Family Fun

Branson Holiday Getaways

Big Cedar Lodge just south of Branson.

If there’s a town that knows how to bring the holidays alive, it’s Branson, Missouri, with its Ozark Mountain Christmas and other local festivities that make Branson a world-wide Christmas destination for families and groups year after year. Celebrate the joy of the season with your family at one (or more) of our fun holiday events. Big Cedar Lodge: Holiday ... Read More »

Saint Louis Zoo: Wild Lights

Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Zoo.

The St. Louis Zoo is fun in the summer, but it shines in the winter with its Wild Lights display. During this holiday showcase, the zoo exhibits thousands of colorful lights, animated light displays and seasonal sounds. Wild Lights is open to the public for a small fee on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 28-Dec. 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 ... Read More »

Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

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Route 66 has been celebrated in film, story and song. Many tales have been told about the bootleggers, bandits, movie stars, hobos, writers and singers who have traveled on this famous route. More importantly, though, are the visitors on Historic Route 66. It’s the everyday visitor who keeps Historic Route 66 thriving. Route 66 is the longest designated scenic Byway ... Read More »

The Magic Tree: Enjoy a Little Holiday Sparkle in Columbia

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The Magic Tree has been a part of Columbia’s holiday tradition for 19 years. It was started by a man named Randy Fletcher, aka Will Treelighter, who continues to light the tree every year. Last year he spent about 50 hours putting approximately 50,000 lights on an ordinary tree to make it extraordinary. This year he hopes to outdo himself. ... Read More »

Missouri Botanical Garden Glow

Photo by Daniel Doelling.

It’s officially the season of twinkling lights and hot cocoa. At the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, it’s also the season of kettle corn and roasted marshmallows, Christmas-light-covered hedge mazes and magical mistletoe photo ops, lit Christmas tree forests and a singing dance-party to pull it all together.   Garden Glow, aka the most wonderful walk-through winter wonderland light ... Read More »

Independence: Trails, Rails and Swales

Waterfall Park in Independence.

Stoney Creek at Waterfall Park  Queen City of the Trails offers more than 11 miles of walking and biking paths and new lodge-like accommodations for outdoor enthusiasts. Coming this November to Independence is a new kind of hotel and conference center with distinctive, lodge-like accommodations and friendly service that puts comfort first.  Situated inside Waterfall Park, neighboring to Bass Pro ... Read More »

City Girl Meets Missouri Pumpkin Patch

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Long, long ago in a county on the east side of the state, my future husband – a farm boy – took me home to meet his parents. It was November, and as we drove through the fertile Missouri River bottoms near his family’s farm, we passed a glorious sight: Rombach Farms’ pumpkin patch.  Their display was breathtaking: rich and ... Read More »

4 Things You Will Love During Autumn in Pulaski County USA

Painted Rock Conservation Area

“Autumn”- almost a magical word, it brings a promise of beautiful colors, hearty comfort food, pumpkin, apple, caramel and cinnamon flavors, hoodies, leaf piles, bonfires, the harvest, and time with family. It might make you think of jack o’ lanterns and things that go bump in the night. All the glorious things that are pictured in your mind when you ... Read More »

Enjoy the Best Fishing Spots Around STL

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Downtown to midtown to the outlining counties surrounding St. Louis, The Missouri Department of Conversation (MDC) has a great suggestion on how to spend your day. Go fishing. Make that urban fishing, a program established by MDC in 1969 providing close to home fishing opportunities at 17 St. Louis city and county area parks. Some locations, such as Lafayette Park, ... Read More »

Platte County Annual Camping Trip: Parks, Phosphates & Parakeets

Green Dirt gourmet dinner (2)

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 »