The Circus is Coming to KC!

Posted August 24, 2015 10:27pm by Jane

Ringling LEGENDSI don’t know about you, but my kiddos are really excited about going to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus this year at Sprint Center! LEGENDS is the name of the show coming to town Sept. 10-13, 2015, and we’re told it’s good for kids of all ages.

My son, the dreamer, is especially happy to see a show that mixes good old circus fun with “living mythological creatures.” In the show, Paulo the Legend Seeker is on a quest to discover real, living legends from around the world. Circus fans will get to experience his larger-than-life discoveries.

The show includes performers from around the globe, engaged in feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder – all focused on summoning the mythical and mysterious creatures of the past, including a unicorn, pegasus and a woolly mammoth. Seems like the circus folk are working to truly make this “The Greatest Show on Earth!”Ringling LEGENDS clowns

Your ticket also includes an All Access Pre-Show, which starts one hour before the show. Kids of all ages can visit the arena floor to get autographs from circus stars, try on costumes, learn acrobatic skills, and juggle with the clowns in Clown Alley.

Tickets are available at www.sprintcenter.com, and range in price from $12 to $77 per seat. There are a variety of daytime and evening shows available so you can work around nap time too. Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

Images courtesy of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Sprint Center

Kansas City Air Show

Posted August 17, 2015 9:00pm by Jane

After 3 years on hiatus, the Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show is back, August 22-23, 2015!

Featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Show, and many other military flyers, stunt flyers, formation performers, and specialty planes, the airshow is definitely a larger-than-life performance.kcairshow 1

Besides watching the many performances, kids can visit the Kids Zone, which will have aviation-themed bounce houses, obstacle courses and other fun activities. Kids can also explore the “Dream Big” section, where they can sit in the cockpit of a fighter jet or wear a pilot uniform. We hear extra fees may apply to some of the kids activities, so bring extra cash.

This year, there will also be free hearing screenings through the Songs of Sound Hearoes Tour, which is raising awareness about hearing loss.  Attendees will receive free hearing screenings, equipment demos and other information and giveaways.

Wheeler Downtown Airport is also home to the National Airline History Museum, so there will be several pieces of aviation history out on display during the air show for an up-close view.

One thing we learned when our kids were younger – it’s best to come prepared:

  • Come prepared with snacks and drinks! Everything must be in a clear container.
  • There is no parking at the event. Bus pickup locations are available in Briarcliff Village (North) and along ATA Bus Stop Routes in downtown KC (including Union Station). Click here for more information.
  • There is no seating at the event. Strollers, folding chairs, and small diaper bags are allowed, but security will be tighter, so be prepared for a search of your bags.
  • Bring ear plugs for everyone. If you’ve ever been to an air show before, you’ll understand why!

Click here for more information on what to expect at the air show.kc airshow 2

The Kansas City Air Show happens at Wheeler Downtown Airport, beginning at 9am Aug. 22 & 23. Ticket prices are $20/adult at the door, $17/adult online (plus $2 online fee); kids 12 & under are free; active duty military personnel (with military ID) are free 9am-noon on Sunday morning.

Photos courtesy of the Blue Angels Team and Central Texas Wing.

Our visit to Urban Air in Overland Park!

Posted August 11, 2015 12:25pm by Kiran

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Yesterday, I took the kids and a few of their friends to experience Urban Air in Overland Park as their guests.  It’s a new indoor trampoline park and it was awesome!  There are several areas within Urban Air.  There are several trampoline arenas (one specifically for the under-7 crowd, which was nice!) and several runways (for consecutive flips/tumbling). There is a foam pit, slam dunk track, trampoline dodgeball arenas, a Warrior Course and an Indoor Playground for the little ones.

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I appreciated the areas for under-7’s (a trampoline arena and the Indoor Playground) because it’s their own space, away from the teenagers.  ALL of the kids loved the Warrior Course, an obstacle course divided into four lanes, in order of difficulty.  My kids liked the timers on each lane…so they could really race the clock.  I think the lines for each lane could have been separated or distinguished from one another a bit better- it was a little chaotic- but nothing unbearable by any means.

The Indoor Playground was terrific and huge.  It’s a $5 surcharge (as is the Warrior Course) but worth it, especially if you have little ones in tow.  It’s like a McDonald’s playland on steroids.  And everything is new and super clean!

If you’re planning to check it out, I’d suggest using one of the opening special coupons- good through the end of the month. You can click here and print those. Beyond that, it looks like Daily Deals and Coupons will be updated often, so it wouldn’t hurt to check back often or even follow Urban Air OP on Facebook!