It’s that special (and busy) time of year!  Now that school is winding down and we have extra time these next two weeks- there are so many great things to do in STL this time of year!  We have compiled a list of our favorites that are happening starting this weekend- along with rec’s of ideas of when to enjoy them over this Winter Break.

When you want to be cultured with your family……  Checkout the offerings at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra this Winter Break.  On December 29th and 30th they are presenting Dreamworks Animation In Concert!  Relive the moments from ShrekMadagascarKung Fu PandaHow to Train Your Dragon and more as they are projected on the big screen while the STL Symphony plays the magical music live.  A great way to expose kids to the symphony- in a fun kid-way.  December 29th and 30th, Powell Hall, 718 North Grand, St. Louis.  Book here.

When your kids are wanting to climb the walls…… Join Upper Limits Maryland Heights for their Holiday Clinics for kids.  In this clinic, for ages 7-15, staff will introduce new rock climbing skills and knowledge such as equipment and technique. Children will also experience team-building activities, fun games, and general open climbing in the climbing gym.  Throughout Break.  1874 Lackland Hill Parkway, St. Louis.  Book here.

Because you haven’t had enough sweets already this season…… Checkout the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Factory Tour.  Fulfill a childhood dream and visit the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company factory, candy kitchen and world headquarters!  We will take you down onto the factory floor so you can see, hear, smell and taste chocolates right in front of your eyes.  Various days.  5025 Pattison Ave, St. Louis.  Book here.

When you have out of towner’s and want to do something quintessentially STL and something memorable….. Take a private tour of Busch Stadium & the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum + Lunch at Cardinal’s Nation at Ballpark Village.  Stun your family by getting them into the broadcast booth and the dugout at Busch Stadium and then have them model the World Series bling at the Museum.  Use your kidzxplor Perk at Cardinals Nation for $10 off any $40 food purchase.  Various times.  700 Clark Avenue.  St. Louis.  Book here.

When your kids are DRIVING you crazy…. Take them go-karting to let them drive.  Literally.  Amp Up Action Park is the newest kids activity center in STL with state-of-the-art electric go-karts- the only kind in the city.  Let ’em loose for some driving, some laser tag, ropes course, and fun.  Various hours.  13901 Manchester Rd.  Ballwin.  Book here.

When you are running out of time to finish your holiday shopping….. Need to shop for the kids but can’t have them around to do so?  Checkout some drop and shops around STL.  Let the kids have fun playing – and you get some shopping done.  Themes include: Walking In A Winterland and Frosty’s Wacky Winter Wipeout.  Various times.  My Gym Chesterfield. 482 THF Blvd. Chesterfield.  Book here.

When your kids forgot to get you a gift…… Kid’s aren’t always the best gift givers.  Give them a little help with one of Focus Five Studios Holiday Gift Making Classes.  Kids will create two gifts, wrap them, and be provided with drink and snack- and you get something.  Sweet!  Focus Five Studio.  6334 North Rosebury.  Clayton.  Book here.

When you could use a little zen…….. Everyone needs a mind cleanse over the holidays.  Join Yoga Six Des Peres on Thursday nights at 6:00PM where kids AND Mom get to take a yoga class at the same time and Mom is FREE.  Namaste.  12360 Manchester Road.  Des Peres.  Book here.

When your kids are now bouncing off the walls…… Join Rockin’ Jump in both Shrewsbury and O’Fallon for open jump times.  The newest bounce chain in STL – and the cleanest.  Comfortable chairs for the parents- and awesome jumping pods for the kids.  Score!  7375 Watson Road & 61 North Central Drive.  Book here.

When you had a full holiday of Moana……. Join Sweet & Sassy on Thursday December 28th for a day camp filled with Moana.  Meet Moana, take a trip in the pink limo, and get a manicure and glammed.  17 West County Center Drive. Des Peres.  Book here.

When you are sick of all the together time and really want school to start NOW……. Well, your in luck!  Team Central Gymnastics is running a full day camp on Friday December 29th filled with bouncing, jumping, arts and crafts, and tons of fun on the gym equipment from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  2675 Metro.  Maryland Heights.  Book here.

That should keep you busy!  Don’t forget that you can get ALL of these activities via the kidzxplor Winter Break pass.  Just $99 for 10 credits to use at any of the above.  Happy Holidays!!!!