Union Station Body Worlds Ticket Giveaway

Posted July 18, 2016 2:35pm by Jane


Congratulations Danai from Oak Grove, MO, and Jennifer V, of Merriam, KS, our two lucky winners of the BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibit! Thanks to everyone for participating in this KC Kids Fun Giveaway. Keep watching for more fun things to do in and around KC!

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some indoor entertainment this summer in KC! That’s why KC Kids Fun – in partnership with our friends at Union Station – is giving away two family 4-packs, good for free admission to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibit!

This special giveaway, valued at $88 per 4-pack, will give you and your family the unique opportunity to take a look inside of yourselves. One of the most visited exhibitions in the world, BODY WORLDS lets you experience the life cycle through breathtaking encounters with the inner workings of the human body. You and the kids will learn how to keep your bodies healthy through positive lifestyle choices, the wonders of human development, and the resilience of the human body. For the first time ever, Kansas Citians can visit and learn from one of the top experiential and educational exhibits in the world.

To enter the BODY WORLDS giveaway: We will be accepting entries (comments) through 12pm (noon) Central Time on Friday, July 22, 2016. Please leave a comment and let us know your first name and your city. It’s that simple. Two lucky winners will be randomly selected after noon on Friday, July 22, and notified via Facebook and email.  Good Luck!

Must be 18 years of age to enter and win. Only one entry per household will be considered. No substitutions or transfers. Giveaway prize is not redeemable for cash. By entering, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

TWO (2) winners will be randomly selected, and each winner receive 4 free admissions to BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life exhibit at Union Station, valued at $88 per 4-pack.

Image courtesy of Union Station.

Amusement Parks in KC

Posted July 11, 2016 9:17am by Jane


Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

It’s hard to believe summer break is halfway over for many of our kids around town. If you haven’t had a chance to go yet, be sure to plan a summertime excursion to Worlds of FunPlanet Snoopy, which is perfect for the little ones, has expanded with 5 new rides this year, including Snoopy’s Space Buggies, Linus’ Launcher, and Woodstock Gliders. If Planet Snoopy is where you are headed, be sure to watch the video above.

Dinosaurs Alive! has 35 life-sized moving dinosaurs, and (believe it or not) lots of educational fun. And other family-friendly rides include longtime faves the Finnish Fling, Flying Dutchman and LeTaxi Tour. These old-timers offered a fun trip down memory lane for me too! Of course, if you have adventure seekers, there are still plenty of thrill rides, including SteelHawk, Mamba, Fury of the Nile, and RipCord (be sure to check out height requirements before you go).

Your ticket price also allows you into Oceans of Fun, which you can read more about in our Water Parks listing from a few weeks ago.

Tickets start at $39.99 for advance online ticket purchase, and there are various ticket discounts and options available, so be sure to check online before you go. Worlds of Fun is open now through October 30. Click here for hours of operation.

Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium

For some indoor fun, Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center are a sure bet for fun (and even some education, but don’t tell the kids). SeaLife Aquarium has more than 5,000 sea creatures on display, touch pools, and much more to explore. Upcoming special events include Shark Week (July 11-17, 2016), and SeaLife Summer Camp (July 18-22, 2016).

Legoland has more than 3 million LEGO® bricks to look at and play with, not to mention the Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice rides, and master model builder classes. Plus, the addition of The Lego Movie 4D A New Adventure is sure to be a hit with all of your kiddos!

Single attraction tickets start at $14.50 online, or purchase a combination package and explore Legoland and Sea Life in one day. You can also now expand your amusement horizons with a combo pass for Legoland and Schlitterbahn!

What’s Happening this Weekend in KC

Posted July 05, 2016 8:51am by Jane

There are so many fun things happening in KC this summer! Be sure to check out our KC Kids Fun Calendar for more activities this weekend and all summer long. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to this weekend…including more fireworks!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Mahaffie Farm 19th Century Fireworks-Olathe Civic Band Concert – Enjoy an old-fashioned 19th century Independence Day celebration, complete with cannon fire and fireworks! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds; free admission; festivities begin at 6pmmahaffieindependenceday
  • Madagascar A Musical Adventure at The Coterie: It’s the musical premiere of the madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar for Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and hilarious, plotting penguins. Get ready to go wild with King Julien. These crack-a-lackin’ friends are outta the zoo and ready to MOVE IT MOVE IT. For all ages; June 14-August 7
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® at Crown Center is an exciting hands-on traveling exhibit, which features the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his “parts.” In addition to building a variety of essential academic skills, the exhibit encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. No admission fee; open May 28-Sept. 5potatohead

Friday, July 8, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Hot Summer Days at Overland Park Arboretum: Summer is hot! Keep your temperature down by splashing around at this cool-down activity, with water games, slides and all kinds of water fun! 10am-noon; no pre-registration needed, included with price of Arboretum admission
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Looking for some indoor fun? Toddler time at UrbanAir for is just the ticket! 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.ernie miller nature center

Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Sprint Family Fun Days at KC Power & Light District: It’s a beach party in the city! Sprint Family Fun Days continues with Bubbles & Beach Balls from 11am-3pm on 14th Street between Main & Walnut Streets in the Power & Light District. Kids can have their fun in the sun on the Bahama Bounce, moonwalks, slides and more! Enjoy hula hoopin’, arts & crafts, face painting and more. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child).
  • Celebrate Olathe SummerFest: Music, face painting, food, activities and more await at this celebration of community and music! 2pm at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pmat Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Comedy Show with Mr. Puppet: Join the Puppetry Arts Institute for this enjoyable tale…the title tells it all. Featuring ventriloquist Bob Abdou. Showtimes are 11am & 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are $6 per person, and available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pmKoala-850-1
  • Zootastik Learning Fest: Koalas & Kangaroos: Join the Kansas City Zoo on second Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the amazing world of animals. All activities, demonstrations and crafts will take place in the main lobby and are included with Zoo admission.
  • Dinosaurs Invade Powell Gardens! Travel back millions of years to explore the lost world of dinosaurs and prehistoric plant life during Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure, open May 21-October 3.Encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas, using fossilized bones and other materials, throughout the park. The lifelike dinosaurs include a 32-foot T Rex, 30-foot Hypsibema—Missouri’s state dinosaur, and many more!
  • Enchanted Forest at Overland Park Arboretum: This summer, the Arboretum is enchanting! Discover the mystical domains of gnomes, fairies, elves, sprites, trolls, and other garden creatures along a woodland garden trail. July 1-August 15, 2016; free with admission

Images courtesy of Crown Center, Ernie Miller Nature Center, Kansas City Zoo, and Mahaffie Farmstead