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Water Parks in KC

Posted June 26, 2017 6:56am by Jane

The weather has definitely been up and down so far this summer, but once the heat really kicks in, a great way to cool off is at one of KC’s water parks!

Great Wolf Lodge (indoor/outdoor): Located at The Legends, Great Wolf has tons of slides, fountains and other water activities to wear out the kids in its massive 38,000 square foot space. There’s everything from major water slides for older kids and adults to zero-depth entry areas for the little guys. Water park passes come as part of your room reservation.

Oceans of Fun (outdoor): Oceans of Fun has something for all ages. If you have younger kids, you can enjoy Splash Island, Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds, to name a few. There are tons of water slides, rapids, wave pools and more for your older kids. There are height restrictions for many of the rides and pools, so best to check out their website to see what works for your family. Captain Kidds 22

Schlitterbahn (outdoor): Located at the Legends, Schlitterbahn offers a mile or so of interconnected rivers, which go from lazy to rapids, kiddie water parks, the Storm Blaster water coaster, and Boogie Bahn surf ride. Their 2-person floats are perfect for keeping a close eye on your little ones as you float down the river. Bring your own cooler, or purchase food there.

Super Splash USA (outdoor): This fun little water park is closed for 2017, while the Raytown Park Board does a strategic study on its entire park system. Stay tuned!

Coco Key (indoor): Need a break from the outdoors? Coco Keys has a good selection of water activities and slides, including a shallow pool and mini-slide for the little ones, a relaxing lazy river, 4 big water slides, and lots of other water-related fun. Purchase as part of a Holiday Inn Kansas City package, or buy tickets just for the water park.

Remember, there are TONS of great pools and splash parks to visit too! Many of these have fun and special features that make them just as much fun as a water park, but easier to keep an eye on the kids.

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge and Oceans of Fun.

Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks 2017

Posted June 20, 2017 10:28pm by Jane

Independence Day is coming soon, and so are many KC-area fireworks displays! Here’s a look at the many 4th of July Fireworks displays to look forward to in and around the KC Metro area…starting as early as this weekend. Be sure to let us know where your favorite fireworks are happening in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Bonner Blast Fireworks Celebration – Downtown Bonner Springs, KS, at Kelly Murphy Park – enjoy an ice cream social and the Patriotic Band Concert, beginning at 8pm; Bonner Blast Fireworks Display at 9:45pm
  • Fireworks: 1860s style – Enjoy this free, all-American celebration with Mahaffie Farm’s family fun night activities beginning at 6pm, live music at 7:30pm, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a cannon firing, and 1860s-style fireworks at 9:20pm; 6-10pm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On the Missouri Side –

  • Parkville (MO) July 4th Celebration – full day of fun beginning with a parade at 10am and ending with fireworks at 9:45pm; parade begins at 10am, carnival runs from 11am to 10pm
  • KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – festival food, live music, and fireworks! $5 admission fee; kids 12&under are free
  • Gladstone MO Fireworks – Oak Grove Park – live music begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks
  • Platte City Family Fun – patriotic music and fireworks begin around 9pm – Platte Ridge Park, 17130 371 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079
  • July 4th Harrisonville Hometown Celebration – Harrisonville City Park – family fun, including bike parade starting at 11am, extended city pool hours, activities for the kids, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America – Fireworks at 10pm (July 1-4, 2016); stay cool at Oceans of Fun until 9pm

On the Kansas Side –

And the Fourth of July in Kansas City isn’t ALL about fireworks! There are some other great things to do on the weekend of the 4th before the sun sets. Don’t miss one of these great events:

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Taps at the Tower: A WWI Museum & Memorial Experience

Posted June 11, 2017 8:27pm by Jane

Last summer, my family and I inadvertently stumbled upon what we now consider a treasured memory: Taps at the Tower at the The National World War I Museum and Memorial. After a picnic dinner on the grounds of Liberty Memorial, we gathered with a group of all generations – from WWII veterans to young babies – to honor those who have served our country.

It was a meaningful experience for our children, who had the opportunity to talk to and learn from veterans and active military personnel alike. More important – and less tangible – was the strong feel of community that pervaded the ceremony. After many post-ceremony smiles and conversations with other guests, my husband and I left feeling inspired from participating in something bigger than ourselves – or our family unit for that matter.

Now in its fourth year, this moving and educational experience takes place June 18-24, 2017. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening on the grounds, followed by a brief Taps ceremony at sunset (8:45pm). Taps at the Tower links the simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the patriotic symbolism of the Liberty Memorial and features a range of special performances from buglers/trumpeters, color guards and community leaders.

The WWI Museum is also hosting other kid-friendly events this month, including:

  • June 14: At 2pm, there is a public tour of the main gallery specifically designed for children ages 12 years and under.
  • June 17: At 11am, kids can learn about the role of Spain in World War I with The Story of Ferdinand during Story Time.
  • June 21: Before Taps at the Tower, at 7:30pm, kids can enjoy a special evening Story Time with Pierre the Trench Rat and his animal friends.
  • Weekly: The museum offers its Hands-on History program every Saturday at 2pm, where children of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
  • Daily: The museum also has other interactive activities available on a regular basis, and we have found the docents are very patient and good about explaining history in a way kids can understand.

My family can’t wait to go back this year…we hope to see some KC Kids Fun friends out there too!

Photos courtesy of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.