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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.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades 2015

Posted March 09, 2015 11:12pm by Jane

StPatrickPictureWhatever your heritage, St. Patrick’s Day in Kansas City can be a fun event for the whole family – especially with the promise of some beautiful weather in the forecast! Here are a few parades to check out that are good for all ages.

  • 10th Annual Emerald Isle Parade “Truly Irish”: Downtown Lee’s Summit brings KC-area residents together the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day for a great time! Back for a fourth year is the Traditional Irish Breakfast from 8-11am at Mingle, 209 S.E. Main St., and the Bits O’ Gold Coin Hunt for ages 8 and younger at 11am at Howard Station Park on S.E. Main Street. Saturday, March 14, noon-2pm: Route begins at Lee’s Summit High School, picking up on Green Street, where it heads north to Third Street, west on Third Street, then north onto S.E. Main Street.
  • 2015 Snake Saturday Parade and Festival: This event, themed “A Little Bit O Blarney,” takes place in the Northland, and offers two days of fun! Beginning Friday evening with the opening of the carnival area and the Annual Charity Cook-off, then continuing on to Saturday with the addition of food vendors, a free children’s area, and children’s stage and the Parade! You can also feel good about attending this event…this Northland tradition has raised more than $1 million in funds for charity over the years. Saturday, March 14, 11am:  The parade begins at 14th and Swift, click here for route details.
  • Brookside 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade: All ages will celebrate the luck of the Irish and the Brookside community at this annual parade, geared toward families. Everyone is Irish on this day in Brookside! Saturday, March 14, 2pm at the Brookside Shopping District (63rd and Wornall Kansas City, MO). For complete route information, click here.
  • Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The City of Shawnee invites you to Forever, Be Irish at this fun, spirited parade; a variety of activities will take place before and after this parade, including the 27th annual Duck Race, 4:30pm at Herman Laird Park/Shawnee Town. Cost is $5/duck, and one lucky winner could walk away with a $1500 prize! Click here for more information about the Duck Race. Sunday, March 15, 1pm: Goes down Johnson Drive from Monrovia east to Nieman Road.
  • The Martin City 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade: Known as Irishpalooza: The Biggest Little Fun Parade, this year’s theme is Go Green for Your Team, and all parade entries are encouraged to use recycled materials on their floats. Frank White, former Royals All-Star winner will be the official Grand Marshall, and the day includes a 5K race at 8:30am, followed by a Kids Fun Run at 9:30am (runners get a chicken and waffles breakfast at RC’s!), a Best Dressed Dog Contest at 11:30am, and a Prince & Princess Contest at 12:30pm for kids ages 2-7. Sunday, March 15, 2 pm: The parade typically lasts until 3:30pm, and begins at State Line Point Shopping Center parking lot at Washington St. & 135 St.  For more information, go to www.irishpalooza.com.
  • 43rd Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This year’s parade is themed “Irish Music and Myth,” and for all you Gone Girl fans out there, the parade will be led by author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn. Tuesday, March 17, 11am in Midtown/Westport: Goes down Broadway Boulevard; begins at Linwood/33rd Street and goes south to 43rd Street. We don’t see anything about children’s activities this year, but there has been a children’s section in the past. Go to http://kcirishparade.com/ for parking and other information

Photo courtesy of Lee’s Summit Emerald Isle Parade