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Turning Clutter Into Cash!

Turning Cash Into Clutter!

As the price of gas goes up, the cost for other goods and services are skyrocketing, too.  These added costs add stress to Mom as she manages the family budget making sure everyone has what they need and some of what they want too. Many turn to garage sales, consignment stores and online postings as a way to save some money – but there are drawbacks to these solutions. Gas spent driving from garage sale to garage sale, hoping to find what you are looking for offsets the small prices you’ll pay if you actually hit a gold mine. Consignment stores are good, but often have limited selection, especially on larger gear and toys – simply because of space constraints. And online postings are great if you’re looking for a single item, like a stroller or a bed. But outfitting kids for a season or looking for multiple items can be incredibly time consuming, plus organizing a meeting with a seller can be troublesome. Semi-annual community children’s consignment sales events have become a popular alternative to these other options, allowing Mom’s to save time and money. These events serve hundreds of consignors and thousands of shoppers with their large selections of clothes, toys, gear, shoes and more.
As more local moms find out about Just Between Friends and other consignment sales, they are participating in these semi-annual community sales events because they are able to earn more than they would at any other resale option. In these tough economic times, parents realize that they need to make the most for their items in order to reinvest that same money in their child’s next stage. Kansas City’s moms can sell their children’s outgrown and unused items and make up to 75% on their sold items, while shopping tens of thousands of items at up to 90% off retail prices. The events save them time and money – no time wasted driving around town hunting for deals or sitting in the heat at a garage sale all weekend hoping enough shoppers come by to make it worth the effort.
Maybe you’re already a shopper at one or more of these events.  So you’re saving the money, but let’s cover why you should be selling at these events, too.  Being a consignor allows you to:

  • Shop early, before the public.  Often this means better selection and first dibs on the best deals.
  • Earn 65%-75% on the selling price of your items.   70% of $5 on a pair of jeans is WAY more than the 50 cents or $1 your might get for those jeans at a garage sale.
  • Set the prices of their items in the convenience and privacy of your own home.  Many events have “Pricing Guidelines” to help when you’re stumped on how much to ask for an item.

Consigning is a great way to get rid of kid-related clutter in your house, save items from a local landfill by recycling them and making some big money in the process.

Think you don’t have enough stuff to qualify as a consignor?  Usually these events just ask their consignors bring at least $100 of tagged merchandise.  Check these 10 places and see what you can come up with.

  1. Children’s Closets: Pull out what doesn’t fit or won’t fit in the coming season.  Have totes labeled “Spring” and “Fall” and when things come out of the wash that are too small, put them away and they’ll be ready to tag when the next sale comes.
  2. Children’s Dressers:  Socks, t-shirts, hats, pants and shorts.  Often Moms (and kids) wear their favorite outfits repeatedly but other items of clothing don’t get worn at all, but need to be recycled and resold as the child outgrows that size.
  3. Toy Boxes:  Children love toys, games and puzzles but quickly lose interest.  Smart moms recycle their kids’ toys twice a year at these sales, so kids are constantly entertained and stimulated.  Selling and buying toys at these events means your not losing money by paying retail, instead it’s like an “exchange”.
  4. Back Yard:  Here’s where the most in-demand items and moneymakers are found.  Swings, slides, jungle gyms, water/sand tables, and other outdoor items are what moms race down the aisles for.  Also check the garage for bikes, trikes, sleds and bike trailers.
  5. Kitchen:  When infants move from bottles to sippee cups, that’s the perfect time to resell bottles, bottle warmers and pacifiers.  It’s also a great place to look for baby spoons, kids’ dinnerware, bibs and baby food makers.
  6. Bathroom:  Here’s where you’ll find potty chairs, baby bath tubs, hooded towels, baby washcloths, tub toys and safety items.
  7. Media Center:  Baby Einstein DVD’s will give way to Dora and Diego, then comes the Disney movies and Video games.  As children progress, moms recycle to the next level up to keep their kids engaged.
  8. Grandma/Babysitter’s House:  It’s common for moms to buy “two of everything” for the sake of convenience.  So it’s easy to move from baby to toddler equipment without a huge expense.
  9. Basement: Basements are notorious for being the “baby catch-alls” of the past. However, today’s parents only want the latest fashions, equipment and toys. Instead of letting your basement get cluttered with yesterday’s essentials and favorite things sell them to keep your house clutter free and add some cash to your wallet! Items stored for any length of time basically becomes proportionately unsalable due to formula stains, battery corrosion, recalls and/or outdated styles.
  10. Kids’ Rooms: As kids grow, so does their taste in décor. Baby lambs give way to racecars and cribs are upgraded to toddler and bunk beds. Moms should consider recycling lamps, rugs, crib bedding sets, furniture and anything else that is more clutter now than convenience.

See?  If you have kids and thought through even a few of the above places, you know you’re ready to be a consignor with one of the local consignment sales events. . Moms who volunteer four hours or more at the event typically make more money (often 70-75%) on their sold items. There are often some family-friendly vendors at the event, too.

So get out and make some money, clear clutter and get some back-to-school cash flow into your budget.  See you at the sale!

Since 2006, Amber Post has been organizing 3 Just Between Friends Children’s and Maternity Sales events (Lee’s Summit, MO Owasso, OK and Southwest Tulsa, OK).  She loves saving money, shopping and working from home in her PJ’s with her 5 kids, 3 dogs and guinea pig Twix keeping her company.  She can be reached at 816-686-2326 or amber@jbfsale.com

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Guilt Clutter Anyone?

Here’s another great piece from Jennifer, at Neat as a Pin Organizing.  Her professional take on all things “organized” is always a breath of fresh air.  Do you have guilt clutter you need to let go? 🙂

Guilt Clutter

Guilt is defined “remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense”.  We all have it and especially when it comes to our clutter.  Mental health professionals would agree that guilt can weigh us down and bring with it some less than ideal side effects.  Imagine ridding yourself of not only the clutter in your space but also of the guilt associated with it!  To do that, we must first understand it.

We experience guilt clutter when we pay a lot of money for something we never use.  Usually big ticket purchases seem like a good idea at the time but end up relegated, unused to some corner.  A very good example of this is a treadmill.  It is possible to spend several hundred to several thousand dollars on a treadmill.  So you make the investment in, assuming, your health but fail to use it.  This creates guilt not only that you aren’t exercising but that you also made such a large, wasted, investment.  You keep it because you either intend to use it someday or simply paid so much money for it you believe you won’t be able to recoup any of it.  All of these feelings drain your emotional energy and take away from your enjoyment of life.

If I were standing there with you looking at this treadmill, I would ask you “what keeps you from using it?” and “what is the worst thing that could happen if it were to go away?”  The bottom line is if you don’t use it because you would prefer to walk outside in the fresh air then let it go!  If the worst thing that could happen is you are out a few hundred dollars then let it go.  Sell it on Craig’s list or contact a local auction company to take it off your hands for you.  Either way, you will be happier in the long run.

Another very real form of guilt clutter is the gifts we receive.  We all get them…gifts for which we appreciate the thought but would never use in a million years.  A very good example comes to mind from a client a few years ago.  She had two (very ugly, I might add) martini glasses.  She had already mentioned that she doesn’t drink any alcohol yet keeps these two glasses.  She said they were a gift from a friend and wanted to have them in case she came over one day.  I told her “things break”.  She laughed but understood.

The reality is even if the friend did come over, it is unlikely they would drink iced tea out of the martini glasses.  There is no reason for her to keep them.  I do, however, recommend re-gifting when possible just be smart about it.  The best thing to do though is to tell the generous gift-giver that although you love the thought, you would rather get her money’s worth by exchanging it for something you would actually use.  They might be a little stung at first but in the end will most likely be grateful that their money wasn’t wasted.  Honesty is always the very best policy.

Guilt happens to all of us and the way to overcome it is to recognize it.  Once you do, consider the steps to remove those feelings and feel better about your belongings and your space.

Have a Neat day!

Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts



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.


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

PHONE: (314)534-6622

  • Saint Louis Art Museum


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!



PHONE: (314)721-0072

~See ANIMALS getting around? ~

  • World Bird Sanctuary


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!



PHONE: (636) 225-4390 ext. 0

  • World Aquarium


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.



PHONE: (314)647-9594

~Have fun, kids! ~

  • Gateway Arch


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.



PHONE: (314) 982-1410

The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum


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.


PHONE: (314) 822-8900

~Go and Color the WORLD! ~

  • 2011 Kid’s Activity Book


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


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

Road Trip to Topeka, KS — An Art of Life or A Life of Art?

Yo Yo Club at the Discovery Center in Topeka

So much to see, do and learn in Topeka! What a great destination for a family day trip!

Topeka, KS, the capital city of Kansas, is the homeland for famous Topekans like Harry E. Gavitt, the spirit behind Gavitt’s Stock Exchange, which is one of the most exciting and popular games ever invented; Cyrus K. Holiday, one of the founders of Topeka; and Arthur Capper, the noted editor and politician. The city also gets little known facts: the home of the first million-dollar high school, the home of Margaret Hill McCarter, the home of Charles Sheldon who wrote In His Steps… The list can go on and on. Thus, it is not surprising to know that Topeka is one of Kiplinger’s 10 Best Cities for the next decade.

There are tons of fun things to do in Topeka, KS: If you are fond of libraries and museums, Combat Air Museum, Kansas Center for the Book and Old Prairie Town at Ward Meade Historic Site are there for you; If you would like to see animals, the renowned Topeka Zoo is your choice; Or if you are longing to see a Brian Regan show, Topeka Performing Arts Center is the place for you. See it now? Topeka, as Alissa Sheley says, is small enough to know everyone around you, but it is big enough to do fun things you can possibly imagine.

Now, we are delighted to share our recommended TOP 5 FUN EVENTS in Topeka with you and your family. Hope you can find the bright spot for a nice spring roadtrip!!

TOP 1— The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

Website: http://www.kansasdiscovery.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_57835724015

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center a center for children with exhibits for discovery and exploration! It’s a “hands-on” envirnment with focus on EDUCATION! There’s math, science, arts, creative thinking and gross motor skill activities for the kiddos.  The Center provides moms and dads with Birthday Parties & Private Events rooms, Field Trips, Exhibits and Discover Camps too!

Upcoming Fun Events for kids:


Begins this THURSDAY, MARCH 29

The Yo Yo Club will meet every Thursday afternoon for 6 weeks, at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. This is a great after school activity for children ages 5+ years or older. Read more about the event at http://www.kansasdiscovery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=71&Itemid=85

Read more about all of their upcoming events at http://www.kansasdiscovery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=66&Itemid=79

TOP 2— Topeka Zoological Park 

Website: http://topekazoo.org/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TopekaZoo

The Famous Topeka Zoo has been a favorite destination for kids and adults alike since the 1930s. Today, the Zoo features more than 380 animals amidst acres of native horticulture.

Upcoming Fun Events for kids:

Summer Camp Registration NOW OPEN!

Begins on this FRIDAY, MARCH 30

Giraffe Feeding, Bone Day for the big cats, Campout with Dad, and Drew @ the Zoo are waiting for your kids!! Read more about the events at http://topekazoo.org/

TOP 3— Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn 

Website: http://www.washburn.edu/main/mulvane/index.html

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MulvaneArtMuseum?sk=wall

At Mulvane Art Museum, you can see art of life because they believe art can change people’s lives. You not only gaze at pictures and works, you also get to know stories behind them.

Upcoming Fun Events for kids:

ArtLab Family Days (Free & Open to the Public)

Begins at APRIL 14, Saturday

Come to ArtLab to create artistic bird houses and feeders to shelter and feed your fine feathered friends! Read more about the event at http://www.washburn.edu/main/mulvane/files/FREE2012.pdf

TOP 4— Kansas State Capitol Building

Website: http://www.kansastravel.org/kansasstatecapitol.htm

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kansas-State-Capitol/105509059482760

Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, KS is the best FREE attraction in the Kansas State Capitol. The Capitol is open to visitors from 8 AM-5PM, Monday through Friday, with free tours conducted by the State Historical Society 4-6 times during the day.

*Special Note: The Kansas State Capitol dome tours have been suspended through June 2012 due to renovation. The rest parts of the building can still be visited.

TOP 5— Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts

Website: http://parks.snco.us/Facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=92

The Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts is an organization dedicated to enriching the cultural growth of Shawnee County community in Topeka, KS. They offer family entertainment, positive theater learning experiences in a friendly atmosphere.

Upcoming Fun Events for kids:

BathHouse Players

Begins on MAY 30, 10AM-3PM

The BathHouse Players need energetic and creative youth ages 14-18 with varied talents, who enjoy the arts and producing plays for young people. Read more about the event at http://parks.snco.us/Facilities.aspx?Page=detail&RID=92

Find an Art of Life in Topeka, KS!

Embrace a Life of Art in Topeka, KS!

Hey Moms! Here’s Some Help with Electronics Clutter

Hey iFamilyKC readers!  Do you have a box, closet or drawer full of electronic cords, adapters and possibly even original packaging and boxes?  We tend to save these things, “in case”, but often they are obsolete, outdated or even not in working order.  Our professional organizer has some tips and answers to help coordinate the clutter:

“In my classes I teach people how to keep computer files organized but what I am talking about today, is all of the little items that we are instructed to keep that comes with new electronics purchases.  Rare is the home I visit that does not have a closet totally devoted to empty computer and electronics boxes – once even having a client rent a storage unit to store the TV box just in case she needed it.

We are given information from a variety of sources (add me to the list) of what to keep and what to save.  Most of which, is intended to make life easier for the entity providing the information.  Consider this, if it is clearly written on each side of a computer box to Save This Box!  You think you need to save it.  By saving the box, you are making any returns easier (and cheaper) for the manufacturer.  Save your boxes between fourteen and thirty days.  After that, any malfunction issues will have presented themselves.  After that time, a local repairman would most likely be consulted anyway.

Once you are ready to dispose of the actual box, cut off the serial number sticker and any manufacturer contact information.  These should be stored with the owner’s manual and warranty information.  This can be by either stapling or placing together in a sheet protector or Ziploc bag.  If you use the Ziploc bag, you can place the wires in there as well, just be sure to use a labeler to label the bag and the contents.  Make sure that chargers that are used regularly are left out in a place where they can be charged in the same place every day.

Parts and pieces for items that would be seldom used should be stored away but properly labeled.  Again, a Ziploc bag or even square Gladware boxes are ideal.  I prefer the Gladware boxes because they can easily be stacked on a shelf.  If the labels are on the sides, then you know exactly which box contains the spare parts to your dishwasher.

Before trying to take control over you wires and electronics accessories, go through them and identify the parent part…then label them.  Any for which you are unsure, place in a separate container.  Keep the container for six months and if you haven’t tried to locate one of those cords, discard the entire thing.  Replacing a lost cord cost far less than the emotional cost of worrying about what to do with them.

Have a Neat day!”

Jennifer Snyder, Neat as a Pin Organizing Experts



Please Join Us as We Share the Power of a Wish!

iFamilyKC is thrilled to be promoting our local Make-A-Wish organization!  Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has been on a mission to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

Founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 250,000 children around the world.  The Missouri Chapter, headquartered in St. Louis and operating regional offices in Kansas City and Springfield,  granted its first wish in 1983 and since that time more than 4,200 children in Missouri and eastern Kansas have been forever changed by the power of a wish®!  Our Chapter’s territory serves all 115 counties in Missouri and 6 in Kansas – Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami, and Wyandotte.

While wishes are unique expressions of each child’s imagination, they typically fall into one of four categories…I wish to go…I wish to be…I wish to meet…and I wish to have.  Whatever the wish , it sends a message that we as a community care about these special children and we understand how critical illnesses affects the entire family.

Volunteers are the backbone of our organization.  There are volunteer opportunities that can fit into just about anyone’s schedule, whether it is by helping grant wishes, raising money by hosting fundraiser or providing office support.  Thank you to all the valued volunteers, sponsors, and board members who have helped make our region successful.  We continue to make great strides to increase our name recognition, outreach capabilities and fundraising expertise as we work to grant as many wishes as possible for families in our region.

Please join us as we share the power of a wish®!










Visit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Missouri website at www.mo.wish.org

For more information on our upcoming event – Walk For Wishes visit www.walkforwisheskc.kintera.org

You may also call the local office at 913-341-9474.



How Do We Get the Kids Where They Need to Be?

Topic around the water cooler today is how on earth do we get the kids to and from all of the different places they need to be?  This can be an issue in the evenings, during the school year and especially during summer months when there are so many camps and activities!   Round About Kids Transportation really can help:

Mark Romero’s brainchild can help you with not only kids’ transportation but also elderly, airport and entertainment transportation needs.

Roundabout Kids Transportation, LLC was created to provide a unique, reliable and safe transportation service exclusively for children and adults in the Kansas City area. Their objective is to get your children to school, daycare, after school programs, soccer practice, music lessons, parent’s place of employment, or wherever a family’s schedule demands. They also provide transportation to all local Airports or any local destination of your choice for families in the Kansas City Metro Area.  They are licensed and commercially insured for your protection.  Be sure to visit their web site for more information.  They might just be able to save you some time and headaches while getting everyone in the family where they need to be!



Discover St. Joseph, Missouri!

iFamilyKC is always looking for great resources to share with our readers.  “Where can we go for family fun?”  is a common question we hear.  If your family lives in an urban city, you may want to try somewhere with natural scenery and fresh air. Or, if you are bored with the simple life in rural towns, you may be longing for places with upscale shopping, fine dining and exciting things.  We have the answer for you, “Go and discover St. Joseph, Missouri!”

St. Joseph, MO is a suburban city that was settled in 1826 as a trading post on the Missouri River. The city is the perfect combination of urban and rural living. As said on the Convention and Visitors Bureau website, “St. Joseph, Missouri invites you to take a step back in time-without missing out on any 21st Century comforts.” St. Joseph, MO is the famous place where the Pony Express began in 1860 and the notorious Jesse James said goodbye to this world in 1882. The city also has abundant recreation opportunities and arts for families and kids.

We would like to walk you through five hot spots you can go for family fun! Come see them now!

No.1—Pony Express Museum

*Special Event for Kids: Educational Field Tour

Guided tours are available to groups of at least 20 students but limited to 75 people. The museum offers guided tours as well as other activities such as a scavenger hunt and several other interactive worksheets. The museum also has a wonderful children’s exhibit, “Family Life on the Frontier,” where kids will be able to dress up as pioneer and experience life in the 1800’s. Interested? See more on their website at http://www.ponyexpress.org/educational-field-trips

Information: The Pony Express Museum presents to you with many exciting, vibrant, educational exhibits illustrating the need, creation, operation and termination of the Pony Express. You can also make a Souvenir Pressed Penny in their new, crank machine!

Sources: http://www.ponyexpress.org/


No. 2—Jesse James Home in Patee House

*Special Event for Kids: Civil War Talks

In the fall, Patee House will resume its series of talks on the Civil War in St. Joseph and northwest Missouri. Dates & times TBA. Visit their website at http://www.ponyexpressjessejames.com/patee

Information: The notorious outlaw Jesse James said goodbye to this world in this house on April 3, 1882. Today, the James Home deals with the life and death of Jesse James.

Sources: http://www.ponyexpressjessejames.com/patee/


No.3—Remington Nature Center

*Special Event for Kids: Mock Dig Coming in July!

If your kids are interested in archaeology, you may want to consider this Mock Dig event. Find more information on their website at http://www.stjoenaturecenter.info/MockDig.pdf

Information: The Remington Nature Center of St. Joseph is located in the beautiful Missouri River Valley in St. Joseph, Missouri. The center has built a reputation for sharing nature’s wonder with students and families, children and adults. Their programs just for kids will surely attract you.

Source: http://www.stjoenaturecenter.info/

No. 4—Allied Arts Council

*Special Event for Kids: Artists in the schools

The event is a program of the Allied Arts Council. It offers cultural enrichment to students in grades pre-K-12 in public and parochial schools in the St. Joseph area. There is a charge of $20.00 per session for schools located outside of the St. Joseph city limits. You can find more detailed information by visiting their website at: http://www.stjoearts.org/programs/artist_n_schools.htm

Information: The Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph, Missouri provides educational programs; art exhibits, summer youth arts programs, and operates the annual Trails West! !® Arts festival. The Council exists “to bring arts and people together.”

Sources: http://www.stjoearts.org/programs/artist_n_schools.htm



No. 5—Robidoux Resident Theatre

*Special Event for Kids: Young Playwrights Festival

High school students write and submit one-act scripts to a juried competition. Four finalists will be chosen to and their work adjudicated by a panel of theatre professionals. The first place winner will receive $500, second place $250, third place $100, and fourth place $50. Come see more detailed information on their website at http://www.rrtstjoe.org/

Information: Robidoux Resident Theatre is an organization that focuses on professional quality theater productions with the spirit of volunteerism. The theatre is an important tool for educational, economic, and community development in St. Joseph.

Sources: http://www.rrtstjoe.org/



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Experience the vibrant Wonderland!

Have fun with your kids!

Enjoy life with your family!

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