Celebrate the magic of courage, love & adventure with Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic

St. Louis, MO –  Hosts Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas, snow covered mountains and the marigold bridge in Disney On Ice presents Into The Magic. This action-packed extravaganza, produced by Feld Entertainment, Inc., features Disney’s Moana, Frozen, Coco and Beauty and the Beast with other beloved Disney characters skates into St. Louis from February 2-5, 2023 at the Enterprise Center.

Disney On Ice Preferred Customers can purchase advance tickets starting now to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on October 11, 2022. Fans can still sign up to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Customer and get exclusive access to the pre-sale offer code.

Into The Magic takes families on a high-sea adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage. This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favorite wayfinder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach. 

Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fans learn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella ignite passions to believe. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.

WHERE:

Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 

WHEN:

Thursday, February 2,   7:00 PM

Friday, February 3,  11:00 AM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, February 4,  11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 5,  11:00 AM & 3:00 PM

TICKETS: 

Ticketmaster.com

*Ticket pricing is subject to change based on market demand. 

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St. Louis Scarefest: A Parents Guide to Taking Your Kids to Haunted Houses

It’s that time of year again for the spooky season to begin! It is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is amazing but sometimes chilly, and the end of the year festivities begin to really start ramping up. For the last few years my wife and I had the awesome opportunity to visit two amazing haunted houses, The Darkness downtown in the historic Soulard area and Creepyworld in Fenton. They have always, always, ALWAYS been a blast, but this year was a little different… We brought the kids!!!

We have waited so long for this time to come. To be able to take our children to the fun things that we like to do but they had never been old or mature enough! That changed this year. As the spooky season approached we had discussed with our kids the idea of going to one or more of the haunted houses in the St. Louis area. They always seemed reluctant, but this year was different. I talked with my brother-in-law about going to the haunts and that I thought my niece (12) would be able to handle it. He thought both of his kids (12 & 8) would enjoy a walk through terrifying lane. So I talked with my kids as well. My son Alex (8), he was all about it, my daughter (12) on the other hand, she was a little iffy and asked if she could think about it over night.

The next morning she said she was down to go, so we figured out a time and Friday night when the sun went down we were on our way to Creepyworld in Fenton, MO with a group of 10 ready to take on the scares that awaited us.

It was so much fun! Having the four kids with us made the frightening adventure that much more enjoyable. We have done the haunted houses, so we know what it’s like to get jump scared or grossed out from looking at the amazing setups, but seeing our own children get frightened beyond belief is the entertainment parents need. Remember all those times they wouldn’t go to bed, well now it’s time for payback with a few dozen jump scares!!!

The kids had the time of their lives. They got scared but not scared enough to turn around. The actors did an amazing job of being creepy and scary! Going through each attraction was a heart racing time as we twisted and turned our way through areas such as the Krampus House, Camp Crystal Creek, Silo X, and the eye popping Sleepy Hollow 3D! We also had to ride the haunted hayride at Creepyworld. It was one of the kids’ favorite parts, especially when Jason dragged a camper right off the trailer! The hayride is a nice break between a few of the houses. It gives you a change of pace before getting right back into the biggest Screampark in St. Louis.

After a trip the grab a couple t-shirts from the gift shop we ventured through the new Jack O’ Lantern Spooktacular setup they have out at Creepyworld. It is a large area with some of the most amazing, awesome, pumpkins ever made! Lots of photo-ops and a nice change up from the scary adventure you just went through. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you have kids with you, or even if its just adults, it is a nice break from the creepiness that is Creepyworld.

Our experience at The Darkness was much different, and not in a bad way. In my opinion I think The Darkness can be scarier than Creepyworld. Mainly because The Darkness is inside a building, Creepyworld, while you do go inside areas, you are also outside too, but The Darkness, well it’s a maze inside there and it can get pretty scary. We went to The Darkness two days after Creepyworld. We also didn’t have a big group of 10, it was just the St. Louis Dad crew. 2 adults and 2 kids. The Darkness did their job of terrifying us and we had to let Pig Face that was hanging outside with the line that The Darkness was pretty scary!

Between the two Scarefest options, I think they both are great for kids. Well, kids that have watched at least a scary movie or two. You know your kids better than I would, but if the Sanderson sisters freak them out, haunted houses might not be for them, but if Ghostface is a household staple, it’s time to get them into Scarefest!

If you plan on taking your kids, here are few things that might be helpful before you get in line.

  • Use the bathroom! If you already went before you left the house, go again!
  • Parts of Creepyworld are outside such as the lines to each attraction and the Haunted Hayride and Jack O Lantern Spooktacular, so be sure to check the weather and dress accordingly.
  • The Darkness is indoors and it can get pretty warm. You will get hot if you wear a hoodie.
  • Remind your child that the actors cannot touch you and they should not touch them! It’s all just for fun and nobody is there to hurt anyone.
  • There are no refunds! Even if you are in line and you haven’t gone in, you can’t get a refund!
  • Parking at Creepyworld is $5, so bring some cash, and parking at The Darkness is in a secured lot, but you do have to pay at a kiosk or use the app.
  • Use the bathroom before you go!!!

Both places are affordable and tickets can be purchased online or at the locations. They both have great gift shops with shirts, masks, and other spooky items and according to my sister-in-law the hotdogs at Creepyworld are AMAZING!

This coming up weekend my wife and I are planning on visiting the Lemp Brewery Haunted House. That will be a completely new experience for us and we are looking forward to it. Be sure to come back to read about our visit!

Creepyworld, The Darkness, and the Lemp Brewery Haunted House are now open! Grab your tickets ahead of time by ordering online and be sure to follow them and of course, me on social media!

THE ST. LOUIS WHEEL CELEBRATES ITS THIRD BIRTHDAY!

The St. Louis Wheel at Union Station is celebrating its third birthday with a party in the Wheel Park on Friday, September 30, 2022.

The now-iconic St. Louis skyline attraction has been rolling since September 30, 2019. To mark the birthday, All-Day Passes will be discounted by $3. The passes allow guests to take unlimited rides on The Wheel all day, enjoy unlimited rides on the St. Louis Carousel, and play unlimited rounds of Mini-Golf in the Wheel Park at Union Station. 

DJ Rosie will get the party started at 5 p.m., spinning the hits while the Wheel spins overhead. Roving performers will add to the evening’s fun 

The Wheel’s neighbor, the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, will offer extended Friday hours until 8 p.m. Fire and light shows will play on the Union Station lake during the celebration. 

The 200-foot-tall observation wheel’s 42 gondolas are kept at a comfortable 72 degrees all year. Riders will get a 20-mile view of the St. Louis skyline from the top of the popular attraction.

The Wheel is open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily. Individual rides are $15 for adults and $10 for children.  All-Day passes are normally $30 with a $3 birthday discount to $27 on Friday, September 30. 

The St. Louis Wheel is located at St. Louis Union Station, 201 S. 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63103. www.thestlouiswheel.com; @stlouiswheelpark and @unionstationstl on social media.

6 Simple Ways to Help Your Kids Find a Fun Hobby

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Kids can be weird. They become obsessed with something overnight, talk about it all the time, and then drop it suddenly as if they never cared. This can make it difficult for parents to determine what kids like to do, and you might figure out if they have hobbies or anything they truly enjoy. 

But, hobbies are important for kids of all ages. Not only does it keep them from getting bored, but it can also help them gain skills that can improve their mental and physical sharpness. If you feel like your kid isn’t doing enough or missing out on key experiences that come from hobbies, consider these six simple ways to help them find something fun. 

Think About What You Enjoy 

Often, kids follow the same hobbies as their parents, especially when they are younger, and want to emulate their mom or dad. This is a good place to start as you already have a lot of knowledge about your hobby, whether you like to watch and play football or sit on the sofa gaming on the latest console. 

These hobbies can be easier for kids to get into as all the resources are already there, giving you and your child a great opportunity to bond about something you share, which can help you make plenty of exciting and treasured memories. 

Don’t Pressure Them 

Kids may not say anything because they want to make you happy. Still, don’t pressure them into any hobby. Instead, gently introduce something to them, whether something you love or something you think they would enjoy. 

The pressure will make the hobby feel like a chore rather than something that is supposed to be fun. While they might get some enjoyment from it, they will often dread things they aren’t comfortable or skilled at, so give them the autonomy to make their own decisions. 

Show Interest In What They Enjoy

Your child may have picked up a hobby from a friend or relative, and you might not have noticed until they start talking to you about it. If they haven’t shown a genuine interest in anything before, make sure you show interest in what they enjoy to encourage them to stick with it. 

Now you know what they like, you can also feed this hobby by purchasing or showing them things they might love. If they’ve gotten into movies, fan sites from classic comedies like Prestige Worldwide or memorabilia from some of the finest films of all time will keep them engaged and encourage them to look for more classics they might love. 

Try Something Different Together

If you want you and your child to spend more time together, a shared experience with a brand new hobby you can both explore could be perfect. This is a great way to enhance your bond and also encourages you to do something you’d otherwise have ignored, especially if you’re set in your ways and want to open to new experiences. 

You don’t need to do anything too crazy, but joining local groups that welcome parents and kids is an excellent way to spend more time with each other and discover common backgrounds that will help you improve your relationship. 

Don’t Stick With Things That Aren’t Fun

Sometimes, your child might have put hours into a hobby and they stick with it even if they don’t enjoy it anymore. This is a prime example of the skunk-cost fallacy, and it can be difficult to escape from. 

But, hobbies are supposed to be fun, so if they have lost their passion, perhaps it’s time to give it up. Of course, it might just be that they feel exhausted or overwhelmed by the hobby. If this is the case, encourage them to take a few weeks off to clear their head and see how they feel the week after. 

Be Supportive, Whatever They Choose 

It might be that your child picks a hobby that you don’t understand, and that’s okay. Even if you don’t get Dungeons and Dragons or why on earth they would want to climb a sheer mountainside, supporting them is the only thing you need to worry about. 

If they ask for new gear for their birthday, get it for them. If they need a ride to the club, take them, and when they get back, ask them how it was. They’ll appreciate this much more than if you tried to force them into doing something else. 

Getting On the Hobby Horse 

Hobbies are an excellent way to boost confidence and introduce your kids to other exciting things the world can offer. While not everyone will adore sports or video games, this doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there to discover and find a passion that will keep them busy for the rest of their life.