Great Sledding Places in KC 2016

Posted February 07, 2016 9:26pm by Jane

SLEDDERS_FR_C_^_FRIDAYMany parents (and grandparents!) out there are happy with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction this year: spring is coming sooner than we think! But as you know, with KC’s crazy weather, anything could happen. So, just in case we have snow in our near future, here is this year’s list of favorite places to sled in KC.

  • “Suicide Hill” (KCMO) – 56th and Brookside, Brookside Park

  • Gillham Park (Kansas City, MO)

  • Avila University (KCMO) – 119th and Wornall

  • Water Works Park (Northland) – North Oak, just north of Burlington in North Kansas City – multiple hills here!

  • William Jewell College (Liberty, MO)

  • William Landahl Park Reserve (north side of park) (Blue Springs, MO)

  • Ward Park (Blue Springs, MO) – SW 22nd St. off of 40 Highway

  • High Grove Elementary School (Grandview, MO)

  • Belvidere Park (Grandview, MO) – 6509 E. 147th

  • Meadowmere Park (Grandview, MO) – 13610 Byars

  • “Mad Dog Hill” (Belton, MO) – 155th & Westover

  • Glendale Elementary School, Lee’s Summit Road (Independence) – a good slope for smaller kids

  • McCoy Park (Independence) – 24 Highway

  • Hill across from Lea McKeighan Park (Lee’s Summit, MO) – 120 NE Chipman

  • 119th & Kansas City Road (Olathe, KS)

  • 137th and BlackBob (Olathe, KS) – just south of Lowe’s

  • I-435 between Antioch and Metcalf (Overland Park, KS) by Cleveland Chiropractic College (formerly the Farmer’s Insurance building) – get there via College Blvd.

  • Wyandotte County Lake Park (Kansas City, KS)

  • Stump Park (Shawnee, KS) – 47th & Woodland

  • “the hill behind the Leawood Pioneer Library at 119th and Roe.  Frowned upon… but hilarious fun!”

  • Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty has a couple of great hills. They are located at 35 & 291 hwy off the outer road.

  • Shawnee Mission Park – 79th & Renner Road – offers numerous sledding options, though some hills are off limits. The back side of the dam is reported to be the best sledding spot for all ages and levels of adventure.

NOTE: Not all of these locations – though popular – are public property. It is always a good idea to seek permission before sledding on private property. Be careful and watch out for your kids! Sledding is super fun but can certainly be a bit dangerous.

And, if you see we missed a sledding spot or need any other corrections to this list, make sure to leave a comment below!

Image courtesy of unitychristchurch.org.

Spring Break Camps 2016

Posted February 01, 2016 6:35am by Jane

Spring Break ImageBSpringsPRNeed some activities for the kiddos this Spring Break? Here’s a list of some upcoming Spring Break Camps in the area. And don’t worry, our always-popular Summer Camps listing will be updated soon so you can start preparing for that too!

  • Blue Springs Parks & Rec offers a week packed with fun and new friendships! Activities include field trips, games, crafts, guest speakers, creative play and more, and parents can sign up for one day or the whole week. Extended day available. The camp runs March 28-April 1, 2016, and registration deadline is Monday, March 21, 2016.
  • Blue Valley Rec Center Spring Break Camps offer full-day and half-day options to pique any child’s interest! They gear Spring Break camps to keep kids active and entertained through a large selection of Art, Dance, Performing Arts, Science/Tech/Logic, and Sports Camps. Camp offerings run the week of March 14-18, 2016.
  • Challenger Sports Spring Break Soccer Camps has a 1-hour First Kicks (ages 3-5) and Half Day Camp for ages 6-12 through the Johnson County Parks & Rec. Each day is based around a different soccer topic as our coaches build up each player’s skills in a fun and relaxed environment that encourages development. Kids stay active during this action-packed break from school!
  • Integrity Gymnastics (Overland Park) offers Spring Break week day camps- full day and half day options. Includes open gym, activities, crafts, games, prizes, and a snack.  Payment can be made online to reserve a spot OR pay at the door.  Coach to kid ratio is generally 10:1 and no gymnastics experience necessary! Kids must be 3 and potty trained.
  • Johnson County Parks & Rec has a variety of offerings including Art, Fashion, Mad Science, Music, Nature & Science Adventures, and Video Game Design. Full day, half day, and partial day options available. To view their catalog, click here. To register, locate the code number of the camp(s) you want, and click on the green Register for Activities button, or call Johnson County Parks & Rec at 913-831-3355.
  • Kansas City Art Institute offers ARTventure: the leader in art and design camp for kids! A variety of options are offered for different age levels, and students will learn fine arts skills through discovery and imagination. Part-time camps offered during spring break for ages 6-11, 9-11, and 12-14. Click here to learn more, or register at www.kcai.edu/artforeveryone.
  • Kansas City Parks features camps in a number of locations during March 21-25, 2016. These are week-long day camps where students will play team-building games, engage in healthy learning, work on art projects, and more! For ages 6-13.
  • Kansas City Young Audiences has spring break camps March 14-18, including Art Sampler, Creative Drama, Musical Theatre and Build a Toy! Your young actors will bring their imaginations to life through a sampling of artistic experiences and just plain fun at Kansas City Young Audiences. Half day, full day and extended day options are available for ages 5- 13.
  • Kansas City Zoo offers a wild and wonderful variety of camps that include cool science demonstrations, hands-on activities and more this spring break. Currently, there are Safari Day Camps listed for March 14 & 15, 2016, which run 8:30am-3:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Starlight Theatre Spring Break Camp, for ages 6-14, is a full-day camp running March 14-18, and March 21-25, 2016. The camp gives students a fun and interactive opportunity to discover new skills on the stage. Young artistsexplore acting, singing and dance, as well as teamwork as they work on sets, props and costumes for a final musical performance for family and friends. No previous performance experience is required to attend. Click here for more information or to register.
  • Theatre of the Imagination is a fun, personalized theatre camp in Leawood that makes everyone a star! No auditions, no experience, and parents enjoy a whimsical play at the end of the week, starring your child. Half-day and full day camp available from March 14-18, 2016. Theatre of the Imagination offers a flexible schedule to create a schedule that fits your needs. Click here for more information about Spring Break options.
  • YMCA: Enjoy the summer camp experience a little earlier in the year with YMCA Spring Break Camps. Kids have the opportunity to find new talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting memories in a fun and supportive environment. A wide variety of locations available.

As we get closer to Spring Break, we’ll start listing some great ideas for those of you looking for fun activities for the whole family that time of year!

Image courtesy of The City of Blue Springs/Blue Springs Parks & Rec.

Consignment Sales in KC Spring 2016

Posted January 24, 2016 9:10pm by Jane

It may be the middle of winter in KC, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about spring and summer wardrobes for the kids! Several KC-area consignment sales are starting to pop up so all of us can make sure our kiddos have clothes that are cute and comfy (and fit!) once spring weather hits.

Be sure to check out the links below…most consignment sales take credit/debit cards, but a few are cash only, so be prepared!

All About Kids (Independence, MO): March 17-19, 2016 at the KC Sports Lodge, located SE of MO-291 and Hwy. 40 off of Little Blue Pkwy, Independence, MO 64055

Just Between Friends (Northland): March 18-20, 2016 at The PAC Complex, 6014 Missouri 9, Parkville, MO

Just Between Friends (Lee’s Summit, MO): February 19-21, 2016 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village – 520 NW Murray Rd.

Just Between Friends (Overland Park, KS): February 3-6, 2016 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Just Between Friends (Shawnee, KS & Kansas City, KS): March 24-26, 2016 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Hereherewegrowagainlogo We Grow Again: Olathe/Overland Park, KS: February 29-March 5, 2016 at 11934 South Strang Line Rd., Olathe, KS 66062; Gladstone, MO: Dates and Location TBA; Independence, MO: Dates TBA, 16619 E 23rd Street (next to Price Chopper); Shawnee: Dates and Location TBA; Southland/Raymore: March 9-12 at New Vision Church of Raymore, 100 Sunrise Drive, Raymore, MO

Kansas City Northland Mothers of Multiples Club: One annual sale is held each June. Check their site in the coming months for the 2016 sale dates.

Kid’s Closet Connection, Kansas – Overland Park: April 13-16, 2016 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Gardner: April 7-10, 2016 at Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E Washington St., Gardner, KS. Lawrence: March 31-April 2, 2016 at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66049. Leavenworth/Wyandotte: Dates and Location TBA.

Kid’s Closet Connection, Missouri – Blue Springs: April 28-May 1, 2016 at The Pavilion at Centerline, 1910 SE 40 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO. Lee’s Summit: March 2-5, 2016 at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO. Northland: Dates and Location TBA. Sedalia: Dates TBA at Liberty Park Convention Hall, 1500 W 3rd St, Sedalia, MO. St. Joseph, MO: March 18-20 at Kid’s Closet Sale, (the old Peoples Furniture), St. Joseph, MO. Warrensburg: TBA April 2016 at Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E Gay St, Warrensburg, MO.

Multiples of Kansas City: Date TBA; First Church of the Nazarene, KCMO (119th and Stateline); now accepting cash and credit cards

Rewearables Open Closet Sale. Boutique clothing lines such as Mini Boden, cachcach, Oilily, Little Me and more! All clothes are new with tags or in immaculate condition.

rhealanalogoRhea Lana’s Leavenworth/Platte City: Dates TBA; Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, KS; Rhea Lana’s Olathe: Dates TBA; Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; Rhea Lana’s Overland Park: February 7-11, 2016 at Metcalf South Shopping Center (Former Macy’s), 9501 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212 (NEW LOCATION)

Rhea Lana’s Lee’s Summit: Dates TBA, Southside Shopping Center (next to Jumpin’ Catfish), 838 SW Blue Parkway
Lee’s Summit, MO; Rhea Lana’s Northland: February 25-27, 2016 at KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Dr., KCMO 

Note: If you have a new consignment sale that isn’t listed, please be sure to share with us in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Here We Grow Again and Rhea Lana’s.