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Superheroes, Chess and Comics at the World Chess Hall of Fame!

strange suspense stories-1The World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) in Saint Louis proudly debuts an interactive new exhibition, Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics on Thursday, March 23, with a special public opening reception from 6-8 p.m. This exhibit will be on view through September 17, 2017.

With Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comicsthe WCHOF is delighted to present a family-friendly exhibit geared toward visitors of all ages. This colorful and interactive exhibit is sure to wow even the most seasoned museumgoer.

Visitors will enjoy:

  • Over 200 chess-themed comic books
  • Dressing up like their favorite superheroes
  • Taking a selfie in the photo booth
  • Perusing favorite comics in the reading room
  • Illustrating in a drawing room
  • Playing chess on fun boards featuring Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman and more.

The historic comics collection includes rare editions, such as the earliest chess-related cover, DC Comics’ More Fun Comics 76, released in 1942; and a 1947 DC Action Comics Superman in The Cross Country Chess Crimes. Additionally, objects will be on view for comic and chess aficionados to appreciate, including limited edition, collector comic-inspired chess sets. This novel exhibit is designed to bring out the kid in everyone!

ComicsEventGraphic“We are thrilled to introduce this new exhibit. In Pow! Capturing Superheroes, Chess & Comics, the fantastical worlds of superheroes, chess and comics come to life in an interactive and educational way. We look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages,” said Shannon Bailey, chief curator.

All works in this exhibit are from the collection of WCHOF and on loan from Bernice and Floyd Sarisohn. Written contributions are by Michael Tisserand, author of Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White and Roy Thomas, former Editor in Chief at Marvel Comics.

This year commemorates the fifth anniversary of the WCHOF. The organization has welcomed more than 60,000 visitors since it’s opening. Its widespread acclaim has been complemented by the efforts of its sister organization, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, an educational institution that focuses on teaching and promoting the game of chess. The combined efforts of the Saint Louis chess campus led the United States Senate, in 2014, to declare Saint Louis the national capital of chess.

Admission to exhibit is complimentary with a suggested donation of $5.

WCHOF Hours: Monday–Tuesday and Saturdays (10 a.m.–5 p.m.), Wednesdays–Fridays 
(10 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sundays (noon–5 p.m.)

Proceeds from Q Boutique, the gift store of the WCHOF, support the exhibitions and education programs of the WCHOF.

For more information, please visit the World Chess Hall of Fame online at www.worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243(WCHF).

Visit the WCHF social channels: Facebook (@WorldChessHOF), Twitter (@WorldChessHOF), Instagram (@worldchesshof), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/worldchesshof).

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A Great Night at Great Skate

GreatSkate-RDWhat do you do when you’re invited to an adult birthday party at a local skating rink? You say yes, and you go, that’s what you do! That is exactly what my wife and I participated in this past weekend. It was the first I had ever heard of Adult Skate Night at Great Skate in St. Peters. I initially thought my friends had rented out the entire facility for a birthday party for another friend. It wasn’t until we started seeing more social media posts about the night that we finally figured out that this is a new monthly thing. Which is awesome, plus gave us a reason to celebrate a birthday!

My wife and I had not been skating in over a decade. It had to have been over 15 years since I last put on roller blades. I wasn’t sure how well my ankles would hold up but surprisingly they held up pretty well that night. The next day they were a little sore but all in all I think I managed fairly well. So after getting the skates on I was gliding around to the music like it was middle school all over again. My wife though… She wasn’t as confident. She was a little wobbly starting off. It might be because she hadn’t worn skates since she broke her leg as a kid but she managed and did fine as the night progressed.

Saturday-Night-Adult-SkateOn top of skating to some totally 90′s tunes we also had a few drinks. I’m not saying it’s a great idea to drink and skate but I’m also not gonna tell you how to live your life. I had fun is all I can say, and the large amount of people in the drink line probably can back up my claim. So if you’re a drinker, they got you covered.

Entry to the rink was cheap and the drinks were cheap too. So all in all it was a fantastically cheap date night. My wife and I had so much fun and could not stop talking about what a great time we had. This monthly setup is a great idea and I can see us coming back for another ride around the ring. We also talked about bringing the kids during their normal operating hours to get them into skating to some music. I remember going so many times as a kid with my cousin’s and grandma, so I believe my kids would have just as much fun as we did.

That night after we got home we also noticed a new thing on our Facebook apps. Apparently now you can create a little video slideshow of some photos and videos. I put one together from our awesome time skating! I went ahead and grabbed the video I made and shared it below. Check it out!

 

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Lunch Plans for December 26th?

Kids eating rainbow breadNow that the majority of the presents have been unwrapped and you’re sitting cozy scrolling and swiping through your phone while the kids are playing with their new toys and gadgets why not think about some lunch for tomorrow. Goodcents sent me a message the other day letting me know that on December 26th they are launching a new rainbow bread for kids! And to celebrate they are offering $1 kids’ meals with all proceeds going to No Kid Hungry! This is for one day only so for a creative, fresh new meal head over to Goodcents

Rainbow Bread is a brand new recipe developed by Goodcents, which features brightly-colored blue, green, purple and pink bread in a bun that tastes like its traditional white bread.

The sandwiches come in three options: Turkey and Cheese; Ham and Cheese; and Peanut Butter and Jelly. The meals are served with a choice of apple slices, cookie, or chips and a kid’s drink including milk, juice or a small fountain drink.

“We wanted to create something unique that delivers a fun new experience for kids that makes them smile,” said Scott Ford, president of Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs. “The initial response in our taste testing has been incredible, and we can’t wait to see the response from kids and families throughout all of our restaurants.”

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Goodcents is also launching their new Sensible Subs on Monday as well. These are some very tasty subs that are under 500 calories on a new sprouted whole grain bread! There are six subs on the Sensible Subs menu and they all look mighty tasty.

To find the closest Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs near you, visit www.goodcentssubs.com.

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Goodcents provided St. Louis Dad with this product as compensation in exchange for an honest review. Goodcents is also providing the gift card for the giveaway. Visit Goodcentssubs.com to learn more about Goodcents.

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Making Snowflakes and Singing Christmas Songs

IMG_7190Sometimes we try to pack as many things into one weekend as we can just so we prove how we are super parents. Not exactly, but sometimes that’s how it feels. This weekend was no different. We had a packed schedule and did not have any time to mess around. Friday and Sunday nights were probably the easiest of the bunch. We didn’t have much to do then but we were still busy. To kick off the weekend after work I went over to my brother’s house and got my brakes changed in my car. It didn’t take as long as other repairs so once we had that finished I headed off to grab some dinner and ice cream with my niece. I had not realized that the elementary’s Christmas concert had just finished and families were piling into the local Dairy Queen for a nice treat.

We waited for 20 minutes for our food. It was still delicious but 20 minutes was a long wait. Once we finally got out of there we headed home to play for a bit before it was time to go to bed because Saturday was a busiest day and we needed plenty of rest. I turned on Disney’s The Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey and all of the kids were out before Scrooge was visited by the ghost of Christmas past. I myself was dozing off so it was about time for me to go to sleep as well.

IMG_7169The next morning was busy. We all had to get ready to head downtown to the St. Louis Marriott Grand for the #DoYouWannaBuildaSnowflake event for the Children’s Miracle Network. The event was a lot of fun and the kids made a bunch of snowflakes. Anna and Elsa even stopped by and sat with the kids while they worked on there snowflakes. After making several designs Anna and Elsa got all of the children rounded up and played a few games with them. There were also snacks, music, and hot chocolate! You can stop by the Marriott Grand all through-out December to see all of the snowflakes that were made and even take a few minutes to make one of your own.

After making our snowflakes we headed back towards home but instead of getting back inside of our warm house we had to go to my daughter’s kindergarten Christmas concert. She had been practicing her songs for a few weeks now and was ready for her show.

I was a little worried about Abby IMG_7220getting up there with her class and singing in front of a large crowd of people, but she managed and did a fantastic job. We got some pictures and some video from her performance and our family was just so proud of that little girl. We almost had the entire crew there and seeing Abby’s smile up on stage was worth the busy day.

We kept our evening fairly light. Picked up some dinner for ourselves and the kids and spent the rest of the evening working on some projects and watching Christmas movies with the kids. Sunday morning was busy for me. I had a support call to go out on. I decided to take my son with me and we went out and were able to finish within an hours time. We stopped for some lunch and then headed back home. It was one of those weekends that you second guess yourself as to why you planned everything for a single day but after it’s over you look back and are happy you did it all anyway.

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