What’s Happening in KC this Weekend

Posted July 06, 2017 6:56am by Jane

Whether you want to see fireworks one final time, relax from a busy long weekend, or find something else fun to do in KC, here are some highlights for the upcoming weekend!

More fireworks:

  • Family Fun Nights: Visit Mahaffie Farmstead for 1860s fireworks (postponed from last week) at Mahaffie Farmstead. A different theme is featured each week. Free admission, stagecoach rides $3/person; 6-8pm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061; July 6
  • T-Bones Baseball with Post-Game Fireworks: Can’t get enough of fireworks? Join the T-Bones for a great game, followed by fun fireworks for the whole family to enjoy! 7:05pm at Community America Ballpark, July 8

Sit back and watch a great show:

  • Disney’s Camp Rock: Mitchie and her friends are ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives at Camp Rock, but the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock’s very existence. July 5-8 at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66219
  • Music at the Farmstead: Enjoy a free concert at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, this month featuring Rockin’ Rob! July 6, 6:30-7:15pm at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd, Overland Park, KS
  • Willy Wonka: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale. 8:30pm nightly, July 7-9 at Gladstone Theatre in the Park, The Gladstone Amphitheatre, Oak Grove Park, at the corner of NE 76th Street and N Troost, Gladstone, MO
  • WeekEnder at Crown Center: Cap off your work week with top local bands and favorite food trucks. Finish the evening with a famous flick under the stars at Crown Center Square. Festivities begin at 6pm; movie starts at approximately 9pm. Free admission, July 7
  • Beauty and the Beast: Enjoy this timeless Disney classic with Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, and the entire Beauty and the Beast cast! A co-production with Theatre in the Park. The White Theatre, 5801 W. 115 Street, Overland Park, KS 66211; July 8&9
  • The Snow Queen:  Enjoy a captivating puppet performance, then create your own puppets! 11am & 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence, MO 64052; $6/person, seating is limited, reservations strongly recommended, July 8
  • Movie in the Park: Pack your lawn chairs and blankets and bring your family to enjoy an evening under the stars! This month’s feature is The Lego Movie. Free admission, live music begins at 8pm, movie begins at dusk; Electric Park, 93rd Street and Loiret Blvd, Lenexa, KS, July 8

Do something off the beaten path:

  • Time Travelers – Down on the Farm: Do laundry the old fashioned way with a washboard. Feed the hens and our rooster, Duke. Guess what their favorite food is. Play yard games such as horse shoes, croquet, and catch. Today, help make apple pie and feed the apple peelings to our chickens. Shawnee Town Museum, July 5&6, 10am-3pm; July 6
  • Teddy Bear Picnic: Celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day with a party on the front lawn of the Kansas City Museum. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and grab your favorite teddy bear (s) for an afternoon of fun in the park with music, games, crafts and more! 11am-1pm at Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd.; July 7
  • World Refugee Day: Celebrate World Refugee Day, noon-3pm at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. This free, family-friendly celebration will have food, fun, performances and more! Ricci Auditorium, 1730 Independence Avenue, KCMO, July 8

Have fun with animals and nature:

  • Animal Explorations: Join Ernie Miller park police to learn about animal encounters in our local parks. See cool items found in the parks and view live animals up close. $3/person; 2&under free. 7-7:45pm at Ernie Miller Park Amphitheater, 909 N. Highway 7, Olathe, Kansas, 66061; July 7
  • Zootastik Learning Fest – Animal Enrichment: Discover the five types of enrichment for animals and learn about and make enrichment toys for your own pet at home or for the Zoo animals. Included in Zoo admission, 10am-3pm, July 8&9
  • Hike Swope Park with a Naturalist: All hikes are free and open to the public. All hikes have “early out” opportunities for those that wish to complete their hike before noon. Some trails require a short drive from Lakeside Nature Center to the trailhead. 10am at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., July 8
  • Cedar Cove Big Cat Feeding: Learn about big cats at Kansas City’s own big cat conservatory & education center. Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Education Center, 3783 K68 Highway, Louisburg, Kansas, 66053, July 8&9

There are tons more things to do on our Events Calendar. Be sure to check back frequently for updates on what’s happening around the KC metro area!

Kansas City-Area 4th of July Fireworks 2017

Posted July 01, 2017 12:36pm by Jane

Here’s an update on what’s happening with 4th of July Fireworks displays in and around the KC Metro area. There might be some rain coming our way over the next few days, so be sure to check the link to make sure there are no rain cancellations or postponements.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

On the Missouri Side –

  • Parkville (MO) July 4th Celebration – full day of fun beginning with a parade at 10am and ending with fireworks at 9:45pm; parade begins at 10am, carnival runs from 11am to 10pm
  • KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – festival food, live music, and fireworks! $5 admission fee; kids 12&under are free
  • Gladstone MO Fireworks – Oak Grove Park – live music begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks
  • Platte City Family Fun – patriotic music and fireworks begin around 9pm – Platte Ridge Park, 17130 371 Hwy, Platte City, MO 64079
  • July 4th Harrisonville Hometown Celebration – Harrisonville City Park – family fun, including bike parade starting at 11am, extended city pool hours, activities for the kids, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk
  • Worlds of Fun Celebrate America – Fireworks at 10pm (July 1-4, 2016); stay cool at Oceans of Fun until 9pm

On the Kansas Side –

July 6, 2017

Fireworks: 1860s style – Enjoy this free, all-American celebration with Mahaffie Farm’s family fun night activities beginning at 6pm, live music at 7:30pm, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a cannon firing, and 1860s-style fireworks at 9:20pm; 6-10pm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. Note: This was postponed due to rain so families can enjoy Independence Day activities even longer!

And the Fourth of July in Kansas City isn’t ALL about fireworks! There are some other great things to do on the weekend of the 4th before the sun sets. Don’t miss one of these great events:

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Water Parks in KC

Posted June 26, 2017 6:56am by Jane

The weather has definitely been up and down so far this summer, but once the heat really kicks in, a great way to cool off is at one of KC’s water parks!

Great Wolf Lodge (indoor/outdoor): Located at The Legends, Great Wolf has tons of slides, fountains and other water activities to wear out the kids in its massive 38,000 square foot space. There’s everything from major water slides for older kids and adults to zero-depth entry areas for the little guys. Water park passes come as part of your room reservation.

Oceans of Fun (outdoor): Oceans of Fun has something for all ages. If you have younger kids, you can enjoy Splash Island, Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds, to name a few. There are tons of water slides, rapids, wave pools and more for your older kids. There are height restrictions for many of the rides and pools, so best to check out their website to see what works for your family. Captain Kidds 22

Schlitterbahn (outdoor): Located at the Legends, Schlitterbahn offers a mile or so of interconnected rivers, which go from lazy to rapids, kiddie water parks, the Storm Blaster water coaster, and Boogie Bahn surf ride. Their 2-person floats are perfect for keeping a close eye on your little ones as you float down the river. Bring your own cooler, or purchase food there.

Super Splash USA (outdoor): This fun little water park is closed for 2017, while the Raytown Park Board does a strategic study on its entire park system. Stay tuned!

Coco Key (indoor): Need a break from the outdoors? Coco Keys has a good selection of water activities and slides, including a shallow pool and mini-slide for the little ones, a relaxing lazy river, 4 big water slides, and lots of other water-related fun. Purchase as part of a Holiday Inn Kansas City package, or buy tickets just for the water park.

Remember, there are TONS of great pools and splash parks to visit too! Many of these have fun and special features that make them just as much fun as a water park, but easier to keep an eye on the kids.

Images courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge and Oceans of Fun.