Family Fun

Disney: From Missouri to Movies

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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

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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 »

Fall Fun at The Farmer’s House

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September in Platte County equates to back-to-school, football games and more importantly – the countdown to fall! Picking the perfect pumpkin; maneuvering through a corn maze; finding the perfect apple; or, enjoying the fall colors are just a few fall highlights in Platte County. A new fall favorite – a visit to The Farmer’s House! The Farmer’s House, previously known ... Read More »

Enjoy Fall Fun in Sikeston

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Are you looking for a convenient location that promises a week-end of fun-filled activities? Look no farther than Sikeston. Located half-way between St. Louis and Memphis, you find us at the junction of I-55, I-57 and U.S. 60. We invite you to celebrate our cotton heritage and fall fun in Sikeston with the 5th Annual Cotton Ramble Bike Ride and ... Read More »

Highway 36 Serves Up Innovation

There are so many family fun things to do along the northwest section of Highway 36.

  Highway 36, also known as “The Way of the American Genius,” holds valuable Missouri history along a cross-state section of northern Missouri. From Mark Twain in Hannibal, to Walt Disney in Marceline, you find many claims to fame along the highway, but my favorite is “The Home of Sliced Bread,” which is Chillicothe. If you are a bread lover ... Read More »