Ethnic Enrichment Festival and other Good Food in KC

Posted August 02, 2015 10:20pm by Jane

ethnic enrichment festivalGood food abounds in KC this August, and here’s a brief guide to help you find it! There are two events happening that will make your mouth water, and may even educate your kids at the same time. At the very least, you’re sure to have a great time.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival in Swope Park

This event is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. It’s always held during the third full weekend of August, which puts this year’s celebration Aug. 21-23.

This truly is a family-friendly event, with great food, fun activities and ongoing entertainment to keep the kids busy as you enjoy yourself. If you like to try new foods and experience other cultures, this melting pot event, hosted by KC’s Ethnic Enrichment Commission, is for you.

Swope Park (on Meyer & Swope Parkway, near Starlight Theatre and the Zoo). Admission is $3/adult; kids 12 & under free. Parking is free too. Food and crafts are available for purchase.

Friday, August 21-Sunday, August 23, 2015
Swope Park, Meyer Blvd. and Swope Parkway

Friday: 6-10pm
Saturday: Noon-10pm
Sunday: Noon-6pm


4rd Annual Kansas City Kosher BBQ Festival

You won’t find any pork ribs (beef and poultry only) at this kosher BBQ festival, but you will find tons of fun and good food!

Just like most other BBQ competitions, the KC Kosher BBQ Festival has a little something for everyone, including a free Kids’ Zone (last year’s included face painters, games, and inflatables); live entertainment; and some good KC BBQ.

This year offers something special for your young chefs (ages 6-12): a Kids Q contest. Kids in two categories (6-9 and 10-12) will be provided with a charcoal grill, tongs and a dozen chicken wings; kids show up with their own recipe and secret ingredients. Parents are allowed to help with the grilling, and kids will be judged based on taste, appearance and tenderness of their wings. For more information, or to register your child, click here.

The Ritz Charles Parking Lot, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66221. Free admission and parking; food available for a fee.

Sunday, August 16: 11am-4:30pm; Kids Q begins at 9:30. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

Bon appetit!

Photo courtesy of the Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Consignment Sales in KC Fall 2015

Posted July 26, 2015 9:06pm by Jane

consignment picBack to school always means it’s time to get the kids’ school wardrobes ready to go! Good thing there are tons of KC-area consignment sales to get prepped! Here’s your guide to local and online sales in the KC metro area. Be sure to check out the links below…most consignment sales take credit/debit cards, but a few are cash only, so be prepared!

All About Kids (Independence, MO): Sept 17-19, 2015 @ the KC Sports Lodge, located SE of MO-291 and Hwy. 40 off of Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055

Just Between Friends (Northland): Sept 11-13, 2015, The PAC Complex, 6014 Missouri 9, Parkville, MO

Just Between Friends (Lee’s Summit, MO): Aug 28-30, 2015, The Pavilion at John Knox Village – 520 NW Murray Rd.

Just Between Friends (Overland Park, KS): Sept 3-6, 2015 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Just Between Friends (Shawnee, KS & Kansas City, KS): Oct 9-11, 2015 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Here We Grow Again: Olathe/Overland Park, KS: Aug 24-29, 2015, Location TBA soon!; Gladstone, MO: Dates and Locations TBA; Independence, MO: Aug 15-23, 2015, 16619 E 23rd Street (next to Price Chopper); Shawnee: Aug 19-22, 2015, 87th & Pflumm (next to HyVee), Lenexa, KS; Southland/Raymore: Sept 16-19, 2015, at New Vision Church of Raymore, 100 Sunrise Drive, Raymore, MO

Kansas City Northland Mothers of Multiples Club: One annual sale is now held each June. We’ll keep you posted about future dates!

Kid’s Closet Connection, Kansas – Overland Park: Aug 6-9, 2015; Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Gardner: Oct 8-11, 2015; Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E Washington St., Gardner, KS. Lawrence: Aug 26-28, 2015; Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS. Leavenworth/Wyandotte: Oct 1-4, 2015; Leavenworth Riverfront Community Center, 123 N Esplanade St, Leavenworth, KS.

Kid’s Closet Connection, Missouri – Blue Springs: Aug 6-9, 2015; The Pavilion at Centerline, 1910 SE 40 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO. Lee’s Summit: Aug 19-22, 2015; Harris Park Community Center, 110 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO. Northland: Sept 17-20, 2015; Black on Burlington, 1321 Burlington, KCMO. Sedalia: Sept 24-26, 2015; Liberty Park Convention Hall, 1500 W 3rd St, Sedalia, MO. St. Joseph, MO: Oct 2-4, 2015; Kid’s Closet Sale, 139 N Belt (next to HyVee), St. Joseph, MO. Warrensburg: Aug 27-29, 2015; Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E Gay St, Warrensburg, MO.

Multiples of Kansas City: Date TBA; First Church of the Nazarene, KCMO (119th and Stateline); now accepting cash and credit cards

Rewearables Open Closet Sale. Boutique clothing lines such as Mini Boden, cachcach, Oilily, Little Me and more! All clothes are new with tags or in immaculate condition.

Rhea Lana’s Leavenworth/Platte City: Dates TBA; Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, KS; Rhea Lana’s Olathe: Sept 13-17, 2015; Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; Rhea Lana’s Overland Park: Aug 23-26, 2015 @ Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS.

Rhea Lana’s Lee’s Summit: Aug 7-13, 2015, Southside Shopping Center (next to Jumpin’ Catfish), 838 SW Blue Parkway
Lee’s Summit, MO, Note: First 3 public days are during Missouri’s tax free weekend for back to school itemsRhea Lana’s Northland: Aug 30-Sept 1, 2015; KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Dr., KCMO 

Note: If you have a new consignment sale that isn’t listed, please be sure to share with us in the comments section below. 

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Powell Gardens 2015

Posted July 20, 2015 9:21am by Jane

My favorite thing about Powell Gardens? It’s a relaxing and enjoyable outdoor activity for me as well as my kids!

Powell Gardens LegoThis year Powell Gardens is entertaining us all with its 2015 special exhibit: Nature Connects 2, in which LEGO brick artist Sean Kenney brings 27 completely new and incredible LEGO sculptures to Powell Gardens. Set in 14 scenes celebrating nature, these sculptures will be the focus for discovery stations, building competitions, and other LEGO- and nature-related special programs at Powell Gardens.

Another newer addition to Powell Gardens is the Kids Club, which offers a gardening class each month for kids ages 6-12. Kids Club classes cover everything from building a bird feeder to building an indoor terrarium to a behind-the-scenes look at butterflies. Each session is $15/child ($7/child for Powell Gardens members), and remember to register ahead of time, as these classes fill up quickly.

My family’s recurring favorites include the Heartland Harvest Garden: Fun Foods Farm, which was designed specifically to teach kids – in a fun, interactive way – about where food begins. We also bring towels and a change of clothes in preparation for a visit to the The Fountain Garden. Complete with an ever-changing fountain display, everyone is welcome to jump in, get wet and cool off.

Powell Gardens 2Finally, Powell Gardens offers some pretty fantastic festivals, including the upcoming 2015 Festival of Butterflies, July 31-Aug 2 & Aug 7-9. The festival, now in its 19th year, features many special activities. However, the main event – butterflies – is spectacular on its own. You and the kids will have the chance to walk among thousands of butterflies fluttering around in their indoor conservatory. There are also activities just for kids, including storytelling, a parade, caterpillar hunt, and other fun butterfly-related activities.

So if you’re looking for a fun (and easy) summer day, check out Powell Garden’s calendar for a running listing of all the events offered.

Powell Gardens is located at 1609 NW US Highway 50, Kingsville, MO 64061. Parking is free, and standard admission is $10/adults, $9/seniors, $4/children ages 5-12; Festival admission is $12/adults, $10/seniors, $5/children ages 5-12.

Photo courtesy of Powell Gardens.