Family Fun

Saturday Morning Adventures

With two active little ones, it’s hard to get everything done. My husband and I work hard to make the regular tasks fun. Some examples are singing with the kids while we clean (complete with snowball fights with socks), saying yes to the grocery cart with the car in front (despite the poor turning radius) and talking up the dum-dums ... Read More »

What to do at The Lake This Winter … And Beyond

It’s easy to get to the centrally located Lake of the Ozarks.  It’s just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City, 125 miles from Branson and less than a day’s drive from practically anywhere in the central United States.  Now that the Lake Area has the new expressway and 242 Highway, getting around the Lake is even ... Read More »

There’s sugar in them there trees . . .

The days are already shorter.  The air is acquiring a sharper bite.  It’s hard to imagine the grey, cold indifference of winter could offer up one of Mother Nature’s sweetest gifts.  But winter does have its treats.  Sometimes you just have to go prospecting a little harder to find them.  Maybe even deep inside a tree. It’s really all about ... Read More »

Enjoy Holiday Fun in the Springfield Area

The Springfield area likes the winter holidays! If you do, too, you’ll enjoy your visits to the city because winter brings with it all kinds of holiday events. From plays to displays, Springfield and the surrounding communities have it all. Below are just a few holiday events scheduled for this winter. Be sure to check out our online calendar. New events ... Read More »

Ride up to Pony Express PumpkinFest

I’ve always been a fan of fall.  My Irish skin doesn’t fare well in the hot summer months, so when the temperatures begin to dip around 70, my soul lets out a sigh of relief. I don’t know what I like more … the beautiful fall colors, the crisp morning air, the warm smells of comfort food, or just getting ... Read More »

Enjoying the Madison County Fair

Is there a place other than Missouri where you can find tractor shows, truck shows, cow-milking contests, greased-pig contests, turtle races, tug of war, pumpkin-seed spitting, goat milking, and carnival rides all in one place?  I doubt it, because Missouri has some of the best county fairs around, and, fortunately for Missourians, we have entered county-fair season. Madison County Fair ... Read More »

Fun Five at the Missouri State Fair

The Missouri State Fair officially is underway in Sedalia. For the next 11 days, people will flock to the Missouri State Fairgrounds for fun, food, carnival rides and games, food, concerts, food, livestock shows, car races, truck and tractor pulls, and, in case I didn’t mention it, food. There are countless reasons to plan your trip to the Missouri State ... Read More »

My (Summer) Bucket List

Written by: MoTravelGirl Many of us have a bucket list – you know that list of things you want to do before you turn 30, 40, 50 or whatever. They may be exotic adventures, such as climbing Mount Everest or visiting Antarctica. They might be a trip to the Eiffel Tower or the top of the Statute of Liberty. But ... Read More »

Rainy Day Play

Fred Bird, MoTravelMama & MoTravelSon

“Rain, rain, go away,” were the words coming from my son’s mouth when we were in St. Louis last fall. We lucked out because the rain held off the day we were supposed to go to a Cardinals game. (By the way, he loved his first baseball game and loved Fred Bird even more.) The next day we were scheduled ... Read More »

Santa Claus, Veterans, and plenty of Thanksgiving

A scene from the Hughes Brothers Christmas Show.

Here in Branson, we’re hearing Jingle Bells and enjoying the twinkling Christmas lights all over town.  Actually that’s been going on for a while now, as the Branson area officially launches the Ozark Mountain Christmas season on Nov. 1 each year. As our friend Andy Williams sings, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” In many ways I agree.  ... Read More »