Kansas City Zoo: Upcoming Events

Posted March 19, 2018 8:20pm by Jane

Hooray for Spring! Even as our kids get older, the Kansas City Zoo is still a favorite spot to visit when the weather warms up. In addition to viewing the animals, rides and the great outdoors, the KC Zoo offers tons of fun events, coming soon!

  • Royals Day at the Zoo: Saturday, March 24 is full of Royals fun! The animals will enjoy special Royals enrichment items, and visitors can get a photo with Sluggerrr! Plus, wear Royals gear and save $3 off admission price.
  • Party Like a Chimpanzee! Celebrate two special chimpanzee birthdays: young Milo turns 3 on March 27, and baby Ruw turns 2 on April 1. Sing happy birthday to each of them at 1pm on their respective birthdays!
  • Scout Days at the Zoo: Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in uniforms receive free admission and those accompanying them receive a reduced admission of $7/person on Saturday, April 7. Special scout activities take place 10am-3pm. Girl Scout Day is April 7, and Boy Scout Day is April 21
  • Autism Awareness Day: Join the Kansas City Zoo in support of Autism Awareness on Sunday, April 8. Families affected by autism spectrum disorder are invited to enjoy a day at the Zoo, with free admission for people with Autism and reduced admission of $7/person for those accompanying them. Quiet rooms, special animal presentations, crafts, & more from 10am-3pm.
  • Superhero Weekend: It’s BYOC (bring your own camera) as Wonder Woman and Superman unite once again to fight evil, and (of course) to meet and greet your kiddos. This fun photo opportunity takes place
  •  from 10am-3pm on Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15. Costumes welcome!
  • Party for the Planet: Celebrating Mother Earth with a Party for the Planet! Special Earth Day activities 10am-3pm, Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.
  • Meet Daniel Tiger: Meet one of the most adorable PBS characters, Daniel Tiger, at the Helzberg Penguin Plaza, 10am-2pm on Saturday, April 28. Bring a camera and prepare for a little bit of a wait in line for one of KCPT’s most popular stars!

Images courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo.

Easter in KC 2018

Posted March 11, 2018 6:52am by Jane

Some inklings of spring (Kansas-style anyway) are starting to emerge, and with that comes tons of Easter activities in the KC area! You can always take a stroll on the Country Club Plaza to enjoy the giant Easter bunnies, or visit your neighborhood shopping center for a photo with a life-sized bunny. If you’re looking for something a little different, here are some other fun ways to make Easter a family event:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

  • Easter Egg Dive: Dive for eggs at Grandview Parks & Rec’s annual Easter Egg Dive, 10am at The View’s indoor pool. Register early as this event fills up quickly! The View, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, MO 64030

Saturday, March 24, 2018

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, March 24, 25, 30 & 31.
  • Ollie’s BIG Egg Hunt and VIP Breakfast at Paradise Park: It’s an egg-citing good time with eggs galore, games and more spread across 3 acres! Breakfast at 9am (reservations only); hunt at 1:30pm; Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Spring Jamboree: Easter egg hunt, crafts, field games, and photo ops. 10am-2pm at Shoal Creek Living History Museum, 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156; ages 2-12
  • Underwater Easter Egg Hunt: Enjoy 45 minutes of play time in the pool with tons of eggs to find! Register by March 17; space is limited and program fills fast! Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO 64118
  • City Wide Easter Egg Hunt: Petting zoo, cookie decorating, bounce houses, bubbles, temporary tattoos, games, crafts and many more fun family activities including an egg hunt and a special visit by the Easter Bunny! 10am-noon at the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial, South East Lawn
  • Easter Egg-stravaganza: Enjoy egg hunts, mini train rides, real bunnies, face painting, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny! Specific egg hunt times by age group; 10am-noon, Rotary Park, 600 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO 64014
  • Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: Help find 2,000+ eggs with your flashlight! $5 fee includes a bag full of candy, hot dogs and soda, and eggs that are filled with candy and local coupons; register by March 16; for ages 6-12; 7pm at Hidden Valley Park
  • Spring Extravaganza 2018: Enjoy arts and crafts, games, refreshments, and an egg hunt! Free, noon-2pm at Marlborough Community Center, 8200 Paseo, KCMO 64131
  • Easter Begg Hunt: Your dog will have a GRReat time sniffing out over 2,000 eggs stuffed with our treats and coupons! Registration is $12 in advance; $15 day of the event. Noon-2:30pm at Mill Creek Park
  • Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt: The Easter Bunny has taken the traditional egg hunt to the extreme with a GPS search! Lunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny included! Register by March 20, Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, Kansas, 66219
  • Brunch with the Bunny:  Face painting, crafts, games, a light brunch and egg hunt are part of the festivities. For ages 2-9; $6/person; 10-11:30am; Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr.

Sunday, March 25, 2017

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, March 24, 25, 30 & 31.
  • Spring Egg Hunt at Westport-Roanoke: Get as many sweet treats as you can, then head inside for refreshments and a performance by Stone Lion Puppets! 1-2:30pm at Westport Roanoke Community Center
  • Southeast Spring Egg Hunt: Hunt for more than 4,000 eggs in Swope Park! Kids ages 2-12 will enjoy candy, treats, games and fun! 3-4pm at Southeast Community Center, 4201 E. 63rd St, KCMO
  • Eggstravaganza: Leawood Parks & Rec’s annual egg hunt is fun for the whole family! Free for all participants ages 8 & under; Boy Scouts serve a hot dog lunch for a nominal fee; Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd, Leawood, KS

Friday, March 30, 2018

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, March 24, 25, 30 & 31.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

  • Ollie’s 10th Annual Egg Hunt: Join Ollie and the Easter Bunny for an egg-citing good time! Hundreds of hidden eggs wait to be found! Plenty of Easter-themed fun for everyone! 10:30am & 1:30pm. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, March 24, 25, 30 & 31.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at Science City: Join Science City for its Annual Easter celebration…it’s a morning jam-packed full of science and Easter fun! 10am-noon at Science City at Union Station
  • Line Creek Spring Egg Hunt: Fun Spring activities, including the Imagination Playground and egg hunt! 11am at Line Creek Community Center, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., KCMO
  • Hillcrest Spring Celebration: Spring egg hunt, games, crafts, refreshments, and special guest: the Easter Bunny! For kids ages 1-10; 1-3pm at Hillcrest Community Center, 10401 Hillcrest Rd., KCMO
  • City of Raymore’s Annual Easter Festival: Kids hunt for 15,000 Easter eggs in age-appropriate areas, plus tons of other fun! 10am at Memorial Park, 400 S Park Dr, 64083 Raymore, MO
  • Louisburg Cider Mill Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Join in for some old-fashioned Easter fun at Louisburg Cider Mill, 11am-1pm, 14730 K68 Highway, LouisburgKS 66053
  • Lee’s Summit Downtown Bunny Hop: Join the Easter Bunny for a parade and Bunny Ears & Easter Hat Contest! 10am-noon; Downtown Lee’s Summit, 3rd & Douglas, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Sunday, April 1, 2018

  • Hyde Park Spring Frolic & Egg Hunt: A variety of entertaining activities for children including pony rides, a petting zoo, art activities, family photos with the Easter Bunny, and more! Everything is free and open to the public. 12:30-3pm; bring your own basket!

Image courtesy of Grandview Parks & Rec.

Spring Break Staycation Ideas in KC

Posted March 05, 2018 8:32pm by Jane

For the first time in years, we are getting away for spring break with the family. However, we usually have just as much fun enjoying the sights and family-friendly activities of KC during spring break. Here are some of our favorites:

Venture Outside of KC Limits

Atchison, KS, offers the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and the Atchison Rail Museum’s outdoor collection of rail cars. If you’re up for a 2-day adventure (and a longer drive), head to Hutchinson, KS, for the Cosmosphere, Strataca Underground Salt Museum, and Sand Hills State Park. A little closer to home is Missouri Town 1855, a cool living history museum that teaches kids what life was like between the 1820s-1860s. Plus, all of these trips offer great spaces for kids to run around and get out their energy!

Enjoy the Great Outdoors
There are tons of places to enjoy all the outdoor beauty that the Greater KC Metro area has to offer! Check out Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical GardensMartha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary in Liberty, Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, or Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, just a few minutes East of the Plaza. Better yet, check out our list of Parks & Playgrounds to enjoy!

Go Irish!
If it’s a great parade you’re in the mood for, celebrate at of the many area St. Patrick’s Day Parades, running March 10 – 17, including Brookside, Lee’s SummitShawnee, Martin City, Lawrence, Leavenworth, and of course, the Kansas City Irish Parade.

Check our Events Calendar regularly for an updated listing of events, and our Indoor and Outdoor lists of activities to enjoy in KC this spring break.

Images courtesy of The Cosmosphere, Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and BrooksideKC.