Pre-Trip Fun for Branson, Missouri
"The Kettles in the Ozarks" -- This funny film features the 1950s-era Kettle family and their return to the Ozark mountains. (School-age and up)
"The Shepherd of the Hills" -- John Wayne stars in this story of families and feuding in the Missouri Ozarks. (Teens)
Ozark Apple Cake -- A sweet specialty from the Show-Me State.
Rainbow Trout with Yogurt Sauce -- Trout are one of the Branson area's most delectable fish, made even better with a tangy yogurt sauce.
Ozark Chicken Pot Pie -- No frozen pot pies here! A hearty, pioneer-style dish that's fun to assemble and scrumptious to eat.
S is for Show Me -- A Missouri Alphabet by Judy and Ross B. Young. A colorful journey through the alphabet and the state of Missouri. (Toddlers and preschoolers)
The Big Missouri Reproducible Activity Book! (The Missouri Experience) by Carole Marsh. Puzzles, games, and activities provide pre-trip fun and learning about Missouri, its animals, history, and geography. (School-age)
The Kids of Einstein Elementary: Titanic Cat -- This fun and educational book will provide context for school-age kids when they visit the Titanic Museum.
The Story of Silver Dollar City -- A pictorial history of Branson's famous Ozark Mountain village amusement park by Crystal Payton. Get ready for a day at this pioneer-themed park with a look at the history, the rides, and the fun that awaits. (School-age and up)
Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright. The pioneer-era story of family, feuds, and forgiveness in the Missouri Ozarks is timeless in its positive message. (Pre-teens and Teens)
Super sailboats -- Prepare for watery fun on Lake Taneycomo with a super sailboat.
Paper Star Frames -- Branson's musical scene lends itself to star power; preteens and teens can fashion star-shaped frames to hold their vacation photos.
Watercolor Butterflies -- Preschoolers can make pretty watercolor butterflies in advance of visiting the Butterfly Palace.