Solar Eclipse in KC 2017

Posted August 14, 2017 10:57pm by Jane

It happens August 21, 2017, and just about everyone is talking about it in KC. It’s the Solar Eclipse, which will pass closer than ever to our hometown. Here are some great ways to celebrate it in and around KC!

  • Science City: Experience the Eclipse with an entire day at Science City’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party! Includes interactive programs, free admission all day to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium for eclipse-themed shows, Maker Studio solar eclipse fun, a free solar glasses giveaway (first come, first served), a solar telescope and projection viewings from the new Haverty Family Yards, and Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson from Fox 4 to keep things fun throughout the day. 10am-5pm at Science City at Union Station
  • Powell Gardens: Enjoy the Solar Eclipse and the beauty of nature at the same time during Powell Gardens’ Solar Eclipse Watch Party. The first 100 visitors receive a pair of free solar glasses, and the kiddos can run around while you keep an eye out for the eclipse! 9am-6pm at Powell Gardens
  • The Kansas City T-Bones are hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Community America Ballpark. Bring your blankets, enjoy some ballpark food, and the first 200 people receive complimentary tickets for the August 21 home game! 11:30am-1:30pm at Community America Ballpark.
  • Total Eclipse of the Park: View a total solar eclipse from the Shoal Creek Living History Museum’s village of authentic 19th century buildings. 11am-2pm (gates open at 6:30am); $10/per vehicle; Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park, 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
  • Johnson County Parks & Rec has special viewing sites at Antioch Park, Shawnee Mission Park, and Heritage Park. Food trucks will be at each location and the first 200 visitors receive solar glasses.
  • Solar Fest in Excelsior Springs, MO, is right in line for a total eclipse. Join the folks of Excelsior Springs with a 4-day celebration including a BBQ Festival, tons of Solar Eclipse presentations and special displays, trolley tours, music, and more!
  • Want to check out other nearby cities that offer a total Solar Eclipse view? Plan a special day out, complete with a variety of Solar Eclipse happenings in Atchison, KS, Leavenworth, KS and St. Joseph, MO. In addition to Excelsior Springs, each of these cities is in the direct line of the eclipse.
  • Cosmosphere: A little further from home is Mission: Eclipse, a joint effort of the Cosmosphere and the Hutchinson Public Library. Visitors will be able to view the partial eclipse outside using the Cosmosphere’s special solar telescope, binoculars and eclipse glasses (limited supply). There will also be food trucks and free activities, including a chalk aurora art project, a make-and-take solar system jewelry piece and more! 11am-3pm in the south and east parking lots at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS.

Have a great time & let us know where you’re watching Solar Eclipse 2017 – in the comments below, or on Facebook!

August Family Fun in KC 2017

Posted August 06, 2017 3:36pm by Jane

The beginning of the school year is drawing closer and closer, but there are still many fun things happening in KC this month to keep the kids (and you!) entertained before, during and after school begins…

The annual Festival of Butterflies is three weeks long this year, and lets you walk among tons of native and exotic butterflies (including the giant Blue Morpho), touch live caterpillars, learn about Monarchs, and experience wild dragonflies up-close and personal! Through August 20.

Prelude to the Solar Eclipse & Free Summer Concert: Join the experts – members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas – for an evening of sky tours on Aug. 11. Your little scientist can get all of his or her solar eclipse questions answered, view the sky, and see real meteorites. Plus, enjoy the music of KC’s local band, the Phantastics from 7-9pm. This free event is 6:30-9pm at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., KCMO 64123. Note: Keep watching KC Kids Fun & visit our events calendar for more family-friendly solar eclipse happenings in KC.

Sprint Family Fun Days: Don’t miss out on Summer Splash fun, August 12, with the music of Mr. Stinky Feet, Mad Science wave craze, puppet shows, zoo animals, mini golf, and more! Free admission with premium activities available for a fee. 11am-3pm, every second Saturday of the month through October on 14th Street between Main Street & Walnut Street in the Kansas City Power & Light District. The Sep. 9 theme is Ultimate Field Day and the Oct. 14 theme is Fall Festival.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival: Always a favorite, the annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival brings the world together through a mix of native foods, crafts and ethnically diverse musical and dance performances. It’s an incredible way to enjoy fantastic food and entertainment while exposing your kiddos to the wonderful melting pot that makes our city and country so diverse. The festival happens August 18-20, 2017, near the front entrance of Swope Park. Admission for adults is $5/person, kids 12 and under are free.

Images courtesy of Powell Gardens and Kansas City Power & Light District/Sprint Family Fun Series.

Parks & Playgrounds in KC

Posted July 31, 2017 6:59am by Jane

It looks like this weekend’s beautiful weather is going to continue, and there’s no better place to enjoy the fantastic temps than at one of KC’s many area parks and playgrounds! Here’s a list of some new and old favorite haunts in our household. Or, check out our more extensive Parks & Playgrounds listing for even more ideas!

Valley Park: Within the past few years, Grandview, MO, did some significant updating to their parks. Valley Park, which offers tons of rope-climbing fun, is one of the most unique parks in the KC Metro area, with great rope-climbing structures, giant musical instruments, slides, and more. Grandview’s Freedom Park also offers a great time with it’s newly-renovated (and fun to look at) playground area.

Loose Park: This is an all-time favorite with my kids. In addition to visiting the ducks in the pond, meandering around the path, run through the green spaces and smelling the roses in the Rose Garden, we love playing on the updated playground equipment.

Roe Park: The newly-renovated Roe Park has something for everyone: Big fields to play in, a fun new playground, great shady areas to enjoy a snack, and a beautiful walking/bike trail that also trails into the woods for some creek exploration.

Take a hike: If you and the kids love to explore nature, there are tons of fun parks to visit. Ironwoods Park and Gezer Park in Leawood are great place for younger kids, as the trails are in a more confined space and it’s easy to keep an eye on the kids. If you want to spread out more, Swope Park and Shawnee Mission Park offer great trails and tons of other fun things to do with the family.

Whatever park or playground you enjoy this week, be sure to share in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Grandview Parks & Rec (Valley Park) and Leawood Parks & Rec (Gezer Park).