Three must see weekend events around St. Louis
Like its churches, museums and other historic landmarks, St. Louis and the surrounding area is home to an equally large number of events that range from cultural and wildlife based to entertainment. Just like the historic landmarks, the events that are held reflect the history, nature, heritage and culture of St. Louis and the outlying region. The following are three events, all taking place this weekend, that reflect the makeup of the area. Wingate by Wyndham-Maryland Heights, Hilton St. Louis Downtown and the Super 8 Alton are the closest hotels to these events.
1) Family Winter Carnival 2012 at Soulard Mardi Gras
Although Soulard Mardi Gras 2012 is already underway, the Soulard neighborhood is preparing for its annual Family Winter Carnival. This event provides families with kids a place to go during all the regular, non-family friendly festivities that are taking place. The winter carnival will feature arts and crafts, interactive games and appearances by St. Louis’s Cardinals’ mascot Fredbird and the Rally Squirrel, made famous during the 2011 MLB playoffs. The majority of these activities are going to be housed in a large, heated tent, so weather will not be an issue. The carnival will take place between 11 am and 4 pm on January 28th and is a must for all families with little kids.
2)2012 Fete De Glace-St. Charles
Located on St. Charles’s Historic Main Street, the 2012 Fete De Glace (Festival of Ice), now in its 14th year, will feature the top ice artists using chainsaws, ice picks, chisels and other tools to transform ice blocks into art. Fire pits and hot chocolate will be on hand to help people warm up and all the restaurants on main street provide additional places to relax and warm up while getting a great meal after walking around the festival all day. Running from 9 am to 3 pm, the Fete De Glace is a must see event for anyone interested in ice art and is also a great family friendly event.
3) Eagle Meet and Greet
Held in the Alton Visitors Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the Eagle Meet and Greet is a way for people to learn about the American Bald Eagle in a non classroom setting. At the same time, people will be able to see a bald eagle up close and be able to ask questions of its capabilities and habitat. After this, visitors are encouraged to travel on the Great River Road in order to see the eagles in their natural environment. This event is a must for anyone who is interested in nature and bird watching. In the end, the Eagle Meet and Greet in Alton is another great family friendly event this weekend and, as stated above, is a definite must for anyone with an interest in bird watching or nature in general. It is also a great way to introduce young kids to the Bald Eagle outside a classroom setting.