City Museum in St. Louis
City Museum will leave you breathless. I just stood for a long time taking in the details — the wall made of old lab mice trays, the rebar bent into curling monkey-bar style tunnels suspended high overhead — and my next thought was: lawsuit waiting to happen. Not because I feel the place is dangerous — everything I climbed around on was sturdy as hell even for an adult — but because in many ways in America we’ve become a little excessive in pounding the rough edges off of things so no one ever skins a knee. And in doing so
we’ve pounded a lot of the fun out of the world. I think the fact that this place even exists is a hopeful sign that there is still some fun left out there and a whole lot of creativity. This place really pulls at the inner child and I really didn’t want to leave until I had seen everything.
A new display was added in June 2009 out on the roof and includes a Ferris wheel. Don’t miss the seven-story slide down the middle shaft of the building. There’s food here if you need it, a gift shop, places for tired adults (or kids) to sit a while, and even an aquarium that allows for some touching of critters (at an extra entry charge of $6).
Next time you’re in St. Louis, don’t miss this (even if you are not with in kids in tow!)
701 North 15th Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
City Museum Home Page
Entry $12 (discounts for groups of 15+)