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Bouse Apartment Homes Residents are always on the lookout for Free fun things to do with their family!

The Belleville News Democrat has a wonderful article by Cara Anthony and Jennifer Green today entitled

Ready for winter break? Here’s a list of 50 free, fun things to do with your family

The scope of the article encompasses the entire St. Louis Metro-East and St. Louis area but I’ll list just the ones in around the Belleville, IL area.

Some highlights for our residents include:

Free holiday light displays

  • Way of lights. The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 442 S. Demazenod Drive, Belleville,, 618-397-6700.
  • Lebanon’s Winter Wonderland. Horner Park, 11109 Widicus Road, Lebanon,

Parks with sledding hills

▪ Pleasant Ridge. 401 Pleasant Ridge Rd., O’Fallon,, 618-489-2040.

▪ Miner Park. 192 S Main St., Glen Carbon,, 618-288-1200.

▪ Thoman Park. 1021 Nancy Dr., O’Fallon,, 618-624-0139.





Belleville’s Christkindlmarkt

This is an authentic German style, open-air Christmas market unique to the Belleville, IL area. Located in downtown Belleville, IL. It runs daily through December 23rd.

Noteworthy December Free events

  • Belleville Historic Luminary Walk — 5-9 p.m. Dec. 8, During this holiday event, the streets of downtown Belleville are lined with candle-filled luminaries. Enjoy a festive walk around Abend and Garfield streets while you tour the Koerner House, Garfield Street Saloon and Emma Kunz House museums. For more information, call 618-234-0600.
  • Breakfast with Santa — 7 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8. O’Fallon Masonic Lodge, 122 E. State St., O’Fallon. Children and adults alike will receive free pictures with Santa.
  • Gateway Garden Railroad Club Display — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ded 8. Oliver C. Joseph, 3795 IL-15, Belleville. Featuring the world’s smallest train layouts: Fright Fest, Wild West, Logging Railroad. Actual steam engine running on display.
  • Carols by Candlelight. —7 p.m. Dec. 8, Union United Methodist Church, 721 E. Main St., Belleville. Join the SWIC choirs and their conductor, Andy Jensen for an evening of historic and modern carols performed in a candlelit setting. For more information, call 618- 233-6375.
  • Ringing of the Bells —Noon Jan. 1, Downtown Belleville’s Public Square. This Belleville tradition began in 1914 and was revived in 2014. Everyone is invited to the Belleville Public Square to ring in the new year. Bring your dinner bells, cow bells and jingle bells.

Free Holiday snacks and meals for the kids!

Here are a few places where the kids can eat free.

  • Schnucks, all locations. One free cookie for children 10 and younger. That’s a sweet deal.
  • Farmer’s Market, 500 N. Illinois St, Belleville, 618-235-2445. Play the “spin the banana” game to win a free piece of fruit. A purchase from the market is required to play the game.
  • Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 6569 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, 618-230-7000. Kids can pick up a free item at the fruit stand for children in the market. The market also has carts for little shoppers as well.
  • Denny’s, all area locations. Children eat free from 4 to 10 p.m. Call ahead to make sure the Denny’s location in your neighborhood offers this deal. This deal is only available on Tuesday nights.
  • Chili’s, 6311 N. Illinois St, Fairview Heights, 618-398-9805. From open to close, kids eat free with purchase of adult entree. This deal is only available on Tuesday nights.
  • Ruby Tuesday, 6565 N. Illinois St, Fairview Heights, 618-394-3561. Kids younger than 10 eat free after 5 p.m. with purchase of adult entree. This deal is only available on Tuesday nights.

Please read the full article here on the Belleville New Democrat website its choc full of other worthwhile destinations!

Photos provided by Derik Holtman

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Bouse Apartment Homes Resident Christmas Party 2018

Our annual Resident Christmas party is right around the corner and will be better than ever!

So mark your calendars!


Sunday, December 9th 2018 between 1pm and 3pm 


Our main office located at the Colonial Square office center, 2604 West Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221


The party is for our residents families Especially the kids!


Our Christmas gathering will included:

  • Food and Drink
  • Pictures with Santa Claus
  • Gifts for everyone!
  • Cookie decorating

Please come by and help us celebrate the holidays with your fellow residents!

If you have any questions contact Ashley or Kevin.

Girl Scout Troop 537

Summer Activities List

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Girl Scout Troop 537 will host the following activities after your child has picked up their lunch on the following dates:

These activities are FREE for your chlid/children

Location:  1029 Brookshire Ct. Parking lot and adjacent playground

                The Activity Area is located in the same parking lot as your child receives their lunch

Time:         11:00 – 11:45 am

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Annual Resident Appreciation BBQ

Its that time of year again!

Time for us to show our Appreciation to our Residents!

Bring your whole family for some BBQ, soft drinks and most of all fun.


June 15th 

4:30pm – 7:30pm


Our New Office located at 2604 West Blvd.
( just behind the BP gas station in the Colonial Square Office Center )

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April Fools day is fast approaching and for many families and friends it can be a long day of annoying gags and frustrating tricks. After all it is the pranksters holy day!

How did it all start!

So how did this fool-ish day get its start. As usual their are many theories. Some link it back to a tale by Chaucer in 1392 called “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale”. But according the website

Still others believe April Fools’ Day got its start because of the adoption of a new calendar in 1582. Many ancient cultures celebrated New Year’s Day around April 1.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered the use of a new calendar, known as the Gregorian calendar, which celebrated New Year’s Day on January 1. According to legend, many people refused to recognize the new calendar or simply didn’t know about it. These people continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.

Eventually, other people began to make fun of these “fools” by sending them to look for things that did not exist (called a “fool’s errand“) or tricking them into believing something false.

Regardless of where you land on this argument one thing we can all agree on is that April 1st will always be the day Rent is due! and that’s no joke 🙂