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Saturday, April 16, 2016

A - Z Guide to Summer Fun in St. Louis -- 2016 Edition


Hello St. Louis!  
Here's your guide to having fun with the kiddos this summer.  
The list keeps growing and growing!  
If I've left anything out (or if the links don't work), please comment at the end of this post.

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ABC CHEFS COOKING ACADEMY – Lots of fun summer cooking and baking camps for kids.
AMERICAN GIRL STORE – Visit their website to discover why American Girl is more than just a store!
AMTRAK TRIP  Kids love trains!  Start at the Kirkwood station and take a day trip.  The train stops in Washington, MO, Jefferson City, MO, Lee's Summit, MO, Independence, MO and Kansas City, MO.
AQUAPORT – Aquaport is a great place for the entire family to cool off and enjoy the summer! Be sure to check their website for family coupons.
ARCH – The Arch is open during construction! In addition to going to the top of the Arch, the website offers lots of other fun things to do around the Arch grounds.
ART INVASION BENEFIT CONCERT – Art Invasion is a fundraiser concert that supports Art Unleashed and the City of Chesterfield public sculptures projects.  It will be held at Chesterfield Amphitheater
ART FAIRS Art Fair at Laumeier Sculpture Park will be held May 6-8. Paint Webster is scheduled for May 7 in Webster Groves.  Art Outside will be held May 27-29 at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. The St. Louis African Arts Festival will be held at the World's Fair Pavilion May 28-30.  Let them Eat Art is scheduled for July 8th in Maplewood.  The St. Louis Art Fair  will be held September 9-11 in Clayton.
ART HILL OUTDOOR MUSIC & FILM SERIES – Come and enjoy free music and movies Fridays in July on Art Hill.
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BALLPARK VILLAGE  There is something for everyone going on every day at Ballpark Village: Movie Night, Yoga, Free Movie Mondays, Cars and Coffee, and Schwagfest.
BIG JOELS SAFARI PETTING ZOO  See all types of animals from "wild to mild"
BOATHOUSE BOAT RENTAL – Rent a 4-person paddle boat for $17 an hour.  Also, the boat house has live music most Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7pm throughout the summer.
BOB KRAMER'S MARIONETTES  Get your tickets to see the Summer Follies puppet show.
BOY SCOUTS – There are lots of great summer camps available.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER ST. LOUIS – Check out their website for summer camp opportunities for kids ages 6-18.
BUDWEISER BREWERY TOUR – Everyone is invited (even kids!) to a complimentary tour of the brewery.  Come on Clydesdale Camera Day to get a picture of your family with the Budweiser Clydesdales!
BUTTERFLY HOUSE – Come to see the butterflies and check their calendar for special events. The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park with the Carousel and a fun playground.
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CAHOKIA MOUNDS  The site is named for the Cahokia tribe as the city's original name is unknown.  Visit the museum to learn more about the most important center for the peoples known today as Mississippians.
CARDINALS AT BUSCH STADIUM – Come see a game with the whole family and visit the new Ballpark Village.  Check their website for the special promotions and giveaways.
CARDINALS ALUMNI KID CLINICS – Learn baseball fundamentals the St. Louis Cardinals way! 
CELEBRATE WILDWOOD – The festival will take place August 26-28 and will include a parade, music, art and a car show!
CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY – Come explore this beautiful building and read some good books. Check their website for Movie Monday movie listings.
CHAIFETZ ARENA – The Men's Gymnastics Olympic trials will be held June 23-26 and OVO by Cirque du Soleil will be at the arena August 3-7.
CHESTERFIELD WINE & JAZZ FEST  The festival will be held at the Chesterfield Amphitheater on June 25 from 3-10pm
CHILDREN'S GARDEN CLUB – This is a free club focused on getting kids interested in gardening. Scroll down and click on "Calendar of Events" in the right column to see what's going on.
CHOMP  The all-day festival held on May 21 will feature up to 50 food trucks, music, a kids zone and family movie ("Minions").
CIRCUS FLORA – The circus is in town!  If you have little ones, the one hour Little Top performances at 10am are perfect.  Hurry, it's only here from June 2 - July 3!
CITY GARDEN – Come on a warm day with a change of clothes and plan to get wet.  Then cool off with a treat from the ice cream truck.
CITY MUSEUM – The best kids museum in town and it's fun for adults too.
COCA PRESENTS – Sign up for a summer camp or just enjoy the family theater starting in October.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM  The museum offers Stroller Tours, Morning Play Dates and Family Days.
COOKING CLASSES  Schnucks and Dierbergs both offer cooking classes for kids.
CREVE COEUR DAYS – The carnival will be held on June 23-26 and features carnival rides, a parade and musical entertainment for the family.
CREVE COEUR LAKE – There is so much here to offer including boating, fishing, biking, playgrounds, tennis courts, picnic grounds and beaches!
CRITTER LANE PETTING ZOO –  A different kind of zoo with over 300 exotic animals on display where visitors are encouraged to feed and pet the critters.
CROWN CANDY KITCHEN – Opened in 1913, they are famous for their candy, but also serve lunch and dinner.  They also have the oldest soda fountain in St. Louis!
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DRIVE-IN MOVIES @ SKYVIEW – This may be the only drive-in theater left near St. Louis.
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ECKERT'S FARM – Visit one of their 3 locations to pick your own fruit this summer.
EDGE AQUATIC CENTER  Come cool off in the summer at The EDGE.
ELEPHANT ROCKS – Tire out the kids by climbing rocks all day!
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FAIR ST. LOUIS  Celebrate the Fourth of July in St. Louis at Forest Park!
FAMILY MUSICAL THEATER – Come see a show with the whole family.  Disney's The Little Mermaid starts July 15.
FARMERS MARKETS – Visit one of the many farmers markets around St. Louis for some fresh food straight from the farm.  Click here for a map of farmers markets in your area.
FAUST PARK  There are lots to do here in the summer including Olden Days of Summer, Historic Village Open House tours, Tea with Nancy, Feast in the Park, Summer Concert Series and the Faust Heritage Festival.  Click here for the 2016 Summer Brochure.
FAUST PARK'S ST. LOUIS CAROUSEL – This carousel was built in 1920 and nearly lost to a fire in 1963, but it still operates today for $2 a ride.  Also, check the website for special events and summer camps.
FEAST IN THE PARK – Have dinner in the park provided by local food trucks while you listen to free live music. The event is open from 5 - 8 pm, bands play from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
FESTIVAL OF THE LITTLE HILLS – This festival will be held August 19-21 along Historic Main Street in St. Charles.
FESTIVAL OF NATIONS  The festival will be held August 27-28 at Tower Grove Park.
FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS – Bring your picnic blankets to Tower Grove Park and enjoy the food and entertainment with your family.  Beginning May 13, more than 20 trucks park it every second Friday of the month through October for one of the best outdoor food events in St. Louis!
FOOD TRUCK FROLIC  Held June 24, July 22, August 26 and September 23 at St. Charles Community College - blue lot, these events feature 23 food trucks, music and a family movie night.
FOX THEATER – The shows continue through the summer  and you can also take a 1.5 hour backstage tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30am.
FOREST PARK – Pack a picnic lunch and explore the park that was named the Best City Park in the US by the readers of USA Today!!
FOUNDRY ART CENTRE –  Free Family Fun Day is on Sunday, May 22!
FRISCO TRAIN STORE – The kids can play with the trains in their free play area while you shop. Be sure to check their calendar for Family Fun Night.
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GATEWAY GRIZZLIES  Come watch a minor league ball game with your family in Illinois.
GIRL SCOUTS – There are lots of summer camp opportunities for Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts.
GRAFTON ZIPLINE ADVENTURES – 9 zip lines cover 1.75 miles!  Call to reserve your 2 hour tour.
GRANT'S FARM – Admission is FREE!  Come see the Budweiser Clydesdale Stables, feed the goats and enjoy complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch beer (21 and older of course!).
GREAT SKATE – Check their website for their summer open skate schedule!
GREEK FEST – Experience a taste of Greece without the airfare May 27-30 and be sure to check out the Kids Corner.
GREEN CENTER – Located in Kaufman Park in U City, The Green Center offers classes for kids, guided field trips and summer youth camps.  
GRUB & GROOVE – This free annual concert in Francis Park will be held on August 13 from 4-10pm. Be sure to check out the Kids Zone.
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THE HILL – Enjoy the many bakeries and gelaterias as you tour this historic Italian village. You can even play Bocce ball!  The Hill Wine Walk will be held on May 7th.
HISTORICAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL –  Come live, learn and play as children in the 1820s did. Held at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site on May 21 from 10am - 4pm.
HOT AIR BALLOON RACE AT FOREST PARK – The 44th annual balloon race is September 17th.  And come to Balloon Glow on September 16th to see the inflated balloons up close.  
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INFLATABLE OBSTACLE COURSE RACE  Xtreme Air St. Louis 5k obstacle course race is coming to town on June 18.  Registration required.
INNSBROOK – Plan a getaway with the family to Innsbrook!  Rent a chateau and relax on the beach.
INNSBROOK INSTITUTE MUSIC FESTIVAL – Enjoy Innsbrook and a concert.  The musicians come from all over the US to perform at Innsbrook. 
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JEFFERSON BARRACKS  Explore the former military base including the National Cemetary, the Civil War Museum, Powder Magazine Museum, the Laborers House and the park grounds. Click here and scroll to page 11 for the summer concert series.  The JB Blast will be held on July 1st at 7 pm at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater in Jefferson Barracks Park. Live music and concessions available.
JEWEL BOX – Located in Forest Park, the Jewel Box is open after a $3.5M renovation.
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KATY TRAIL – Bike the Katy Trail and stop by a winery or two along the way.
KIMMSWICK STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL – Visit Kimmswick for their annual Strawberry Festival on June 4th and 5th.
KIRKWOOD PEACH FESTIVAL  Enjoy peach samples from local farmers as well as peach related treats and menu items at Kirkwood Farmers' Market starting at 8am on July 16th. Check out Kirkwood's Calendar of Events page for more festivals in downtown Kirkwood, such as Mayfest and Tunes at Ten.
KIRKWOOD GREENTREE FESTIVAL – The festival will be held September 16-18 in Kirkwood Park. There will also be a parade at 10am on the 17th.
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LANGUAGE IMMERSION CAMP  French and Spanish language camps are offered for kids ages 5-10.
LAUMEIER SCULPTURE PARK – Entrance to the park is free and open year round.  Art Fair will be held May 6-8.  Walking tours and stroller tours are offered as well as summer camps.  See their calendar for specific dates and times.
LONE ELK PARK – Drive around Lone Elk Park and see bison, turkey, elk, deer and other wildlife up close.
LYDIA BUDER PARK - Come watch model airplanes take flight.  The park is also located near the World Bird Sanctuary and Lone Elk Park if you have time to visit.
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MAGIC HOUSE – The first interactive children's museum opened in 1979 and has grown substantially since.  Check their website for special events and free days!
MERAMEC CAVERNS – You can take a cave tour or relax on a riverboat among many other things.  They also have a zip line tour.
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN – Visit their website for a list of summer events and classes for kids.  The Whitaker Music Festival continues this summer on Wednesday evenings from June 1 - August 3.  The Children's Garden stays open late on concert days and is free after 5pm. Bring your swim suits if you want to get wet in the sprayground.  
MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM – Check their website for the free Summer Family Fun Series events, including story time, make-and-take workshops, History Clubhouse and the Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series.
MISSOURI WINE COUNTRY – Most wineries have live music on the weekends starting around 1:00pm - the perfect time to enjoy a picnic lunch with some wine.
MOVIES  The Angry Birds Movie (May 20), Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (June 3), Finding Dory (June 17), BFG (July 1), The Secret Life of Pets (July 8), Ice Age: Collision Course (July 22), Nine Lives (August 5), Pete's Dragon (August 12), Kubo and the Two Strings (August 19)
MUNY OPERA – Their summer shows include The Wizard of Oz, Young Frankenstein and Mamma Mia!
MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION – Kids 5 and under will love visiting the Creation Station.  You can also explore trains and ride on the Miniature Train.  Check the website for train riding hours and special events.
MYSEUM - Where the Magic House meets the Science Center! The interactive exhibits are scientifically fun and unique.
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NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM – The grand opening of the only museum dedicated exclusively to preserving and honoring the national and international story of the Blues and its impact on American culture in the US opened on April 8, 2016.  It's a must-see this summer.
NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS – Visitors of all faiths will enjoy seeing the largest outdoor shrine in North America.
NEIGHBORHOODS – St. Louis has so many great neighborhoods to explore including Central West EndClaytonDowntownKirkwoodLafayette SquareSoulardThe HillThe Loop and Webster Groves.
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OLD WEBSTER COMMUNITY DAYS  Celebrate the Fourth of July in Old Webster.  Visit their website for a schedule of events.
OUTDOOR CONCERTS – Outdoor concerts are offered all over St. Louis.  And they are FREE!
OUTDOOR MOVIES AT CHESTERFIELD AMPHITHEATER – The Chesterfield Amphitheater is showing a free movie each month of the summer.  The 2016 summer movies are: "The Good Dinosaur" (June 10), "Minions" (June 24) and "Inside Out"  (July 22).  Movies start at 8pm.
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PAGAN PICNIC  The 24th Annual Pagan Picnic will be held June 4-5 in Tower Grove Park. Check their website for the schedule of events and info about the Kids Corner.
PEABODY OPERA HOUSE – I didn't see any family-friendly events scheduled this summer.  Be sure to check their website throughout the year.  They typically have a few events for kids. 
PERE MARQUETTE  Get away with your family and relax at the lodge.  Check out the website for more family activities.
PICK YOUR OWN FRUIT – You can find all the local farms in your area that offer fruit picking.
PLAQUEY WACKY 5K RUN & FAMILY FUN RUN – This event held on June 18 features a 5K race, family fun run, grossology activities, music, healthy snacks, the presentation of Wacky Awards and great giveaways.
PLAY YOUR ART OUT – Hands-on play and crafts using recycled materials.
PLAYGROUNDS AND WATER PARKS – This website has a great, comprehensive list of playgrounds and water parks throughout St. Louis with pictures.
PLAYHOUSE PRODUCTIONS  The 2016 Summer Season features Godspell, Meet Me in St. Louis and Crazy for You. 
POWDER VALLEY CONSERVATION NATURE CENTER – Explore the interactive exhibits in the Nature Center then hike along the many trails.
PRIDEFEST  The 2016 festival will be held on  June 24-26 at Soldiers’ Memorial. The parade will be held on June 26 @ 12pm. Don't forget to stop by the Childrens' Area!
PRIDE ST. CHARLES  The festival will take place on June 18 @ 11am - 7pm @ 370 Lakeside Park. There will be lots of family-oriented activities as well as music, food and drinks.
PURINA FARMS – Animal lovers can get up close and personal with barnyard animals and everyday pets.  They also have free dog shows.
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QUEENY PARK – There is a fun playground and lots of hiking trails that are paved and good for strollers.  They also offer summer camps.
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RENAISSANCE FAIRE – Children will love the petting zoo, games, and daily free activities. Adults will enjoy beer, wine, and mead at three thematic pubs.  Open weekends September 17 - October 16 @ 10am - 6pm in Rotary Park.
RIVERBOAT RIDES – Enjoy a guided tour on a replica 19th-century paddle-wheel boat.
RIVER CITY RASCALS  Come watch a fun minor league ball game with your family in O'Fallon. 
ROCK SHOW ACADEMY – Check out the website for summer camps for musical kids.
ROCKING J RANCH – The ranch offers trail riding lessons and summer camps for kids.
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SCIENCE CENTER – Fun for kids of all ages and admission is free.
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed in Forest Park from June 3-26.  Come early for the Green Show at 6:30pm to see local musicians, jugglers and clowns and a family craft area, and a 20-minute adaptation of the evening’s mainstage production (except on double feature nights).
SHAW NATURE RESERVE – The Nature Explore Classroom and the Whitmire Wildflower Garden are perfect for kids.  There are also lots of hiking trails to explore.
THE SHELDON  MORE INFO ON THEIR SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FOR KIDS TO COME!
SIX FLAGS –  Enjoys rides and entertainment for kids of all ages.
SLU SUMMER CAMPS – There are lots of camps to choose from for kids age Pre-K through high school.
SOULARD FARMERS MARKET  This is the largest farmers market in St. Louis and there is a fun playground right next to it!
SPRAYGROUNDS  Spraygrounds are a fun way to cool off and are great for little ones and big kids. 
ST. LOUIS ART MUSEUM – Summer classes are available for kids ages 3 and up.  Check the website for more family programs.
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY FAMILY CONCERTS – The Family Concert series starts back up in October. Check the website for more info on purchasing tickets.
STAGES – Purchase tickets to see Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" June 15 - July 3.
STORY TIME  Pottery Barn Kids, the Library and Whole Foods offer free story times for kids.
STL ADVENTURE PASS – Fun and easy way to get to all your favorite St. Louis attractions.
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS – Check out all the summer reading programs available in your area!
SUSON PARK & ANIMAL FARM – Farm Fridays will be held on 5/20, 6/3, 6/17 and 9/9 from 10am - 1pm. Admission is $10 for kids ages 12 and under (adults free).  Hayrides, pony rides, barn tours and games for kids!
SWIM LESSONS – The YMCALittle Fishes Swim School and Ackermann's Swim Program are enrolling kids now for swim lessons.
SWING-A-ROUND FUN TOWN – Lots to do including Mini Golf, Go-Carts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages and Arcade Games.
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TASTE OF ST. LOUIS – The event will be held September 16-18 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater.  Be sure to visit Kids' Kitchen!
TED DREWES – Perfecting frozen custard since 1929!
THIRD DEGREE GLASS FACTORY – Visit their website to find out when their next Third Friday Kids' Night Out will be held.
TOWER GROVE PARK  This park hosts tons of great events and activities including Children's Concert Series at the Piper Palm House, Picnic in the ParkFestival of NationsFood Truck FridaysFarmers MarketPagan Picniccarriage ridespony rides, a playground and wading pool and docent-guided tours of the park.  It also has great paved paths to get around with kids.  Click here for their 2016 Calendar of Events.
TRAPEZE STL – Circus Harmony will be setting up their new location for trapeze classes in Chesterfield while Union Station is undergoing renovations.  Opening day is May 25!
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UNION STATION – This amazing St. Louis landmark is under construction and set to reopen in summer 2017.
UNIVERSITY CITY LOOP – See the St. Louis Walk of Fame, listen to live music at Blueberry Hill, enjoy a Root Beer Float at Fitz's, browse the shops and enjoy the food. Construction is underway to return the fixed-track, vintage trolley system to the neighborhood!
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VARIETY ST. LOUIS – Visit the website for information on camps and events for kids with physical and mental disabilities.
VINTAGE BASEBALL  See baseball as it was played in the 1880s as the Perfectos play the St. Louis Brown Stockings.
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WABASH, FRISCO AND PACIFIC RAILROAD – Take a 30 minute ride on a live steam railroad on Sundays.
WEHERENBERG THEATER FAMILY SUMMER SERIES – See 10 great films for $1 each this summer on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am.
WENTZVILLE DAYS FAIR AND MUSIC FESTIVAL –  The event will be held May 20-22!
WORLD AQUARIUM – Explore the wonders of water at the World Aquarium located, for now, within City Museum.  Plans are underway to design a new World Aquarium to the riverfront!
WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY  The World Bird Sanctuary features free seasonal shows, nature trails, educational programs and picnic pavilions.  Check their Calendar of Events for more info on Camera Day, Amazing Animal Encounters and Birds in Concert.
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XCEL GYMNASTICS – Lot of fun camps for kids are offered in the summer.
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YMCA BOOK FAIR  The 37th annual book fair will be held the week of August 19th at the Greensfelder Rec Complex in Queeny Park.
YMCA SUMMER CAMP – Visit the website for a list of summer camp options for kids.
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ZOO – Summer activities include summer camp and programs for kids and families, Prairie Farms Summer Zoo Weekends and Jungle Boogie.




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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays!





Thanks for all your support in 2015.  
The New Year is going to start off slow for my blog, but I hope to be back in action by March.
Wishing you all a Happy 2016!


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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Portable North Pole Christmas Videos


I'm so excited to share with you the super fun and magical Portable North Pole videos and phone calls this year!  Christmas is such a magical time of year, especially with little ones. You can make it even more special with personalized video messages and phone calls from Santa Claus, delivered directly from his North Pole village! It's a great family tradition that my girls (and I!) look forward to every year.

And the best news ... one of you will receive a voucher for a FREE Gold Pass!! The Gold Pass costs $12.99 and allows you to create as many premium videos and phone calls as you'd like.  You can also download your videos in HD.  Keep reading to find out how to enter to win an Gold Pass!


VIDEOS
Last year I created free PNP video messages from Santa for each of the girls.  I even did a free grown-up video for Tim :) The girls still remind him about how he was on Santa's naughty list!  This year I created unique premium video messages for each of the girls. There are 7 storylines to choose from so each of my girls will receive a different message from Santa.  Click here to see some examples of the premium videos. Portable North Pole donates 5% of all proceeds from online sales to children’s hospitals around the world. Since 2012, PNP has donated over $100,000!


PHONE CALLS
There are 17 different phone calls to choose from and one was perfect for my girls - the "Not home for Christmas?" call. We are living at my parents' house right now because our home looks like this...

Ava wrote Elvis, our Elf on the Shelf, a note with detailed instructions on how to get to Nana and Papa's house in the hopes that he'd relay the message to Santa :)  I can't wait for her to get Santa's phone call on Christmas Eve!!!  She's going to FREAK OUT!


MOBILE APP
Don't forget to check out the PNP Mobile App.  You can create, watch and send videos and calls from your mobile devices.  Your kids will love the exclusive kid-friendly section with fun games and activities!

ENTER TO WIN!!
Leave a comment below by Saturday, December 19th and I will randomly select a winner on December 20th.  Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you with your voucher code for your GOLD PASS!

Merry Christmas from my 3 little elves!

And thank you for all your support in 2015!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love baking with pumpkin.  This is the new pumpkin recipe that I tried out this year.

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 30 seconds, set aside.
3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy (occasionally stop and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout entire mixing process). 
4. Blend in egg then blend in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. 
5. Mix in chocolate chips (if you want some chocolate to show through set some aside to press into tops before baking). 
6. Let batter rest 5 - 10 minutes (this just gives the oats some time to absorb the liquids so batter isn't so sticky and cookies don't spread so much).
7. Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time and drop onto parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. 
8. Bake in preheated oven 12 - 14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Yield:
4 dozen cookies


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The muffins turned out great too!


Happy Holidays!



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Sunday, November 1, 2015

2015 St. Louis Holiday Events

Happy Holidays St. Louis!!!  My list is a work in process.  Some popular St. Louis locations have not yet posted their holiday events online so be sure to check back. If you have any events to add, please leave them in the Comments section.  Also be sure to check the website links for accurate dates and times of operation.

EVENTS
November 7 @ 10am - 12pm @ West County Center

Painting with a Twist: Neon Snowman Family Friendly Class

November 7 @ 12 - 1:30pm

Old Webster Holiday Open House
November 14 - December 24

November 14 @ 9am - 3pm

Holiday Boutique with Santa and his live reindeer
November 14 @ 9am - 3pm @ Berkshire Hathaway's Town & Country Office

Taubman Prestige Outlets Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 14 @ 4-7 pm

Victorian Christmas at the Tower Grove House
November 18 -  January 3 @ 10am - 4pm

Winter Movie Night at Ballpark Village: How to Train your Dragon
November 18 @ 5pm

AB Brewery Lights
November 19 - January 3 @ 5 - 10pm (Thursdays - Sundays)

St. Peters Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 20 @ 6:30 - 9pm

November 20 - December 31

MO Botanical Garden: Gardenland Express
November 21 - January 3

November 21 @ 9:30am

Friends of the Libary Children's Holiday Shopping
November 21 @ 10am - 2pm @ Kirkwood Library Children's Room 

November 21 @ 1 – 2pm

American Girl Store: Together, We Make the Holidays
November 21; December 5, 12, 19

Painting with a Twist: Crazy Reindeer Family Class
November 21 @ 12:30 - 2:30pm (St. Peter's location)

Painting with a Twist: Curly Christmas Tree Teen Family Class

November 21 @ 1 - 3pm (St. Peter's location)

Eureka: Holiday Tree Lighting
November 21 @ 5 - 8pm

The Gingerbread House Experience
November 23 - December 25 @ 7am - 9pm

Santa vs. the Snowman @ OMNIMAX Theater at the Science Center 
November 23 @ 10am

Ameren MO Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 26 @8:45am @ 7th and Market Street

E. Desmond Lee Holiday Train Display @ Museum of Transportation
November 27 - December 30 (Thursday - Sunday)

Visit with Santa @ Museum of Transportation
November 27 @ 10am - 2pm & December 12 @ 1 - 4pm

Christmas in Historic St. Charles
November 27 – December 24 on Historic Main Street

Big Joel's Winter Wonderland
November 27 – December 20

Butterfly House: Winter Jewels
November 27 – January 3 @ 10am to 3pm (Tuesday through Sunday)

Gander Mountain Holiday Express
November 27 - December 23 @ 10am - 8pm (Fenton location)

Pinot's Palette: Family Day Open Studio
November 27 @ 11am - 1pm (Chesterfield location)

Santa vs. the Snowman @ OMNIMAX Theater at the Science Center 
November 27 - 29 @ 12pm

Painting with a Twist: Winter Whimsey Tree
November 27 @ 1 - 3pm (O'Fallon location)

Painting with a Twist: Neon Christmas Tree Family Class
November 27 @ 2 - 3:30pm (St. Peter's location)

Historic St. Charles Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 27 @ 5pm @ Berthold Square

Ritz Carlton: Teddy Bear Tea in The Lobby 
November 28 & 29; December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Seatings at 11am & 2:30pm

Mommy and Me: Gingerbread Houses at Schnucks Des Peres
November 28 @ 10am - 12pm
Ages 5 - 8

Painting with a Twist: "Frozen" Class! Melting for You
November 28 @ 10am - 12pm (O'Fallon location)

Painting with a Twist: Frosty Family Class
November 28 @ 10:30am - 12pm (St. Peter's location)

Holidays in The Loop
November 28 - December 19 (weekends) @ 11am - 5pm

Holiday Caroling
November 28, December 5, 12 & 19 @ 12 - 1pm @ Taubman Prestige Outlets

Saturday’s Kids: Gingerbread Houses at Schnucks Des Peres
November 28 @ 2 - 4pm
Ages 9 - 12

Sweet Traditions…Gingerbread Houses at Dierbergs
Parent & Child Grades K–4th
Bogey Hills: November 28 @ 11am - 12:30pm
Southroads: November 28 @ 10 - 11:30am & 12:30 - 2pm
West Oak: November 28 @ 10 - 11:30am
Clarkson: December 5 @ 10 - 11:30am

Thornhill Library: Marshmallow Igloos
November 28 @ 11am - 12:15pm

St. Charles Holiday Electric Parade
November 28 @ 5:30pm

Northern Lights Christmas Market and Lighted Parade
November 29 @ Ferguson Citywalk

Lafayette Square Tree Lighting Ceremony
November 29 @ 5 - 7pm

Find Manchester's Elf, Buddy!
November 30 - December 4

Chase Park Plaza Holiday Celebration
December 1 @ 5pm

Mom and Son Pre-Chanukah Night Out
December 3 @ 5:30 - 7pm

Santa vs. the Snowman @ OMNIMAX Theater at the Science Center 
December 4 - 6

Santa Visits West County by Fire Truck
December 4 @ 4 - 7pm @ Town & Country EMS & Fire Protection District

Carolers Sing & Mrs. Claus Read @ Chase Park Plaza
December 4 - 19 (Friday & Saturdays only) @ 5:30 - 7:30pm

Candlelight Christmas Walk in August, MO
December 4 and December 11 @ 5-10pm

December 4-5 & 11-12 @ 5:30pm

14th Annual Maplewood Christmas Tree Walk
December 4 @ 6pm

Free Carriage Rides at Westport Plaza
December 4 & 5 @ 6 - 8pm

It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play
December 4 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm @ St. Louis Community College - Wildwood Campus - FREE

Webster: Santas on the Loose 5K Run & 100 Yard Dash
December 5 @ 8am (5K) & 9am (100 Yard Dash)

December 5 - 31 @ 8am - 5pm
December 5 @ 9am

Candy Cane Hunt in O'Fallon
December 5 @ 9 - 10:30am @ Renaud Spirit Center

Candy Cane Hunt at Queeny Park
December 5 @ 9:50am

Holiday with Santa @ Westport Plaza
December 5 @ 10am - 12pm

Painting with a Twist: Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
December 5 @ 10am - 12pm (Creve Coeur location)

Christmas on the Hill
December 5 @ 12pm

December 5 & 6

Christmas Cookie Spree on Cherokee Antique Row
December 5 & 6
December 5 @ 1 - 3pm


December 5 @ 2pm

Santa Visits West County by Fire Truck
December 5 & 6 @ 2 - 7pm @ Manchester/Ballwin EMS & Fire Protection District

Santa the Caboose
December 5 & 6 @ 2 - 4pm @ Frisco Train Store

Bridgeton Trails Library: Holiday Concert - River City Pops
December 5 @ 2 - 3pm

Kristkindl Markt in Hermann, MO
Stone Hill Winery: December 5-6 @ 10am
Hermannhof Winery: December 12-14 @ 10am

World's Largest Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
December 5 @ 7pm @ Ballpark Village

Hands on Chanukah @ Barnes & Noble (Ladue)
December 6 @ 10 - 11:30am

Painting with a Twist: Christmas Tree
December 6 @ 10am - 12pm (Creve Coeur location)

Painting with a Twist: Neon Snowman
December 6 @ 10am - 12pm (South County)

Family Sunday @ SLAM: Wonderful Winter
December 6 & 20 @ 12 - 4pm

Chanukah: Festival of Lights
December 6 @ 12 - 4pm @ MO Botanical Garden

Hanukkah Music Celebration
December 6 @ 1 - 3pm @ Chase Park Plaza

Community Chanukah Concert
December 6 @ 3 - 5pm @ Sha’are Emeth Congregation

KEZK Acapella Christmas
December 6 @ 3 - 5pm @ St. Louis Union Station Grand Hall

Santa Claus is Coming to Affton
December 6 @ 5 - 6pm @ Affton White-Rodgers Community Center 

JCC Family Hanukkah Party
December 7 @ 4:15 - 5pm

Winter Movie Night at Ballpark Village: ELF
December 9 @ 5pm

Kid's Club Holiday Cookie Decorating
December 10 @ 5 - 7pm @ Lucky's Market (Rock Hill)

December 11 @ 5-9pm; December 12 & 13 @ 1-4pm

December 11 (6-9 pm) & 12 (6-9pm)

Jingle Bounce - Cookies with Santa @ BounceU
December 12 @ 9 - 10:30am

Nagle's Christmas Open House
December 12 @ 9am - 9pm

Candy Cane Hunt at the Kirkwood Park Lion's Pavilion
December 12 @ 10am - Come early to decorate a bag!

Build a Holiday Train @ Lowe's in Chesterfield Valley
December 12 @ 10am

December 12 @ 10am - 2pm

Bridgeton Trails: Gingerbread House Fun
December 12 @ 10 - 10:30am

Purina Farms Pet-acular Holiday Bazaar
December 12 & 13 @ 11am - 4pm

December 12 @ 11am - 4pm
December 12 @ 11am - 2pm (Chesterfield location)
December 12 @ 1 - 4pm @ MO Botanical Garden

Santa Visits West County by Fire Truck & Pictures with Santa
December 12 @ 1 - 4pm @ Fire Station #1 (223 Henry Ave)
December 12 @ 2 - 3pm

December 13 @ 10am - 5pm

'Twas The Night Before Christmas
December 13 @ 12 - 4pm @ First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

Mommy & Me Painting Mini Canvases @ Pinot's Palette
December 13 @ 2 - 4pm (Chesterfield Location)

Magic House Storytime with Santa Members-Only Morning
December 14 @ 9 am – 12 pm @ The Magic House

Winter Wonderland Holiday Story Hour
December 14 & 15 @ 10 - 10:45am @ Whole Foods (Town & Country)

KCS Holiday Express at Union Station
December 14 @ 10am - 3:30pm

Family Holiday Evening at The Foundry Art Centre
December 16 @ 5:30 - 8pm

Magic House Evening Storytime with Santa
December 16 & 17 @ 6 - 8pm @ The Magic House

Family Hanukkah Celebration
December 17 @ 4:15pm @ Marilyn Fox Building, Chesterfield

Storytime with Santa at The Woman's Exchange
December 17 @ 6 - 7pm

The Nutcracker presented by the Saint Louis Ballet
December 17 - 23 @ Touhill Performing Arts Center

Victorian Christmas Open House
December 18 & 19 @ 5pm @ The Campbell House Museum

Holiday Movie Extravaganza
December 18 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm @ Lucky's Market (Ellisville)

Mommy & Me Painting @ Pinot's Palette
December 19 @ 1 - 3pm (Webster location)

Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus & her Elves
December 20 @ 1 - 3pm @ Chase Park Plaza

Free Family Day at Laumeier Sculpture Park
December 20 @ 2 - 4pm
December 22 @ 10 - 11:15am 

Painting with a Twist: Holiday Kid's Class
December 22 @ 11am - 1pm (Creve Coeur location)

December 22 @ 1 - 2pm 

Mommy & Me Painting Mini Canvases @ Pinot's Palette
December 22 @ 2 - 4pm (Chesterfield Location)

Show-Me-Reindeer & Santa Claus
December 23 @ 12 - 2pm @ Whole Foods (Town & Country)

Painting with a Twist: Holiday Kid's Class
December 23 @ 12:30 - 2pm (Creve Coeur location)

Painting with a Twist: Neon Christmas Tree
December 23 @ 1 - 3pm (South County)

MO History Museum: Winter Getaway
December 26 - 30 @ 10:30am - 2:30pm

December 26 @ 11am - 12:15pm

Downtown Kirkwood Winter Fireworks Festival
December 26 @ 5pm @ Station Plaza

December 27 @ 12 - 4pm

December 27 @ 2 - 4pm (Chesterfield location)

Story Time & Pinecone Scavenger Hunt
December 28 & 29 @ 10 - 10:45am @ Whole Foods (Town & Country)
December 28 @ 11am - 1pm
December 30 @ 12 - 3pm @ MO Botanical Garden
December 30 @ 12pm @ Kirkwood Community Center
December 31 @ 11am - 2pm @ The Magic House

Noon-Time New Year's Eve
December 31 @ 11am @ Whole Foods (Town & Country)
December 31 @ 6pm @ Westport Plaza

January 1 @ 2 - 4pm (Chesterfield location)




PERFORMANCES
Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Concert
November 21 @ 8am @ Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

City of Florissant Thanksgiving Holiday Special: FLY GUY & OTHER STORIES
November 22, 27 & 28 @ 2pm @ Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Fox Theater
- Irving Berlin's White Christmas: November 17-22
Straight No Chaser: November 27
- Great Russian Nutcracker: November 30
- Cirque Dreams Holidaze: December 4-6
- Wicked: December 9 - January 3

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical
November 18 @ 4pm & 7pm @ Chaifetz Arena

Peter and the Wolf
November 27 @ 8pm @ Powell Hall

Kramer's Marionnette Theater: A Christmas Fantasy
November 27 - December 31

TeamSTAGES Holiday Concert
December 1 @ 7:30pm @ The Sheldon

A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens
December 3 - 5 @ 7:30pm @ The Lindenwood Theater

The Nutcracker
December 3 - 5 @ 7pm & December 5 & 6 @ 2pm @ Visitation Academy

December 4 @ 8pm @ Purser Auditorium, Logan University

Into the Woods 
Holiday pre-show activities plus milk and cookies and a visit from Santa
December 4 - 6 @ Stages

Y98 Mistletoe Show
December 4 @ 6pm @ Family Arena

UMSL's Jazz for the Holidays
December 6 @ 3pm @ Touhill Performing Arts Center

Peter and the Wolf
December 6 @ 3pm @ Logan University

The Nutcracker @ Carol Bowman Academy of Dance
December 6 @ 3pm & 5pm

92.3 WIL's JingleFest
December 10 @ 7pm @ Family Arena

December 11 @ Scottrade Center

December 11 @ 7pm & December 12 @ 5pm @ St. Peters Rec-Plex

Sounds of the Season
December 11 - 13 @ Touhill Performing Arts Center

It's a Wonderful Redneck Mystery!
December 11 (6pm) & 12 (12pm) @ Old Spaghetti Factory, Chesterfield

COCA
- The Little Dancer: December 12-14
- The Little Dancer Tea: December 13 @ 2-3pm

December 12 @ 8pm & December 13 @ 2:30pm

Holiday Ice Show at Kirkwood Ice Arena
December 12 @ 3:45 - 5:15pm

The Nutcracker on Ice
December 12 & 13 @ 2pm & 5pm @ Webster Groves Ice Arena

Candlelight Christmas Concert
December 12 @ 7 - 8pm @ First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

Town & Country Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Surprise
December 13 @ 2:30pm @ Principia


Touhill Performing Arts Center
- Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon: December 19-20

Macy’s Holiday Celebration
December 18, 19 & 20 @ Powell Hall

MO Ballet Theatre: Nutcracker
December 18-20

December 18-23 @ Nerinx Hall High School

December 19 @ 7pm & December 20 @ 6pm

The Elves and the Shoemaker
December 19 - 23 @ The Heagney Theatre at Nerinx Hall High School

A Christmas Carol
December 20 @ 2pm @ Florissant Civic Center Theatre

Concert Band's 17th Annual Holiday Spectacular Concert
December 21 @ 7:30pm @ Powell Hall

Elf: The Musical
December 26 & 27 @ Peabody Opera House

December 27 @ Scottrade Center

January 2 @ 7pm @ Powell Symphony Hall


HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS
November 13 – January 3 @ 5:30pm

Way of Lights @ Our Lady of the Snows
November 20 - January 1 @ 5-9pm

Winter Wonder Walk
November 20 - 22 @ Tilles Park Winter Wonderland

November 21

November 21 – December 18 @ 5pm – 9:30pm

November 25 - January 2 @ 5:30pm - 9:30pm

US Bank Wild Lights at St. Louis Zoo
Novmeber 27 - January 3 @ 5:30 - 8:30pm

Celebration of Lights in O'Fallon
November 27 – December 30

Wentzville Holiday Night Lights
November 27 - December 30 @ Rotary Park @ 6 - 9:30pm

Chanukah: Festival of Lights
December 6 @ 12 - 4pm @ MO Botanical Garden

Holiday Night Lights Walk-Thru
December 7 @ 6pm @ Rotary Park

Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll
December 8 @ 6 - 9pm @ Fort Zumwalt Park

Candy Cane Lane / Angel Avenue / Snowflake Street
The lights are usually up the weekend after Thanksgiving



DINE WITH SANTA
November 28, December 5 and 19 @ 9am
November 29, December 6, 13 & 20 @ 9:30am

Eureka: Pizza with Santa
December 3 & 4 @ 6:30 - 8pm; December 5 @ 11:30am - 1pm

RiverChase Supper With Santa
December 4 @ 6 - 7pm
December 5 @ 9 - 11am

December 5, 12 & 19
Seatings from 9am - 1pm 

Bluebird Park: Breakfast with Santa
December 5 @ 9:30 - 10:30am

December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 @ 4:30 – 7pm

December 5 @ 8am - 10:30am

Schroeder Park (Manchester): Breakfast with Santa
December 5 @ 8:30am & 9:30am

Breakfast with Santa at the Longview Farm House
December 5 @ 9 - 11 am

December 5, 12 & 19 @ 9am – 1pm

Cookies with Claus @ The Lodge Des Peres
December 5 @ 9am - 12pm

December 6 @ 8:30 am, 9:45 am, 11 am and 5 pm
December 13 @ 8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11 am
December 12 @ 8:30 - 10:30am

Imogene's: Breakfast with Santa
December 12 @ 9am

North County Recreation Complex: Lunch with Santa
December 12 @ 11am - 1pm

December 12 @ 11:30am - 1pm

Chase Park Plaza: Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus
December 13 @ 9am & 11am
PICTURES WITH SANTA
Pictures with Santa and Live Reindeer
November 21 @ 10am - 2pm @ Critter Lane Petting Zoo

Strolling Santa & Mrs. Claus
November 28, December 12 & 19 @ 12 - 3pm @ Taubman Prestige Outlets
Bring your own camera!

Photos with Santa @ Kirkwood Train Station
December 3 & 10 @ 5- 7pm 
December 11 @ 11am - 1pm

Snapshots with Santa @ The Boathouse Forest Park
December 6 @ 11am - 2pm

American Girl Welcomes Santa
December 6 & 13 @ 9 - 10am

Pictures with Santa @ St. Vincent Community Center
December 12 @ 1 - 4pm











SLED / SKI / SKATE

November 20 @ 6:30 - 9pm

Shaw Park Ice Rink: Snowman Skate
December 4 @ 6 - 10pm

December 5 @ 1 - 3pm

Hardee's Iceplex: Holiday Show & Skate with Santa
December 6 @ 2 - 6pm

December 19 @ 1:30 - 3:30pm

Webster Groves Ice Arena: Skate with Santa
December 19 @ 1:45 - 3:15pm

December 21-22 or 28-29 @ 9am - 3pm


KIMMSWICK, MO EVENTS
November 21 @ 10am - 9pm

December 4-6

December 4-6


WASHINGTON, MO EVENTS
November 27 @ 6-8pm

November 29 @ 3-5pm

December 4 @ 5-6pm

December 13 @ 4-7pm


ILLINOIS EVENTS
November 20 - January 1 @ 5-9pm

November 20 @ 6-8pm

November 27 - December 29

November 27 @ 10am

November 27 - December 23 @ Public Square in Belleville, IL

November 27

November 28 & 29, December 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 20 @ 8am - 12pm

November 28 & 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20 @ 10am - 4pm

December 5 & 21

December 4 @ 6-8pm

December 5 @ 11:30am - 2:30pm

December 12

Visit with Santa at Alton Square Mall


MOVIES & TV
November 13

November 20

November 25

Christmas Eve
December 4

December 18

December 25

December 25


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