Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks 2017

Posted June 20, 2017 10:28pm by Jane

Independence Day is coming soon, and so are many KC-area fireworks displays! Here’s a look at the many 4th of July Fireworks displays to look forward to in and around the KC Metro area…starting as early as this weekend. Be sure to let us know where your favorite fireworks are happening in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

  • Bonner Blast Fireworks Celebration – Downtown Bonner Springs, KS, at Kelly Murphy Park – enjoy an ice cream social and the Patriotic Band Concert, beginning at 8pm; Bonner Blast Fireworks Display at 9:45pm
  • Fireworks: 1860s style – Enjoy this free, all-American celebration with Mahaffie Farm’s family fun night activities beginning at 6pm, live music at 7:30pm, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a cannon firing, and 1860s-style fireworks at 9:20pm; 6-10pm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Friday, June 30, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On the Missouri Side –

  • Parkville (MO) July 4th Celebration – full day of fun beginning with a parade at 10am and ending with fireworks at 9:45pm; parade begins at 10am, carnival runs from 11am to 10pm
  • KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – festival food, live music, and fireworks! $5 admission fee; kids 12&under are free
  • Gladstone MO Fireworks – Oak Grove Park – live music begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks
  • Platte City Family Fun – patriotic music and fireworks begin around 9pm – Platte Ridge Park, 17130 371 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079
  • July 4th Harrisonville Hometown Celebration – Harrisonville City Park – family fun, including bike parade starting at 11am, extended city pool hours, activities for the kids, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America – Fireworks at 10pm (July 1-4, 2016); stay cool at Oceans of Fun until 9pm

On the Kansas Side –

And the Fourth of July in Kansas City isn’t ALL about fireworks! There are some other great things to do on the weekend of the 4th before the sun sets. Don’t miss one of these great events:

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Taps at the Tower: A WWI Museum & Memorial Experience

Posted June 11, 2017 8:27pm by Jane

Last summer, my family and I inadvertently stumbled upon what we now consider a treasured memory: Taps at the Tower at the The National World War I Museum and Memorial. After a picnic dinner on the grounds of Liberty Memorial, we gathered with a group of all generations – from WWII veterans to young babies – to honor those who have served our country.

It was a meaningful experience for our children, who had the opportunity to talk to and learn from veterans and active military personnel alike. More important – and less tangible – was the strong feel of community that pervaded the ceremony. After many post-ceremony smiles and conversations with other guests, my husband and I left feeling inspired from participating in something bigger than ourselves – or our family unit for that matter.

Now in its fourth year, this moving and educational experience takes place June 18-24, 2017. Guests are invited to enjoy an evening on the grounds, followed by a brief Taps ceremony at sunset (8:45pm). Taps at the Tower links the simplicity of the Taps bugle call with the patriotic symbolism of the Liberty Memorial and features a range of special performances from buglers/trumpeters, color guards and community leaders.

The WWI Museum is also hosting other kid-friendly events this month, including:

  • June 14: At 2pm, there is a public tour of the main gallery specifically designed for children ages 12 years and under.
  • June 17: At 11am, kids can learn about the role of Spain in World War I with The Story of Ferdinand during Story Time.
  • June 21: Before Taps at the Tower, at 7:30pm, kids can enjoy a special evening Story Time with Pierre the Trench Rat and his animal friends.
  • Weekly: The museum offers its Hands-on History program every Saturday at 2pm, where children of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
  • Daily: The museum also has other interactive activities available on a regular basis, and we have found the docents are very patient and good about explaining history in a way kids can understand.

My family can’t wait to go back this year…we hope to see some KC Kids Fun friends out there too!

Photos courtesy of the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

Summertime Theater in KC 2017

Posted June 04, 2017 7:52am by Jane

One of the many things to enjoy in KC each summer is a wide variety of outdoor theater. We even have some free options listed! Here’s what’s happening this summer:

Starlight Theatre: This summer’s family- friendly selections include The Little Mermaid, running now through June 11, Mamma Mia! (suitable for most audiences), June 23-25, and An American in Paris, July 11-16. Starlight shows begin at 8pm, and it’s a pretty magical experience for the kids. Also good to know: Starlight offers complimentary booster seat at the Ovation gift store if you’re worried the kids won’t be able to see!

Theatre in the Park: Located at Shawnee Mission Park, Theatre in the Park is a relaxing way to enjoy your evening. This summer’s family-friendly options include the Gershwin classic, Crazy for You (PG), June 16-24, Camp Rock, June 30-July 8, Back to the 80s (PG), July 14-22, and Beauty and the Beast, July 28-August 5. TTIP also has a handful of $1 movie nights throughout the summer. Bring your picnic baskets early (box office opens at 6pm, doors open at 6:30pm) to find a good spot and let the kids run around before the show, or purchase reserved seats. Shows start at 8:30pm.

Leawood Stage Company: If you’re watching your summer budget, Leawood Stage Company’s Annie production features the classic Broadway musical under the stars at Ironwoods Park Amphitheater, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS. All shows are free and begin at 8pm on July 13, 14, 15, 16 & 20, 21, 22.

Gladstone Theatre in the Park: Another free option, featuring two favorite classics, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, July 7-9, and The Wizard of Oz, August 4-6 at Oak Grove Park, at the corner of NE 76th Street and N Troost, Gladstone, MO. Shows begin at 8:30pm, and tickets and parking are free, bring your own seats!

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Another free option, this festival celebrates its 25th year with the performance of Hamlet June 13-July 2 at Southmoreland Park, just east of the Country Club Plaza. This year’s festival features KC favorite, Nathan Darrow, from House of Cards and Gotham. The doors open at 6pm, and entertainment and education happens before the show, which begins at 7:30. It’s an easy way to start exposing your kids to Shakespeare!

Looking for other fun, outdoor ways to enjoy this summer, check out our Events Calendar for tons of ideas!

Images courtesy of Theatre in the Park and Gladstone Theatre in the Park.