Favorite 4 St. Louis Parks for Kids

Visiting St. Louis is a lot of fun, and this Ohio family has made the trek three times to visit a friend and take in some of the best offerings around the city. We already knew there were lots of great museums that are absolutely FREE, but we often find ourselves needing to get the kids outside to get some energy out. So we often make it a point to search out amazing parks that offer playgrounds.

Please find below some of our family tested favorites parks around St. Louis.

Edgar M. Queeny Play Center

Address: 550 Weidman Road, St Louis, Missouri

Most intriguing on our list of playgrounds to visit around St. Louis was the Edgar M. Queeny Play Center. The reason why is the focal point of the playground is a stone pyramid with pipes going through it that kids can run and play through.

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After visiting the Queeny pyramid, we felt like we were playing a game of Super Mario brothers as we transcended into the pipes in search of coins.

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While Queeny Park does have some standard playgrounds too, obviously the fun part was climbing the unique structure.

Faust Park Playground

Address: 15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, Missouri

Faust Park is located on a historical site featuring relevant buildings from the area. In addition to the St. Louis Carousel and Butterfly House, the park also features a great playground.

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Kids can climb rock walls and climb the various structures complete with some great long slides.

While onsite, be sure to walk over to the Butterfly House, even just to see the outside, where there are giant caterpillar and butterfly structures. You can even peer into the Butterfly House and see tons of butterfly up against the glass.

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Turtle Park

Address: Across from St. Louis Zoo at intersection of Oakland Avenue and Tamm Avenue

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A truly unique and fun play area is Turtle Park on the opposite side the freeway of the St. Louis Zoo. This park features several oversized recreations of various turtle species that guests can climb on for perfect photo opportunities.

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Lafayette Park Playground

Address: 2023 Lafayette Ave, St. Louis, MO 63104

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Lafayette Park boasts several different play structures that provide the perfect opportunity to get outside and run. We actually spent a great deal of time playing tag thanks to a fun structure and soft, padded surface beneath the playground.

While we are sure there are other great St. Louis Parks for Kids, these are the ones we have spent some time at and really enjoyed the various interactions of nature, structures, and each other.

What are your favorite St. Louis playgrounds?

New 3 Little Pigs #BoardGame for the Holidays!

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Our kids are at the ages where they want to play board games. So we are excited to see the release of the new 3 Little Pigs game now available.

Help the three little pigs on their adventures as they build their houses and hope to avoid the huffing and puffing, Big Bad Wolf, just like in the well-known fairy tale. The 3 Little Pigs game combines skill and a dash of luck. Kids will love the soft and squeezable Big, Bad Wolf that actually huffs and puffs the pig’s houses down!

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Review 3 Little Pigs Board Game

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We recently received a copy of the 3 Little Pigs game and played it with our family.

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Fortunately, we have 3 kids, making it easy to play the role of the 3 pigs in the game…though fighting over the color of each pig and associated houses needs to be negotiated despite the rules saying the dice tells who gets to pick.

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The game is simple and easy for kids to learn, even with a wide age range. Ours are 7, 5, and 3, making them an ideal age to play. We also liked that the pieces were easy for our youngest to maneuver and insert into the bases.

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Kids take turns rolling the dice and first have to get their board set up with a pig and straw house. As play progresses, they have to use the dice to upgrade their house from straw to sticks and finally to brick. However, the wolf hides in the shadows waiting to blow their houses down when he comes up on the dice.

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Our kids loved it once they understood the rules of play. While they got excited when it was their turn to blow their brother’s house down with the wolf, there was a certain finesse that needed used to get it to work. Our kids tended to “cheat” using the wolf, but also their own breath to properly work.

As a parent, we appreciated the heavy duty construction of the pieces to help ensure they last more than just a couple rolls of the dice.

After several rounds, our kids confirmed it was fun and entertaining.

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Hickies Review

A friend of ours has been recommending we try out Hickies for a couple of years. So we were excited to try out the No Tie Elastic Shoelaces for our kids that are still a little too young to pick up tying their own shoelaces.

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We promptly received two sets of Hickies to try from the company.

After removing the laces from our shoes, the Hickies quickly and easily pulled into place and were clasped at each of the bands.

The nice thing was the bands could be interchanged and easily be used not only on adult shoes but also kids.

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With kids constantly going inside and out of the house, these make it easy for them to take their shoes off at the door without having to deal with laces, and then easily put them back on when they come back out. As a parent, Hickies really help conquer a task no one likes to constantly be pestered with…”dad, will you please tie my shoes?”

Hickies also are ideal for elderly or other people that may not have the easiest time bending down to tie their own shoes. As our friend said, she has converted several in her nursing profession to also make the switch for comfort and easy use.

We were provided two sets of Hickies to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received.