‘Tis the season when I start avoiding malls. Except this coming Saturday (Nov. 14), when I have to bring M. to Plaza Frontenac so he and the rest of his Music Makers from the St. Louis Children’s Choirs can serenade shoppers from 11 to 11:30 a.m. I’m curious if they’ll do their holiday songs — but probably they will, as Santa will already have made his official entrance over at St. Louis Mills Mall the day before (Nov. 13). Yes, you read that right — Santa comes on NOVEMBER 13!!!! You can hardly bash the event, a fundraiser/tree lighting for the Salvation Army, but it’s two weeks before Thanksgiving, for crying out loud.

So if you’re already in the mood for Santa (and S. is — he asked yesterday, as we were taking down the Halloween decoration, why we couldn’t put up the Christmas tree), you can see him Friday at 4:30 p.m. near the play area. There’ll be door prizes, cookies and hot chocolate, and a holiday show by The Muny Kids.

But naturally Saturday’s show will be better, because M. is in it! It’s also tied to a nonprofit — the Arts and Education Council’s St. Louis on Sale event — and the organization’s card-carrying members receive 20 percent discounts at certain shops over the course of nine days.  Membership is $50, and depending on how much shopping you plan to do (and not all the shops are in malls, incidentally) joining could be worth your while.  And it’s for a good cause: The council supports dozens and dozens of arts groups (St. Louis Children’s Choirs among them) with grants of various amounts.


You can tell it’s spring break, can’t you? My posts are all less than 100 words long and free of cluttery insights! I look forward to getting back to a normal schedule, but for now, I’d best get right into action with the events, ’cause it’s nearly Easter Bunny time and if your kids are like mine, they’re getting a little carried away already over that impending holiday.

Tomorrow (March 19) St. Louis Mills Mall hosts the first Easter egg hunt of the season — preceded by the arrival of the Easter Bunny, naturally. The free event (targeted at kids 8 and under) begins at 10 a.m. near the play area. The mall’s parent company has put some info on its homepage, but there’s no direct link so you’ll have to click around under events to find it. The bunny photo ops continue until Easter … making me wonder since when is it necessary to have the kids photographed with yet another costumed character at the mall? As if Santa didn’t freak my kids out enough … But they love egg hunts, so perhaps they’d take to the bunny more easily.

If you miss out tomorrow, here are a few other egg hunts in the coming weeks — note that they begin this weekend!  All of these were recommended to me last year, so I think they’ll each be worth a visit:

If your kids are too old and too cool for these but you still want to get in on the fun, I won’t even begin to list all the adults-only egg hunts!  They’re multiplying like rabbits!  But I do have a two  suggestions for dog owners:

  • The Fourth Annual Canine Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. (registration opens an hour earlier), April 4, courtesy of the Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Troy, Ill., $3 per dog.
  • Doggie Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. (registration opens at 12:15 p.m.), April 4, in Brentwood’s Hanley Park courtesy of the Mid-County YMCA and APA of Missouri, $10 per dog.