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?

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Pirate Tales at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park

One fine day on the Big Island of Hawaii, a pirate crew set out an uncharted journey for what else, treasure. Come along on their exploration to find out what happened to the traveling legends.

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The adventurers set out to find the undiscovered in hopes of bringing home the loot for their brethren at a far away land. Their ship (mini-van) was well equipped for the adventure this fine Hawaiian day, with adequate supplies (towels, pale, and shovels). Nestled behind a marina was Ala Kahakai in Kalaoa, Hawaii. After docking their ship, and a short hike, they stumbled upon a rather desolate beach.

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By the looks of these photos found at the scene, they were not the first to explore this uncharted territory as evident of the thatched roof structure on the beach shore. However, there was no remaining supplies left by the natives to ward off the summer heat. The pirate crew had no expectations for this adventure, and did not even fully even know what lied beyond the residential remains. However, during the exploration of the site, it was really refreshing to find untapped coastline with very few humans around, as there surely would have been fear of an attack by the natives.

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Fortunately, a little further down the beach was a nice little alcove to get out to the water, since the area was scattered with lava rocks, which would have been detrimental to ships. The secluded beach area, with palms to shield the sun, was a perfect spot for our hearty little crew to settle in. Many of the shipmates headed out for a refreshing dip in the Pacific Ocean, while the Captain (myself), as well as the oldest Powder Monkey (age 3) decided to get out their finest gear (the most expensive crab shaped bucket and shovel on the islands) and search for shallow, buried treasure.

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As the crew played in the sand, and as any sea-legged kid would do, the tale goes that they started to dig a small home to fill their bucket. As they rummaged through the particles looking for gold, they were approached by a native (Park Ranger/Maintenance Person), sailing onto the scene on his quadruped (golf cart) and told the pirates they were not allowed to scavenge in the sand.

Is a beach not meant for digging? How do you tell a Powder Monkey (kid) that they are not allowed to dig in the sand? Strange. Were they afraid the pirates might excavate historic remains? Seemed like a strange request considering there was no signage or anything heeding the warning.

Did these pirates dig their own shallow grave? We may never know.

That, my friends, is a tale of the famous InACents pirate clan, and how they spent one of their final days amid the palm trees and sand at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park. Heed the warning, “do not dig in the sand at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park on the Big Island of Hawaii,” or otherwise dead men have no tale to tell.

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Exploring Disney’s Aulani Resort Grounds, Part 1 (Oahu, Hawaii)

After an impressive lobby area, and an equally seductive breakfast at Makahiki, we were able to change into our bathing suits and set out to explore the rest of the Aulani property on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The grounds of the Aulani resort were covered in equally serene foliage and art, while at the same time providing meandering pools for the guest to enjoy.

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Really I could go on and on about the grounds of Disney’s Aulani, but the best way to enjoy it, for those that have never been, is to really see the pictures.

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The water features throughout the resort are carefully incorporated into the dense vegetation and landscape, transforming you into the jungles of Hawaii. I could only imagine what the property may look like at night with some tiki torches and subtle lighting.

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If you looked carefully at the rock work throughout, you could see the animals incorporated into the design, similar to those used in the large tree in Animal Kingdom.

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Stay tuned for more beautiful pictures of the Aulani resort, as well as our opinion on whether it would be worth the price of admission.

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