There’s a saying: “Your kids won’t remember their best day of television.” And neither, for that matter, will you. But chances are you’ll all look back fondly at the first time you went stand-up paddleboarding together or rock climbing or practiced yoga outside under the warm sun.

You can do each of these things and much more — for free, with no hefty pre-planning or time commitment — at the inaugural Life Outside Festival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 11 at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park. Produced by Great Rivers Greenway (GRG), the brand-new event is designed to bring a wide selection of outdoor activities together in one place for people to discover and connect to everything our region has to offer.

“This is a chance for people to try new activities and discover how they might be able to live life outside more often,” said Elizabeth Simons, community program manager for GRG. “There’s something for everyone at Life Outside that they can take back to their own yard, local park or out on the greenways.”

The festival, which will be held at the Tremayne Shelter area on the north side of the lake, will bring together area businesses, nonprofits and clubs to offer activities for people of all ages and skill levels to see, try and learn. Free activities include tree climbing, kayaking lessons, bird watching, rock climbing, trail running, stand-up paddleboarding, nature crafts and games for kids, walks and bike rides throughout the day, gardening and yoga.

Partners have planned the festival with the goal of showcasing these opportunities to people all over the region, not just those already those involved in outdoor activities.

In addition, the festival will have food and drinks available for purchase from area food trucks, including beer from New Belgium and Urban Chestnut. Live music will be provided by the Funky Butt Blues Band, Fresh Heir, Roland Johnson & Soul Endeavor, Riverbend, Celia’s Singalong Dance Party and Loot Rock Gang.

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