Summer Activities for Youth and Families

Resources and activities for youth during the summer in St. Louis


The Mayor’s Office of the City of St. Louis and the Department of Health are committed to evidence-informed programs that provide fun, safe and nurturing experiences for youth and disrupt the cycle of violence. Summer enrichment programs play a key role in cognitive, academic, social, and physical development. The benefits of high-quality afterschool enrichment activities carry forward into adulthood and are associated with fewer problem behaviors and less crime as well as higher educational attainment in adulthood.

Read more about Youth Development summer programs.

Summer Fun STL Sites

Parents and guardians interested in registering can contact the providers at the numbers below.

Annie Malone Safe Summer
5355 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112
June 12 - July 28, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 6pm
Contact: (314) 410-0457,

Better Family Life
5415 Page Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63112 
Ages 5 - 17, June 5 – July 28, Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 4pm
Contact: (314) 250-7889,

Camp Experience
11018 Baden Ave, St. Louis, MO 63147
Ages 5 - 17,  June 1 - July 28, Monday - Friday, 8am - 6pm
Contact: (314) 723-3069,

Clay Community Resource Center
3820 N 14th St. 63107
Ages 5 - 17, June 5 - August 18, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:30pm 
Register and find more information on LinkSTL's website

Gene Slay's Girls and Boys Club: Dutchtown
3216 Pulaski Street, St. Louis, MO 63111
Ages 6 - 16 June 5 – July 28, Monday - Friday,  7am - 6pm
Contact:  (314) 772-5661,

Wesley House Summer Camp
4507 Lee Ave St. Louis, MO 63115
Ages 6 - 14, June 5th - July 28th, Monday - Friday,  8:30am - 5:30pm
Contact: (314) 385-1000 Ext.104,

Girls, Inc. Locations (Girls ages 5 - 13, June 05 - July 28, 2023, 7:00am - 6:00pm

  • Confluence Old North - 3017 N 13th St, St. Louis, MO 63107 
    Contact: (314) 385 - 8088,
  • Confluence Aspire - 5421 Thekla Ave, St. Louis, MO 63120
    Contact: (314) 385 - 8088,
  • Confluence South City - 3112 Meramec St, St. Louis, MO 63118
    Contact: (314) 385 - 8088,
  • Herzog Elementary - 5831 Pamplin Ave, St. Louis, MO 63147
    Contact: (314) 385 - 8088,

Partner Programs

Good Journey Summer Leadership Academy 
Ages 9-16
June 5 - July 21, Monday - Friday 
9am to 5:30pm
1020 N. Taylor St, St. Louis, MO 63113
Contact: 314-229-9079,

Throwing and Growing Free Summer Camp for Girls
Ages 8-18
June 6 - July 27, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
7:30am - 3:30pm – Breakfast, Lunch, And Snack
Throwing and Growing Facility, 5107 Robin Ave, St. Louis, MO 63120
Contact: (314) 650-1008,

Thomas Dunn Center Learning Camps 
Full list of programming and date's can be found on the organization's website.
3113 Gasconade St, St. Louis, MO 63118
Contact: (314) 353-3050,

Circus Harmony Summer Camps 
Five sessions running from June 5th - August 11th 
The City Museum, 750 N 16th St, St. Louis, MO 63103

St. Louis City Recreation Division Summer Programs

The City offers many different programs at its 7 recreation centers, including boxing, arts and crafts, media production, dance, fitness, computer skills, summer camps, swimming and more.

Read more about recreation division programs

Summer Fun STL: Expanded Recreation Center Hours (through August 2023)

The City of St. Louis is working to provide our youth safe, fun places for them to go while school is out during the summer months, connecting them with better opportunities and jobs. The City is expanding hours and programming at two of our recreation centers:

Wohl Recreation Center
1515 Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63113
Marquette Recreation Center
4025 Minnesota Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63118
Fridays and Saturdays
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Ages 15 and under) 
10 p.m. – 1 a.m. (Ages 16 and older)
*Youth ages 16 and older are eligible to attend before 10 p.m.; however, youth under 16 must be picked up by 10 p.m.

Summer Youth Employment Programs

SLATE’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP-STL) provides the City residents ages 14–24 with paid employment during the summer. Eligible participants will work in various clerical and assistant roles with government agencies, libraries, community organizations, for-profits, and nonprofits.

Read more about SLATE’s Summer Youth Employment Program

YouthBuild is an alternative education program for young people who have a high school diploma or GED. The primary target populations for YouthBuild are out-of-school youth and other at-risk populations ages 17-24. The program focuses on leadership development, financial literacy, and academic enhancement, technical skills training in construction, community service, and support from staff and students committed to each other's success. 

YouthBuild enrolls applicants on a continuous basis. Every participant will have the opportunity to receive stackable, portable, and industry-recognized credentials through National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). 

Read more about SLATE’s Youthbuild Program

Office of Violence Prevention Events 

The St. Louis Office of Violence Prevention (OVP), a division of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, hosts monthly community events to distribute secure storage information and gun locks in St. Louis parks. Join the #OVPKickback for music, food, vendors, and community partners who address conflict resolution and violence de-escalation. Events are hosted on the third Saturday of every month. 

Saturday, July 15 - O'Fallon Park, 2pm - 6pm
Saturday, August 19 - Marquette Park 
Saturday, September 16 - Columbus Square Park, across from Patrick Henry Middle School 
Saturday, October 21 - Location TBD

City Swimming Pools

The City of St. Louis has three outdoor and four indoor swimming pools at its recreation centers. View pool locations and schedules.

Free Summer Food Program

Good nutrition doesn’t have to end when school closes for the summer.

School's Out Cafe is the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsored by the City of St. Louis that runs from June 5 to August 11, 2023 and serves children 18 and under who need meals during the summer.

Read more about the Free Summer Food Program

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