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Tiny Tritons is a series presented by the Office of Student Involvement with our UMSL families in mind! We offer FREE programs that are geared towards children ages 3 to 12. Whether you are an UMSL student, staff member, or faculty member any child aged 3-12 is welcome! Events vary from educational, physical, crafts, and just plain fun. Invite your friends and family to also enjoy these free and kid-safe events. Email us at tinytritons@umsl.edu with any questions!

Stay up to date on all things Tiny Tritons by signing up for our newsletter, and be sure to check us out on FACEBOOK for more information and to RSVP for events!


2023-2024 Events Calendar of Events

All events begin at 10:00 AM and will be in various locations listed below. RSVP to let us know you will be there! 

Trunk or Treat | October 28th, 2023 | MSC Parking Lot E

Trunk or Treat is a service event that is geared towards UMSL families and the surrounding community. It is intended to provide a safe and a fun way for families to enjoy Halloween festivities.

The attendees will be able to walk from trunk or trunk and enjoy the "Trunk-or-Treating." Attendees will be able to get a goody bag filled with candy and toys. We will be providing candy, peanut free, and non candy bags. All while supplies last!

We will have a face painter, balloon artist, ice cream truck, and of course - CANDY :)

The Nitro Joe Science Show | November 11, 2023 | MSC Century Room AB

Do you like science and fun? Join the Office of Student Involvement and Nitro Joe and be amazed by the impressive science experiments in the "It's a Gas Show". Nitro Joe will use different gases to demonstrate physical and chemical changes. Balloons will explode, potions will change color, bubbles will flow and creeping fog will cover the floor.

Family Zumba with RWC | December 9, 2023 | RWC Studio 4

Time to move and grove! Tiny Tritons come join the Office of Student Involvement and the Recreation & Wellness Center for a day of Zumba! Zumba is a fitness program that involves cardio and Latin-inspired dance. Come shake your body to the beat!

Magic Extravaganza | January 20, 0204 | MSC Century Room A

Calling all Tiny Tritons! Join us for an morning of magic and fun! We have comedy, magic, and you'll see some cool tricks. You don't want to miss this event with the Office of Student Involvement

Homecoming Pancake Breakfast | February 24, 2024 | MSC Century Room ABC

Join Tiny Tritons for our annual Homecoming Breakfast! Wear your PJs and come grab a stack of pancakes! We have lots of fun activities planned including a live performance with pancake art (featuring Dr. Dan the Pancake Man from Dancakes), games, and other activities! Bring your family and friends to this fun and free event!

The Reptile Experience w/ Serengeti Steve | March 16, 2024 | MSC Century Room C

Does your Tiny Triton love arachnids and reptiles? Then this event is for them! Join us as Serengeti Steve shows and tells us all about his awesome animals. There will be volunteers called up and children can hold the different animals. We hope to see you there!

Game-A-Palooza | April 13, 2024 | MSC Parking Lot E

Calling all gamers! Join the Office of Student Involvement for some fun video games! From Minecraft to Fortnite, Mario to Fifa, we have games for you.This event is for UMSL members with a Tiny Triton between the ages of 3-12.

Other Past Events

  • Soccer Clinic
  • Icky Sticky Science
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Superhero Cooking Class
  • Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Petting Zoo
  • Watercolor Painting
  • Baseball Clinic

Who can attend Tiny Tritons?

Tiny Triton Events are open to UMSL students, faculty, and staff who know of any child between the ages of 3 and 12.

What age range are the activities and events designed for?

The events are geared towards children who are Pre-K through 5th grade. Many events are interactive and the children get to participate in making crafts or activities. Some events may lean more towards the younger or older kids; however, we try to accommodate all age ranges at our events.

Can I drop off my child and pick him/her up after the activity?

These events are designed for the adults to get to interact with the Tiny Triton they bring. Adults must stay with who they brought for the entirety of the event. There is a maximum of 3 children per adult with no exceptions.

How much do the events cost and do I have to register in advance?

This program wants to provide FREE resources for our UMSL community. There is no payment needed to enter our events! While registering ahead of time is always helpful, it is not required.  RSVP/Register for our upcoming events

How can I find out more info about Tiny Tritons?

The best way to learn more is either checking us out on Facebook or signing up for our monthly newsletter. These two options are live updates regarding our program and events we have. Please feel free to email us at tinytritons@umsl.edu or call us at (314) 516-5291.

What does Tiny Tritons Approved mean?

Tiny Tritons Approved refers to events that are put on by other campus departments and student organizations that are family friendly and welcome children.
Do you want to have your student organization event included with our Tiny Tritons Approved events? To submit an event to be Tiny Tritons Approved, please email tinytritons@umsl.edu with your event details.

What other resources are available to students who have children?

Learn more about Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)

Learn about UMSL child care assistance.

Learn about additional resources UMSL provides to Student Parents.

Apply for help from Student Advocacy Services.

Learn more about the Triton Food Pantry.


Looking for something to do from the comfort of your home? We’ve got a few ideas to keep your Tiny Tritons entertained. 


Arts & Crafts

Learn to draw with kid-friendly art tutorials from Art for Kids Hub videos

How to draw anything from numbers video from Robin Art School

Make homemade play dough with Play Doh Kitchen using common household ingredients

Grab some LEGOS, and learn how to create a dinosaur or build a house

DIY your own superhero cape & mask with a tutorial from Parents

Create your very own origami dog using a Craft TV - Origami video

Grab some paper, a pen, and get drawing with Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Learn how to make towel animals


Test out the walking water science experiment with Ryan's World

More stay at home easy DIY science experiments with Ryan's World

Hang out with Bill Nye and experiment with at home science demos

Learn more about science through hands-on activities with the Science Mom

Stay Active

Stay active, mindful, and relaxed with Cosmic Kids Yoga videos

Learn popular kid-friendly TikTok dances with a tutorial by Kidstylista

Dance to I like to Move It with Zumba with Dovydas

Workout as a family with POPSUGAR Fitness Family Fun Cardio workout

Toddler dance class with Sam Cam's Dance Studio

Create your own at-home scavenger hunt with the Goosechase app

Find treasures with the help of an indoor treasure hunt from The Spruce


Sing, dance, laugh, and play with Music Monkey Jungle

Play along with Linton Music Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions

Music lesson compilation for kids with Prodigies Music Lessons

Listen to your favorite Disney songs on DisneyMusicVEVO

Get in the Kitchen

Try your hand at pancake art like our friends at Dancakes

Bake some easy mug brownies with instructions from FullTimeKid

Enjoy an afternoon treat - homemade ice cream - with FullTimeKid

Virtual Tours

Take a virtual tour to the top of the St. Louis Gateway Arch

Explore the hidden treasures of the Missouri and Mississippi waterways with the St. Louis Aquarium

See what's happening at the St. Louis Zoo through videos on ZooTube

Explore the planet of Mars on the Curiosity Rover

Discover new zoo animals with Philadelphia Zoo at 2

Brave Wilderness is sharing exotic animal videos 


Need even more ideas? Check out 250+ ideas from St. Louis Kids Out and About.

Do you enjoy working with children? Are you a responsible and reliable human? Do you need to complete community hours? Please consider volunteering with Tiny Tritons! If you are interested in helping with these events please email us at tinytritons@umsl.edu!