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3 Reasons You Need to Explore Body Worlds at Union Station NOW!

Autumn is in the air here in the metro area and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share fabulous events and activities with each of you here on the blog as well as in our monthly book (available in print and online) and across social media. One truly unique activity that’s only available to your family until October 23rd is the Body Worlds: Cycle of Life exhibit downtown. I had the chance to check it out this afternoon and want to share my 3 reasons that you need to explore Body Worlds at Union Station today. Take a look…

Body Worlds at Union Station

3 Reasons You Need to Explore Body Worlds at Union Station Now

“For the first time in Kansas City, BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life – a remarkable educational exhibition from physician and pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens – invites you to consider the form, function and beauty of the human body through all stages of life.” -UnionStation.org

#1 It’s a Truly One of a Kind Experience

Body Worlds at Union Station

One of the things I love best about living in Kansas City is the access that we have, as families, to fun and educational activities across town. Union Station’s traveling exhibits offer opportunities unlike any other and their Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life is a shining example of just that. Using real cadavers, Body Worlds takes you on a journey through the human life and demonstrates how both genetics and lifestyle choices play an intricate role in how we grow, develop, and change over the course of time. Before entering into the exhibit, you’re given the opportunity to tie in this exhibit with history from Kansas City’s medical community, which I found to be particularly interesting during our visit there.

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#2 You’ll Learn Things You Never Knew

Body Worlds The Cycle of Life

From start to finish, you’ll learn something new at every turn during your time at Body Worlds. Your journey begins (literally and figuratively) at the moment of conception where you discover cells, the formation of life, how we grow and come into being, and so much more. The pregnancy cycle was, for me, the most interesting part of the journey. The exhibit not only includes the details and information but also examples of each stage during pregnancy – something that is truly incredible to witness.

Body Worlds at Union Station

From there, you’ll discover parts of the body and how we change and grow through the years as well as how the choices we make (like smoking or not eating right) impact us from the inside out. I was impressed to see so much detail throughout the exhibit. Although the average time to get through (from start to finish) is about an hour an a half to two hours, I could have easily spent far longer reading and learning during my visit.

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#3 It’s Only Here For a Limited Time

Like all good things, Body Worlds at Union Station will be coming to an end later this month and you don’t want to miss your chance to explore life like never before. The exhibit is open weekdays (Monday-Thursday) 10am-5pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-7pm, and Sundays from 12pm-5pm. Tickets can be purchased online or directly at Union Station now through October 23rd.

Body Worlds at Union Station

In addition to the exhibits that Union Station offers, families can also enjoy access to Science City and the Planetarium during your stay. I highly recommend getting an annual membership to Union Station – ours paid for itself within just a couple of visits. Learn more about Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life and all of the other incredible activities and events at Union Station by visiting them online at UnionStation.org.

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli & The iFamilyKC Team

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This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

Happy Saturday, Kansas City! The newest comedy to hit theaters is Masterminds, starring Zach Galifinakis, Kristen Wiig, and an all-star comedic cast. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, had a chance to check out a sneak peek, and gives us a few thoughts on the film. Check it out!

This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

 

 

This Weekend at the Box Office: Masterminds

Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run time: 94 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Jared Hess
Cast: Kate McKinnon, Zach Galifinakis, Kristen Wiig

 

 

 

Masterminds is a comedy based on a real-life bank heist. Zach Galifianakis plays a kind, unsuspecting guard who gets talked into stealing millions of dollars by the woman he is in love with (Kristen Wiig). He is just a pawn to “Geppetto” (Owen Wilson) who takes all the money and leaves Galifianakis on the lam in Mexico with no help. Jason Sudeikis is also in the film, playing a sadistic hit man. Out of all the performances, only Wiig seems to bring any real emotion to her character.

 

The movie works on paper. It has a ‘dumb criminals’ angle, an awkward family photos moment, and some huge comedic talent. However, the movie never seems to get off the ground. I chuckled throughout the film, but never got a good laugh out it. The funniest part of the movie is the blooper reel at the end. Be sure to watch that! Jared Hess, who also directed Napoleon Dynamite, directs the film. In that same vein, not all comedies have to be laugh-out-loud to work, but this one misses the mark. It doesn’t play to the strengths of the cast, which I think could have made this a better comedy.

 

I wouldn’t run to the theaters to see Masterminds. It’s worth a watch, but there’s a lot of competition at the movie theater right now, and there are better films to spend the money on.

 

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31 Fun Family Activities for October

Hellooooo, October! (And Kansas City!) It’s fall! It’s really fall! And our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great ideas for family fun in October. Pick a couple for your family to experience this weekend. Enjoy!

31 Fun Family Activities for October

 

31 Fun Family Activities for October

 

Despite the sweltering heat it is officially fall! Hopefully cooler weather is on the horizon and here are some activities you and you family can be enjoying all month long.

#1 Have a bonfire

– Hanging around the fire is a staple of Midwest fall nights. A fire pit will do, or perhaps you can tack this on to a visit to the pumpkin patch or farm.

#2 Play in the leaves

– They’ll be everywhere soon. Before the allure wears off and the damp sets in, roll, jump, play in, and compare all the leaves you can find. There are a lot of art projects you can do with leaves too.

#3 Decorate pumpkins

– There are a million and one things to do with pumpkins. We have littles at our house so we usually paint some early on in the month and help Dad carve one closer to Halloween. Don’t forget to roast your seeds if you carve. A yummy and healthy treat!

 

31 Fun Family Activities for October

#4 Go apple picking

– There are apple orchards all around KC so it’s not hard to find a spot to do this. Check out my earlier article with tips for while you’re there.

#5 Eat caramel apples

– You can buy or make them. Extra points if you use ones you’ve freshly picked. You can melt caramels, or find a healthier alternative. There are various recipes online. Don’t forget to have fun decorating with sprinkles, candies, nuts, chocolates, toasted coconut… the possibilities are endless.

#6 Hit up your local farmer’s market

– There are markets in nearly every city. They will be winding down soon and we will have to wait until spring to visit again. They will be brimming with squashes, apples, pears, mushrooms and cabbages.

#7 Star gazing

– You can probably do this in your own backyard! If not, head to the country where there’s less lights or an observatory. There are two public observatories in the area.

#8 Wildflower picking

– Remember how excited we all were when flowers showed up this spring? Well they’ll be on their way out soon. Get outside for a nice walk and be sure to pick a bouquet to enjoy when you get back home.

#9 Go on a picnic

– We love picnics at our house. Sometimes they happen in our yard, sometimes at the park, but eating outside is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy a meal.

#10 Tell ghost stories

– You can gauge what your kids can handle, but sharing spooky stories is another classic October pastime. Our kids enjoy passing around the flashlight to hold under their chin while they tell silly ghost stories.

#11 Check out a festival

– There are so so so many festivals going on this month, I could have written 31 festivals to go to. Gladfest, Weston Applefest, and any Oktoberfest are among my favorites. There are a ton of art festivals going on too. These are a great way to connect with your community and there is something going on every weekend.

 

31 Fun Family Activities for October

 

#12 S’mores

– Everyone needs s’more s’mores. Make ‘em on a fire or in the kitchen, but enjoy these ooey gooey treats.

#13 Camp out

– I am not a camper. My husband totally is, so this falls under his jurisdiction. You can go on a weekend trip somewhere, or set up a tent in the yard, or heck even the living room. I’ll be in the house drinking wine.

#14 Go to the pumpkin patch

– Is the pumpkin patch optional this time of year? I’m under the assumption that it isn’t. We have covered many local places, so please check out our other posts for inspiration and information.

#15 Make some art

– Making art is easy and free around here. You can always create something at home, or you can make an outing of it. Nelson-Atkins has free workshops every weekend. Kaleidoscope is a free and popular option too.

#16 Plan a murder mystery party with your friends

– Ok, I’m planning a murder mystery with friends. I think it’s a fun idea. For a smaller scale activity, you can play werewolf or Clue.

#17 Root, root, root for the home team

– Going to college and pro-athletics is always a fun time, but can be pricy or difficult. Even though we don’t know any one at the high school, we still enjoy going to our local schools’ games. They are fun and usually cheap and our kids enjoy seeing the older kids.

#18 Watch Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is my favorite Halloween movie, but there are so many good ones. Pick one and have a movie night.

#19 Engage in a little DIY

– Fall is a good time to get some of those outdoor or home projects done before the winter. Paint a room, make a craft, and enlist the kids as helpers.

 

31 Fun Family Activities for October

 

#20 Get some BBQ

– The American Royal World Series of Barbeque is at the end of the month. Your family can declare their own winner by trying out a few different restaurants or recipes this month.

#21 Make a costume

– Make a Halloween costume or even just play a little dress up with the kids.

#22 Go to the Renaissance Festival

– It only runs through October, so head there soon.

#23 Go to the Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun

– Worlds of Fun is known for getting pretty spooky this time if year. If you have younger kids though, Planet Snoopy gets a Great Pumpkin Fest makeover and offers seasonal activities.

#24 See a play

– There are a ton of kid-friendly theaters in Kansas City. There’s the Coterie, the Theater for Young America, Trilogy and many more.

#25 Host a football party

– Can’t tailgate every weekend? Host a get-together to watch the Chiefs. Have everyone bring his or her favorite sports-viewing snack.

#26 Square dance

– You may be able to find a proper square dance to take part in. If so- let me know! Or, you could do our version and dosey-doe in the living room. Take turns being the leader yelling out moves.

#27 Shadow puppets

– My grandparents gave me a book showing how to make shadow puppets as a kid. My children found it a couple years ago and they love it. Take advantage of the earlier sunsets and have a shadow show before bed.

#28 Watch a movie under the stars

– Drive-ins are always a lot of fun, and now that the weather is cooling, they’re even better. There are also Movies in Park, or maybe you can project a show in your own yard.

#29 Play some outdoor sports

– Remember how nice it was when the kids were go straight to sleep, exhausted from swimming all day? Well, it’s time to find a new way to wear them out. Soccer, football, baseball… have a friendly game at the park.

#30 Make a fairy house

– Design and build a fairy house to decorate your garden.

#31 Head to the farm

– Tours and fun can be found throughout Kansas and Missouri, Johnson Farm, Shatto Dairy Farm and Deanna Rose Farmstead are just a few.

 

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iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


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