Get Spooky at St. Louis Union Station for Train or Treat

Come join this family fun event that brings some Boo to The Lou starting TODAY October 8 and continuing daily through October 31!

Created for children 12 and under and their families, the Union Station Halloween Experience is a themed walking journey through the historic railroad terminal’s stationary rail cars. Each train car features a spooky theme and guests are encouraged tp wear their Halloween costumes to the event.

The journey starts inside a huge tent filled with not-so-scary skeletons, a maze through a series of boo-rific decorated rooms and a big barnyard where guests 12 and under receive a free pumpkin! Onboard the train cars, guests will find spooky surprises and interactive elements. Kids get a special treat at the end of the journey!

When you are finished making your way through Train or Treat, be sure to check out the other amazing things to do at Union Station. Ride the St. Louis Wheel and get an amazing view of the city, or grab something to eat at the Soda Fountain! Or if you plan accordingly you can also visit the Aquarium and Train or Treat in the same visit!


Train Or Treat is open daily, October 8 – 31 from 4 to 8 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR TRAIN OR TREAT


General admission tickets are $14.99 at: www.stlouisunionstation.com/halloween-train-ticketing#

Beyond Van Gogh in St. Louis

When you first see the photos for the Van Gogh Immersive Experience you may think to yourself that this looks interesting. What you feel when you actually see it, is something entirely different.

Vincent Van Gogh is probably one of the most well-known names when it comes to art. Just about everyone knows his Starry Night painting. But did you know he painted that while in an asylum? Or do you know what caused the infamous ear incident without searching Google? These are just a couple of facts that you will read about while making your way through the Van Gogh Experience that is now available at the St. Louis Galleria.

Reading personal letters from Vincent to his brother Theo Van Gogh is a peek into the life of an artist that you normally wouldn’t know about. It is very thought provoking and provides insight into the mind of someone just trying to make their way in the world.

Seeing Vincent Van Gogh’s art in this new a technological way is amazing. They dubbed this an immersive experience. Immersive is the perfect word for this art show. Seeing the water in his painting ripple through-out the space, stars and fields flowing with flowers growing, and if you stare long enough at a portrait you might even see it blink.

Taking my daughter to this event was something I was wanting to do since it had been announced. I am thrilled that she got to experience this with me. Seeing her eyes light up as the room changed into another spectacular scene after another was worth spending a little time out of evening. She’s my little artist and it’s so interesting to hear her thoughts on Van Gogh’s brush strokes (he uses a lot of circles, she says), his bright colors, the people, fields, and houses, he paints. She’s still a little kid, so her thoughts don’t go as deep and meaningful as mine, but they’re there, just kid versions.

The event was well attended and there were Covid-19 precautions, like wearing masks and hand sanitizer stations. You probably shouldn’t be touching anything while you’re there anyways, but still there are some spots to wash your hands if needed. There is also a gift shop so you can pick up some Van Gogh themed items like shirts, cups, necklaces, etc. They are all very cool and worth checking out before you walk out the door.

Grab your tickets from vangoghstlouis.com today and enjoy one of the most technological artistic experiences you could ever immerse yourself in!

Happy Birthday Mom!

This week you would have been celebrating your 59th birthday. Even though you are not here to celebrate with us, we can still celebrate your life for you. So this week is dedicated to you and just how amazing you are.

Happy Birthday Mom! We love you and miss you!!!

How to Make More Money Without Giving Up Family Time

When you are a parent, you realize there are two things you never seem to have enough of; money and time. Raising a family can often be an expensive task and is also a busy one. Many moms and dads feel like they don’t spend as much quality time with their kids as they would like, as other essential commitments such as work get in the way. Finding ways to make extra money without sacrificing time spent with the kids can be challenging, and you may be considering working extra hours or taking on another job on the weekends. But, there are other ways to increase your income without missing out on precious time with your family; you can even do them when the kids have gone to bed. Here are some money-making ideas that you can try in your spare time at home without spending time away from your kids:

Start Online Trading

If you have always fancied dabbling in the world of trading, then why not give it a try? Thanks to modern technology, trading is far more accessible to people than ever before. Using online trading platforms and brokers, it is possible to trade CFDs, which is a popular form of trading that you can try at home. Many people enjoy the process of learning all about trading, as there are so many different ways to do it. Once you have become familiar with how to trade, you may feel ready to try for yourself and see if it becomes a successful way to make money for you.

Launch an eCommerce Store

Many people love shopping online and enjoy the wide range of choice available and the convenience of having your goods delivered to your door. During the pandemic, the popularity of online shopping increased even further while bricks and mortar stores stayed closed. Each of these factors combined means that eCommerce can become a lucrative second income stream. Who knows? Your eCommerce store could be so successful it becomes your main job rather than merely a side hustle. 

If you want to gain the benefits of running an eCommerce store without taking the time needed to arrange for delivery of the items, you could choose to use a dropshipping model instead. Dropshipping means shipping the goods is handled on your behalf, so you get to make money while spending more time with your kids and less time packing up orders.

Share Your Expertise

Making the most of your existing skills and knowledge is an excellent way to make some extra money at home. Maybe you are a talented artist and can spend some time painting or sketching each evening and then sell your art online. Or perhaps, you have experience teaching others new skills. If so, you could set up an online training course and share your expertise with people across the world. Whatever your area of expertise, there should be a way to monetize it and make some extra cash for you and your family.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.