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Five Things to Do: Art, music and exercise

With “drenching” rain promised for Saturday and occasional rain on Sunday, my hopes for throwing the kids outside are all wet. Before you hear the popular refrain to every long break from school (“I’m b-o-r-e-d”), let’s find something for nearly everyone.

For the kids

▪ Nurture some art appreciation under the guise of seeing what the big kids do. High school students from eight schools have art hanging at the Edwardsville Arts Center, part of the center’s fifth annual art contest. It’ll be on display through Jan. 1 at the Edwardsville Arts Center, 6165 Center Grove Road, and includes winner “Caution: Wet Paint” by Belleville East’s Maia Cerny. Other student art includes paintings, drawings, photography, digital art and sculptures. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

▪ You don’t have to believe me, or even Ripley, but this much is true: the Science Center in St. Louis has the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibit with nearly unbelievably large items — think a crawl-through snake and giant set of jaws — and other bits of history’s oddities. Admission to the greater Science Center is free, but the exhibit costs extra, starting at $6.25 for members. The Science Center has expanded hours Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For the family

Of all the gifts one might open come Friday morning, one last gift awaits at night.

The Nature Institute up in Godfrey has a moonlight hike the first full moon of every month, which is Friday. The hiking trails open at 7 p.m. at the Nature Institute’s Talahi Lodge, and lasts about 90 minutes over light to moderate terrain. Call 618-466-9930 or go to for more information.

For the beasts

The Ready Room in St. Louis hosts Posse In Effect: A Tribute to The Beastie Boys, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets to the all-ages show start at $10. The tribute band is made up of St. Louis locals including DJ Mahf, and members of Redheaded Strangers and the 12 to 6 Movement.

With out-of-town guests

Show off Belleville up-close with a good long walk around the historic district at 9 a.m. Saturday. Register at 8:45 a.m. at the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Lobby at 211 S. Third Street in Belleville. The group walk is hosted by The Illinois Trekkers and costs $3.

On your own

Long before Dorothy left for Kansas in her ruby-red shoes, two girls met in the land of Oz. Wicked, the three-time Tony Award winner, is on stage with their story at the Fox Theatre at 527 North Grand Boulevard in St. Louis.

Speaking of the Fox, did you know there’s a limited number of orchestra seats for every performance? Get yourself to the box office two hours ahead of time to perhaps have your name drawn for a seat or two. Those lucky souls will pay $25, (tickets usually start at $40), and must be present to win with cash in hand. Try your luck for the performances starting at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Go to for more information.