Labor Day Weekend in KC 2017

Posted August 27, 2017 8:15pm by Jane

There’s so much going on in Kansas City right now, it’s hard to choose how to spend the upcoming Labor Day weekend! Here are some ideas:

Catch these family-friendly exhibits before they disappear:

  • The Museum at Prairiefire’s World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit ends Labor Day and features huge dinosaurs who roamed the planet for 140 million years.
  • The Playful Kinetics 3D sculptures with moving parts that can be powered by wind, water, a motor or people give kids the chance to experience touchable art that’s fascinating and fun. This “please touch” art exhibit is at Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO, and ends Labor Day.

Or check out these activities – many of them annual KC Labor Day faves:

  • SantaCaliGon Days: Commemorate the origin of the Santa Fe, California, and Oregon trails with entertainment, food and crafts, and some serious carnival fun, Sept. 1-4, at Historic Independence Square, Independence, Mo 64050
  • Kansas City Irish Fest: Head to Crown Center and celebrate Kansas City’s proud Celtic heritage with three days of music, dancing and a massive Children’s Area, Sept. 1-3.
  • DeSoto Days: Entertainment, a carnival, food, parades and more during the 2017 DeSoto Days festival. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. At Miller Memorial Park, 32400 W 83rd St, De Soto, KS 66018
  • Science City kidFest: The 3rd Annual kidFEST is dedicated to hands-on learning with tons of fun science activities, demos and workshops, not to mention a petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, a Rockin’ Rob and more! 10am-5pm; included with admission to Science City
  • American Royal BBQ: The 2017 American Royal World Series of Barbecue® will be held Labor Day weekend at the Kansas Speedway. Close out the summer with friends, family, and great food! Aug. 31-Sept. 3
  • KC Renaissance Festival Opening Weekend: It’s opening weekend for Renaissance Festival! Travel back in time to experience Jousting Knights, village shops, funny jesters, music, magic and more. Open weekends through Oct. 15 at 633 N 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
  • Dollar Days at the KC Zoo: Enjoy $1 hot dogs, chips, beverages and popsicles available outside Helzberg Penguin Plaza from 11am-4pm, Sept. 2-4.
  • Shoal Creek First Saturdays: Shoal Creek Living History Museum’s Village comes to life with gunfighters, outlaws, Civil War soldiers and more roaming the streets on Sept. 2. Free admission includes family fun activities and demonstrations of 19th Century life. 9am-4pm, Shoal Creek, 7000 NE Barry Road, KCMO 64156

Images courtesy of Paradise Park, SantaCaliGon Days and the Kansas City Zoo. 

End of Summer Things to Do in KC

Posted August 22, 2017 9:06am by Jane

The start of another school year has brought summer to a quick end for many of us in the KC Metro area. However, the weather is hot and there are still two weekends left for some summertime fun! Here are some ideas to celebrate the final days of summer.

  • Check out your neighborhood pool, or visit another area pool you’ve never been to before with our list of KC-area outdoor pools and splash parks. Most area pools are open through Labor Day, but some close earlier, so be sure to check their website before you go. If you’re looking for something outside of the norm, pay a visit to one of KC’s water parks for some extra water-themed excitement.
  • Go to one of our metro area’s many fantastic Parks & Playgrounds
  • Get up close and personal with all kinds of animals – from tigers to bison to sharks to insects, animal exploration abounds in Kansas City.
  • Get into the swing of things with some hometown baseball. The KC Royals regular season ends Oct. 1, 2017, and the KC T-Bones play through Sept. 4, 2017. If soccer is more your game you have a little time left to enjoy it: Sporting KC plays its last game Oct. 15, 2017, and the Swope Park Rangers play their last game Oct. 11, 2017.
  • Relax at a summer concert, including
    • Sundays in the Park Concert Series, 6pm each Sunday at Ironwoods Park Amphitheater, 147th & Mission, Leawood, KS (through Sept. 3)
    • Music in the Park 6:30pm each Friday night in Downtown Lee’s Summit, Howard Station Park, 3rd & SE Main, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063 (through Labor Day)
    • Olathe Fourth Friday: Enjoy food trucks, music and more, Aug. 25, 5:30-8pm, Johnson County Square at 100 W. Park Street, Olathe, KS
  • Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Check out KC Kids Fun’s ongoing list of outdoor activities to find the right activity for you.
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Solar Eclipse in KC 2017

Posted August 14, 2017 10:57pm by Jane

It happens August 21, 2017, and just about everyone is talking about it in KC. It’s the Solar Eclipse, which will pass closer than ever to our hometown. Here are some great ways to celebrate it in and around KC!

  • Science City: Experience the Eclipse with an entire day at Science City’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party! Includes interactive programs, free admission all day to the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium for eclipse-themed shows, Maker Studio solar eclipse fun, a free solar glasses giveaway (first come, first served), a solar telescope and projection viewings from the new Haverty Family Yards, and Chief Meteorologist Mike Thompson from Fox 4 to keep things fun throughout the day. 10am-5pm at Science City at Union Station
  • Powell Gardens: Enjoy the Solar Eclipse and the beauty of nature at the same time during Powell Gardens’ Solar Eclipse Watch Party. The first 100 visitors receive a pair of free solar glasses, and the kiddos can run around while you keep an eye out for the eclipse! 9am-6pm at Powell Gardens
  • The Kansas City T-Bones are hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Community America Ballpark. Bring your blankets, enjoy some ballpark food, and the first 200 people receive complimentary tickets for the August 21 home game! 11:30am-1:30pm at Community America Ballpark.
  • Total Eclipse of the Park: View a total solar eclipse from the Shoal Creek Living History Museum’s village of authentic 19th century buildings. 11am-2pm (gates open at 6:30am); $10/per vehicle; Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park, 7000 Northeast Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64156
  • Johnson County Parks & Rec has special viewing sites at Antioch Park, Shawnee Mission Park, and Heritage Park. Food trucks will be at each location and the first 200 visitors receive solar glasses.
  • Solar Fest in Excelsior Springs, MO, is right in line for a total eclipse. Join the folks of Excelsior Springs with a 4-day celebration including a BBQ Festival, tons of Solar Eclipse presentations and special displays, trolley tours, music, and more!
  • Want to check out other nearby cities that offer a total Solar Eclipse view? Plan a special day out, complete with a variety of Solar Eclipse happenings in Atchison, KS, Leavenworth, KS and St. Joseph, MO. In addition to Excelsior Springs, each of these cities is in the direct line of the eclipse.
  • Cosmosphere: A little further from home is Mission: Eclipse, a joint effort of the Cosmosphere and the Hutchinson Public Library. Visitors will be able to view the partial eclipse outside using the Cosmosphere’s special solar telescope, binoculars and eclipse glasses (limited supply). There will also be food trucks and free activities, including a chalk aurora art project, a make-and-take solar system jewelry piece and more! 11am-3pm in the south and east parking lots at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS.

Have a great time & let us know where you’re watching Solar Eclipse 2017 – in the comments below, or on Facebook!

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