Battle cabin fever this winter in St. Charles, MO. While it may be too cold to go to the playground, take a walk on the Katy Trail, or play outdoor sports, St. Charles has plenty of indoor family-friendly activities and things to do to help you beat the winter blues.


AMC St. Charles

Photo credit to AMC Theaters.

Get comfy and catch the latest blockbuster film at one of many movie theaters in St. Charles. Several theaters have a special children’s movie series this winter that include popular kids’ movies and ticket and concession deals. It’s hard to beat that! Continue to relax indoors this winter with an afternoon at Cat Zen Café & Lounge off of Main Street. Spend time playing with cuddly adoptable cats while sipping on a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate.


Main Street Arcade at The Soda Museum


Do you have a gamer on your hands? St. Charles has two arcades for a fun family game night. See who will become the family pinball master or who can score the highest in games like Mario Bros, Frogger, and Ms. Pac Man. Two Plumbers Brewery + Arcade is open to all ages on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 PM to 6 PM. Main Street Arcade on Historic Main Street St. Charles has over 30 arcade games waiting to challenge you.  A flat fee grants you unlimited playtime so that the fun never ends! Located in the basement of The Soda Museum, elevate your experience by looking at rare vintage soda memorabilia and explore the museum for an extra fee.


Want to make family game night a tradition? Get ready for a strikingly good time as you roll into a game (or two or three) of bowling at St. Charles Lanes and Plaza Lanes Bowling Center. Speaking of indoor sports, try pickleball at Chicken N Pickle. Located at the Streets of St. Charles, they have indoor pickleball courts, cornhole, ping pong, battleship, bocce, and Jenga to keep your family busy all winter long.


Lewis and Clark Boathouse


Looking for an educational outing? Visit the Lewis & Clark Boat House and Museum. Dive into a captivating journey through the legendary Lewis & Clark expedition, where exhibits showcase the vibrant cultures of Native Americans, diverse Missouri River habitats, and the astonishing natural discoveries the Corps of Discovery made on their trip that started right here in St. Charles. Enjoy sweeping views of the Missouri River and admire the one-of-a-kind replica keelboat and two pirogues that would have been used on the expedition. Or, visit Weldon Springs Interpretive Center to learn about the history and science behind the clean-up of the chemical plant.


Foundry Art Centre Art Camp


Let your little ones explore their creative side at First Fridays and Second Saturdays at the Foundry Art Centre. Walk through the exhibitions and watch as your kids unleash their creativity by crafting art inspired by the current exhibits to take home. Join the fun every Tuesday at 10 AM for Art Start, where 2-5 year olds (and their siblings) can come with a caregiver for story time and a complimentary small art project that pairs with the tale. But that’s not all. The Foundry Art Centre also has free family art workshops inviting everyone to get involved in an art project. This hands-on art-making experience helps kids learn, explore, and create together. For those seeking more in-depth experiences, the Foundry Art Centre also holds kids art workshops, kids clay workshops, and kids art club for a fee. Go on an artistic adventure with your kids this winter, right here in St. Charles.


Escape on Main


Test your family’s problem-solving skills at Escape on Main. Try your hand at a challenging escape room adventure where your family must work together to find hidden clues, crack codes, and solve puzzles before time runs out. Everyone can participate as you try to beat the clock.


Climb So iLL Gravity Lab


Energetic youngsters find their ultimate playground at Climb So iLL. This indoor rock climbing facility has courses tailored to every skill level. They even have the Gravity Lab: an adventure zone full of 20-foot tall towers, fun climbing walls, large climbing boulders, and a slide that kids can take down after they make it to the top. Kids can race their friends and test their climbing skills with a day pass or a Gravity Lab pass. And for the aspiring climbing enthusiasts, Climb So iLL offers Intro to Climbing classes for all ages.


Play Street Museum


Younger kids will love Play Street Museum at the Streets of St. Charles. Feel at ease letting your little ones loose to grocery shop, fight fires (in full gear, of course), and even open up their own veterinary clinic at this immersive play space. Crafts are constantly refreshed and pre-set for easy assemblage. The best part is, you don’t have to clean up afterwards!


Stay warm and make new family memories in St. Charles this winter. From playful adventures to delightful indoor dining, and exciting shopping excursions, beat the winter blues with family fun. Replace the winter blues with family fun, memorable experiences, and warmth in St. Charles this season.