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Exploring STL: Laumeier Sculpture Park

2015 April 19
by Becky

Nice weather makes entertaining kids about 953 times easier, it’s like the possibilities are endless and most options involve burning plenty of energy, meaning nice long afternoon naps.


Here’s where I admit something about which I’m more than a little ashamed.

Until last week, we’d never been to Laumeier Sculpture Park.

I’ll wait while you St. Louisans slap your forehead and guffaw in my negligence. I’ve always meant to go, it just never worked out and then kind of fell out of my mental list of things to do. So when my friend Melissa suggested we spend a Tuesday morning here, I thanked her profusely.

I told Ethan there would be a giant eyeball and friends to play with—he was in.



We spent a cloud-covered-yet-beautiful morning following our kids through wooded paths interspersed with large, climbable structures. I’m not sure they were supposed to be climbed, but our kids had an instant impulse to do so and, since no signs were posted, we didn’t stop it. Babies hiked on our backs and never made a peep, totally entertained by the flashes of older siblings and the cool spring breezes.



The giant eyeball was the hands down favorite. Ethan and Maelle were convinced it would roll away if pushed hard enough, they spontaneously shouted, “It’s falling over!!!” in between climbing and running.


These salvaged steel oil tanks turned sculpture made the perfect place for hide and seek, screams of being found muted in the vast expanse of open space. While this place is clearly for art lovers, kids being kids won’t ruin anyone’s experience. We had our picnic lunch with a view of this massive piece, after which the kids kicked a soccer ball in the brilliant green grass. LaumeierSculpturePark-BigTire

Ok, maybe there was one no climbing sign. But you had to approach this piece of art from the correct angle to notice.

I’m adding Laumeier to our short list of go-to day trips. Just 15 minutes from our house and totally free, it’s another totally incredible St. Louis landmark that’s fun for all ages.

Have you been to Laumeier? Am I dead to you because I neglected to visit this place for so long? Have I redeemed myself? 

2 Responses
  1. Barbara Kasten permalink
    April 24, 2015

    Don’t feel bad!

    Many St. Louis residents have been once in their lifetime (or never), and have totally forgotten how absolutely amazing it is. We went this past fall on a very cold Veteran’s Day and had the BEST time. It was so great that when I told my kids that we had to leave because I had to go to the bathroom, they said hold it or pee in the woods. I won’t tell you what I did!

    It gets even better as they get bigger. I’m not so sure about the rules of climbing on structures. In your gut you think it is wrong, but how can you deny the fun!

    Glad you finally made it there. I’m sure you will go again soon. The Art Fair in May is one of the best in the Nation.

    • Becky permalink*
      May 4, 2015

      Hitting the Art Fair this weekend!! So excited.

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