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St. Louis – My Five Favorite Things to Do

by Jennifer Wieland
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I bet for a lot of people out there St. Louis has never popped into your head as a must visit place when planning your family vacations. Not there is anything wrong with St. Louis but more often than not I think people plan trips to Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando when thinking about family fun. Oh sure, sometimes other locations in the United States might pop into your head but is St. Louis one of them? If it’s not it should be because St. Louis is a vacation spot that guarantees family fun with great things to do.

Living in the Chicagoland area most of my life I have been to St. Louis. It’s a pretty standard road trip that most people here do at least once. My first time was as a kid with my parents. It was so much fun and we made so many fabulous memories on that trip that I actually remember more about that trip than I do about some pricey well-known trips that we went on. I’m such a fan of St. Louis that I’m going to let you in on a little secret…. Are you ready? It’s where my husband and I went for our honeymoon. Not surprisingly to me it’s on my list of places to take the kids this summer as well.

I know what your thinking? What could possibly make St. Louis so great? St. Louis is a city that is rich in history, food and culture so it has options that will appeal to everyone in your family. 

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My Five Favorite Things to Do in St. Louis

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts

I bet you’re thinking how is this a family thing and I bet you did this on your honeymoon. Actually we had planned on making this a stop on our honeymoon but honestly, it was our honeymoon and there just wasn’t time. Nope, this is one of my all-time favorite vacation memories from my childhood! My parents wanted to go which was odd to us as kids because neither of my parents were drinkers. We did the tour and my parents found it fascinating, my siblings and I were mildly interested… and then we saw the horses! Clydesdale horses are an awesome sight to behold and will have children and adults oohing and aahing alike. I picked out a stuffed Clydesdale horse in the gift shop and that toy spent years with me!

Meramec Caverns

The Meramec Caverns are so fascinating! The tours are interesting and educational. You’re budding geologists or kids in general will find it interesting and bring all that science stuff from school to life. With ties to the Civil War and a famous outlaw the tour is definitely a must while visiting St. Louis. The temperature is cool inside though since they are caverns so bring a jacket. 

The Cathedral Basilica

Catholic or not anyone can appreciate the beauty of architecture and one of the largest mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. The beauty, detail and design that make the heart of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis will leave you breathless. This is one of those places that anyone who is a fan of art and design will appreciate and love. 

Endangered Wolf Center

There are zoos all over this country and while they interesting and educational the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis focuses on specific species of animals form around the world that are facing extinction. They strive to help preserve and grow the numbers for these animals and to educate the world about them. With the ability to “adopt” a wolf or a pack it’s a great way to teach kids about endangered animals and to let them help save a species.

The Gateway Arch

Driving to St. Louis from Chicago as a kid I remember how excited I was when my siblings and I kept asking are we there yet, are we there yet every so often to have my parents point to the Gateway Arch from across the river and say yes. Seeing the Gateway Arch from there was absolutely amazing but then we went there and I remember standing below and looking up with my mouth hanging open. Then it got even better! We went up into the arch! This is definitely a must and with its 50th anniversary they’ve been working on making it even better!

Enter the #FunnestFamily Contest

Now are you ready for some St. Louis fun with your family? How about a chance to win a St. Louis getaway with your family? Then it’s time for you to enter the #FunnestFamily Contest! Your family could win a weekend of nonstop fun in St. Louis. To Enter, share your family’s funnest picture or video with #FunnestFamily on Instagram, Twitter or the Explore St. Louis Facebook page. Contest ends 6/30/16. One entry per person. For more information on prizing, view the official rules and regulations.



Hard Rock Roxtars™ Make Dining Out Fun for Kids + Giveaway

by Jennifer Wieland
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The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. +No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest. 
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As a parent of two special needs children who have a difficult time sitting still at restaurants I am always trying to find fun restaurants with good food that the whole family can enjoy. I look for places that have engaging things to keep kids occupied so we can actually enjoy a meal out. Recently I learned that there’s a whole new level of cool happening at Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide. Hard Rock International has launched the Hard Rock Roxtars™. This adorable group of characters is a fun and unique way to engage kids visiting the cafes and hotels. Each character has a unique look and personality that kids learn about through the special Roxtars activity books they are given when entering participating Hard Rock Cafes or Hard Rock Hotels.

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The Hard Rock Roxtars™ grace the kid’s placemats as well  and while the restaurant does offer your standard kids meals it is part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining and has several healthier food options for kids as well. Each kids meal is served in a guitar plate decorated with the Roxtars and my kids absolutely loved the plates since the handle could hold dipping sauces.

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To help welcome the new Hard Rock Roxtars™ participating Hard Rock Cafes will be hosting a “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest. For one night, during the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, kids eat free at Hard Rock Cafe with a paying adult. During the contest kids are encouraged to dress up like the rock star they are for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage. For additional information about the Hard Rock Cafe “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Contest, contact your local cafe for contest details. Remember, while you are there showing off your little rock stars be sure to tag your photos with #HRRoxtars.

For more information about Hard Rock International be sure to check out their website or follow them on Twitter https://phar../levitra.


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