Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

Trail of the Week- Pickle Springs Natural Area near St. Genevieve, MO

If you are looking for a short and family friendly trail that still packs a scenic punch then Pickle Springs Natural Area in southeastern Missouri is a must see. Located about an hour south of St. Louis, The Trail Through Time path is a quick 2 mile loop hike through a variety of rugged and interesting geographical features. Quick being a retaliative term when hiking with kids and so much to discover! When we last hiked the trail over the…

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Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Visit to the St. Louis Aquarium and the Wheel at Union Station

Since the kids were off school on Valentine’s Day, Ben decided to take the day off work so we could have a local adventure day as a family. We had been wanting to check out the new St. Louis Aquarium which opened Christmas Day. We decided to combine the aquarium visit with a spin around the St. Louis Observation Wheel since both attractions are located at the stunning and historic Union Station. A combo ticket is available for a discount…

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The Mighty Merc – 11th ORT at Moonlight Racing 2/8/20

The Mighty Merc – 11th ORT at Moonlight Racing 2/8/20

Another quick opportunity to get the wheels dirty! I’m in! The boy and I ran out to Sullivan on one cold Saturday morning to get some more “woods time” in this year.

10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

10th ORT in the Mighty Merc – Flat Nasty Off-Road 1-25-20

It’s been awhile since we got the wheels off the pavement. After we got back from our 2019 trip to Colorado and Utah life just kept us hopping a bit more than usual. So when the opportunity presented itself to go play in the woods for a bit, we loaded up the family and headed out.

Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in South Haven, Michigan: What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

If you are in the Midwest, a fantastic beach vacation can be found within a days drive to one of Michigan’s beach towns. We return year after year for a short beach trip to one of these charming destinations along Lake Michigan. I recently posted here about all about the wonderful family activities in St. Joseph, Michigan. Just 30 minutes north of St. Joseph and a 6 hour drive from our home base near St. Louis is the lakeside escape…

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Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

Family Fun in St. Joseph, Michigan – What to See, Do, and Eat with Kids

One of the destinations I get asked about the most is our yearly trip to St. Joseph, Michigan. From St. Louis, it is less than a 5.5 hour drive to this amazing family friendly vacation spot. Since we are already up north in Chicago at least once a year to visit family, it is easy for us to tack on a couple more days for a mini beach getaway. The view below never gets old. Things to Do 1. The…

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Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Our Favorite Family Hikes in Arches National Park

Since we have been to Arches National Park three times now (2010, 2012, and 2019) I figured it would be great to condense all that info in to one post on our top picks of places to hike as a family. Since it is impossible to do everything, I’ve also tried to help you select a trail by adding my own personal rating from 1-5 for how easy the trail is (1 being super easy, 5 being more difficult) as…

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