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May Outings
by Candy Summers

†With beautiful weather here and while spring fever rages, May is a wonderful month for visiting outdoor attractions that are otherwise quite crowded during the summer. We love Grantís Farm, for instance, but try to limit our yearly visits to May (before kids are out of school and everyone is bringing out-of-town company besides) and September.
†Grantís Farm is located at 10501 Gravois. In May they are open Tuesday-Sunday; in September they are open Thursday-Sunday. We go during the week, again to avoid the crowds. After leaving the station, you travel by tram over 160 acres of beautiful country where over 100 kinds of animals roam free. When you arrive at the main farm, check the times of the bird and elephant shows so you can plan a leisurely walk throughout the rest of the animal areas: horses, camels, birds, monkeys, farm animals, the goat feeding area, the carriage house, and horse stalls. It is my favorite St. Louis attraction. Go and enjoy! Note: Parking which was once free now costs $5, but admission is free. For more information, call 314-843-1700, website: www.grantsfarm.com.
†Spring is also a great time for visiting Purina Farms because of all the baby farm animals like cows, horses, sheep, pigs, chickens, and rabbits. A great hayloft with tunnels and rope swings provides a lot of fun, while toy tractors await the little ones. There is also a cute dog show and a cat and dog house to tour. Reservations are required, but admission is free. Hours are Thursday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Take Hwy. 44 to the Gray Summit exit. Go north on Hwy. 100 for about 2 blocks. Make a left on MM and go about one mile to entrance. For reservations, call 314-982-3232, website: http://www.purina.com/company/profile/purinafarms.asp.
†Lone Elk Park is a wildlife refuge for elk, deer, bison, ducks, and geese. Be sure to keep your distance from the larger animals, especially if they have young, because they will charge. The park is free. It closes a half hour after sunset, which makes it ideal for an evening picnic with Dad. We went in April to enjoy the blessings God gives us in spring. Take bread to feed the fowl. Take Hwy. 44 west to Hwy. 141. Turn right at the bottom of ramp and get on the North Outer Road going west. Turn left at stop sign, which will dead-end into park. For more information, call 314-615-7275, website: www.stlouisco.com/parks/.
†Suson Park is another great place for picnic dinners with Dad and to see farm animals: horses, cows, goats, pigs, and chickens. They also have several playgrounds (a great one across the road, too, next to the golf course) and a fishing lake where no fishing permit is needed for kids under 15. Take Hwy. 270 to Hwy. 21. Go west on Hwy. 21 for about 3 miles. Turn left on Wells Road. Go about one mile to entrance on right. For more information, call 314-615-7275, website: www.stlouisco.com/parks/.
†The Missouri Botanical Garden is perfect for a leisurely walk with the kids, where you can relax and enjoy beautiful flowers of all kinds. Take bread to feed the koi fish and donít forget the camera. If you want to make it an educational excursion, have the kids take notebooks for sketching and watercolors for painting. Scavenger hunts are fun. Have the children find so many perennials, annuals, hardwoods, softwoods, water plants, tropical plants, gardening plantsÖ. Our kids love the maze, and we have even taken a blanket, thermos, and Winnie-the-Pooh book to enjoy in the English Woodland garden. On Wednesday and Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and Noon, admission is free; otherwise, admission is $3 for everyone above 13. For more information, call 314-577-9400, website: www.mobot.org. ?††††