Fresh Beat Band Giveaway

Posted October 26, 2014 11:37pm by Jane

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Your pre-schoolers’ favorite pop phenomenon – The Fresh Beat Band – is returning to Kansas City, and KC Kids Fun wants to make sure one lucky reader has the chance to enjoy the show with our Fresh Beat Band Giveaway!

The show, which takes place at 6:30pm on Nov. 19 at the Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland will be an unforgettable one. The Greatest Hits Live show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist & Shout singing fan faves like Go Bananas, Great Day, Stick Together and more. As always, the songs will teach pre-schoolers about music appreciation and how express their feelings through music.

We’ve got one (1) family 4-pack of tickets to this show, and we can’t wait to give them to one (1) lucky winner!

How to enter: All you need to do is leave your first name and your child’s favorite Fresh Beat character in the comment section below. We will be accepting entries (comment below) through 9pm Central Time on Saturday, November 1, 2014 (for a little post-Halloween excitement!). One lucky winner will be randomly selected after 9pm on Saturday, and notified via a post on this page, and on the KC Kids Fun Facebook and Twitter pages. Good Luck!

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, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winner releases 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 one (1) family 4-pack of tickets to the The Fresh Beat Band in concert, Nov. 19 at The Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Tickets are already on sale, and the show generally sells out, fyi.  For more information about the show, go to http://www.midlandkc.com/events/detail/252852.

Image courtesy of AEG Live.

Halloween in Kansas City

Posted October 20, 2014 9:14am by Jane

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I don’t know about you, but my kids are pretty excited about Halloween this year (as always!). To help your family get in the mood this month, check out these fun, KC-area Halloween events!

Ongoing in October

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Paradise Park Fall Hayrides, through October 31; Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday 1-6pm; (Reservations required after ticket purchase). Before 6pm Saturdays & Sundays don’t miss the petting zoo (open noon-6pm); after 6pm enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate with a hayride ticket! Petting zoo includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs and all the farmyard animals. Hayride is $9.99/person, petting zoo admission is free.
  • The new Paradise Park Zombie Attack Laser Tag Hayride begins Oct. 3 and runs every Friday and Saturday, 7-10pm through October; $12.99/person; Reservations required after ticket purchase. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead features Pumpkin Hollow, through Oct. 31. Kids (and their parents!) can enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, getting lost in the corn maze, a giant hay slide, the corn bin, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Crown Center Spooky Fun October Puppet Shows: A Crown Center tradition continues with performances from the region’s most exciting puppeteers. Scheduled to perform: Bob Kramer Marionettes (October 4), Paul Mesner Puppets (October 11), Clement McCrae Puppets (October 18), StoneLion Puppet Theatre (October 25). Shows at noon and 2pm. No admission fee.
  • Join Science City at Union Station for the second annual family-fun Halloween event: Spookfest! They will be “Buggin’ Out” with Science all night! Special activities include: Creepy Critters in the Nature Center; Eerie Edibles in the Test Kitchen; Maker Magic in the Maker Studio; Spooky Science Demonstrations and more! 5pm-8pm; $5/USKC members; $7/non-members
  • 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5k: Race participants are encouraged to grab a costume and join us for a fall morning of fun as we run/walk through the streets of Roeland Park! Runner receive recieve chip timing, a short sleeve tech shirt, a finisher’s medal and great post race food and beverages! Lil Pumpkin Fun Run participants will receive a participant shirt and a ribbon. Benefits the students of Horizon Academy.
  • Shawnee Town’s Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests. Snacks are for sale at the event. 6-8:30pm at the grounds of Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th, three blocks west of Nieman Road. All activities are free with a suggested $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929.
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to Boolievers Trunk-or-Treat, an outreach event to provide a safe evening of Halloween fun for kids and families. Kids and parents are invited to make their way around our Trunk-or-Treat zone to enjoy free treats, games, and fun! 5-7pm, hot dogs, chips and drinks available ($2/meal or $1/item).
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • American Top Team HD is hosting its 1st annual Kids Halloween Party: Enjoy trick-or-treating, face-painting, prizes, and the Haunted Gym…at your own risk of course! 4pm–6pm; free admission and open to the public;  and open to everyone, members and non-members; costumes are encouraged! Located at 11227 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Sporting KC Fan Night at the Liberty Corn Maze: Come check out our exciting new corn maze design this fall.  This year’s design celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City. Wear any Sporting KC gear on Wednesday, October 15  or 29 and get $1 off your admission ticket (not to be combined with any other offer or discount). With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Wednesdays, Oct. 15 & 29; $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Last day of the season at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Kids can still visit Pumpkin Hollow on this final day of the season, and enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, the corn maze, a giant hay slide, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.
  • Kids wear your Halloween costume to the Park Oct 27-31 for a special treat at Paradise Park!
  • Northland Children Safe Trick or Treat returns to Zona Rosa for its 3rd year! Enjoy a fun, safe and FREE opportunity to Trick or Treat in the presence of local KCPD officers, who help pass out candy. There is a family-friendly interactive Haunted House, kid-friendly games and giveaways; 5-9pm, North of the Town Square on the N. Stoddard Ave. Bridge in Zona Rosa; best suited for children ages 4 to 12.

And the Halloween festivities don’t have to end on Oct. 31!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • KC Zoo Great Pumpkin Smash! Watch a wide variety of zoo animals crush, kick, bounce, eat and play with big orange pumpkins throughout the day. Pumpkin smashes are at scheduled times from 10am-3:30pm at the Kansas City Zoo.

Whatever you do, have a happy and safe Halloween!

Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/stephendeckerd/

Lenexa Chili Challenge

Posted October 14, 2014 5:44am by Jane

It’s hard to think of anything but the KC Royals quest for the World Series this week, but if you’re looking for a fun respite, check out the Lenexa Chili Challenge, October 17-18.

Touting itself as the “Chili Mecca,” the Chili Challenge hosts about 200 teams in the big chili contest, plus a salsa and hot wing contest to boot. The fun part is the free samples, which are available Saturday, starting at 10am (while samples last). A variety of concessions are available too if you miss the chili samples! But food isn’t the only reason for families to attend this year.

There are two new additions to the Challenge this year: The Kids Kornbread Contest, and the Bean Bag Toss Tournament. The Kids Kornbread Contest invites kids 12 and under to show their culinary skills by creating the best cornbread in the contest. Prizes include ribbons, aprons, passes to the Kansas City Zoo, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium and Science City.  (Kids can apply for the contest as late as Oct. 16.)

The Bean Bag Toss is open to the public to create an evening of good old-fashioned fun during the tournament on Friday night, with prizes for winning teams. On Saturday, the bean bag toss will remain for recreational fun throughout the day.

Other reasons to attend:

  • Fireworks display (weather permitting) at 8pm Friday night
  • Children’s arts and crafts area open 10am-3pm Saturday
  • Kansas City’s own BaliRoot Band will have live performances throughout the event

The Lenexa Chili Challenge is free of charge and runs Friday, Oct. 17, 6-10 pm and Saturday, Oct. 18, 10am-3pm at Old Town Lenexa, on the northeast corner of Pflumm and Santa Fe Trail Drive in Lenexa, KS. Parking is available in the Old Town area, with limited space available in the Community Center parking lot.

Video courtesy of Lenexa Chili Challenge.