Family Fun

Five Ways to Cool Off in Missouri

High temperatures across Missouri have been breaking records for the last couple of weeks; as of this writing, the forecast high today in Jefferson City is 107. The hot weather has people wondering where they can go and what they can do to beat the heat. Fortunately, there are plenty of options in Missouri to help you stay cool on ... Read More »

Memories Made on Missouri’s Rivers and Streams

Summer is here and there is a river nearby just waiting for you to explore! Some of my favorite childhood memories are from family camping and float trips. I learned how to skip rocks across the water’s surface and chase tadpoles through the water. I learned how to fish, kind of, and how not to get pinched by a crawdad. ... Read More »

St. Louis Takes Your Breath Away in Summer 2012

In St. Louis, the phrase “Been there … Done that!” does not apply. From taking in a new sea-lion show to playing with fire, there’s always something new and exciting to do in the “Lou” – so much so, it may take your breath away. You can travel to the far side of the world with a trip to St. ... Read More »

Thinkin’ About Hidden Treasures

As we celebrate Branson’s Centennial anniversary, it’s easy to focus on the obvious reasons folks from all over the world have for visiting Branson. There are the live-music shows. New shows such as it at the Hughes Brothers Theatre and founding shows such as the Baldknobbers Jamboree and the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Drama; national stars such as Jim ... Read More »

15 Hidden Treasures at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s premier lake resort destination, offering world-class boating, golfing, shopping and fishing, and a wide variety of lodging, restaurants, state parks, and other recreational activities to suit any budget and taste. Yet, there are “hidden treasures” at that Lake many visitors may not know but are worthy of exploring. Many may think these ... Read More »

Adventure Awaits at Jacob’s Cave

Turning off State Highway TT and traveling down a long hill brings us to a parking lot overlooking a small pond in the woods. What appears to be a house with an entrance sign on the side is nestled in at the base of a large hill. This is the actual entrance to Jacob’s Cave, near Versailles in Central Missouri. ... Read More »

Camper Cabins Are Hot Property at Parks

The noisy, early evening thunderstorm was a double delight. First, I got to watch the light show from a rocker on the porch of my cozy camper cabin at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. To the north, lighting flashed and thunder rumbled over Goggins Mountain. To the south, patches of blue sky peeked through the clouds. The deluge that followed overnight ... Read More »

Springtime is Funtime in Springfield

Spring, by definition, is the season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive – a time of growth and renewal.  In Springfield, the trees are green, the flowers are blooming and the mild winter has brought amazing opportunities to get out and enjoy some nature within the city. Springfield is ... Read More »

Storytelling Festival Fun for All Ages

Scottish ballads with a North Carolina flavor, spoons as instruments instead of eating utensils, myths and folktales, tomboys and princesses … you can hear all of the above and then some on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi at the 5th Annual Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival. When we bill the festival as a way to “get back to your roots,” ... Read More »

Go Batty at Unique Missouri Festival

The public is invited to Missouri’s first ever Bat Festival on Saturday, April 21, at Onondaga Cave State Park at the Leasburg exit off Interstate 44. Rob Mies, the director and founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation, is coming and bringing some of his furry friends, including a Malayan flying fox, which, with its six-foot wingspan, is the largest ... Read More »