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Free St. Louis Family Attractions Card Savings Continue In The Fall

Just because summer’s gone doesn’t mean you have to give up on having fun–and saving. Most of the  St. Louis Family Attractions Card deals continue through the end of the year.

Whether you’re visiting St. Louis or you live here you can save a bundle with the card which is one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.

Get the card and you can save up to $1,000 on entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis.

Here’s a sample of the savings you can get by using the card:

  • St. Louis Science Center: Buy one adult OMNIMAX® ticket and receive one child’s OMNIMAX® ticket free. Fine print: Not valid for groups. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit four. Expires Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admissions. Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2013 operating season.

This is just a sampling of the deals you can get with the card. Check out the Family Attractions Brochure or the list of coupons on the website. Included are coupons for savings at area restaurants and discounts at the Drury Hotels. Campers can ask for the free Six Flags ticket packages at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort located next to Six Flags.

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website (you will have to give your email address) or go to any DierbergsShop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

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Free: St. Louis Family Attractions Card Savings Continue In The Fall

Just because summer’s gone doesn’t mean you have to give up on having fun–and saving. Most of the  St. Louis Family Attractions Card deals continue through the end of the year.

Whether you’re visiting St. Louis or you live here you can save a bundle with the card which is one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.

Get the card and you can save up to $1,000 on entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis.

Here’s a sample of the savings you can get by using the card:

  • St. Louis Science Center: Buy one adult OMNIMAX® ticket and receive one child’s OMNIMAX® ticket free. Fine print: Not valid for groups. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit four. Expires Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admissions. Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2013 operating season.

This is just a sampling of the deals you can get with the card. Check out the Family Attractions Brochure or the list of coupons on the website. Included are coupons for savings at area restaurants and discounts at the Drury Hotels. Campers can ask for the free Six Flags ticket packages at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort located next to Six Flags.

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website (you will have to give your email address) or go to any DierbergsShop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

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Free: 'Celebrating the Women of Motown' at Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series

Satin to perform at Twilight TuesdaysThe Missouri History Museum’s 2013 Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series continues this week with “Celebrating the Women of Motown” featuring Satin with special guest Martha Evans.

The free Twilight Tuesdays Concert Series is held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the museum’s front lawn.  The museum is located in Forest Park.

According to Satin’s website Satin is “a soul-singing, high-stepping trio of ladies who remember the R&B sounds of the 20th century.”

The singers–Maria Jackson, Suzanne Palmer and Adrianne Felton–perform with together with a four-piece rhythm section.  ”Each vocalist has her own unique style for their spectacular show,” the website says.

“Maria, the low contra-alto brings to life Mary Wells My Guy and gracefully moves through the Motown era reaching a peak at the 80’s/90’s as she sings songs made popular by Evelyn Champagne King and recreates the jazzy vocals of Anita Baker. 

“Suzanne sings the great tunes of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas like Heatwave and Jimmy Mack as well as tunes by Donna Summer from the disco era. 

“Adrianne brings it all home with soul stirring renditions of Aretha Franklin’s Respect and Ain’t No Way and Gladys Knight’s, Neither One of Us to name but a few.”

The women have entertained at many benefits including the National Cancer Society at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. They shared the stage with Gladys Knight for St. Jude’s Hospital and performed along side Mary Wells, Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire and many others.

They say the highlight of their career was performing at the Mid-Western Regional Ball of the 2009 Inauguration in Washington, D.C. at the request of President Barack Obama.

The remaining Twilight Tuesdays concerts include:

Oct. 1–Brock Walker and Friends present a tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire.

Oct. 8–Dr. Zhivegas (disco and club songs from the 70s to today).

The series is sponsored by Ameren, Majic 100.3, Oldies 103.3, YP and the Riverfront Times.

Concert-goers are invited to bring picnic dinners or purchase food onsite. St. Louis’ best food trucks are on the scene at the fall concerts. Members of the public can also bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Space is available on a first-come, first served basis.  Dogs are welcome to attend, but they must be on leashes.

 

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Free: St. Louis Family Attractions Card Savings Continue In The Fall

Just because summer’s gone doesn’t mean you have to give up on having fun–and saving. Most of the  St. Louis Family Attractions Card deals continue through the end of the year.

Whether you’re visiting St. Louis or you live here you can save a bundle with the card which is one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.

Get the card and you can save up to $1,000 on entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis.

Here’s a sample of the savings you can get by using the card:

  • St. Louis Science Center: Buy one adult OMNIMAX® ticket and receive one child’s OMNIMAX® ticket free. Fine print: Not valid for groups. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit four. Expires Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admissions. Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2013 operating season.

This is just a sampling of the deals you can get with the card. Check out the Family Attractions Brochure or the list of coupons on the website. Included are coupons for savings at area restaurants and discounts at the Drury Hotels. Campers can ask for the free Six Flags ticket packages at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Resort located next to Six Flags.

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website (you will have to give your email address) or go to any DierbergsShop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

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FREE: Admission To 'Civil War In Missouri' At The Missouri History Museum For St. Louis, St. Louis County Residents

Residents of St. Louis and St. Louis County can enter “The Civil War In Missouri,”  at the Missouri History Museum for FREE every Tuesday from 2-8 p.m.

Free admission  is thanks to the fact that property tax from the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD) supports the museum.

To receive free admission, residents must present a Missouri drivers license or a Missouri ID card.

The exhibits looks at Missouri’s role in the Civil War and features artifacts from the war and interactive elements about it. The exhibition runs until March 16.

A History Museum press release explains the significance of Missouri’s role in the war:

Missouri may best reflect the Civil War’s rending of our nation. Prior to the Civil War, the state was bitterly divided between pro-slavery secessionists and those determined to preserve the Union. The Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott Case and the Missouri-Kansas border conflicts exposed the simmering tensions. Claimed by both the Union and the Confederacy, two state governments grappled for control of Missouri. Today, Missouri and its role in the Civil War continue to generate controversy among historians, academics and Civil War enthusiasts. 

Ticket prices to the exhibit are $10, adults; $8, seniors, students, military and tour groups, $8; children ages 6-12, $6; children 5 and under, free.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

You can also get more in-depth information about the Civil War in Missouri at civilwarmo.org.

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FREE Events In St. Louis This Weekend 1/18-1/21/13

 

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It’s January, and many cities have a “closed” sign hung on them.

But not here in the Lou. It’s another jam-packed weekend of free and cheap fun.

Here’s a sampling of what’s happening on this three-day weekend (Jan. 18-21, 2013)–and it’s all free:

FREE Penguin Activities At Saint Louis Zoo

FREE: Soulard Mardi Gras Family Winter Carnival

Ice Festival At St. Louis Loop Neighborhood This Weekend

Free: Black Rep To Present ‘Resurrection 150: Another Voice’

Free: Eagle Watch At Audubon Center At Riverlands

MLK Celebration At UMSL’s Touhill On Monday

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Free: 'Massacre And The Media' Is Topic Of 'News At Noon' At Missouri History Museum

News at NoonThe public is invited to “News at Noon,” a discussion about stories making headlines locally, nationally and internationally at the Missouri History Museum from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

This week’s discussion will be about “Massacre and the Media.” The discussion is facilitated by those who actually report the news. The event is sponsored by the St.Louis Beacon and the Missouri chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

News at Noon is free and open to the public. The Missouri History Museum is located at Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park.

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Free: Family Attractions Card Saves You Money On Family Fun In St. Louis

2012 is winding down and will soon join the history books but there’s still time to save with the  St. Louis Family Attractions Card.

Whether you’re visiting St. Louis or you live here you can save a bundle with the card which is one of St. Louis’ best kept secrets.

Get the card and you can save up to $1,000 on entrance fees, meals and lodging in St. Louis.

You can print out coupons from the St. Louis Family Attractions Card website (you will have to give your email address) or go to any Dierbergs, Shop ‘n Save or Schnucks and pick up the Family Attractions Card brochure at the customer service counter.

Here’s a sample of the savings you can get by using the card:

  • St. Louis Science Center: Buy one adult OMNIMAX® ticket and receive one child’s OMNIMAX® ticket free. Fine print: Not valid for groups. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Limit four. Expires Jan. 31, 2013.
  • Missouri History Museum: $2 off per person on special exhibition admissions. Fine print: Limit two per coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or discounts. Expires Dec. 31, 2012.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Receive 50 percent off select seats to any Wednesday home game during the 2011 regular season. To redeem, visit cardinals.com/family. Fine print: Offer not valid for Party Suite tickets.  Offer based on availability. Additional blackout dates may apply. Expires Oct. 3, 2012.
  • Grant’s Farm: Save 15 percent on a total merchandise purchase. Fine print: Offer good one time only and may not be used with any other discount. Valid for 2012 operating season.
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Free: Community Action Fair At Missouri History Museum Saturday

You can learn about organizations that work on issues of food justice at a Community Action Fair Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Missouri History Museum.

The event is part of  ”Stories of Resilience,” the Missouri History Museum’s monthly series offers stories of resilience and hope in the St. Louis area. The series addresses topic such as homelessness and hunger are from different perspectives through a variety of formats, from guest lecturers to workshops.

Highlights of the Community Action Fair:

  • Culinary historian Michael Twitty will discuss the interaction between the history of African-Americans in the South and culinary traditions.
  • Screening of Trouble the Water, an Academy Award-nominated documentary that “takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen,” according to the museum’s website. “It’s a redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes-two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.”
  • Photo booth from GoodEye Photoshare
  • Special presentation by Tillie’s Corner
  • Special presentation by the Sweet Potato Project.

Also at the event: tables hosted by Green Strum, Millie’s BBQ Sauce, Operation Food Search, St. Louis Are Food Bank, Food Outreach, Growing American Youth, Peter & Paul Community Center, Missouri Harvest Guide Book, Slow Foods STL, Our City Farm.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

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Free: Community Action Fair At Missouri History Museum Saturday

You can learn about organizations that work on issues of food justice at a Community Action Fair Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

The event is part of  ”Stories of Resilience,” the Missouri History Museum’s monthly series offers stories of resilience and hope in the St. Louis area. The series addresses topic such as homelessness and hunger are from different perspectives through a variety of formats, from guest lecturers to workshops.

 

Among the highlights of the Community Action Fair:

  • Culinary historian Michael Twitty will discuss the interaction between the history of African-Americans in the South and culinary traditions.
  • Screening of Trouble the Water, an Academy Award-nominated documentary that “takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen,” according to the museum’s website. “It’s a redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes-two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.”
  • Photo booth from GoodEye Photoshare
  • Special presentation by Tillie’s Corner
  • Special presentation by the Sweet Potato Project.

Also at the event: tables hosted by Green Strum, Millie’s BBQ Sauce, Operation Food Search, St. Louis Are Food Bank, Food Outreach, Growing American Youth, Peter & Paul Community Center, Missouri Harvest Guide Book, Slow Foods STL, Our City Farm.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The museum is located in St. Louis’ Forest Park.

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