KC Farmers’ Markets

Posted April 15, 2014 10:20pm by Jane

If you love fresh food as much as I do, chances are you’re excited about the chance to buy beautiful fresh-picked produce at some KC area farmers’ markets this growing season. Many local markets have opened – or are opening soon. After all, with great food samples and even some live entertainment at some, it’s a great way to get food for the week and keep your kids occupied on a beautiful Saturday morning!

City Market: Features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions, including concerts, festivals and other special events. Mar- Oct: Sat. 6am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)

Overland Park Farmers Market: Features a variety of produce and other foods, and offers cooking demonstrations and other live entertainment on select dates. Saturdays, Apr 12-Nov 22: 6:30am-1pm thru Sep 27, 8am-1pm beginning Oct 4; Wednesdays, May 21-Sep 24: 7:30am-1 pm; Evening Markets from 4-7pm June 11, July 3 & Aug 11; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)

Bad Seed Farmers Market: Get a taste of Urban Farm life and promote urban farm sustainability every Friday from 4-9pm; May 2-Nov 21, 2012; Crossroads District, 1909 McGee, KCMO

KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May 4-Oct 12; 8am-12:30pm; Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street)

Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Opens Apr 19; Saturdays, 8am-1pm; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO

Olathe Farmers Market: Featuring 2 locations this year. Saturdays, Apr 19-Oct 25; 7:30am until sold; Wednesdays, May 14-Sep 24; 7:30am until sold; 200 W. Santa Fe; Poplar and Kansas in downtown Olathe & new location at Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151st, Field 1

Shawnee Farmers Market: Offering a variety of farm-fresh produce. Saturdays, May-Oct, 7am-4pm; City Hall Parking Lot, Nieman Rd & Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS

Photo courtesy of City Market.

KC Easter Activities

Posted April 09, 2014 10:21pm by Jane

Easter is a fun time for all of us — spring is emerging, dreams of chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts are in the air, and we get to look forward to spending time with friends and family.

If you’re looking for some fun pre-Easter activities to enjoy, here are some great ones we’ve found:

  • The Easter Bunny visits Crown Center! The Easter Bunny will be on a special meet and greet at Crown Center Shops. A professional photographer will be taking pictures for a fee, but visitors are welcome to bring their cameras. April 12-13 & April 18-19, noon-4pm.
  • Simon Kidgits Club Easter ‘Egg’stravaganza: Enjoy festive interactive activities, arts and crafts and more! Members will receive a Kidgits® Easter bucket and Kidgits bunny ears as a keepsake to take home. Kids can also get their photo with the Easter Bunny. April 12, 8-10am; Independence Center (Children’s Play Area), 18801 E. 39th Street South, Independence, MO 64057; free for Kidgits Club members/$5 for annual membership. Click here or call 816-795-8600 for more information.
  • Egg Dive @ Blue Valley Recreation Center: Peter Rabbit is hiding eggs in BVRC’s pool! Kids get to dive for special eggs which they can redeem for big prizes, and all kids receive a treat bag stuffed with lots of goodies. Children under 5 must be accompanied by a swimming adult. April 12; 3 sessions: 8:30-9:45am, 10-11:15am, 11:30am-12:45 pm for ages 1-12. Registration deadline is April 10. $14/child; $18/non-resident
  • YMCA Easter Eggstravaganza @ Paul Henson Family YMCA: This free annual community Easter egg hunt includes a Mr. Stinky Feet concert at 10:30am, games, art projects, a bounce house and snacks leading up to the egg hunt at 11:45am. 4200 W. 79 St., Prairie Village, KS  66208, April 12 @ 10am. Click here for information on other YMCA area Easter Eggstravaganzas

Photos with the Easter Bunny: To get your child’s photo taken with the Easter Bunny, check out your closest shopping mall. Many of them offer a wide variety of photo packages with the Easter Bunny! Besides Crown Center, and Independence Center, Oak Park Mall and Town Center in Leawood  (among many others) have Easter Bunny photography sessions available.

Photo courtesy of http://www.mrwallpaper.com/

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Paradise Park Laser Tag

Posted April 07, 2014 8:00pm by Jane

What’s not to love about Paradise Park? With fun themes each week, age-appropriate activities for everyone in the family, and indoor and outdoor activities, it truly fits the bill for any family’s one-stop entertainment.

And we’re excited to announce they now offer Laser Tag! I’ve never played Laser Tag before, but the Paradise Park version offers a heart-pounding adventure that takes you on a 15-minute journey through the full labyrinth of a maze, set into a 5,000-square-foot, outdoor space.

The nice thing about it: you can challenge the gang for a free for all, or set up by teams for intense competition. (I chose free for all, in case you were wondering.) The other nice thing? Parents can play with their kids, or opt out and watch from above at the Observation Decks, where you can view your children at all times.

Paradise Park Laser Tag is for ages 6 and up, and this section of the park is open only when weather conditions are good — temps need to be 50 degrees or above and the Laser Tag arena must be completely dry.

Regular Admission (one laser tag adventure) is $7.99, or you and your family can play unlimited all day with a Max Pak indoor/outdoor pass. Click here for more information.

Images courtesy of Paradise Park.