4th of July Fireworks in KC 2015

Posted June 29, 2015 6:21am by Jane

laba.ws_USA_Independence_DayI can’t believe June is already coming to a close! The summer is flying by quickly, and my kids are getting really excited to celebrate 4th of July this year. In case you missed it last week, here’s an extensive list of fireworks in the KC area this year.

If evening fireworks aren’t in the cards for your family this year, there are also a number of fun activities to celebrate America’s birthday! Check out one of these ideas below:

  • Have fun at one of KC’s many Outdoor Pools
  • Enjoy Independence Day with the Kansas City Zoo’s Enrichment Extravaganza, July 3-5, where animals will get special enrichment items to play with while zoo keepers give special chats. Watch hippos, elephants, polar bears, gorillas, rhinos, camels and more celebrate 4th of July! Check out the Zoo Calendar each day for a listing of special events.  Also, all active and retired military personnel with valid ID will receive FREE Zoo admission. Families of active and retired military individuals will receive $1 off regular Kansas City Zoo admission on July 4-5.
  •  4th of July at the Farmstead – Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park, KS – activities from 9am to noon including bike parade, pig calling, and more for your little ones
  • Community Days Parade, Lenexa, KS – July 4th, beginning at 10am
  • Missouri Town 1855 Independence Day – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – Experience Independence Day from the 1850s with food, music, speeches and a parade
  • Fort Osage – Sibley, MO – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – 1812-style Independence Day celebration with cannon and musket fire and other activities

Whether with Fireworks, a day at the pool, or a relaxing backyard BBQ, happy Independence Day from all of us at KC Kids Fun. Have a fun, safe day with your family!

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Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks

Posted June 21, 2015 10:00pm by Jane

fireworksOne thing I know for sure: my kids (and we adults too!) love watching 4th of July fireworks. Fortunately, there are tons of viewing options in and around the KC Metro area! Here’s a listing of some great places to catch them in your neck of the woods. And let us know what your faves are in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page!

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On the Missouri Side –

  • Fourth of July Celebration, Parkville, MO – full day of fun beginning with a parade at 10am and ending with fireworks at 9:45pm; carnival from 10am to 10pm; Carnival and 4th of July festivities runs July 1-4)
  • KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – gates open at 4pm – festival food, live music, and FIREWORKS! Display begins at 10:05pm. (Fee for entry and parking; free admission between 4-5pm, and for kids 12 & under)
  • Jackson County 4th of July Appreciation Celebration – Longview Lake – skydivers, live music, concessions (no pets or grills please). Gates open at 6pm; and the biggest fireworks display ever in Jackson County at dusk.
  • Gladstone MO Fireworks – Oak Grove Park, 76th & N. Troost – live music begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks
  • Liberty4thFest, Liberty, MO – William Jewell College Campus – gates open at 8pm, live music begins at 9pm; fireworks at 9:45pm; check the complete schedule for family activities July 2 & 3 too!)
  • Smithville Lake (MO) Fireworks – north end of the Smithville Lake Dam, beginning at about 9pm
  • Platte City Family Fun – swimming and other kids activities noon-5pm; fireworks 9:45pm – Platte County High School, 1501 Branch Street, Platte City, MO 64079; free admission to all activities
  • Raymore Spirit of America Celebration – Recreation Park, Raymore, MO – classic car show begins 4pm; kids games and food beginning at 7pm; fireworks around 9:30pm
  • Harrisonville MO Fireworks – Harrisonville City Park – family fun, including bike parade starting at 11am; FIREWORKS at dusk
  • Blue Springs MO Fireworks – gates open at 6pm, live entertainment, fireworks at approximately 9:30; 2000 NW Ashton Drive, Blue Springs, MO 64015
  • KC Royals vs. Minnesota Twins – 6:15 game is followed by Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America, Kansas City North – 10pm (July 4th plus every Friday & Saturday in July!)

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:

  • Don’t miss the Parkville, Liberty, Platte City, KC Riverfest and Prairie Village daytime celebrations at the links listed above!
  • Missouri Town 1855 Independence Day – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – Experience Independence Day from the 1850s with food, music, speeches and a parade
  • Fort Osage – Sibley, MO – July 4th, 9am to 4:30pm – 1812-style Independence Day celebration with cannon and musket fire and other activities
  • 4th of July at the Farmstead – Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, Overland Park, KS – activities from 9am to noon including bike parade, pig calling, and more for your little ones
  • Community Days Parade, Lenexa, KS – July 4th, beginning at 10am

Notes: As has been the case for the last few years, there will be NO Lenexa/Shawnee fireworks display at Shawnee Mission Park this year. Also, Royals play away games this week, but have fireworks after their home games at Kauffman Stadium on Fridays this summer. 

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What’s Happening at Union Station

Posted June 15, 2015 7:51am by Jane

There’s a ton of family activities to do this summer in KC, and one of my favorite places to take the kids is Union Station. Spend a relaxing day exploring the building (in the air conditioning!), or check out one of these many fun things to do while you’re there!maker faire 2015

The 5th Annual Maker Faire, which touts itself as the region’s largest festival of invention and creativity, is coming back to Union Station June 27-28 to showcase anything and everything that people have created themselves. Science City has fun, age-appropriate activities for the kids, but there are tons of other booths that allow anyone (yes, even kids) to try out their craft. What’s more, kids get to meet the inventors, scientists, artists, crafters, and other makers and learn that anything is possible, as long as you can dream it! The festival runs June 27, 10am-6pm and June 28, 10am-5pm, is a really fun, unique way to inspire your kids.

Maker Faire takes place in and around Union Station. Ticket prices are $45/family of 4 for a 1-day pass, or $14/adult and $11/children ages 3-12 for a 1-day pass. Discounts are available for Union Station members, as well as military and seniors; weekend passes are also available. Click here for complete ticket information.

ScienceCityMakerSpaceScience City has two new exhibits…created by kids! Science City is now featuring two big new exhibits, created by kids through the Burns & McDonnell/Science City Battle of the Brains contest.  With more than 30 new interactive element, kids can dive into two amazing new exhibits,unlocking the mysteries of genetics and exploring the wonders of water. Every Last Drop lets kids splash at the water tables, make waves at a projected river, and more, while Genetics: Unlock the Code lets you compete in the world’s first DNA dance-off or clone yourself at the duplication station…and that’s just the beginning! Science City hours are Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, and Sun, noon-5pm; Click here for ticket prices and other info to help plan your visitprincess and the pea

The Princess and the Pea: Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairytale leaps onto stage as a musical comedy and explores the world of the super sensitive with the cast and crew at Theatre for Young America. $10/person, June 9-26, 2015, at the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station

Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football Hall of Fame: 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.  Through September 7. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Images courtesy of Maker Faire KC and Union Station/Theatre for Young America