Have fun and make new friends.

The St. Louis Arc offers many activities throughout the year to keep our participants engaged and entertained.

Pre-ISLA

The Pre-Independent Supportive Living Arrangement (Pre-ISLA) program guides adults, ages 18 and up, as they begin their path to living independently.  This program offers 1-on-1 support for individuals interested in moving out on their own in the future. Through Pre-ISLA, individuals work on skills to get them ready to move out on their own and live independently. For more information on these programs, contact Beth Moeller, Director of Community Living at 314-817-2271.


Cooking for Comfort

2022 Classes

View the 2022 Spring and Summer Leisure Times or download a PDF version for a complete schedule of activities or visit the online registration page. For financial assistance, please click here.

Adult Music

Our adult music classes provide a fun and supportive outlet for expressing yourself through music. Our small groups and hands-on support help to maximize the benefits of music for people with communication and sensory issues. Class sizes are limited. For more information, please contact Clinton Hall, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2293.

Artist in You

Explore your hidden artistic talents! Join our exciting painting class to learn basic skills in drawing, sketching, painting, color theory, and mixing techniques. At the end of the class, you’ll get to walk away with your very own creative art design! A special art exhibit will be held at the end of the session to display your artwork. Participants must be at least 16 years of age or older. For more information, please contact Clinton Hall, Coordinator of Leisure Services at 314-817-2293.

Arc Escapes

A weekend getaway adventure program for adults ages 18 & older. Individual trips are planned throughout the year to give participants the opportunity to travel and explore various locations throughout the Midwest. There will be both pre-planned activities, such as ziplining, hiking, sporting events, and more. If you have questions or would like more information, you can contact Clinton Hall at 314-817-2293.

Creative Music Making

Join members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Maryville University’s Music Therapy department for an amazing three day journey to create and perform an original piece of music. Thirty-six people who receive services from the St. Louis Arc and who are at least 16-years of age or older will have the chance to work with these musicians. For two days, participants will explore different kinds of music, and craft a new piece that will be performed on the third night on stage at Powell Hall. For more information and to receive the application, contact Brianne Smith at 314-817-2216.

Cooking for Comfort

Enjoy hands-on experience in the kitchen while learning how to prepare easy, delicious meals. An experienced cooking instructor will assist participants in preparing tasty dishes. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. For more information, contact Dan Correll, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2227.

The Next Chapter Book Club

The book clubs meet weekly at local bookstores and cafes. Participants range from those who read well to those who do not read at all. These gatherings give adults the opportunity to read, learn to read, talk about books, and make friends in a fun community setting. They can learn how to write and publish an ebook, discuss books they’ve already read and talk about their favorite authors. It’s a great club that celebrates creativity no matter what genre it is. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older. For more information, contact Bri Reyes, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2250.

St. Louis Scene Meet Up

Get out and play in St. Louis! St. Louis Scene Meetup offers a variety of recreation and leisure opportunities for adults 18 and older to explore their community. Individuals will receive a calendar of events every two months. Staff and volunteers will be stationed at fun and exciting event locations in and around St. Louis each weekend. Event registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so sign up today. For more information, contact Bri Reyes, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2250.

Weekday Fun Day

Please join us for a night of fun during the week! We are excited to offer all kinds of fun from BINGO to virtual tours, movies, crafts, and even some cooking. All activities will be held virtually, so sit back and relax while you enjoy Weekday Fun Day with us! We are excited to have one of our favorite former staff, Kory Wagner to help lead our Fun Day events. For more information, contact Dan Correll, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2227.

Meet Ups

20 Something’s Meet Up

Join other people in their 20’s at a monthly social activity. The meet up’s will provide a comfortable environment to make friends, enhance social skills, and have fun in a safe and supportive area. For more information, contact Bri Reyes, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2250.

CONNECT Meet Ups

CONNECT is a program at the St. Louis Arc that empowers individuals to lead an independent life using individualized and community supports. This program is ideal for adults interested in moving out on their own and needing minimal support in order to be successful. Join our Meet Up group or RSVP for an upcoming event. For more information, please contact Beth Moeller, Director of Community Living at 314-817-2271.