Summer Activities for Youth and Families

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


The City of St. Louis is 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 enrichment activities carry forward into adulthood and are associated with fewer problem behaviors and less crime as well as higher educational attainment in adulthood.

Recreation Division Programs

Learn to swim, join one of the city’s youth sports programs in basketball, baseball, soccer and more, sign up for a dance program or take up boxing. These are just a few of the programs the Ct. of St. Louis Recreation Division is offering around the city this summer. Learn more and register.


Expanded Rec Center Hours

The City is expanding hours and programming for youths 13 and older at two of our recreation centers on Fridays and Saturdays between June 14 and August 24.

Tandy Recreation Center
4206 Kennerly Ave

Cherokee Recreation Center
3200 S Jefferson Ave.

Expanded hours: Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.


City Swimming Pools

The 2024 Outdoor Pool Season began on Saturday, May 25.

Outdoor Pool Schedule

  • Chambers Pool: 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Fairgrounds Pool: 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
  • Marquette Pool: 7 days a week, 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Indoor Pool Schedule

  • Cherokee Pool: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Tandy Pool: CLOSED
  • 12th & Park Pool: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Wohl Pool: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

An adult must accompany children 13 and under.

The City of St. Louis is hiring lifeguards ($15.93/hr). Applicants must be at least 15 years old. Learn more and apply.


St. Louis Public Library STL Summer Adventure

The St. Louis Public Library, in partnership with the St. Louis County Public Library, offers reading and exploration programs for youths ages 0 to 17 between June 1 and Aug. 10. Go on an adventure with a variety of activities focused on STEM, art, the outdoors, St. Louis and reading, and receive a free book at registration!

Summer Youth Employment Programs

SLATE’s Summer Youth Employment Program provides paid summer employment for City residents ages 14–24. Participants 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 with 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, academic enhancement, technical skills training in construction, community service, and support from staff and students committed to each other's success.

YouthBuild enrolls applicants continuously. Every participant will have the opportunity to receive stackable, portable, and industry-recognized credentials through the 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 with music, food, vendors and community partners who address conflict resolution and violence de-escalation. OVP also provides secure storage information and gun locks at the Kickback events, which take place on the third Saturday of every month.

Summer Camps

Registration for City of St. Louis summer camps has closed.


Additional Resources

Stay connected to opportunities for employment, events and recreation through the @stlyouthcorner Linktree.


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