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Day Out with the Kids in KC

Posted December 15, 2015 7:18am by Jane

I don’t know about your kiddos, but mine are getting VERY excited about winter break. The one thing I know for sure though: after two days of relaxing, I will be hit with a chorus of “I’m bored! What can we do now?”

This year, I’m going to be prepared: Here are some ideas to keep you and the kids having fun together!iceterrace

  • Crown Center: There are so many things to do at Crown Center during the holidays, it’s hard to pick just one! I like to start with an early (to beat the crowds) lunch at Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant, followed by a Coterie show, a visit to SEA LIFE Aquarium or LEGOLAND Discovery Center, or the Ice Terrace. If time is running short, you can opt in for a trip to Kaleidoscope and the lesser-known Hallmark Visitor’s Center, situated right next door to Kaleidoscope. End the afternoon with a visit to Sheridan’s Custard, and everyone is smiling on the ride home! By the way, A Charlie Brown Christmas is showing at the Coterie through January 3.
  • The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures: The recently re-done museum will have you and the kids marveling at the sheer number of miniatures and toys on display. Right now, they have rare and vintage Star Wars toys on display. Then head over to Brookside for a sweet treat at Foo’s Fabulous Frozen Custard, or Baskin-Robbins/Topsy’s. Delish!
  • The Kansas City Public Library: If you’re looking for a little more unusual (and free!) outing, check out the Kansas City Public Library’s downtown branch at 14 W 10th St., Kansas City, MO. It’s hard to believe a visit to the library will get the kids moving, but the building is so large, there is a lot of walking involved. In addition to checking out the crazy parking garage, which looks libasketballke giant books, you can enjoy movies in the old bank’s vault (the building used to be a bank), see unusual traveling exhibits, and enjoy lunch at the café. If the weather is nice, get out on the library’s roof to play a life-sized game of chess! The children’s library is a special experience too, with the huge number of books on file.
  • College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center: In addition to the Hall of Fame, there are tons of interactive exhibits to keep you and the kids moving! I love it because it’s an easy way to explore downtown with the KC Power & Light District right across the street. There’s plenty of parking, and it’s an easy walk from Chipotle, The Mixx, MeMa’s Bakery, and many other restaurants.   

If you’re still on the lookout for fun ideas, check out our KC Kids Fun Events Calendar for upcoming events, or our extensive list of Indoor Activities. And be sure to comment below with your favorite winter break activities with the family!

Photos courtesy of Crown Center Ice Terrace and College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center. 

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Ice Skating in Kansas City

Posted November 04, 2015 9:20am by Jane

First of all, I hope everyone who went to or watched the KC Royals Parade and Pep Rally this afternoon had a great time! What an incredible showing by Kansas City! And with the beautiful weather and big hometown win, I can hardly believe it’s time to talk about ice skating. Crown Center’s Ice Terrace opens up later this week, followed by The Ice at Park Place, and my kiddos are excited to get out to both of them while the weather is warm. Here’s a listing of indoor and outdoor area ice rinks to check out.

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  • Crown Center Ice Terrace:  Kansas City’s public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 42nd season of great skating fun. Set in the heart of majestic Crown Center, the Ice Terrace is open Nov. 6, 2016-mid-March 2016. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January: Sun.-Thur., 10am-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-11pm. Feb.-Mar. hours: Mon.-Thur., noon-9pm; Fri., noon-11pm; Sat., 10am-11pm; Sun., 10am-9pm. Click here for additional information.
  • The Ice at Park PlaceThis Leawood ice rink – set right in the middle of beautiful Park Place, is open Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 – Jan. 19, 2016, including holidays . The Ice is surrounded by seasonal festivities, warm food and drink options, and unique holiday shopping.  Admission is $8 (all ages); skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January 5: Mon.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm; Jan. 6, 11am-9pm. Winter Schedule: Jan. 7-19: Closed Mon.-Thur.; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm. Click here for additional information. 117th & Nall Ave., Leawood, KS.

If the warmer indoors is more your style, here are some indoor public ice rinks in town:

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  • KC Ice Center: Located in Shawnee, KS, KC Ice Center offers skating and hockey lessons, home school skate days and more. Regular admission is $8, and skate rental is $3. Kids 4&under Free (with free skate rental) and Seniors 60+ admission is $4. Click here for public skating schedule, or click here for calendar of events and more information. 19900 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66218
  • Line Creek Community Center and Ice Arena: Set in this 34,000 square-foot family recreation center, the Ice Arena is located off of I-29 and Waukomis Drive in Kansas City, MO. Admission is $6, and skate rental is $2. Click here for public skating schedule and more information. 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO 64151

Photos courtesy of The Ice at Park Place.

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Memorial Day in KC 2015

Posted May 21, 2015 6:57am by Jane

Memorial_day_clip_art-3Happy Memorial Day!

We hope the weather holds up for some outside activities this weekend, but even if it doesn’t, KC Kids Fun has some ideas to make it a fun weekend for your family:

Friday, May 22, 2015

  • Lee’s Summit ‘A Fair To Remember': Lee’s Summit is celebrating 150 years with an old-fashioned County Fair event! Activities include a Baby Contest; petting zoo and pony rides, antique tractor display, folk music & dancing, funnel cakes, the first FREE concert in the Paradise Park Performance Garden, and much more! Located at Paradise Park, May 22: 5-11pm; May 23: 10am-11pm
  • Schlitterbahn Water Park Kansas City Opening Day: Enjoy a ride on Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, or enjoy a slightly more relaxing pace on the interconnected river system that takes you through more than a mile of rapids, currents, and tidal waves. Get on towering water slides, ride the waves on the Boogie Bahn surf ride, or enjoy the play areas created just for little ones, complete with 13 mini slides. Click here for more information.
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! The 7:10pm game features post-game fireworks and fan-favorite Buck Night, where all hot dogs and peanuts cost $1.
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including an appearance by Falcon Skydiving Team! 7:05pm

Saturday, May 23, 2015

  • Gridiron Glory Opening Day at Union Station: Attention football fans! Gridiron Glory is the biggest traveling exhibition ever created on America’s favorite sport and includes more than 200 football artifacts, photos and rare documents from the Pro Football Hall of Fame collection will be on display . . . some for the very first time. Opens at 10am. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.
  • Lee’s Summit ‘A Fair To Remember': Lee’s Summit is celebrating 150 years with an old-fashioned County Fair event! Activities include a Baby Contest; petting zoo and pony rides, antique tractor display, folk music & dancing, funnel cakes, the first FREE concert in the Paradise Park Performance Garden, and much more! Located at Paradise Park, May 22: 5-11pm; May 23: 10am-11pm
  • Spring Living History Weekends at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Enjoy spring farming activities, stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Some activities take place outside. Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm; Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; $7 adults, $5 ages 5-11, $2 off for Olathe residents
  • Storyland: A Trip though Childhood Favorites Opening Day: Discover the love of reading in Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, where seven beloved children’s picture books come to life as three-dimensional, interactive play and learning environments. This free exhibit is open at Crown Center, May 23-Sept. 7, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 11am-6pm
  • Twice the fun at Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun: Oceans of Fun is celebrating Opening Day with a 2-for-1 deal: For the price of one admission, you can enjoy both parks. Let’s hope the weather clears up for some fun in the sun!
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! 6:25pm
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including post-game fireworks! 7:05pm

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • Kansas City Symphony Celebration at the Station: Kick off your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest. The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites. Kids activities, including a drum safari and instrument petting zoo begin at 1:15pm. Performance begins at 8pm, followed by fireworks at 9:45pm. All activities take place at Union Station. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
  • Spring Living History Weekends at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm: Enjoy spring farming activities, stagecoach rides, blacksmith and cooking demonstrations and exhibits in the Heritage Center. Some activities take place outside. Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm; Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm, 1200 Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS; $7 adults, $5 ages 5-11, $2 off for Olathe residents.
  • KC Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals at Kauffman Stadium: Enjoy world-class baseball and a little Show-Me-State rivalry at Kauffman Stadium! The 1:10pm game features Family Fun Day, complete with a pre-game autograph session, face painting, and tons of interactive fun and special deals for the kids!
  • KC T-Bones vs. Lincoln Saltdogs at CommunityAmerica Ballpark: Enjoy dinner at the Legends, followed by some T-Bones fun, including post-game fireworks! 7:05pm

Monday, May 25, 2015

  • The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to examining the personal experiences of the Great War and its enduring impact. As we commemorate the Centennial of World War I (2014-19), the museum is honoring the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during a special Memorial Day Weekend. Events include the AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall, an 80 percent scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 22-25, and free admission and a public Memorial Day ceremony (beginning at 10am) on May 25. There are many other activities happening throughout the weekend as well.
  • Kansas City ZooBeginning May 25, the zoo begins extended hours through Labor Day: 8am-4pm on weekdays; 8am-5pm on weekends.
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