Summertime Theater in KC 2018

Posted May 29, 2018 12:36am by Jane

One of our favorite (& inexpensive) things to do in KC each summer is watch a show or two under the stars. We even have some free options listed!

Starlight Theatre: This summer’s family- friendly selections include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Broadway National Tours of The King and I, June 12-17, and Cinderella, June 29-July 1. July 20 brings the sounds of Kidz Bop Live 2018, and let’s admit it, most of us parents can sing along with the songs too! A bit later in the season, Starlight is bringing The Illusionists to town for a magical production featuring 5 world-class illusionists, Sept. 28-30. Starlight shows begin at 8pm, and while it’s late, it is a very special night out for the kids. Plus, Starlight offers complimentary booster seats to help improve your kids’ view from their seats.

Theatre in the Park: Located at Shawnee Mission Park, Theatre in the Park has tons of kid and family favorites this summer: The Little Mermaid, South Pacific, Into the Woods, The Addams Family, and High School Musical 1&2. Plus some fun $1 Movies in the Park throughout the summer. Bring your picnic baskets early to find a good spot or purchase reserved seats. Shows start at 8:30pm, doors open at 7pm. Plus, you can purchase anytime tickets good for any show this season.

Gladstone Theatre in the Park: Another free option, featuring two classics, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, July 6-8, and Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, August 3-5 at Oak Grove Park, at the corner of NE 76th Street and N Troost, Gladstone, MO. Shows begin at 8:30pm, and tickets and parking are free, bring your own seats!

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival: Another free option, this year’s performance is the light and lively Much Ado about Nothing, June 12-July 1 at Southmoreland Park, just east of the Country Club Plaza. Gates open at 6pm, and the show begins at 8pm, so be sure to bring a picnic along. Plus, you’ll be giving the kids a head start on Shakespeare!

Looking for other fun, outdoor ways to enjoy this summer, check out our Events Calendar for tons of ideas!

Images courtesy of Theatre in the Park and Gladstone Theatre in the Park.

Memorial Day in KC 2018

Posted May 22, 2018 12:20pm by Jane

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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Trivial Pursuit®: A 50-State Adventure begins at Crown Center: Ride a mule in the Grand Canyon, celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square, hit a home run at Fenway Park, and guide your sled dog team on the Iditarod Trail. More than 70 ways for kids to learn about our country’s iconic destinations, with lots of fun along the way! Through September 3, 2018
  • Shawnee Mission Beach House Grand Opening: Grab your flip-flops and head to the grand opening of the new Shawnee Mission Park Beach House! Enjoy refreshments, giveaways, and music beginning at noon. Free beach admission throughout the day!
  • Worlds of Fun Festival of Dance: Celebrate young performers as they showcase their talent! May 26 & 27
  • The Art of the Brick at Union Station, Final Days: This is truly an incredible art exhibit for parents and kids alike! Showing at Union Station through May 28
  • Kansas City Zoo: Celebrate Species Spotlight with the Zoo’s Apes, and enjoy the Penguin March May 26 & 27; and don’t forget to check out the brand new Stingray Bay in the Penguin Plaza!
  • On Your Feet! The Musical: Starlight Theatre is kicking its Broadway Series off in style with the real-life story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Get inside the real story of this groundbreaking couple, complete with songs that’ll make you dance! Through May 27, suitable for all ages.
  • Get some delicious local food at one of KC’s area Farmers Markets

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Monday, May 28, 2018

Remember, there are tons of great parks & playgrounds and outdoor pools and splash parks  to visit too!

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Berry Picking in KC 2018

Posted May 14, 2018 10:39pm by Jane

Berry season is coming soon! With our extreme spring weather that went from winter cold to summer heat, it looks like strawberry season will be a short one. The good news…strawberry picking is starting in KC! Blueberries are typically ready around mid-June and blackberries in mid-July. Again, with this crazy weather, be sure to check your favorite berry patch online for their picking report.

To make it easy to find one in your neck of the woods, here’s our 2018 berry picking list:

  • Benny’s Berries (Kansas City, MO) – U-pick strawberries are becoming available this week (May 15); check their Facebook page for updates
  • The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – big crop of blueberries and blackberries, great activities for kids!
  • Buckeye Acres (Warrensburg, MO) – strawberries are becoming available mid to late-May, red raspberries, blackberries, wide variety of other vegetables; produce sold at Warrensburg Farmer’s Market
  • Cy & Dee’s Blackberry Farm (Louisburg, KS) – thornless blackberry plants to make the picking easier; mid-July-August. Tomatoes and sweet corn also available in season.
  • Duncan’s Berry Farm (Smithville, MO) – blueberries and blackberries
  • Gieringers Orchard (Edgerton, KS) – strawberries becoming available this week (May 15), blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Fun play area, check their Facebook page for picking updates.
  • Happy Valley Farm (DeSoto, KS) – blueberries, blackberries, bush cherries, grapes and other orchard fruits available for picking by appointment only. Honey produced on the farm and other local produce also available. Check their Facebook page for picking updates.
  • 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) – berries and peaches, an hour east of KC
  • Schwinn Produce Farm (Leavenworth, KS) – spring strawberries, asparagus and assorted flowers; summer sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and peppers; and fall pumpkins and hayrides
  • Sibley Orchards & Cider Mill (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – blackberries, asparagus and rhubarb; peaches and apples late summer/fall
  • Spanish Garden Berry Farm (Platte City, MO) – strawberries, red and black raspberries, blueberries and blackberries; they also grow vegetables, melons and other orchard fruit. Check their Facebook page for picking updates.
  • Tubby Fruits Peach Orchard (Stilwell, KS & Belton, MO) – peaches, blackberries and tomatoes available; check their Facebook page for picking updates.
  • Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – no berries here but look for peaches, apples and pears beginning late summer
  • Wohletz Farm Fresh (Lawrence, KS) – strawberries are becoming available this week (May 19), blueberries and other fruits and vegetables throughout the season; check their Facebook page for picking updates.

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:

We’d love to hear about your favorite berry patches in the comments section below. Happy picking!

Image courtesy of Wohletz Farm U-Pick Strawberry Patch.

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