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Family Friendly Films!

pureflix_movie_checklist_StLouisDadSomethings just arn’t for everyone. That goes for a lot of things, food, sports, tomatoes, and even movies. My post about mature movies got a lot of attention, however not all families are as adventurous as I am and want to stick to some more family friendly films. While looking for a service other than Netflix that would provide these specific types of movies I ran across the site PureFlix.com. It is a fantastic website that has exactly what I was looking for, family friendly films!

Focusing more on family and faith the movies found on Pure Flix are all appropriate for the entire family. There are dramas, comedies, educational films, cartoons, and more. There’s something for everyone in the family. There are several movies listed that we have watched as a family that I know my kids love.

Browsing through their catalog I see thousands of movies that fit all sorts of categories and knowing that the service works on just about all devices, including Chromecast, Roku, and the Fire stick is a great benefit of the service.

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Pure Flix even sent over an awesome checklist that you can print and use yourself for planning out your family fun movie night. Be sure to list all of the essentials you are going to need such as popcorn, drinks, and other snacks! Popcorn and nachos are my top two favorites. What are some of your favorite snacks to eat while watching a movie with the family? Tweet at me @dadSTL!

You can check out Pure Flix for a month for free and if you like it the cost per month is pretty low compared to a monthly cable or satellite bill. So what do you have to lose? You are minutes away from having thousands of movies just a click away!

I was not paid or compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions of Pure Flix are my own. Pure Flix is available on PC and MAC as well as iOS and Android and is supported on a variety of systems so you can totally cut the cord with Pure Flix!

 

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Spend a Day at The St. Louis Renaissance Festival!

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Whenever I think of the renaissance, I think of the greats like Michelangelo, Raphael, Donatello, and Botticelli. None of them are Ninja Turtles either. I’m talking about the time of kings and queens. When pirates did more than set their sails on the internet superhighway. Some of my favorite movies are set way back in ye old time.

stlrenfest3Surprisingly I have never been to the St. Louis Renaissance Festival in the previous 18 years it has come to town. This year I was invited to bring my family out and see all of the fun I am missing and then write what I thought. I’ll just cut to the chase and say that if you have never been to the festival, you should go, if you have been, you should go again. There is so much to take in that I hope I can do it all justice here.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see more photos from the festival that didn’t make it into this post.

The festival is located at Rotary Park in Wentzville. Parking is free but there is admission to get into the renaissance faire. There is so much to do that you could spend an entire day experiencing it all. When we entered the festival we were greeted by an absolutely amazing atmosphere that takes you back in time, except you still have cell service. The setup for the faire was interwoven between the trees of the park. The setup crew did a fantastic job putting everything together. Various shops and food spots scatter the entire region. Everything is separated into areas based on a theme. Pirates, gypsies, royalty such as kings and queens, knights, fairies, mermaids, and more all makeup the cast of characters you can find.

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Stage performances, magic shows, dancing, music, and even jousting all take place at the St. Louis Renaissance Festival. Each event is just as cool as the next. The stage performances are interactive with the audiences and are hilarious.

One of the cooler things that the festival setup for the young kids is a quest for them to become knights and princesses. All they had to do was look out for these little signs and then visit with a pirate, wench, wizard, etc in the booth and from there they would show a trick, act a certain way, or give some history about their heritage. The kids would then get a stamp on their checklist and once they completed the quest at the end of the day they would meet the king and become a knight or princess. It is a great way to navigate through-out the entire faire and visit various spots and really experience the festival.

stlrenfest2My favorite area in the festival was the petting zoo. There was a huge snake that Mrs. St. Louis Dad got to hold! It was so cool. The kids pet the snake and ponies and several other animals as well. They even got to see a real life dragon. It was a bearded dragon but it was still a dragon nonetheless. The food was fantastic and the turkey legs were plentiful. I had my fill of one right when I got there. My heart was set on one and I made it happen. Fried pickles, nachos, funnel cake, and much more were all on the menu. I would recommend bringing cash as most food booths only deal in cash. Most of the merchandise booths do accept card so save your cash for food and card for stuff if you must. There is all sorts of things to buy. Clothes, swords, jewelry, shirts, mugs or would those be goblets? I’m not sure but they had all sorts of cool things. We allowed the kids to pick out one thing a piece and they chose a sword, a flower headpiece, and a unicorn headpiece. We also picked up two small swords for our son and nephew just because.

The jousting event was incredible. It looks like it can hurt pretty bad getting stabbed with that joust and falling off your horse. Big props to both of the knights on all it takes to do what they’re doing. They had the crowd going wild. It was a great sight to see and the kids had a nice view seeing it all going down.

After spending several hours back in time the kids were tired and we headed out.

There was a few things that we missed out on that we would love to check out at another visit. We didn’t get to try out any of the meads (beers). Since we had the kids with us we didn’t want to drink any alcoholic beverages, but maybe on a kid free visit we can try out the pub crawl that they have, or just drink at our leisure. Also, just in case you had not realized, the Renaissance Festival isn’t just one weekend. It’s gonna be happening for a while and each weekend is a themed weekend. This weekend was Pet Fest. So attendees could bring their pups! We seen so many cute doggies today it was dog overload for my canine obsessed wife. Be sure to check out the website for more details about all of the event that are scheduled during STLrenfest!

The St. Louis Renaissance Festival is open weekends September 16 – October 15, 2017 10am-6pm Rain or Shine. Check them out at www.stlrenfest.com and on social media at @stlrenfest on all social channels!

St. Louis Dad was provided tickets to The St. Louis Renaissance Festival in exchange for an honest review.

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Mature Audiences Only

When I was a very young kid I remember watching some of the greatest action movies ever made. Movies like Robocop, Terminator 1 & 2, and Total Recall. As an kid in elementary school these movies were amazing. The profanity and violence and all around bad-ass of the lead actors kept this He-Man / Ninja Turtle fanatic in constant awe. Looking back and knowing I was in elementary school makes this even weirder. In Robocop there’s a scene where Robocop shoots a criminal in the no-no’s. Should a 7-10 year old be seeing something like that? In today’s standards, no [...] Continue Reading…

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Country Camping at Bass River

When my wife and I started dating we were all about camping. We went a few times a year and always had a lot of fun. Except that first year when we shared a canoe. There are a lot of relationship tests out there, but in my opinion you can take as many paper or computer tests as possible to see how compatible you are with your significant other, however, my relationship advice is… If you wanna test your relationship and possibly hate your significant other for a few hours, then don’t ever get a canoe to share. It’s [...] Continue Reading…

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