Enjoy a Ride on the River with The Gateway Arch Riverboats Sunday Brunch!

St. Louis is known for it’s melting pot culture and variety of things to do in the lou. However, in all of my years here in this awesome town, I have never ridden the Riverboats down by the Gateway Arch. That is until a few weekends ago. The chance to ride the riverboats with my family came across my email with the added bonus of brunch! In our house there is nothing better than eating breakfast for lunch, except maybe breakfast for dinner, but I think that’s an entirely different post.

So the opportunity came about for my family and I to take a ride on the Riverboats at The Gateway Arch and enjoy a delicious Sunday Brunch. We were extra excited because the day of this event was also our baby girls birthday! So we got the chance to take her on an unique experience riding the Mississippi river near downtown St. Louis! How cool is that?

I don’t want to go into all of the details of our visit but I will offer up a few tidbits of information that will help your Riverboat experience go smooth sailing (fyi, it’s not a sailboat lol).

For starters, plan ahead, figure out your route and where you will park. Be sure you have plenty of time to make it to the boat. It will leave without you. We parked in a parking garage by Laclede’s landing, however there is parking a lot closer as well on the cobblestone road right next to the river. So be sure to plan accordingly.

If you have plenty of extra time, check out the new Gateway Arch Museum. It is worth a visit. There is a lot of St. Louis history packed into that space that is full of interaction and information!

There is a photo service provided by the Riverboat crew that you can purchase a print of when you arrive back to the dock. The crew will get your photo when you board and the prints are ready when you get back. Pretty cool memento!

Since this was a brunch we made sure we checked out the menu posted on GatewayArch.com before our arrival. This way we knew what we wanted and could prepare if the kiddos weren’t having any of it. They enjoyed the french toast and ham and other goodies that were available in the buffet. A good tip to know is that water, tea, and a few select juices are included in your meal, soda and other alcoholic beverages are an additional cost. So be sure to bring cash or your card if you are wanting any of those amenities.

After eating you can check out the dixie music playing, or head out on top of the boat to scope out the beautiful St. Louis scenery. Yeah, there is some graffiti on the big wall, but if you’re an artist like me you can appreciate some of the work that went into those pieces.

A nice ride down the mighty Mississippi is quite calming and relaxing and the Riverboats really do help provide that comfort you may need to beat the heat downtown. A nice meal, beautiful sites, and some nice A/C is sometimes all you need to make your day amazing!

Curious to learn about some other experiences? Check out STLMotherhood’s post about her visit on the Riverboats as well! St. Louis Dad and family even make a cameo in one of her photos! See if you can spot us! So be sure to reserve your tickets online! Tickets are $45 for adults, $18 for kids 3-12 and free for children under 2.

The boats are docked at the foot of the Gateway Arch. Stop by the ticket office to pick up your tickets by 12:30 — the boat will leave without you at 1pm!

St. Louis Dad was provided complimentary tickets to a Sunday Brunch on the Gateway Arch Riverboats in exchange for this blog post.

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The Darkness – A St. Louis Landmark with 25 Years of Fear

Starting back in fourth grade his fascination with haunted houses had Larry Kirchner spending his days mapping out mazes out of blankets and filling pickle jars with his G.I. Joe’s in his basement to create the perfect haunt. For years Larry has spent working countless days towards that perfect haunt and for the last 25 years he has brought the best to St. Louis with The Darkness.

Much like some of the staples found in St. Louis, you will be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t heard of The Darkness or Creepy World. Both offer some of the best scares during the Halloween season. But did you know that they work year round to bring those freights to us fans! This year is the 25th year of The Darkness, the longest-running haunted house in St. Louis. Rated as America’s best haunted house, The Darkness is opening September 21st for all to see.

New renovations to The Darkness make it longer and more terrifying! There is an all-new Zombie Laser Tag, as well as The Hive live zombie experience. The renovations also include new interactive elements as well as a horrifying Jigsaw Horror Escape Room in the Monster Museum!

You don’t have to risk your life for an adrenaline rush at a haunted house. – Larry Kirchner

My wife and myself were invited to check out the new renovations at The Darkness and see what Larry had in store for St. Louis during the 25th Year of Fear. What we had envisioned for our tour was not what we expected. We got to see the shop where all of these amazing creatures and animatronics are made year round as well as for clients all over the world! Getting this behind the scenes look was a sight to see and really showcased the amount of work that is put into a production like The Darkness.

After a brief tour we were invited to go through both haunts! Not only has my wife never been through a haunted house, we have never gone with basically just us two! There were twists, turns, freights, clowns, zombies, creatures, and more! Each haunted house features 15-20 actors ready to terrify you into needing a change of shorts. Rooms with scenes that depict the syfi, morbid, sacrificial, insane and more! The viral IT animatronic is here too, and poor Georgie just doesn’t stand a chance either.

The Darkness will be open for the 2018 haunt season on September 21-22 and 28-29 from 7:30PM to 11PM; October 5-7, and then every Thursday through Sunday night starting October 11th! Beginning October 19th, the attractions will be open nightly through Halloween! The Darkness will keep the fear going November 2, 3, and 10 from 7PM to 11PM. November 10 is Black Out Night where guests can go through the haunt with just a glow stick for light. Check out TheDarkness.com for more information!

We want people who come to The Darkness to have the best haunted house experience. – Larry Kirchner

And have no worries, this year The Darkness now offers photo opportunities! Back in the day you used to not be able to bring in a camera, now there are spots where you can take selfies and post them to your favorite social media platforms!

Be sure to follow St. Louis Dad on Instagram this week to see more behind the scenes and sneak peek photos and video of the haunts you will be able to see this year! You can also check out the hashtag #thedarkness and #darknesshauntedhouse for more photos!

St. Louis Escape, located at the same locations as The Darkness has some of St. Louis’s best top themed escape rooms. Featuring four different escape rooms, including the Haunted Hotel, Cellar Escape, Subway Escape and the Mummy Escape. There are also VIP Party Rooms in the amazing themed lobby. Booking information for the escape rooms can be found at StLouisEscape.com

The Darkness and St. Louis Escape are both located in the Soulard neighborhood, just south of downtown St. Louis and next to the historic Soulard Market at 1525 South 8th Street, St. Louis MO 630104.

St. Louis Dad was provided a complimentary tour of The Darkness in exchange for this media promotion. Follow The Darkness on social media for more awesome details!

Twitter @Scarefest
Instagram @Scarefest
Scarefest on Facebook.com/stlouismissourihauntedhouses
The Darkness on Facebook.com/DarknessHauntedHouse
Creepyworld on Facebook.com/CreepyworldHauntedHouse
Lemp on Facebook.com/lemphauntedhouse

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3 Ways You Can Actually Make Money From Playing Games

Parents are often telling their kids how much a waste of time video games are. Even though attitudes are changing and they’re becoming more mainstream, people still don’t always consider it a worthwhile way of spending time. After all, it’s not a skill that you can use in later life to make money, or is it? The idea of earning money from playing games isn’t just resigned to the dreams of teenagers, it’s actually a reality. Here are just some of the ways that you can make money from playing video games.

Live Streaming

Ten years ago, if you’d told people that there would be people all over the world logging on to a site to watch other people play video games, they’d say you were mad. But now that’s a reality and there is a lot of money to be made from it. There are live streamers on Youtube and Twitch that are making literally millions, just because people love to watch them play games. If you can build a big enough following, you’ll be able to monetize it with adverts on your videos. On sites like Twitch, a dedicated video game streaming service, you can also take donations from your fans. If you create a loyal fanbase, you’d be surprised how much money you can make from donations. If you’re going to try your hand at streaming, you’ll need a few things. Firstly, a good internet connection; people aren’t going to watch for long. You need something to set you apart from the rest of the streamers out there as well, otherwise you won’t get many followers. It takes a while to build your popularity but even if you don’t make it big, you can make a decent amount of money every month just from playing games.

Casino Games

Winning money is another great way to get video games to pay. There are all sorts of games that you can play for money online, casino games are a great one. You can find a great online casino at livedealer.org where you can play roulette, blackjack or poker all from the comfort of your own home. If you’re good, you can make a little money while you play. Just remember that there are a lot of risks involved and you should limit your playing.

Esports

Esports is one of the fastest growing sports in the world right now with people winning millions in prizes at video game competitions. Chances are, you’re probably not good enough to get into the big competitions that are going to make you mega rich but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn a bit of money from esports. There are plenty of smaller competitions which still offer decent prize money. The best way to get into it is to first identify what games you’re best at (usually just the ones you play the most of). Have a look online and see if you can find any teams to join, there should be plenty of new ones popping up as the popularity of the sport continues to skyrocket.

You’re probably not going to make millions from playing video games but you can definitely earn a little bit extra on the side.

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

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Welcome Regions to The Neighborhood

Sponsored by Regions Bank, Member FDIC.

You may have seen a new Regions Bank pop up in your neighborhood over the last few months. Well the expansion isn’t finished yet. There are two more locations coming here to the St. Louis area. More specifically, Cave Springs and O’Fallon!

With nearly 1,500 branches and about 2,000 ATMs across the South, Midwest and Texas you know Regions will be ready to help you focus more on life and worry less about money. The opening of 9 new branch locations in the St. Louis area will bring their total of branches locally to 69 by the end of the year. That leaves us with plenty of convenient locations when we need to stop at the bank.

The new locations will be technologically advanced, innovative branches, with a modern, open design that does away with waiting in the old-fashioned teller line and instead focuses on more personalized service from local financial professionals.

When working with Regions I’m happy to know they are growing in our area and offering more of that award-winning service here in St. Louis. Being welcomed directly by a Regions banker instead of having to wait in the teller line is a nice addition to the modern look and advanced technology.

Regions Video Banking ATMs are also available at all of the new branches. These ATMs are cutting-edge banking. They connect you with a banker via live, two-way video during an extended set of hours – including early mornings and evenings on weekdays. Video Bankers also provide personalized service on Saturdays and Sundays. They help people with account maintenance, general inquiries and just about any other service you’d find from a bank teller. They’re even available on most holidays!

These branches also offer Regions DepositSmart ATMs, which are available 24 hours a day to not only dispense cash, but also accept deposits, and cash checks, day or night! Inside, enhanced security facial recognition and fingerprint technology for customers using safe deposit boxes adds several layers of security while also improving efficiency of access.

In addition to all these features, the Regions Virtual Concierge service allows us customers to enjoy that great personalized service from Regions Bank anywhere, any time, using the accessibility of social media and digital devices. That means you can have the power to bank from a park bench or at the top of the Gateway Arch.

Whether it’s online, through Regions mobile channels, or face-to-face in one of the branches, Regions is committed to helping customers reach their financial goals. Check out Regions online at Regions.com or connect with them on social at Facebook.com/RegionsBank, on Twitter at @askRegions or on Instagram @regionsbank.

 

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