Family Fun

KC Parents Kids’ Guide to a Fun Kansas City

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Kansas City is a fantastic place for kiddos to play! The arts, culture and thrills that entertain grown-up kids-at-heart are great for the littlest KC fans as well. Check out a fun and educational agenda for young ones, courtesy of KC Parent! Hey kids, fun in Kansas City isn’t just for your parents. You can have a great time, too! We’re a ... Read More »

Missouri Family Adventures: St. Louis

St. Louis Carousel, Faust Park, Chesterfield.

The days are long, but the years are short.” ~ Gretchin Rubin, author of, “The Happiness Project” Hello Missouri travelers! I am so grateful for the chance to join you this year as a guest blogger focusing on family travel. As a mom of two children who are growing faster than I planned (despite my urging them to slow down, ... Read More »

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

Magic Tree 2010

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 »