mascotLet me introduce you to the main influences on this blog:  M., age 6, and S., age 3, two boys who’re always game for a new adventure.   I believe there are two types of fans when it comes to entertainment:  The first are those who love perfectly choreographed, endlessly rehearsed events showcasing singers, dancers, actors or other artists without a hitch to mar the occasion.  Often the audience pays a substantial amount of money to experience this perfection. These sorts of events are wonderful … but they’re usually not very good for kids, whose bywords are “unpredictability” and “spontaneity.”  This blog is geared more toward the other half of the entertainment world, those events staged by artists or experts at the top of their game who allow random chance to creep into their performances.  You’ll read a lot about outdoor concerts, active play opportunities, sporting events, festivals and the like.

cupcake boyOne of the things we love most about St. Louis is how often its professional entertainers open themselves up to inclement weather, noisy kids, sound equipment snafus and other hassles in order to bring their art to those of us who can’t or won’t pay top dollar for it.  I feel their gamble enhances the experience — even when they lose, and the concert’s rained out or they wind up playing an acoustic set because a speaker blew — and I hope to reward them in my small way by publicizing their events for a wider audience.

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Another reason I write this blog is because I’m a freelance journalist by day, and it’s great fun for me to have a forum where I’m my own editor!  I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as our family enjoys bringing them to you.

— Amy De La Hunt

12 Responses to “About us”

  1. Erinn Gavaghan Says:

    Hi Amy!

    We want to thank you for your really honest and helpful post about our upcoming Maritz Free Family Day. That was so nice of you to get a mom’s opinion out there. We would like to offer you a complimentary family membership. Could you email me with your contact info and address so I can get that out to you?

    Thank you again!
    Erinn Gavaghan
    Manager of Donor Relations and Special Events


  2. Thank you so much for your comments about “The Fountain on Locust”
    Natalia Penchas

  3. Sara Beyer Says:

    Hi, Amy! It’s Friday night, and although I would have loved to stay and dance – easy listening music – Dad decided to take Grandma home and throw in the towel for the night. Here we are, while Corey is mostly visiting with his classmates (I counted 8 of them at the wedding)
    and standing in the bar far from the music, and Andi was now chatting with Melissa Foust, with Chris just hanging out. Lots of folks are just friendly enough to include him in the conversation, especially when Andi tells them that they’ve been fishing.

    Anyway, it’s too early to go to bed. I turned on the computer, and your blog page popped up. Cool! I won’t read all of it, as I still have to post my discussion comment for the week. It was cool to see that Grandma visits you too

    Love,
    Mom

  4. Sarah Hilbert Says:

    Hi there!
    I am the local editor with GoCityKids.com, a site I see you enjoy and use in researching events for your blog. I am glad you like our calendar of events! 🙂

    We are starting a new initiative with GoCityKids/Parents Connect Local – publicizing local blogs that relate to parenting in each of our cities. City editors like me will write up a short paragraph about particular blog’s offerings and publish our write-ups live to the site. In late spring, when our annual Parents Picks nominations/contest rolls out, we’ll have a category called Best Local Blog and any we’ve added up to that point will be considered for nomination.

    So, cut to the chase, right? 🙂 I’d like to add your blog and just wanted to hear from you that it’s ok to do so. I love your blog and check in once a week – you often give me ideas for my calendar! At some point, the “powers that be” might ask for a reciprocal link or for bloggers to add our widget, but that’s still in discussion.

    I’d also love to hear if you have other suggestions for parenting blogs in St. Louis.

    Anyhow, give me a shout when you have a free minute and we can go from there.
    Best,

    Sarah Hilbert
    St. Louis editor
    GoCityKids.com is now Parents Connect Local! *** New Look, New Name, Same Amazing Resource
    Stlouis@parentsconnect.com
    2006 Webby Award Winner for Best Family Website
    2008 Webby Award Official Honoree: Family/Parenting and Guides/Ratings/Reviews


  5. Hi Amy,
    Can you send me your email once again? I am nominating your blog for our Parents Picks Awards and it’s gotten lost in the shuffle!
    thank you!
    Sarah Hilbert

  6. kim gellman Says:

    Hi Amy,
    My name is Kim Gellman and I own a site called http://www.artisticsensations.com We sell children’s bedding, custom furnishings and room décor for kids rooms. I love your site wanted to see if you all would have any interest in writing columns for our site and our blog. We would like to feature a monthly speaker that would provide two or four articles which we would promote via our email blasts, home page, and blog.

    We have been in business for 12 years and have about 100,000 unique visitors a month. I would like to support local St. Louisians as we are based in St. Louis also. Let me know if you are interested or would like to meet for coffee sometime and I look forward to hearing from you!
    Regards,
    Kim

    Kim Gellman owner

    http://www.artisticsensations.com
    “where whimsical meets practical in the art of children’s room design”

    http://blog.artisticsensations.com/
    Decorating resources, parenting advice and discount codes

    314-726-1632 office
    314-757-8552 cell

  7. Kathy Prainito Says:

    Do you have the scoop on free summer movies ? I have not seen anything about them yet. Usually Wehrenberg and the Mills Mall offer free summer movies. Anyway, let me know if you have any info ? Thanks for everything that you do !

    Kathy Prainito


  8. Hi,

    I enjoy your blog.

    I’m a local alpaca owner and we’ll be having an open house September 26 & 27th. It’s free and family friendly. If you’d like more info, please feel free to contact me.

    Best regards,

    Deborah L. Vassar
    Mariposa Farm Alpacas

  9. fish fry guy Says:

    Love the section on fish fries. Check out our website too, http://www.fridaynightfish.com for reviews on St. Louis area fish fries.

  10. frugalouis Says:

    I was looking for a “contact me” section and couldn’t find one, so here you go!

    Love the idea behind your blog (probably because it’s similar to the idea I had before I found you =P). Keep coming back for updates!

  11. Meredyth Pederson Says:

    Hi Amy!

    I work for Metro Theater Company and wanted to pass along information about our upcoming Family Fun Event that surrounds our production of Tomato Plant Girl. We will be doing public performances of Tomato Plant Girl at Clayton High School on November 19th and 20th, 2011. Following the performance will be a free event for young people and their families to explore the themes of the play through arts and crafts activities.

    Tickets are only $10, and may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/183959 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.

    Hope to see you and your family there! For more information, visit us at http://www.metrotheatercompany.org

    Happy blogging!

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