Free (or nearly free) things to do in KC

Posted February 12, 2017 10:41am by Jane

We’ve really enjoyed getting outside the past couple of days, but with the weather continuing with its ups and downs, I’m still on the lookout for some fun, free outings for the family. Fortunately, KC offers many options!

  • Kaleidoscope is the place to go for some free creative fun in KC. With tons of amazing left-over materials from Hallmark to choose from, there’s always something fun to create, including puzzle making, black-light artwork, and crazy decor to get your creative juices flowing.
  • Museum at Prairiefire: While there is an entrance fee to enter the museum and the Discovery Center, the Great Hall lives up to its name with some very fun (and free) exploration. In addition to a life-size T-rex model and other fun dinosaur facts, kids will enjoy ALIVE, an interactive virtual program that lets kids bring their very own dinosaurs to life on screen (trust me, your kids won’t want to leave). Not to mention lots of space to run around and look at the beautiful architecture and colorful windows. If the weather is nice enough, the outdoor exploration path behind the building lets you enjoy the building’s beauty it in its full glory.
  • Anita B Gorman Conservation Discovery Center: Check out our Events Calendar for listings of the conservation center’s ongoing educational activities. The hands-on fun and opportunity to look around inside and out make this a great place to visit…free of charge!
  • The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: Sunny and bright inside, the building is a fun and unusual place to visit, plus, it’s small enough that you can easily keep an eye on your little ones as they move around. Check their website or our Events Calendar for upcoming family-friendly events.
  • The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers a wealth of opportunities (free of charge). Their free self-guided tours lets you get the most out of the exhibits, which include a variety of interactive ways for kids to learn and enjoy themselves.
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Open Wednesdays – Sundays, the Nelson offers free admission every day. Whether winding your way throughout the Bloch Building, checking out the knights’ armor, or visiting one of the many other areas of interest, the art and architecture have something for everyone. Of course, the outdoor space is great on warmer days, with plenty of Pokemon for your Pokemon Go hunters to find.
  • The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Another great place to visit, full of unusual and interesting art in a bright, spacious environment. Plus, its location at the Johnson County Community College campus makes it feel like a very grown up experience for your older kiddos.

Wherever you go, have a great time…and don’t forget to explore your local library!

Images courtesy of Kaleidoscope, The Money Museum, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Spring Break Camps in KC 2017

Posted February 05, 2017 11:24am by Jane

It’s hard to believe, but Spring Break will be here before we know it at KC-area schools. Check out these Spring Break Camps for 2017, and stay tuned for our 2017 Summer Camps listing, coming soon!

  • 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. Sign up for one day or the whole week. March 13-17, 2017; registration deadline is Monday, March 6, 2017.
  • Blue Valley Rec Center Spring Break Camps offer part-time camp options to pique any child’s interest! They gear Spring Break camps to keep kids active and entertained through a selection of Art, Dance, Performing Arts, Science/Tech, and Sports Camps. Activity offerings run the week of March 13-17, 2017.
  • 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 players develop skills in a fun and relaxed environment. A great way to keep kids active! March 14-16, 2017.
  • Integrity Gymnastics (Overland Park) offers a ton of fun Spring Break full-day and half-day options, with different daily themes including Glow Party, Splish Splash, Deep Sea Diving, Creatures Great and Small, All About Me, and Mysterious Fun. Camp includes open gym, activities, crafts, games, prizes, and a snack. Camp runs March 10, 13-17, and 20, 2017.
  • Johnson County Parks & Rec has a variety of offerings including Art, Mad Science, Language Immersion, LEGO Engineering, 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 Parks features camps in a number of locations for Spring Break. 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; March 13-17 and March 20-24, 2017. Click here for a list of locations and dates.
  • Kansas City Young Audiences has a variety of spring break camps to give your child a taste of visual and performing arts, and creative movement and play! Young actors will bring their imaginations to life through a sampling of artistic experiences and just plain fun. Half day, full day and extended day options are available for ages 5- 13; March 13-17, 2017.
  • Kansas City Zoo offers a wild and wonderful variety of camps that include cool science demonstrations, hands-on activities and more! Currently, there are single day options for March 13 & 14, and Spring Break Camps March 15-17 & 22-24, 2017 for ages 5-12. Click here for more information.
  • Mesner Puppet Theater Spring Break Camp offers the opportunity for kids grades 1-3 to make puppets, create beautiful art, play games, and more! Full day camp runs March 13-17, 2017.
  • Starlight Theatre Spring Break Camp offers camp for children in grades 1-5, and master classes for students in grades 6-12. This full-day camp gives students a fun and interactive opportunity to discover new skills on the stage. Young artists explore acting, singing and dance. No previous performance experience is required to attend. Click here for more information or to register. March 13-17 & 20-24, 2017.
  • Theatre of the Imagination makes everyone a star in a supportive and creative environment. No auditions, no experience, and parents enjoy a whimsical play at the end of the week, starring your child. Half-day, full-day and extended day options available for students in grades K-8; March 13-17, 2017.
  • YMCA: Enjoy the summer camp experience a little earlier in the year with YMCA. Kids have the opportunity to try new activities, gain independence and make lasting memories in a fun and supportive environment. A wide variety of locations available. Click here for more information and locations.

Image courtesy of Mesner Puppet Theater.

Consignment Sales in KC, Spring 2017

Posted January 30, 2017 12:54am by Jane

Are your kiddos growing like weeds (and outgrowing their pants every other month) like mine are? Time to look for some bargains around town at KC’s many area consignment sales! (If you run a consignment sale and would like to be listed here – or are interested in a sponsored listing – please drop us a line via the Contact Us page!)

Upcoming Sales:

All About Kids (Independence, MO): March 23-25, 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 (Northland): March 17-19, 2017, more information coming soon!

Just Between Friends (Lee’s Summit, MO): Feb. 24-26, 2017 at The Pavilion at John Knox Village, 520 NW Murray Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO

Just Between Friends (Overland Park, KS): March 15-19, 2017 at Ritz Charles, 9000 W. 137th St., Overland Park, KS

Just Between Friends (Shawnee, KS & Kansas City, KS): March 2-5, 2017 at Parkway Shopping Center, 11225 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, KS

Here We Grow Again (Northland): More information coming soon!

Here We Grow Again (Southland/Raymore): More information coming soon!

Here We Grow Again (Liberty, MO): More information coming soon!

Here We Grow Again (Independence, MO): April 5-9, 2017 at 16619 E 23rd Street (next to Price Chopper), Independence, MO

Kid’s Closet Connection, Kansas – Overland Park: April 12-15, 2017 at Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Gardner: April 6-9, 2017 at Johnson County Fairgrounds, 4H Building, 178 E Washington St., Gardner, KS. Lawrence: March 30-April 1, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, Kansas 66049.

Kid’s Closet Connection, Missouri – Blue Springs: April 27-30, 2017 at The Pavilion at Centerline, 1910 SE 40 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO. Lee’s Summit: March 1-4, 2017 at Harris Park Community Center, 110 SW Blue Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO. Northland: March 29-April 1, 2017 at Shoal Creek Community Church, 6816 N. Church Rd., Pleasant Valley, MO. Sedalia: April 6-8, 2017 at MO-AG Theatre, 2503 W 16th St, Sedalia, MO. St. Joseph, MO: Dates and location TBD. Warrensburg: March 9-11, 2017 at Warrensburg Community Center, 445 E Gay St, Warrensburg, MO.

Multiples of Kansas City: March 4, 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: April 1-4, 2017 at Wyandotte County Fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, KS

Rhea Lana’s Olathe: March 26-30, 2017 at Olathe Community Center, 1205 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS

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

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

Rhea Lana’s Northland: Feb. 26-March 2, 2017 at Picture Hills Shopping Center, 6501 N Cosby Ave, Kansas City, MO

We will continue to update our Consignment Sales page…be sure to check back soon for more dates!