Upcoming family events in the community



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St. Louis Symphony helps Jewish community celebrate Shabbat

When/Where? 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 25 at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex TSG Day Camp Pavilion and Soccer Field

Virtual/In-person? In-person

Description: The Jewish Community Center is inviting the entire community to a free, outdoor “house” concert. It’s featuring some talented musical guests: small ensembles composed of members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Together they are presenting a “Symphony Prelude to Shabbat,” featuring music from legendary Jewish composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Aaron Copeland and more. Those in attendance will be treated to a brass quintet, woodwind quintet and string quartet, the latter of which will feature Rabbi Amy Feder of Congregation Temple Israel as vocalist. Feder is also president of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

File photo of Bais Abraham Congregation in University City.  (Yana Hotter)

FABA (Families at Bais Abe) Shabbat popsicles in the summer

When/Where? 4-5 p.m. June 26 (and July 10) at Bais Abraham Congregation, 6910 Delmar Blvd.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? No

Description: FABA invites friends of all ages for Shabbat popsicle hours this summer in the Bais Abe backyard! Come join the fun on the 2nd and 4th Shabbats of the month in June and July.

Gateway Arch. Photo by Brittany Moore from Pexels

Free special events at Gateway Arch National Park

When/Where? Sunday, June 27

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? See below

Description: 8 a.m.: Ranger-led run around the park will begin at the Arch’s west entrance and loop around the monument, utilizing the park’s brand-new trails. Space is limited, so call 877-982-1410 to reserve your spot.

9 a.m. to noon: Head to the south leg of the Gateway Arch to take part in some old-school fun with classic toys and games such as Jacob’s Ladder and the Game of Graces. Participants can also make and take home their own button for giving these games a try.

10 a.m.: Meet at the Arch’s west entrance and bring your own mat and towel for a yoga session that’s fun for the entire family. Participants will enjoy using games and discussion to experience the many benefits of yoga, and they’ll leave the session encouraged to apply their learning “off the mat” through journaling, drawing and other activities.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Catch the St. Louis Unions Vintage Base Ball Club playing vintage baseball under the Arch. Attendees will also learn about 19th-century baseball through interactive discussions about vintage uniforms, equipment and much more.

Emerson Dinoroarus opens at the Zoo

When/Where? Through Oct. 31 at the St. Louis Zoo

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? No, but reservations for the zoo are required at www.stlzoo.org/visit/zoo-reservations

Description: This engaging attraction (in the former children’s zoo area) for all ages features 16 different groupings of animatronic and stationary dinosaurs. The cost is $5.95/ticket with advanced zoo reservation (free for zoo members).

The History Clubhouse at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park

When/Where? One-hour play sessions at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays each week throughout the summer

Virtual/In-Person? In-person. All visitors ages 9 and older who have not been vaccinated are required to wear a face mask.

RSVP required? Free, advanced reservations are required by calling 314-361-9017 or by emailing [email protected].

Description: This interactive space is specially designed for children and their families. Start by exploring downtown St. Louis, complete with re-creations of iconic buildings that stand up to 15-feet tall. Then take a trolley ride back in time to serve food at a café during the 1904 World’s Fair, pilot a steamboat on the Mississippi River, and playhouse in the ancient city of Cahokia. Dress up in period costumes, put on a puppet show, fish over the edge of a canoe, and so much more, all while experiencing local history.

Congregation B’nai Amoona. Photo: Bill Motchan

Family-friendly Friday night service

When/Where? 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 25 at Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? www.bnaiamoona.com/upcoming

Description: Enjoy kid-friendly outdoor Shabbat services. Families who register ahead of time will receive a challah to take home.

United Hebrew Congregation. Photo: Bill Motchan

Pop-Up Shabbat

When/Where? 6-7 p.m. June 25 at United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road

Virtual/In-person: In-person, outdoors. In the case of rain, watch on UH’slivestream page. Services will not move into the building.

RSVP required? No

Description: Enjoy outdoor Shabbat evening services. Bring your own chair or blanket. Sweet treat to follow.

Shelley Dean (center) leads a Rhythm ‘N’ Ruach class at the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library.

Rhythm and Ruach family music classes

When/Where? June – multiple times and locations

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? Yes, pricing info and registration here

Description: Families with children from birth to 5 can register now for 4-week summer sessions with Morah Shelley.

Books and Buddies

When/Where? 10 a.m. July 5 (and July 19) at the World Bird Sanctuary

Virtual/In-person? In-person, outdoors

RSVP required? No, admission is free, $2 donation requested

Description: Looking for some exciting outdoor learning for your little ones? We’ll hang out outside and read a story together, and then you’ll meet one of our animal ambassadors!

Kol Rinah in Clayton. (Bill Motchan)

Outdoor Music at Kol Rinah

When/Where? 10 a.m. Saturday, July 10 (also Aug. 7) at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? Registration required, email [email protected]

Description: Outdoor musical service geared toward children from birth to age 5. Masks required for those 2 years and older.

Family Kabbalat Shabbat

When/Where? Friday, July 23 (also August 20) at 5:45 pm at Kol Rinah, 7701 Maryland Ave.

Virtual/In-person? In-person

RSVP required? Registration required. Email [email protected]

Description: Geared toward families with children in preschool through middle school. Masks required for those 2 and up.