When you think about what is truly unique that might draw you to vacation in St. Louis, what comes to mind … the arch? Ho-hum. Actually, there is a truly unique place where anyone with a family should spend a day–the City Museum.
You’ll find the museum in downtown St. Louis, and the exhibits start in the parking lot. A school bus looms off the top of the building, along with a ferris wheel. Out in front, over the parking lot, an airplane is suspended above the crowds of kids and adults. You can slide from three stories up down to the front door. Children and adults are free to climb through tunnels under the floor, up ladders into giant jungle-gyms.
It all sounds a bit dangerous, and perhaps it is. The scaffolding is all enclosed, creating cage tunnels that allow you and the kids to climb up to an airplane, suspended in mid air, climb through the plane and then to a slide that leads to a firetruck, and then you can walk along an enclosed catwalk, navagating some other slides and stairways to a crane, which, once,again, you can climb high into the air.
The St. Louis City Museum isn’t really a museum. What is it? I’m not sure I know.
It has an art room where you can go and take a ball of clay to create with and then glaze. These will be fired and you can pick them up later. In the indoor areas of the “museum” offer a network of tunnels/art, which can get intense. You’re child can decent into a crack in the floor, literally, climb underneath your feet into a giant white whale sculpture, and then up into a cage tunnel over your heads.
You can follow them through most of this, but some of these indoor tunnels are strictly kid sized. They will go on without you. How scary is that in this day and age?
In another room, your child will disappear into a small, unmarked hole in the wall, after swinging from ropes and climbing on skateboard ramps, and then disappear into a dark labyrinth. Seriously, that happens!
The casual, cool staff at the City Museum are expert at finding lost children. Well, the children aren’t generally lost; you are. There is no map of the tunnels and slides, but the staff knows where each door leads, and they’ll move fast to find your child.
There is an entertaining clown circus, and if you or your children are so inclined there is clown school.
So the City Museum, it’s not really a museum. It’s a lot of fun, and definitely can eat up a day. And, truly, it’s so unique and spectacular that it justifies the trip to St. Louis.