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Road Trip from KC

Posted May 07, 2018 11:27pm by Jane

My family left town this weekend for our annual campout in Mansfield, MO, to enjoy the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Spring Planting Festival. While this particular festival isn’t for everyone, it was a great reminder that spring and summer offer so many perfect opportunities for a great weekend road trip. It exposes your kids to different places and experiences, and gives everyone a break from life as we know it.

So if you’re looking for a mini-break from a never ending to-do list, or a packed schedule of games, lessons and other obligatory events, here are a few places to consider. All of them are a relatively easy drive from KC, but hey, the ride is part of the fun too, right?

Omaha, NE: The fun begins in Omaha with it’s world-class Henry Doorly Zoo, which can easily provide a full days’ worth (or more) of entertainment. Other great places to explore include the Omaha Children’s Museum, the Old Market for dinner and a stroll, and, a visit to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, where you can take a picture of yourself standing in Iowa and Nebraska at the same time, then enjoy the splash park on the Omaha side of the park. Note: Thanks to their reciprocal agreement, KC Zoo FOTZ members and SEALIFE Aquarium Kansas City annual pass holders receive 50% off of Omaha Zoo entrance fees. 

Branson, MO: I could go on and on about the many things to do here, but I’ll try to keep it to a few family favorites. Silver Dollar City tops the list, with its theme-park meets old-time craftsmanship experiences. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede offers dinner, a really fun show, and an all-around great time. Ride the Ducks Branson lets you relax a bit during this unusual land/lake tour, and your kids will never want to leave the Grand Country Resort’s Fun Spot.

Flint Hills, KS: Located in east central Kansas, the Flint Hills is the largest stretch of prairie grass in North America. This is definitely a quieter getaway for active families who want to get out and enjoy nature. Meander down the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway to view many beautiful scenes and lots of native wildlife at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase State Lake, and Council Grove Lake. In the surrounding towns, there are also many interesting and unusual historic Kansas sites to enjoy.

Wherever the road takes you, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Images courtesy of Henry Doorly Zoo and Silver Dollar City.

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Paradise Park Holiday Giveaway!

Posted December 06, 2015 9:56pm by Jane

Congratulations LaKayla J! You are the KC Kids Fun giveaway winner of a 4-pack of Paradise Park Max Packs! Enjoy having fun with your sons this holiday season!!!

We have a special holiday giveaway, courtesy of Paradise Park! One lucky winner will get a 4-pack of Paradise Park Max Packs…the perfect way for you and the kids to enjoy winter break! Max Paks are good for unlimited attractions on the day of your visit to Paradi

Gingerbread-House-2015se Park, including Go Karts, Miniature Golf, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Rock Climbing Wall, Foam Factory and Children’s Edutainment Center.*

Can’t wait till winter break? Our friends at Paradise Park are already in the holiday spirit right now, including

**How to enter? Leave a comment below with your first name and your family’s favorite winter holiday activity.  We will be accepting entries (comment below) through 9pm Central Time on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. One (1) lucky winner will be randomly selected after 9pm on Thursday, and notified via a post on this page, and on the KC Kids Fun Facebook and Twitter pages. Good Luck!

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*Temperature must be 50 degrees or above for go karts and laser tag to operate.

**Must be 18 years of age to enter and win. Only one entry per household will be considered. No substitutions or transfers. Giveaway prize (valued at $31.99/Max Pak) is not redeemable for cash. By entering, winners consent to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winners release all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

ONE (1) winner will be randomly selected, and will receive one (1) 4-pack of Paradise Park Max Paks

Image courtesy of Paradise Park.

Road Trip to Branson, Mo

Posted July 13, 2015 10:14pm by Jane

We just got back from a fantastic family trip to Branson, MO, and it reminded me of why my parents loved taking us there when we were kids! The good news: It’s an easy drive, and there’s tons more to do today than there was back when we were young.

silver dollar cityOf course, Silver Dollar City is still one of the biggest family highlights of the entire trip. The kids loved the roller coasters (especially long-time fave Fire in the Hole), the water rides, and exploring Marvel Cave and the old-fashioned town within the theme park. But they had just as much fun chilling out while experiencing the steam engine train (complete with an old-fashioned train robbery attempt) and watching craftsmen, including a blacksmith, wood carver, glass blower, and weaver, show them how they hand-craft the things they make. They even got to try their hand at weaving a rug.

Our kids wanted to buy all the hand-crafted items for sale, but we handled that by giving each child a limited amount of money to spend on their own. It was a big lesson for both in budgeting their money.

There are rides for all ages at Silver Dollar City, so if you have younger kiddos, everyone can still have fun. The Grand Exposition and Fireman’s Landing both have plenty of rides and fun activities (including a gigantic “tree house”) for kids, and the calm water rides allow smaller ones who are accompanied by an adult.

ride the ducksSome other great places to explore in Branson include:

  • Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede: I wasn’t sure what to expect at this foot-stompin’ show, but it sure delivered! The show includes some amazing horsemanship, including trick riding, and a friendly competition among audience members. The family-friendly entertainment also includes music, dancing, comedy, and a pre-show juggling show. We’re not sure which our kids loved more: the trick riding or the fact that dinner is served chuck wagon style (no silverware), so they got to eat with their hands.
  • Ride the Ducks Branson: Discover the Ozarks in this unusual road/lake tour. These military vehicles will take you right into the water for a historical look at Branson. We liked it because it was a relaxing way to see more of the natural beauty of Branson and Table Rock Lake.
  • Table Rock Lake: Whether boating, fishing, camping, swimming, hiking, animal watching, or any other lake activity is your thing, Table Rock Lake is sure to have it. Spirit of America offers a great way to enjoy boating and swimming, but there are tons of other places around the lake offering boats, hiking trails and other things to explore.
  • The Branson Strip: If you don’t enjoy nature, check out the hundreds of activities and restaurants on the strip in Branson. Miniature golf, shopping, Branson’s Wild World, arcades, Titanic Museum, bumper boats and dozens of live shows are just some of the things you’ll find to occupy your time on the strip.

On a final note: One of our kids has food allergies, and I was concerned about finding places he could eat in Branson. It turns out, I shouldn’t have worried. Everywhere we went, including Silver Dollar City and the Dixie Stampede, had great food options for all of us to enjoy.

I’d love to hear about some of your family’s favorite spots in Branson in the comments below!

Photos courtesy of Branson Tourism Center.