At Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help, we like to make the most of the events going on in our own backyard. With St. Louis as our nearest big city, we never run out of things to do. Whether you’re passing through or are a resident looking to try something new, get out and enjoy St. Louis in July with one of these free events.
International Lily Show – June 30-July 2, 2017
This event has been drawing florists and general fans of all things pretty for 70 years. Stop by the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel on one of these days between 2-5 p.m. to hear educational speakers and take in the beautiful, natural scents and sights of the lilies.
Whitaker Music Festival – Wednesdays, Now to August 2, 2017
This summer tradition offers a great opportunity to enjoy some mid-week music in the beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden. Pack a picnic or buy dinner there. July performers include Beth Bombara, Ptah Williams, Kevin Bowers, and The Mighty Pines.
Jungle Boogie at the Zoo – Fridays, Now to September 1, 2017
Residents of St. Louis are lucky to have a free zoo at the ready all year. We’re even luckier to have a free zoo with free live music on Friday nights all summer long. Bring the family for a day at the zoo, stay for dinner and watch groups like the Funky Butt Brass Band and the Zydeco Crawdaddies get down.
If you’re visiting St. Louis or live nearby, be sure to visit us at Gateway Easy Auto Credit! We are proud to serve the St. Louis area!
Finally, school is out for the summer! Don’t let your kids sit idle this season. Keep busy with some of these fun summer activities that won’t break the bank.
- Sidewalk Chalk Art. Teach your kids that all things must pass while also encouraging them to hone in on their art skills with some sidewalk chalk. When the rain washes away one masterpiece, it’s time to create another!
- Have a Staycation. Don’t miss out on the gems in your own backyard! Look into what your city has to offer, whether it’s dollar movie theaters or free museums. For instance, one thing Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help loves about being located in the St. Louis area is the free zoo in Forest Park.
- Plant a Garden. The best summer activities are those that get you and the kids outside to enjoy the weather commune with nature. Help your kids to plant a garden including vegetables that you can later use to make salads, salsas, or other rewarding treats.
- Build a Fort. Gather blankets, sheets, chairs, pillows, and anything else you can find and let the kids build the ultimate fort. Try it indoors, or build one outside for some backyard camping and storytelling under the stars.
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The St. Louis area is one of the greatest places to live in in the state, at least here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we think so. There is never a shortage of great places to visit and things to do. If you are looking for some fun events to kick off your summer, here are some St. Louis events in June.
- Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. This festival runs through mid-June and is held in the beautiful Forest Park. All plays are free. Come early with blankets or chairs.
- Taste of Downtown. This festival will be held on June 17th from 11am-8pm at Kiener Plaza Park. It will highlight many restaurants and breweries located right here in St. Louis.
- Circus Flora. This unique one-ring circus presents a one-of-a-kind circus experience all month long. The circus runs Tuesday through Sunday until June 25th. The circus is located at 3511 Samuel Shepard Dr.
- Whitaker Jazz Festival. Visit the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday evenings to enjoy live jazz. Come after 5pm for free entry. Bring a picnic along with a blanket or chairs. The music begins at 7:30pm.
Which of these St. Louis events in June are you most excited to attend?
As the school year draws to a close, you may have already begun planning some family adventures. Before the endless strains of “I’m bored” reach your ears, have this summer bucket list ready to kick boredom to the curb. And, even better, many of these events are free.
- Spend an evening catching lightning bugs.
- Have a family campout in the living room.
- Build a fort as fancy or as easy as you want.
- Visit a new park.
- Travel to a state no one has been to before.
- Fly a kite.
- Go on a picnic.
- Play putt-putt golf.
- Go to your local farmers’ market.
- Play in the sprinkler.
- Go camping.
- Have a water gun fight.
- Watch fireworks.
- Go bowling
- Have a pajama movie day when it is raining.
- Visit a children’s museum.
- Go to a special event at the library.
- Have fun at an amusement park.
- Have a “kids choice” day where each child gets a whole day to choose everything the family eats and does (within reason).
- Have dessert for dinner.
- Go swimming.
Here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit, we hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and fun summer. Which of these bucket list items are you planning to do?
The arrival of spring is the perfect reason to get out of the house and enjoy everything nature has to offer. Finding activities that are both fun and affordable can be a pain though. Fortunately, some common activities are fun for the whole family and won’t cost much, if anything at all. Here are some free fun spring activities suggested by us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help!
- Have a Picnic – Heading out to the park for a picnic is a great way to enjoy the warm weather, spring breeze, and renewed nature. It’s also a great way for the family to get outdoors after being stuck inside all winter. Planning a picnic is the perfect way to get your mind off of spring cleaning as well!
- Get Some Exercise – The warm weather has finally arrived which means it’s time to start getting in shape for summer! Grab your running shoes and head out for a jog. Take along the family dog or run with a partner so you have someone to motivate and vice versa!
- Fly a Kite – If there’s one classic spring activity that never grows old, it’s kite flying. Flying a kite brings back plenty of nostalgia for adults and is plenty of fun for kids. Grab some string and head out to an open area to take advantage of the wind!
The spring season has finally shown its face which means now is the perfect time to start (or continue) your spring cleaning. Starting the season off with a clean home (and car) is a great way to jumpstart your entire year. Here are some helpful tips for spring cleaning from us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help!
- Doormats – Your doormat serves as the first welcoming pad to your home. Visitors wipe their shoes on it all year long. If you have a doormat inside and outside, then odds are you value cleanliness. Unfortunately, doormats don’t clean themselves. That means doing so during spring cleaning will leave them fresh and welcoming to visitors all year round. Simply shake them out then throw them in the wash.
- Ceiling Fans – No matter how high you place a ceiling fan, it will still collect dust throughout the year. Most homeowners realize this immediately after turning on the fans during summer. Dust knows no boundaries which means cleaning the ceiling fans and vents are a necessity to those who value a clean home.
- Lights – Lights and light fixtures tend to gather dust around the same rate a ceiling fans. That can cause major problems, especially over the dinner table. Take a duster and leave your lights squeaking clean for the spring season!
St. Patrick’s Day is, by far, the most well-known holiday in March, but, just like every other month, March has quite a few lesser known interesting holidays. From celebrating fair foods to extraterrestrials, it turns out March is more interesting than at first glance. Here are a few interesting holidays in March from us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help.
March 17th is a day when most celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with drinking, parades, and a night life that seems to never end. As it turns out, it’s also unofficially Submarine Day. The holiday commemorates when John Philip Holland showed one of the first submarine designs to the Navy. Just two years later, the United States Navy officially established the Submarine Force, an event celebrated on April 17th.
National Corndog Day is celebrated on March 19th this year to help kick off Mad March. With origins reaching back to 1992, the first celebration featured just corndogs and basketball. Today, it includes tater tots and has spread across the country.
Perhaps most interesting of all, some people celebrate Extraterrestrial Abductions Day on March 20th. The holiday’s origins are fairly young, starting in 2008 at an Alien Abduction Day festival in Toronto. Celebrations largely consistent of watching movies about aliens and watching the skies in hope of spotting alien life.
St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture, but it can get pretty expensive rather quickly. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to celebrate on a budget. Here are a few cheap ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day recommended by us here at Gateway Easy Auto Credit Help!
Attend a Parade
Many major cities, and even some small towns, hold a parade in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Some have even become famous and televised. Finding affordable fun and entertainment for families can be as simple as attending a parade. Best of all, they’re free!
Make Traditional Irish Foods
Going out to eat to a bar or pub is how many people choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Those on a budget can bring Irish culture to their home by making traditional Irish foods instead. Several inexpensive recipes for Irish foods, such as Irish soda bread, can be found online. Many are fairly straightforward. An Irish breakfast, for example, consists of toast, tea, roasted tomatoes, eggs, and sausage.
Go Green (Literally)
Use green fabric to give your own personal style a touch of St. Patrick’s Day. Add a shamrock to your clothes. Use green food coloring to make a meal that fits the theme of St. Patrick’s Day. The choice is yours!
As it turns out, Buick’s Avista Concept – which showed up on Detroit stages at the North American International Auto Show last year – is a tough act to follow. The brand didn’t even bother, keeping relatively quiet throughout the fanfare of the Detroit auto show’s usual exciting reveals and previews. However, Buick representatives did tide fans of the brand over with some news; the Buick Enclave reveal is coming soon, so sit tight.
According to the Buick reps who made an appearance in Detroit, the new Enclave will be showing up in dealer showrooms across the country before the end of 2017. This next-generation model will be built in General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan plant alongside the Chevy Traverse and an all-new full-size crossover from Cadillac. Though info on the Buick Enclave is scarce at the moment, experts are looking to the 2018 Traverse for what to expect – including features like Apple CarPlay, a more spacious interior, and more trim levels.
Other features expected to be unveiled in the Buick Enclave reveal are a variety of brand new engine options, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the ability for consumers to opt for either front- or all-wheel drive. There will likely also be more available technology features for drivers to choose from for their entertainment and convenience.
The typical Valentine’s Day date usually involves a fancy dinner and sometimes a movie. However, if you’re looking for something a little more exciting, these date night ideas could spice up your love life.
Weekend Getaway in the Mountains: Okay, so it’s a little more pricey than just a night out on the town, but booking an isolated cabin for a weekend all to yourselves is worth it. Snuggle up in front of the fire with some hot cocoa.
Make an Itinerary of Local Attractions: You don’t have to go somewhere else to have a new experience! Check out some local attractions listed on your city’s tourism website and make a day of exploring your hometown.
Go to the Spa: What’s more relaxing than spending the day getting pampered? Get a spa package for two and you’ll be feeling more well-rested and relaxed than ever by the time your dinner date rolls around.
Have a Movie Marathon: With amenities like Netflix, Hulu, Redbox, and Apple TVs, it’s easier than ever just to have a couple movies on hand for the best movie marathon ever. Load up on some old favorites or new titles that piqued your interest for a romantic night in with a bottle of wine.
Go Ice-Skating: Is there anything more romantic than an ice-skating date? Even if one (or both) of you are terrible at it, there’s a certain charm to wobbling around on skates while you hold hands. Afterwards you can head home and warm up in front of the fire.
Any of these date night ideas catch your attention? Good luck planning Valentine’s Day for your sweetie!