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A-List Winners 2013

The top restaurants, shopping, night life, sports and more of the year

(page 8 of 10)

 

Kids

Photo By Jennifer Silverberg

New Family venue: Myseum

283 Lamp & Lantern Village, 636-220-7930, stlmyseum.com
Before long, St. Louis will be the childcentric museum capital of the world. We already had The Magic House and City Museum, and now there’s Myseum, created by Jana and Jeffrey Deutch. Located in Town & Country, this attraction lets little ones learn science through interaction, whether by navigating a maze, playing music, or digging for dinosaur bones. On a recent visit, we saw one little girl don a tiny white lab coat and toy stethoscope and examine a stuffed giraffe. Hoping to fix his heart, she said, “It’s broken.”

 

Kids’ Resale Boutique: Sprung

9741 Manchester, 314-918-0575, shopsprung.org
First there was Rung, a shop that resells women’s clothing and donates the proceeds to the Women’s Foundation of Greater Saint Louis. Then Rung begat Sprung, a children’s resale store located right next door to its progenitor. Unlike most establishments of this ilk, Sprung is spacious, with comfortable chairs and plenty of room for kids to play. The store is well-stocked with baby clothes, but it also offers sizes up to a juniors 16. And the merchandise includes items such as maternity clothes, toys, strollers,
and furniture.

 

New Kids’ Clothing Boutique: Egg by Susan Lazar

9757 Clayton, 314-503-0092, egg-baby.com
Some stores make you wish you had a whole gaggle of kids to outfit in the latest, greatest fashions. Walk beneath Egg’s chartreuse awning to enter a world of simply designed and simply adorable children’s clothing, and it will happen to you. There are also toys, but it’s the clothes you’ll want. There are baby hoodies for $42, sundresses for $50, swimsuits for $40—alas, high style rarely comes low-priced.

 

Photo By Kevin A. Roberts

Children’s Book Author: John Hendrix

johnhendrix.com
Young artists aspiring to be successful illustrators flock to Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts to learn from Hendrix. Frequently published in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, the St. Louis native and father of two has added children’s lit to his résumé. The books he’s illustrated—including John Brown: His Fight for Freedom; Nurse, Soldier, Spy; A Boy Called Dickens; and Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek—tackle history in a way that children can easily comprehend. He also loves gathering details for his books. “You get to do your own level of scholarship,” he says. “It’s a fun thing as an artist to be a scholar as well—but I’m a JV scholar.” At the Hendrix house, however, access to his books is limited: “I have to ban my children from my books because they want to read them all the time.”

 

Health Program: CATCH Healthy Habits

7710 Carondelet, 314-862-2933, oasisnet.org
In an effort to fight the national obesity epidemic, OASIS—the St. Louis–based nonprofit for seniors that’s expanded nationwide over the years—launched CATCH Healthy Habits, a program in which members volunteer to teach elementary-school children about healthy eating and exercise. More than 6,200 children and 900 adult volunteers in 14 states have gone through the classes and worked to adopt healthier lifestyles since the program’s inception in 2011.

 

Music Program: Children’s Concert Series, Tower Grove Park

4256 Magnolia, 314-771-2679, towergrovepark.org
It’s a Wednesday morning in midsummer, and you hear your heirs lamenting that there’s nothing special to do. That may be true, unless you grab those little hands and head out to Tower Grove Park’s Piper Palm House. The kids’ concert series there can be enjoyed for free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The series’ July concerts include Sparkling Brass (July 3), Peter and the Wolf (July 10), Stringing Along (July 17), The Bremen Town Musicians (July 24), and The Little Pine Tree (July 31).

 

Sports Academy: Elite Football Academy

Multiple locations, 636-346-1371, elitefootball.net
Want your son to be the next Blaine Gabbert or Robert Steeples? It might help to train where they did. Matt Biermann started the Elite Football Academy in 1999. The St. Louis–based program teaches 5-year-old boys and girls how to play flag football, then offers training up to the collegiate level, for student-athletes who are trying to make it into the pros. “Football is just a vehicle for them to teach and educate them about working hard and developing a sense of self-worth,” Biermann says. “They have a lot of other things they could be doing that are probably a little more fun than what we are asking them to do. But the successes are just awesome.”

 

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