Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Families Can Do Some Detective Work at the St. Louis Science Center; FALL ARTS PREVIEW: FAMILY

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Families Can Do Some Detective Work at the St. Louis Science Center; FALL ARTS PREVIEW: FAMILY

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Many upcoming family events in St. Louis have a literary inspiration.

The St. Louis Science Center hosts "The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes" next month. Young detectives can learn about crime-solving techniques and investigative tools through interactive exhibits. Galleries include Arthur Conan Doyle's study, with letters and illustrations that influenced the author in creating Holmes, and the "Culture of Sherlock," displays of costumes and props from movies and TV shows.

At COCA, Susanna Hamnett performs "Nearly Lear," a one-woman show that tells a new version of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia tells the storybook tale of two children playing outside in "Stella, Queen of the Snow." And COCA kicks off its family series with "Kindur," from Italian theater troupe Compagnia TPO. It uses dance and multimedia to take audiences on a visual journey to glaciers, volcanoes and other sights.

The Magic House brings back the "Magic Tree House" exhibit based on author Mary Pope Osborne's popular series. Travel through time with siblings Jack and Annie to visit a Civil War-era field hospital, Plymouth Rock for the first Thanksgiving or a one-room schoolhouse in pioneer times.

The St. Louis Symphony and the St. Louis Zoo team up for "Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo" at Powell Hall. John Lithgow's children's book provides the framework for several animal-themed pieces, including "Carnival of the Animals" and"Baby Elephant Walk." Young visitors can create masks, play musical instruments and learn animal facts from zoo staff.

Other events include a favorite of preschoolers, the Fresh Beat Band, which comes to Peabody Opera House. The group will play some hits from their Nickelodeon show.

DJ Lance Rock, aka St. Louis native Lance Robertson, and the characters from the Nickelodeon show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" will perform in "Yo Gabba Gabba! …

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