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Fun Things To Do In September Series – Talk A Pirate Day!

Aaarrrrgh!  September is here and we have some fun ideas coming for you to celebrate!  The first in our series of fun September activities is ‘Fun Ways to Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ from Ruth, with our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad!  Read on mates!

Pirate Day

Fun ways to celebrate International Talk like a Pirate day!

International Talk like a Pirate day is a fun made up holiday that rolls around once per year. It seems each year more people and companies are joining in the fun with neat promotions and activities that get families together. As a lover of all things pirate related, I always take advantage so I can do something fun with the kids! Here are some fun ways that you can celebrate at home.

Pirate dress up

If you already have a costume great, but if you don’t you can use your imagination to create a pirate type outfit. Easy items include capri pants, a loose white top or shirt with frills, a wide belt, boots and a bandana. If you want to add accessories then include anything with skulls or skeletons, hoop jewelry, plastic swords, a stuffed parrot and eye patch.

Pirate meal time

Pirates aren’t worried about etiquette or fancy foods so finger foods work best. The messier the better! Ditch the silverware for a night and have a little fun. Roast some chicken legs and corn, large hunks of bread and your beverage of choice. Set the table with mismatch dishware, dim the lights or use candles, play some pirate worthy music and let the feast begin!

Check out fun pirate promotions

One day per year restaurants around the country celebrate pirate day with fun promotions.

  1. Arby’s (aka Aaarrrby’s) offers pirate day food specials. To cash in on this year’s promotion start by texting AHOY to 27297.
  2. Krispie Kreme offers an option this year to receive free donuts. Yes I said free! If you come in on Talk like a Pirate day and talk like a pirate when you order then you will receive one free donut. However, if you come in dressed as a pirate, then you can earn a free original glazed dozen! If you follow them on facebook then you can keep track of the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/607830256057224/.
  3. Long John Silver’s hasn’t published their promotion yet, but they are a fun place to go if you want a pirate themed meal. You might even be able to score one of those cool paper pirate hats and don’t forget their new menu item….deep fried twinkies!

Pirate worthy activities

If you and your sea worthy crew want something to do then here are a few activities for you!

  1. Get a pirate name: http://www.owlkids.com/find-your-pirate-name/
  2. Seek out a pirate themed park to play at such as: Frontier Park(Olathe, KS), Listowel Park (Shawnee,KS), Williams-Grant Park (Lees Summit,MO), Kemper Dietrich Park (Kansas City, MO).
  3. Rent or watch a pirate movie. My kids like the Veggie Tale flick, We are the Pirate’s who don’t do anything, and I love Disney’s Pirates of the Carribean.
  4. Do some crafts or learning activities: http://3boysandadog.com/free-international-talk-like-a-pirate-day-printables-and-activities/
  5. Go to your local library and check out some pirate themed books or join any pirate themed events that they may have.
  6. Talk or sing like a pirate: http://talklikeapirate.com/wordpress/junior-pirates/

International Talk like a Pirate day is September 19, 2017, and on a Tuesday this year. Be sure to plan ahead so you can enjoy all the pirate related fun that you can stand!

From iFamily to Yours,


54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About

Happy September , Kansas City! Now that school is in full swing and you’ve had the chance to settled into your new 2017-2018 routine, it’s time to start thinking about activities for the upcoming school year. Whether you’re a member of your child’s PTA/PTO, an educator (thank you for all you do!) looking for fun activities for your students, or a parent searching for inspiration on awesome things to do with the family, we’ve got a list of 54 amazing resources right here in the metro area that you just have to check out. Take a look…

54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About


54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About

#1 Burr Oak Woods          

Blue Springs, MO

Discover nature with the Missouri Dept of Conservation at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. The Nature Center offers free programs for schools and groups in the fall and winter and frequently hosts activities, classes, and events for families and individuals. Additionally, groups and families are welcome to come out and explore the open savannas, prairies, and woodland areas on the property on their own during visiting hours. For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website and be sure to check out their “Nature & You” publication to stay up to date on all of their programs and offerings happening year round.

 #2 Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Liberty, MO 

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch is a working farm, only 2 miles south of Liberty, Missouri, with easy access from all parts of Greater Kansas City. The farm offers Missouri Science Grade Level Curriculum Standards. The Pumpkin Patch Tour is a hands-on educational field trip to help students enjoying learning about the farm, how plants grow, and process by which food ends up on their table. The educational experience centers around the pumpkins, of course, and will help students understand pollination, soil, varieties of Cucurbits (pumpkin cousins), diversity in farming and how food is grown from farm to table. Students will also enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride and each student receives a pie pumpkin and their award winning coloring book (available in 8 languages). Also offered at the Patch are Uncle Earl’s Mining Educational School Tours, options for home school groups and families, as well as special needs opportunities. Visit them online for further details about all of their offerings during pumpkin season.

#3 Ceramic Café       

Leawood, KS

Ceramic Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing studio serving the Kansas City area. Their helpful staff will guide you through the creative process with techniques and supplies to help even the artistically challenged create a masterpiece they are proud to call their own. Paint your pottery piece or create a beautiful work of glass in their vibrant Leawood, Kansas, studio. The process to paint, glaze and fire your masterpiece takes about a week. If you’re looking for the place to host your next group outing, Ceramic Cafe is the place for you. They also donate to charitable groups and can help your school or organization with a fundraising project.

#4 Champion Gymnastics Academy 

Raytown, MO

Built in 2016, this fully renovated, brand new state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Raytown, MO is home to some of the best gymnastics equipment and coaches in the Kansas City Area. Champions Gymnastics Academy offers group rates to rent out their entire facility. In addition to their group events, birthday parties, and classes, they also offer fundraisers where a percentage of the proceeds go to your group! Discover your options by conacting them online or by phone today! (816) 360-9879.

#5 Create2Day  

Bonner Springs, KS 

Creative Reuse (also known as up-cycling or re-purposing), is adding a creative element to an already manufactured item, resulting in a new function. A CD case can become a bird feeder, corks turned into a cork board, a t-shirt transformed into a rug (as defined by The Resource Alliance). Create2Day collects discarded materials from the public that can be reused and given new life. Create2Day is part retail store, part DIY space, filled with resuable materials for your creative projects.

#6 CW Parker Carousel Museum

Leavenworth, KS 

Open February through December, the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is a museum that has nearly a thousand items, nearly a dozen interesting collections, plus exhibits that will take you back in history. While you’re there, you can learn more about entrepreneur Fred Harvey and his significant impact on business. Leavenworth, Kansas is a small river town with a big, proud past. There’s so much for you to see while you’re visiting. So check your calendar and make plans to visit with your group today.

#7 Discovery Center    

Kansas City


Just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza shopping area, the Discovery Center is a unique, hands-on, urban conservation education center located on eight acres in the heart of Kansas City. The Discovery Center offers free educational field trips that follow curriculum standards. Additionally, families and groups are welcome to attend any of the demonstrations, activities, and self-guided hiking that are available to you on the property. The Discovery Center offers a butterfly garden, bird feeding garden, and Grow Native demonstrations including prairie wildflowers, wetland, water garden, and manicured upland and lowland forests.

The Discovery Center offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences and workshops. There are also tours of the building and grounds showing environmentally friendly ways to build an urban environment in harmony with nature. The Discovery Center has a 0.25 mile disabled accessible winding Wild Sidewalk that takes visitors through the Grow Native Gardens on the site.

#8 Dole Institute for Politics 

Lawrence, KS

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

#9 Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics 

Lenexa, KS

Elite Gymnastics and Aquatics, founded over 40 years ago, was built on the tradition of excellence using a positive and healthy influence.  Conveniently located at 13600 w.  108th (near Pflumm and College Boulevard) on the edge of Lenexa, Elite offers recreational and competitive gymnastics, swim lessons, birthday parties, parents night out and open gym.

Gerald Carley opened Elite in May of 1973 in Merriam, Kansas.  Elite was the first privately owned gymnastics facility in Kansas.  In 1978, Elite moved to it’s current location at 108th and Pflumm in Lenexa.   Gerald went on to open two additional locations in Overland Park and Lawrence providing boys and girls competitive and recreational gymnastics, dance and cheer programs.   In 1992, these facilities were consolidated to the Lenexa location.  Elite continued to pioneer unique ways to share its passion for gymnastics offering a tumble bus, the first of it’s kind, that traveled to day care centers and preschools in the area to teach tumbling classes.

#10 Engineering for Kids  

South Kansas City 

Engineering For Kids of Kansas City is very excited to be able to inspire the next generation of engineers by bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to children ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, summer camps, clubs and parties.  They offer hands on learning programs in LEGO Robotics, Electronic Game Design and in Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. Many of their classes are taught by experienced Engineers.  Their programs meet national standards in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Engineering for Kids builds upon the math and science that is being taught in the schools and apply those skills to hands on, real world engineering challenges.

#11 Ernie Miller Nature Center 

Olathe, KS 

Ernie Miller Nature Center was the first Nature Center In Johnson County. The Center provides an opportunity for learning, understanding, and admiring nature’s ever-changing ways. It is the focal point of cultural historical, and environmental education programming offered to all ages by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The Center contains displays, live animals, and Nature’s Corner Gift Shop, along with a friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to share their knowledge of nature.

#12 Fahrmeier’s U-Pick Produce Market 

Lexington, MO

The Fahrmeier farming operation began in 1947 as a traditional diversified crop and livestock farm. In 2004, they began growing fresh fruits and vegetables for markets and today, they grow about 40 acres of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Fahrmeier Farms sells at farmers markets in the KC area, to area restaurants, schools and offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions. The Fahrmeier family welcomes and hosts many agri-tourism experiences, weddings and children’s farm tours to educate others about agriculture and how food is grown.

As a family, the Fahrmeiers understand the importance of eating more fresh vegetables and fruit. Their goal is to share healthy eating habits with your loved ones and expose them to a variety of produce and agricultural experiences. By supporting their farm, you’re investing in a family that takes care of their land by growing food in ways that take care of the soil. Another benefit is that you cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.

#13 Folly Theater  

Kansas City

In 1900, by the glow of gas street lamps, men in top hats and women in high-button shoes arrive in horse-drawn carriages for the grand opening of Kansas City’s newest theater, the Standard.  The theater was as breathtakingly beautiful as she is today. Now, the Folly is filled with the sounds of children’s giggles, thunderous applause for world-class performers, and the clink of toasting glasses.  We invite you to share in the history and magic of the Folly Theater.

#14 Fort Osage    

Sibly, MO

Step back in time, back to when Missouri was way out West in the wilderness, and experience the lives of the men and women who secured the American frontier. Built in 1808, under the direction of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Fort served a dual role. It was both a military garrison and trade center.
Overlooking the Missouri River, this historic site has been reconstructed to portray Fort Osage as it was in 1812. Authentically attired interpreters provide living-history insights into the daily life of both the military and civilian populations.

#15 Historic Mt. Gilead School 

Kearney, MO

Mt. Gilead School located just west of Kearney, Missouri, operated for over 100 years until it closed its doors in 1946. The present two story school was built in 1879. Historians believe that Mt. Gilead was the only school in the area to continuously hold classes during the Civil War.

Clay County Historic Sites offers a unique field trip opportunity to experience history in a one-room school. A teacher in period costume instructs the class in late 1880s style with McGuffey readers. Pupils practice penmanship and perform arithmetic problems using slates. The four-hour program accommodates up to 30 students and complements required school curriculum. This popular field trip requires advance reservations. Contact Clay County Historic Sites at (816)736-8500 to schedule your group.

#16 Johnson Farms Plants & Pumpkins  

Kansas City 

2017 will mark Johnson Farm’s fifteenth year of offering fun, educational school tours for children preschool age to 3rd grade! Monday through Friday from 9am until 11:45am, students are invited to spend an hour touring the beautiful farm and a half hour picnicking on the property. An additional hour of self-guided exploration is also optional. Open September 22nd through October 31st in the fall. Inquire about Springtime options by calling or visiting the farm online.

#17 Kansas City Young Audiences    

Kansas City 

KCYA’s School and Community Programs works with a roster of nearly 200 artists to provide dynamic and educational arts programs to children in schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals throughout the greater Kansas City area.

With performances, residencies, workshops, and after-school programs in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects KCYA’s School and Community Programs reinforce core curriculum as well as cultivates artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills.

#18 Kansas Museum of History 

Topeka, KS

This award-winning museum tells the story of the people of Kansas. See the Santa Fe’s oldest surviving locomotive, No. 132, from 1880. A. K. Longren’s 1914 version of the plane in which he made the first successful flight of a Kansas-built plane in 1911. The museum was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas History. While you’re there, be sure to shop the Museum Store for Kansas gifts.

#19 KC Pumpkin Patch  

Olathe

KC Pumpkin Patch provides education through entertainment. Bring your students to the Patch for a highly interactive field trip experience filled with learning opportunities. Students will learn an anti-bullying message from Spookley the Square Pumpkin, gain a greater understanding of agriculture and an appreciation for Kansas heritage by exploring their pumpkin field and visiting their Critter area.

#20 KC Watersports  

Paola

KC Watersports is the best wakeboarding destination in the Midwest.  For beginners, they offer day camps and lessons to perfect your skills.  Experts won’t find a more challenging set of rails, ramps, and sliders anywhere in the region. For the family and groups, they have a shaded beach, where you can relax and watch the kids ride or play. Their Surf Shop is well stocked with the best gear in the industry, with rental equipment available. All skill levels are encouraged, so plan your visit to KCW in the summer and enjoy some fun in the sun!

#21 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art  

Kansas City

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year. The objective of Kemper Museum educational programs is to engage children and adults in a discussion about contemporary art and how it relates to their lives. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum’s Tours page.

#22 Kemper Outdoor Education Center  

Blue Springs

Inside the Nature Center you’ll find rock and fossil exhibits, a natural resource library, mounted examples of native wildlife. The grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site. The Outdoor Classroom offers a valuable resource for hands-on environmental education. Hikers on the Habitat Trail can explore a variety of ecology: wetland, prairie, woodland and cactus glade. Self-guided tours are free of charge.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center staff offers guided interpretive programs for classrooms, youth groups and organizations. In April, May and September, the X-Stream Green field trip program offers multi-station outdoor education for 1st to 6th grade classrooms. The interpretive staff conducts programs on Snakes, Bats, Skins and Skulls, Butterflies, Birds and Binoculars, Fishing, Recycling, Nature Hikes and much more.

#23 Kona Ice  

Serving KC Metro & Surrounding Areas 

Treat your taste buds to the most amazingly fine, flavored shaved ice this side of the islands. The Kona Ice experience will amplify any event! From our steel drum music to the signature Flavorwave(TM) where guests can flavor their own shaved ice, we guarantee to bring the fun and laughter. Whether indoors or outdoors, we handle a whole variety of events including schools, corporations, daycares, summer programs, youth sports, picnics, weddings, and major sporting events and festivals.

They also specialize in fundraising so just show us where to park and who to make the check out to! Plus, they’ll come to you. It doesn’t get much easier than that. No event is too big or too small. They can serve hundreds of people per hour. Contact Kona Ice today!

#24 Landmark2Skate  

Lee’s Summit, MO 

Landmark 2 Skate is just that, a Lee’s Summit landmark for fun activities. Charlie Johnson has been opening the same doors to kids (of all ages!) for the over 18 years. Generations of residents from Lee’s Summit and surrounding Jackson County cities have skated at Landmark 2 Skate since the Spring of 1974, and the tradition continues today. People from as far away as Belton make the regular trip to enjoy the fun activities available here. Tradition doesn’t have to mean old and stale!

With a spankin’-new 10,500 square foot floor and all updated electronics, Landmark 2 Skate is ready for your modern skate/dance party. Beginners who need a different environment can join them for Learn to Skate Classes, sessions for you to learn and gain confidence. From fundraisers and private parties to kid’s birthday parties; there is no end to the “fun things” list. Skaters with all musical tastes will enjoy our song lineup. Skating is great fun, great exercise and a great time for the whole family! Make sure to say “Hi” to Charlie when you visit!

#25 Lanesfield Historic Site  

Edgerton

Johnson County offers field trip experiences at their two sites, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park and Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton. To make a reservation for your group, please fill out either the form for Lanesfield or the Arts & Heritage Center, or contact the Museum’s Education Department at 913-715-2570 or email.

#26 Language and Music House 

Kansas City

The best time to expose children to music and language is while they are young; as by high school many people have lost the ability to hear specific accents or tones. That is the mission of Language and Music House, to grow minds through language and music. This includes Dyslexic minds as well, which are powerful but need to be taught reading and languages in a different way. At Language and Music House each class is tailored to each individual child or adult.
They want to offer the best to their students and customize each class. From Toddler language and music classes to adult classes, they want to grow your mind to its’ full potential. They also want to make learning a language or music educational and FUN!Their approach is Kinesthetic, meaning that even within their language classes you’ll move a lot.

#27 Learning2Fly   

Mission

Learning2Fly is super excited to announce our K-12 School Field Trips! If you are an educator, teacher, or administrator and would like to tour their studio to see what they offer, call 913-262-2600 or email Sumya@iAMLearning2Fly.com. Their passion is health – They teach kids 7 habits of health through creative activities and play!

#28 Lecompton Historical Society   

Lecompton

Lecompton was founded in 1854 and platted on a bluff on the south bank of the Kansas River. It was originally called “Bald Eagle,” but then later changed to Lecompton in honor of Samuel D. Lecompte, the chief justice of the territorial supreme court. In 1855, the town became the permanent and only official capital of the Kansas Territory. President James Buchanan appointed a governor and officials to establish government offices in Lecompton, and construction began on an elegant capitol building, Lane University / Territorial Capitol Museum.

In the fall of 1857 a convention met in Constitution Hall and drafted the famous Lecompton Constitution, which would have admitted Kansas as a slave state. The constitution was rejected after intense national debate and was one of the prime topics of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The controversy contributed to the growing dispute soon to erupt in civil war. The Lecompton Constitution failed, in part, because the antislavery party won control of the territorial legislature in the election of 1857. The new legislature met at Constitution Hall and immediately began to abolish the pro-slavery laws. The victorious free-state leaders chose Topeka as capital when Kansas became a state in 1861. They would like to extend an open invitation to you, to take a step back in time, to look at the rich heritage that led to the formation of their town and the State of Kansas.

#29 Lee’s Summit Physicians Group 

3 Locations in Lee’s Summit & Blue Springs 

Pediatricians are specialists in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. They currently accept new patients under the age of 18. Their training consists of three years of residency, limited to pediatrics, after completion of medical school. They are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and are American Board of Pediatrics certified or eligible. Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics Section offers Personalized, Preventive, and Primary Care for infants, children and adolescents.

#30 Legoland Discovery Center    

Kansas City at Crown Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers and LEGO® Education work in partnership to deliver high quality educational experiences will prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Now educators can discover the learning philosophy of LEGO Education in the thrilling atmosphere of LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, offering a wonderful balance of learning and fun. They offer teachers well-designed, age appropriate school trips that support educational curriculum standards. All LEGOLAND Discovery Center workshops integrate hands-on materials and activities designed by LEGO Education in collaboration with real-world educators, meet current education standards bringing math, science, engineering, and language arts to life, and develop 21st century learning skills of communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and problem solving

#31 Legler Barn Museum     

Lenexa

Welcome to the Lenexa Historical Society. They are a member based 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1974. Their mission: To encourage community involvement the appreciation, preservation, and promotion of Lenexa’s Historical Heritage. How they do this: They host educational meetings, participate in community events and festivals, and bring local history to Lenexa’s schools through the City’s “Learning About Lenexa” program. They also partner with the City regarding Lenexa’s history museum: The Legler Barn Museum and Lenexa Frisco Train Depot, which displays local area history and artifacts, engaging exhibits, and includes a local historical research library.

#32 Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm  

Olathe  

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop offers students an opportunity to discover history where it happened. Activities with animals, wagons, and the stagecoach make visiting Mahaffie fun for children and a valuable tool for educators! Fall Home School Days are Thurs., Sept. 7 & Fri. Sept. 8. -Registration full for all sessions! We will not be able to accept walk up registrations, thank you for your understanding. Please mark your calendar for Spring Home School Days Thurs. Apr. 26 & Fri. Apr. 27.

#33 Mesner Puppet Theater     

Kansas City 

Bring Your Class to MPT! Make your next field trip a visit to Mesner Puppet Theater! Students K-12 will enjoy performances that stir the imagination and tickle the funny bone! Their theater creates shows based on contemporary children’s literature. The books, folktales and fairytales are chosen for their ability to be successfully translated into puppetry, colorful characters and plots that invite interpretation, and characters that lend themselves to the nature of puppet productions.

The puppet exhibition room is free, and a great way to introduce students to a variety of different puppets from different cultures. Make-A-Puppet kits will enhance your student’s visit and allow an opportunity for discussion in the classroom after the show. A paper puppet is designed for each show. Mesner Puppet Theater is a proud member of Kansas City Arts Partners, a sequential arts-in-education program for grades K-12, integrating our community’s arts resources into the curriculum of Greater Kansas City area schools districts.

#34 Midland Railway   

Baldwin City, KS 

The Midland Railway operates excursion trains on a line originally constructed in 1867 by the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad.   The Leavenworth, Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad Company (LL&G RR Co.) was originally chartered in 1858 to build a railroad from Leavenworth to the south Kansas boarder.  Construction began in late 1867 and on New Years day of 1868 track had been laid to Ottawa. Construction resumed in the spring of 1869 and reached Coffeyville, KS in 1871. Making a total distance of 143.83 miles for the railroad line.

The Midland Railway now offers train rides, featuring an over-20-mile round trip from Baldwin City via “Norwood, Kansas” to Ottawa Junction, Kansas, traveling through the scenic Eastern Kansas farmlands and woods via vintage railway equipment just like the original LL&G RR Co.

#35 Missouri Town 1855    

Lee’s Summit 

See what a progressive farming community, spread across some 30 sloping acres, looked like in the mid-1800s.
Missouri Town 1855 is composed of more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 – 1860. This living history museum uses original structures, furnishings and equipment. Also depicting the 19th Century lifestyles are interpreters in period attire, authentic field and garden crops, and rare livestock breeds. Visit with professional living history interpreters on this self-guided tour.

#36 Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 

Kansas City

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a privately funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league baseball in America. The museum is part of the historic 18th & Vine district, which also includes the American Jazz Museum. The museum chronologically charts the progress of the Negro leagues with informative placards and interactive exhibits. Its walls are lined with pictures of players, owners, and officials of Negro league baseball from the Negro National League of 1920 through the Negro American League, which lasted until 1960. As one progresses through the exhibit, one moves forward through the history of Black baseball. In one area of the museum, there are lockers set up for some of the legends of the Negro leagues. One can see game-worn uniforms, cleats, gloves, and other artifacts from stars such as Josh Gibson.

#37 Oxford School House   

Leawood

The Historic One-Room Oxford Schoolhouse built in 1877, located at Ironwoods Park (147th & Mission) in Leawood, Kansas, will be open to the public every Saturday and Sundays in September, October and November. Saturday hours are 11:00am – 2:00pm and Sunday hours are 1:00 – 4:00 pm, weather permitting. Visit the school and talk with a costumed docent about the history of the Oxford School and the surrounding rural area.

The Oxford Schoolhouse is also available for programs year-round to groups of all ages by appointment any day or time, except during open house hours, for a small fee. Scout programs can meet badge requirements. Educational field trips are offered weekdays to elementary classrooms throughout the school year. The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse hosts events for children and adults throughout the year. For more information please call (913) 663-9157 weekdays.

#38 Paradise Park   

Lee’s Summit

Let Paradise Park be your classroom outside of your classroom. More than 10,000 students are served annually with these fun instructional field trips. During a Paradise Park field trip, students participate in four educational activities and also receive one hour of creative play time in our Discovery Play area, foam factory and mini golf. They can tailor your educational field trip to fit your learning objectives by combining activities from different topics.

#39 Potter’s Haven 

Lee’s Summit

Bring your next field trip, scouting event, or birthday party to Potter’s Haven! They have a large selection of pieces appropriate for parties of all ages. The cost ranges from $11-16 total per child to paint a figurine with acrylic paints that go home the same day. Pick your maximum price point and they’ll let the kids know what they can choose from based on your decision. A separate room is available with a $30 deposit, which is applied to your party total the day of. You are more than welcome to bring in your own food and drinks.

#40 Premier Bowling & Rec  

Raytown

At Premier Bowl, guests of all ages will enjoy good old fashioned bowling fun in a clean and safe environment. In addition to their group rates for field trips, outings, and birthdays, they also offer weekly specials for families to come out and enjoy an afternoon or evening together.

#41 Sea Life Aquarium       

Kansas City at Crown Center

With thousands creatures on display, a visit to SEA LIFE Kansas City will engage your student’s senses. In addition to the spectacular view from the underwater tunnel, children can get involved at the interactive rock pool by holding a crab or even touching a starfish. With so much to see and experience you will take learning beyond the classroom and into a new underwater world.

Field Trips are self-guided through the aquarium, giving all school groups the freedom to explore at their own pace! The aquarium walk-through experience typically takes 60-90 minutes for large groups. However, all school groups are free to spend as long as they would like inside.  Workshops are offered in 30 minute sessions. Each workshop can accommodate 32 students maximum. For larger groups, students can rotate between time spent inside the aquarium and time spent in a guided workshop led by a SEA LIFE Educator.

All workshops are open to students only (Adults are welcome to wait inside the aquarium!) and are entirely optional. Groups are not required to purchase a workshop for their visit. Each workshop entails a different hands-on activity led by a SEA LIFE Educator in our Education Room. Please note, if Field Trip groups are participating in multiple workshops, they will need to be separated by 15 minute increments to allow for material set-up.

#42 Sky Zone Trampoline Park Lee’s Summit 

Lee’s Summit

They’re the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action, and they never stand still. They’re always working to invent epic new ways to play, gather, and compete. The only way to understand it is to come experience it. So rally your crew and let’s go! Sky Zone is the original indoor trampoline park, and Sky Zone Fort Myers is proud to bring the unmatched, out-of-this-world, and high-flyin’ FUN of the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court to the Lees Summit area.

#43 Sky Zone KC Trampoline Park (Shawnee)

Shawnee

Welcome to the original home of wall-to-wall aerial action- Where they never stop searching for new ways to play. Community is important to Sky Zone Kansas City. In addition to their own charitable efforts, they’re eager to support your efforts to do good. Rent their space for your next fundraising event. They’ll do more than provide the space, they’ll help with flyers, helpful staff, meeting rooms, and more.

#44 Summit Lanes 

Lee’s Summit 

Young and old alike will enjoy knocking down pins at Summit Lanes. They have many things to offer you for your bowling experience. First, let’s start by saying that they have been a family owned business for over 40 years and strive to keep up with all the changes within the bowling industry. Their business is to make you happy and make sure that you have a great time every time you visit. Summit Lanes it the premier bowling center in the area, with a new remodel with synthetic lanes and new seating areas that glow in the dark. Their affordable rates on group outings and field trips make Summit Lanes an obvious choice for teachers and families alike.

#45 Sunset Trails Stables 

Lee’s Summit

Sunset Trails Stables offers field trips opportunities for any number of organizations including day care facilities, elementary and home schools, girl scouts & boy scouts, church youth groups and many others. Field trips are available all days of the week and include two hours of instruction from our staff. Access to the picnic area is available before and after the field trip. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch and/or snacks. The cost is $10 per person for two-hour field trips that include horseback riding. Two-hour field trips that do not include horseback riding are $7 per person. Prices are for children and adults regardless of age.

An indoor facility is available; field trips will be held rain or shine. All field trip participants are required to have a release form signed by their parent or guardian prior to the day of the field trip. Release forms can be picked up at the Sunset Trails Stables office or printed online. Safety is always a top priority. Riding helmets will be provided. Closed toed shoes are required. Everyone is encouraged to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen.

#46 TasteBuds Kitchen  

Leawood, KS

Taste Buds Kitchen’s mission is to be the top culinary entertainment experience for kids, families and adults by engaging and delighting our budding chefs in the kitchen. They support kids, families and food and strive to create a lifestyle around connecting, learning and growing in the culinary playground of the kitchen. Learn, laugh, cook.

What began as a few holiday baking classes and cupcake birthday parties, under the name Cupcake Kids!, quickly evolved into much more. Their culinary events now include an ever-growing variety of culinary classes, parties, camps and special events that combine a mix of hands-on engaging recipes, both savory and sweet, for kids and adults. They make the kitchen exciting and we create it all from scratch – from pasta to sushi and everyone’s favorite cupcakes!

#47 The Coterie Theatre  

Kansas City 

The Coterie is a non-profit organization, established in 1979, with the mission of providing professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist and provides educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community.

#48 The Farmer’s House   

Weston, MO 

The Farmer’s House is the combined dream of Peaches and David Cunningham for their son John David, and Suzanne and Alan Zimmerman for their daughter Julianna (Anna). The two families met at preschool for children with developmental disabilities when John David and Anna were 3 and 4 years old, today they are young adults. Like most parents who have children with a developmental disability, one of their biggest concerns was for their future. Every parent hopes that the future includes a safe environment for their child’s individual needs and a fulfilling and valued lifestyle. In 2006 out of these hopes and dreams The Farmer’s House, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3), was born. The idea of a working farm where children, youth and young adults could live, work, play and grow took shape and the process of learning as much as possible about existing farm or ranch communities for individuals with developmental disabilities was undertaken.

#49 The Storybook Forest  

They come to you!  

The Storybook Forest is an event entertainment company geared towards the creation of realistic, honest character interactions with children. They strive to make their costumes film quality, and have actors that represent the characters both visually and in performance. They design programs that fit each event specifically to your child. They perform anything from elementary schools, to tea parties for birthdays, and everything in-between. The Storybook Forest team is dedicated to engaging the pure imagination that is so powerful in all children.

#50 TimberRidge Adventure Center 

Olathe

TimberRidge Adventure Center (TRAC), one of Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s premier facilities for teamwork and team building, offers a wide range of opportunities for families, friends and work groups to challenge themselves, learn to communicate better, solve problems and work together.

Groups ranging from boy scouts to executive boards can experience fun and excitement in a noncompetitive, safe and supportive atmosphere. The main venue for these activities is the Center’s professionally certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a 300-foot zip line and a climbing tower with 3 other high elements. With firsthand experience and group discussion, TimberRidge participants explore and create problem-solving methods that are readily adaptable to the challenges of day-to-day life. In addition to the Challenge Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, archery, canoes, and paddleboats.

#51 Union Station & Science City  

Downtown Kansas City 

Let curiosity be your guide as you explore this dynamic, hands-on science center! Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs. Start your lifelong love of science, learning and discovery at Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City!

#52 Urban Air Trampoline 

Overland Park 

Urban Air Trampoline Park is the nation’s premier indoor trampoline and adventure parks. Urban Air Trampoline Park offers a variety of trampoline activities on its wall-to-wall trampolines, Foam Pit, trampoline Dodgeball, trampoline Runway, Slam Dunk Track and trampoline Bowl.

No matter if you are looking for a kids birthday party venue or to have some family fun, Urban Air Trampoline Park is the place to go.

#53 Waldo Gymnastics 

Kansas City 

Waldo Gymnastics is a beginner gymnastics club for girls and boys ages 18 and under. Beginner classes offer a great start to gymnastics & tumbling. Basic fitness and gymnastics skills are taught in an instructional 60 minute class. Each class ends with free time. Small classes with experienced teachers allow for ample individual attention. Ratio students/teacher 8:1. Parent Participation classes are a part of the ABC GYM program, ages 3 years and younger. ABC GYM classes are 45 minutes.

#54 Wings of Love Educational Bird Shows 

They come to you!
Yvonne Patterson-Burbach (the ‘Bird Lady’) had her first ‘pawakeet’ (parakeet) at the age of two. She has always loved nature more than anything. This passion led Yvonne to embark on an incredible journey during college. Working as a horticulturist she kept ‘Snowball’, a wild-caught Moluccan cockatoo she still has, a macaw, and an Amazon parrot who sang opera, amongst the acres of flowers. It didn’t take long to realize the public’s fascination with her birds, which led to the creation of Wings of Love.

Imagine experiencing the graceful silent flight of an eagle-owl’s 5 ½ ft. wingspan as ‘Swoop’ silently glides over the audience; the uncanny imitations of parrots who talk or sing; and the unbelievable trained routines the bird have learned ~ like riding a bicycle across a high wire. Our riveting bird shows bring the incredible avian world to audiences in a fun yet educational way to remind us of the natural gifts we share in the animal world. With our dedicated board of a CSI policeman, school educator and professional trainer, we are able to create routines to fit specific themes, or tie-ins with curriculum.

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We’re so blessed to be living in a town with so many incredible opportunities and resources for your young learners. We invite you to use this guide to help you along with your year. Whether you have a chance to visit one, or all, we’d love to hear from you! Stay connected with us here on the iFamilyKC blog, on social media, and all around town throughout the year!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli & The iFamilyKC Team


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