“New Year’s Day–Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary community.” – Mark Twain
I hate New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s the focus on ‘I’ – “I’m going to lose weight,” “I’m going to exercise eight days a week,” “I’m going to eat salad for lunch every day,” etc. Or maybe, like Twain, I just know that typical New Year’s resolutions end about … February (at the latest).
Well, thanks to lots of movements lately, including 20 random acts of kindness, strangers paying off holiday lay-away items for others, and November’s month of thankfulness on Facebook, I AM going to make a resolution this year – to have more adventures with my family.
Don’t get me wrong, parenting itself is an adventure, and I’m very lucky to get to spend time with my family; after work, the kids and I play, always have bedtime stories, etc. Occasionally my husband and I get to go to dinner. But I want to DO things this year, and Missouri is a great place for that.
I’m not talking huge, budget-busting vacations. I mean the free or low-cost little outings that, when done as a family, are awesome adventures.
Below are my thoughts, but I’d LOVE more ideas! I’m not as familiar with other parts of Missouri as I am the Northeast, so please recommend other adventures in the comments!
- Visit Ted Shanks Conservation Area to go eagle watching
- Take the whole family (dog included) on a camping trip
- Take the kids to Big River Train Town again (they looooove it every time)
- Go to Spalding Beach at Mark Twain Lake and build sand castles
- Go out for dessert someplace fun for absolutely no reason (and not complain when they come home wearing it)
- Have a picnic in the Henry Lay Sculpture park near Louisiana, Mo.; it sounds awesome and I’ve never been
- Re-visit the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis
- Stay in a hotel so the kids can push the elevator buttons AND swim AND run down the hall dripping wet after the swim.
Let me know if you’re going to make this a resolution, too!
Written by Megan Rapp, assistant director and group sales manager for the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau.