Missouri Family Adventures: St. Louis

The days are long, but the years are short.” ~ Gretchin Rubin, author of, “The Happiness Project”

Hello Missouri travelers! I am so grateful for the chance to join you this year as a guest blogger focusing on family travel.

As a mom of two children who are growing faster than I planned (despite my urging them to slow down, put a book on your head, etc.), I am all-to-aware of how easy it is to get caught up in completing the day-to-day tasks of life while overlooking the blessings that occur within them.

St. Louis Carousel, Faust Park, Chesterfield.
St. Louis Carousel, Faust Park, Chesterfield.

This point was driven home for me just last week when we took a daytrip from our home in Jefferson City, for a holiday gathering in St. Louis. Before hitting I-70 for the commute home, we stopped at Faust Park in St. Louis County to see the impressive 1920s St. Louis Carousel and stretch our legs. My children immediately zoned in on the adjacent playground.

While my husband and I were eager to get home (to begin said day-to-day tasks of dinner, baths, bedtime…) we stopped and let the kids run off to the slides and climbing wall. I am so glad we did.  On this chilly winter day, when a playground was my last thought, the kids ran non-stop and had what seemed to be the time of their lives. A quick side stop ended up being a highlight of the day.

This year, I want to contribute travel posts that help your family grab onto the precious moments that become your highlights. There are countless opportunities in Missouri to make those memories happen without a large investment of time and finances. It only takes a few moments for amazing family memories to build.

In the meantime, check out the ideas on VisitMO.com. From carousels to sports to quiet hikes in the forest, search Missouri trip ideas by the interests of your family, while finding some new interests to spark a memorable tradition.

While you plan the tasks and to-dos for your new year, be sure to Enjoy The Show.

Laura Holloway is a guest blogger for Missouri tourism, encouraging families to explore the treasures that await in Missouri. She is a Missouri native who grew up in St. Louis and now lives in Jefferson City with her husband Mike and two children, ages 6 and 8.

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