Fun, Free Events

April is Autism Awareness Month

How COOL! Enjoy this video by Tyler Haynes, a St. Charles County resident and UMSL SUCCEED program graduate. Diagnosed with autism at age two, Tyler is no stranger to smiling in the face of adversity and proving doubters wrong. The 23-year-old says his biggest challenge with autism has been learning how to clearly communicate with others and understanding the various social situations that can arise in everyday life. But with a strong support system around him, including his mom, Tonya, Tyler is doing more than just succeeding, he’s thriving! Video Link

Just Another Autism Podcast, by Eileen Lamb: In this episode, Eileen chats with Autism Speaks’ CEO, Keith Wargo, to discuss the rise of misinformation and disinformation on social media, and the impact it has on the autism and autistic communities. Video Link

Missouri’s Autism Projects consists of five regional projects that provide autism programs and services to individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Funded through the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Autism Projects provide supports and services to approximately 6,000 families statewide. Missouri Autism Projects ~ Office of Autism Services.


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

Partner News…

Cycle St. Louis Accessible Trailnet Rides. Our partner, Trailnet is has designed another inclusive ride season with the May 18 Bridge Birthday Bash at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge, and July 7 Scream for Ice Cream in Edwardsville, IL which are good rides for individuals with disabilities. These rides are FREE for Cycle STL participants and their support people. For the free ride code, send an email by clicking here. Checkout all of Trailnet’s traditional rides here.

Lydia Cox Bike Camp, June 16-21, 2024 at Epic Empowerment Campus, 17795 Wild Horse Creek Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63005, Chesterfield, MO. This 5-day camp teaches youth how to ride a standard bicycle through a process of graduated steps toward independent riding. 80% of participants ride a 2-wheeled bicycle by the end of the week. The rest gain immeasurable confidence and skills toward riding independently.  Campers must be age 8 or older, attend all 5 days of camp, be under 220 lbs, and be able to walk and sidestep without assistive devices. Session #1: 8:00 am – 9:15 am Session #2:  9:35 am – 10:50 am Session #3:  11:10 pm – 12:25 pm Session #4:  1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Session #5:  3:05 pm – 4:20 pm. Cost $150 per rider. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Register Here

The Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site is launching a Junior Ranger program for children and wants input from families with children who have disabilities about their new booklet. Activities in the book were designed to reach all levels of reading and comprehension, and can be completed with adult assistance as needed. Click Here for a PDF copy. Send your thoughts directly to Julie Northrip at 314-842-1867 ext. 223 or by email at

Junior Ranger Day (STL), Saturday, April 27: Scroll down for information about the soft launch of the Junior Ranger Program with activities and fun for the whole family.

Sherwood Forest Quest Program: Sherwood Forest serves children from low-income households and underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois, who live at or below the federal poverty line. We strive to establish and sustain long-term relationships with our campers, their families, and the agencies and schools that serve them. By balancing traditional camp adventures with evidence-based programs that reinforce and support school-year learning, Sherwood Forest connects with, educates, and inspires the youth of St. Louis. Information ~ Flyer

MPACT Parent Workshops (Virtual): Join us daily from May 6-10 for our free virtual webinar series on Transitions. The webinars begin at 10am each day. You’ll learn some of the basics on special education law, IEP’s, advocacy, transition services, post-secondary goals, and graduation requirements. Information ~ Register for May


Events for People with Disabilities…

Sensory Friendly Production of Sound of Music (STL), Saturday, April 20 from 12-3pm at Union Avenue Christian Church. Ignite Theatre Company presents a sensory-friendly production of The Sound of Music with youth company members aged 11-18 filling every creative leadership and technical role. FREE tickets available for Saturday only or pay what you can.

HARBOR Arbor Day (SCC), Saturday April 27, 2024 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm (FREE) at Indian Camp Creek Park, 2679 Dietrich Rd., Foristell, MO  63348. This is a FREE event for people of all ages with different abilities and their families. Arbor Day is coming! That’s one of our favorite times to head to the park for Harbor Arbor Day. We’re busy planning an action-packed morning, with a lot of activities and even a little bit of education. Free but RSVP needed. Information (saved in folder)

Adapted Pickleball (SCC), THIS EVENT IS FULL. Spectators are welcome. Wednesday, April 24 from 6-9pm at Chicken N Pickle, 1500 S. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63303.  Chicken’N Pickle ~ Information

Every Body In, Accessible Paddling and Nature Trail Day (STL), THIS EVENT IS FULL. Spectators can come to see the accessible launching dock in use, walk the trail, or do some bird watching. Saturday, April 27 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Audubon Center, 301 Riverlands Way West Alton Missouri 63386. Information ~ FLYER

People First St. Louis May Meeting and Social (STL), Wednesday, May 1 from 4-6pm at The Arc Maplewood office, 3117 South Big Bend Blvd, 63143. Our chapter will officially be returning with support from the St Louis Arc and Community Power Project! Starting on May 1st we will meet quarterly from 4-6 pm at the Maplewood Arc location. We will also hopefully partner with the Community Power project on their upcoming community outings. Contact: ~ Flyer

Fun, Free Community Events for Everyone…

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

Earth Day Festival (STL), April 20-21 from 11am-5pm daily at the MUNY in Forest Park (map). Whether you are coming for the food, the music, the activities, or the people watching, we PROMISE you will leave a little more inspired about real progress being made to preserve our planet and a little more connected to those on the front lines. Information

Make your own Earth Day fun: ​Earth day printables; ​Rock painting (these are SO cute!); ​Earth Day questions; ​Butterfly craft; ​Scavenger hunt
Earth Day Treats: ​Oreo dirt cake; ​Nest treats; ​Dirt cookies (so good!); ​Dirt muddy buddies

Purina Farms Opening Weekend (STL), April 20 & 21 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Visitor Center at Purina Farms. Enjoy the animal petting area, cow milking, Incredible Dog Shows, wagon rides, adoptable pets in the Pet Center, and more. The Visitor Center is FREE and open to the public. Information.

National Park Week (STL), April 20-28, 2024 at the Gateway Arch National Park. The week will be celebrated with special activities and events. Opening day, Saturday, April 20th entrance fees will be waived to all National Parks.  Information

  • Saturday, April 20: Ranger led “Discovery” program, 11am and 2pm & Riverfront Cleanup from 9am-12noon
  • Tuesday, April 23: Ranger led “Innovation” program, 11am and 2pm
  • Thursday, April 25: “Stump the Ranger” activity all day
  • Saturday, April 27: Junior Ranger (all day) & Native American toy demonstration from 10am-12noon
  • Sunday, April 28: Art program with ranger Tony, 12-4pm & Bioblitz/Earth Day activities

History in Harmony (SCC), April 21 & 28 from 1-4pm on Historic Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Discover the sound of Main Street as a rotating line-up of guest musicians provide the perfect soundtrack for a stroll through the historic district. Information 

August Plein Air Art Festival (SCC), April 25-May 4. The public is invited to observe art unfolding before their eyes each day at “paint-out” events in a variety of locations from local wineries to historic sites, with special days in surrounding towns. Over 100 artists will be scattered about the small towns of Defiance, New Melle, and Augusta, capturing and recreating the rolling hills of wine country, the Missouri River bluff, prosperous farmland, the Katy Trail and historic structures. Information

Rail District Festival (SCC), Saturday, April 27 from 2-8 PM at Civic Park in O’Fallon, MO. Enjoy over 90 vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, live music, and more. Experience a live burn demonstration by NFSA and the O’Fallon Fire District. Inflatables and train rides available for a fee. Information

Junior Ranger Day: Life at White Haven with Ulysses and Julia Grant (STL), Saturday, April 27 from 11am-3pm at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, 7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO 63123.  Celebrate Grant’s Birthday and National First Ladies Day! New Junior Ranger Book will be introduced. Discover what farm life was like for Ulysses and Julia living at White Haven in the 1850s. We’ll have opportunities for young people to try their hand at “farming,” start a potted flower garden, follow clues on a scavenger hunt, and design their own floral White House China dishes. We will do a soft launch of our new Junior Ranger booklet and are eager to get feedback from our young Junior Rangers. All activities are free. The event begins at 11 am and continues until 3 pm. For more information call Julie Northrip 314-842-1867 ext. 230. Information

Gateway Ringers Spring Handbell Concerts (STL), Sunday, April 28 at 4:00 pm at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church, 11645 Benham Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63136. Our spring series includes Fantasy on King’s Weston, Capriccio, Over the Rainbow, the Rainbow Connection, and a beautiful arrangement of I’m Just a Poor Wayfaring Stranger for bells and alto saxophone.  All concerts are free and open to the public. Concert repeats on May 5 and 19 in Kirkwood and Chesterfield. Information

St. Charles Symphony Orchestra Concert (SCC), Sunday, April 28 at 2:00PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church of St Charles
115 South Sixth Street, St. Charles, Oo 63301.  Enjoy this multifaceted ensemble that performs classical and modern repertoire, chamber concerts, and POPS. Our concerts are free. Information

Worldfest 2024 (STL), Sunday, April 28 from 12 noon-5pm at St. Louis Music Park, 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights, 63074. Celebrate diversity and discover the various cultures that make up the St. Louis region through food, music, and performances. Dance enthusiasts will enjoy performances from groups representing China, India, Panama, and Ireland. Live music fans will be treated to a diversified lineup, including a Creole band, Japanese drumming, a Mexican guitar player, and a strings player showcasing traditional instruments from all around the world. Information FREE to attend; Vendors available for food and drink purchases. Information

Recreation Council Reminders…

Summer Guide: 2024 Recreation Council Summer Opportunities Guide
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Recreation Council PickleBall Tournament Fundraiser, Saturday, May 18 from 10am-1pm at CNP, St. Charles, MO. Join the Recreation Council for a fabulous day of Pickleball fun while raising money to send a child to summer camp. Men and women of all skill levels are welcome. Recreational and competitive sections, $10 CNP food/drink gift card, and medals for winners in each skill level bracket. Cost: $100 per team of 2 players. That’s only $50 per person. Register Here ~ Flyer

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

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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