About us

A locally owned and operated online magazine and calendar, St. Louis Sprout & About connects your family with events and activities in the metro area.

Meet the Sprout & About Staff

Beckie Maislin, Publisher and Founder

Sprout & About founder Beckie Maislin and her family have called St. Louis their home for ten years. With a background in marketing and advertising and the experience of raising three children, Beckie hopes you enjoy this much needed resource as much as she's enjoyed creating it. Beckie and her family love City Museum, Purina Farms, the Saint Louis Science Center and exploring the many beautiful parks our city offers. Contact Beckie.


Jessica Pupillo, Editorial Director

A mom of three boys, Jessica Pupillo knows the trick to household harmony is keeping her kids busy. Jessica is an award-winning writer, and her work has been published in more than a dozen magazines and newspapers. When she's not working on a deadline, Jessica and her family love going to the Saint Louis Zoo, the Wabash Frisco and Pacific Railroad, and Powder Valley Nature Center. Contact Jessica.



Liz Behan, Calendar Manager

 As calendar manager, Liz Behan has the hefty task of seeking out events, entering events in our comprehensive calendar and helping Sprout members upload their events. A lifelong St. Louisan, Liz Behan loves taking her family to the same places she enjoyed as a child, including Suson Park, Purina Farms and the Magic House. Liz, her husband and three children live in Ballwin. Contact Liz.

Kathy Deters
Kathy Deters, Social Media Manager and Senior Writer

Originally from Jefferson City, Kathy is a transplant to St. Charles County and has enjoyed discovering all that St. Louis has to offer families. Writing for St. Louis Sprout and About has been a culmination of years of writing and editing, but her favorite part of the job is the adventures that it's taken her on, from exploring the slopes of Hidden Valley in Wildwood to wandering through artists' studios at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, and meeting a few local legends along the way. As Social Media Manager, Kathy also enjoys keeping the magazine connected to its readers via Twitter and Facebook. Contact Kathy

David Maislin, Technical Director

Working in the technology space for more than 20 years, David, Beckie's husband, was inspired by his wife's idea to build a resource for families in the St. Louis area. Leveraging his extensive background in Internet technologies and guided by Beckie, David is the web designer and technical support behind Sprout & About. Contact David.

Senior Writer

Jeff Konkel believes the key to raising interesting kids is taking them interesting places around the globe and–on occasion–making them try food they would rather avoid. Jeff has written for dozens of print and online publications. He also is an award-winning music and film producer. When he and his wife are not taking their children to far-off lands, they can be found exploring the nooks and crannies of St. Louis. Contact Jeff.

St. Louis Sprout also relies on a group of talented, dependable local freelance writers who are experts in their coverage areas.

Write for St. Louis Sprout & About

St. Louis Sprout & About is always looking for talented, experienced freelance writers to enhance our online publication. We are currently accepting queries for our columns about interesting places and activities for families. We welcome queries and submissions, especially from local freelancers. Before querying St. Louis Sprout, please read through our website to get a feel for our tone and the stories we tend to cover. Pitches may be emailed to Editorial Director Jessica Pupillo at jessica@stlsprout.com. We do not respond to "Guest Blog" requests. We may not be able to respond to all pitches, and if you haven't heard from us within a month, it is safe to assume that we have decided to pass.

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Upcoming Events

Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Dickherber Farms Corn Maze
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Fiddler on the Roof
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Historic Soulard Farmers Market
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Millstadt Fun Farm
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Now enrolling for fall classes at Miss Kelly's Gym
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Pets In the Community
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Pick-Your-Own Apples
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Shakespeare in the Streets
Thu Sep 18 @12:00AM
Stingrays at Carribean Cove Featuring Sharks


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