Family Fun

Enjoy the Warmer Weather in Jefferson City

THNL Court of THNL FB Page

Warmer weather is upon us and as temperatures continue to climb, so does the excitement in Jefferson City!  Here are a few highlights to add to your “outdoor adventures in Jefferson City” itinerary. Have a “Colorful” Easter Weekend The Color Vibe fun run series is hosting the Central Missouri Color Vibe 5k for people of all ages, April 19, in ... Read More »

Northern Missouri Offers a New Twist on March Madness Match Ups

Chillicothe town square

College basketball fans wait all season for March.  The invitations.  The brackets.  The games.  So many games.  And while Missouri teams are always #1 in our hearts, great shopping and dining can be just as exciting. An hour outside of the Kansas City’s Metro area, in Northern Missouri, a delightful collection of charming communities invites visitors to experience the greatest ... Read More »

Missouri Indoor Water Parks Make Winter Vacations Easy

Coco Keys Water Resort in Kansas City.

When Missouri’s winter winds start to bite, the daydreams begin: sun-warmed beach, surfing, swimming, floating lazily down a warm stream.  Fortunately, you don’t have to hop a plane to one of the coasts or a tropical island.  Just head to one of the Show-Me State’s many indoor pools and water parks for some weather-proof fun and relaxation the whole family ... Read More »

Disney: From Missouri to Movies

Disney Collage

The film “Saving Mr. Banks” chronicles Walt Disney’s work – and struggles – to adapt the “Mary Poppins” books for the big screen. Disney is an important figure in Missouri’s landscape of famous faces. He spent a formative part of his childhood in Marceline and later lived and worked in Kansas City. Disney’s time in Missouri merits a quick shout-out ... 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 »

Enjoy the Christmas Traditions in St. Charles

Photo courtesy of the St. Charles CVB.

Santa, and Mrs. Claus of course, rule in St. Charles for the Christmas Traditions festival.  It just so happens there are ten Santa characters as a part of this annual event celebrating its 39th anniversary this year. In the event you’re keeping score…here’s the Santa line-up for 2013: Victorian Santa Frontier Santa Civil War Santa Father Christmas World War II ... Read More »

The Forgotten Holiday: National Candy Corn Day

candy corns

It is the end of October and Halloween decorations are everywhere. There are three things that always come to my mind when I think about Halloween: Pumpkins, scary movies and candy corn. Admittedly, it’s never been my FAVORITE candy but it has always been a necessity. It just doesn’t quite qualify as fall/Halloween if, at some point, I don’t grab ... Read More »

Rolla Haunts and Shops

Get your shopping on and get ahead on your holiday gift-getting at Rolla Unwrapped.

Before fall comes and goes, take advantage of the crisp weather, beautiful foliage and celebrate the autumn splendor in Rolla, Missouri. Want a real thrill this Halloween?  Mining engineering students at Missouri University of Science and Technology transform the University’s Experimental Underground Mine into hallways of bone chilling, frightening fun. This annual tradition has been declared a favorite among visitors. ... Read More »

Pedaling Down the Great River Road

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On Saturday, October 12, the Missouri Department of Transportation held the Highway 79 Color Ride and Bike Lane Dedication Ceremony in Hannibal. Highway 79 has long been known for its beautiful scenery, winding along the Mississippi river. Also called the “Great River Road,” MO 79 offers curves, hills, and all the features that those who do not get carsick easily ... Read More »

Fall Underground Hikes: Springfield Caves

Smallin Civil War Cave in Ozark, Missouri, just south of Springfield.

Missouri is known for many different things – great lakes and rivers for summer float trips and boat outings, picturesque wine trails with award-winning wine, and sports teams with fans that put others to shame. But one of the most interesting things about the Show-Me State is its abundance of caves. With 17 show caves and more than 6,500 more ... Read More »