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Local Family Activities

Employees and their families can partake in the many family activities in SIUE's neighboring communities. Here are some fun local activities your child will enjoy:

  • The Children's Museum, right here in Edwardsville, includes exhibits that stimulate learning and experiences in different fields.
  • The Butterfly House is located in Chesterfield, MO, visit the beautiful tropical conservatory and butterfly garden to learn all about insects, butterflies, and plants. See the event calendar.
  • Cougar Lake Pool at SIUE

    The City of Edwardsville and Glen Carbon have joined this summer to lease the Cougar Lake Pool at SIUE. More info on Facebook at:

    Edwardsville Glen Carbon Community Pool

  • Triangle H Farm provides family horseback riding and lessons in Edwardsville.
  • Watershed Nature Center nature walk takes you through the preserved wetland, prairie, and forest areas in Edwardsville.
  • Alton Museum of History and Art features exhibits of the Alton Giant, the Piasa bird, and Alton in the Civil War.
  • City Museum is funhouse attraction in St. Louis that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Eckert's Farm in Belleville features a country store, garden center, and apple and peach orchards.
  • Edison's Entertainment complex located in Edwardsville, offers fun for the whole family bowling, laser tag, arcade, and food.
  • Edwardsville YMCA - Two centers serve the Edwardsville area, providing many options for fitness and fun, including many family activities.
  • Gateway Arch - Travel to the top of the nation's tallest monument.
  • The Little Gym is a children’s gym that offers activities for kids such as dance, gymnastics, sports skills and parent child classes.
  • Monkey Joe's features fun for all ages jumping, bouncing, and sliding.
  • Benjamin Stephenson House in Edwardsville, built in 1829, highlights the architecture and cultural developments of the era.
  • Historic Wildey Theatre in downtown Edwardsville has been renovated and now features classic movies and live entertainment.
  • Pottery Hollow Painting in the Edwardsville is family friendly. You can create your own magic painting pottery in a fun, whimsical setting.
  • Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton, Illinois, features summer fun for the whole family and offers discounted tickets for university employees.
  • Six Flags St. Louis offers many rides and other fun for all ages; discounted tickets are available to university employees.
  • The Magic House interactive children's museum in St. Louis showcases many learning and discovery exhibits.
  • St. Louis Science Center features exhibits aimed to enhance learning and discovery.
  • St. Louis Zoo - Parenting Magazine calls it one of the best in the nation; admission is free.
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