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Memorial Day in Kansas City 2016

Posted May 22, 2016 3:10pm by Jane

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

  • Matilda The Musical at Starlight Theatre is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda’s witty lyrics, powerful new music and enchanting story make this a great show for the entire family. 8pm, May 24-28 at Starlight Theatre.
  • Lawrence Busker Festival: If you’re looking for something truly off the beaten path this weekend, take a short drive to Lawrence, KS for the Lawrence Busker Festival. Featuring more than 25 different acts on 5 stages, the festival runs May 27-29. Click here for a schedule of performances.
  • Fourth Friday Concert Series: Great local bands, free hot dog dinner and lots of kid fun, including face painting! This month features Moon City Big Band; 6:30-8:30pm at Franklin Park, Roe Ave. & Somerset Drive in Prairie Village, KS; Friday, May 27
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® opening day at Crown Center on May 28! Enjoy this exciting hands-on traveling exhibit, which features the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his “parts.” In addition to building a variety of essential academic skills, the exhibit encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. No admission fee; open May 28-Sept. 5
  • Learning Tree’s 8th Annual Kids Flea Market: This family friendly, community event gives kids a chance to run their own business for a few hours and adults the opportunity to do a little spring-cleaning in the playroom! Kids can reserve their booth, collect their out-grown and gently used toys, books and games to re-sell and to plan their ‘booth’ space. 10-noon; $10/booth space; Corinth Square, 83rd & Mission Road, Prairie Village, KS; Saturday, May 28
  • Spend a fun day at the Zoo May 28 & 29 with Species Spotlight at the KC Zoo: Marsupials, where you’ll learn all about koalas, kangaroos, and more, and a celebration of World Ocean Day; all activities included with Zoo admission.
  • Dig for Dinos at Powell Gardens: Join the Jurassic Garden, on exhibit through October 3, for a special fossil digging expedition! 11am-2pm, May 28-29
  • Celebration at the Station: Enjoy this annual free concert, presented by the Kansas City Symphony at Union Station at 8pm. Led by conductor Aram Demirjian, the Kansas City Symphony will perform a two-hour concert, along with special guests saxophonist Bobby Watson and vocalist Kevin Mahogany. And, of course, the grand finale includes a stunning display of fireworks and patriotic music! 8pm on May 29

Still looking for additional activities? Visit our Events Calendar for a complete listing of activities throughout the weekend.

And be sure to check out our Outdoor Pools listing so you can hit the pools on opening day, May 30! Or check out KC Kids Fun Parks & Playgrounds list for a fun family day outdoors!

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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