Hanging with Heroes: Second Annual Back-to-School Bash!


Join us for a SUPER afternoon of family fun at our 2nd annual Hanging with Heroes: A Back-to-School Bash presented by Gateway Little Smiles in partnership with Airly.

There will be games, activities, photo ops with special guests, vendor tables, a chance to win prizes, and more!

Sunday, August 14th

3-6 p.m.

STL Athletic Center, 2300 Hitzert Ct. Fenton, MO

Your all-inclusive ticket perks:

  • Admission to our second annual bash in the very spacious STL Athletic Center
  • A meal and fountain drink (one ticket per registered person) 
  • Access to STL Athletic Center’s Concession Stand (they will be open for additional food and beverages purchases for the duration of our event)
  • Participation in all event activities – including a chance to win in our first ever Dance-Off!
  • Event swag items
  • FREE photo opportunities with our special guests
  • And more!

Event Sponsor

Gateway Little Smiles, St. Peters

Gateway Little Smiles’ mission is to provide comprehensive pediatric dental care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs in the Metro East. They strive to provide outstanding service that meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of their patients and their families. They rely on proven, evidence-based techniques and technology in delivering safe dental care.

Supporting Sponsor & Dance-Off Sponsor


Airly is the first-ever climate friendly snack that was developed to remove greenhouse gases from the air – an initiative to shake up the world of snacking. These delicious crackers are made first and foremost with 100% wholesome oats and grains, available in four varieties, packed with big, bold flavors, including Cheddar, Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Sea Salt. You’ll get to sample these and take some home from Hanging with Heroes!

By snacking on these mighty crackers, you’re helping to eliminate greenhouse gases from the air. In fact, the carbon footprint is stated on the back of each & every box, so you know exactly how many grams of CO2 you are helping to remove from the air – simply from the small act of purchasing a box of Airly crackers available in your local Schnucks grocery stores and available online.

Event Photographer

Jessi G Photography

I’m Jessi, of Jessi G Photography. I started taking professional photographs in January 2019 with my own child. Slowly, family and friends started requesting sessions, and now I photograph all types of people, places, and pets.
Saying that I love photography would be an understatement. It is an honor to capture new babies, growing families, and those important milestones. Toddlers are my favorite people to photograph. They are genuinely themselves & so full of personality. 
I am a mom of 4; a 5 year old boy, 7 month old girl, and twin angel babies. If I count my dog then it’s 5, because he is definitely my fur-baby. My husband owns his own business in Fenton, and I “rent” his front office as my studio.
I also volunteer for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the gift of remembrance portraits to parents experiencing the death of a baby. After the loss of my own twins I felt moved to find a way to help other families who had to say hello & goodbye far too soon.

Event Entertainment

Dream Time Princess Events

Have a princess or superhero lover in your home? Looking to elevate your next event with a princess visit or mingle with your children’s favorite characters? Dream Time Princess Events has a stellar cast of characters available for birthday parties, in addition to premium events they host for St. Louis families throughout the year! And we are so excited select cast members will be joining us for Hanging with Heroes!

Laren Loveless Music

Get ready to boogie with family-friendly tunes provided by Laren Loveless Music!

Elementary music educator by day, and center stage singer by night.  Laren Loveless is a multifaceted singer, songwriter, educator, performer, and father. He creates music with a message of love, change, equity, and hope. At the heart of his recent releases is music for children. Funky, get up and dance educational songs from managing our “big feelings” to learning about “tempo.” His music classes for children and families include world and original music, playing a variety of unique instruments, lots of dancing, but most of all, having fun! 

Faces by Rachael

Rachael Cofer is joining us as our super creative face painter for Hanging with Heroes! She is a St. Louis based artist who has worked with businesses like the Saint Louis Science Center, Grants Farm, and the Saint Louis Zoo. Contact Faces by Rachael to add some fun to your next event!

Hydration & Snack Sponsor


What you put in your body is the most important piece to achieving your goals.

That’s why trainer, nutrition coach, and chef Jillian Tedesco started fit-flavors – to help others succeed. fit-flavors always uses hormone and antibiotic free proteins, complex carbohydrates, and heart healthy fats. fit-flavors also offers custom choices. For just you or the whole crew, order as much or as little as you like. Mix and match from our menu of seasonal dishes and sides.

We are so excited to welcome cookies, blondies, and more goodies from fit-flavors to keep our big and little heroes full of energy for our fun-filled event!

Bounce House Sponsor

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool

Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool operates 26 early learning centers located throughout the country. They offer a safe, secure & nurturing environment to children ages six weeks through pre-kindergarten through their Distinctive Services and Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum.

We are so excited to have Little Sunshine’s Playhouse & Preschool as our bounce house sponsor! Jump and give them a wave while you’re at Hanging with Heroes!

Meet the Vendors

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