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My husband has suggested going to St. Louis for a family vacation the week after Easter. No one I know has ever been there and I am wondering if St. Louis has a lot to offer for families. I have three children aged 6, 9, and 13. Can anyone let me know if April is a good time and if there are many things for us to do?

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1. Re: Family fun

Hi, There is a lot to keep families busy here! April temperatures may require a light jacket.

Forest Park, which just underwent a $94 million renovation, has the Zoo, Science Center, Art Museum, and History Museum. Admission is to these attractions is free except for certain special exhibits. You can also take paddleboats for a spin on the main lake.

Other noteworthy city destinations include the City Museum (highly recommended for young kids), Eugene Field House and Toy Museum, catching a Cardinals baseball game at the new Busch Stadium, Union Station and the Arch/riverfront. Your kids might also be interested in the Missouri Botanical Garden's huge indoor tropical rainforest, the outdoor hedge maze, and feeding the koi in the Japanese Garden. You can visit with the Clydesdales on the Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour.

In the suburbs, The Magic House is worth a visit. The National Museum of Transport was a favorite of mine growing up because visitors are allowed to climb onto and walk through numerous restored trains and locomotives. The Faust Park Butterfly House lets you see butterflies from around the world up close. Grants Farm allows you to observe deer, bison, zebra, etc. on the hilly grounds of the Busch estate from the comfort of a tram. Purina Farms is a good place to see farm and domestic animals, dog agility shows, etc.

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2. Re: Family fun

The Daniel Boone home, near Defiance, is also a great place to learn some history.

They have a "village" out behind the home which they give tours around, with all kinds of "period" buildings. These include a church, school house, blacksmith shop, general store, homesteads, etc. The village is called "Boonefield Village" and on certain weekends, they have crafters to make the place "come to life" so-to-speak.

The story of Daniel Boone himself, told throughout the tour of the home by the tour guides and a short video, is very interesting. The home is a large four-story stone building that Daniel and his family built themselves (or at least their slaves did) in the very early 1800s.

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4. Re: Family fun

Six Flags St. Louis will be open on weekends in April. Another possibility.