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Who’s Ready For An Autumn Giveaway?!

Autumn is in full swing here in the metro area and we’re so excited for all of the wonderful family fun in store for you in and around Kansas City this fall. To celebrate the season, we’ve got a FUN giveaway valued at OVER $150 RIGHT here on the iFamilyKC blog! Entering is simple, just click on the button in the middle of the page to get in on the action, it’s THAT easy. Want to know what’s in store for you if you win!?

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Big, Autumn Giveaway!

4-Tickets to Science 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!

Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don’t touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.

Its magic starts with its location. An architectural and historic marvel, Union Station provides a venue unlike any other science center in the nation. From the moment you pass under the clock tower to your first step inside the cityscape of Science City, the experience sets the stage for making memories.

$25 Gift Card to Rock N’ Brews

While they welcome rockers of all ages, they are doing our part to help foster the next generation of rockers at Rock & Brews.  Their li’l rockers are in the spotlight and enjoy a special children’s menu featuring kid favorites such as Hamburgers, Pizza, Grilled Chicken Kabobs, and Grilled Cheese. They also get swag…in the form of rock-themed coloring templates and other fun activities.

4-Tickets to the Planetarium

Combining interactive astronomy education with spectacular public shows and night sky viewing opportunities, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium continues to be one of Kansas City’s greatest connections to the night sky.

Built as part of Union Station’s renovations in the late 1990s, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium’s 60-foot dome and recently upgraded state-of-the-art projection system makes it one of the largest and highest resolution planetariums in the Midwest.

$25 Gift Card to Scheels

Located off of 135th Street between Metcalf and Nall, Scheels is a sporting goods store that offers clothing, sports apparel and gear, home goods, pet goods, camping and fishing gear, and SO much more. Their expansive two story building features an aquarium, indoor ferris wheel, restaurant, mini-bowling alley, playground for the kids, and more.

We’ll wrap up our big Autumn giveaway just in time for the holidays – and we’re excited that one of you will enjoy a family gift from our team here at iFamilyKC!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

It’s the LAST weekend for the KC Renaissance Festival!  If you haven’t been yet, here are just a few reasons you should!

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Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

If you’re looking for something a fun autumn family activity, I highly recommend loading up the SUV and heading to the Renaissance Festival.  There are many reasons I love the festival, but here are my top five:

5) To get some (relatively) fresh air.  

Too many of our children spend all of their free time glued to electronic devices.    The only trees and grass they experience are the pixelated versions they have created on Minecraft.  The Renaissance Festival (link “renaissance festival” to www.kcrenfest.com) is completely outside, with the exception of a few of the shops, and the first aid area (which, unfortunately I have visited several times in the last few years.)

4) It gives everybody a chance to stretch their legs. 

You’ll get plenty of exercise, walking from booth to booth, and between shows.  There is also free kids’ area where kids can run, jump, climb and slide.   It’s a great way to burn calories, which you will need to do because of number 8.

3) The food! 

My favorite Renaissance festival food is the apple dumpling.  Who doesn’t love a deep-fried apple, served with ice cream and caramel syrup?  If apple dumplings are not your thing, there are plenty of festival favorites.  You can get deep fried everything, from cauliflower to cookies.  I rarely leave any festival without trying a funnel cake…but without a doubt, the Renaissance Festival’s most popular food item is the Turkey leg.  There is nothing cuter than watching a tiny person try to eat a giant turkey leg.

2) The shows!  

There are gymnastic feats and acrobats, people hula-hooping with fire, and some of the funniest pub songs you will ever hear.   Take your kids to watch a jousting match and let them cheer for their favorite knight.  The shows also serve as a great way to rest your well-exercised legs between stretches of walking.

1) Character Bingo. 

Collect a bingo card at the gate, and let each of the characters you meet sign mark your card.   There’s a prize for winning bingo cards at the end of the game. It will keep your children observant for the day, but there’s also a secret history lesson.  The actors are not supposed to break character have researched their roles.   Last weekend, Queen Isabella, explained told my daughter each of her official royal titles.  It was impressive.

Seriously, there are games and shops, and for the second year, an Escape Room.  It is fun for the whole family.

From iFamily to Yours,

 

Gabrielle