Earth Day 2018 is just around the corner — April 22 — and Show•Me Adventure Kids thinks that’s something to celebrate because our planet is precious. Or at least it should be to all of us.
Think about it: If you had just one pair of shoes or jeans, you’d take care of these, right? You’d keep them clean and free from rips and holes. You’d likely put your shoes in a box and hang up your jeans in a closet until the next time you wear them.
Earth Day each year is a reminder to us that we have just one planet and it’s everybody’s job to treat it as such, with honor, respect, and care. This is a theme in the first Show•Me Adventure Kids book, Making Friends at the Zoo. We believe it’s never too soon to teach your children about caring for the environment.
There are some Earth Events in Missouri to share with you; take your family, expose your children to environmental stewardship practices, and make a pledge as a family to do your best for our Earth. Start with recycling and using less, then move on to environmental-friendly household items, composting, and so forth.
Last week, Major League Baseball spring training camps opened in Arizona and Florida. The Kansas City Royals are working out in Surprise, Ariz., and the St. Louis Cardinals are training in Jupiter, Fla. Countdown to opening day!
For me, it’s natural to see people of color playing on my teams, but not that long ago, players like Dexter Fowler or Alcides Escobar wouldn’t have been allowed to play in the majors. Then, Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate; he “broke baseball’s color barrier” when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Before Jackie, though, black athletes played segregated baseball in the Negro Leagues. You can learn about this part of history in an amazing place in Kansas City, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, located in the 18th & Vine National Historic District.
Show Me Adventure Kids continues its coverage of Black History Month by spotlighting selected historical sites and attractions throughout Missouri. Today, we look at an inspiring man, Dr. George Washington Carver, who was born a slave in southwest Missouri, but grew up to become a respected scientist.
George was born in the early 1860s in Diamond Grove (now Diamond), Mo. He never knew his birthdate, but it was sometime before 1865; that was the year slavery was stopped in Missouri. A German immigrant, Moses Carver, bought George’s parents in 1855 to work on his farm.
But it got worse for George.
Hi everyone. It’s Peter, your history and science reporter from Show Me Adventure Kids. Today, we’re kicking off our coverage of Black History Month. Have you started any lessons in your school about black history yet?
Well, today, I’m in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The museum has an exhibit that will be open through April 15, “#1 in Civil Rights: The African-American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis.” In the exhibit, I learned that St. Louis can trace its civil rights history to the 19th century, but more on that in a minute.
With frigid temperatures gripping Missouri and the rest of the Midwest, you may be looking for something to do with the family indoors. Fortunately, we have boundless museums and attractions to explore in the Show-Me State that are warm and welcoming. Whether you’re searching for a way to wrap up the winter break holiday or need an idea for an outing with family or friends visiting from out of town, here are our Top 10 Stops for Indoor Fun. Note that some of these may be closed Jan. 1, so plan accordingly.
National Family Literacy Month, an education
and awareness campaign from the National
Center for Families Learning (NCFL),
encourages two generations to learn and
achieve things together. The campaign
celebrates partners of NCFL, as well as lifts up
the efforts of family literacy and family-focused
programs. Here are some ideas to use for your family.
The folks at Keep America Beautiful remind us on today, #AmericaRecycles Day, that we can all do our part to help our planet and reduce the greenhouse gas effect. Visit the America Recycles Day website to learn more.
Meanwhile, from the Show Me Adventure Kids: Making Friends at the Zoo book, here's a list of resources for St. Louis City, County, and the counties of St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin to help families in the region get started recycling.
Hi! It's Olivia from Show Me Adventure Kids! I'm here at the Saint Louis Zoo visiting the sea lions to talk about recycling. All the Show Me Adventure Kids want to help make Missouri — wait, our entire country — a cleaner place. That's why we've taken the pledge for America Recycles Day to be better recycling partners. At my house, we're recycling aluminum cans and bottles, but we're thinking of new things to recycle this month.
So why am I at the sea lion pool at the zoo?
Halloween is just a week away, and – depending on your neighborhood – large numbers of trick-or-treaters will be out after the sun goes down. Here are 10 safety tips from AAA for your family to keep the little hobgoblins safe.
On a typical autumn weekend, the cobbled streets of St. Charles, Mo., might welcome shoppers and diners strolling amid blowing leaves and peering into cheery store windows. But in October, this historical city that once was home to Missouri’s State Capitol is home to weird and slightly creepy characters who roam the streets and lurk in corners – but it’s all in good fun, and appropriate for families. This is the city’s Legends & Lanterns fest, “a spirited journey through Halloween history.”
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