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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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Parent and Me Series Returns to the Missouri History Museum

Bring your preschool-age children to see the Missouri History Museum’s The 1904 World’s Fair exhibit and participate in hands-on activities, including crafts, dress-up and more that incorporate touch, movement, smell, sound and art. Parent and Me Programs are held at the Missouri History Museum each Friday in April from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and are $7 per class ($5 per class for members), or $20 for the four-class series per family ($15 for members). Activities are appropriate for children ages 2-5.

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More Moms Give Nursing a Try

We’re used to hearing medical experts talk about new treatments and drugs, but in one area, infant nutrition, they’re all in favor of the oldest method there is: breastfeeding. While formula is a necessary option for some moms, doctors and child development researchers agree that breast milk is best for babies. This is a big contrast to 40 years ago, when not even 25 percent of moms nursed at all. Now, a new report says, the national average of those who’ve ever nursed is nearly 75 percent.

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Plenty of Family Fun and Fitness at GO! St. Louis


2010 marks the 10th running of the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend, Missouri’s largest fitness event. In addition to the full and half-marathon events, there are plenty of activities for families and kids to enjoy some fit fun in the (hopefully) sun.

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Enjoy Outdoor Fun and Fitness with Your Baby at Strollerobics

Looking for a way to get some exercise with your baby or toddler while enjoying the great outdoors? Check out Strollerobics classes at the Missouri Botanical Garden from April 6 through May 28.

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Special Deals in Honor of a Special Man

Five of St. Louis’ top cultural institutions – the Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center and Saint Louis Zoo – will join together on Saturday, April 17, to observe “Des Lee Day” in honor of St. Louis philanthropist E. Desmond Lee, who died earlier this year at age 92.

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Marketing to Mommies

Moms are a busy group of ladies. Between juggling kids, work and the household, we still need to get our shopping done. Whether we’re stocking up on groceries for the week or finding the perfect dress for a night on the town, we’re short on time and want to find helpful stores that make our lives easier.

For business owners, a simple way to grab a portion of this $2 trillion market is to understand just what women want. So I asked a few fellow mommies – how did the stores you love capture your loyalty?

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Maybe More Than I Wanted to Know About Orange Juice

Culinate, one of my favorite foodie e-newsletters, hit my inbox just now, and being hard at work, I naturally opened it immediately. It features an excerpt from the book Squeezed by Alissa Hamilton that takes a look at the orange juice industry. If you're like me and start every single morning with OJ (or pour it for your kids while you drink coffee), you will want to read this, from Chapter 13: "Fabricating Fresh."

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St. Peters Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Spend the evening enjoying a safe, free, indoor Halloween celebration for the whole family, including dinner, games, trick-or-treating and a hayride. Pre-registration is required.

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Howl-O-Ween Fest at Purina Farms
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Friday, October 25, 2019

Bring your kids and your dog to Purina Farms for some dog-gone fall fun at the Howl-O-Ween Fest! You'll enjoy a costume party, fun carnival games, music, face painting, storytelling, circus and magic shows, amazing canine performances, pony rides, inflatables, and more. Wear your favorite costumes for the costume paw-ty! Reservations are NOT required. 

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Halloween Treat Street
Saturday, October 19, 2019

Children 12 and under can participate in trick or treating, pumpkin decorating, face painting, a Halloween photo op, a costume contest and more.

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Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Through story and song, the play shines a light on their dreams, their times with family and friends, and the trials and tribulations they faced as children living in a divided and segregationist city. A full chorus sets the tone with spirituals and anthems of the Civil Rights Movement such as "Amazing Grace," "Oh, Freedom," and "Woke Up This Morning." This production is a collaboration between The Black Rep and COCA.

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