Family Fun

Ideas for State Employees to Enjoy the Truman Holiday Weekend

A three-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to take time to see Missouri. There are many fun events to attend this weekend, along with great new attractions around the state. Or, you may choose to take this opportunity to explore some place you have never been but always said you would like to see. Here are just a few ideas ... Read More »

Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival: An Entertainment Explosion

My television exploded this weekend. Just boom—exploded—pieces falling all over the floor—showering me with bits and shreds of static and airwaves. Yes, folks, my television exploded this weekend. Okay, well not literally. My television exploded in the way that audiences suddenly appear naked (when you nervously take to the stage) or in the way that your mother-in-law gets swallowed up ... Read More »

I pick, you pick, we all pick at you-pick farms

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Peer pressure, it really is a good thing, at least at my age! My friends, who have kids, kept going on and on about this great little you-pick farm in Jamestown, Mo., and how I just had to take my son. I admit it, I gave into the peer pressure and took him, completely unsure of what I was getting ... Read More »

Ringing in Spring in Springfield

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Every day brings a new sign of spring in Springfield. First, the crocuses bloomed, and right now the city’s landscape is dotted with bright yellow daffodils. Next will be tulips and hyacinths and a flurry of events and activities spring brings with it. The Mizumoto Stroll Garden opened for the season Saturday, Dickerson Park Zoo expands its hours for summer ... Read More »

Around Missouri This Weekend

It’s a little bit later than usual (blame it on a hectic week) but here’s a look at some of the events set for this weekend around Missouri. All of these events are posted on www.VisitMO.com if you’d like to find more information. Here’s what’s happening: Ansel Adams: Masterworks Exhibit, (today-June 27), Crisp Museum, Cape Girardeau: This exhibit features photographs ... Read More »

A Jolly Branson Christmas

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Branson, at any time of the year, is a fun and energizing place to take your family. At Christmas, Branson will get even the Scrooge in your family into the Christmas spirit! My 3-year-old son Cale has been asking to go on a train ride for a nearly a year. When I heard the Branson Scenic Railway had been transformed ... Read More »

Lucky No. 13

The weekend is almost here, and while it starts on a somewhat ominous sounding note – and one feared by those with triskaidekaphobia (don’t go to dictionary.com; it means fear of the number 13) – there’s no reason to sequester yourself indoors all weekend. Instead, get out and see the sights. There’s plenty to do in Missouri on a fall ... Read More »

Butterfly House

Went to Chesterfield for a wedding over the weekend, as the couple had decided to get married at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Butterfly House. It’s a really pretty site located in Faust Park. In addition to the Butterfly Conservatory, the grounds also contain a historic village, with homes and buildings dating to the mid-to-late 1800s, along with Thornhill, the oldest ... Read More »

Missouri State Fair

Wow, we had so much fun at the Missouri State Fair this weekend. I am bad, I must admit, I have never been there other than for work purposes, so I decided my family needed to attend. I am so glad we did. The traffic to get in wasn’t bad and the admission fee, $8 per adult, is very minor, ... Read More »