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Soar to New Heights During The Great Forest Park Balloon Glow and Race

Fall has officially arrived. How do I know? Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks. Another sure sign of September is the annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The party kicks off on Friday night with one of St. Louis’ favorite gatherings, the Balloon Glow. During this uber-popular event, thousands of people hit Central Field in Forest Park to enjoy the breathtaking (and up close) views of burners illuminating inflated balloons. The event wraps up around 9 p.m. with a fireworks finale.

The excitement continues on Saturday with the 39th Annual Balloon Race.

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St. Louis Moms Unite for World Breastfeeding Week

Last week my good friend had a baby boy. In the proud grandma’s first Facebook post announcing the weight, length and name to the world, she added this: “Baby’s fine and nursing well.”
 

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Breast Cancer Survivors Walk the Runway to Support Their Own

When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the first person to pop in your mind likely isn’t the mom next to you in the school pickup lane. It’s your grandmother’s best friend. Or that nice older lady down the street.

Yet, each day, young moms – who just like us are balancing preschoolers and office deadlines and housework – are also battling breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2009, there were 190,000 new women diagnosed with breast cancer, and 18,600 of those diagnosed were younger than age 45.

Thankfully, for the past ten years, the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program at Siteman Cancer Center has become a beacon of support,

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St. Louis Children’s Hospital Tackles Sports Injuries With Special Webcast

It’s only September, and we’re already swept up in the first period of the school sports season.

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New Research on Binge Drinking and Teen Brains: What Parents Should Know

In two weeks, a friend and I are planning a special lunch to celebrate our kids’ independence.  My youngest will have completed a week of kindergarten by then, and her only child will be entering his first week of college.

Despite the serious separation anxiety gripping our house right now, I have it easier. I don’t have to worry about the temptations of college life.

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Erasing the First Day of Kindergarten Chaos

Since my oldest daughter has been in daycare, we’ve been dreaming of that day when she entered kindergarten and we escaped the death clutch daycare has had on our bank account. Oh, the things my husband and I could do with those funds – the Time Life Best of Soul Train DVD collection, zombie lawn ornaments, PajamaJeans for every day of the week. Or we could do something really crazy – like stop paying for gas with spare change.

But as that day creeps closer and closer, we realize that we’ve been so fixated on our financial windfall that we failed to understand we’re pulling our child from the safety of her preschool onto the road of debauchery that begins in elementary school.

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Get Expert Insights on Your New Parenting Roles

Scientists have found that parents, on average, are less happy and have less life satisfaction than couples who don’t have children. This is true both while they are raising their children and later on, after the kids have left home.

But hang on a second — surely we're not all going through these trials and tribulations for no reason?  No, we're not. It turns out that happiness is only part of the equation.

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WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary
Friday, July 19, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Sunday, July 21, 2024

Take your family to watch birds of prey fly right over your head, macaws speak the English language and much more at the WOW! Amazing Animal Show at the World Bird Sanctuary. Every program showcases different animals so each day is a new experience. 

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Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym
Friday, July 19, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Friday, July 26, 2024

Kids can work on existing gym skills, learn new skills or just play around during Open Gym at Miss Kelly's Gym. Reservations are not necessary.

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Kids Night Out at Olympia Gymnastics
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Saturday, July 27, 2024
Saturday, August 10, 2024

Kids Night Out at Olympia Gymnastics is an evening filled with fun! Parents get a babysitter for the night and kids will enjoy gymnastics/ninja-themed activities, group games, crafts, and more! Members and non-members are welcome.

 

 

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This summer. families can meet Sue, the most complete, best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever found, in the Lou! The Saint Louis Science Center will welcome SUE: The T. rex Experience beginning June 8. The special exhibition features the latest scientific discoveries about the species as a whole along as well immersive, sensory exploration of life in the Cretaceous period.

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Life Lessons Learned at Overnight Camp

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Day or sleepaway summer camp is the perfect place for teens to transition to the world of the employed. The paycheck is nice, but being a summer camp counselor has other rewards, too.

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