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What’s Happening in KC This Weekend

Posted August 10, 2015 10:01pm by Jane

The summer (at least for the many metro-area kids going back to school) is coming to an end, but there’s no shortage of activities to keep them busy this weekend!

Friday, August 14, 2015

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.ceramics cafe
  • Family Fun Night at Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House: Enjoy a family night of pizza, painting and fun – not to mention the great memories you’ll make! $25.00 Package includes: 4 studio fees, 4 soft drinks, large cheese or pepperoni pizza and 15% off pottery painted at the event. Discounts for additional painters available. 5:30-8pm, Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics & Coffee House, 12683 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66213
  • Music in the Park, Downtown Lee’s Summit: Enjoy free Friday night concerts featuring a variety of musical genres from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend in Howard Station Park in Downtown Lee’s Summit. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Check calendar for dates. Free event, 6:30-10pm at Howard Station Park, 3rd & SE Main
    Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Saturday, August 15, 2015

  • LEGO® Ninjago Airjitzu Days: Calling all ninja! Join LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Aug 15 & 16 to experience LEGO® Ninjago Airjitzu Days! Find more information on their website, but here’s what you can expect:
    – Build It – Use your ninja accuracy skills to assemble your Airjitzu Flyer!
    – Practice – Get flying and practice your Airjitzu skills.
    – Trick It – Show off your best trick and prove that you have what it takes to master Airjitzu.
  • backyarbash2015Free Backyard Bash Concert @ Paradise Park:  It’s been a great summer, and before we head back to school, we’re throwing an awesome party for everyone to enjoy! Bring your favorite lawn chair or blanket to sit and relax while you enjoy live local music with Foreigner tribute band, Double Vision under the stars with friends and family. 7-10pm at Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Movies in the Park: Paddington at The Theatre in the Park: Grab the blankets and chairs, the friends and family and join us for a movie in the park! Enjoy this updated story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Just $1 per person, cash at the door! 8:45pm at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66217
  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO.
  • Free craft workshop: Lakeshore Learning offers a free craft workshop each Saturday! 11am at Lakeshore Learning at Merriam Town Center, 5670 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS.sly rock the block
  • Sly’s Rock the Block: KCMO Mayor Sly James invites everyone out to his 4th annual block party. This family-friendly event includes free food for the first 2,000 people, live entertainment, basketball, video games, carnival games, face painting and more. Free and open to the public. Union Station, 4pm-11pm.
  • Time Travelers at Shawnee Town Museum: Living history comes to life in the family-oriented Time Travelers program. Includes farm activities like laundry, feeding chickens and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, and do a lesson in the one-room schoolhouse. Make a craft, tour the jail, and enjoy some hand-churned ice cream! 10am-3pm at Shawnee Town Museum, 11501 W. 57 Street, Shawnee, KS 66203

Sunday, August 16, 2015

  • Art + Family = FUN at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Join us every Saturday and Sunday from 1-4pm for FREE activities for all ages! 1-4pm, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, KCMO
  • LEGO® Ninjago Airjitzu Days: Calling all ninja! Join LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Aug 15 & 16 to experience LEGO® Ninjago Airjitzu Days! Find more information on their website, but here’s what you can expect:
    – Build It – Use your ninja accuracy skills to assemble your Airjitzu Flyer!
    – Practice – Get flying and practice your Airjitzu skills.
    – Trick It – Show off your best trick and prove that you have what it takes to master Airjitzu.
  • Kansas City Kosher BBQ FestivalYou won’t find any pork ribs (beef and poultry only) at this kosher BBQ festival, but you will find tons of fun and good food! The KC Kosher BBQ Festival has a little something for everyone, including a free Kids’ Zone (last year’s included face painters, games, and inflatables); live entertainment; and some good KC BBQ. 11am-4:30pm at The Ritz Charles Parking Lot, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66221. Free admission and parking; food available for a fee. For a complete schedule of events, click here.
  • Safari Party at the Kansas City Zoo: Journey to Africa and join us at our Safari Party in the African Market. From 1:30-3:30pm enjoy live music from Norman Riley’s steel drums and cold beverages in the summer sun. Watch the cheetahs take an afternoon siesta while you sip on beer and wine offerings. Kids are invited to take a Docent led walking tour through Africa to learn more about the animals that call this part of the Zoo home.Touch a Truck
  • Touch-A-Truck: Bring the kids to Touch-A-Truck and let them enjoy all trucks, large and small! Featuring Overland Park vehicles including fire trucks, armored police vehicles, local entertainment and attractions, fun games and food. 11am-4pm at the Overland Park Convention Center, 6000 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. Admission is free with a minimum donation of two non-perishable food items to Harvesters.

Images courtesy of Ceramics Cafe, Paradise Park, KCMO Parks & Recreation, and Overland Park Convention Center.

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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KC Area Railways 2015

Posted May 10, 2015 9:39pm by Jane

All aboard! The warm weather means time for some good old-fashioned train rides in KC:

DayOutWithThomas2015Thomas & Friends Celebration Tour 2015: Enjoy the 2015 Day Out With Thomas train ride at the Midland Railway in Baldwin, KS. Kids can take a ride in their favorite tank engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of activities including the Imagination Station, arts and crafts, storytelling, and the chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt! May 29-31, and June 5-7, 2015; Tickets are $19 in advance; Midland Railway, 1515 W. High Street, Baldwin City, KS 66006. Click here or call (913) 721-1211 for more information and to purchase tickets. Note: We strongly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, tickets are often sold out by the day of event. 

The Midland Railway also offers a number of longer, regular train excursions throughout the summer. Click here for more information.

Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: This is a fun, shorter train trip to expose your kids to the old-fashioned fun of train riding! My family’s favorite is the Friday night Ice Cream Social, at 7pm every Friday, June – August. The BG&KC 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. Runs weekends from May through October; $9,50/person (2&under free); $10.50/person for the ice cream social ride. Click here for times, dates and to purchase tickets, or call (816)331-0630. Note: Credit/debit accepted online, but make sure to bring cash or check to purchase tickets on site.

Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets for all ages. Running May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear. For 75 cents per passenger/ride, you’ll enjoy a loop around the park, complete with a tunnel to cool you off on a hot day! Trains run Saturdays 10am-6pm, Sundays & holidays, noon-6pm, and depart approximately every 7 minutes. 6060 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO 64151; take I-29 North to NW Waukomis Drive. If you’re looking for a good party idea, the Kansas City Northern offers group charter rides on Fridays during open season for only $30.00. They also charter by the hour for $80.00/hour.

The Missouri River Runner Route: Hop the train in Kansas City, MO, Lee’s Summit, or Independence for a memorable family trip to St. Louis. Our kids love listening to their grandpa talk about his family trips to New York on a train when he was a child. Amtrak’s Missouri River Runner Route lets them have the same experience. Added bonus: Mom & Dad get to relax for a few hours while the train engineers do all the work!

Photo courtesy of Midland Railway.

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