Summer with No Screens, Part II

Posted July 16, 2018 10:43pm by Jane

It’s REALLY hot outside these days, so it’s getting even tougher to keep the kiddos off the screens. We are still trying to stay focused on the good parts of screen-free time, and the kids are actually enjoying time with each other, friends and most surprising, being creative. One day, they spent 3 hours in the basement concocting crazy artwork together. We still need lots of luck though, and it’s taking some work for sure.

If you need some more ideas to keep the kids occupied, here’s my latest list. Trust me, I’m pulling out all the stops in my effort to break the screen-watching cycle!

Good luck!

Water Parks in KC 2018

Posted July 08, 2018 7:38am by Jane

With the forecast ahead, we couldn’t pick a better time to list off KC’s water parks – with a few other really fun swim spots sprinkled in – to help you beat the heat! Height restrictions are in place at many of the water parks, so check websites to see what works for your family.

  • The Bay (outdoor): The Bay has a water playground with slides, sprays, fountains, and a huge dumping bucket, plus a giant family water slide.
  • Coco Key (indoor): Coco Keys has a good selection of water activities and slides, including a shallow pool and mini-slide for the little ones, a relaxing lazy river, 4 big water slides, and lots of other water-related fun. Day passes and hotel/water park packages are available.
  • Great Wolf Lodge (indoor/outdoor): Located at The Legends, Great Wolf has tons of slides, fountains and other water activities for all ages. Water park passes come as part of your room reservation, no day passes are available.
  • Oceans of Fun (outdoor): Oceans of Fun has lots of play areas for the little ones, plus tons of water slides, rapids, wave pools and more for the older kids. There are height restrictions for many of the rides and pools, so best to check out their website to see what works for your family.
  • Schlitterbahn (outdoor): Also located at the Legends, Schlitterbahn offers interconnected rivers, which go from lazy to rapids, various kiddie water parks, and, of course lots of slides and other water fun.
  • Shawnee Mission Park Beach (outdoor): For something a little different, check out Shawnee Mission Park’s beach. Be sure to bring tools to build a sand castle or two while you’re there!
  • Splash Cove (outdoor): This is a great pool for the little ones, with a mini wave pool, full body slide, and an incredible interactive playground with zero-depth entry. Plus, its smaller size makes it easier for you to keep an eye on everyone.
  • The Springs Aquatic Park (outdoor): Complete with a lazy river, vortex, water slides, a misting spa and a fun spray ground (spray ground currently under construction), the Springs is a smaller venue that makes it a little easier to keep an eye on everyone!

Remember, there are TONS of great pools and splash parks to visit too! Many of these have fun and special features that make them just as much fun as a water park, but easier to keep an eye on the kids.

Images courtesy of City of Shawnee.

Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks 2018

Posted June 28, 2018 8:56am by Jane

There’s still tons of fireworks to look forward to, starting tonight!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

  • Lansing KS Fireworks – The fun will start at 6pm with inflatable rides, food vendors and more! Kenneth W. Bernard Community Park – approximately 9:30pm
  • Star Spangled Swim: Singing & dancing to patriotic music, participate in a parade around the center, decorate a flag cookie, then splash around in the indoor pool! 10am-12:30pm at Blue Valley Activity Center, $20/$25 (non-resident); for ages 2-5 with participating adult

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

On the Missouri Side –

On the Kansas Side –

And the Fourth of July in Kansas City isn’t ALL about fireworks! There are some other great ways to celebrate the 4th:

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