Family Fun

Retreat to the Ozarks in Pulaski County


Blue Jay Farm, nestled in a scenic valley of the timeless Ozark Mountains, is the definition of “escape.” Inspiring visitors for more than 75 years, this retreat beckons you and your family to relax and get back to nature. The seven-acre, spring-fed lake coaxes you to grab a rod and reel and to paddle its surface in a kayak or …

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Cool off in Cape Girardeau

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The mercury keeps rising and the humidity makes it feel even hotter out … take advantage of the heat with these cool spots in Cape Girardeau! Cape Splash Family Aquatic Center The littlest kiddos and the most adventurous teens will have buckets of fun at Cape Splash.  A splash pad and a zero-depth entry watery playground keep your little tykes …

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Enjoy the Lake While It’s Hot

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STOP! It’s not over folks. I know as a kid, when August hit, I started dreading school starting. It was all over. I thought of it as if the world was coming to an end. Well, in my infinite wisdom as an (aging) adult I can now appreciate every day and every season for what it is. I am here …

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Add Some Fun to Back-to-School Shopping in Missouri


With Fourth of July well in the rearview mirror, it’s time to come to terms with something difficult: summer’s end is drawing near. It won’t be long before you’re packing lunches and the kids are heading out the door for another campaign at school. Fortunately, there’s still time to play in Missouri. In fact, any upcoming back-to-school shopping outings you …

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A Weekend Getaway in Kansas City


If you find yourself looking for a fun getaway this summer, consider spending a weekend in Kansas City. Friday Evening:  After you’ve settled into your hotel, head out to Kauffman Stadium to catch a Kansas City Royals game. The best thing about Friday games in the summer? Fireworks! Watch fireworks light up the sky from your seat at The K …

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Dig Deeper at the Saint Louis Science Center’s New Exhibit

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Written by Kathy Sutton. Chicken chats, cow milkings, native bumblebees, a planting robot, mini-tractors kids can ride – all this and more are coming to the Science Center June 18 when it opens “GROW,” the center’s first major addition since 1991. Visitors can learn all about farming and the journey food takes from farm to fork at the $7 million, …

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Things to Know Before Your Missouri Zoo Adventure


Your vacation in Missouri can get as wild as you’d like, but it doesn’t mean things have to be out of control. Missouri has three large zoos and a collection of zoo-like farms and parks that give you the chance to get up close and personal with all manner of critters, from massive polar bears to little lambs. For now, …

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Splish, Splash, Smile in Branson


There’s a simple recipe for taking your Branson vacation from memorable to absolutely unforgettable: Just add water. With clean, scenic lakes and thrilling water parks focused on family fun, a Branson vacation boasts more than enough water-based fun to keep you and your crew swimming, splashing and smiling from sunup to sundown. Need help getting started? Pack the sunscreen and your …

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Make Father’s Day Epic in Missouri

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Dad is probably perfectly content staying home, firing up the grill and having a quiet Father’s Day. But you’ve made it a priority to make this year special: a Father’s Day (June 19) for the books. You want it to be one that reminds the old man just how much he means to you. An ambitious plan for an awesome …

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Missouri Has Something For Everyone In The Family

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In a state as diverse as Missouri, you will find an abundance of great family vacation destinations.  When I think of a couple of the best areas with something for everyone in the family, two places immediately come to mind: Branson and Lebanon. Branson: If it has been a while since you have been to Branson, your memories may be …

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