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Ages of Heroes with Marvel Universe Live!

mul-3 Marvel Universe Live has again came to town in full force. Bringing with them a collection of characters to keep the audience spellbound. My wife and I were able to take my son and his cousin to the show. We knew that they would have a good time but we underestimated how much of a good time they would have.

Right from the beginning they were hooked into the show. The choreography is on point and keeps your eyes fastened to the show. The Guardians of The Galaxy, The Avengers, Loki, Hulk, Spider-Man, and more all put on a fantastic show for everyone in the audience. The production behind one of these shows is intense. There are explosions, lazer lights, and some incredible motorcycle stunts.

mul-1The boys were ready to punch some super villains from the start and that had us ready for the show to begin. We got lots of photos and a few treats, but most of all we were able to make some memories with our two little buddies.

So as The Avengers and The Guardians of The Galaxy worked their way to retrieve the Wand of Watoomb, we sat back and enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy. Marvel Universe Live is in town for a few more shows, so if you don’t have anything to do head on down to the Chaifetz Arena and see some Super Heroes awesomeness!

Be sure to follow me (dadSTL) on Instagram to see more pictures from Marvel Universe Live!

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St. Louis Dad was provided complimentary tickets to Marvel Universe Live in exchange of promotion for this event.

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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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Country Camping at Bass River

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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 just bad news. Since then we have only dealt with tubes because everyone knows, that’s the best way to go floating.

IMG_4721Last year we found ourselves back camping. It had been several years but we setup our tent without a problem and we were back at it like we never stopped. It was rocky and rainy but we survived and pushed through like true campers.

This year we switched locations and included a fantastic group of friends. The one thing missing from our group this year was kids. They were not there last year either, but I think they will get a taste of camping soon enough. It was incredible having a couple nights to ourselves without the kids. My wife and I were able to relax and just have some adult fun. Drinks, beer pong, and a lot of laughs. With kids there is bound to be a little yelling and crying at some point. I’m happy we didn’t have to go through that, at least not yet. The first night camping is usually the funnest. We get out all of that energy from driving, setting up the campsite, and anticipation for the float. This trip was no different.

I am a little surprised we all woke up at the crack of dawn when we didn’t go to sleep until 2AM or later the night before. I learned some new rules for beer pong that I’ve never heard before but ya know it makes like interesting when you switch things up a bit. That’s something I definitely learned this trip, try out some new things. The float itself was awesome. We all had tubes and 1 raft for our coolers and if someone wanted to get out of a tube for a little while. I myself tied up a my portable speaker to my tube and floated all day jamming out to some country tunes. I also like usual had my GoPro out and got a little bit of footage. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into our float.

After the float we all got cleaned up and continued our fun at the camp site. We started up a nice fire and turned up the music. Slowly but surely the days float took it’s toll on our group and one by one people went to bed. A few of us had other plans. The night was still a little young and since the group was dwindled down to just a couple of us, we decided that it would be pretty funny if those that went to bed early woke up and we were all gone. So that’s exactly what we did. We broke down our campsite under the stars and headed home. It didn’t take too long to get there and then we still had plenty of time to have fun in the comfort of our own home! That’s how we knocked camping out of the park this year.

Next year it would be awesome to have a camper that we can pull with our new van, or maybe just convert the van while we camp. I’d love a camper, but we’ll see where we are at next year. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0980.

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Labor Day Staycation: Escape to the Movies with $5 Films at Select Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres

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Labor Day is coming up and many families use the long weekend as an opportunity to have a mini vacation. Well how about a staycation and $5 movies? This Labor Day weekend, Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres is offering select $5 movies at participating locations in greater St. Louis – plus free popcorn for kids! Whether catching one of this summer’s hottest blockbusters or reliving the beloved classic that is “The Goonies,” a trip to the movies can provide the perfect escape, especially for those who aren’t headed out of town.

Summer Rewind: $5 Movies Friday, September 1 – Thursday, September 7
Now is the perfect time to catchup on the films you missed this summer. From family-friendly flicks to comedy to drama, the following movies will be offered for $5 at select Marcus Wehrenberg

Theatres locations:

  • · “Cars 3” — Lighting McQueen sets out to prove that he’s still the best race car in the world.
  • · “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” — Surly and his friends try to save their home from destruction.
  • · “The Big Sick” — Romantic comedy about love, death and the everyday humor of being a 21st century American.
  • · “Kidnap” — A mother stops at nothing to recover her kidnapped son.

“The Goonies” Retro Series: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Whether you’re an eighties kid or introducing the next generation to the beloved classic, you can see “The Goonies” on the big screen for $5 at all Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations.

“Dunkirk” Military BOGO: Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Active duty military and veterans who see “Dunkirk” can enjoy a special buy-one-get
one admission at select Marcus Theatres locations. (Must present ID Card at box office.)

WHERE: All nine first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “The Goonies”

Select first-run Marcus Wehrenberg Theatres locations in Greater St. Louis: “Cars 3,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature,” “The Big Sick,” “Kidnap,” and “Dunkirk.”

Visit www.marcustheatres.com for a list of participating theatres, showtimes and to purchase tickets.

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