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Pet-A-Palooza Set For Purina Farms in Gray Summit

Pet-A-Palooza at Purina Farms in Gray SummitPet-A-Palooza, a FREE event that celebrates the love you have for your pet, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at the Purina Event Center at Purina Farms in Gray Summit.

The event will feature exhibits, shopping and a chance to adopt a pet.

Highlights of Pet-A-Palooza include:

Adoption Alley: 21 local adoption agencies will help event-goers who are looking to adopt a pet. 

Boutique Boulevard: Shop for your pet to your heart’s content here. Check out who will be on site at this year’s Pet-A-Palooza

Pet Agility Courses: A favorite for people and pups, the agility courses return this year. Now hosted in their own climate-controlled arena,  two obstacle courses will off varying degrees of difficulty.

The Main Arena: The entertainment hub of the event, the Main Arena has a packed schedule.

The Pro Plan Performance Team Dog Show: The Pro Plan Performance Team Dog Show takes place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  A highlight of Purina Farms is the Dog Diving Arena, an 18-by-50 feet diving dog pool, with a 40-foot runway that allows dogs to get a running start as they land their jumps. The popular, nationally recognized diving dog sport originated at Purina Farms in 1997 when it was introduced as an event in the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge.

You can bring your pet to Pet-A-Palooza but it must be healthy, vaccinated and non-aggressive. Animals must be leashed at all times.

Purina Farms is located in Gray Summit in west St. Louis County, a short 10 minutes from Six Flags. Parking is FREE.

Pet-A-Palooza is sponsored by Purina Farms, KMOX, Y98, 102.5 KEZK, Children’s Hospital of St. Louis, Lou Fusz Subaru of St. Peters, Gold’s Gym, Chesterfield Fence & Deck, the Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum, Banfield Pet Hospital, Kennelwood Pet Resorts and St. Louis Magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emerson FREE Family Night At St. Louis Magic House Children’s Museum On Friday

Emerson FREE Family Nights at The Magic House in St. LouisMagic House lovers, get ready!  Emerson FREE Family Nights is coming back around this Friday–Aug. 21, 2015.

Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum holds Emerson Free Family Nights  from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on the third Friday of each month.

On Emerson FREE Family Nights,  a family  of four can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the Museum at no charge courtesy of Emerson. Two adults in each family plus up to four of their own children are admitted free on these nights. Reservations are not required.

Here are the rest of the FREE family nights for 2015:

September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 18, 2015
A hands-on children’s museum, the Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) It features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages and several special events throughout the year.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon and Family Fun Magazine have lauded the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programming.  Zagat named The Magic House the nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal.

 

 

Free Family Day At Laumeier Sculpture Park

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 1.53.29 PMLaumeier Sculpture Park will hold a FREE Family Day from 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 16, 2015 at the park.

The day is a great chance for parents to bond with their children as they encourage observation, imagination, curiosity and creativity. Participants of all ages can engage in structured activities with a variety of materials.

Families will have fun exploring new media and concepts while being inspired by Laumeier’s natural environment and its exhibits.

The event will be held at the Kranzberg Education Lab at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis. It is sponsored by PNC Arts Alive.  Laumeier is part of the St. Louis County Parks system.

 

 

Muny Opera Discount With Coupons From Schnucks

Muny OperaSave $7 on Sunday night’s Muni Opera St. Louis performances with a coupon from Schnucks Super Market .

You can also see a Muny production FREE. The 1,500 seats in the last nine rows of the theatre are FREE.  Seating there is on a first come, first served basis. The gates to the free seats open at 7 p.m. each evening but lines for the free seats begin forming as early as 4 p.m.  Arriving early can be fun, though.  There’s  pre-show entertainment in the Lichtenstein Plaza, behind the free seats.

 

Save $4 At Raging Rivers With Schnucks Coupon

Raging Rivers--get a Schnucks coupon

It’s August, and St. Louis is hot, hot, hot!

No better place to cool off than at  Raging Rivers in Grafton, Ill. along the Great River Road.

Stop by a Schnucks Supermarket and pick up a coupon for Raging Rivers to save you $4 on an adult or child admission.

The coupon, which is good through Sept. 7, cannot be combined with any other discount. You can purchase up to six tickets with the coupon.

You can purchase your tickets online to avoid waiting in line at the park.

Just a short drive up the River Road from St. Louis, Raging Rivers is 20-acre water park in a most scenic setting. Raging Rivers offers Runaway Rafts; a Body Flume; a beach with a four-foot wave pool and  “Endless River” where you can float along at a leisurely two and a half miles an hour.

The park also offers river-view cabanas where six to eight family members and friends can enjoy a shaded visit.

Regular admission prices are $24.95 for adults and $20.95 for children 48 inches and under.

You can get special offers and coupons throughout the season by joining Raging Rivers email club. (You will have to submit your email address to join.)

Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The last three performances are 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

Missouri History Museum Program Portrays Effort To Establish Sumner High School In St. Louis

Sumner High School

Sumner High School

The Missouri History Museum is offering a presentation on the civil rights efforts of African Americans and others in 1875, including the effort to build Sumner High School for blacks in a segregated school system.

The event will occur Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 1, 2015, in the museum’s lower level.

The dates are:

• This week –– 11 a.m. July 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. July 25.

• Week of July 27 — 11 a.m. July 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. Aug. 1.

The museum is located at Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue in Forest Park.

 

Emerson FREE Family Night At St. Louis Magic House Children’s Museum On Friday

Emerson FREE Family Nights at The Magic House in St. LouisMagic House lovers, get ready!  Emerson FREE Family Nights is coming back around this Friday–July 17, 2015.

Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum holds Emerson Free Family Nights  from 5:30 to 9 p.m., on the third Friday of each month.

On Emerson FREE Family Nights,  a family  of four can enjoy more than 100 hands-on exhibits in the Museum at no charge courtesy of Emerson. Two adults in each family plus up to four of their own children are admitted free on these nights. Reservations are not required.

Here are the rest of the FREE family nights for 2015:

August 21, 2015
September 18, 2015
October 16, 2015
November 20, 2015
December 18, 2015
A hands-on children’s museum, the Magic House is located at 516 S. Kirkwood Road, St. Louis. (Kirkwood Road is the section of Lindbergh Boulevard between Big Bend Boulevard and Manchester Road.) It features dozens of interactive exhibits for children of all ages and several special events throughout the year.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Orbitz, Nickelodeon and Family Fun Magazine have lauded the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and educational programming.  Zagat named The Magic House the nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal.

 

 

Cheap: Bluegrass Concert At Suson County Park

 

George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass to perform at Suson County Park.

George Portz and His Friends of Bluegrass to perform at Suson County Park.

Bluegrass band George Portz and his Friends of Bluegrass perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 11 at Suson Farm at Suson County Park, 6073 Wells Road, St. Louis.

The acoustic band, from Shiloh, Illinois, includes Ranger Dave Montgomery, David Dalton, Zach Hardesty and Kathie Pohlman who hail from both sides of the river. It specializes in bluegrass, country, Cajun and Irish music.

Check out the band’s schedule for the rest of the year.

The live bluegrass musical concert is presented by St. Louis County Parks and Recreation.

Tickets, available at the gate, are $5 per person for ages 12 and up.  Children 11 and under are free.   Parking is FREE.

Concessions are available at the park at a reasonable price.  Concert-goers are invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the concert under the stars.

Cheap: Cajun Concert On The Hill At Stone Hill Winery

Brett Denais & T-Rouge perform at Cajun Concerts on the Hill at Stone Hlll WineryIf you love Cajun and Zydeco music, head to Stone Hill Winery in Hermann where the winery’s Cajun Concert on the Hill is on all this weekend, July 10-12.

Brett Denais & T-Rouge, a Cajun and Zydeco band from the bayous of Louisiana, will be featured with three days of toe-tappin’ Bayou music.

Cajun dancers from Louisiana will perform authentic Cajun dances, and mouth-watering Cajun food–incuding jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee, fried catfish fillets, Andouille sausage with peppers and onions–will be available for purchase.

Hours are 6-10 p.m., Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  You can buy tickets online or at the door. A one-day pass is $12; a two-day pass is $22 and a three-day pass is $30.

Hermann, MO is an hour and a half west of St. Louis.