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Ernie Miller Nature Center Celebrates 30 Years

Posted November 16, 2015 11:14pm by Jane
My son has gone through many phases in his young life: first it was making farmyard animal noises as a toddler, then it was learning everything he could about zoo animals, followed by the ever-favorite dinosaurs phase. At some point, his interest returned to the non-extinct animals and their habitats. Now, at the ripe old age of 7, he really wants to become a “nature scientist.”
ernie miller nature centerSo you can imagine our excitement when we discovered the Ernie Miller Nature Center several years ago. Located off of Highway 7 in Olathe, Ernie Miller Nature Center has ongoing (and inexpensive) educational events for kiddos, nature trails to explore, and most important, friendly staff who really wants to teach your kids about nature.
Even more exciting for the kids is that Ernie Miller is about to celebrate its 30th birthday this Saturday! On Nov. 21, guests of all ages are welcome to join the staff at Ernie Miller from 1-4pm for stories, animal presentations, crafts and more. This free birthday party is open to all ages. Earlier in the day, from 10:30-11:30am, guests can enjoy Tellabration 2015, a celebration of International Day of storytelling at the Nature Center. The twist: you’ll get to hear nature stories that feature live animals. I know one 7-year-old who is looking forward to this! Tickets are $3/person (all ages).
They also have fun pre-school nature adventures throughout the year, including their Animal Tales series, for ages 2-6. The next event happens this Wednesday, Nov. 18, with a Turkey Strut theme. The 30-minute session is $2/person, and takes place at 10:30am.
Finally, if you’re looking for some great ideas for larger groups (scout troops, church youth groups, etc.), check out Ernie Miller’s Outdoor Education Programs for Youth Groups.
Ernie Miller Nature Park is located at 909 N Hwy 7, Olathe, KS, 66061. Click here for a map of the park.
Image courtesy of Ernie Miller Nature Center.

KC Farmers Markets 2015

Posted April 19, 2015 8:33pm by Jane

farmers-overview-fruitIt’s been a beautiful spring, full of sunshine and April showers. While we enjoy the outdoors and wait for those May flowers to come up, the time is also here to enjoy some fresh, local produce. Many local markets are opening up with the promise of local produce to fill our families’ stomachs. You can enjoy live entertainment (at many area markets) yummy food samples, and fresh air all at the same time!

Bad Seed Farmers Market: Get a taste of Urban Farm life and promote urban farm sustainability every Friday from 4-9pm; May 1-Nov 20, 2015; Crossroads District, 1909 McGee, KCMO

Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 18-Oct 31, 8am-1pm; Nov 7-21, 9am-noon; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO

City Market: Features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions, including concerts, festivals and other special events. Open year-round; Mar- Oct: Sat. 6am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm; Nov-Feb: Sat. 8am-3pm; Sun. 8am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)

KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May-Oct; 8am-12:30pm; Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street); Keep checking their website for a Leawood location, coming soon

Olathe Farmers Market: Featuring 2 locations this year. Saturdays, Apr 18-Oct 24; 7:30am until sold; Wednesdays, May 6-Sep 30; 7:30am until sold; 200 W. Santa Fe; Poplar and Kansas in downtown Olathe & new location at Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151st, Field 1

Overland Park Farmers Market: Features a variety of produce and other foods, and offers cooking demonstrations and other live entertainment on select dates. Saturdays, Apr 18-Nov 21: 7am-1pm thru Sep 26, 8am-1pm beginning Oct 3; Wednesdays, May 20-Sep 30: 7:30am-1 pm; Evening Markets from 4-7pm June 3, July 1 & Aug 5; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)

Shawnee Farmers Market: Offering a variety of farm-fresh produce. Saturdays, May-Oct, 7am-4pm; City Hall Parking Lot, Nieman Rd & Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS

Troostwood Youth Garden & Market: Talk about a great way to expose your kids to the power of working together to support healthy communities! Neighborhood youth work to grow and sell the wide assortment of fresh vegetables at this market. All foods are grown on-site using organic methods. Late May-late October: Wednesdays, 1-6pm; Fridays, 3-8pm, and Saturdays, 9am-3pm; 5142 Paseo, KCMO

Not sure the Farmers Market is for you? Check out the City Market’s handy Harvest Calendar to see what’s in season at any given time.

Photo of this mouth-watering fruit courtesy of City Market. 

Kansas City Summer Camp Directory 2015

Posted February 25, 2015 11:45pm by Jane


Summer Camps are Here at KC Kids Fun!

We have listings for great summer camps all over the KC Metro: Kansas City, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Northland, Johnson County…they’re all here! We know you all are looking to create an awesome summer for your kids, and we have the information to help you make it happen with tons of summer camp information!

And, finally, our 2015 Kansas City Summer Camp Directory is here!

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As usual, we’ve broken them down into six categories for you:

(If you operate a Kansas City area day or overnight camp which is not listed here in our camp listings, please let us know! And if you’re interested in a Sponsored Listing, contact us for information.)