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Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN: Jacob L. Loose Park!

Welcome to Loose Park!

Just because it’s Fall, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors.

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

 

One place to enjoy with the kids this Autumn is Jacob L. Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Located off Wornall Road, you’ve probably driven by this gorgeous park dozens of times. While you can admire certain attributes of Loose Park from afar, you may not know what lies behind the tree-lined entrance of this grand park. Before your family heads out for a leisurely walk or a day of play, here is the need-to-know information about Loose Park!

Loose Park Guide

First, a Little Loose Park History

Loose Park is the third-largest in Kansas City. The park was, “ a major site for the Battle of Westport where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. It is estimated that 29,000 people were involved in the battle. The property at that time was owned by William Bent, a man who led wagon trains and traded with the Indians.” -KCPARKS.ORG. 

The park property was originally used as part of a golf course, until 1926 when Ella Loose bought the property. Ella purchased it to create a park in honor of her husband, Jacob Loose. In 1927, she gave the park to the City so all Kansas City families could enjoy the park’s beauty. Jacob Loose founded the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company and died in 1923.

 

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

 

Park Features YOUR Family will Enjoy

At just about 75 acres, Loose Park is one of the largest and, in my opinion, best parks in Kansas City for all ages and lifestyles. If your family is active, you can enjoy a spacious playground & green space, a volleyball court, tennis courts and (in the summer months) a spray ground!

My kids love the playground! Especially because of the sand pit and mini rock wall. Not to mention, I enjoy the swings as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to play in the spray ground (pictured above), but it looks perfect for smaller kids!

 

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

 

If your family enjoys spending time watching birds, taking in the scenery, or enjoying a leisurely stroll Loose Park has more than enough room. You can explore the Kansas City Municipal Rose Garden, walk along park wide trails or sit and look over the lake.

There are plenty of benches spread throughout the park. During the Fall, the fountains may not always be on, but it still is a sight to see! Just ask the dog that jumped in to get a fish last week!

 

Loose Park Guide - Kanas City, Missouri

 

During Fall months, Loose Park is ideal for family photos and relaxing picnics as well. The scenery makes for great Fall photos of the family. I love taking my camera to the park and snapping photos of my kids. Loose Park is the perfect backdrop, especially during the Fall with the leaves changing colors.

 

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

 

Whether you are looking to get out and play or enjoy the scenery, consider heading to Jacob L. Loose Park! The park is open everyday from 5am to midnight, so you can definitely make a day out of it! Happy trails!

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Loose Park is a fun place for a picnic in Kansas City! LOTS of space to run and play.
  • Recycling is NOW available at Loose Park – Be sure to protect the environment during your visit.
  • Shelter rentals at the park are available May through October each year. Book early so you don’t miss out!
  • The park opens at 5am, so if you’re on the hunt for an early morning outdoor jog – Check it out!
  • Don’t forget to check out the Rose Garden at Loose Park!
  • Visit the park in the Summer- the kids can play in the Splash Park!

Jacob L. Loose Park is located at: 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112

Do you have tips or questions about the park?! Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

From iFamily to Yours,


4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

In celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, take a look at these 4 yummy recipes from Bridgette!

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4 Fun Family Recipes to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

Now, if there is one celebration I can get behind… it’s the celebration of peanut butter! I personally am a peanut butter lover (as are most Americans), and if there is a way that I can sneak some good old p.b. in a recipe, I’m game!

Peanut butter may be loved by many but, sadly, not all can enjoy it due to allergies. So, keep in mind all of these recipes can be substituted for other nut butters. According to peanutbutterlovers.com, Americans will consume more the 65 million pounds of peanut butter this month. That is A LOT of peanut butter! So, in honor of National Peanut Butter month, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite (and easy) peanut butter recipes!

 

#1 Peanut Butter Sushi 

Peanut Butter SUSHI?! It’s not what you think! My kids love this and it is such a fun snack or lunch idea! All you need is whole wheat bread, peanut butter, bananas and honey (optional).

  • Cut crust off two slices of bread. Lay edge of one slice on top of the other. Using a rolling pin, flatten the two pieces of bread.
  • Spread peanut butter evenly across the bread
  • Place one peeled banana at top and roll tightly.
  • Slice banana into “sushi rolls”

 

#2 Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies can really be enjoyed ANY time of day. These are one of our go to snacks especially when we need to use up some bananas! All you need is oatmeal, bananas, peanut butter and chocolate chips.

  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • 4 really ripe bananas
  • 3 tbsp. of peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips

Mash bananas until there are minimal lumps. Then add in oatmeal in parts to while mixing to make sure all the oats are covered. Add peanut butter and chocolate chips into the mixture. Spoon “cookie mix” onto baking sheet and press to even out. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. I recommend making as many as you can because these will go… FAST!

 

#3 Peanut Butter Smoothie 

One smoothie that is every peanut butter lover’s dream!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 serving chocolate protein powder
  • Ice

In a mixer, add 1 serving of protein powder (usually 1 scoop), 1 cup of almond milk, peanut butter and ice. Blend until smooth. If you want to change the consistency, you can add ½ banana (for thicker) or more almond milk (thinner)to your smoothie.

 

#4 Peanut Butter Treats 

We all know and love the classic Rice Krispy Treats! They are a staple treat for every childhood, picnic and sweet tooth. But for all my peanut butter lovers out there, this is a peanut buttery twist on a classic!

  • 1 Bag of marshmallows
  • 1 box of FROSTED Rice Krispies
  • 4 tbs of butter
  • ½ cup of peanut butter

Heat butter and marshmallows in pan until melted. Add peanut butter and stir until smooth. Add in 4 cups of Rice Krispies and stir until covered. Lightly spray cake pan with cooking spray and add the mixture. Smooth out mixture until even. Allow treats to cool before cutting and serving.

Well there you have it! My absolute favorite peanut butter recipes! What are your family’s favorite peanut butter recipes? Let us know so we can try them! Looking for more fun on the go?! Connect with iFamilyKC for family fun, recipes and ideas, and more!

From iFamily to Yours,