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Siteman Cancer Center's Mammography Van to Visit Metro Area YMCAs

The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and the YMCA of Greater St. Louis have announced a partnership to offer health screenings, education and cancer prevention information across the region. As part of this effort, the Siteman Cancer Center's mammography van will regularly visit YMCAs across the region from now through August.

The Siteman Cancer Center Mammography Van will be at the following YMCA locations to screen women for breast cancer:

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Dreaming of Dry Nights

A couple of months ago I celebrated that my days of surfing the Web for “potty training” expertise were over. And yet there I was yesterday, back online, googling “bed wetting” info. My 3-year-old can go quite some time without incident, and then boom! We have a night like Thursday, when I’m changing the bedding twice in one night for no apparent reason.

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Catch a Wave at the Science Center’s Omnimax Theater

Chances are you won’t see too many people surfing on the Mighty Mississippi, but you can still experience what it’s like to ride the waves at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Omnimax theater presentation of The Ultimate Wave Tahiti 3D featuring nine-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater.

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Enjoy a Musical Merry-Go-Round Dance Party with Ralph’s World

Ralph Covert, the indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and children’s book author behind the insanely popular Ralph’s World shows and albums, will make a special, intimate St. Louis appearance at Off Broadway Nightclub on Sunday, April 11, as part of 88.1 KDHX’s Musical Merry-Go-Round concert series.

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Pick Up Some Groceries & Support Children’s Theater

Since 1973, St. Louis-based Metro Theater Company has helped foster an early appreciation for the arts in children through its educational theater productions performed  in schools and community centers throughout the city and state. To help continue this tradition, on Thursday, April 1, area Whole Foods Markets will sponsor a Community Support Day to benefit the theater company.

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Getting Through The Kids' Shows

Like any mom, I’ve joined my children on the floor to catch up on their favorite kids’ shows.

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A Missouri Adventure: Children’s Garden Reopens at Botanical Garden April 1


A Missouri Adventure: The Doris L. Schnuck Children’s Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden kicks off its fifth season with a number of opening-week festivities April 1 through 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The spring festivities, presented by Macy’s, include live music, storytelling, face painting, crafts and educational activities in the Nature Explore Classroom. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about plants we eat and the power of pollination, and they can make a seed packet to take home.

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Fabulous in Five

When reality star Kendra Wilkinson showed off her newborn son in magazines last December, I thought, cute baby, but OMG, check out her nails! They were perfectly manicured! And dark! I can’t remember the last time I wore dark red polish.

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Get Back to Nature at Powder Valley

Now that warmer temperatures have arrived, it’s a great time to get the family outside and break the cabin fever that’s been lingering all winter. What better way to get “back to nature” than a hike in the woods.

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New Children's Hospital iPhone App Is Reassuring

It's pretty much common sense that if your kid gets a sliver, you take it out. But what if it's a really big, really deep one that you can't remove?  In her foot, so it hurts when she walks? And it's 5 p.m. so you'd have to go to the emergency room for medical care? The new St. Louis Children's Hospital iPhone app, called Kid Care, can help.

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Get Cookin’: Schnucks Hosts Special Cooking Class for Kids


Want to start your kids learning the basics of cooking or inspire budding chefs? The Schnucks Cooks Cooking School, located on the mezzanine level of the flagship Des Peres store, is presenting a special cooking class this Saturday from for kids ages 5-8 called “The Rookie Chef: Kids in the Kitchen.”

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The Surprise Inside

When we were younger, my brother and I would battle over the surprise in the cereal box. If it took an eye gouge to win the temporary tattoo out of the corn flakes, so be it. This wasn’t breakfast. This was Fight Club.

Thanks to Cheerios®, kids won’t have to fight over the surprise in each box. In fact, they can share it – and learn from it.

Beginning in late March, specially marked boxes of Cheerios will feature a free book, “1 Zany Zoo,” written by Lori Degman, a special education teacher from Vernon Hills, Ill., and winner of Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories® New Author Contest. The book will be packaged in 2.2 million Cheerios boxes before its Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers hardback launch this summer.

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All Aboard! Model Train Exhibit at The Magic House

Kids love trains and Kirkwood is a community that is developed around train tracks. So it makes sense that Kirkwood’s Magic House children’s museum is hosting a special model train exhibit beginning March 12.

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Spend the Night Amongst the Dinosaurs


Are your kids crazy for dinosaurs? Don’t miss a special opportunity to sleep amid these prehistoric beasts at The Saint Louis Science Center’s “Dreaming with Dinos” sleepover on Friday, March 19. This indoor “camping trip” is an overnight adventure that will teach your kids about learn about paleontology and allow them to spend the night inside the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibition at the Science Center with more than 20 life-sized dinosaur replicas watching over them.

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Living in Space
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Space adventures await at this free, out-of-this world workshop! Kids will complete an important space mission and build a model space station. 

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Science Storytime with Ready Readers
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Little ones can enjoy an interactive reading of a science-themed story followed by a related hands-on activity. A different book is featured each week.

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Water Waddlers Indoor Drop-In Swim
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stop in and have some fun in the indoor pool at the Lodge of Des Peres with your little one at this drop-in swim time for kids up to age 6. No pre-registration is needed; Water Waddlers is open to residents and non-residents of Des Peres.

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