As parents, you owe it to yourself and to your children to take them to City Museum in St. Louis, MO. In fact, I’ll go even further and say you’d be DEPRIVING them if you visited St. Louis and DIDN’Ttake your kids to the City Museum. That’s how cool it is.

What is the City Museum? Housed in a former shoe factory, City Museum is more like an indoor-outdoor playground than a museum. That said, there are exhibits that display interesting artifacts from St. Louis’ early years. In addition, there are rooms upon rooms of beautiful architectural pieces of demolished buildings from the city’s different time periods. Much of the museum uses these old discarded objects and materials to create tunnels, caves and slides in which to crawl, hide and navigate. For example, used surgical pans line the walls of the bathroom which creates a beautiful, symmetrical effect. Seems hard to imagine? Another reason to visit!

Here are the top 7 reasons you should visit City Museum in St. Louis:

1. REASONABLY PRICED FOR THIS ALL-DAY, INDOOR PARK

Unlike other attractions in the city that are free, City Museum costs $12 per person. But considering your family could spend the whole day here, that’s a reasonable price. It’s mostly indoors, so you can come and enjoy a full day regardless of the weather outside. We came here in the winter when the outdoor climbing areas were closed, and there was still plenty for us to see and do. When the roof area is open, there is an extra $5 admission price to access that area and plenty more fun things to do.

2. FUN FOR ALL AGES

The adults and the kids in our group were in awe of this place. The City Museum is a marvel of creative construction. I can imagine St. Louisians can come here regularly and still see new things at every visit.

3. CLEAN PLAY AREAS

The City Museum is a very hands-on, feet-on, knees-on place, but yet it was very clean. There was always a custodian circulating the areas we visited.

4. SAFE EXPLORATION FOR KIDS

Some of the nooks and crannies were truly just for kids, making it that much more thrilling for little ones to go exploring to places their parents physically can’t fit. No need to worry though, there were “lifeguards” in the main area of each room to monitor activities and keep kids safe.

5. PLENTY OF PLACES FOR PARENTS TO PERCH

With all those nooks and crannies for the kids, there are also plenty of sitting areas for the parents to watch and wait (nap?). The artistry of the underwater room kept me captivated. The intricate mosaic floors and walls were beautiful, and ceiling drapery made it truly feel as if I was underwater. There’s also a bar area and outdoor fire pit where s’mores were being toasted.

6. GOOD FOOD AND DRINKS AVAILABLE

All that climbing around makes kids hungry! Head upstairs to the pizza café where you can get St. Louis style, thin crust pizzas, salads or sandwiches. The pizzas were freshly made and delicious. If your group doesn’t want a sit-down meal, there’s a mini-mart of sorts that sells drinks and snacks.

7. THE SLIDE OF SLIDES

While an old church organ plays, march up nine stories in a dimly lit corridor to slide down the old shoe factory’s chute, all the way to the bottom! There’s also a slightly less intimidating five-story slide as well. The spooky-cool ambiance distracted our kids (and me) from how many stories they were climbing to reach the top!

There are two Hilton hotels in downtown St. Louis, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark and Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch, both of which are within a mere two miles from City Museum. Make sure to include the City Museum into your family’s visit. You won’t be disappointed!

This article was originally published by Hilton Mom Voyage.

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