Kansas City Summer Camp Directory 2017

Posted March 12, 2017 9:03pm by Jane

In case you missed it the first time around – and are still in search of great summertime activities for your kiddos – our 2017 Kansas City Summer Camp Directory is here!

We have listings for great summer camps all over the KC Metro: Kansas City, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Northland, Johnson County…and more! Let us be your guide with tons of summer camp information for 2017!

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As always, we break them out into six categories for you:

(If you operate a Kansas City area day or overnight camp which is not listed here in our camp listings, please let us know! And if you’re interested in a Sponsored Listing, contact us for information.)

Fun Ideas for Spring Break

Posted March 05, 2017 9:11pm by Jane

Staying home for Spring Break? There are tons of fun activities happening in Kansas City…here are a few ideas to get you planning!

Go on a Day Trip

  • Have a foodie in the family? Shatto Milk Farm, in Osborn, MO, shows you just where your delicious milk comes from. It’s about one hour in the car (give or take, depending on where you live in KC), and offers tours of the grounds Tuesdays–Saturdays at 10:30am by appointment for $5/person. Book your tour soon to reserve a date – and enjoy the milk samples!
  • Have a little one that’s into things that move? Travel approximately one hour to Atchison, KS, to learn all about Amelia Earhart at the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, then check out the Atchison Rail Museum’s outdoor collection of rail cars.
  • If you’re up for a little longer drive time, and a couple of days out of town, head southwest to Hutchinson, KS, for a trip to the Cosmosphere, Strataca Underground Salt Museum, which offers the only underground tour of its kind in the US, and a visit to the Sand Hills State Park if the weather is nice.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Get Cultured 

Get Wild 

  • The Kansas City Zoo has tons of indoor and outdoor activities and animals to see throughout the month of March, including Zootastik Learning Fest, Milo & Ruw’s (chimpanzee) birthday party, and much more.
  • Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory & Sanctuary is open Saturdays & Sundays, 11am-3pm so you can get up close and personal with a variety of big cats and other wild animals in an incredibly warm and welcoming environment. 2pm on Saturday is feeding time! Weather permitting, so be sure to call and check in if its questionable.

Not to mention the tons of indoor activity places to get you and the kids moving! Check our Events Calendar regularly for an updated listing of events, and our Indoor and Outdoor lists of activities to enjoy in KC this spring break.

We would love to hear what you’re doing during Spring Break. Let us know in the comments below!

Kansas City Zoo Upcoming Events

Posted February 28, 2017 3:21pm by Jane

Spring seems to be well upon us, and the Kansas City Zoo has tons of fun outdoor and indoor activities coming up for KC families to enjoy! Our family of four likes to sign up for the Friends of the Zoo membership each year, since we get unlimited access and rides throughout the year, plus we don’t have to wait in line to buy tickets. If you go a few times each year, it’s a definite money saver, especially if your kids like to ride the train and carousel as often as mine do. Whether or not you like to buy individual tickets or FOTZ memberships, remember that Clay and Jackson County residents still get great discounts on admission fees either way! 

Here are some fun things coming up this month at the Zoo:

  • Zootastik Learning Fest – Very Important Pollinators: Learn how pollinators are important to us and essential for many of the foods we love to eat! Zootastik Learning Fest includes great kid crafts and planting information for adults. Better yet, all activities are in the lobby (in case of cold weather) and are included in Zoo admission, 10am-2pm, March 11 & 12.
  • SuperHero Weekend at the Zoo: Meet your favorite SuperHero from 10am-3pm! Bring a camera and have your picture taken with Spider-Man and Captain America on Saturday and Thor and Iron Man on Sunday. FOTZ members will have an exclusive super hero meet and greet from 8:30-9:30am on both days. March 18 & 19
  • Species Spotlight: Camels & Llamas: Do camels really store water in their humps? How many toenails does a llama have? Find out the answers to these questions and many more! 10am-2pm, March 25 & 26
  • Milo & Ruw’s Birthday Party: Join the Kansas City Zoo at the chimpanzee exhibit for a special birthday party! Chimpanzee Milo is turning 2 and little Ruw is celebrating her first birthday. Sing happy birthday to both of them during the Zookeeper chat at 1pm March 25, 26 & 27. The chimpanzee troop will enjoy birthday enrichment items while you enjoy birthday cupcakes!
  • Royals Day at the Zoo: Celebrate the KC Royals home opening weekend with the animals! Tigers, lions, elephants, penguins, orangutans and many more will show their support for the Boys in Blue, and you can too, by taking a picture with Sluggerrr from 10am-noon and 1-3pm. Plus, wear your KC Royals gear and save $1 off the price of admission. April 1

There’s also Spring Break Camps, offered March 15-17 and March 22-24, where campers ages 5-12 can learn about family ties, and their importance to animals, Keeper for a Day experiences (for ages 7-18), ongoing Zookeeper Chats, and overnight experiences for your little animal lover. Keep checking KC Kids Fun’s Event Calendar for an ongoing listing of fun Zoo activities each month!

Images courtesy of the Kansas City Zoo.