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The Sound of Music at Starlight Theatre

Posted July 21, 2014 7:24am by Jane

Thanks to my third-grade music teacher, I already know all of the lyrics to The Sound of Music, and I can’t wait to sing along under the stars at Starlight Theatre! Starlight will spin the magical tale of Maria and the Von Trapp family as Maria brings laughter and music back into the lives of these special children.

The shows begin at 8pm, so I’ll be taking advantage of a pre-show Starlight Tour to get the kids geared up for the show. Arrive early and get a free, behind-the-scenes look at Starlight. Tours begin before each performance at 6:30pm, 6:45pm & 7pm. Report to the top of the theatre behind Terrace Section 1 to begin the tour.

There will also be pre-show performances on the Spotlight Stage, featuring some of Kansas City’s finest local talent, including the Starlight STARS, before each night’s production. The Spotlight Stage is located just inside Gate 4 on the northwest side of the theatre.

The Sound of Music runs July 25-31, 2014, 8pm. Tickets start at $12, and one of our favorite tricks to keep the kids occupied is to bring binoculars so they can see better.  Need a booster seat? A limited supply of complimentary booster seats are available at the Ovation gift store. After the show, you can drop off the seats at any gate, guest relations table or the Ovation gift store.

Click here to purchase tickets; or call the Starlight Theatre Box office at 816.363.7827 Mon-Fri; 9am-5pm.

The show is suitable for all ages. I hope you too enjoy singing along to My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, and Climb Ev’ry Mountain!

Video courtesy of Equal Mac, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIjobdArtiA.

Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, KS

Posted July 17, 2014 12:26am by Jane

Atchison bannerA quaint little town just a little over an hour’s drive from here, Atchison has some particularly fun stuff going on this weekend to pay tribute to one of the most famous Kansans of all time: Amelia Earhart. A native of Atchison, Earhart is famous for being the first woman to fly solo across the U.S., as well as for pushing the limits when it came to daredevil flying!

The Amelia Earhart Festival kicks off Friday, July 18, with Lakefest 2014, a concert on Warnock Lake, which is definitely welcoming to families. But the real family fun begins July 19, with an entire day of celebration, including:

  • Open House at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum; free of charge; 10am-4pm • 223 North Terrace
  • Children’s Activities: The kids will have plenty to keep them busy, including a variety of free shows that include magicians, StoneLion Puppets, Mad Science of KC, and more, a free Petting Zoo and miniature firetruck rides, and face painting, pony rides and a duck pond for a small fee. 9am-5pm • the 600 block of The Commercial Street Mall
  • Celebrate Amelia’s 117th birthday with cake! 11am-noon • 500 block of Commercial from 11am-Noon.
  • Food, crafts and music; 9am-5pm • 500 block of Commercial
  • Enjoy Music on the Riverfront at Riverfront Park, 2nd & Commercial, from 4:30pm-11:30pm as the backdrop for Aerobatic Performances beginning at 7:55pm and a Fireworks Show after dark.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Not into festivals? There are other Atchison outings worth exploring throughout the summer, including:

Atchison Rail Museum, which features an outdoor collection of rail cars and the Atchison & Western Miniature Railroad. Miniature Railroad runs weekends during the summer, Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. noon-4pm. Museum cars are open summer weekends.

Independence Creek Hiking/Biking Trail, a 10-mile hiking/biking trail connecting downtown Atchison with Independence Creek and the historic area where the Lewis and Clark expedition camped on July 4, 1804. The trail head includes a re-created Kanza Indian lodge that is free to view.

Atchison Trolley, a great afternoon activity when everyone’s tired and ready to sit for awhile! The Atchison Trolley provides narrated historical tours of Atchison, including great views of the Missouri River. Plus, what kid wouldn’t want to rid a trolley? Tours are available during the summer; $6/adults, $2/children ages 4-10. Click here for tour hours.

Be sure to check out the Atchison Chamber of Commerce for other ideas to enjoy your visit to this historical town.

Photo courtesy of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce.

Kansas City’s Big Picnic

Posted July 14, 2014 10:29am by Jane

Nelson Atkins Sculpture parkEveryone get ready for the biggest picnic in town…Kansas City’s Big Picnic at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park, in honor of the Sculpture Park’s 25th Anniversary. The picnic – taking place during National Parks and Recreation month – is a joint effort between the Nelson and Kansas City Parks & Rec, and is sure to be a great family outing!

Basically, the Sculpture Park and Theis Park will be linked together on Sunday, July 20, 2014, from 5-8pm to create a giant space for Kansas Citians to come together and enjoy themselves.

Additional highlights of the event include:

  • Blue Bell Ice Cream will give away treats in honor of National Ice Cream Month
  • StoneLion Puppet Theatre will create a larger-than-life picnic experience with human ants, giant food and more!
  • Children’s art activities
  • Music, and
  • The Big Picnic “dronie”…a commemorative aerial pic (taken by a drone) at 7:15pm.

The picnic is free of charge, and there are a few ways to feed your family:

  • Pre-purchase picnic totes for 4; Picnic tote orders must be in by July 16, so act fast!
  • Grab dinner from one of the on-site food trucks, or
  • Bring your own food.

Note: The event is rain or shine, and there are no refunds on the picnic totes. No grills, stakes or tents allowed.

Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.