Have fun and make new friends.

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

Cooking for Comfort

Fall 2017 Classes

Download the Fall 2017 Leisure Times and Registration Form for a complete schedule of activities. For financial assistance, please click here.


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.

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 16 years of age or older. For more information, contact Clinton Hall, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at  314-817-2293.

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. Participants must be at least 18 years of age or older. For more information contact Carly McElvaine, Coordinator Leisure Services, at or 314-817-2233.

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 l 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.

Awake, Aware & Alive

Join us for an experience you won’t forget! Awake, Aware, & Alive educates participants about the elements of a balanced life, including mind, body, and spirit. This class will help individuals explore new strategies to manage stress and improve overall well-being. Participants will also have a chance to explore new recreational experiences such as yoga, pilates, and tai chi. For more information, contact Carly McElvaine, Coordinator of Leisure Services, at 314-817-2233.

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 Bre Ward, Coordinator of Leisure Services at 314-817-2226.

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 Meghan Murphy, 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.  To join our Meet Up group or to RSVP click here

For more information, please contact Beth Moeller, Director of Community Living at 314-817-2271.