Fun, Free ~ St. Charles / St. Louis MO ~ Events, Resources, Programs ~ October 2021

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Recreation Council News….

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Recreation Council
Fall 2021 Newsletters
are available:
Click Here

Partner News…Activities of interest to People with Disabilities

photo walk Stroll or Roll Photo Walk (STL), Saturday, October 23 from 10-11:30am at Forest Park MDC Hatchery (map). Register by calling Susan Fleming at 314-629-8693.  This event is designed for people with disabilities but is open to everyone so bring a friend! Grab your camera, cell phone, tablet, ipad, or any picture-taking device to this enjoyable autumn walk in Forest Park. We will walk the accessible trail while we look for great places to photograph, talk, share ideas and have fun.  If you’re not interested in taking pictures, join us for a pleasant day of walking. Online registration is OPEN.  Check out more FREE MDC Events in the STL/SCC area:

Magic House

Sensory Friendly Playtime at the Magic House (STL), FREE Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 8-9am  at the Magic House, 516 S. Kirkwood Rd, St. Louis, MO 63122. Playtime is designed to provide children with disabilities a sensory-friendly opportunity to enjoy the Magic House without the crowds. A calming room is available on the first floor near the Emerson Education Entrance. Siblings are encouraged to join the fun, but all children should be appropriately supervised by an adult. The event is free, but you must REGISTER HERE

keenOne of the agencies sponsoring this event is KEEN. All of KEEN’s programs pair a trained volunteer with an athlete and let them discover together how much they can do. Programs are all open and unstructured, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful. KEEN programs are open to youth ages 5-21 with physical or developmental disabilities and are FREE.  Check out KEEN Sports (SLUH and St. Charles), KEEN Swim (Center of Clayton,  Maryland Heights Community Center, and Renaud Center in O’Fallon), KEEN Dance with ME (SLUH) or our general program information at Current Schedule.


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St. Louis Arc FREE programs for People with Disabilities:

Disability and Spirituality, (Virtual) Tuesday, October 26 from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Zoom. Grab your beverage of choice and bring your questions for Sarah McKenney who is a Spiritual Support provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Join us as we discuss what full inclusion looks like in spiritual communities and share real steps that we can all take to better support each other in meeting spiritual needs. Click here to register for this webinar. 
BOLD – A Virtual Group for Guys, Tuesday, October 26 from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Zoom,  for men age 18 and older. BOLD stands for live Brave, be Original, Love big, and Dare greatly. Come together, build connections with others, increase your ability to recognize emotions, gain skills in expressing yourself, and learn coping skills to deal with the hard stuff.  For more information and to RSVP: Lee Anna Sanders at or Beth Moeller at
Arc Halloween Zoom
ARC Bounce Oct 2021


Pathfinder TrunkTreat


ESMW ConferenceEaster Seals Midwest Virtual Autism Conference, November 4 & 5, 2021. Join us virtually for two mornings of learning, sharing, and building our understanding of autism. This year’s conference features keynote speakers Tim Miles and Temple Grandin. Families who have a child with autism attend for free. Professionals pay $55. Register today at visit

Free Community Events and Activities…

St. Charles Events are in PURPLE-(SCC) – Information Here & HERE
St. Louis
Events are in GREEN-(STL) – Information HERE & HERE
Virtual Events are in ORANGE – Eventbrite


boos & Brews
, Thursday, October 21 from 6-8:30pm at O’Day Park Amphitheater, O’Fallon, MO 63668.  If you’ve got it, haunt it at O’Fallon’s first-ever Boo & Brews festival in O’Day Park! Don your cape (or witch’s hat, or superhero costume…) and enjoy food trucks, beer and free music at this spooktacular Halloween event for adults 21 and over. Information


pumpkin glow walkPumpkin Glow in Historic St. Charles (SCC), Oct 22-23 from 5-9pm on Historic Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. Visit on the weekend before Halloween for a spook-tacular event with deals, squeals, and pumpkins. The street will be illuminated with hundreds of eerily glowing pumpkins. And of course, be sure to visit with the Legends & Lanterns characters for chilling ghost stories and haunting encounters. This is not a Trick or Treating event. No one will have candy. VISIT WEBSITE 


Monster Mash-WentzvilleWentzville Monster Mash (SCC), Saturday, October 23, from 11am-2pm.  Put on your costumes and head over to Fire Station #1 on Luetkenhaus Boulevard for the Monster Mash Trunk-or-Treat! This event is sponsored by the Wentzville Firefighters Community Outreach and Wentzville Parks and Recreation. All who preregister will receive a pumpkin, hot dog, bag of chips and a drink. Activities include games, face painting, the Bubble Bus and trunk-or-treat. Activities begin at 11 a.m. and trunks open at 11:30 a.m. Event is FREE, but each member of the family planning to attend should preregister at or call (636) 332-9236 ~ Event Information (pic in folder)


Maline GreenwayMaline Greenway Storybook Walk (STL), Saturday Oct. 23 from 11am to 1pm at Bellefontaine County Park, 9565 Bellefontaine Rd. 63133.   Come out to enjoy a walk while reading our featured book “Like Sunshine on an Otherwise Miserable Day.”  Bring the whole family to enjoy the story, grab some ice cream and dance to the cool tunes of DJ KP.  Information


trunk or treat-SCC PoliceSt. Charles County Police Department’s Trunk-or-Treat, Saturday, October 23 from 11am-3pm at 101 Sheriff­ Dierker Court, O’Fallon, MO 63366, Join us for some “Spooktacular” Fun at the free event is open to children ages 12 and under and their parents/guardians. Registration is required


ringersThe Gateway Ringers Handbell Ensemble, Sunday, Oct 24 at 4:00 PM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, LCMS, 2800 Elm Street, St Charles, MO 63301. Our Fall concert program features music that celebrates our return to ringing after a long hiatus due to the pandemic. We will also feature music that celebrates special events of the autumn season, including Halloween, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving.  All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact or visit our website at


New Melle Pumpkin GlowNew Melle Pumpkin Glow (SCC), Thursday, October 28 from 5-8pm on the street at 4578 Highway Z, Wentzville, MO 63385. Join us for Blondin Professional Real Estate’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Glow event. Activities include live music, carved pumpkin voting, prizes, giveaways, backyard games, plus a drink truck and a food truck for you to purchase food items. Information


Haunted Caverns-STL


Events at your County Parks…

St. Charles County Parks – Information Here: St. Charles County Parks has an exciting lineup of fall festivities planned this season, including a Corn Maze, Old-Fashioned Hayrides, Klondike Family Campout, Fall Harvest Festival, Hands-On Heritage Gourd Painting and Disc Golf Blind Turkey Toss.  636-949-7535 ~ Fall Catalog

St. Louis County ParksEvents (cost varies)The Fall/Winter Activity Guide is available online now! Learn more about special events, hayrides, ice skating, children’s programs, Winter Wonderland and more: Fall Catalog

STL = St. Louis; SCC=St. Charles; Virtual


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These RESOURCES that were previously listed and left here for your convenience…

October is…  National Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Virtual and In-Person Recreation Programs and National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Governor’s roclamation HEREand some NDEAM Ideas.

Unlimited Play Fully Accessible Playground is now open in St. Peters, MO.  Come celebrate the Grand Opening of Kennedy’s Playground, the newest all inclusive playground in St. Peters, MO!

St. Louis Self-Advocates Youth Group presented by St. Louis Arc, Every Thursday from 4:00-5:30 p.m. for ages of 14 and 29 who have a diagnosed disability. Contact Madeline Webster at to learn more and join.

TASH Advocate Coffee ZoomSelf-Advocacy Coffee Break (Virtual), Every Friday from 2-3pm on ZOOM. We help people with disabilities connect.  Contact Tia Nelis by clicking here to Sign Up for the Coffee Break


fall sorgum St. Louis Area Fall Festivals published by (Some events on this list charge a fee so check details carefully.) If you are traveling, here are more festivals around Missouri:

Great Rivers Greenway Trails: 28 trails, amenities, & trail conditions. Click HERE

Missouri Resource Guide – New Edition Now Available: : Information

Oakland Accessible Playground Breaks Ground (STL): Information 

ABA Preschool for Autism in St. Charles

St. Louis Arc Fall Leisure Programs:  Information

Eventbrite FREE Virtual Events – Find something you love to do using the search tools on the left column of this Eventbrite page that lists whole host of FREE events.

NEW Ways to Have Fun in St. Charles County (not free – cost varies)

The Arc, CONNECT Meetup Events: Click here 

Recreation Council Voucher Program:

Varsity Tutors, Virtual Classes: 

Missouri Resource Guide:

IDD Help, Resource Center: Visit ~ IDD Help Video