Summer is almost here! There’s no better way to welcome the warm weather than by enjoying the St. Louis arts scene. Catch a show, enroll your child in camp or participate in a workshop. Here are some of the family-friendly summer arts activities in the St. Louis area.
PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS
Laumeier Sculpture Park offers a great space for outdoor summer play including numerous events, many of which are free! Laumeier is offering Teen Pizza and Art night, July 17 from 7-9:30 p.m. For $20, teens ages 13-17 can experiment with a variety of materials while enjoying pizza and the park.
Mark your calendars for Free Family Days on June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 20 from 2-4 pm. Participants are provided with activities designed to create art using a variety of materials. Recommended for ages 4 and up. For more information, visit laumeiersculpturepark.org.
Summer at COCA includes the production of Bring It On the Musical, June 26-27 at the Edison Theatre. Bring It On the Musical takes audiences on a journey through complex friendships, jealousy and forgiveness. The show is recommended for ages 12 and up. Tickets are $16. For more information, visit cocastl.org.
STAGES St. Louis presents a childhood favorite, Disney’s The Aristocrats, June 3-28 at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza. Audiences will clap their paws and wag their tails to jazzy beats. There are games and special activities one hour before each performance. For more information, visit stagesstlouis.org.
Circus Flora returns with a new production titled One Summer on 2nd Street, May 28-June 28. Audiences will be taken back to the Jazz Age when cities grew rapidly, becoming home to families from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. For more information visit circusflora.org.
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design “Crafternoons” on Sundays in Grand Center are a perfect activity for families and students of all ages and experiences. For a small tuition and materials fee, participants explore and work with different media, including clay, paper piercing, silk scarf making and fold forming. For more information, visit craftalliance.org.
The Muny also offers a variety of events for families this summer. Hairspray, the winner of eight Tony® Awards including Best Musical returns to the Muny stage (June 23-30). The catch the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast (July 29- August 3). Tickets range from $14 to $87. For more information, visit muny.org.
Laumeier Sculpture Park offers art camp for children ages 4-15 (June 15-July 31). Camps include: Go Green: Edible Art-able outdoors, which explores nature through art and food; Art on the Fringe, exploring underground work of guerilla art; Super You: Adventures in Animation; Tried & True or Totally New; and The Good, the Bad & the Fluffy. Camps are $180, and include lunch and snacks daily. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit laumeiersculpturepark.org.
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis offers three sessions of Camp Shakespeare, full-day workshops led by experienced Shakespeare Festival Teaching Artists. Campers will train in voice, movement, stage combat and physical comedy. Sessions runs from June 8-26, July 6-24, and July 27-August 7. Another camp offered by SFSTL is “Beyond the Bard,” for ages 14-18, which uses classical text and Shakespeare as inspiration for students to experiment with monologues and scenes. Finally, SFSTL partners with COCA to offer four age-specific sections to campers: Shakespeare Stories: Kings and Fairies for ages 6-7; Shakespeare Explorers: Jesters & Fools for ages 8-10; Playing Shakespeare for ages 11-13; and Shakespeare’s Combat for ages 14-18. Camp costs range from $350 to $495. For more information visit sfstl.com.
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design is offering 11 one week, half-day camps this summer from June 1-August 14. Put two camps together to spend the entire day being creative, with supervision provided during lunch and before and after care available. Craft Alliance also offers teen camps that meet for one week sessions focusing on creative techniques in glass, metal and clay. One week half-day camps cost $180. For more information, visit craftalliance.org.
Metro Theater Company offers two different summer camps for four total sessions. The first camp, Monster Camp, is offered June 15-19 and June 22-26 for students in grades 1-5. Campers will explore drama and visual art with Metro’s theater professionals. Creative Arts Camp, the second camp offered, runs July 27-31 and August 3-7. Campers will play, explore, build and create through activities that include yoga, sculpting, drama, storytelling, water fun and more. This camp is open to ages 4-11. For more information visit metrotheatercompany.org.
The Arts and Education Council supports nearly 70 arts and arts education organizations that enrich the cultural landscape of St. Louis each year including Laumeier Sculpture Park, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, STAGES St. Louis, Circus Flora, Metro Theater Company, COCA. To learn more about the Arts and Education Council, visit KeepArtHappening.org.