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What’s Happening this Weekend in KC

Posted July 05, 2016 8:51am by Jane

There are so many fun things happening in KC this summer! Be sure to check out our KC Kids Fun Calendar for more activities this weekend and all summer long. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to this weekend…including more fireworks!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Mahaffie Farm 19th Century Fireworks-Olathe Civic Band Concert – Enjoy an old-fashioned 19th century Independence Day celebration, complete with cannon fire and fireworks! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds; free admission; festivities begin at 6pmmahaffieindependenceday
  • Madagascar A Musical Adventure at The Coterie: It’s the musical premiere of the madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar for Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and hilarious, plotting penguins. Get ready to go wild with King Julien. These crack-a-lackin’ friends are outta the zoo and ready to MOVE IT MOVE IT. For all ages; June 14-August 7
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® at Crown Center is an 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. 5potatohead

Friday, July 8, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Hot Summer Days at Overland Park Arboretum: Summer is hot! Keep your temperature down by splashing around at this cool-down activity, with water games, slides and all kinds of water fun! 10am-noon; no pre-registration needed, included with price of Arboretum admission
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Looking for some indoor fun? Toddler time at UrbanAir for is just the ticket! 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.ernie miller nature center

Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Sprint Family Fun Days at KC Power & Light District: It’s a beach party in the city! Sprint Family Fun Days continues with Bubbles & Beach Balls from 11am-3pm on 14th Street between Main & Walnut Streets in the Power & Light District. Kids can have their fun in the sun on the Bahama Bounce, moonwalks, slides and more! Enjoy hula hoopin’, arts & crafts, face painting and more. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child).
  • Celebrate Olathe SummerFest: Music, face painting, food, activities and more await at this celebration of community and music! 2pm at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pmat Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Comedy Show with Mr. Puppet: Join the Puppetry Arts Institute for this enjoyable tale…the title tells it all. Featuring ventriloquist Bob Abdou. Showtimes are 11am & 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are $6 per person, and available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pmKoala-850-1
  • Zootastik Learning Fest: Koalas & Kangaroos: Join the Kansas City Zoo on second Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the amazing world of animals. All activities, demonstrations and crafts will take place in the main lobby and are included with Zoo admission.
  • Dinosaurs Invade Powell Gardens! Travel back millions of years to explore the lost world of dinosaurs and prehistoric plant life during Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure, open May 21-October 3.Encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas, using fossilized bones and other materials, throughout the park. The lifelike dinosaurs include a 32-foot T Rex, 30-foot Hypsibema—Missouri’s state dinosaur, and many more!
  • Enchanted Forest at Overland Park Arboretum: This summer, the Arboretum is enchanting! Discover the mystical domains of gnomes, fairies, elves, sprites, trolls, and other garden creatures along a woodland garden trail. July 1-August 15, 2016; free with admission

Images courtesy of Crown Center, Ernie Miller Nature Center, Kansas City Zoo, and Mahaffie Farmstead

Memorial Day in Kansas City 2016

Posted May 22, 2016 3:10pm by Admin


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!

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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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