See Bugs and Lola dressed out in their Easter finest at Six Flags.Photo courtesy Six Flags St. Louis.
Some families don’t celebrate Easter, while others enjoy a sunrise service and an early morning egg hunt. Either way, if you find your tummy filled with jellybeans by 10 a.m. and your little peeps are ready for a springtime adventure, there are several options for fun on Easter day in St. Louis.
Saint Louis Art Museum Visit the Saint Louis Art Museum from 1-4 p.m. for the museum’s free Family Sunday and learn more about the museum’s recently reinstalled Egyptian art galleries. A free family tour will be offered at 2:30 p.m.
Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt at Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center Just a hop, skip and a jump from St. Louis is Pere Marquette Lodge, located in Grafton, Illinois. Spend Easter at this picturesque lodge enjoying an Easter Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; the cost is $28.95 for ages 12 and up, $10.95 for ages 4-11 and free for children 3 and under. Free Easter egg hunts will be offered at noon and 2 p.m.
Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise Hop aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboat for a cruise with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Sunday Brunch Cruise includes a trip down the Mississippi, live music and a catered lunch. Cruises begin boarding at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 for children ages 3-12 and $45 for ages 13 and up.
Six Flags Make like an Easter egg and get a bit scrambled with a day of spins, loops and thrills on the rides at Six Flags, which is open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 1. Keep your eyes open for Bugs and Lola Bunny, who will be decked out in Easter attire. Through May 13, visitors can also experience Batman: The Ride backward.
Missouri Botanical Garden Bring your little bud to the Missouri Botanical Garden to play in the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden and enjoy Easter Brunch in Sassafrass from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (call ahead for reservations). Brunch is $34.95 for adults and $15.95 for children ages 5-12 (4 and under are free).
Saint Louis Zoo After the kids have finished hunting their eggs, watch the happy inhabitants of the Saint Louis Zoo find theirs during the zoo’s Enrichment Eggstravaganza from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saint Louis Science Center Spend a day exploring at the Saint Louis Science Center, which is open 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 1. General admission to the Saint Louis Science Center is free, though additional fees apply for films and some exhibits.
Missouri History Museum Do a little time traveling at the Missouri History Museum, which will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1. Younger children can spend the day experiencing important moments in St. Louis history through hands-on exhibits in the History Clubhouse. Visitors of all ages can learn more about the African-American freedom struggle in St. Louis at “#1 in Civil Rights,” now in its final days. General admission is free.
The Magic House Make it a day of play and learning with a visit to The Magic House, which will be open from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. While you’re there, explore “Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit.” General admission is $11.
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House Experience the brilliant beauty of butterflies with a trip to The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, which will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $5 for children ages 3-12 and free for 2 and under.
Big Joel’s Safari Plan an expedition to Big Joel’s Safari, a petting zoo and educational park located near Wright City, where visitors can meet zebras, camels, parrots, reptiles and more. The petting zoo will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 1. Admission is $8 for ages 2 and up and free for children under age 2.
Suson Farm Good “moos” for young animal lovers: April 1 is opening day at Suson Farm, a working animal farm located in Suson Park. In addition to a barnyard full of animals, Suson Farm, part of the St. Louis County Parks’ system, also offers fishing.
World Bird Sanctuary Pack a picnic lunch and hit the hiking trails at World Bird Sanctuary, which will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 1.
Note: The National Museum of Transportation, City Museum, and the Visitor Center at Purina Farms are all closed April 1.