Memorial Day in Kansas City 2016

Posted May 22, 2016 3:10pm by Jane

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We’re hoping for good weather this Memorial Day weekend, because there are many great, family-friendly, outdoor events coming up this long weekend:

  • Matilda The Musical at Starlight Theatre is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda’s witty lyrics, powerful new music and enchanting story make this a great show for the entire family. 8pm, May 24-28 at Starlight Theatre.
  • Lawrence Busker Festival: If you’re looking for something truly off the beaten path this weekend, take a short drive to Lawrence, KS for the Lawrence Busker Festival. Featuring more than 25 different acts on 5 stages, the festival runs May 27-29. Click here for a schedule of performances.
  • Fourth Friday Concert Series: Great local bands, free hot dog dinner and lots of kid fun, including face painting! This month features Moon City Big Band; 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Park, Roe Ave. & Somerset Drive in Prairie Village, KS; Friday, May 27
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® opening day at Crown Center on May 28! Enjoy this exciting hands-on traveling exhibit, which features the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his “parts.” In addition to building a variety of essential academic skills, the exhibit encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. No admission fee; open May 28-Sept. 5
  • Learning Tree’s 8th Annual Kids Flea Market: This family friendly, community event gives kids a chance to run their own business for a few hours and adults the opportunity to do a little spring-cleaning in the playroom! Kids can reserve their booth, collect their out-grown and gently used toys, books and games to re-sell and to plan their ‘booth’ space. 10-noon; $10/booth space; Corinth Square, 83rd & Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS; Saturday, May 28
  • Spend a fun day at the Zoo May 28 & 29 with Species Spotlight at the KC Zoo: Marsupials, where you’ll learn all about koalas, kangaroos, and more, and a celebration of World Ocean Day; all activities included with Zoo admission.
  • Dig for Dinos at Powell Gardens: Join the Jurassic Garden, on exhibit through October 3, for a special fossil digging expedition! 11am-2pm, May 28-29
  • Celebration at the Station: Enjoy this annual free concert, presented by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station at 8pm. Led by conductor Aram Demirjian, the Kansas City Symphony will perform a two-hour concert, along with special guests saxophonist Bobby Watson and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. And, of course, the grand finale includes a stunning display of fireworks and patriotic music! 8pm on May 29

Still looking for additional activities? Visit our Events Calendar for a complete listing of activities throughout the weekend.

And be sure to check out our Outdoor Pools listing so you can hit the pools on opening day, May 30! Or check out KC Kids Fun Parks & Playgrounds list for a fun family day outdoors!

Berry Picking in KC 2016

Posted May 15, 2016 10:57am by Jane

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We are so looking forward to berry season in our house this spring! With this fantastic springtime weather we’re having, it promises to be a good year for berries in the KC area. Strawberries are already popping up (a bit earlier than normal) and are ready to pick at many of the patches below! Blueberries are usually ready to pick around mid-June and blackberries will start coming sometime around in mid-July, but it’s always best to check your favorite berry patch online for their picking report.

Here are some Kansas City-area berry picking spots to check out…be sure to add your fave spot in the comments below if it’s not on the list!

  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – HUGE crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Buckeye Acres (Warrensburg, MO) – strawberries, red raspberries, blackberries, wide variety of other vegetables; produce sold at Warrensburg Farmer’s Market
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – 28615 Rockville Rd., 913-837-2254
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries also sold at Briarcliff Farmer’s Market, U-Pick blackberries in July
  • First Fruits Orchards (Drexel, MO) – CLOSED – First Fruits Fans, we are sad to say they are not re-opening the orchard this year
  • Gieringers Orchard (Edgerton, KS) – strawberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Blueberries were planted last year! Fun play area, including a giant hay stack for kids.
  • Lawson Brothers Farm (Baldwin City, KS) – Typically, they have strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, call for recorded message of picking conditions, 785-594-3936
  • Schreiman Orchards (Waverly, MO) – 660-493-2477 – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – blackberries, asparagus and rhubarb (and peaches and apples in season). They also have asparagus and other vegetables.
  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm (Platte City, MO) – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; they also grow vegetables and various melons and are developing their orchard to provide a wide variety of tree fruit, including cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches, apples and pears beginning late summer
  • Wohletz Farm Fresh (Lawrence, KS) – strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and onions

For a few more in the outlying areas, check out our Pumpkin Patch/Orchards directory for ideas, or look at these state-by-state lists for  Pick-Your-Own Farms and Orchards:

Let us know of other favorite berry patches in the comments section…and happy picking!

Photo courtesy of Wohletz Farm Fresh.

Sprint Family Fun Days 2016

Posted May 09, 2016 7:03am by Jane

Sprint Family Fun Days Flyer 5_16Sprint Family Fun Days is back with another set of fun family outings, starting this Saturday! The series runs monthly through October, and is a great (and inexpensive) way to explore the KC Power & Light District with your kiddos while enjoying time together as a family.

The Family Fun Days season kicks off with Capes & Crowns this Saturday, May 14. Kids can have their photos taken with their favorite super hero or princess characters, and kids who dress as their fave characters will get a free treat while supplies last. All of the Fun Days are free of charge, and run from 11am-3pm in the KC Power & Light District, at 14th Street between Main & Walnut Streets. Parking is available for just $2, and there is a nominal fee for the premium activities – $5 for an all-access wristband per child.

The Capes & Crowns session includes arts & crafts by Oddball Kids, lil’ tots corner, a bubble tent, hula hoops and entertainment by Mr. Stinky Feet with the free admission. If you want to spring for the wristband, your kids will have access to the moonwalk, an obstacle course, a fire truck slide, a train ride, and the Slippery Slope Challenge. Face painting is also available for an extra fee, but sign up ahead of time to reserve your slot!

And be sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming 2016 Sprint Family Fun Days events:

  • Summer Safari, June 11
  • Bubbles & Beach Balls, July 9
  • Ice Cream Social, August 13
  • Ultimate Field Day, September 10
  • Fall Festival, October 8

Image courtesy of Sprint Family Fun Days Series.