Mother’s Day in KC 2016

Posted May 02, 2016 8:06pm by Jane

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you hard-working moms (and grandmothers) out there! Mother’s Day is a favorite holiday around here, and while I won’t turn away a good gift, I’ve found that I enjoy the day much more when I’m doing something special with my family. Fortunately, there are tons of things to do around Kansas City. Here are just a few ideas:

Mother’s Day for Mother Earth Celebration at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Free activities on May 8 from noon-4pm, including hands-on art, The Mermaid’s Tail (Tale) puppet show with StoneLion Puppet Theatre from 2-2:30pm, and a chance to meet the giant puppets up close from 2:30-3pm.

Mother’s Day at the Kansas City Zoo: Enjoy a great day out at the zoo with the whole family on May 8! Moms receive free admission on Mother’s Day, plus a carnation, in honor of the special day. Be sure to check out those cute Koalas too.mothersdayrun

Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk: What could be better than running alongside 4,000 mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends at the annual Mother’s Day 5K in Corporate Woods? Tiaras optional! May 8 at 8am.

May the Force Be With You: I know plenty of moms out there who love Star Wars…so why not enjoy a special Star Wars Party at Paradise Park? On May 7, from 11am-1pm, you can meet your favorite Star Wars characters and enjoy Star Wars and Paradise Park fun all day long!

If getting up for an 8am run doesn’t appeal, but you want to get active with your kids, some great places to have fun include UrbanAir Trampoline Park, Skate City (3 locations: Legends, Shawnee Mission and Overland Park), and Kansas City’s many beautiful parks and playgrounds (click here for a listing)!

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Photo courtesy of KC Express Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk.

Shatto Milk Company Tours

Posted April 25, 2016 10:07am by Jane

Yes, we’re talking about the Shatto milk you find in glass bottles and crazy flavor combinations all over town! In addition to the delish dairy products Shatto Milk Company offers, they also welcome you and your family to join them for a tour of their Osborn, Missouri dairy farm, and processing and bottling plants. Kids see first-hand where milk comes from, and everyone gets to enjoy the sights, sounds (and smells!) of a working farm.

We recentlShatto Milk Company Toury went there with our play group, and moms and kids had a great time. Osborn is about a 90-minute drive from Overland Park (a much shorter trek for our KC Kids Fun friends in the Northland!), but it was well worth the time. During the tour, you and the kids will get to see the calves, milk a cow, and learn all about how cows live on a dairy farm. You’ll also see how the milk is prepared, and check out how Shatto washes and re-uses their famous glass bottles. Recycling at its best! 

The Shatto farm is a small, family-owned business, and Leroy Shatto himself showed us around. You can tell this is a labor of love, and the kids really enjoyed learning about all that’s involved in milk production. In addition to the tasting, visiting the calves and milking a cow were definitely highlights of the day for all the kids.

This was a Shatto Milk Company Tourgreat way to spend a day…and I’m so thankful to the mom in our play group who planned this fun outing. Reservations are required, and with summer vacation on the horizon, I suggest you call now to book your tour! Tours are available Tuesday-Saturday, and are $5/person (kids 2 and under are free). To set up a tour for your group or family, contact Shatto at (816) 930-3862 or email at

I hope you have as much fun as we did out on the farm!

Photos courtesy of Shatto Milk Company.






KC Royals and T-Bones…Baseball in KC

Posted April 18, 2016 7:18am by Jane

It’s no secret that Kansas City Royals baseball is back in full force, and the excitement is building for the Kansas City T-Bones season starting May 9. Both teams offer some great options for a family outing in 2016!

Kansas City Royals

Even with all the excitement this early in the season, there are still single-game tickets available at the Royals – just make sure to buy your tickets early. As always, Kauffman Stadium has lots to do for the kiddos: The Royals Outfield Experience includes a playground, carousel, mini golf, batting challenge, pitching mound, and my favorite, Sluggerrr’s Base Run. And for the kid (or parent!) who rattles off every baseball statistic known to man, there’s always a trip to the Royals Hall of Fame.

Some KC Royals special events include

  • College Days: Whether your heart lies with K-State, Mizzou, the Nebraska Huskers, KU Jayhawks, or Wichita State, there’s a day at the Royals just for you.
  • STAR WARS® Day vs. the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, September 18, which includes a game ticket and an exclusive Eric Hosmer X-wing Pilot Bobblehead. Fans are encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite Star Wars character, and get ready to enjoy special Star Wars-themed entertainment throughout the game.

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The T-Bones offers another fun baseball option in KC! Exhibition games start May 9, and the season home opener is May 19.

A few great T-Bones specials in 2016:

  • Opening Night Free T-shirt giveaway to the first 2,000 fans, May 19; Star Wars Night, June 19; Frank White pre-game on-field clinic (for kids ages 6-15), June 12; and Superhero Night, July 1
  • Post-Game Fireworks happen after every Saturday game, and after Fourth of July games (July 2 & 3) and Labor Day games (September 4 & 5)
  • Kids eat free at Monday games. Note: First 1,000 kids 12 & under, so arrive early!
  • Friday games feature the Falcon Skydiving Team
  • Sunday games offer pre-game Player Autographs, and a chance for a post-game run around the bases.

Check out the Royals and T-Bones web sites for tickets and home game schedule, and enjoy some fun times with your family this baseball season!

T-Bones image courtesy of the T-Bones.