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Wintertime Family Fun in Cape Girardeau

Playgrounds are icy, Cape Splash's swimming pools are filled with snow instead of aqua water, and your kids are cooped up and have energy to spare. Here are some indoor spots where your kids can burn off those wiggles during wintry weather when outside isn't an option. 

Discovery Playhouse

This indoor children's museum has two floors of activities for kids who are creative, active, mechanical and everything in between. The first floor has a sunny area set aside for babies with age appropriate toys and play structures, a fire station with a slide, a hospital "nursery," "bank," and "grocery store". Upstairs, older kids can create in the Tinkerer's spot or art studio, get that excess energy out of their system on the Ninja Warrior obstacle course, watch a starry sky in the Planetarium or put on a show on the stage. There's enough to do here to fill up a whole day.  

Where: 502 Broadway (Map It)

When: Tuesday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sundays 1 - 5 p.m.

How much: 1+, $8

Best for ages: 6 months - 12 years

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Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center

Step inside and say hello again to Mother Nature - the Nature Center has the uncanny ability to bring the outdoors in, perfect when you've been cooped up inside thanks to the weather! Aquariums full of species native to the area, "please touch" drawers, buttons that light up swamp exhibits, trace-the-animal-track coloring stations give kids lots to do while they learn about nature from the warmth of the nature center. 

Where: 2289 County Park Drive (Map It)

When: Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How much: Free! 

Best for ages: 1 - young teenagers

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Safari Playland

Inflatable bouncers from slides, to obstacle courses, a jousting arena and a toddlers-only bouncer plus arcade games, mini golf and Bazooka Ball are all surrounded by a parent friendly seating area where you can keep tabs on your energetic kids at Safari Playland, inside West Park Mall. Are you paying for a nap? Yes, you are. Is it worth it? Absolutely. Your kids can get alllll their wiggles out at this indoor bounce house playground. 

Where: Inside West Park Mall, 3049 William St. (Map It)

When: Fridays 3 - 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sundays 12 - 6 p.m., + additional hours around school breaks

How much: $7-$15 for kids, parents can assist their kids on the bouncers as needed at no charge

Best for ages: Toddlers who are sure on their feet - young teenagers

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Cape Public Library

A comfortable play space in the Cape Public Library's children's section includes sensory boards, a fully stocked play kitchen and books helpfully organized by "trucks," "princesses," "trains" and so on. Wii and XBox Gaming systems and a special teens only space make the library an engaging spot to pass a morning or afternoon. 

Where: 711 N. Clark St. (Map It)

When: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.,  Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

How much: Free!

Best for ages: All ages

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I hope this helps ease the winter blues and get everyone out of the house for a day or a weekend! 

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