Family Stories Festival 2019

Transportation, parking, refreshment options,
and Grannie Annie news

Participating authors and artists:
RSVP link and Festival details


Getting to the Missouri History Museum: Transportation and parking

Participants and guests are urged to allow adequate time for parking and, possibly, walking some distance to the Museum. We especially encourage all program participants to arrive early in order to be at the check-in table around 1:30 if possible, and no later than 1:45 p.m.

Here’s a link for driving directions to the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. Parking in Forest Park is plentiful in general but is limited near the History Museum — participants and their guests may have to walk some distance from their cars. Click here to see a parking map of Forest Park.

Free parking is available

  • in the twin lots adjacent to the Museum
  • to the southeast of the Museum, across from the Visitor Center and next to the Dwight Davis Tennis Center
  • on both sides of Lindell Boulevard, on both sides of the Museum, near the Museum’s north entrance.

The MetroLink station is one long block north of the Museum, at Forest Park Parkway and DeBaliviere.





Missouri History Museum hours and refreshment options in the Park

The Missouri History Museum is open on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. The Museum gift shop is also open from 10:00 to 5:00, and will be selling paperback copies of Grannie Annie, Vol. 14, and of The Grannie Annie's 10th anniversary special edition, Echoes from World War II — Young Writers Sharing Family Stories. Prints of the story illustrations that The Grannie Annie has on display during the Festival can also be purchased at the shop.

The Café St. Louis, on the second floor of the Museum, is a fast-casual restaurant that will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can learn more about the café and access the menus here. On Sundays you can order from the daily menu as well as from the Sunday brunch menu. To call the Café St. Louis, use the general Museum phone number: 314-746-4599

Nearby, the Forest Perk Café, inside the Forest Park Visitor Center, is open from 7:00 a.m.
to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. This
small counter serves excellent lunch fare at a reasonable price. However, service may not be fast if there are many customers. The Visitor Center also has an adjacent playground with seating, if families would like to bring a picnic lunch before the program. The phone number for the Forest Perk Café is 314-961-7588.

The Boathouse in Forest Park, to the south and within a short hiking distance of the History Museum, serves favorite St. Louis dishes with inside or patio dining on the lake — and you can enjoy a paddleboat ride. The Boathouse, which takes no reservations, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. The phone number for the Boathouse is 314-366-1555.


Other Grannie Annie News

Visit the News page of this website periodically throughout the weeks ahead to view new items that will be posted as
this 14th annual year-long
Celebration continues.

Also on the News page, you will
find links to the names of all of
this year's storykeepers and their story titles
, and to a listing of
the stories chosen for publication in this year's volume, along with the names of their authors and illustrators. The stories and story illustrations published this year will be added to the Read Stories page of The Grannie Annie's website in late June.

We invite you to "Like" and
“Follow" The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration on Facebook and Twitter as other
ways to keep up with (and easily
share) The Grannie Annie's news
— and to warm your heart with
these priceless stories and story



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