Fun, Free Events

Encouraging community participation in fun and free activities to make life interesting and enjoyable. 

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Information for People with Disabilities…

The Recreation Council recently received a generous grant through Cardinals Care which allowed us to purchase a limited number of backpacks filled with items needed for an overnight camp experience. The items include, sunglasses, sunscreen, shampoo, toothbrush, a toothbrush holder, and paste, a swim towel, deodorant, insect repellant, soap, soap container and a $25 gift card to address other camper needs. Eligible recipients include St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County children (under 20 years old) with developmental disabilities who are receiving our overnight camp voucher funding and have a financial hardship.  If you are interested, please complete our application for a backpack which can be found on our website at

Deaf Day at the St. Louis Zoo (STL), Friday, June 9 all day from 8:30am-6:30pm. Staff at the MO Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has partnered with the STL Zoo for a day of interpreted events and activities. Call 1-573-526-5205 or visit MCDHH’s Facebook Page

Summer Splash WATERSKIING for people with disabilities:  ALL SLOTS ARE FULL for July 29 Summer Splash at Creve Coeur Lake.Watch the MDWSA video to see how much fun water skiing for people with disabilities can be: Website ~ Keep an eye on the website in case someone cancels, opening a space for YOU to join the fun! 

Foss SwimFree Preview Class at Foss Swim School: DID YOU KNOW: We have programs to teach kids whatever their situation, whether they have a limb difference, developmental disability, or fear of water.  Reach out to your local Foss Swim School to learn more and schedule a free preview lesson, which is strongly recommended. 

New Sensory Trail in St. Peters Coming Soon (SCC): Construction is underway behind Ollie’s Fun Forest Playground in the St. Peters City Center Park off Mexico Rd (St. Charles, MO). The path will be accessible for all users and promises to be an educational experience with special features designed to enhance the experience. Information

Communication & Sign Language Class (STL), six Wednesday evenings from June 14-July 26. The Pujols Foundation is offering an in-person sign language class designed to equip parents with the skills and tools to promote increased communication with your child with Down syndrome. Classes will take place at DEAF Inc, 25 E. Frisco Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119. Enrollment is FREE!  RSVP to Becca Lang at to reserve your spot.

Specialized Day Camp Opportunity We Just Heard About…

Camp Ausome: Cost $175, June 19-23, 2023 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at We Rock the Spectrum – North County, 10513 St Charles Rock Rd, St Ann, MO 63074. The Autism Summer Camp will give children the opportunity to play safely in various activities with a staff that is aware of their abilities and needs. The Camp will be located at the We Rock the Spectrum North County gym in St. Ann.

Other Fee-Based Programs for People with Disabilities HERE

Fun, Free Community Events…

SCC= St. Charles County ~STL=St. Louis

Activities Around Town…

Foundry Art Friday3Foundry Arts Center First Friday (SCC), June 2 from 5-8pm at  Foundry Arts Centre. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to join our “Print Month” Kick-Off and Soundtrack by Claudia Rose, spend time in the galleries, meet resident studio artists, and enjoy art activities. Mark your calendar for the amazingSteamroller Block Party” on June 24.

star trek discoveryScience Center First Friday: Star Trek (STL), June 2 from 5-9pm. Sci Fi fans enter the Star Trek universe, featuring Star Trek: Discovery. The evening will include special presentations, trivia, a costume contest and much more. Information

Shaw Explore MOreNational Trails Day with Explore MOre (STL), June 3 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR) invite you to learn MOre about MO native habitats, local wildlife, gardening, conservation, backpacking, hiking, tree identification, fire building, mammal furs, atlatl, and fishing in Cypress Lake. Admission is free for Explore MOre. Visitors need to check in at the Visitor Center for directions. No reservations required. Information

Summer Lunches at The St. Charles Library (SCC), June 5-August 18, 2023 at noon at Kathryn Linnemann and Middendorf-Kredell Branch. Free Lunch for all kids 18 and under. Lunch will be distributed and eaten inside the library. The child receiving the meal must be present. Information

 HullabaZOO (STL), June 9 from 3:30-6:30 at the St. Louis ZOO in Forest Park.  Enjoy live entertainment, themed food and drink specials (for purchase) and children’s animal-related educational activities on conserving endangered species. Information

MDC Free Fishing Days, June 10 – 11.  Free Fishing Days encourages people to sample Missouri’s abundant fishing opportunities. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag. Want to learn to fish? MDC’s Discover Nature Fishing Program provides a series of free lessons, and all fishing gear is provided. Information.

Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair (Illinois), June 10 from 10am-4pm at Pere Marquette State Park, 13112 Visitor Center Lane, Grafton, Illinois 62037. Come out to our FREE event with fishing fun, a dog show, and over 30 outdoor activities that families will enjoy. Food and drink are available for purchase. Information

Historic St. Louis: Landscapes of Summertime Past (STL), Saturday, June 10 from 10 AM – 4 PM at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Twenty historic sites are joining together to demonstrate how our ancestors connected with the land in both ornamental and practical ways. Learn about kitchen gardens, wildflowers, rain gardens, and native plants. Information or call 314-842-1867 ext. 230

European Auto Show (STL), Sunday, June 11 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at MINI of St. Louis, 40 Sunnen Drive, Maplewood, MO 63143. Come see these amazing European automobiles including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ferrari, BMW, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Food trucks will be available with food for purchase. Information

Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night (STL), Tuesday-Sunday, nightly at 8 p.m. at Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park through June 25. Enjoy the tale of Viola and her shipwrecked twin brother who are separated and searching for each other, but with the modern twist of being set in Miami, Florida. Mind’s Eye Radio will provide Audio Descriptions on Saturday, June 10, and ASL interpretation will be provided on Thursday, June 15. Information

Rockwoods Romp (STL), Saturday, June 17 from 11 am – 2 pm at Rockwoods Reservation. Enjoy the outdoors and join us at Rockwoods Reservation to learn about the various habitats found in the conservation area including pond, stream, forest, and cave ecosystems. Activities include exploring the stream, going on bug hunts, visiting the native garden, and finding the perfect hike. Live music by local musician Marko Polo and his “magic guitar” will entertain young audiences from 12:30-1:15pm with interactive, kid friendly and educational songs that will engage both body and mind. There is no registration for the main event, but registration is required for the cave and pond visits. Information

Music Around Town…

Finally Friday Music Series (STL), Friday, June 2 from 4-8 pm at Laumeier Sculpture Garden, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63127. Join us for the first of our summer music series where you’ll enjoy free music. Food and beverage vendors onsite. This event repeats weekly through August 25. Information 

St. Peters Sunset Friday (SCC), Friday, June 2 & 9 from 6:30-8:30pm at 370 lakeside Park, 63376. June 2: BagLunch Blues & the Salamander Slide will rock 370 Lakeside Park with a fun and danceable Blues performance. June 9: Food Trucks available for food purchases. Event repeats weekly in June and August (no July dates) Information ~ Flyer

Flamenco Concert (STL), Sunday, June 4 from 7-8:30pm at Grant National Historic Site, Join Guitarist Ronald Radford for some Spanish Flamenco music. The concert is free and no reservations are required. Bring a chair or blanket, and your favorite food and beverages for an outdoor picnic. Information or call 314-842-1867 ext. 230. Event repeats on June 15 with Arcadia Dance Orchestra playing music of the Roaring 20s.

Lunchtime Live Music (STL), Wednesday, June 7 and every Wednesday all summer long, from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Downtown Post Office Plaza, 801 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101. Join us every Wednesday for live music from local talent. Food trucks will be available for food and beverage purchases. Information

New Town Concert (SCC), June 3 at New Town Amphitheater, 3312 Rue Royale, Saint Charles, MO 63301. Enjoy the first of our outdoor concerts with Music Around The World featuring “Ubercool” (German Rock), “Irish Aires” (Irish music), and “Mariachi Nuevo Azteca Band” (Mexican Mariachi) from 2:30 – 6:00 PM, and “The Well Hungarians” from 7:30 – 10:00 PM. Event repeats June 9, 11, 24 with other bands. Information

O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert Series (SCC), Every Tuesday beginning June 6 from 6:30–9 pm at the Civic Park Bandstand, 63366. Bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy these free outdoor music concerts.Food trucks and concessions will be available for purchase. June 6: Legynds (Lynard Skynard Tribute Band), June 13: Honky Tonk Heros (Country), June 20: Push The Limit (Party Hits), June 27: Melvin Turnage Band (R&B, Jazz). Information

St. Charles Band & Jazz Concerts (SCC), Thursdays June 8, & Sunday, June 11 at 7:30pm at Frontier Park 500 S. Riverside Drive 63301. Bring your lawn chair to enjoy our summer concert series along the beautiful Missouri riverfront. This event repeats on select Thursdays and Sundays through August 31. Information

Hot Summer Nights (SCC), June 10 from 6-10pm in the 600-900 blocks of N. Second St. in Historic Frenchtown, St.Charles MO 63301. Join us for a summer of hot music, great time with friends, Beer, cocktails, and food will be available for purchase and no outside food or beverages are allowed. Music begins at 7:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Event repeats on July 8, August 12, September 9. Information

Mark Your Calendars for more JUNE Activities…

  • St. Charles City Park Food Truck Events (SCC), June 13, Information
  • Beale Street Concert Series (SCC), June 14, Information
  • B.A.R.K. Ranger Puppachino Crawl (STL), June 18, Information
  • Juneteenth Concert: Negro Spirituals (STL), June 18, Information
  • Music on Main (SCC), Wednesday, June 21, Information
  • Gateway to the Stars: Eclipses (STL), June 23, Information
  • Steamroller BLOCK Party (SCC), June 24, Information

RECREATION COUNCIL 2023 SUMMER GUIDE – Printable guide to overnight camps and other summer programs. SUMMER PROGRAM ONLINE LISTING

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.


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. Applications are open for programs happening October 1, 2022 to September 30, 2023. 
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