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Friday, January 1, 2016

5 Fun Things to Do This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 1, 2016 at 6:19 AM

click to enlarge Ratatouille is in concert on Sunday. - PHOTO COURTESY OF DISNEY ENTERPRISES INC AND PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
  • Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises Inc and Pixar Animation Studios
  • Ratatouille is in concert on Sunday.

You're off work this Friday, and you may have even had yesterday off, too. But you've still got a full weekend ahead of you — how awesome is that? 

For a list of fun museums and shows you can catch on New Year's Day, check out our roundup here. But for events to get you through the entire weekend, you're in the right place. Here are our five recommendations for this weekend.

1. The City Museum Is Open TODAY

If the first day of the year is indicative of the rest of the days to come, how do you think you should resolve to spend it? Lazing around, eating leftover pizza and nursing a mighty hangover, or running around, having a good time with your friends and exploring one of our city's great treasures? For those who (wisely) choose the second option, the spectacular City Museum (750 North 16th Street; 314-231-2489 or is open from 9 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (January 1 and 2). Dive into the caves, slip down the slide, catch a circus performance and more — all for the low, low price of $12. And who knows? Maybe your resolutions will be easier to keep all year long after you have some good, clean fun.— Alison Sieloff

See also: 8 Things to Do In St. Louis on New Year's Day

2. First Friday at the Science Center? Definitely Possible

Are you quietly and steadily surveilling your coworkers? Do you know what's going on in your neighborhood before it happens? Do you have a cloak and a fake mustache and a kit of gadgets always at the ready? If so, you sound like a spy in training (and like someone who needs a better outlet, to be honest) that makes you an excellent candidate to attend Mission: Impossible, the free spy-themed First Friday event at the Saint Louis Science Center (5050 Oakland Avenue; 314-289-4400 or You'll be able to watch the evening's namesake film starring Tom Cruise for free at 10 p.m. (tickets can be picked up beginning at 6 p.m.). Plus, you can get some comedic inspiration from episodes of Get Smart at 9 p.m., learn some Spy 101 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., and participate in the Celebrity Mole challenge throughout the night. Oh, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be playing in the OMNIMAX Theater at 6 and 8:30 p.m., in case you need to surveil that as well ($13.50 to $15.50). — Alison Sieloff

3. Roller Derby Takes the Track Tomorrow

The Arch Rival Roller Girls keep going strong after a decade of bumps and hits on the track. The ladies' flat-track roller-derby team meets up with the men of the St. Louis Gatekeepers for a two-fer starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Midwest Sport Hockey at Queeny Park (570 Weidman Road, Ballwin; The men open the night, as the Central West Friends challenge the Creve Coroners. In the back half of the night, the M-80s take on the Stunt Devils. Admission is $10 for both bouts, but free for kids ten and younger. — Paul Friswold

4. The Harlem Globetrotters Are in Town Tomorrow

The Harlem Globetrotters are on the road again — the Globetrotters are always on the road — celebrating 90 years of high-flying, highlight-filled basketball. The family favorites return to St. Louis for a rare basketball doubleheader at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Scottrade Center (1401 Clark Avenue; 314-241-1888 or While the players are all incredible athletes, they're also gifted physical comedians capable of wringing laughs out of even the most sports-averse audience. Tickets are $22.50 to $139.50. — Paul Friswold

5. A Pixar Classic Gets the Live Orchestra Treatment Sunday

If you're craving one last festive family get-together before Christmas break ends, those masterful musical chefs at the St. Louis Symphony have whipped up a sure-fire recipe for success. At 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (January 2 and 3), Pixar's Academy Award-winning film Ratatouille plays on the big screen, synchronized to a live performance of Michael Giacchino's score by our very own Grammy Award-winning symphony. The animated film tells the tale of restaurant clean-up boy Alfredo Linguini and his friend Remy, an ambitious young rat whose sophisticated palate takes him to the top of Paris' culinary world. Both performances are at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or, and tickets are $35 to $70. — Mark Fischer

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