Your ultimate alternative spring break calendar


Emily Wind

Students look for fun plans to take advantage of in St. Louis for the rapidly approaching spring break.

For those of you staying in St. Louis for spring break and are bracing yourselves for the constant boredom you are sure to experience, here’s a little calendar to ensure the exact opposite! Instead of bingeing on Netflix in bed or trying to break your record for the most days you can go without showering, try these activities to make the most out of your staycation.

  • Friday, March 18

Fish Fry Dinners at local Catholic Churches

Usually starting after 3 p.m., local Catholic Churches like Incarnate Word, St. Monica, Holy Infant and Ascension, in your neighborhood serve fried fish and an array of sides for dinner (Mac & Cheese is my personal fav). Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a great way to get to know your community! Open to all faiths.

Price varies

Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art

Housed at The Pulitzer Arts Foundation, this exhibition showcases the hidden histories of the Kota reliquaries via digital database. Viewers will enhance their understanding of the Kota’s origins, creation, and function.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday & Saturday; 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday

Admission: FREE

Annual Women in Arts Lecture: The Soul of Art

The St. Louis Art Museum will be hosting guest speaker, Audrey Flack, who paved the way for the photorealism movement. She will be discussing her career, not only as an artist, but as a female.

7-8 p.m.

Admission: $3

  • Saturday, March 19

2016 Orchid Show: “Where the Wild Things Grow”

Visitors will be able to see exotic and beautiful flowers at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, as well as learn about the environments orchids grow and thrive. This is also a great opportunity to see other beauties of the Garden.

Admission: $5

Sunday, March 20

Family Sundays at the Art Museum

Say “oui, oui” to bringing the whole family of all ages to the St. Louis Art Museum for a day to explore the arts of France. The event includes a French inspired art activity and a tour of the collections. Magnifique!

1-4 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Exhibition Closing: Blow-Up: Graphic Abstraction in 1960s Design

Travel back in time to the 1960s through art and fashion in this St. Louis Art Museum exhibit. This exhibit has been a hit at the museum lately, so be sure to catch it before it closes!

Admission: FREE

  • Monday, March 21

March Morpho Mania

The month of March at The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House is dedicated to the beautiful Blue Morpho butterflies. Commonly found in Central and South America, this is your chance to see nearly 3,000 of the species in their conservatory.

Admission: FREE for members, $6 general admission, $5 seniors 65 & over, $4 children 3-12, FREE children 2 & under

  • Tuesday, March 22

Rachel Platten Concert

Do you love “Fight Song,” the pop hit that has taken the radio by storm? Your girl Rachel Platten is performing at The Ready Room. Opening acts include Eric Hutchinson and Hunter Hunted.

Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $20 – $23

  • Wednesday, March 23

Mini Law School for the Public

Conducted by The Missouri Bar and Missouri law schools at St. Louis University, this course will give you a brief overview of the legal system to help you make good decisions about your life, your family, and your finances. No homework or tests (yay!), just lectures from some of the most knowledgeable lawyers and judges in the area.

7-9 p.m.

Registration: $35

Movie Night at Ballpark Village – Big Hero 6

Come Downtown to Ballpark Village for night of family fun! The recent feel good film Big Hero 6 will be shown on the 40 foot FOX Sports Midwest Live! TV! Activities will be provided prior to the movie. Eat ahead of time, or bring cash, because no outside food or drinks are permitted.

Activities start at 5 p.m., and the movie starts at 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE

  • Thursday March 24

Exhibition Opening: Currents 112: Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité

The St. Louis Art Museum is opening a new multichannel video exhibit of the Midwestern history. This is far from your average history lesson and focuses more on the complexities of natural and mythological past of the Mississippi Valley region. I got a sneak peek this past weekend, all I’ll say is that you don’t want to miss this!

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: FREE

Friday, March 25

Fish Fry Dinners at local Catholic Churches

This is your last Friday to get a fish fry meal at one of your local Catholic Churches! Open to people of all faiths.

Price varies

St. Louis Blues Hockey Game

Come see your hometown team battle on the ice by making a stop at the Scottrade Center to catch the Blues take on the Vancouver Canucks. Get your Blues fix before the season ends! Maybe get a picture with Louie!

7 p.m.

Price varies

  • Saturday, March 26

Egg Hunt in Des Peres Park

Bring your younger sibling or other family member to Des Peres Park for the youth egg hunt! Rain or shine, the Easter Bunny will be stopping by, so make sure you have a basket and camera ready.

Ages: 3 – 6

10 a.m.

Admission: FREE

  • Sunday, March 27

Gateway Arch Riverboat Sunday Brunch Cruise

Enjoy your Sunday meal aboard while listening to Dixieland music aboard one of the famous Gateway Arch Riverboats. The buffet includes French toast, cheese blintzes, eggs, prime rib, stuffed chicken breast, pasta, salad and more. Food and an amazing view of the city from the river is such a great way to end spring break!

Board 12:30 p.m., depart 1 p.m., return 3 p.m.

Admission: Reservations are required. $45/adults; $18/kids 3-12; children under age 3 are FREE

Don’t forget that most museums, the St. Louis Zoo and parks are always free and fun! Have a wonderful spring break!