How to Help Spark Your Child’s Interest in the Arts

It doesn’t really matter how old your child is, and it also doesn’t exactly matter how busy you are as a parent. It’s so incredibly important to do what you can to get your child into a hobby. On top of that, it’s also so important to find ways to get them into a hobby that they will stick to. One of them would be the arts and general humanities, too. So why these? Well encouraging children to explore the world of arts is a wonderful way to foster creativity, self-expression, and imagination. 

Just think about it: everyone is surrounded by art all of the time, and it truly does help boost creativity and truly allow everyone to express themselves, and this leads to content, movies, design, and the list goes on and on. 

Whether your child shows a natural inclination towards painting, music, theater, or dance, nurturing their artistic interests can have a profound impact on their development and well-being. On top of that, it’s fun! So, here’s what you need to know to ignite your child’s passion for the arts and inspire a lifelong love of creativity.

Try to Lead By Example

Children often look to their parents and caregivers as role models. They want to imitate what their parents do! So, just by demonstrating your own appreciation for the arts and incorporating creative activities into your daily routine, you can inspire your child to follow suit. It’s a soft nudge to get them in the right direction, too. 

Whether it’s painting, playing a musical instrument, or attending cultural events, let your child see firsthand the joy and fulfillment that comes from engaging with the arts. But having some quality time with them and showing them you love it will make them want to follow. 

You Have to Provide Opportunities for Exploration

If they’re not being introduced to things, then it’s going to be more challenging to get them interested in the arts. So, just go ahead and expose your child to a wide range of artistic experiences and mediums to help them discover their interests and talents. It could be as simple as getting them a portable drawing tablet to doodle on (something that all kids love), but you can go beyond that, such as getting out of the house! 

Why not consider visiting museums, art galleries, and performances together? If you encourage your child to experiment with different artistic activities, then you can count on your child to just feel free to explore and express themselves creatively. So, by all means, take this into consideration!

Make It Fun for Them

Above all, make the arts a fun and enjoyable experience for your child. If you try and force it, they’re only going to hate it! So you need to make sure that you incorporate creative activities that they can actually dream of as fun, such as putting them into playtime, bedtime routines, and family gatherings. You can’t control this, and it needs to be naturally weaved in. 

Celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Saturday, February 3

ST. LOUIS, MO / January 22, 2024 – Enjoy Breakfast at Clementine’s for Ice Cream for Breakfast Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, February 3.

The first 25 families in line at each of the eight locations will receive a free limited edition coffee mug (one mug per transaction). Several new flavors created especially for the day will be available for purchase including Toasted Nutella Crunch, Grapefruit Sorbet and Vietnamese Coffee, in addition to our traditional favorites.

Pajamas and costumes inspired by the movie/book “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” are encouraged as fun photo opportunities will last throughout the morning with giveaways from Tiffany & Co. at all locations, and free pancake art by Dancakes at the Central West End, Edwardsville, and Southampton locations.

Toasted Nutella Crunch features Nutella ice cream with crunchy bits of club crackers and hazelnut candy. Grapefruit Sorbet is a balance of tart grapefruit and sweet citrus orange blossom water. Vietnamese Coffee is a robust blend of dark, aromatic coffee swirled with sweetened condensed milk.

“This is one of my favorite days of the year, I love to see how creative everyone gets with their PJs,” said Tamara Keefe, owner of Clementine’s Ice Cream. “We’re really proud of this year’s flavors, I can’t wait for everyone to spend the morning with us!”

Guests are invited to visit any of the eight ice cream shops located at 1637 S. 18th Street in historic Lafayette Square, 730 DeMun in Clayton, 4715 Macklind in the Southampton neighborhood, 140 W. Argonne Drive in Kirkwood, 13426 Clayton Road in Town & Country, The Meadows Shopping Center in Lake St. Louis, 308 N. Euclid in the Central West End and the newest shop at Trace on the Parkway in Edwardsville, IL.

As Missouri’s only micro-creamery, all of the dairy used in Clementine’s creations is from local, grass-fed, pasture-raised, hormone and RBST-free cows. Clementine’s combines their all-natural proprietary dairy base with the finest handpicked ingredients to churn up a decadent 16-18% butterfat ice cream. Visit Clementine’s for more information or to order pints online. Follow Clementine’s on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news.

LOVE IN THE LOU Unique Ideas to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO / January 24, 2024 — Whether you’re celebrating Galentine’s, a romantic night out, or looking for family fun, here are some great ideas for ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in St. Louis.

TUNNEL OF LOVE & CUPID’S COURTYARD AT CITY MUSEUM

February 10 & 11: Cupid’s Courtyard Valentine’s Pop-Up Bar at City Museum will feature five specialty cocktails: Banana Split, Scandalous Margarita, Dirty Shirley, Girl’s Night Out, & Old Fashioned Lovers in an immersive Valentine’s setting. On Saturday, head over to ArtCity inside CIty Museum for a Paint & Sip event (paint supplies and admission included in your ticket price). Be sure to walk through the Tunnel of Love light display before you leave for the night. More info and tickets at citymuseum.org.

LOVE BITES AT THE ST. LOUIS AQUARIUM

Now through February 14: Get over that breakup! Wouldn’t you like to symbolically feed your ex to a hungry animal? You can get back at that not-so-special someone in your life while supporting education and conservation through a donation to the St. Louis Aquarium Foundation.. It’s easy. Pick your feeder — a meal worm, a veggie or a cricket — name it after you ex and one of the Aquarium’s ambassador animals will devour it. Go to stlaquariumfoundation.org/events to sign up. You’ll get a digital Valentine and a video that you can forward to your ex.

VALENTINE’S BRUNCH BUFFET AT SQWIRES ANNEX

Sunday, February 11 at 11 a.m.: Treat the whole family to brunch at SqWires beautiful event space, The Annex. Enjoy an omelet station, waffle station, salads, seafood, charcuterie, eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes and sweets. Soft beverages included or spend $25 per person for unlimited Bellinis and Bloody Mary’s. Brunch is $38 for adults, $18 for children 12 and under. Reservations by phone only: 314-865-3522, sqwires.com. Pre-order long stemmed chocolate covered strawberries online by February 9 at www.sqwires.com

LOVE IN THE LOOP – GALENTINE’S BARBIE MOVIE PARTY AT THE MOONRISE HOTEL

Tuesday, February 13 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Round up your besties for a private viewing of the “Barbie” movie while noshing on tray-passed appetizers, strawberry ice cream from Serendipity, and speciality cocktail creations that are sure to leave you tickled pink. Live music by DJ Shebeatz and a silent auction benefiting the non-profit organization Girls in the Know. Tickets available at Eventbrite Moonrise Hotel’s Galentine’s Day Event – Supporting Girls in the Know Tickets, Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 5:00 PM

LOVE IN THE LOOP – VALENTINE’S KARAOKE AT BLUEBERRY HILL 

Wednesday, February 14 from 7-11 p.m: Drown your sorrows or toast to new love – it’s break-up songs or love songs ONLY at Valentine’s Karaoke in the Elvis Room at Blueberry Hill with the KJ Sheel! This event is for adults 21 and over.  blueberryhill.com

LOVE IN THE LOOP – PEACOCK DINER’S CAROUSEL OF LOVE

February 16-18: Rent the Peacock Diner’s Carousel of Love for you and your sweetheart. The private booth spins around to a wall-mounted TV where you can watch a movie, slideshow of your own romance or play a video game away from prying eyes. For Valentine’s Day, try their chocolate strawberry spiked shake, a Berry White Martini or the red velvet pancakes. For more information, visit www.peacockloopdiner.com

WARM YOUR HEART AT WESTPORT PLAZA WITH DINNER & A SHOW

February 14-18: Laugh with your lover at the hilarious one man show “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus- Live” at The Westport Playhouse. Be sure to grab dinner before the show or a nightcap at the newly opened Westport 360 located on the 12th floor of the Gold Tower, and take in the views of the skyline. Visit www.westportstl.com for more info.

BE MINE AT CLEMENTINE’S

February 4-29: Indulge in the newly released Valentine’s flavors – sour cream red velvet cake, espresso romano, butterscotch toffee melt and peanut butter crunch. For a warm treat, the decadent lava cakes will melt your heart and your tastebuds. Find a location near you at clementinescreamery.com

LOVE AT THE CHESHIRE HOTEL

All month: Book the Our Love Story package at the Cheshire, located on the edge of Forest Park. The English-themed hotel will include chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne in your room, a late check out and a pair of embroidered robes to take home More info is available at cheshirestl.com.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE AT THE DARKNESS

February 17, 6 to 9 p.m.: Scare up some romance at The Darkness for Valentine’s Day. For one night only, you and your date can feel the terror of love with all of the ghouls and monsters at America’s scariest haunted house. Timed tickets at https://scarefest.fearticket.com/event/orderticket/eventid/1391

St. Louis Dad 2023 Wrap Up

Wow, we made it to the end of the year already! It seems like it was just a little bit ago when I was writing my 2022 wrap up. It has been a great year, much like last year, but I’ll start off by owning the fact that I did not hit many of the goals I set out for myself last year. At least I can always try again!

This year I continued the trend I started last year by documenting all of the movies I watched over the year. It was a lot. I also listened to a ton of music. There is just about no possible way to document every single thing I listened to, but I wrote a few of them down. Check out this impressive list for 2023!

New Music from Missouri Mobile Productions

This year I released four albums through Missouri Mobile Productions! It was definitely a good year for my production. I kicked off the summer with the Jason Beware Soundtrack, with a follow up release, Rotting Planets EP. A week later I made sure to release The Columbia Sessions, and finally, this December I dropped Soundworm, an album full of crazy experimental hip-hop production.

Spotify Wrapped

Another yearly statistical data drop from one of my favorite apps, Spotify! This year is really close to last years wrapped. Zach Bryan topped my list again this year but who can blame him. The guy has put out some amazing music the last few years. Here’s hoping for even more in 2024.

Instagram Top 9

Here again is my Instagram‘s top 9 from 2023. I think the data is interesting. These were certainly some of my favorite posts from the year, but not sure how Breaking Benjamin and David Bowie slid into the top 9 as well, but I’ll allow it. As usual, I feel like after seeing these types of lists that I need to post more. There is a period of time for several weeks where I don’t post anything. I need to get better at that.

My 2023 Favorites

Another year and another list of favorites. By all means not the end all be all list, but just a few notes for some of my favorites from 2023. A few things carried over from last years favorites list, like Zach Bryan and Panda Express Orange Chicken. That stuff is so good and addicting!

2024 and Beyond

I’m not gonna sugar coat it this year. I have no idea what this next year has in store for me. 2023 brought me into my forties and the next stage in my life. Of course I am getting introspective, what am I doing with my life, is this all worth it, when will I get my corvette? Not really that last part, but I am starting to understand why it’s important to not really care what other people think and just do your own thing. Obviously, respect goes a long way, but do I really care what people think about the music I produce, the photos I post, or the topics I write about? I did and still kind of do, but I am working on letting that go, that way I can just focus on being me, and nothing extra. That is my goal for 2024.

The St. Louis Dad Shop

The last thing I will mention before I leave y’all for the year is a quick announcement about the new St. Louis Dad Shop! I have always wanted to setup some sort of store to sell shirts and other simple items, I just never got around to setting it up. Well, I finally did and I am excited to see how it goes. Check it out and if you like something, grab it!