Art and Exercise for the Three-Day Weekend
With warm weather in sight, area theaters and parks make the perfect place to hit the outdoors.
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Thanks to President's Day, many Florissant families are facing a three-day weekend, and with it the challenge of entertaining today’s tech-savvy kids. While iPods and Playstations are perfectly fine avenues to kill a little time, nothing competes with taking the whole family out, whether it be to the park or the theatre.
Our Patch Picks take on an enlightening side of culture and lists a number of artistic ventures for you and your loved ones this weekend.
The Florissant Civic Center Theatre in the James J. Eagan Center will be playing host to a production of Peter Pan. Part of the St. Louis Family Theatre Series, the timeless tale of Neverland and the ageless Peter Pan has enraptured children for generations, whether through film, television or the stage. The Emerald City Theatre Company, based out of Chicago, IL will be performing through the weekend starting Friday night.
Showtimes are Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with shows on Feb. 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7, but group rates are available. Call 314-921-5678 or go to www.FlorissantMO.com for details.
Temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s and low 60s this weekend, which creates a very inviting scenario to head outside. Florissant offers many parks to take a stroll in, but for those who want to learn a new game or play an old favorite, disc golf is the way to go. Florissant features two excellent courses, White Birch and Sioux Passage, for novices and professionals to take aim. This simple game revolves around throwing a disc (do NOT call it a Frisbee) into metal basket, incorporating the rules of golf to keep score. White Birch offers a quick Par 3 for those looking to blaze through their game, while Sioux Passage offers two 18-hole courses, spread across the park for those looking to make a day of it.
While definitely not a family outing, the Florissant Valley Theatre will be putting on a production of John Patrick Shanley’s acclaimed play, Doubt: A Parable. Recently made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, it is the story of one nun’s obsessive crusade against a young priest she believes to be having improper relations with a male student in a Bronx school.
The production takes place at the Terry M. Fischer Theatre on the St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley Campus, and all shows are free to the public. Feb. 18, 19, 25 and 26 will feature shows at 8 p.m., and a special 2 p.m. showing will take place on Feb. 20.
The Florissant Civic Center Theatre will also be presenting a special African-American History event on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Florissant’s own local dance studio, Dance Plus, will be performing a show titled, “Experience African American History Through the Arts.” The African American experience will be retraced through song, dance, poetry and drama as the hardships and victories are interpreted in new and exciting ways by local performers. The performance is free and open to the public.