Spring Things to Do in KC 2017

Posted March 26, 2017 1:56pm by Jane

April 1 is quickly approaching, and along with it comes many KC-area, family-friendly outdoor activities! Below are a few highlights to enjoy as we head into spring season:

  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: With fun farmstead activities and nearly 200 different animals at Deanna Rose, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The relaxed atmosphere includes a milking barn, butterfly garden, Indian encampment, pony rides, 1-room schoolhouse, storytelling times, push pedal tractors, fishing, and a wide variety of events from April 1 – October 31. Click here for a listing of Deanna Rose activities. 13800 Switzer Road in Overland Park, KS; open daily from 9am-5pm, April 1-Oct. 31, 2017; though it’s wise to check in as they typically offer special summer hours after Memorial Day.
  • KC Royals Home Opener is April 10, and will kick off a season of baseball for KC. As always, Kauffman Stadium has lots to do for the kiddos: The Royals Outfield Experience, the Royals Hall of Fame, Family Fun Day Sundays, and Summer Fireworks on Friday night games, for starters. A few special events this year include Kids Fest, July 2, Marvel Super Hero Day, July 23, and Star Wars Day, Sept. 10. And don’t forget about Kansas City T-Bones baseball either – the season is a little shorter (it begins in May), but also offers tons of family fun activities to entertain you and the kids.
  • Sporting Kansas City Soccer and their United Soccer League affiliate team (think minor leagues), the Swope Park Rangers have definitely made their claim in the hearts and minds of many Kansas Citians. Both seasons are already underway, and offer an action-packed game for any soccer fan in the family. Sporting KC’s unique location at Children’s Mercy Park in the Legends Outlets Kansas City make it a relatively easy place to take the kids, especially with its easy access to surrounding eateries and parking. If you’re looking for a more low-key experience, enjoy the Rangers games at Swope Soccer Village in KCMO.
  • Worlds of Fun: Opening day is April 14, and Worlds of Fun is looking forward to another season of fun with the addition of two new rides: the Mustang Runner and Falcon’s Flight. Worlds of Fun also re-designed their front gate to enhance the guest experience. Camp Snoopy, Dinosaurs Alive and lots of tried-and-true family rides await! Click here for Worlds of Fun’s 2017 schedule.

Of course, there are so many more places and activities opening up for the spring and summer in KC. Check back regularly on KC Kids Fun for farmers markets, parks and playgrounds, berry picking, and other spring/summer outdoor activities and special events coming soon!

Images courtesy of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and Sporting Kansas City.

Indoor Swimming in KC

Posted March 19, 2017 9:39pm by Jane

With this incredible weather, it’s hard to believe we still have more than 2 months to go before area outdoor pools open up for Memorial Day. The good news is, there are plenty of indoor pools across the KC Metro area – many which offer swimming lessons – to get your kiddos swim ready for the summer! In addition to the list of public pools, we encourage you to check out one of the many area community and fitness centers in your neighborhood that have indoor pools and swimming lessons.

Kansas City, MO

Gregg/Klice Community Center (Kansas City, MO)

The New Southeast Community Center (Kansas City, MO)

Tony Aguirre Community Center (Kansas City, MO)

Northland

Liberty Community Center (Liberty, MO)

Gladstone Community Center (Gladstone, MO)

Park Hill Aquatic Center (Kansas City north, MO)

Platte County Community Center North (Platte City, MO)

Platte County Community Center South (Parkville, MO)

Eastern Jackson County, MO

Legacy Park Community Center (Lee’s Summit, MO)

Centennial Pool Plex (Blue Springs, MO)

CoCo Key Water Resort (eastern Jackson County, MO–KCMO) – day passes are available to the public

Henley Aquatic Center (Independence, MO)

Johnson County, KS

Matt Ross Community Center (Overland Park, KS)

Roeland Park Aquatic Center (Roeland Park, KS)

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center (Mission, KS)

Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center (south Overland Park, KS)  Lap Swim for ages 16 and up.

Emler Swim School in (Leawood, KS)

Cass County, MO

Belton Community Center (Belton, MO)

Harrisonville Community Center (Harrisonville, MO)

Kansas City, KS

Great Wolf Lodge (near The Legends/Speedway)

YMCA (Kansas City, KS)  – click here for lesson info

If you have a favorite indoor swimming spot or place for swimming lessons, let us know in the comments below!

Image courtesy of Matt Ross Community Center.

Peppa Pig ticket giveaway!

Posted March 14, 2017 10:20am by Jane

***UPDATE:  CONGRATS to CRISSA FOWLER!  OUR LUCKY WINNER!  Thanks to all who entered and thanks for your amazing suggestions on keeping busy in the cold.  Think spring is really on its way this time!

She’s everyone’s favorite (naughty) swine- she’s Peppa Pig!  Peppa is back with an action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises!

We are giving away (1) 4-pack of tickets to Peppa Pig’s Surprise.  The tickets will be waiting for a lucky KC Kids Fun reader at Will Call on show night!

Peppa Pig Live!

Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Friday November 17  6:00pm

Tickets on sale NOW!

How do you enter to win the Peppa Pig tickets? We will be accepting entries (as comments) through 9pm Central Time on Friday, March 17, 2017. Please leave a comment and let us know how you’ve been spending this chilly spring break in KC! It’s that simple. One winner will be randomly selected after 9pm on Friday, March 17, and 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 sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ONE (1) winner will be randomly selected, and will receive four tickets to the November 17, 2017 Peppa Pig’s Surprise show at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland.