Your job on the morning show requires some pretty demanding hours. What do you like to do with your precious down time?
Like most families, Sara and I try to take advantage of every second of our weekend time. We live in Grafton, Ill., so most of our regular hangouts are on the east side of the Mississippi, but we take advantage of some St. Louis attractions, too.
Now that summer is approaching, what are you most looking forward to?
My daughter loves Raging Rivers WaterPark. We have a season pass and really make the most of it since it’s five minutes from our house.
Are you an outdoorsy family?
We have really come to appreciate the Nature Institute in Godfrey, Ill. They have all kinds of cool hiking, wildlife watching and other programming for kids, stressing conservation and environmental awareness. We just discovered it last year, and it has become one of our favorite places! We also love picking the awesome peaches, apples and pumpkins at Eckert’s orchards when the time is right.
Where do you like to go when you feel like crossing the river?
We love the Saint Louis Science Center. It’s a wonderful—and free!—resource for families to go and indulge in their kids’ curiosities. We also are regulars at the Nascar Speed Park by the St. Louis Mills. And who could forget Six Flags? Kennedy can’t get enough of Bugs Bunny National Park!
Your daughter has cochlear implants and attends Central Institute for the Deaf. Have you discovered any particular places that are great for families with children who need accommodations?
A few years ago, St. Louis Children’s Hospital oversaw the construction of a fully accessible playground in Tilles Park in St. Louis County. On normal playgrounds, the static electricity on plastic slides can erase the mapping on Kennedy’s implants. At this park, there are grounded metal slides, so that can’t happen. Plus there are all kinds of cool accommodations on the other equipment so that all kids can enjoy them.
So, what about food? Where do you like to eat when you’re away from home?
Near our house we frequent the Fin Inn, which is kid-friendly and super cool because they have these huge aquariums where you can check out the river fish. Another great Grafton spot is the restaurant in the Ruebel Hotel. In St. Louis we are crazy about both Fortel’s Pizza Den and America's Incredible Pizza Company, which is like Chuck E. Cheese, but better. Sara and I have as much fun as Kennedy!
America's Incredible Pizza Company
Two locations: St. Peters and St. Louis
Three Illinois Locations: Belleville, Grafton and Millstadt
See events at Eckert's in the Sprout Calendar.
1000 West Main St.
Grafton, IL 62037
Fortel's Pizza Den
5555 Saint Louis Mills Blvd.
Hazelwood, MO 63042-4454
The Nature Institute
2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL, 62035
Great River Road, Grafton, IL, 62037
Ruebel on Main
217 East Main Street
Grafton, IL 62037
Saint Louis Science Center
5050 Oakland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
See events at the Saint Louis Science Center in the Sprout Calendar.
Six Flags St. Louis
4900 Six Flags Rd.
Pacific, MO, 63069
9551 Litzsinger Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
After living and writing in St. Louis for almost 15 years, Meredith Boggess has plenty of good things to share about her adopted hometown. She and her husband recently welcomed their first daughter into their home on The Hill, and, despite the sleepless nights, they are still awash in that new parent glow. Contact Meredith at [email protected]