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2009 Kansas City Area Fairs & Festivals

Posted May 28, 2009 10:36pm by kckids@revisin.com

countyfair1Summer in the Kansas City metro means fairs and festivals! And they’ve already started! The Brookside Art Annual was held last month and the next few weeks brings the first wave of true summer events. The best news? Each and every fair has a TON of awesome activities to share with your kids!

So, get ready for Tilt-A-Whirls, funnel cakes, ferris wheels, corn dogs, cotton candy, livestock and live music. Fair and festival season is starting…and there are so many that you have ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE to not catch at least one!

The 2009 Kansas City fair and festival schedule looks like this:

Prairie Village Art Fair, Prairie Village, KS – May 29 thru May 31

Serb Fest – St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, College & Greenwood (west of Pflumm), Lenexa KS – May 29 and May 30

Old Shawnee Days – Shawnee, KS – June 4 thru June 7

Lee’s Summit Downtown Days – June 5 thru June 7

Festa Italiana – Zona Rosa, Kansas City North – June 5 thru June 7

Mardi Gras Days – downtown Overland Park, KS – June 5 and June 6

Vaile Strawberry Festival, Vaile Mansion, Independence, MO – June 6

Irish Street Fair – Kansas City, MO – June 6

Sugar Creek Slavic Fest – Sugar Creek, MO – June 12 and June 13

Greek Festival – St. Dionysios Greek Orthodox Church, Overland Park – June 12 thru June 14

Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival, E.H. Young Park, Riverside, MO – June 12 thru June 14

Dragon Boat Festival – Country Club Plaza, KCMO – June 13

Fiesta Filipina – Filipino Cultural Center, 79th St. between Antioch & Frontage in Overland Park – June 13 thru June 14

Chalk & Walk Festival, Crown Center Square, Kansas City, MO – June 20

KC Riverfest – Berkley Riverfront Park, KCMO – July 2 thru July 4

Cass County Fair, Pleasant Hill, MO – July 14 thru July 19

Amelia Earhart Festival – Atchison, KS - July 17 thru July 18

Miami County Fair, Paola, KS – July 18 thru July 26

KC Fringe Festival – various KCMO locations – July 19  thru July 26

Platte County Fair, Platte City, MO – July 22 thru July 25

Douglas County Fair, Lawrence, KS – August 5 thru August 9

Wyandotte County Fair, Kansas City, KS – July 28 thru August 1 (CANCELED THIS YEAR DUE TO UNAVAILABILITY OF SPACE AT THE WOODLANDS)

Johnson County Fair, Gardner, KS – August 3 thru August 8 – don’t miss the rodeo, Family Fun Night or the parade!

Missouri State Fair, Sedalia, MO – August 13 thru August 23 – 12 & under FREE every day; lot of free kids’ entertainment

Festival of Butterflies, Powell Gardens, Kingsville, MO – August 7 thru August 9 and August 14 thru August 16 – no carnival but still super cool!

Leavenworth County Fair, Tonganoxie, KS – August 11 thru August 15

Ethnic Enrichment Festival, Kansas City, MO – August 21 thru August 23

Trails West!, St. Joseph, MO – August 21 thru August 23

Parkville Days Riverfest, Parkville, MO – August 21 thru August 23

countyfair2Lewis & Clark Trail Days, Buckner, MO – August 21 and August 22

Santa-Cali-Gon Days, Independence, MO – September 4 thru September 7 – TONS of fun for kids and adults alike. If you’ve never been, you should definitely try this one!

Kansas City Irish Fest, Kansas City, MO – September 4 thru 6- awesome children’s area at this Crown Center event

Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Bonner Springs, KS – August 30 thru October 13

The 48th Annual Annunciation Greek Food Festival, Kansas City, MO – September 11 thru September 13

Old Settlers Days, Olathe, KS – September 4 thru September 6

Valley Fair Daze, Grain Valley, MO – September 10 and September 11

Kansas State Fair, Hutchinson, KS – September 11 thru September 20 – Nat & Alex Wolff, the Naked Brothers Band closes the Fair on the 20th!

Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival, Blue Springs, MO – September 18 thru September 20

Zona Rosa Art Festival, Kansas City north, MO – September 18 thru September 20

Jesse James Festival, Kearney, MO – September 11 thru September 20

Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO – September 25 thru September 27 – spend some time at the Kids’ Art Workshop!

(Photos via jonathan_moreau)


Kansas City’s Toy Stores

Posted November 13, 2008 11:58pm by kckids@revisin.com

Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? Better question: have you STARTED your holiday shopping yet? You’re certainly not alone if you haven’t even gotten a list together. Before you finalize that list, KC Kids Fun encourages you to take a look at the wonderful and unique items that fill Kansas City’s locally-owned toy stores.

C’mon – skip Toys R Us and Target this year. Check out the super-cool things you’ll find at Brookside Toy & Science or The Learning Tree or even Moon Marble. Your kids will never miss that new Bakugan or Barbie styling head when they open the awesome stuff you bought from one of our hometown stores.

Here are a few places you shouldn’t miss:

Brookside Toy and Science (Kansas City, MO) – This store has been around since 1964. It is filled from top to bottom with interesting things. Brio and Thomas the Tank Engine are here. Lincoln Logs and Erector sets too. And where else can you buy butterfly specimens, alligator heads and toad purses?!

HMS Beagle (Parkville, MO) – “The Ultimate Science Store” has TONS of fossils, dinosaur models, chemistry sets, rocket kits, telescopes, rocks, minerals and shells.

Moon Marble (Bonner Springs, KS) – Run out to Moon Marble, watch some marbles being made, buy some phenomenal handmade marbles and pick up some really great retro toys and stocking stuffers.

The Learning Tree (Prairie Village, KS and Leawood, KS) – Some of the coolest and most fun educational toys around! Great kids’ art supplies and pretend play items. (If you stop by the Leawood location, take a spin around the new ice rink at Park Place just down the block!)

US Toy (Leawood, KS) – Yep! US Toy is locally owned! I LOVE US Toy for Christmas shopping. Over the years, I’ve bought puppets, pretend food, puzzles, art supplies, musical instruments, Thomas the Train track and trains, books, dress-up items and games. One year, I started and finished my shopping at this one location. You just can’t beat it!

And don’t forget about these folks too:

Reading Reptile (Kansas City, MO – Brookside)

Rainy Day Books (Fairway, KS)

The Toy Store (Lawrence and Topeka)

Zoom at Crown Center (Kansas City, MO)

The Doll Cradle (Shawnee, KS)

Mini Temptations Dollhouse Store (Overland Park, KS – Ranchmart)

Kansas City Metro Indoor Swimming Pools

Posted November 11, 2008 1:52pm by kckids@revisin.com

Oh, the weather outside is frightful. So, let’s go swimming! Right?

Right! Why not mix it up a little this fall and winter around the Kansas City metro? There are a lot of great indoor pools and community centers with public swimming hours. You’ll want to double check their websites for up-to-date hours and fees – but what a great change of pace for you and for the kids as the days get shorter and much, much COLDER! (Our list is just pools open to the public – many communities, schools and fitness centers also have indoor pools but no open swim availability. If we’ve missed a local indoor pool that is open to the public for recreational swimming, let us know!)

Kansas City, MO

Gregg/Klice Community Center (Kansas City, MO)

The New Southeast Community Center (Kansas City, MO) – opening December 2008

Tony Aguirre Community Center (Kansas City, MO)

Northland

Liberty Community Center (Liberty, MO)

Gladstone Community Center (Gladstone, MO)

North Kansas City Community Center (North Kansas City, MO) – closed until first part of December for repairs

Park Hill Aquatic Center (Kansas City north, MO)

Platte County Community Center North (Platte City, MO)

Platte County Community Center South (Parkville, MO)

Eastern Jackson County, MO

Legacy Park Community Center (Lee’s Summit, MO)

Centennial Pool Plex (Blue Springs, MO)

CoCoKey Resort (eastern Jackson County, MO–KCMO) – day passes are available to the public

Henley Aquatic Center (Independence, MO)

Johnson County, KS

Matt Ross Community Center (Overland Park, KS)

Roeland Park Aquatic Center (Roeland Park, KS)

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center (Mission, KS)

Blue Valley Recreation Aquatic Center (south Overland Park, KS)

Cass County, MO

Belton Community Center (Belton, MO) – new indoor pool opening soon!

Harrisonville Community Center (Harrisonville, MO)