Berry Picking in KC 2015

Posted May 26, 2015 10:44pm by Jane

11110206_834138683347319_6244609770239546414_oWe can’t get enough berries in our house, and my kids were especially happy that this year was (finally!) a good one for strawberry picking. Note: For those of you with younger kids who have shorter attention spans, many of the berry patches offer additional outdoor fun to keep the kids occupied once they lose interest in picking berries.

If strawberries – which are in season right now in our area – aren’t your thing, blueberry and blackberry season is coming soon: Even with all the rain, area berry patches are predicting blueberries will be right on schedule, beginning to come in around mid- to late-June and blackberries will start coming in mid-July.

Here are some Kansas City-area berry picking spots to check out…be sure to add your fave spot in the comments below if it’s not on the list!

  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – HUGE crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Buckeye Acres (Warrensburg, MO) – strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, wide variety of other vegetables; produce sold at Warrensburg Farmer’s Market
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – 28615 Rockville Rd., 913-837-2254
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries also sold at Briarcliff Farmer’s Market, U-Pick blackberries in July
  • First Fruits Orchards (Drexel, MO) – strawberries, blueberries, thornless blackberries, and tree fruit including peaches, plums, apples and pears.
  • Gieringers Orchard (Edgerton, KS) – strawberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Blueberries were planted this year too! Fun play area, including a giant hay stack for kids.
  • Lawson Brothers Farm (Baldwin City, KS) – Typically, they have strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, call for recorded message of picking conditions, 785-594-3936
  • Schreiman Orchards (Waverly, MO) – 660-493-2477 – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – blackberries, asparagus and rhubarb (and peaches and apples in season)
  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm (Platte City, MO) – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; they also grow various melons and are developing their orchard to provide a wide variety of tree fruit, including cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches, apples and pears beginning late summer
  • Wohletz Farm Fresh (Lawrence, KS) – strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and onions

For a few more in the outlying areas, check out our Pumpkin Patch/Orchards directory for ideas, or look at these state-by-state lists for  Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards:

Let us know of other favorite berry patches in the comments section…and happy picking!

Photo courtesy of Gieringers Orchard.

Memorial Day in KC 2015

Posted May 21, 2015 6:57am by Jane

Memorial_day_clip_art-3Happy Memorial Day!

We hope the weather holds up for some outside activities this weekend, but even if it doesn’t, KC Kids Fun has some ideas to make it a fun weekend for your family:

Friday, May 22, 2015

  • Lee’s Summit ‘A Fair To Remember': Lee’s Summit is celebrating 150 years with an old-fashioned County Fair event! Activities include a Baby Contest; petting zoo and pony rides, antique tractor display, folk music & dancing, funnel cakes, the first FREE concert in the Paradise Park Performance Garden, and much more! Located at Paradise Park, May 22: 5-11pm; May 23: 10am-11pm
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park Kansas City Opening Day: Enjoy a ride on Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, or enjoy a slightly more relaxing pace on the interconnected river system that takes you through more than a mile of rapids, currents, and tidal waves. Get on towering water slides, ride the waves on the Boogie Bahn surf ride, or enjoy the play areas created just for little ones, complete with 13 mini slides. Click here for more information.
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! The 7:10pm game features post-game fireworks and fan-favorite Buck Night, where all hot dogs and peanuts cost $1.
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including an appearance by Falcon Skydiving Team! 7:05pm

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Gridiron Glory Opening Day at Union Station: Attention football fans! Gridiron Glory is the biggest traveling exhibition ever created on America’s favorite sport and includes more than 200 football artifacts, photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection will be on display . . . some for the very first time. Opens at 10am. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
  • Lee’s Summit ‘A Fair To Remember': Lee’s Summit is celebrating 150 years with an old-fashioned County Fair event! Activities include a Baby Contest; petting zoo and pony rides, antique tractor display, folk music & dancing, funnel cakes, the first FREE concert in the Paradise Park Performance Garden, and much more! Located at Paradise Park, May 22: 5-11pm; May 23: 10am-11pm
  • Spring Living History Weekends at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Enjoy spring farming activities, stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Some activities take place outside. Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm; Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; $7 adults, $5 ages 5-11, $2 off for Olathe residents
  • Storyland: A Trip though Childhood Favorites Opening Day: Discover the love of reading in Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, where seven beloved children’s picture books come to life as three-dimensional, interactive play and learning environments. This free exhibit is open at Crown Center, May 23-Sept. 7, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm
  • Twice the fun at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun: Oceans of Fun is celebrating Opening Day with a 2-for-1 deal: For the price of one admission, you can enjoy both parks. Let’s hope the weather clears up for some fun in the sun!
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! 6:25pm
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including post-game fireworks! 7:05pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • Kansas City Symphony Celebration at the Station: Kick off your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest. The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites. Kids activities, including a drum safari and instrument petting zoo begin at 1:15pm. Performance begins at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:45pm. All activities take place at Union Station. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
  • Spring Living History Weekends at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Enjoy spring farming activities, stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Some activities take place outside. Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm; Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; $7 adults, $5 ages 5-11, $2 off for Olathe residents.
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! The 1:10pm game features Family Fun Day, complete with a pre-game autograph session, face painting, and tons of interactive fun and special deals for the kids!
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including post-game fireworks! 7:05pm

Monday, May 25, 2015

  • The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to examining the personal experiences of the Great War and its enduring impact. As we commemorate the Centennial of World War I (2014-19), the museum is honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during a special Memorial Day Weekend. Events include the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall, an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 22-25, and free admission and a public Memorial Day ceremony (beginning at 10am) on May 25. There are many other activities happening throughout the weekend as well.
  • Kansas City ZooBeginning May 25, the zoo begins extended hours through Labor Day: 8am-4pm on weekdays; 8am-5pm on weekends.

Nitro Circus Ticket Giveaway!

Posted May 14, 2015 9:09pm by Jane

Nitro Circus

WINNER!  CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR FOR TOMORROW, TOMMY SMITH FROM PARKVILLE!  Thanks to all who entered!

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Our friends at Sprint Center have given us a 4-pack of Nitro Circus Live tickets to give away to one lucky KC Kids Fun reader!

After selling out shows across the country on their inaugural tour of the US in 2014, Nitro Circus Live is coming to Kansas City for the first time on May 20. Nitro Circus Live features 40 of the world’s best action sports athletes performing record-breaking tricks in freestyle motocross, BMX and skate. The tour also features crazy stunts on contraptions such as tricycles, snow skis, bath tubs and even a Barbie Car, all launched off the 50-foot high Giant-A-Ramp.

Travis Pastrana, the greatest action sports star on the planet, will be riding FMX throughout the tour. Accompanying him will be the stars of Nitro Circus’ hit MTV show and 3D film.

*How to enter? Leave a comment below with your first name and city name.   We will be accepting entries (comment below) through 9am Central Time on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. One (1) lucky winner will be randomly selected after 9am on Tuesday, and notified via a post on this page, and on the KC Kids Fun Facebook and Twitter pages. Good Luck!*

You can also get a special offer on Nitro Circus Live tickets while supplies last: Kids tickets (12 years old and younger) are only $20 with the purchase of a regular price ticket to Nitro Circus Live at Sprint Center May 20.  Services fees apply. Up to 4 tickets per 1 adult full price ticket.

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*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, winners consent to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winners release all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ONE (1) winner will be randomly selected, and will receive four (4) tickets for Nitro Circus Live. 

Image courtesy of Sprint Center.