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What’s Happening in KC this Weekend

Posted September 11, 2017 9:47pm by Jane

If fall sports haven’t overtaken your schedule, like they have in our house, there are plenty of fun things happening in and around KC this weekend! Here are a few of our top picks:

  • Get a blast from the past with KC Renaissance Festival. I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia of going with my family when I was a kid, but I still love traveling back in time to experience jousting knights, jesters, music, magic and, of course, a giant roasted turkey leg. It’s open weekends through Oct. 15 at 633 N 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
  • Enjoy a little Grrrl Power, a la Disney, with Disney on Ice: Dream Big. This year’s show lets your little ones experience the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies – beautifully done on ice skates. The show runs Sept. 14-17 at Sprint Center. Check for a variety of times and ticket prices.
  • Get out and enjoy nature, with some modern amenities at JoCo Parks & Rec’s Park Palooza this Sunday, September 17. The first-ever Park Palooza is free and features live music, entertainment, activities, food, and giant kites. We’re excited about seeing Mr. Stinky Feet, Drum Safari, and Ernie Miller animal close-ups while we’re there. The fun happens 11am-5pm at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS.
  • Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival: This Saturday, Sept. 16, join the folks in Shawnee to enjoy tons of craft booths, food vendors, free kids activities and play areas, and live music throughout the day. 9am-4pm at Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS 66203. Best of all, admission price is just $1/person!
  • Want to get your kids moving, but don’t know where to start? Then it might be time to Hike Swope Park with a Naturalist. Learn about nature on this free, guided hike, and your kids just might ask you to take them back for the next outing! Meet at 10am at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., KCMO to begin your hike this Saturday, Sept. 16.
  • Paradise Park’s Football Fundays are back in action! In my house, this sometimes turns into a Sunday afternoon break for me while my husband takes the kids to Paradise Park. The kids have a great time while dad watches the games on one of 15 TVs mounted throughout the Park. If sports really are keeping you busy right now, Football Fundays runs every Sunday through SuperBowl Sunday, so there’s always time to catch this later.

Images courtesy of Johnson County Parks & Rec Department and Paradise Park.

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. 

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!

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