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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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Spring Break Fun in KC 2015

Posted March 16, 2015 6:37am by Jane

Spring-BreakHooray! A whole week of Spring Break fun is in store for many of us…here are a few ideas to keep your kids busy:

There’s still some St. Patrick’s fun going on in KC with the 43rd Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 11am in Midtown/Westport. Go to http://kcirishparade.com/ for parking and other information.

You can also make a day of it in Lawrence, KS, for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Be sure to head in earlier in the day to enjoy a stroll around KU Campus (with tons of wide-open spaces for running around outside!), or a visit to the KU Museum of Natural History.

Union Station has some great activities going on, including Charlotte’s Web, by the Theatre for Young America, on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station; Science City; and Xtreme Bugs. Check out our Union Station post for more information on all of these events.

Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit has a host of Spring Break Specials – from Laser Tag to St. Patties Day specials, there’s something special happening every day!

If you’re on a budget, Crown Center offers great (and free!) fun with the ever popular Kaleidoscope and its Fairy Tale Village Exhibit.

Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center offers special animal programs every day this week. With themes like Animal Clues, Predators in the Sky and Surprising Snakes, there’s something for every animal lover in the family. Sessions start at 10am & 2pm, Monday-Friday.

Finally, if you’re in a pinch and need some last-minute Spring Break Camps for your little guys, check out our Spring Break Camps post for several week-long or one-day options.

Image courtesy of http://schools.graniteschools.org/

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Free Things to Do in KC 2015

Posted January 11, 2015 10:56pm by Jane

Kemper Family PicWhew! The holiday whirlwind is over, and now comes the challenge during the cold months of winter: Keeping the kids active and entertained. Here are a some fun, free, family-friendly things we’re looking forward to this winter:

  • Kaleidoscope is the place to go for some free creative fun in KC. I love that my kids enjoy the puzzle maker as much as I did! Full of left-over art materials from Hallmark, there’s always something fun to create.
  • Fairy Tale Village Exhibit at Crown Center: Beginning Feb. 7 (through May 3) fairy tales come to life as you walk into a world of make-believe. Kids will interact with characters from favorite stories and rhymes, including the Snow Queen in her Ice Palace, giant adventures of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and Cinderella’s magic carriage.
  • The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: The building itself is just a fun, uplifting place to go on a dreary winter day. However, the Kemper also offers family-friendly, free Scavenger Saturdays on the third Saturday of the month, and Tots on Tuesdays for 3-5 year olds on the third Tuesday of each month. A great way to expose your kids to modern art. Admission is free at all three of its locations.
  • The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers a wealth of opportunities (at no cost to you!) to see interactive exhibits, millions of dollars in the region’s cash vault, and a chance to design your own digital currency, complete with a photo of yourself on it!
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Open Wednesdays – Sundays, the Nelson offers free admission every day. And let’s face it, walking (or running) through the exhibits tires little guys out! The Nelson also offers an incredible (and free!) family-friendly Chinese New Year’s celebration Feb. 13.
  • The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Located at Johnson County Community College, the Nerman Museum has tons of unusual and interesting pieces on display that will captivate all ages.

Here’s to a happy winter, full of many fun things to do!

Photo courtesy of The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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