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Exploring St. Louis: Millennium Park

2016 July 23
by Becky

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There this amazing playground that, I’m discovering, not everyone has visited.

I was talking about it at the Tower Grove Farmer’s market this weekend and was stopped by two people who overheard me describing it, asking for more info, saying they’d never heard of it and wanted to go. Clearly we’re all on the hunt for new places to explore.

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Have YOU been to Millennium Park?

It’s nestled discreetly behind Barnes Jewish West County Hospital, just off 270 on Olive Road. I know, it’s a lot farther out into the county than I usually venture for a playground. But a while back I had plans with a St. Charles friend and we decided to meet half way, which happened to be at this new park I’d heard about. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to check it out.

As I followed Google’s directions, it seemed impossible a playground would materialize—we were driving past an ER entrance and saw signs everywhere for patient parking. Then, just when I was sure we were lost, the grassy knolls of a park appeared in the distance. We grabbed our picnic and towels and headed in, Ethan ecstatically pointing out all the cool equipment.

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The park features three play structures with something for every age, plus a pavilion, covered benches, swings, restrooms, and a fenced splash pad. Our kids dispersed to explore and played happily until lunch, which we set up on a shady hill on a blanket.

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Ethan came ready to splash, so once everyone was sweaty and finished climbing around, we headed to the splash pad. They started slow, just a hand in the water here and there, before going for the big soak.

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My friend and I loved the fence, no kids went wandering across the playground between jet jumping. We had the place practically to ourselves which is always an extra special treat. This park would be a  great place for a birthday party or family gathering.

I meant to post this SO long ago and somehow got side-tracked, but everyone needs to know about this place, if only to change up the park routine this summer! It’s yet another amazing (free) St. Louis adventure spot to add to your list.

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Flamingo Fest 2016 at Citygarden!!

2016 July 21
by Becky

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I’m too enamored with this even to wait even a day to share it with you.

Citygarden celebrated its 7th birthday with the annual Flamingo Fest! We spent our morning surrounded by bubbles and fountains and cookies and chalk art and the best damn DJ I’ve ever heard and it was all FREE. St. Louis, why do I continue to be surprised by these incredible events you host that cost families not one red cent?

Citygarden is one of my tip top favorite places in our fine city, I’ve talked about it on here before, and I just had to capture it in a quick video, especially for my friends who’ve admitted they haven’t yet visited this amazing place. Seriously, GO NOW!!! Sure it’s a billion degrees in St. Louis, but there isn’t a better place to be on a hot day.

Here goes…

(If you are viewing this in an email, click the top link to watch the video)

So before this summer comes to an abrupt halt—I know, sounds crazy but it happens fast!—get down to Market Street and spend a morning swimming in and running through fountains and water features before grabbing lunch at a food truck.

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Sure there isn’t always a stilt walker, balloon animal maker, face painter or a Bubble Bus, but it will still be a REALLY good time.

Have you been? Do you love it??

 

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