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Amusement Parks in KC

Posted May 30, 2014 11:14am by Jane

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Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

There’s tons to do in town now that the weather is warm, but one of my favorite places to take the kids is Worlds of Fun. With Planet Snoopy chock full of rides for your younger kids, the interactive Dinosaurs Alive! park featuring more than 35 life-sized moving dinosaurs, tons of family rides, including my favorite way to cool off – the Viking Voyager, Worlds of Fun still offers a great time for kids of all ages. Not to mention the thrill rides, including the new SteelHawk, Mamba, Fury of the Nile, and RipCord, known for its 189-foot tethered free-fall (yikes!).

As of 2013, your ticket price also allows you into Oceans of Fun, which features Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds for the littlest ones in the family. As for the older kids, there are so many waterslides, rapids and super pools around that it’s hard to pick which one to start with. Since my youngest isn’t a strong swimmer, my favorite ride with him is the Caribbean Cooler – he gets to feel like he’s on an adventure, I get to relax and let the waves take us down the pike!

Tickets start at $39.99 for advance online ticket purchase, but there are a wide variety of ticket discounts and options available. Worlds of Fun is open now through November 30. Click here for hours of operation.

Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium

If you’re looking for a little indoor fun when the weather gets hot, be sure to check out Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center.

My parents found Legoland to be a particularly great place to take the kids, since there were plenty of seats where they could rest and still keep an eye on the kids. There are more than 3 million LEGO® bricks to look at and play with, cute Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice rides, and master model builder classes throughout the day to keep the kids busy.

SeaLife Aquarium is also a fun way for your little ones to experience life under the ocean. They will get great views of sharks, starfish and seahorses, to name a few. There are more than 5,000 sea creatures on display, including a touch pool complete with starfish and crabs. Plus, now through June 8, your kids can visit with the Octonauts!

Legoland tickets start at $15.45 for an online saver ticket, and Sea Life tickets start at $11. Want to hit both places in one day? Combination packages are also available for both Legoland and Sea Life.

Photo courtesy of Worlds of Fun.

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KC Jiggle Jam

Posted May 22, 2014 12:08am by Jane

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Kansas City’s 7th annual Jiggle Jam Family Music Fest at Crown Center is a great way to enjoy Memorial Day weekend! This very family-friendly festival takes place Saturday & Sunday, May 24-25, and features more than 25 different bands and entertainers. In addition to KC faves like Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove, the Doo-Dads, and Funky Mama, to name a few, Jiggle Jam always delivers on some national favorites too, including Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve from Disney Jr. and the ever-popular Laurie Berkner. What we like about Jiggle Jam: When the kids get tired of the music, there are tons of other activities to entertain them, including:

  • Bouncy Land, complete with a variety of inflatables for kids to jump around on ($1/jump, or a $10 all-you-can-bounce pass)
  • A giant art tent, with activities ranging from make your own party hats to graffiti art, and much more
  • JJ’s Garage Band Tent, a great space where kids and parents can jam out with each other in a “collaboration playland”
  • School of Rock stage, where kids of all ages can rock out on stage

Jiggle Jam will take place at Crown Center Square, and runs 9am-6pm, May 24; 10am-5pm, May 25. Admission is $10/person pre-sale, $15/person at the gate, and $18/person for a weekend pass. Kids under 2 are free. Plus, there’s usually plenty of free parking at and around Crown Center available, so hopefully we can all avoid a long walk back to the car with tired kids in tow!  Click here for more information on Jiggle Jam, or to purchase tickets online. Have a great – and safe – Memorial Day weekend! Photo courtesy of Jiggle Jam.

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Free Things to Do with Your Kids

Posted January 06, 2014 10:30pm by Admin

With a tough Kansas City winter already in place, finding indoor fun is our top priority. Here are a few fun free things to keep your kids busy that don’t cost a dime and are just steps away from Crown Center.

  • Kaleidoscope invites children to be creative, have fun, and feel good about their own special ideas. From the ever-famous puzzle maker to the glow-light room, with left-over materials from Hallmark, there are always new projects to create.

  • A few steps away from Kaleidoscope is Hallmark Visitors Center, which offers fun activities for kids, including the bow making machine (where kids can make their own gift wrap bow to take home), a sneak peek at greeting card production, and a scavenger hunt for kids that includes a free treat when you turn in your books at the end of the tour. (Note: We just learned the Visitors Center is closed this January so they can update their displays…be sure to check out their new exhibits this February!)

  • 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!

KC Kids Fun invites you to share your favorite no-cost fun ideas in Kansas City! And stay tuned…we’ll have more free fun ideas coming soon, followed by a free ticket give away at the end of this month!

*image courtesy of Kaleidoscope/Hallmark

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