Happy Spring Break! The St. Louis Edition

Given the uncertainty surrounding travel and community health concerns with COVID-19, travel concerns are rightfully so, on the mind of many students. We also understand that many students have decided to change or cancel their Spring Break travel plans all together.

So, what’s a person to do when they find themselves in St. Louis for a week? Well, we think of this as a pleasant opportunity to get out and explore city that we know and love. If you do happen to find yourself in St. Louis for Spring Break, take a look through just some of the opportunities we have found going on both on and off campus:

On and Around Campus!

March 9:

Astronomy on Tap at the Urban Chestnut in the Grove – 7:00pm – Off Campus

Quin Abarr, department of physics, Washington University in St. Louis and James Buckley, department of physics, Washington University in St. Louis, will present.

‘Advance Directives and Dementia: Puzzles in Planning for Future Care’ – 12pm – 1pm – Medical Campus

This seminar is part of the monthly Issues in Aging series that highlights current research and perspectives on aging-relevant issues from experts in medicine, social work, psychology, law and more.

March 10 & 11:

#SciComm Seminar – ‘Using Popular Media to Combat Health Misinformation’ – 3pm – 4pm – Medical Campus

Join us for this #SciComm Seminar to learn how to use writing and interviews in popular media to combat misinformation and stigma.

Life Events: From a Woman’s Perspective – 5pm – 7pm – Danforth Campus

Women face unique challenges when building their retirement savings; such as longer life spans and fewer years in the work force. Enjoy a mocktail and learn ways to help reach retirement goals.

English Corner – 4pm – 6pm – Danforth Campus

Join us for our weekly conversation groups. Talk about topics in U.S. culture and more. Meet us in DUC 240.

March 12:

Lecture: ‘Interactions of Circadian Rhythms & Sleep with Basic Physiology’ – 4pm – 6:30pm – Medical Campus

Amita Sehgal, John Herr Musser Professor at the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, will present the 37th Mildred Trotter Lecture.

Pizza and Game Night with OISS – 5pm – 7pm – Danforth Campus

Join us for fun, food, and games! Pizza and board games and other activities will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own games and friends too! Meet us in Simon Hall 017. No advanced sign up required.

#MeToo: Who’s the Me and What’s the Too?’

Who’s the “me” and what’s the “too” in #MeToo? Feminists have had to address these questions and solutions. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t all agree. Rebecca Wanzo is an associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies. Her research areas include African American literature and culture, media studies, critical race theory, gender studies, and U.S. popular culture.


Stay-cation St. Louis – Spring 2020 Edition

Plan a St. Louis Stay-Cation to take you into the weekend. Here are some ideas that we came up with! Things to do with friends or on your own:

  • Try a new restaurant or café
  • See an indie film at the Tivoli
  • Start a new series on Netflix or Hulu
  • Host a Netflix movie night
  • Have a potluck
  • Have yourself a spa day
  • Catch up on chores or do some “spring cleaning” – getting rid of old stuff, donating stuff to Goodwill
  • Go on a walk in Forest Park
  • Go fly a kite on Art Hill in Forest Park
  • Bike through Forest Park – By renting bikes from the visitor center
  • Try to visit all the museums and attractions in Forest Park (i.e. The World’s Fair Pavilion, The Zoo, the Art Museum, etc.)
  • Check out the theater district and catch a play at the Fox or a show at the comedy club
  • Grab your metro pass and ride it down to the St. Louis Arch
  • Explore the night life of Washington Street
  • Catch a matinee movie at the Galleria or Chase Park Plaza or Moolah
  • Catch the beginnings of Spring at the MO Botanical Gardens
  • Get in touch with your artsy side and visit the Kemper Art Institute
  • Write a letter to friend
  • Visit the U-City Library on the Loop, find a reading tub, and start a book for leisure reading

Other Happenings around the City!

St Louis Art Museum

Art in Bloom – Free Festival of Art and Flowers (limited time: March 6-8)

Art in Bloom, the Museum’s annual celebration of flowers and fine art, returns March 6–8, 2020. Dozens of works from the Museum’s collection will be imaginatively interpreted through floral design by the region’s most talented florists. In addition to the floral displays, the free festival includes floral presentations and lectures, family activities, dining, and shopping.

Millet and Modern Art: From van Gogh to Dalí

$15 adults, $12 students, Free on Fridays!

Millet and Modern Art creates an alternative and fresh narrative for the history of modern art that begins with Millet’s work. His imagery is situated within the context of work by a wide range of artists whom he influenced, including Vincent van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Giovanni Segantini, Winslow Homer, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Edvard Munch, and Salvador Dalí.

Missouri History Museum

Mighty Mississippi exhibit

Admission to the Missouri History Museum and this special exhibit is free. Mighty Mississippi puts the grandeur of North America’s greatest river in context with the cultures that have grown and thrived around it, from the largest and most influential American Indian centers of the Mississippian cultural period; to the vast European and Indian fur trade networks that forever changed the continent; to the revolutionary steamboats, factories, and immigration of the Industrial Age. Discover the regional heritage of the Middle Mississippi watershed as revealed through a diverse range of stories and artifacts that stem from the Mother of Rivers and its tributaries. Through this mix of historic objects, images, and media, Mighty Mississippi also sheds light on how sustaining surrounding communities has long depended on wisely caring for the river environment and its resources.

A Royal Palace and the Legend of Arthur. Free program. 03/09/2020, 7:30 PM

Win Scott will explain the five-year research project started in 2016 that has already made important discoveries in the enigmatic Cornish castle that many scholars link with King Arthur.

SERIES: Archaeology Programs

St Louis Science Center

National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Landscapes exhibit. Free!

This stunning collection of images displayed like works of art reveal some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Inspired by the book “National Geographic Greatest Landscapes: Stunning Photographs That Inspire and Astonish,” this collection features 50 astounding images of our planet. As you explore this exhibit, you’ll journey to some of the world’s most extraordinary locations and be transported to the wonders of the world – from deep undersea to the highest mountain tops and everywhere in between.

GameXPloration. Free!

Connect with a universe of games. Interactive exhibit showcases games and gaming, from board games to video games to virtual reality. Welcome to a universe of games, a universe that does not follow the dimensions of space and time, where you will play to learn and learn to play. See what games reveal about us. They allow us to explore new identities, relate to others and grow more competent in skills like critical thinking and problem-solving. Explore a universe of games and see yourself in a whole new dimension: as a gamer.

Da Vinci the Exhibition, $14.95 Purchase tickets online.

Inventor. Scientist. Engineer. Discover the world of Renaissance Master Leonardo da Vinci and his passion for science and nature. Featuring more than 60 life-size recreations of da Vinci’s inventions and interactive machines, as well as 20 replicas of his art, explore da Vinci’s discoveries in engineering, flight, hydraulics, light, music and more. Each invention featured in this special exhibition was handcrafted utilizing modern translations of da Vinci’s writing. Trained artisans used these translations to construct full-scale models and bring da Vinci’s two-dimensional plans to life.

March Magic Film Festival, featuring Harry Potter. $12.95 Purchase tickets online.

Spend Spring Break at Hogwarts! The Saint Louis Science Center welcomes you to a March full of movie magic as we screen each of the eight Harry Potter films in IMAX®. See Harry Potter like never before in IMAX® with Laser at the newly renovated OMNIMAX Theater! All eight Harry Potter films will be shown in order throughout the month of March. Food & Drink Specials will be available each night. Sample Hogwarts House cake cups, pumpkin pasties, canary creams, chocolate wands, and butterbeer (non-alcoholic and alcoholic versions available). https://www.slsc.org/omnimax-films/march-magic-film-festival/

See an OMNIMAX Theater show. Ticket prices range from $7.95-$10.95. Now playing:

Apollo 11: First Steps Edition, Featuring never before seen footage from the Apollo 11 mission. Join Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Backyard Wilderness, This Omnimax show will surprise and entertain viewers with the unexpected wonders of nature that are right under our noses – in our own backyards. Spanning a seasonal year around a suburban home, the film displays a stunning array of unique wildlife images and behavior – all captured by cameras mounted inside dens and nests, and moving along the forest floor and pond bottom, to reveal its inhabitants in rare and breathtaking intimacy.

Great Bear Rainforest – Land of the Spirit Bear, Journey to a land of grizzlies, sea otters and the rare all-white spirit bear in a magical environment unchanged for 10,000 years. Found on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world.


Did You Know St. Louis Offers A lot of Ice Cream Opportunities?

Ice cream shops to try

Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery, 730 De Mun Ave, Clayton, MO 63105

The Baked Bear, 6140 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112

Snow Factory Roll Ice Cream, 6602 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130

Ben & Jerry’s, 6380 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 389 N Euclid Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108

Ices Plain & Fancy, 2256 S 39th St, St. Louis, MO 63110

Gelateria Del Leone, 3197 S Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63118

Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, 7326B Manchester Rd, Maplewood, MO 63143