Turn REBarCamp St. Louis into a Family Vacation

May 20, 2010 by  
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So we know you REALLY want to join us for the upcoming RE BarCamp St. Louis.

We understand that it’s hard to get away. You have work obligations. Your family needs you. It’s hard to justify spending money to travel to another city for just a day when your spouse is stuck at home bearing the responsibility of entertaining the kids.

St. Louis is a Great Family Vacation Spot

The St. Louis Real Estate BarCamp is a great opportunity to schedule a short vacation for the whole family.
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Spend the weekend enjoying the city as a family, then join us for a day of learning and networking while your spouse and kids spend the day at the St. Louis Zoo. If you need a way to get to the event while your spouse takes off with the car for the day, I’m sure we can find someone to give you a ride.

St. Louis is a terrific family vacation spot because so many of the venues are free or very low cost.

Top Family Attractions in St. Louis:

In no particular order…

1. Saint Louis Zoo
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Free
One of the very best zoos in the country, and free too!

2. Butterfly House
Location: Chesterfield (map)
Cost: $6 Adults, $4 ages 4-12, $4.50 ages 65+, free for children 3 & under
There is also a carousel at this same park.

3. Science Center
Location: South of Forest Park plus bridge over highway connects to Planetarium inside Forest Park (map)
Cost: General admission is free, special exhibits range from $3-9 for adults, all day parking in lot $9
Probably better for older kids.

4. Magic House
Location: Kirkwood (map)
Cost: $8.75 for ages 1 & above
Hands on children’s museum that is very fun for all ages. The original part of the museum is built in a historic home, with many additions to accommodate all of the new exhibits.

5. City Museum
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: $12 (ages 3 & above), World Aquarium is additional fee of $6 & Rooftop is additional fee of $5, Friday & Saturdays after 5 pm $10
This is a one of a kind ‘museum’ that is more playground than anything else. If you have time for only one attraction, this would be my pick. It’s open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights, and even has a small bar inside for adult beverages. This would make a great place to hang out with the family after dinner…but make sure everyone wears tennis shoes. You’ll need them!

6. Boathouse Forest Park
Location: Forest Park (map)
Cost: Paddle boats & kayaks $15/hour, rowboats $20/hour (paddle boats & rowboats seat 4 adults)
Great way to spend an hour before grabbing some grub at the Boathouse restaurant.

7. Six Flags
Location: Eureka (map)
Cost: $31 online purchase, $39.99 adults, $31 children under 48″ tall, ages 2 & under free, parking $15
Admission includes a water park too.

8. St. Louis Arch
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Tram tickets $10 for adults, $5 ages 3-15, museum exhibits are free
If you’ve never been to St. Louis, you should at least do a drive by. Rides to the top are not recommended for those who are claustrophobic…the trams are tiny.

9. Citygarden
Location: Downtown (map)
Cost: Free
This could be a quick stop on the way to the Arch.

10. Grant’s Farm
Location: South County (map)
Cost: Free admission, parking $11 per vehicle
Home of the Anheuser Busch Clydesdales (horses).

Need to do more planning…see more free summer events in St. Louis, or my complete list of the top 52 attractions in St. Louis.

I’m not a tax account, but I think you might even be able to write off much of the trip too (disclaimer: I am not a tax professional. You need to contact your tax professional regarding tax benefits of combining your family vacation with RE BarCamp St. Louis).