Tag Archives: outdoors

Being in Nature Gets Kids Talking

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I was born with the gift of gab. I love talking to people—friends, family, even perfect strangers. So you can imagine my dilemma, distress really, that I have two boys, nine and 11, who rarely want to talk to me … THEIR OWN MOTHER! Over the years, I’ve tried numerous tactics to get them to talk and one solution always …

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Waterfalls & Cinnamon Rolls: The Perfect Spring Day in Parkville

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Spring is officially here and it’s time to get outside and explore! Although we didn’t have too harsh of a winter here in Platte County (around 5 inches of snow and just a few days in the single digits), spring is the best time of year; you get to ditch the coats and feel the sun on your face. What …

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Enjoy Missouri’s Spring Show

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I love springtime with its landscape of greens, yellows, pinks, oranges, purples and reds, not to mention the fragrant whiffs of fresh springtime air greeting me each time I venture outside. Warm breezes, bright sunshine and vibrant pops of color rejuvenate my senses. Yes, one of my favorite times of year has finally sprung! Take it from me, a stroll …

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Enjoy the Spring Weather in Jefferson City

Outside Dining at Madison's Cafe

Regardless of the chill still in the air, spring has arrived and that means it’s time to end your hibernation and get outdoors in Jefferson City. There’s nothing quite as charming as the sea of redbud and dogwood trees surrounding our city as warmer weather nears. The streets are busy again while umbrellas begin to pop-up outside our favorite eateries. …

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A Guide to Missouri Wildflowers

Photo courtesy of Missouri State Parks.

Spring is the season of renewal. Breezes are soft and warm. Tiny leaves emerging from awakening trees are a green you only see in this season. Bird song is at full volume. It’s the best time to explore Missouri’s outdoors – especially her forests. With the bluebird sky you’ve waited for all winter, Missouri’s state tree – the dogwood – …

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Missouri Spring Festivals 2016

Spring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Spring’s arrival means warmer weather, more outdoor fun and, of course, an abundance of fun festivals to enjoy in Missouri. The lineup of spring festivals in Missouri is diverse, with celebrations focused on everything from history and community heritage to music and the arts. Of course, no matter what idea festivals revolve around, virtually all of them offer great good …

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Missouri’s Engaging Photo Destinations

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Invented by John Michael O’Loughlin, National Proposal Day symbolically falls on March 20, the vernal equinox and first day of spring, when day and night are of equal lengths – signifying the equal effort it takes for a successful marriage. If you’ve already pulled off the perfect proposal – whether it was down on one knee or dancing in a …

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101 Days of Summer in Missouri

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Caves are cool, fish are biting, music fills the air, ribs are in the smoker and the home team’s rivals are in town for the weekend. It doesn’t get much better than summer in Missouri. Unofficially, summer lasts 101 days (starting the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and stretching through Labor Day), which is barely enough time to take care …

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Spring Surprises in Missouri State Parks

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Cabin fever got you down? Shake the post-winter blahs and enjoy the spring warmup by taking a walk in the woods. You may find a few surprises along the trail of your choice. “Ephemeral” means short-lived and spring ephemerals are tiny wildflowers that pop up amid the leaf litter when the first warming rays of sunshine hit the forest floor. …

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Enjoy the Show Underneath the Stars

The Muny, photo by Philip Hamer.

Every introductory theatre class teaches you about the ancient outdoor theaters of Greece and Rome. What they may not teach you is that the oldest and largest outdoor theater in America made its home in St. Louis, Missouri. For nearly a century, the St. Louis Municipal Opera (better known as the Muny) has offered professionally-mounted Broadway musicals set on a …

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