SATURDAY MORNING ACTIVITY EVENT POLL
The activities listed in the poll at the bottom of the page are the options for the Saturday morning outing. We will try to incorporate the top two or three options into the reunion weekend. Please take time to review the details of each so that you can make an informed decision.
- Gateway Arch: Take a 630-foot ride to the top of this world-famous stainless steel monument for the finest view in the Gateway City. The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis' role in the Westward Expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who helped shape its history, and to Dred Scott, who in one of the most important cases in U.S. history, Dred and Harriet Scott sued for their freedom in the Old Courthouse. The Supreme Court decided the case in 1857, and hastened the start of the Civil War. The grounds of the Arch and the Old Courthouse are in the midst of a major renovation which is scheduled to be completed by the time of the reunion. Even for those of you who visited the Arch before, this is something you don’t want to miss. For more details regarding the renovation plans please visit http://www.cityarchriver.org.
- Magic House: Visit the region’s first interactive children’s museum, built in a sprawling Victorian mansion in suburban St. Louis. Kids will enjoy all sorts of fun and educational activities at the Magic House, including sitting at the president’s desk in a spot-on recreation of the Oval Office and performing patriotic karaoke. In a miniature town, kids can play grownup for a day as they change the tire on a wooden car, stock shelves in a model grocery store or serve pizza in a pretend kitchen. Visitors can even climb a three-story beanstalk, spin a giant kaleidoscope or perform a puppet show! Enjoy special events that include magical story time, free family nights and fitness first Fridays. For more information, please visit www.magichouse.org.
- Six Flags St. Louis: Visit this exciting Midwest theme park that’s fun for the whole family! Visitors can loop the loop on Batman the Ride, soar at speeds of up to 62 mph on the Screaming Eagle wooden coaster and get soaked on the whitewater rapids adventure of Thunder River. Guests of Six Flags St. Louis can also see live shows and concerts, meet their favorite cartoon characters and have tons of fun in the sun at Hurricane Harbor Water Park. For more information, please visit www.sixflags.com/stlouis.
- St. Louis African American History Tour: The St. Louis Black History Tour, “From Fur Trappers to Ragtime Millionaires”, is the most fascinating, exciting and informative venue for exploring St. Louis’ African American history available. Covering 257 years of Black History, the tour is a three and a half hour, interactive journey. From the city’s inception, Blacks were blazing trails that others would follow. They built churches and organized Underground Railroad stops, as well as provided relief efforts for thousands of Blacks displaced during the Civil War. We will visit the only nationally recognized Underground Railroad site west of the Mississippi. Join us as we explore the site where Frankie shot Johnny, discover the estate of Pelagie Rutgers and her lasting monuments to love, and learn the true story behind the Dred Scott trials. St. Louis Blacks have made their marks in theater and stage, tennis, music, track and field, opera and almost every other area of American culture. On our tour, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll have a whole new perspective on Black History.
- St. Louis Science Center: See what’s new at the Saint Louis Science Center. Find out what it’s like to venture out into the wild, journey under the sea or fly high up in the air at the four-story Omnimax Theater, a film experience unlike any other. See a thrilling space show at the Planetarium, one of nation’s leading space education facilities. Younger children will enjoy the Discovery Room filled with interactive exhibits and experiments, and visitors of all ages can explore over 700 hands-on displays including a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. At Museum, kids learn science through fun and unique exhibits like a dino-dig, vet clinic, video wall, radar slide, magnetic ball wall, giant UFO maze, plus a whole lot more. For information, please www.slsc.org.
- St. Louis Zoo: Get up close and personal with the furry, the flying and the fishy creatures of the Saint Louis Zoo. One of the city’s many free attractions, the Saint Louis Zoo has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading zoological parks. Take a ride on the Emerson Zooline Railroad and get a guided tour of some of the most exciting animal exhibits in the park, or venture on your own through attractions like Big Cat Country, Penguin & Puffin Coast or the Interactive Stingray Pool. Kids will enjoy the children’s petting zoo, and dining and souvenirs are available at one of the many boutiques and restaurants located around the park. For more information, please visit www.stlzoo.org.