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April Showers Seeking Soap

Could you imagine going without toilet paper? Deodorant? Or diapers for your infant? 

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Peanut-free at the Ol' Ball Game

Happy first day of baseball in St. Louis! Seeing half the town decked out in red t-shirts and caps has been fun – and even those of us who aren’t going to the game today are looking forward to seeing one sometime this season. Unless you have a peanut allergy sufferer in your household. Then probably you weren’t.

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Your Kids Can Color for the Planet

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is hosting a coloring contest for kids ages 1-12 to help celebrate Earth Day this year.

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Mom on Foursquare

I thought Facebook and Twitter were bad enough. Now new social networking service Foursquare is telling me I’m pretty much a loser.

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Experience Chinese Culture at the Botanical Garden

Give your kids a truly international experience at Chinese Culture Days at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Become immersed in traditional Chinese arts, music, culture and cuisine at the Garden on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.

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Spotlighting the Show Choir

Hey, my fellow Gleeks! If you’re just as excited about the return of Glee on April 13 on Fox as I am, flash me some jazz hands!

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Look, Dad, No Hands!

At the park we get a lot of weird looks
He’s wiping noses and he cleans and he cooks
And when I’m standing at the top of that slide
All the Moms are freaking when he goes for a ride

                    – from the song “Stay-At-Home Dad” by Justin Roberts

The stereotype of men as the ones who toss babies in the air, wrestle on the floor with preschoolers and throw out their backs playing tackle football with teenagers holds true in real life. And it’s great for kids who get this kind of interaction from their dads, both boys and girls.

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Get an Early Jump on Earth Day This Weekend

It’s never too soon to start teaching your kids the importance of protecting the Earth and it’s natural resources. The Magic House in Kirkwood is kicking off Earth Day a little early with “Recycled Creations” this Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11.

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COCA Holding Auditions for Summer Musical

Is your child a budding young actor with a love of musical theater? The Center of Creative Arts in University City is holding auditions on April 23 and 24 for its 2010 summer musical, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA. The production, supported in part by Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, has available roles for children and teens ages 10 to 18. Students should prepare 32 bars of a song and provide sheet music. A headshot and resume is appreciated, but not required.

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Local Stem Cells Save Lives Around the World

I’m not big on blood. Not only do I swoon while having it drawn for tests, but after two kids I still can’t even remember my own type.

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Red Hot Romance

My husband did the most romantic thing ever this past week.

He called the mortgage company.

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Little Dreams Come True at Fairy Tale Tea


Calling all little princes and princesses in the Kingdom of St. Louis – The Magic House will host its annual Fairy Tale Tea on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

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Stingrays At Caribbean Cove Returns to the Zoo


The Saint Louis Zoo is bringing the ocean back to you in 2010 when Stingrays at Caribbean Cove reopens for the season on April 24.

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10 Books for Toddlers

Pinkalicious is my homegirl.

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The Clayton High School Student Who Launched St. Louis Volunteen

As a teen who wanted to spend her summers and free time volunteering for local organizations, Simone Bernstein found the most difficult part was locating volunteer opportunities for teens her age. From the age of 12 she spent time volunteering at her local library and The Magic House, and as she got older, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and local hospitals. But she had to devote a significant amount of her time to approaching local organizations to ask them what volunteer opportunities were available. She decided that as her next project, she’d make finding volunteer opportunities easier for her and others her age.


“I was surprised at how few resources were available to search for local youth volunteer opportunities,” said Bernstein, a student at Clayton High School. “There are national Web sites that are geared toward ages 18 and older, but I could not find a local Web site for youth.”


So Bernstein launched www.stlouisvolunteen.com last year. The site lists volunteer opportunities for teens and tweens (and even some for adults) at more than 40 local organizations.

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Come Visit Illinois - We Won't Bite

About a year ago, my family and I moved from St. Louis to the Metro East, or as I lovingly call it, the Dark Side.

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Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo

Celebrate Shark Week at the Saint Louis Zoo, where you'll get free admission to Stingrays at the Caribbean Cove when you come to the zoo dressed as a shark. You can also enjoy lots of shark-themed activities, shark-themed snacks, and live music on the weekend.

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Newsies is packed with non-stop thrills and a timeless message, perfect for the whole family and every audience. 

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Family Workshop: Printed + Inked
Saturday, July 20, 2019

Express yourself through color and texture as you discover the unlimited possibilities of mono prints! Collaborate to create multi-layered mono prints using gelatin plates, stencils, ink and found objects. Bring home a collection of masterpieces!

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With its shops and restaurants, The Streets of St. Charles has become the go-to for grown-ups in the region. But now kids have a place here to call their own at Play Street Museum.

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