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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Shopkins are Coming to St. Louis!

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If your kid is anything like mine than the word Shopkins has been thrown around your house like crazy these last few years. Season 1, season 2, season3 etc, etc. I have heard about them all. Not only from my daughter, but from my son as well. The little characters are pretty cute and the names are hilarious. Taco Terry anyone? We have hundreds of these little plastic toys and the checklists to make sure we have those ultra rares in our sights. So when the kids heard about the Shopkins stage show they asked when it was coming to our town and without even realizing it, it’s this month!!!

While Shopkins might seem like a total girl toy, my son loves them just as much and I have heard of other boys liking them as well. They are really cool and a great idea for kids to start learning about collecting. I love the checklists and the mystery figures. I only wish I had thought of Shopkins!

Shopkins Live on Tour will be pushing their cart through St. Louis on November 26th at the Fabulous Fox Theater at 1PM. There is only one showing for this amazing event so be sure to purchase your tickets soon before you miss out!

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Shopkins Live! is finally here! The #1 kids toy in North America is live and on stage in Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Your beloved Shoppies make their theatrical debut in an original new live show featuring musical performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more! The fun and fashionista Shoppies are joined by the Shopkins – the grocery store-themed mini collectable toys – Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Lippy Lips, Kooky Cookie, Poppy Corn, Slick Breadstick and Shady Diva. An ensemble cast of multi-talented performers brings the show to life on stage through urban style music, song and dance.

All of Shopville is in a tizz as preparations get underway for the annual “Funtastic Food and Fashion Fair.” Shady Diva showcases her latest fashion designs; Lippy Lips gives colorful advice at the nail salon; Kooky Cookie tries to get in a beauty nap! But wait – no event is complete without a few hiccups! Who has high-jinxed the fashion pageant? Where is the super-secret celebrity guest? Will Slick Breadstick ever find a dance partner? The Shopkins and Shoppies need your help – the show must go on!

Shopkins Live! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, state-of-art video and set design, and original pop songs and music! Grab your besties and check out Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! Check ya later!

St. Louis Dad was compensated with complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for promotion of the event.

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Pumpkins and Trick-or-Treats

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It’s a time of little ghosts and goblins running a muck through the neighborhoods snatching up all of the candy they can. We had our annually pumpkin carving contest at Mammaw and Pawpaw’s house this year and yours truly took home the winning pumpkin with my large and in charge scary face. Simple yet satisfying is the way I like it. The kids did an awesome job on their own pumpkins and we all had a fun time spending time with our family.

IMG_1252With carving out of the way and a few days until Halloween we took this as an opportunity to make sure all of decorations and costumes were ready for the big night. It didn’t take long to make sure we were ready, however my daughter wanted to switch things up at her schools Halloween party and decided to be a hot dog instead of Belle like she originally planned. It was an easy fix and she looked amazing as a hot dog! Mommy even volunteered for her class party so all of the kids got to have a blast with the various parents and their amazing teacher.

IMG_6583As Halloween night got here we headed on over to Uncle Mike’s and Aunt Shell’s to eat some pizza and get our candy! This year our little family of four decided to go with a Mario theme. My son was the title character Mario, I was Yoshi, my daughter was Princess Peach and my wife was the baddie Wario! I made a question block to show off Super Mario World and to hold my beer while we went around and collected our candy.

The neighborhood was jammed packed with kids and some really cool adults. It pulled on my heartstrings a little bit hearing my little guy saying “thank you” each time he got a piece of candy. He also made sure to show off each piece as he came running down the sidewalk to where I was standing. Of course all of the kids made out like bandits and had a blast doing so. Halloween is one of our families favorite holidays and this one was no different. Check out our pics from this years Halloween fun! Thank you to our awesome family for having us over, we love seeing the kids have fun and Halloween is the perfect excuse for us to join in as well.

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Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@dadSTL) for more awesome photos from Halloween night! Comment below and let me know what your family dressed up as!

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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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