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Things to do for free: World Bird Sanctuary concert series

Kids will learn facts about birds with fun, sing-along at the World Bird Sanctuary
Kids will learn facts about birds with fun, sing-along at the World Bird Sanctuary Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images

Finding free things to do with kids in St. Louis is always good news for parents, but finding activities for kids that are also educational is even better. The World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park will provide some great, free entertainment for kids with their Birds in Concert series throughout August.

You may want to encourage the kids to get their minds back in learning mode as they head back to school or you may be looking for fun lessons for homeschool. Either way, the World Bird Sanctuary concerts will provide some valuable animal science lessons while also giving the kids a fun sing–and dance–along experience.

The concert series will feature the World Bird Sanctuary’s in-house band The Raptor Project each week. If your family happened to see “Sing Along With the World Bird Sanctuary” during the St. Louis County Library’s Summer Reading Club events, you already got a taste of what The Raptor Project does.

World Bird Sanctuary staff members will bring out live birds for the children to see and provide a few facts about the bird’s physical features, their communication with other birds, eating habits and more. Each song The Raptor Project sings is then filled with fun facts about those birds and the band members teach the kids certain parts to help them sing along and thus, remember those facts. The Birds in Concert series will be a chirping, hooting, screeching good time for children.

Concerts are held each Thursday night in August, on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th. After The Raptor Project performs, families will also be treated to additional entertainment by local artists. Popular local artist Babaloo will perform on August 28. Each concert runs from 7-8:30 p.m.

The concerts and parking are both free and no reservations are needed in advance. It’s the perfect combination for busy, budget-conscious families. For more information, visit World Bird Sanctuary online.

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