “tourist” sites. Ride the tram to the top of the Arch, take a riverboat cruise, or visit the free CityGarden sculpture park. City Museum is another fun city trip, but give that place a whole day.
Get back to the Farm: Little kids love Grant's Farm. Admission is only $12 a car, plus mom and dad can have a few beers for free. If your family cycles, you can bring your bikes to Grant’s Trail and stop by Grant’s Farm for free. (Yes, they have a bike rack.)
See a sea lion: The St. Louis Zoo added an awesome new sea lion habitat that opened in June. Any kid that likes animals will want to visit. Head to the zoo by 8 a.m. to nab some free street parking and a free admission to the Children Zoo during the first hour the zoo is open.
Webster Groves Patch Editor Sheri Gassaway contributed to this article.