Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bass Pro Santa's Wonderland, St. Charles



Location: 1365 S 5th St, St Charles, MO 63301

Website: http://m.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&langId=-1&appID=86915&cm_ven=redirect&cm_cat=mktg&cm_pla=bps&cm_ite=santa&cm_sp=SantaWlandNov2013_RD

Bass Pro Shops has been offering free Santa photos for years. They also have a bunch of activities for the kids.  We stopped by to see what it was all about and had a great time! Here's what they have:


Activity rug table with wooden cars


Laser gun arcade

 Archery arcade

 RC truck arena

 Ball pit with 2 excavators

 Lincoln log table

Craft tables (in the background)



Here's their schedule:


I think it's really neat that they offer all of this free stuff for the kids. Check them out if you're in the area!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holidays in the Park, Six Flags Eureka




Location: 4900 Six Flags Rd, Eureka MO 63025

Website: https://www.sixflags.com/stlouis

This is the fist time Six Flags has ever opened for the Christmas holiday. Usually they shut down after Halloween Fright Fest. I went Friday with my daughter and enjoyed it. Here's the low down: The park is decorated with lots of lights and photo ops. The main things they are offering that are new and different for the holidays are new food offerings, entertainment, and attractions. Otherwise it's just Six Flags in the cold with lights!


This is the list of rides but pandemonium was supposed to be running and it wasn't when we were there. That may happen depending on weather. Better to be safe than sorry!



We didn't visit the fudgery, we have a food pass and don't like to spend any money there. They have tons of things there that they want you to buy but they won't get my money ha! Kringles Kottage was cute, Mrs. Claus was really fun with my daughter and this photo is now one of my all time favorites! Everything they had in there cost extra except story time. They had little gingerbread cookies you could decorate and I think they were charging $3.99. You could do that at home for so much cheaper. I didn't see the prices on the other things though. 

We didn't go into the North Pole Store because it's just stuff for sale that we didn't care to buy. We didn't go in Santa's House either because the line was really long and it's just for getting your photo taken with Santa. We didn't go to S'Mores Galore either because we don't care for s'mores.


Writing a letter to Santa. Beware they try to sell you trips to Branson in there!



We saw almost all of the entertainment. The characters of Christmas were walking around and we got photos with several of them. We didn't see the Holiday Harmonies (Dickens' style carolers). We saw the Magic of Christmas light show in front of the palace and it was neat. The trees do a great show accompanied to fun songs and it's a good length of time. Right after that we went inside the palace for the Majesty of Christmas show. It was a live nativity and my daughter loved the animals! Mary rode in on a donkey, they had sheep, and a wise man came in on a camel. The acting was very cheesy, super dramatic, and it was extremely loud. The flyer says "an angel will fly over the stable" but he didn't, he just was lowered down and then raised back up.  It was still cool but I wish they didn't exaggerate the truth. We never saw the Tinsletones at the Empire theatre, we were tired and just didn't really have a desire to see singing.








The photo ops scattered around the park are really cute.


 As far as food goes like I said we have a food pass and had no interest in buying a refillable hot cocoa cup because my kids don't drink it. They're offering turkey legs with cranberry sauce, cinnamon pretzels, spiced cider, and cinnamon on funnel cakes. If you pick up a flyer when you come in it will tell you where all the food is being sold because not every restaurant is open. 

Probably the coolest thing was riding the Colossus so we could see the lights from up high. You could barely see Santa's Magical Kingdom next door too! 



If you have season passes I would check it out! Bundle up though! They have heaters spread out around the park but they were totally crowded and we didn't want to wait for one to open up because we wanted to ride the rides and see the shows.  Hope this helps you out if you want to go!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Kidzxplor and a giveaway!





In case you haven't heard, #kidzxplor is a new company that started in the summer of 2016. 

Their tagline is "Thousands of activities. One pass". Kidzxplor memberships allow kids to drop in to the best providers in town on your schedule with no commitment and no fees. What could be easier?? It's an amazing way for kids to try new thingsBut they don't just offer classes, they have playgroups, open gyms, kids night out events, and more.
 
I did Kidzxplor in August, and that time the events we attended were Rockin' Tots at Rockin' Jump (indoor trampoline 2 hour bounce session), a cake pop decorating session at Sweetology, a 4 hour drop off gymnastics camp at All American Gymnastics, a Kinder Dance class at Central Studio, a gymnastics class at Team Central, and a 2 hour drop off party at Once Upon a Bash. They had pizza, made snow cones, watched Zootopia, did crafts, and ran around like crazy people while I went and had dinner in peace. They were all great and the kids enjoyed them all. I'll post photos now so you can see the different venues. 




     Sweetology



     Kinder dance at Central Studio in the city




     
 Team Central Gymnastics class



 Once upon a Bash party (watching Zootopia)

 



An opportunity arose to join them again in November, and this time the classes we chose were Robert's Music Together class, a Pom Pom class at On Your Toes Dance Studio, another music class at Gymboree in Webster, and a Go Go Amigos Spanish class at the Spanish Clubhouse in Kirkwood.







Pom Pom class at On Your Toes


Gymboree Webster






Spanish Clubhouse in Kirkwood






Kidzxplor is still adding new partners and new classes all the time. It's so easy to register and take a look at the calendar. There are activities offered in all parts of town and for all ages and abilities. If you love kid activities as much as me, then this is the thing for you.

I was lucky to be part of a blogging group this time around- you can check out these blogs and see what their experiences were:


So here's the exciting part! Kidzxplor has teamed up with us bloggers and we're giving away a THREE month membership! It's so easy, just enter below. The winner will be announced on December 1st. But wait, there's more! Friends of Play St. Louis will get 50% off a membership by using the promo code KIDZFRIEND when you check out. 

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Also as of today, you can buy EGiftcards from kidzxplor. What a great stocking stuffer that would be! Especially since people are all about giving experience gifts these days and not more toys.

And in the interest of full disclosure you should know I was given a free month in exchange for my honest review.