Family Fun

Traveling Gladys: Kansas City


Meet Gladys. She’s an East Coast girl with Midwestern sensibilities. And she likes to travel. She’s a multi-day, multi-city vacationer with no “off” switch. Recently, Gladys returned from an 11-day trip in the Show-Me State! She was so enthralled with Missouri, she contacted the VisitMO team to tell us about it. “I think we did a lot in our limited …

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Traveling Gladys: Branson


Eleven days. Three cities. One epic vacation. That’s the best way to describe the travels of newly minted VisitMO Superfan Gladys S., who lives in New Jersey and recently traveled across Missouri on an 11-day adventure. If you read the post about Gladys’ visit to Kansas City, you already know she’s an energetic traveler who enjoys a variety of activities. …

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Traveling Gladys: St. Louis


Well, all good things must come to an end. We’re on the last leg of VisitMO Superfan Gladys S.’s journey across the Show-Me State. So far, you’ve followed Gladys around The City of Fountains and The Live Music Show Capital of the World. Now it’s time for Gladys to explore the Gateway City, St. Louis. Here’s a look at the …

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KC Parents Kids’ Guide to a Fun Kansas City


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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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Route 66 in Missouri: Rolla and Cuba

Route 66 Shield comp

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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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