2014 American Royal comes to Kansas City

Posted September 15, 2014 2:51pm by Kiran

This year marks the 35th annual American Royal and that includes the highly-anticipated World Series of Barbeque– a real KC tradition.  The smoke can be seen and smelled for miles and the music and BBQ cannot be beat!  It’s family fun and then it turns into big-time grown-up fun…so run the kids home on Friday night and head back!  The party is on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 and the actual KC Masterpiece Invitational Contest is Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014.

Or, get a sitter and enjoy the night out; this thing is hopping until the wee hours of the morning!  Just make sure you have lots of shampoo on hand for the morning after…that smoky BBQ smell stays with you (and on you!) for days!!  If you’ve never been, go. Nothing says Kansas City like acres and acres of all things BBQ.  And music.  And more food!

For the uninitiated, the purpose of the American Royal is “…to provide scholarship, education, awards and competitive learning experiences that reward hard work, leadership skills and agrarian values.”  The BBQ is just one of the many events which many locals look forward to each and every year.

In addition to the popular BBQ (billed as the “World Series of Barbeque”), events yet to come include the 65th BOTAR ball (Oct. 18, 2014), lots of horse shows, bull riding, livestock contests and even a youth horse show! You might want to check out this handy printable Schedule of Events.  You might want to consider attending the Youth & Open Horse Show, next weekend at Hale Arena.

From the American Royal website:  YOUTH & OPEN HORSE SHOW / Sept 20 – Sept 21, 2014.  The American Royal is proud to host the Youth Horse Show each year. The Youth Show is an all breed horse show and the exhibitors competing in this show range in age from 8-18. Youth Horse Show exhibitors compete in a number of divisions including Showmanship at Halter, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation and Versatility!

Nothing welcomes fall to KC quite like the American Royal.  It brings visitors from all over the country to our city, and schools from all over board busses for their annual pilgrimage to the Royal.  ENJOY!

*american royal photo courtesy of guaranteed cowgirl

Blue Man Group at Starlight

Posted September 09, 2014 9:34pm by Jane

Blue Man Group is one of those shows that you will enjoy as much as your kids. It’s truly one of my favorite shows, and I’m thrilled it’s coming to KC! The show is a totally unique experience with its combination of comedy, music, and technology (and no spoken words), it is guaranteed to be an outing you and your kids will never forget.

The show runs at Starlight Theatre September 9-14, 2014 • 8pm, and tickets are still available for all shows, though best availability on tickets is for Sunday, Sept. 14. Ticket prices start at $10 (for weekday shows, $12 for weekend evenings).

A couple notes to make your family outing to Starlight even more fun:

Pre-show Starlight Tours: Arrive early and get a free, behind-the-scenes look at Starlight and learn about Starlight’s rich history in Kansas City. Tours begin before each performance at 6:30pm, 6:45pm & 7pm. Report to the top of the theatre behind Terrace Section 1 to begin the tour.

Booster Seats: Before the show, get a complimentary booster seat at the Ovation gift store. A limited supply is available, and you can drop booster seats off at any gate, guest relations table at the Ovation gift store after the show.

Bring binoculars: While Blue Man Group is a show of epic proportions, it’s something fun for the kids to do if they get fidgety.

Click here for more information about tickets and pricing, or call the Starlight Theatre Box office at 816.363.7827 Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm.


Grandparents Day Ideas in KC

Posted September 04, 2014 10:34pm by Jane

grandparentsday_logo_2B336If your parents are anything like mine, there is definitely reason to celebrate this Grandparents Day! Here are some fun, easy ideas for you and the kids to show appreciation to the grandparents (or special people, like great-aunts and uncles) in your life:

Legoland: This is one of my favorite places to send my folks with the kids. Beware the entrance lines and wait times, which can be a little long (though I’ve heard they recently changed the wait format to make it more user friendly). However, once you get into the main part of Legoland, it’s a pretty wide open space, making it easy to sit down and keep an eye on the kids, even if they want to play in different areas.  The rides are pretty tame, plus there are several table-top Lego activities that make it easy to engage with the kids without having to get down on the floor (a favorite aspect for my mom!).

Country Club Plaza: Who doesn’t love strolling around the Plaza on a nice day? Try a stop at Winstead’s or Noodles & Company for lunch, followed by a stroll around Mill Creek Park. Of course, the shoppers in the family can enjoy all kinds of stores, including the kids section at Barnes & Noble, Gap Kids, and my kids’ faves: Panache Chocolatier and Topsy’s Popcorn Shoppe.

Park Place in Leawood: My parents usually take the kids for a special treat at Cupcake a la Mode or Paciugo Gelato, followed by plenty of running-around time in the grassy area (complete with comfy chairs for Grandma and Grandpa). Plus, there’s The Learning Tree, which is arguably the best toy store in the metro area, and Picasso Exotic Aquatics, which makes for some incredibly unique window shopping (even if you’re not looking to add a fish to the family menagerie). Park Place is pretty compact, so it’s easily walkable for any age.

Wherever, or however you celebrate Grandparents Day, we hope you enjoy spending time with those very important people in your lives. Oh, and be sure to let us know how your kids enjoy celebrating Grandparents Day in the comments below!

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