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Tips On Choosing Appropriate Video And Phone Games For Your Kids

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There is no denying that we live in a day and age whereby gaming has taken over. Most boys love nothing more than playing on their PlayStation when they get in from school, and girls are getting in on the action too, of course, especially thanks to the abundance of apps that are now available. Managing what your children can play is not easy, but here are some tips to help you choose appropriate video and phone games for your kids.

Play the game with your child – Of course, the easiest way to make sure a game is appropriate is to pay it with your child. This is the only way to get a full understanding regarding what the game is about. If you are unsure regarding any type of game, make sure you try it out with your kid first.

Check the rating – Most games today will come with a rating. This is especially the case for PlayStation and Xbox games, and mobile apps can also come with warnings. Make sure you check this rating out beforehand.

Read reviews – In addition to this, you should take the time to read reviews that have been left by other parents. Thanks to the Internet, we can research any type of product or service with speed and ease, and this is something you should certainly do when you are looking for a game for your child. If the game is inappropriate, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of comments that have been left by other parents warning you not to make the same mistake that they made.

Put a password on the app store - To make sure that children do not purchase games on your phone without permission, a password is a must.

Choose genres with care – If you do not have the time to play a game yourself, and your child has been requesting that they download a new app or game on the computer, the best thing to do is stick with a safe genre. For example, you could allow them to download bike games or cooking games. This will give you peace of mind that they have not chosen anything containing adult content.

Limit game time – Last but not least, no matter what game you choose in the end, it is important to limit game time. The last thing you want is for your child to develop a gaming addiction. A healthy balance is important.

So there you have it: some useful tips that should help you to choose video and mobile phone games that are suitable for your children. While there is no denying that this can be difficult, if you follow the advice that has been presented above, you should you have the perfect recipe for separating the good apps and games from the bad.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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The St. Louis Gateway Arch is #YourArch This Summer

The St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation invited my family and I down to get an exclusive tour of the new St. Louis Arch Museum before it opens to the public on July 3rd this summer. Getting a sneak peek of the new museum was something that I could not say no to, so I agreed and patiently waited for the details to arrive.

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Once the details were sent we began scheduling and planning our day. First up was some yoga down at Kiener Plaza for #KienerKids! Several kids and adults participated in an early morning yoga session in beautiful downtown St. Louis. With a fantastic view of the Gateway Arch and some yoga getting us ready and focused for the day ahead of us we were ready for our tour. But first we finished up the awesome #KienerKids activities. A long with yoga, there were a few games, the Kiener Plaza playground, and an awesome story teller that was just fantastic at keeping the kids attention with his stories and songs.

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After story time we took a quick restroom break and took a quick walk from Kiener Plaza to the entrance of the museum. A quick introduction from our tour guide and we were in! A really cool feature to the new museum that we did not try out because, well, we didn’t bring extra clothes and we didn’t think it was “open” yet was this little pond like feature right in front of the museum doors. It isn’t a fountain so much as it’s a water feature that kids can play in and view the amazing light reflections that you will see at various times of the day. It was very interesting to hear about and I cannot wait to see it in action.

Upon entering the museum you are immediately able to see it’s open design. There’s so much space AND light!!! Before when entering the museum you felt as though you were entering a bunker and the sunshine stays behind and never entered, that is no longer the case. The new layout and construction now allows for natural light to spread all through-out the museum, removing that claustrophobic feel that was once there. Check out St. Louis Dad on Instagram or search #YourArch to see more photos!

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Wide open spaces, class rooms, and more, the new St. Louis Gateway Arch Museum is worth visiting again and again. There are many great photo opportunities within the museum as well as from the top of the arch.

The St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation has done a terrific job with everything! The path you take to get to the Arch from Kiener is as simple as a walk in the park, no longer are you needing to cross an interstate to get from one spot to the next! The displays within the museum are all up to date and incredible. Kids and adults will have a blast learning about St. Louis, Missouri, and the rest of the mid-west while exploring the numerous interactive features and displays.

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When you’re done learning and playing with all of those awesome features you can easily grab some tickets to the top of the arch and get that 653 feet view of St. Louis. It is breathtaking looking out over the city, or even spinning around and looking across the river and at all of the action happening everywhere. Maybe you can even see my house!

Our experience of the sneak peek tour was worth every second of time spent at the arch. The kids are already asking to go back, especially my little monument fan. She is so fascinated by our nations monuments that she wants to see them all! We can at least cross the Gateway Arch off of her list. She loved it and so did the other kids. I have a feeling my blogger buddies over at AndHattieMakesThree.com, SippyCupMom.com, and STLMotherhood.com all had a great time as well!

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We always have a blast downtown. From Cardinal games to trips to Kiener Plaza and the various parks all around the city. We even got lucky and were able to stop the ice cream man on our way back to our car. The kids devoured popsicles in the likenesses of their favorite cartoons. That left us with just a few more awesome picture opportunities that we totally took advantage of. So not only does St. Louis have some great parks, great museums, we also have some amazing photo spots all over the city. So come on down and check it all out!

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Last but not least, St. Louis Dad and the St. Louis Gateway Arch Park Foundation wants your help!

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation invites the public to participate in the #YourArch campaign, a one-of-a-kind collaborative photo montage to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum at the Gateway Arch and new West Entrance on July 3. Images will be sourced through social media, Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #YourArch. Photos can also be uploaded through the campaign’s website, www.YourArch.org.

The crowd-sourced and Arch-inspired masterpiece will be unveiled at the Museum at the Gateway Arch grand opening celebration on July 3. The #YourArch photo call is open to lovers of Gateway Arch National Park near and far, and can include both newly-snapped selfies and vintage throwbacks of people with the Arch and the surrounding Gateway Arch Park. A new #YourArch inspired video launches May 4 as part of the campaign, and captures the connection visitors and St. Louisans have with the monument.

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“The Arch is part of so many shared memories – grade school field trips, an iconic backdrop for stunning wedding photos and those first futuristic tram rides to the top revealing a spectacular view of St. Louis,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation. “We see millions of visitors, from St. Louis and around the world, taking their photos with the Arch. The #YourArch campaign celebrates that shared pride and awe of the monument and reminds us that the Arch belongs to everyone.”

To enter photos, use #YourArch on Instagram or Twitter (profiles must be public), or visit www.YourArch.org to upload them directly to the campaign. For more information, visit archmosaic.yourarch.org.

About Gateway Arch Park Foundation: The Gateway Arch Park Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that the Gateway Arch, its grounds, neighboring public space, and attractions are a vital, active, welcoming, well-supported resource to the community and nation for generations to come. The Foundation is part of an alliance that helps meet this mission, which includes the National Park Service, Bi-State Development, Great Rivers Greenway, Jefferson National Parks Association and the City of St. Louis. For more information, visit www.ArchPark.org.

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Throwing a Surprise Party for Your Other Half

So, you have decided to take on the challenge of throwing a surprise party for your other half? And, now that you are into the planning phase, you are starting to regret it? Don’t worry; most people feel like this once they have committed to party planning. After all, there is a lot to do and consider, and the last thing you want is for the party to be a flop. However, there is no need to panic. Read on to discover some helpful tips for planning the perfect surprise party…

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Keeping it a secret – Let’s begin by dealing with the most important element of all: keeping everything a secret. This is often the hardest part. The best thing to do is enlist the help of one or two key people. This could be your partner’s best friend or sibling for example. After all, carrying the burden of organising a surprise party by yourself is often too much to handle. Plus, it is always good to have the opinions of others who know your partner well. Avoid enlisting the assistance of more than two people; otherwise, it can become a bit messy and complicated. In addition to this, you need to keep decorations and any other equipment hidden. You should not risk storing these items in your home. Instead, see if one of your new helpers would be willing to keep the items at their house instead. Once you start inviting people, make sure you stress that it is a surprise party. The last thing you want is for all of your plans to be ruined because one of your guests has a big mouth!

Make a plan – Another sure-fire way your surprise party will be ruined is if you struggle to get your other half to play ball. If they don’t want to go out and you cannot get them to turn up, you will end up having to tell them about the party, which is the last thing you want. This is why you need to have a believable plan and diversion in place. A lot of people pretend they are taking their partner out for dinner, for example. No matter what option you go for, make sure you are planned for every possibility. What if your partner suddenly decides they don’t fancy going out and they want to have a takeaway instead? You need to be prepared to handle all situations.

Choose the venue wisely – Getting your partner to the venue can be the difficult part. As mentioned, you need a believable diversion. This is why you need to choose the venue with care. Make sure that it is somewhere you would take your partner even if it was not for a surprise party, or that it is at least in an area near to restaurants and bars. If you have booked out a hall in a hotel, you may want to pretend that you are whisking your partner away for the night instead. You can find tips on choosing an event venue at https://whova.com/blog/things-consider-when-choosing-event-venue/. Your venue and your story need to easily match up.

Don’t forget the entertainment – It is easy to become so wrapped up in keeping everything a secret and inviting all of the right people, so much so that you forget about the vital party elements, such as entertainment. Getting the entertainment right is so important. After all, you don’t want everyone to be sitting there twiddling their thumbs because they are bored. Luckily, there are so many different entertainment options available today, and various ways for you to add an extra element of fun and excitement to the event. Photo booths are a great example of this, and you can find out further information on hiring one by heading to https://boothboyphotobooth.com. Not only do they enable you and your guests to have great fun by taking lots of photos and making the most of funny props, but also you will be able to capture special memories, enabling you and your partner to look back on the photos for years and years to come. Of course, this is not the only option. You have everything from musician to magicians to select from. Think about what your partner will like, as well as what is going to appeal the most to everyone in attendance.

Try to relax and enjoy it – Last but not least, this is probably the most difficult part of it all: relaxing and enjoying the occasion. This can seem like an impossible mission when there is so much to think about and worry about. However, if you are having fun, then it is highly likely that everyone else is too. Try not to stress. Good parties only take a few simple ingredients: good people, good music, good food, and good drink. If you can bring these four ingredients to the table, you will have nothing to worry about.

So there you have it: some useful tips that will help you to plan the perfect surprise party for your other half. Hopefully, you now feel more pared to tackle the party planning and to give your other half the best party they have ever had. Yes, you can expect to have a few stresses and strains throughout the planning phase, but it will definitely all be worth it in the end when you see the smile on your loved one’s face. Good luck!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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Superdads! 4 Hacks That Will Make Your Life Infinitely More Easy

There are some pretty fixed ideas about what a good dad is in the media, and it’s very easy to get caught up in the notation that the bests dad is one that does everything himself from cooking delicious and nutritious meals to repairs around the home. Of course, having some hacks and guidance on how to do these things without taking up too much effort can help your kids to think of you as a super dad without eating into the time you have to spend with them. Read more about this below.

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Cooking

It may be acceptable to pop some fries in the oven and serve them with burgers once a week, for the rest of the time more nutritious family meals are usually required. Of course, there is always the option of buying these in ready-made and created by chefs, but unless money’s no object you are probably looking for an easy way of making meals at home that fit the bill.

Luckily, there are several options that you can explore. The first is a meal box delivery service like the ones discussed at https://foodfornet.com/family-size-kid-friendly-meal-kit-delivery-services/ that will provide you with a recipe including a nutritional information breakdown, instructions, and all the ingredients you need. Something that makes it super quick and simple to serve healthy meals that the whole family will love.

The second option to consider is to plan for simple but healthy family meals and take some time at the weekend to prep and then freeze them. Then each morning all you need to do is take the relevant bag from the freezer and it’s all ready to cook when you get home, freeing up quality time that you can spend interacting with the kids rather than just cooking for them.

IT support

Dad often seems to be to go-to-guy for IT support in the home, whether it’s making a game play or fixing a laptop. Unfortunately, as tech gets more complicated, it can become more time consuming to fix any problem that does occur. Luckily, to help you with this is can be useful to use posts such as https://www.cprou.com/information/5-common-laptop-problems-and-how-you-can-fix-them/ that detail some of the most common issues with laptops and how to fix them. Save it to your bookmarks, and then you won’t have to go searching for help every time something goes wrong, and you can free up more time for fun stuff instead.

Coming up with fun activities

Lastly, a task that many dads find super tough is coming up with original and fun activities for the kids to do. This can be particularly trying if you aren’t a naturally imaginative person, and so it can take up a lot of time that you would rather be spending with your children.

Luckily there are some tactics you can use to help with this. In particular, it can be useful to sign up for a kid’s activity subscription service like the ones on offer at https://www.cratejoy.com/category/family-kids-subscription-boxes/ something that means you will always have a new activity and the resource to hand to complete it. Then you get to spend your time doing the activity with the little ones, rather than racking your brains trying to think of it. Good work Superdad!

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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