MARCUS THEATRES® FEATURES BLOCKBUSTER AND FAMILY FILMS
FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

From September 15 through October 15, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired others to achieve success. As part of its commitment to celebrating diversity, Marcus Theatres announces it will feature blockbuster and family films in Spanish or in English with Spanish subtitles for Hispanic Heritage Month. The movies will run from September 16 to October 13 with a $5 per person admission.

The lineup for Hispanic Heritage Month offers the community the opportunity to see the most popular movies of the past year on the big screen in Spanish or with Spanish subtitles during September and October at 12 Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern locations. The month-long celebration includes the return of CineLatino, the five-day film festival featuring Hispanic-directed, written, and focused films. CineLatino will kick-off with a premiere event at the Marcus Majestic Cinema (Brookfield, WI) on October 5. Featured festival films will play through October 9 at select locations and special events will take place at Marcus South Shore Cinema (Oak Creek, WI).

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH FILMS/SCHEDULE:

September 16 – 22: “Jurassic World: Dominion” – Rated PG-13

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

September 23 – 29: “Top Gun: Maverick” – Rated PG-13

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

September 30 – October 6: “Minions: The Rise of Gru” – Rated PG

The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

October 7 – 13: “Encanto” – Rated PG

A young Colombian girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ TRAIN RIDE IS BACK WITH REAL TRAIN TRIPS AT ST. LOUIS UNION STATION FOR CHRISTMAS 2022

St. Louis — September 8, 2022 — Tickets go on sale today at 9 a.m. for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at St. Louis Union Station at www.stlpolarexpressride.com.

The real train rides — a St. Louis holiday tradition — are rolling to the North Pole again to tell the magical story of a boy’s search for the real meaning of Christmas. The train rides begin at St. Louis Union Station on November 18 and continue through December 30, 2022.

Coach tickets for this St. Louis holiday event begin at $35 and may be purchased online at www.stlpolarexpressride.com. First Class and Premium seats also are available. Prices vary by day, time and ticket class. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. 

Trains will depart St. Louis Union Station at 4:30, 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. every night during the season. Trains also run at 8:30 p.m. on selected dates.

The beloved story of The Polar Express comes to life when the real train departs for a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented characters, including the boy, the hobo, the Conductor, dancing chefs and Santa and his elves. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. It’s an immersive, family-oriented experience that will create lasting holiday memories. 

The Pancakes With Santa holiday meals in Union Station’s beautiful Grand Hall also are returning for the 2022 season. The meals will be held on November 19, 20, 26, 27 and December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, and 24. Guests will experience a unique 3D light show on the Grand Hall ceiling and enjoy pancakes topped with strawberries and whimsical whipped cream Santa faces. Guests can take their own photos with Santa during the breakfast. Seatings begin at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Passengers can book holiday rides on the St. Louis Wheel and an adventure at the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station where Santa and his elf will dive in Shark Canyon on selected dates. Guests can enhance the magic by staying overnight at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton, in a decorated holiday suite. Get hotel information and train tickets at www.STLpolarexpressride.com

St. Louis Union Station is located at 201 S. 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103. Follow on social media @unionstationstl. Phone inquiries: (314) 942-6942.

Want A Family Vacation In Costa Rica? Here’s What To Do

Want A Family Vacation In Costa Rica? Here’s What To Do

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For many American households, sightseeing, road trips, and family travels are vital for bonding. Over the years, tourists from the US have found Central America to be a travel destination. And Costa Rica is often among the region’s first four tourist destinations, with a tourism recovery rate of 33%. The US is often among the top four countries that visit there. Here are some fun, family-friendly ideas to maximize your time in Costa Rica. 

  1. Ziplining

This recreational activity, also known as ‘canopy tours,’ involves sliding across a suspended steel cable from one point to another. Worldwide, Costa Rica is notable for these suspended cables overlooking spectacular views. With an abundance of rainforests, this Central American nation makes it a point to get as many tourists as possible to try ziplining for the first time or once in their lifetime. While the idea of sliding across suspended steel cables may seem frightening, it is an exhilarating experience you should try out.

The exciting thing about Costa Rica’s Ziplining is the deliberate classification of these steel cables. The basic categories are reserved for beginners, others are family-friendly, and a few for experienced zipliners. You will find some of these at EcoGlide in La Fortuna, Los Sueños Zipline in Herradura, and Black Stallion in Tamarindo. If you are an expert and experienced zipliner, you may want to try out Aventura in Monteverde.

  1. Private boating tour with a fishing charter service

This is quite common for tourists who visit this Central American nation. Private boating or marine tours are common in Costa Rica because of the abundance of water bodies. Some marine tours offer added services like fishing. If you are interested in this, you may want to learn more about the Costa Rica Fishing Charters that specifically offer boat rentals for this activity. This is something you and your family can enjoy doing for several hours. The exciting part is that you can make private boating tours and fishing a constant activity during your period in this country.

  1. Sunset sailing cruise

Costa Rican weather temperatures are consistently warm and tropical. According to weather reports, the average temperatures range between 72 and 82 °F. Without freezing temperatures, a sunset sailing cruise is a fun activity you will want to try out when you visit. It is ideal for families and couples looking for exciting activities while the sun goes down. Because it is an open cruise, you see the beautiful Costa Rican sky as it transitions to nighttime.

Some tourists use this moment to snorkel or have early dinners on the ocean. Some resorts may offer morning sailing with free snorkeling if that is your choice. Sometimes, the sunset sailing cruise is complimentary if the vacation lodge is close to the beach. It is worth noting that an accredited sailing cruise will offer life jackets as part of mandatory practice. Any other cruise which does not must be ignored. Safety is a prime concern when on these vacations. Aside from this, it is recommended to have some travel essentials on you.

4 Ways To Build A Stronger Bond With Your Kids

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Being a good dad requires patience and a commitment to doing all that’s in your power to raise happy and healthy kids. You love your children and want what’s best for them but sometimes life gets in the way and you get busy.   

What you don’t want to do is get so wrapped up in work or other things that you have regrets later on down the road. If you want to improve your relationship and family connection then be glad to know there are opportunities and options for how to do so. Learn four ways to build a stronger bond with your kids so you can feel good about the effort you put in and ensure you remain close in the future.

1. Eat Meals Together

One way to build a stronger bond with your kids is to eat meals together. Consider sitting down with them for breakfast before you head to work or plan a nightly dinner time where you all eat as a family. Some days you might also want to decide to come home early and cook dinner as a group as another fun way to connect over food. Meal time is a chance to talk about your days or touch on other topics you want to discuss with them.

2. Plan Fun Activities & Outings

Build a stronger bond with your kids by planning fun activities and outings you can do together. Make it a point to get out of the house every so often as well for a change of scenery. Hop in the car and go to a baseball game or take a road trip to a new city that you can explore with them. Make sure you always have a reliable vehicle to take by keeping up with car maintenance so it’s safe to drive and take on the road when you want. Create experiences and memories that you can cherish and look back on forever.

3. Show Your Support

Your kids will likely be involved in various activities and events throughout their lifetime. Build a stronger bond with your kids by showing your support for what they’re interested in. For example, it may be that they’re in a play at school or are participating in a sport. In this case, make time for your kids by clearing your schedule and being present at the show or game, and being there to cheer them on. They’ll appreciate having you in the audience and it’ll help build their confidence.  

4. Ask Questions & Listen Attentively

Another way to build a stronger bond with your kids is to ask them questions and keep the dialogue open between the two of you. They may not always want to talk right away or each day but keep trying. Not only ask them questions and show an interest in their lives but then be sure to listen attentively and make it clear that you care. Put your phone down and any distractions away and make eye contact and offer tips or advice if they are seeking it.