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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!

KC Area Railways 2017

Posted April 30, 2017 2:22pm by Jane


May 10 is National Train Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Kansas City!

To look at, learn about, or create your own trains, pay a visit to…

For a quick train ride, check out…

  • The Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs has a mini train that takes you around for a quick tour of the grounds.
  • The Kansas City Zoo for a ride on the miniature train, where you will get the chance to view some animals along the way!
  • Worlds of Fun, for a ride on their railroad, which is a fully functioning replica of the great steam engines from the turn of the century.

For a longer train ride, ride on the…

  • Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: Runs south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading that offers a variety of rides (ice cream social, regular rides, pumpkin patch and Santa rides). Typically, it runs weekends May-September, but no info is listed just yet. Check back for their schedule.
  • Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets, and the volunteer train engineers love talking to the kids about trains. Running weekends and holidays May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear…for just 75 cents per ride! We love to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
  • Midland Railway: This vintage train, originally constructed in 1867, takes you on a 20-mile round trip from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, KS. It also features the ever-popular Day Out with Thomas, where Thomas the Tank Engine joins his friends for tons of fun train-themed activities and a train ride. This year’s Day Out with Thomas is June 2-4, and June 9-11, 2017.
  • Missouri River Runner Route: This is the real deal, and if you’re up for a weekend vacation, you can hop the Missouri River Runner for a ride to St. Louis. Once you get there, explore downtown St. Louis on its MetroLink rail system to access some of the city’s bigger attractions. No cars needed!

Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Midland Railway.

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Give SevenDays: Make a Ripple

Posted April 17, 2017 9:49am by Jane

On this very day three years ago, I wrote a blog called Helping Kids Cope, written just a few days after the shooting that took the lives of high schooler Reat Underwood, his grandfather William Corporon, and Terri LaManno. Since then, our metro area has suffered other hate crimes, including the most recent shooting in Olathe this February, which took the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and injured his friend Alok Madasani, as well as Ian Grillot, a bystander who tried to stop the shooting.

Admittedly, I was very shaken up when I wrote that blog in 2014. While I have come to terms with that specific event, I have felt uneasy many times since, when Kansas Citians from various religious and ethnic groups suffered because of their beliefs or simply the color of their skin.

Fortunately, there is hope. This year brings the third annual Give SevenDays Peace Walk, April 24, at Union Station, preceded by six additional days of community building activities. The Give SevenDays events are all open to the community, and many area schools are working with their students to celebrate the SevenDays themes, focused on creating understanding and awareness that will bridge the gaps in our community:

  • Love: April 18
  • Discover: April 19
  • Others: April 20
  • Connect: April 21
  • Go: April 22
  • You: April 23
  • Onward: April 24

You can also work with your kids at home to help promote love and understanding. Give SevenDays has a great list of ideas to help you teach your kids about each theme. Click on each day, select the For Educators link, then find activities based on the ages of your kids. There are additional ideas in the video above. I’m personally looking forward to doing the “Love is as easy as…” activity with my kids tomorrow, to kick off this special week.

Here’s to a culture of kindness, awareness and understanding in Kansas City. #makearipple

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