Earth Day 2015 in KC

Posted April 13, 2015 8:50am by Jane

earth_day2010Earth Day is almost here! April 22 to be exact, and it’s a great time to share some fun with the family while teaching your kids how to care for our environment. This coming weekend, there are some fun, family-friendly activities to help you do just that:

Saturday, April 18

  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead‘s Earth Day celebration includes programs on recycling, composting, gardening and Kansas nature and wildlife. There will be crafts, flower planting, a traditional Native American Ceremony, called Planting of the Three Sisters, a chalk walk, and more!
  • Lakeside Nature Center: Join Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park for its Wildlife in Swope Park Earth Day Celebration. Kids will learn, watch a StoneLion Puppet show (at 11am and 1pm), make fun stuff to take home, and see the center’s wildlife stars. 10am-4pm at 4701 E Gregory Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64132. Go to www.lakesidenaturecenter.org for more information.
  • Kids’ Gardening Club at Powell Gardens: Starting Seeds: Now that spring is here, it’s time to plant your garden. Get a head start this year by learning how to start plants indoors plus make a seed-starter kit to take home! Register by April 15. 1-2pm at Powell Gardens, children 7 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Click here for prices and to register.
  • Scavenger Hike at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center: What can you find in the forest? Wonders abound when we stop and take a closer look. Join us as we search the forest for interesting and unusual colors, shapes and textures that exist all around us. No registration required; 1-2:30pm; Burr Oak Woods Nature Center, 1401 NW Park Rd, Blue Springs, MO. For more information email burr.oak@mdc.mo.gov.
  • Barnyard Babies: Come see the baby animals of all kinds! It’s not specific to Earth Day, but it’s a great way to get outside and learn about other creatures on our planet. Barnyard Babies is a tradition for the National Agricultural Hall of Fame and this year’s event includes hands-on activities, hayrides, mini train rides, crafts, face painting and more! With every adult ticket of $5, one child may come in free. All other children’s (3-16 years) tickets are $4 a piece. Under 2 are free! 10am-2pm, National Agricultural Hall of Fame, 630 N. 126 Street, Bonner Springs, KS

Sunday, April 19, 2015

  • Paradise Park’s Celebrate Our Earth Week Kick Off: Learn about our home planet with cool science facts, nature-inspired acorn snacks and some awesome art projects for kids to complete during adventure time. Come enjoy a visit to Paradise Park with your friends and family just because spring has sprung! Runs through April 25 in the Paradise Park Edutainment Center, 1021 NE Colbern Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  • Powell Gardens: Celebrate Earth Day with FREE admission to Powell Gardens on April 22, 2015! Gather sustainable gardening ideas, get tips on how to choose plants that help the planet’s ecosystem and learn ways to cook fresh from the garden. Kids can make and take an eco-friendly seed planting pot (10am-2pm), and enjoy storytelling time with Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus (10:30-11am). And there are a limited number of tree seedlings being given away for early arrivals (one per party; limited quantity available)!

However you celebrate our earth, we hope you have a great (and educational) time with the kiddos!

2015 Kansas City Royals – fun for the whole family!

Posted April 06, 2015 10:15am by Jane

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The much awaited 2015 KC Royals Opening Day is here!

Kansas City Royals baseball is back in action, starting at 3:10pm today with its opening series against the White Sox, and there is a season full of special events ahead for KC families. A few fun events for families include:

GordoNation: Cheer on Gold Glove winner Alex Gordon in his special fan section! At every Thursday home game, you and your family can join your fellow Gordon fans in this special cheering section. For $30, you get an Outfield Box or Outfield Plaza ticket in left field next to Alex Gordon PLUS an exlcusive Charlie Hustle brand GordoNation t-shirt.

STAR WARS® Day: Celebrate the Royals and your favorite movie series at STAR WARS® Day at The K on Sunday, August 9 vs. Chicago White Sox. Purchase the special STAR WARS® Day discounted ticket package to receive a Jedi Alex Gordon Bobblehead, and come dressed up as your favorite character. There will be STAR WARS® entertainment throughout the game, and I’m sure my husband and son will be among the fans that afternoon!

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. Check out these special fan nights and celebrate your favorite university at The K!

Whether you go on a special events day or not, there’s still tons to do at the K – in addition to watching the game, of course. the Royals Outfield Experience has something for just about every kid: a playground, carousel, mini golf, a batting challenge, a pitching mound, and my favorite, Sluggerrr’s Base Run. And for the kid who enjoys every baseball statistic known to man, there’s the Royals Hall of Fame.

So check out the Royals web site for tickets and home game schedule, and enjoy some fun times with your family this baseball season!

Logo courtesy of www.sports-logos-screensavers.com.

Deanna Rose Farmstead 2015

Posted March 30, 2015 8:00am by Jane

Deanna Rose Children's FarmsteadMy husband grew up on a farm, and loves to tell our kids all about growing up with farm animals. So needless to say, my kids always look forward to the re-opening of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead. Of course, the Farmstead is MUCH more entertaining – and cleaner – than a real-life farm, something this suburban mom can appreciate.

Reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century family farm, there are nearly 200 different animals at Deanna Rose –everything from prairie dogs to a long-horn steer to a bobcat. Little ones also love the milking barn, pony rides, Vic’s General Store, push pedal tractors, fishing, and the many special events that take place throughout the day! Click here for a listing of Deanna Rose activities.

The relaxed atmosphere holds plenty of farm delights for grownups too: you can find peace (and shade) in the Butterfly Garden, enjoy storytelling in the Indian Encampment, or just park yourself on a comfy swinging bench while the kids run around the grounds. Deanna Rose Farmstead truly lives up to its legacy: to bring the charm of the farm to children living in the city.

Located at 13800 Switzer Road in Overland Park, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is open daily from 9am-5pm, April 1-Oct. 31, 2015. Admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun and Holidays; Friends of the Farmstead and children 2 & under are always free. During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), the Farmstead is open until 8 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We’ll see you there soon!

Learn more about Deanna Rose Farmstead.

Learn more about hours, fees, and birthday party information.

Photo courtesy of KCKidsFun.com.