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Got Those Back to School Blues? Neither Do We.

The Week before school started I came across a meme that said, "You only get eighteen summers with your kids – make them count!" My first thought after reading it was,"Eighteen? The house will never make it."
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Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday in Missouri

August means back-to-school for most area students, so the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is important for St. Louis families to note.  In the state of Missouri, the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2 and runs through Sunday, August 4.

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6 Smart Study Stations That Spell School Year Success

Homework may not be your child’s favorite part of the school year, but it’s no secret that completing those after-school assignments can lead to academic success.

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40 Days and 40 nights (of Summer)

I finally understand why my Mom shot off fireworks the night before the first day of school. I also understand why she talked to herself all of the time.

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Coming Soon: Back-to-School Bugs

Whooping cough, (also known as pertussis), measles, and other highly contagious diseases tend to spike when kids go back to school. If you're thinking of skipping vaccines - for any member of your family - read this first.

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Back to Class? Not So Fast

The heat hasn't made you delusional. "Summer" is almost over and it's getting shorter every year. Here are 6 reasons why starting school in the middle of August is all kinds of wrong.

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School Stress - The Mommy Edition

In just a few weeks, my 4-year-old’s preschool starts once again. As her excitement runs wild, my anxiety is jogging right alongside it.

Between work schedules, daycare, preschool, soccer, tumbling, family events and, on a very rare occasion, a social life, our home turns upside down the day school starts. Trying to stay on top of everything can be overwhelming for any parent, so instead of burying my stress under a king-sized Kit-Kat, I turned to two experts to help solve my most pressing organization dilemmas.

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Halloween Nights at Grant's Farm

Get into the Halloween spirit with some spooky fun and celebrate with the animals at Grant's Farm. Enjoy Halloween-themed shows, a devilishly good DJ, spooky decorations and moonlit rides through Deer Park. Costumes are encouraged.

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Halloween Workshops at Yucandu Art Studio
Friday, October 18, 2019
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019

Kids in 1st through 5th grade can make a fun Halloween craft while enjoying popcorn and cider at Yucandu Art Studio's Halloween Workshops and Halloween Party. You can drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

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Free Family Night at The Magic House @ MADE
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019

Located in the Central West End, this 7,000 square-foot makerspace is designed for kids ages 4-14 to play, explore create and collaborate. Visitors have a chance to "paint" on the digital easel, use a pottery wheel to create a clay creation, design for a 3D printer, launch air rockets, build robots and circuits and more!

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Free Family Night at The Magic House
Friday, October 18, 2019
Friday, November 15, 2019
Friday, December 20, 2019

Some of the best things in life are free! The Magic House holds Emerson Free Family Nights every third Friday of the month from 5:30 pm to 8 pm.

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