21. Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, at 19620 State Route B near Ste. Genevieve, Mo., is a 55-acre estate that is home to four Bengal tigers and one lion. Each year the sanctuary offers several festivals featuring children's games and activities, complimentary food and drinks, live music, a raffle and half-price or free admission. This year's free admission day is July 7. The sanctuary is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with tours given every hour on the hour.
22. Tunnel Hill State Trail, extending from Harrisburg to Karmak, Ill., follows an abandoned railroad right of way dating to 1872. Scenery along the bike trail ranges from flat farmland and lush wetlands to the dense Shawnee National Forest, and is home to countless species of wildlife and wildflowers. The trail even includes 23 trestles and a 543-foot tunnel.
24. Messy Morning is an event held in April that gives kids a chance to get down and dirty with things like an obstacle course, shaving cream slides and more. The 2012 event was held at the Show Me Center and benefited the Southeast Missouri Food Bank. Keep an eye on semissourian.com and semoevents.com for news about the 2013 edition.
25. Cape Girardeau Parks Department summer programs offer a variety of fun activities and classes to keep children of all ages happy, busy and learning throughout the summer.
26. Public libraries are more than a place to check in and check out -- they're a destination for children's story time, book clubs for teens and adults, summer reading clubs, materials for genealogy research, workshops and educational talks, movie and game nights and more. The Cape Girardeau Public Library opened its newly renovated facility in May 2009 with comfy indoor and outdoor reading areas, a coffee bar, meeting rooms and special areas for kids and teens, complete with cool and colorful seating. Riverside Regional Library has locations in Jackson, Scott City, Benton, Oran, Altenburg and Perryville, Mo. There's also Sikeston Public Library in Sikeston, Mo., and Keller Public Library in Dexter, Mo.
28. A replica 1870s Old West town, Black Forest Village in Cape Girardeau, offers two special craft shows, held annually, and ghost town tours in October.
29. From the gridiron to the hardwood, Southeast Missouri's high schools claim some stellar athletes. Be sure to catch the Cape Central vs. Jackson football game for an intense and hard-fought battle. The Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament is always a highlight of the basketball season with some of the top teams in the area -- including defending state champions Charleston and Scott County Central -- taking the court. Head to semoball.com for complete schedules for all local high school sports.
30. Water parks in Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff and Farmington, Mo., offer summer fun for families, including water slides, lazy rivers and more.
31. The Bootheel Youth Museum in Malden, Mo., features family-focused events and activities for children of all ages, including an antigravity mirror, crawl-in camera and other exhibits.
33. Bollinger Mill State Historic Site in Burfordville, Mo., is a four-story, stone and brick water-powered mill that dates to around 1867. The 140-foot Burfordville Covered Bridge crosses the Whitewater River, which powers the mill. Cornmeal is ground as part of the mill tour. It's a perfect place for a picnic.
36. Fort D Days at Fort D Historic Site in Cape Girardeau offer Civil War re-enactments and other activities at the historic earthworks fort in south Cape Girardeau.
37. Bark in the Park, a fundraiser benefiting the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri, is an annual picnic held in the late summer/early fall at Capaha Park in Cape Girardeau.