Family Fun

Platte County Annual Camping Trip: Parks, Phosphates & Parakeets

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August is the transition month for my family – summer vacation ends and school begins. This year there are two dates circled for the first day of college; one is our son’s and the other is our daughter’s. The weekends are clicking by and the final Platte County summer camping trip has been written plus circled in red on the ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Wow-worthy Family Fun

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the third in a three-part series.   ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: Spontaneous Family Fun Awaits

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO superfan. He’s shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the second in a three-part series.    ... Read More »

Conquering Water and Air at Big Surf Waterpark

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You know that feeling when you’re climbing up the stairs to ride the biggest slide at a water park? The heart-racing, blood-pumping, out-of-breath feeling mixed with excitement? That’s the feeling I had as I started my vertical trek up to Zambezi Falls at Big Surf Waterpark at Lake of the Ozarks. I’m not usually afraid of heights or any amusement ... Read More »

Southwest Missouri: A Family Destination

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Missouri-based photographer Aaron Fuhrman has long been a VisitMO super fan. He has shared some of his work on the VisitMO Facebook page and frequently showcases his love for #Missouri, on Twitter. Recently, Aaron and his wife, Amy, loaded up their four children for a week-long vacation to Southwest Missouri. This is their story – the first in a three-part ... Read More »

Kids Will Love the Lake of the Ozarks: family fun for all

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My first family vacation brings memories of rainbow flip flops, one long blonde braid swinging over my shoulder as I sipped Orange Crush and watched my dad play Pac-Man at an arcade. The heat made those flip flops stick to the bottoms of my feet and that Orange Crush taste so much better. The humidity made even the quarters sweat, ... Read More »

Fun For All Ages at Missouri State Parks

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When days get longer and the temperature rises, don’t stay inside, enjoy the great outdoors at one of Missouri’s State Parks. Missouri State Parks are the perfect setting for a family vacation; there are plenty of fun activities for every age group. Bennett Spring State Park in Lebanon is just one of 52 state parks found across Missouri. This beautiful ... Read More »

Summertime Fun in STL!

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Hearing the sounds of kids laughing and playing, the distinct smell of chlorine, and the ding, ding, ding of the neighborhood ice-cream truck screams summertime to all those who are nostalgic.  It’s summertime once again in St. Louis and there will be plenty of kids AND adults making the Gateway to the West their urban playground. The great thing about ... Read More »

Happy Trails and Summer Spooks in Jefferson City

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What better way to spend a beautiful afternoon than to bike or walk along the Katy Trail? The nation’s largest rails-to-trails project offers fun for all ages to explore the scenic majesty of Missouri’s river bluffs, spacious fields, and quaint farmlands. The Katy Trail attracts families who like outdoor activities as well as exercise enthusiasts. Just a couple miles from the pedestrian bridge you’ll find ... Read More »

10 Free Things to do in Hannibal

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“You get what you pay for.”  “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”  Sometimes, these words of wisdom are true.  Sometimes, you are pleasantly surprised. Behold – a list of 10 pretty darn cool things in Hannibal that are honest-to-goodness, worth-your-time, 100% free. 10. Mark Twain’s Recollections of the Civil War Civil War Missouri was a powder keg of ... Read More »