5 Kid-Friendly Activities To Do This Summer In The CWE

School’s out for the summer — and if you’re looking for some fun things to do with the kids, the Central West End is the place to be! Here are five ways to while away the hours with your little ones.

Create Your Own Candle | The Candle Fusion Studio

Photo Courtesy of The Candle Fusion Studio

Looking for a little hands-on activity? Get ready to embark on a scent journey of exploration! Creative kids can belly up to the candle “bar” and walk away with their own signature scent! With 100+ fragrances to explore, they’ll have plenty of options to create their own unique concoction. For groups of 5 or more, a reservation is recommended.

Catch a Movie | Chase Park Plaza Cinemas

Beat the heat and take your little ones to a movie inside the historic Chase Park Plaza Cinemas. This intimate, five-screen cinema is situated just steps from their lobby and features luxury seating, all-digital sound systems, and state of the art digital projection. Settle into one of their plush seats and relax with a treat from their concession stand. From Toy Story 4 to Spider-Man: Far from Home — gather the family for an experience everyone will enjoy!

Explore the Oldest Indie Bookstore in St. Louis | Left Bank Books

Bookworms will love spending an afternoon wandering through the oldest indie bookstore in St. Louis! Founded in 1969, Left Bank Books offers a full-line of new and used books, gifts, cards, magazines, toys, and services. Take a stroll through the aisles and see what piques your child’s interest. Plus, every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., children are invited to a special Storytime with Clif. Storytime usually lasts about 30 minutes and is open to all families, large and small. Some storytimes feature a guest author, or an activity that ties in to the books being read that day.

Play a Game of Chess | Saint Louis Chess Club


Introduce your little ones to the wonderful world of chess! Every Sunday at 1 p.m., the Saint Louis Chess Club hosts a Pure Beginner Class, just for kids. Every Grandmaster has to start somewhere! Children will learn the rules of the game during this introductory class. All classes are free and open to members.

Enjoy Cultural Crafts & Conversation | St. Louis Public Library- Schlafly Branch

Get crafty with your kids during this special event at the St. Louis Public Library- Schlafly Branch on Saturday, August 3. Children will learn how to create a leaf bowl and homemade stamps, while listening to local musicians discuss why persistence and hard work is necessary to succeed in music. This event is free and open to the public!