Fun, Free Events

Recreation Council News…

CNP CupNight Fundraiser May 16-31: The Recreation Council is fortunate to be the recipient of Chicken ‘n Pickle’s May Cup Campaign fundraiser. Visit CNP from May 16-31, 2024, buy a soda, and a portion of the sale will be donated to the Recreation Council. All funds raised is earmarked for scholarships to send youth with disabilities to overnight summer camps. CNP is a new addition to the St. Charles entertainment district behind the Streets of St. Charles. Life-size games, ping-pong, bocce ball court, cornhole boards, large gazebo with fire pit, plus outdoor and indoor pickleball courts you can rent for an hour of free play. Plus wonderful food and drink on sale at the on-site restaurant. Visit CNP to join the fun

Interested in playing BINGO? Please let us know what kind of fundraisers you’d like to see us plan for the Recreation Council. CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

People with Disabilities…

Sensory Friendly Sundays and Kulture City Sensory Bags at Saint Louis Science Center: The Saint Louis Science Center is proud to announce it has earned a Sensory Inclusive™ certification through a partnership with KultureCity, a nonprofit committed to sensory accessibility and acceptance for those with invisible disabilities. Through the partnership, the Science Center has introduced Sensory Bags that include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, a visual cue card/feeling thermometer and a KultureCity lanyard. In addition, this summer, the Science Center is introducing Sensory Friendly Science Time, a period on Sunday mornings from 9:30-11am, May 26th through September 1st. During these times, guests will experience a reduction in loud noises from the lobby’s ball machine and the Earth Science gallery’s animatronic Tyrannosaurus rex, modified lighting, sound reduction and adjustable captioning devices in the OMNIMAX® Theater, sensory and mobility modifications for shows at the McDonnell Planetarium, and dedicated sensory-friendly demonstrations at the Energy Stage. Contact:  Doug Bolnick, Public Relations Manager at 314-289-4461 or  ~ Information

Free Sign Language Workshop (STL), Saturday May 25 from 1-3PM at Chesterfield YMCA-Theater, 16464 Burkhardt Place, Chesterfield, MO. Join ASL enthusiasts, Chelsea Hull and Torri Ryder, for this Sign Language Workshop. This afternoon is designed to support families raising children with specialized communication needs and their caregivers. This FREE event is sponsored by the YMCA Adaptive Program and Hands of Worship and Light (HOWL). Direct questions to

Magic House Sensory Friendly Morning (STL), May 25 from 8:30-9:30am at The Magic House, Kirkwood, MO.  KEEN families and friends are invited to enjoy this opportunity to enjoy The Magic House without the crowds. Families are welcome to stay once The Magic House opens to the public but they must arrive by 9:30am for free admission. Registration is Required

AMC Awareness Day (STL), Saturday, May 25 from 9am,-2pm at SLU Allied Health Professions Building, 437 Caroline Mall. St Louis, MO 63104. Enjoy meet and greets, workshops, lunch, and kids crafts as you learn more about Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), a physical disorder characterized by multiple joint contractures present at birth. Join us on May 26 for our walk, run, and roll event at Tilles Park to raise funds and awareness of AMC.  Information

Adapted Pickleball Night (SCC), June 1 from 6-8pm at Chicken ‘n Pickle, 1500 Main Street, 63301. Join us for a fun-filled night where we welcome individuals with physical disabilities to learn, enjoy and bring awareness to adaptive pickleball. Free to all! Equipment and chairs provided.  Information

HUGS Gymnastics at Olympia in Ellisville, MO. Join our non-competitive instructional gymnastics program for boys and girls ages 3-15 with cognitive and physical disabilities. We offer parent-child classes for ages 3-5 and a lower student/teacher ratio for those ages 5-15. Classes begin June 6. Contact Hayley Parker, HUGS Director, for more information and to inquire on cost. or 636-230-9496 ~ FLYER

Fun, Free Community Events for Everyone…

Listings by AREA:
St. Louis, MO ~STL=St. Louis
St. Charles, MO ~ SCC= St. Charles County

St. Charles County Parks Ranger Guided Walks (SCC): Come enjoy our free nature programs. Free but Registration is Required
– Women’s Wildflower Hike, Tuesday, May 21 from 9-11am at Indian Camp Creek Park
– Women’s Wildflower Hike,Thursday, May 23 from 12-2pm at Matson Hill Park
– Firefly Frenzy for Families, Tuesday, May 28 from 8:30-9:30pm at Broemmelsiek Park

 Senior Activities Fair (SCC), Wednesday, May 22 from 9 AM-12 PM at Trigg Banquet Center, 300 O’Fallon Plaza, 63366. Local senior citizens are invited to join us at our annual Senior Activities Fair. Connect with programs and activities happening in the O’Fallon area. This event also includes raffle prizes, vendors, a coffee station, Elvis, and more. Information

Public Works Fair (SCC), Wednesday, May 22 from 10 AM – 2 PM at Ozzie Smith Sports Complex. Bring the kids to see the big trucks and the vehicles used to provide city services, such as street sweepers, snow plows, a paint striper, a recycling truck, and more. The event is free, and demonstrations include working models of the City’s Water Treatment Plant and the enviroscape water pollution model. Enjoy free rides on the City train, safety awareness games for kids, giveaways, booths, and the chance to talk to City staff. A free hot dog lunch with chips and water will be available. Information

Sensory Trail Grand Opening (SCC), Thursday, May 23 at 3pm at City Centre Park in Ollie’s Fun Forest. It’s an accessible, one-of-a-kind nature route that will encourage and nurture growth for all minds and bodies. Information

Fitness at Queeny Park (STL), Friday, May 24 from 3-4pm at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman Rd, 63011. Enjoy a lovely spring afternoons that includes stretching, a walk on the trail, and cool-down exercises. Adjustments will be made for people of ALL fitness levels. Information

African Arts Festival (STL), May 25-27 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. This three-day event will be held over the Memorial Day weekend will highlight African culture and will include live entertainment, food and artisan vendors, a children’s village, an African Marketplace and more. Admission is FREE. Information

St. Charles Memorial Gardens Family Weekend (SCC), Saturday-Monday, May 25, 26, & 27 at St. Charles Memorial Gardens (at Baue), 3950 W. Clay Street, St. Charles, MO. On Saturday, May 25 from 12-2 PM, enjoy our snow cone truck. On Sunday, May 26 from 12-2pm, enjoy our family picnic with food, drinks, face painting, live music, and an honor ceremony at 2pm. On Monday, May 27, enjoy our ice cream truck. Information

Memorial Day Ceremonies….

St Charles County Memorial Day Ceremony (SCC), Monday, May 27 from 1-2pm at Veterans Tribute Park, 1031 Kisker Road. This event includes patriotic music from a live band, the rifle crack of a 21-gun salute, a solemn reading of the names of departed veterans, and a special honor for a recently fallen Marine, Sgt. Colin Arslanbas. Information

St. Louis City, Memorial Day Observance (STL), Monday, May 27 at 10:00 am at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum, 1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO, 63103. This event honors our St. Louis fallen soldiers. Guided tours of the memorial are available. Information

Memorial Day Observances and Ceremonies: Click Here
Memorial Weekend Events: Click Here


Music in St. Louis

Lunchtime Live Music (STL), Wednesdays, May 22 & 29 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Downtown Post Office Plaza, 801 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Food trucks will be available for food and beverage purchases. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. Information

Twilight Thursday Concerts at the MO History Museum (STL), May 23 from 6-8pm at the History Museum in Forest Park. This popular, free outdoor concert series takes place on our newly renovated North Plaza. Grab your blankets and lawn chairs, pack your picnic basket, and listen to music under a beautiful Forest Park sunset. Food trucks will be available for food and beverage purchases. Event only occurs in May. Information 

Whitaker Music Festival (STL), beginning May 29 at MO Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63110. The open-air Whitaker Music Festival welcomes local musicians for these free concerts in the garden. Event repeats weekly with different musicians. Information

Finally Friday Food Truck Nights (STL), May 31 from 4-8pm at Laumeier Sculpture Garden, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127. Start your weekend admiring the art and enjoying nature. Event repeats weekly with different food vendors.  Information

Music in St. Charles

St. Peters Sunset Friday (SCC), Friday, May 24 from 6:30-8:30pm at 370 Lakeside Park, 63376. Music on May 17 by Zudeco Crawdaddys and May 24 by Serapis. Grab your lawn chair and a picnic dinner for the first of our outdoor concerts. Food Trucks available for food purchases. Event repeats weekly in June and August (no July dates). Information

Lake St. Louis Summer Concerts (SCC), Saturday, May 25 from 7-10pm at Boulevard Park in Lake St. Louis, 63367. Bring your lawn chairs, food, and beverage to hear the sounds of “Trilogy” playing dance tunes. Repeats monthly with different musicians. Information

History in Harmony (SCC), May 26 from 1-4pm on Historic Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Join us for the last 2 music events along Main Street as a rotating line-up of guest musicians provide the perfect soundtrack for a stroll through the historic district. Event only occurs in May. Information 

O’Fallon Jammin’ Concerts (SCC), Tuesday, May 28 from 6:30–9 pm at the Civic Park Bandstand, 63366. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy the music of LustreLights playing dance and party tunes. Food trucks and concessions will be available at nominal prices. Event repeats weekly with different musicians.  Information

More Summertime Events Coming…

  • HullabaZOO (STL), May 30 Information
  • Find the Light Festival for Mental Health (SCC), June 1 Information
  • 636 Day (SCC), June 1 Information
  • Find the Light Festival of Music for Youth Mental Health (SCC), June 1 Information
  • Summer Family Fun at the MO History Museum (STL), June 1 Information
  • Play Day in Forest Park (STL), June 1 Information
  • Summer Concerts in Lafayette Park (STL), June 1, 15, 29 Information
  • New Town Concert (SCC), June 1, 22, 28 Information
  • Greenway Walk & Yoga (STL), June 5 & 12 Register Here
  • Waterfront Wednesday Concert (STL), June 5 Information
  • St. Charles Band & Jazz Concerts (SCC), June 6, 13, 20 & 27 Information
  • Science Center First Friday (STL), June 7 Information
  • Foundry Arts Center First Friday (SCC), June 7 Information
  • First Friday in the Grand Center Arts District (STL), June 7 Information
  • Hot Summer Nights (SCC), June 8 Information
  • Strawberry Market Festival (SCC), June 8 Information
  • FREE Virtual Cooking Class, June 12, Register Here
  • Beale Street Concert Series Opening Night (SCC), June 12 Information
  • HullabaZOO (STL), June 13 & 27  Information
  • Calling Gen Z! Games, Food, Music (STL), June 15 Information
  • Touch a Truck: Modern Military (STL), June 15 Information
  • BARK Ranger Event at the Gateway Arch (STL), June 16 Information
  • Concert: 20’s & 30’s Jazz and Blues (STL), June 20 Information
  • Parties on Westport Plaza (STL), June 20 Information
  • History in Harmony (SCC), June 23 & 30 Information
  • Hero Complex Grand Opening (SCC), June 29 Information

Recreation Council Reminders…

Summer Guide: 2024 Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide
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Recreation Council PickleBall Tournament Fundraiser – CANCELED. Stay tuned for a replacement event that will be even more fun!

Recreation Council RAFFLE TICKETS – SPRING 2024: The Recreation Council is raising funds to provide scholarships for people to attend camp this summer. Choose from 5 wonderful options: Wine, Liquor, Pickleball, Whitey Herzog Collage, and Vintage Vinyl Baskets. 1-9 tickets=$1 per ticket; 15 tickets=$10; 30 tickets=$20.  Order Tickets HERE

Summer Voucher program for St. Louis COUNTY: St. Louis County parents who have school-aged children with developmental disabilities, did you know you can apply for the Recreation Council’s Summer Voucher program? The Summer Voucher program will assist in paying for half of one Summer program or care (parents must be working) up to $1,000. For more information, please call Sue Fleming at (314)726-6044, ext. 101. You may find the application for the Summer Voucher Program on our website at  ~ Application

Search for more Activities in your part of town…

Here are a few links to continue your search for fun in the metro area. Some places charge entry fees, so check on costs before you go.


Click HERE to see fee-based programs for people with disabilities
Click Here to see Community Resources for People with Disabilities

Need Funding for a Recreation Program? Click here for information about our voucher programs for people with developmental disabilities in St. Louis and St. Charles.
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