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Road Trip to St. Louis! Explore…….

St. Louis is…for KIDS? You bet!  

The city hosted the 1904 World’s Fair and the 1904 Olympic Games and owns the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful Major League Baseball clubs.  The city is commonly identified with the Gateway Arch, operates more than 100 parks, and is the home of these “firsts”: the first concrete stadium, the first skyscraper, and the fist ice cream cone!  Just a road trip away, St. Louis is a vibrant Midwestern city. The city is a mix of old world charm and modern life. The renowned Gateway Arch attracts tourists from all over the world. But do you know that St. Louis is also a city for KIDS? Marvelous attractions, entertainment, recreation and fun stuff are waiting for you and your kids to explore and enjoy.

~All about ART~

Bringing internationally renowned dance companies to St. Louis audiences. Performances at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. Education programs available. Call for show Schedule.

ADDRESS: 3547 OLIVE BLVD. IN CENTENE, ST. LOUIS, MO 63103-1014

HOURS: MON-FRI., 9:30AM-4:30PM

PHONE: (314)534-6622

  • Saint Louis Art Museum

http://www.slam.org/

Built as the Fine Arts Palace of the 1904 World’s Fair and one of the nation’s leading comprehensive art museums. Collections include works of art of exceptional quality from virtually every culture and time period. Highlights include free admission to special exhibitions on Friday and programs that range from films to performances. No ticket admission required!

ADDRESS: ONE FINE ARTS DRIVE FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS, MO 63110

HOURS: MON, CLOSED; TUE-SUN., 10AM-5PM; FRI., UNTIL 9PM

PHONE: (314)721-0072

~See ANIMALS getting around? ~

  • World Bird Sanctuary

http://www.worldbirdsanctuary.org/

Live eagles, owls, hawks and more exhibited in a convenient 305-acre park setting. Hiking trails, bird watching, picnic areas and knowledgeable naturalists offer unique environmental entertainment. No ticket admission required!

ADDRESS: 125 BALD EAGLE RIDGE RD. VALLEY PARK, MO 63088

HOURS: OPEN DAILY, 8AM-5PM

PHONE: (636) 225-4390 ext. 0

  • World Aquarium

http://www.worldaquarium.org/

Over 10, 000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium. Feed stingrays, pet a shark,

get a fish manicure, slide through the shark tank or cheer on your favorite racing turtle.

ADDRESS: WITHIN CITY MUSEUM, ST. LOUIS, MO 63103

HOURS: SPRING/SUMMER: MON.-THUR., 9AM-5PM; FRI.-SAT., 9AM-11PM.; SUN., 11AM-5PM. FALL/WINTER: MON.-TUE., CLOSED.

PHONE: (314)647-9594

~Have fun, kids! ~

  • Gateway Arch

http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/

The Gateway Arch attracts four million guests each year. It is a family friendly attraction that spans from the St. Louis Riverfront to Citygardern. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Extended Summer Hours. Limitetd Accessibility.

ADDRESS: ST. LOUIS RIVERFRONT, ST. LOUIS, MO 63102

HOURS: OPEN DAILY EXCEPT THANKSGIVING, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY

PHONE: (314) 982-1410

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum

http://www.magichouse.org/   

Nationally acclaimed children’s museum offers hundreds of hands-on educational exhibits for kids from one to 101. Explore the Children’s Village, Star-Spangled Center and Jack and the Beanstalk Climber.

ADDRESS: 516 S. KIRKWOOD RD. ST. LOUIS, MO 63122

PHONE: (314) 822-8900

~Go and Color the WORLD! ~

  • 2011 Kid’s Activity Book

http://members.explorestlouis.com/pdfs/ActivityBook2011Email.pdf

Click the above link to download a copy of the 2011 Kid’s Activity Book. Be sure to check back in May for the 2012 book!

Sources retrieved from http://explorestlouis.com/visit-explore/discover/st-louis-kids/

There are also some UPCOMING EVENTS for you and your kids to consider for this summer!

  • Fee Free Week-Arch

To celebrate National Park Week, The National Park Service will waive the $3 entrance free to the Gateway Arch.

NOTE: The fees to ride the tram to the top of the Gateway Arch and for viewing the films at the park will remain in effect for this day.

Saturday, April 21-Sunday, April 29, 2012

For more information, visit http://www.coreofdiscovery.com/

  • Summer Camps

FREE summer camps for kids ages 7-15 are offered by Playtime. Camp topic include basketball, cheerleading, creative writing, football, gold, poetry, soccer, tennis, theater and track.


Hey Moms, Are You Managing Your Tasks or Are They Managing You?

Are you making the most of your time or are you a daily “fire fighter”, running around putting out “fires” all day?  It is one thing to understand the principles of time management yet task management seems to be elusive to many.  We all have the promotional notepads with the To Do list boxes already printed on them, but do they really help?  Maybe if you are going to the grocery store.

The best way to manage your tasks is to first understand how you think.  If you forget anything that you can’t see, a notepad isn’t likely to work.  For these thinkers, I recommend the Sticky Method.  With this type of task management, you write your tasks on 3×3 sticky notes.  You place the sticky notes on a large dry erase board mounted to the wall.  The board should be divided into realistic time frames (i.e. Today, Tomorrow, Next Week, etc).  Place the sticky notes into the appropriate category. Move them around as necessary.  Take it one step further by color coding your papers.

Here is an example: today you have an appointment to take your children to the dentist but the office calls to tell you the doctor is out sick today.  You will take the dentist paper and move it to the coordinating day of the rescheduled appointment.  When you are away from your office, take the sticky notes with you.  These can easily be placed into a pocket calendar or a day planner.

How you manage your tasks isn’t nearly as important as the fact that you do it.  Your system doesn’t have to look like your neighbors, and if you read about one in a book and it doesn’t work, it’s ok.  Take a system that sounds good then make modifications where necessary to make it your own.  You are the only you in the world, only you know what will work for you!

Have a Neat day!

Jennifer Snyder

Owner & Organizer

Neat as a Pin! Organizing Experts

(254) 715-3888

www.neatasapin.net


Ever Wonder? Quick Answers to Some Nutrition Questions!

Are presweetened cereals more cavity promoting than unsweetened cereals?  Carbohydrates in both starches and sugars “nourish” bacteria that promote tooth decay.  Whether or not they’re presweetened, their cavity factor depends on how long cereals stick between teeth or in crevices in molars.  Although not a dental issue, presweetened cereals often have more calories and don’t provide the fiber than unsweetened cereals often provide.

Do bleeding gums mean you are not getting enough Vitamin C?  It’s not likely unless you a have a deficiency.  Most cases of bleeding gums is poor oral hygiene.

What is the difference between “enriched” and “fortified”?  Both mean that vitamins for minerals were added to make a food more nutritious.  Enriched means adding back nutrients that were lost during processing.  Fortified means adding nutrients that weren’t present originally.

How many carrots do you need to eat to meet your day’s need for Vitamin A?

You need a handful a day to meet your daily needs.

How does frozen custard differ from ice cream?  It’s about the same.  The only difference is that more egg yolks are used in custard.

Are dry roasted nuts are lower in fat than oil-roasted nuts?  They have about the same amount per ounce.  Nuts don’t absorb much oil when they’re roasted. The fat comes from the nuts themselves.  They are also a good source and provide fiber.

Does sugar cause hyperactivity?  Sugar has been wrongly accused as a cause of hyperactivity.  Even though no scientific evidence supports the link between the intake of sugar and hyperactivity, many parents and caregivers seem reluctant to put this notion aside.

Why do you feel thirsty after eating salty food?  Salt is made of two minerals:  Sodium and chloride.  When you eat salty foods, your body uses water to flush extra sodium away.  With water loss, you feel thirsty and you likely drink more.

Information in this article was obtained from Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, 3rd edition.  Roberta Larson Duyff

Good health is important from the inside out. Learn more about how Tiffany nourishes her body from the outside by checking out her website at tglenn.myrandf.biz Tiffany lives in Lorena with her husband Tim, son age 15 and daughters’ ages 9 and 13. E-mail: tiffanydglenn@gmail.com