Weekend + Kids = Acrobatic Musical, Crazy Holiday Lights And A Trip Back In Time

By Krystin Arneson
In Culture

Parents looking for a way to get the kids out of the house this weekend are in luck: Saturday and Sunday in the city have some seriously fun activities lined up (for the grown-ups, too!). Whether they’ll be entranced by the music and acrobatics of “Pippin” at the Peabody, amazed by lights at the Botanical Garden or swept back in time at the Lafayette Square Holiday Parlor Tour, there’s something for everyone this weekend.

Courtesy of Peabody Opera House

“Pippin: The Musical,” courtesy of Peabody Opera House.

First off, don’t miss the matinee or late-afternoon performances of “Pippin: The Musical” at Peabody Opera House. With showtimes of Saturday at 2pm and 8pm and Sunday at noon and 5pm, the performance fits well around any other family plans going on, which might include…

…a walk to catch some amazing holiday lights at the St. Louis Zoo’s Wild Lights (5:30-8:30pm until Dec. 14) or the Missouri Botanic Garden’s Garden Glow (5:30-9:30pm), where the very different landscapes are lit up by brightly colored displays.

And, for a little dose of history, take the family on Sunday to the Lafayette Square Holiday 2014 House & Parlor Tours, going on in the Downtown neighborhood from 10am to 5pm. This year’s theme, “A Victorian Gingerbread Wonderland,” brings with it gorgeous gingerbread displays from local chefsā€”and with trolley rides to and from the 10 featured houses and carriage rides around the square to boot, it’s definitely a kid-friendly event (even as the adults get to take in the beautiful decoration, architecture and history).

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