Consignment Sales in KC Fall/Winter 2017

Posted July 23, 2017 2:11pm by Jane

Yes, it’s the first sign that summer is coming to an end: Fall & Winter Consignment Sales are starting to pop up in and around KC. If you’re on the market for back-to-school clothes, toys, books, furniture or accessories for the kids, consignment shopping is a great way to save. And it’s an easy great way to get the house cleaned out if you want to sell your gently used clothes, toys and furniture!

Here’s what’s coming your way over the next few months:

All About Kids (Independence, MO): Sept. 13-16, 2017 at the KC Sports Lodge, 19310 E 50th Terrace, Independence, MO 64055 (SE of MO-291 and Hwy. 40 off of Little Blue Pkwy)

Just Between Friends (Parkville/Gladstone/NKC): Sept. 15-17, 2017, The PAC Complex, 6014 Missouri 9, Parkville, MO

Just Between Friends (Lee’s Summit, MO): Aug. 25-27, 2017 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO

Just Between Friends (Overland Park, KS): Oct. 5-8, 2017 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Just Between Friends (Shawnee, KS & Kansas City, KS): Aug. 4-6, 2017 at Johnson County Community College Gymnasium, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS

Here We Grow Again (Parkville/Gladstone/Northland): Sept. 24-28, 2017 at 6465 N Prospect Ave, Gladstone, MO 64119

Here We Grow Again (Southland/Raymore): Apr. 26-29, 2017 at Vox Dei Community Church 622 2nd Street (1 block from Main Street), Belton, MO 64012

Here We Grow Again (Liberty, MO): Aug. 10-13, 2017 at 888 S. 291 Hwy, Liberty, MO 64068

Here We Grow Again (Independence, MO): Aug. 12-19, 2017 at 13920 A East 40 Highway (Next Door to Toys R Us), Independence, MO 64055

Kid’s Closet ConnectionKansas – Overland Park: Aug. 2-5, 2017 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Gardner: Oct. 12-15, 2017 at Johnson County Fairgrounds, 178 E Washington St., Gardner, KS. Lawrence: Sept. 14-16, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66049.

Kid’s Closet ConnectionMissouri – Blue Springs: Aug 3-6, 2017 at The Pavilion at Centerline, 1910 SE 40 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO. Lee’s Summit: Sept. 13-16, 2017 at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO. Northland: Oct. 4-7, 2017 at Shoal Creek Community Church, 6816 N. Church Rd., Pleasant Valley, MO. Sedalia: Oct. 19-21, 2017 at MO-AG Theatre, 2503 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO. St. Joseph, MO: Nov. 10-12, 2017 at Kid’s Closet Fall Sale, 1205 N 49th Terrace, St Joseph, MO. Warrensburg: Sept. 21-23, 2017 at Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E Gay St, Warrensburg, MO.

Multiples of Kansas City: Sept. 16, 2017, 8am-1pm at First Church of the Nazarene, 11811 State Line Rd, KC, MO (119th & State Line Rd)

Rhea Lana’s Leavenworth/Platte City: Sept. 17-21, 2017 at Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, KS

Rhea Lana’s Olathe: More information coming soon!

Rhea Lana’s Overland Park: More information coming soon!

Rhea Lana’s Lee’s Summit: More information coming soon!

Rhea Lana’s Northland: Aug. 5-9, 2017 at KCI Expo Center, 11703 N Ambassador Dr., KCMO

Can’t find info on your favorite sales? Check back on our Consignment Sales page for more updates as they come!

Summer Theater in KC 2017

Posted July 16, 2017 9:52pm by Jane

Whether you’re looking to enjoy a show under the stars, or are ready to head inside for a break from the heat, there are many kid-friendly live theater performances this summer for you and the family in KC!

Cool off inside with:

  • Garfield: The Musical with Cattitude is a light-hearted, interactive show that will have your kids up on their feet! Be prepared for lots of giggles during this very silly show that features Garfield, Odie, Jon, and Garfield’s adorable nemesis, Nermal. Various show times at The Coterie through August 6.
  • Beauty and the Beast: Enjoy this timeless Disney classic with Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, and the entire Beauty and the Beast cast! Various dates and showtimes through July 23 at at The White Theatre, 5801 W. 115 Street, Overland Park, KS 66211. This show is a co-production with Theatre in the Park, where it will run July 28-Aug. 5.

Enjoy these evening productions under the stars:

  • Starlight Theatre has two upcoming Broadway series shows that are suitable for families with older children (ages 8+): Something Rotten!, July 25-30, 2017, and Motown the Musical, August 22-27, 2017
  • Annie: This classic Broadway musical, presented by Leawood Stage Company takes place at 8pm nightly, July 20-22; at Ironwoods Park Amphitheater, 147th & Mission Road, Leawood, KS
  • Gladstone Theatre in the Park will showcase fan favorite Wizard of Oz at 8:30pm nightly, August 4-6, 2017, at the Gladstone Amphitheatre, Oak Grove Park, at the corner of NE 76th Street and N Troost, KCMO 64118
  • Back to the 80s: Head to Theatre in the Park for a high-energy musical that will revive those 1980s memories! Showtime is 8:30pm, box office opens at 6pm, gates open at 6:30pm; July 19-22 at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66219. Theatre in the Park also features 2 more Movies in the Park this summer: Pitch Perfect on July 18 and Finding Dory, August 1.
  • Heart of America Shakespeare Festival lets you open your kids’ minds to Shakespeare’s beautiful words in its 7:30pm nightly performance of Hamlet, through July 22 at Southmoreland Park, 4600 Oak Street, KCMO

If you’re in the mood for an outdoor movie, check out KC Kids Fun’s Events Calendar for outdoor movies in your neck of the woods.

Images courtesy of Gladstone Theatre in the Park and The Theatre in the Park.

Animal Exploration in Kansas City

Posted July 10, 2017 7:06am by Jane

Do your kids get a thrill out of close encounters with animals? Here are some great spots to enjoy nature and get up close and personal with our furry, feathery or scaly friends!

  • Kansas City Zoo: Always a favorite, it has so much to offer that you could go time and time again to visit animals from all over the world. The great news: The zoo is working hard to bring in new and interesting animal exhibits and shows all the time, including polar bears, penguins, and the latest addition, the Billy Goats Gruff Yard. My kids love visiting Australia to pet the sheep and get within a few feet of the free-roaming kangaroos.
  • Sea Life Kansas City Aquarium: Discover the amazing world that exists under water with hundreds of creatures to explore at Sea Life! Whether your kids love sharks, seahorses, clownfish, jellyfish or octopus, there is something for everyone. Tons of interactive exhibits to explore these unusual creatures.
  • Deanna Rose Farmstead: Another hometown favorite, the Farmstead offers more than 250 animals and birds to see, pet, and even feed by hand. Interact with typical farm animals, including goats, chickens and cows, or get on the wilder side with bison, some adorable prairie dogs, hawks, eagles, bobcats and more. Plus, there are tons of other interesting activities, including an Indian encampment, a one-room country schoolhouse, and horseback riding, to name a few.
  • Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center: Tucked away in Louisburg, KS, Cedar Cove is dedicated to the rescue, care and preservation of endangered large cats of all varieties. Trained guides provide tons of information about each animal, and visitors can ask lots of questions. Open on Saturdays and Sundays only, Cedar Cove is a welcoming place to learn (really up close) about big cats.
  • Stare a bison in the eye and enjoy watching a family of elk playing in a pasture at the Native Hooved Animal Enclosure, located in Blue Spring’s Fleming Park. Feed apples or pears to the animals as they approach the fences. This 110-acre fenced enclosed space is home to bison, elk and white-tailed deer for an unusual experience with some of our larger 4-legged friends.
  • Butterflies abound at Powell Gardens’ annual Festival of Butterflies, which happens the first two weekends in August. Walk among native and tropical butterflies, touch live caterpillars, learn about the life cycle of Monarchs and even learn about dragonflies this year!
  • Visit a local park: There are tons of local parks & playgrounds for animal watching! Our favorite for feeding the ducks is Loose Park, and a great place to find birds is the bird watching station, tucked away at the Overland Park Arboretum.
  • Visit a Nature Center: Kansas City abounds with tons of great nature centers, where kids can learn about all types of animals native to our area.

Do you have a favorite place in KC to visit animals? Let us know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Jackson County Parks & Rec, the Kansas City Zoo and Deanna Rose Childrens Farmstead.