Parks & Playgrounds in KC

Posted April 16, 2018 8:20pm by Jane

KC Kids Fun friends, it looks like we may be in for a week of actual spring weather! Hopefully, all of us can get outdoors this week and enjoy some of KC’s many parks and green spaces. Here are a few of my family’s faves, or feel free to check out our Parks & Playgrounds listing for even more ideas:

Grandview: Valley Park offers tons of rope-climbing fun, giant musical instruments, slides, and more! Freedom Park also offers a a super-fun playground, swingset, gazebo area, and access to the Grandview Historical Society’s Depot Museum. Both of these parks are well worth the adventure, even if you don’t live nearby.

KCMO: What’s not to love about Loose Park? A big, updated playground and sand area, a giant pond to explore, ducks to feed, big green spaces for kite flying, and a chance to stop and smell the roses all make Loose Park a special outing. Check out nearby Mill Creek Park for some cool fountain watching and a great view of the Country Club Plaza. And don’t forget about Swope Park, where every space offers something different to enjoy (including the Kansas City Zoo, Lakeside Nature Center, and the Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course, to name a few).

Johnson County: Antioch Park, with it’s newly renovated Dodge Town, is a great place for everything from birthday parties to a family picnic under a shady tree with it’s expansive grounds and fun play areas. Roe Park also has a fun new playground, great shady areas and fields to play in, and a beautiful walking/bike trail that takes explorers along Indian Creek. Ironwoods Park and Gezer Park in Leawood are great places for relaxing, playgrounds, creek play, or walking/hiking trails. Of course, Shawnee Mission Park offers just about anything an active family could want in a park with its lake, paved and off-road trails, and more.

These are only a few of our favorites – be sure to share your favorite KC-area park in the comments below. We’d love to hear about them!

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

KC Farmers Markets 2018

Posted April 09, 2018 11:37pm by Jane

I love nothing better than getting out to KC’s many area farmers markets to select fresh, locally produced food! Here’s what we can look forward to this growing season:

Bonner Springs Farmers Market: Fresh produce, locally grown meats, dairy, and other specialty items. Open Saturdays, 8am-noon, May 5-Oct. 27; Kelly Murphy Park, Bonner Springs, Kansas 

Brookside Farmers Market: Farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 14-October, 8am-1pm; November, 9am-noon; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO

City Market: Dining, shopping, entertainment and special events throughout the season. April-October: Saturdays, 7am-3pm; Sundays, 9am-3pm; Wednesdays (June-August), 10am-2pm; November-March: 9am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)

KCK Farmers Markets: AKA KCK Green Market, this network of three KCK-area farmers markets features locally grown food, June-October, 7:30am-1pm: Tuesdays, Catholic Charities, 2220 Central Ave., KCK; Wednesdays, Health Department, 6th & Tauromee, KCK; Thursdays: KCK Community College, Campus Blvd & Argentine Ln., KCK

KC Organics and Natural Market: 100% organic, locally produced produce and artisanal products. Saturdays, May-Oct; 8am-12:30pm. Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street), KCMO

Lee’s Summit Farmers Market: Fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Apr 7-Nov 17; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am until sold out. SE 2nd St & SE Douglas St, Lees Summit, MO

Lenexa Farmers Market: Fresh vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers and other specialty items. 8am-noon Saturdays, Apr 21–Oct 27 & Tuesdays, May 29–Aug 28; Lenexa Civic Campus Parking Garage, 17201 W. 87th St. Pkwy., Lenexa, KS

Merriam Farmers Market: Baked goods, fresh produce and other specialty items. Saturdays, May 5–Sept 29,  7am–1pm; Wednesdays, June 6-August 29, 5-8pm. Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 

Olathe Farmers Market: Fresh produce, plants, flowers and other specialty items. Saturdays, Apr 21-Oct 20; 7:30am until sold out; Wednesdays, May 9-Sep 26; 7:30am until sold out; Two locations: Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road and Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151 St., Olathe, KS farmers marketLeesSummit

Overland Park Farmers Market: Fresh produce, locally grown meats and dairy, plants and special events. Saturdays, Apr 14-Sept 29, 7am-1pm; Wednesdays, May 16-Sept 26; 7:30am-1pm; Oct 6-Nov 17, 8am-1pm; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS 

Raytown Farmers Market: Local, producer-only vendors offer fresh produce, baked goods, flowers, plants and other specialty items, plus live music. Saturdays, 9am-1pm; Opening day is May 6; East 62nd Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 

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

There are several additional neighborhood markets in the KC area as well; go to www.localharvest.org for more information.

Photos courtesy of Lee’s Summit Farmers Market.

Cat & Nat Giveaway

Posted April 03, 2018 6:36am by Jane

Congratulations Sachia from Independence, and Nikki from Roeland Park – you are the 2 lucky winners of 4 tickets each to The Fun Show with Cat & Nat Giveaway! We hope you enjoy this moms-only treat from KC Kids Fun!!!

Guess what KC Kids Fun friends? We have ANOTHER fun giveaway for you to enjoy…and this time, it’s just for moms! We’re giving away two 4-packs of tickets to The FUN Show with Cat & Nat, coming to Kansas City April 19, 2018 at the Midland Theater!

If you follow them, you already know that share ALL the details about real life as moms and wives, and they are planning a fantastic night out for you and your friends on April 19. Join them at The Midland for a behind-the-scenes look into how Cat & Nat came to be, a very special “Chit Chat with Cat & Nat” and a party with games, Q & A, impromptu dance parties, and (of course) cocktails!

This special giveaway, valued at $120 per giveaway, will give you and 3 of your friends a chance to unwind, laugh, and celebrate!

How to enter for the The FUN Show with Cat & Nat giveaway? We will be accepting entries (comments) through 9am Central Time on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Please leave a comment with your first name and the city you live in. Two lucky winners will be randomly selected after 9am on Saturday, April 7, and will be notified via Facebook and email.

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.

TWO (2) winners will be randomly selected, and will receive four (4) tickets each to The FUN Show with Cat & Nat at The Midland.

Image courtesy of Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.