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Bionihilator Carpet & Hardwood Floor Cleaners: Get Rid of Stains!

Messes are unavoidable. Kids spill juice, animals pee on the carpet…parents really don’t get a break. Until now! BIO-NIHILATOR™ is here to clean up your stains for good.

Specially formulated by carpet cleaners, these carpet & hardwood cleaners will effectively get rid of your family’s and pets’ stains. (I would know…we have daily stains in this house.)

Need it now? You can purchase BIO-NIHILATOR™ online or find a local, authorized retailer in Kansas City.



Get Rid of Stains…Really

BIO-NIHILATOR™ offers a carpet cleaner and a hardwood floor cleaner to tackle both kinds of stains.  BIO-NIHILATOR™ uses bio based, environmentally safe ingredients to effectively clean fecal matter, urine and vomit stains, while offering a natural and pleasant fragrance. There are no strong smells or odors either.


Professional Strength Cleaners – Environmentally Safe

Clean with true Professional Strength products that are also ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE. It is important to keep our kids safe and this product does just that. While cleaning your stains!

Professional carpet cleaners developed BIO-NIHILATOR™ when an effective solution couldn’t be found. For years they used professional strength enzymes already on the market, but had mixed results. AFC Cleaning & Restoration (the carpet-cleaner-creators of BIO-NIHILATOR™) was often called to clean homes to clean tough pet stain and odor issues, so they had to find a solution.

The carpet cleaners began creating their own uniquely compounded products, which turned out to be more effective. Faster, with better results. And so, BIO-NIHILATOR™ was born!

BIO-NIHILATOR™ wants to share their cleaning powers with the world, so they bottled their special sauce for you to use in YOUR home. 🙂

Find both a carpet cleaner & hardwood floor cleaner to tackle any stain your pets and family throw your way. You can purchase BIO-NIHILATOR™ online  or find a local, authorized retailer in Kansas City.

Easter Brunch Ideas Throughout Kansas City [& Easter Services too!]

Easter is here and it’s time to eat! But it’s hard to come up with great Easter brunch ideas to whip up at home…not to mention finding the time. So, don’t spend hours in the kitchen, we’ve got the Easter scoop below!

Easter Brunch Options and Easter Services happening all over Kansas City Metro


Easter service & brunch are traditions for many families in Kansas City. Find tons of great KC restaurants & other places around town to enjoy Easter brunch with your family.  We even linked to each site so you can easily find the menus. (We’ve had a couple picky eaters in our family too…)  And we’ve also gathered over 30 Easter Egg Hunts & Activities around town too.


Easter Brunch Ideas Around Kansas City:


Saturday, March 31st:

Family Frolic Brunch at Powell Gardens


Sunday, April 1st:

Stroud’s Easter Carry Out Special, good at Overland Park and Fairway locations. $39, orders must be placed online by 3pm March 31st.

Gregory’s Sunday Brunch, Raymore, MO

Nelson-Atkins Museum Easter Brunch

Trezo Mare Brunch Buffet

McCormick & Schmicks Sunday Brunch

Blue Moose Lenexa Brunch

Blue Moose Prairie Village Brunch

Avenue Bistro Brunch

Eddie V’s Easter Brunch

J. Gilbert’s Easter Brunch

Ophelias Brunch

Easter Brunch at Pierpont’s

Webster House Easter Brunch

Grace Fellowship Brunch

Sinclair’s Restaurant Blue Springs Easter Brunch Buffet

Sullivan’s Easter Dinner

Pinstripes Easter Brunch

Kemper Museum of Art Sunday Brunch

Hereford House Brunch

JaxFish Fresh Seafood Brunch

Harvey’s at Union Station, Easter Brunch

Fogo de Chao Easter Dinner all day

Capital Grille Easter Brunch

Stock Hill KC Easter Brunch

The J Bar Brunch

Lidias Easter Brunch

Hotel Phillips Brunch

TomFooleries Brunch

Rye KC Easter Brunch

Brunch at Parker at the Fountaine

Piropos Brunch

The Oliver KC Easter Brunch

Garozzo’s Lee’s Summit Brunch Specials

Garozzo’s Overland Park Brunch Specials 

Tavern at Mission Farms Easter Brunch Buffet

Gram & Dun Brunch for Easter

Barley’s Kitchen + Tap Shawnee Brunch

Barley’s Kitchen + Tap 119th St. Easter Brunch

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway Brunch

The American  Brunch


Easter Services Throughout KC:

Johnson Farms will once again host Lord of Love Lutheran Church Pastor Megann Prosser-Gephardt in an Easter Sunrise Service at the farm on Sunday, April 1, beginning at 6:30 am. All are welcome to attend. This family friendly service will be held in a sheltered area rain or shine with acoustic accompaniment to the blended traditional and contemporary service. Arrive quietly in the dark of the morning and be filled with the light of the Resurrection, and the assurance of life everlasting, because He lives. Donuts and coffee and water will be served. Please dress appropriately for outside temps. Johnson Farm’s web site is under construction, so it may not reflect the Easter Service details, but it is definitely scheduled.

Vineyard Church, 3 locations

Country Club Christian Church

Eagle Creek Church, Lee’s Summit & Harrisonville

Grace Church, Overland Park

The Cause Church, KC and North KC

Grace United Church, Olathe

LifeQuest Church Belton, MO

Church of the Four Corners, Independence MO

Pleasant Valley Church, Liberty MO

The Road Church, Blue Springs, MO

Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Life Mission, Olathe, KS

Westside Family Church, Lenexa and Kansas City, KS

Hillcrest Christian Church, Overland Park, KS

Community Christian Church, KCMO

Legacy Christian Church, 5 locations

Blue Springs Christian Church, Blue Springs, MO


We hope your family enjoys this Easter season. Spread the word, bookmark it too!

Would you like to have your Easter Brunch or Easter Service listed? Just email us with all of the details.

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33 Fun Kansas City Easter Egg Hunts for 2018 [In & Around KC]

Spring is around the corner (hopefully…). One Spring activity every family looks forward to is the Easter egg hunt! There are tons of great Easter egg hunts in Kansas City, as well as the surrounding areas. But how do you find the best without scouring the internet…?

We compiled the list of local Easter egg hunts and festivities – just for you! So, get out those calendars and find the perfect hunt for your family this Easter season.

Best Easter Egg Hunts in Kansas City

We searched the city so you don’t have to! Here’s an awesome list of 33 Easter Egg Hunts happening in and around Kansas City.

Have you made reservations for Easter Brunch? Need ideas for alternative Easter basket fillers? Or are you looking for an Easter service? We’ve got those gathered for you too!


Easter Egg Hunts Near Me:

Happy Huntin’ 🙂


Saturday March 23

Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt: Gladstone 7-9pm

Happy Rock Park,

76th & Antioch, Gladstone, MO.



Saturday March 24th

Community Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Hobbs Park

702 East 11th Street

Lawrence, KS 66044


Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt Train

10:00 AM. 1:00 & 3:30

Mar 24,25 & 31

Baldwin City, KS


Easter Eggstravaganza (10:00 am-1:00 pm)

Faith Chapel

840 N. Metcalf

Louisburg, KS 66053


Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Church of the Resurrection

13720 Roe Ave.

Leawood, KS 66224


City Wide Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Liberty Memorial

100 W. 26th St.

Kansas City, MO 64108


Easter Egg-Stravaganza (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Rotary Park

600 NW Vesper St.

Blue Springs, MO


Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am-12:30 pm)

St. John’s UMC

6900 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO


Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Burlington Creek

NW 63rd Terrace

Kansas City, MO 64151


Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt (7:00 pm-9:00 pm)

Hidden Valley Park

6500 NW Valley View Rd.

Blue Springs, MO


Community Egg Hunt 10am-Noon

Crosspoints Church

6824 Lackman Rd,

Shawnee, KS


Brunch with the Bunny: Merriam 10-11:30am

Irene B. French Community Center,

5701 Merriam Dr.,

Merriam, KS.


Easter Egg Hunt: Grandview  10am-Noon

Shalimar Park Ball Fields,

7200 E. 155th Street,

Grandview, MO


Spring Jamboree & Egg Hunt  10am-Noon

Shoal Creek Living History Museum,

7000 NE Barry Rd,

Kansas City, MO.


City Wide Easter Egg Hunt in KC 10am-Noon

National World War 1 Museum and Memorial,

2 Memorial Dr.,

Kansas City, MO.


Belton Easter Egg Hunt 10-11:15am

Belton Memorial Park,

602 Maurer Pkwy,

Belton, MO.


Pancake Breakfast with the Bunny & Egg Hunt 8-11am

Turner Recreation Commission,

Breakfast is $4-$5, 3 and under Free

831 S 55th St,

Kansas City, KS.


Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt  10am-1:30pm

Antioch Park,

6501 Antioch Road,

Merriam, KS.

$13 per person ($15 non-resident)

$31 for a family-four or less ($34 non-resident).


Sunday March 25

Southeast Spring Egg Hunt 2018 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Southeast Community Center,

4201 E. 63rd Street,

Kansas City, MO.


North Star Church Easter Egg Hunt (12:00 pm-2:00 pm)

Liberty Oaks Elementary

8150 N. Farley Ave

Kansas City, MO 64158


Saturday March 31

Kids Mud Run and Egg Hunt 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

707 S 1st St

707 South 1st Street

Odessa, MO 64076


Raymore Easter Festival (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Memorial Park

400 S. Park Lane

Raymore, MO


Easter Egg Hunt (11:00 am-1:00 pm)

Louisburg Cider Mill

14730 K68 Highway

Louisburg, KS


Easter Pancake Celebration (9:00 am-11:00 am)

Crossroads Christian Church

5855 Renner Rd.

Shawnee, KS 66217


Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast (10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Woods Chapel Church Blue Springs

3609 SW State Route 7

Blue Springs, MO 64014


Easter Egg Hunt (10:00 am-2:00 pm)

Oaklawn Christian Montessori School

20720 W. 47th St.

Shawnee, KS 66218


Egg-Extravaganza Noon -1pm

Mid-Continent Public Library –

Raytown Branch,

6131 Raytown Road,

Raytown, MO.


Egg Hunt: Shawnee Indian Mission 9:30-10:30am

Shawnee Indian Mission Museum,

3403 W 53rd St,

Fairway, KS.


Easter Eggstravaganza 10am-Noon

Cook Center | MidAmerica Nazarene University

2030 E College Way,

Olathe, KS


Easter Egg Hunt: Bonner Springs 9-10am

North Park Soccer Fields,

1200 South 134th Street,

Bonner Springs, KS.


Easter Egg Hunt: Open Door Bible Baptist 10am-1pm

Open Door Bible Baptist Church,

4300 NE Parvin Rd,

Kansas City, MO.


Raymore Easter Festival 9:45am-Noon

Memorial Park,

400 S Park Ln,

Raymore, MO.


Sensory Safe Easter Egg Hunt 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque

601 E St. Louis St.

Springfield, MO 65806


Finding Easter egg hunts near me can be a hassle, but we hope your family enjoys at least one Easter Egg Hunt on our list. There is truly something for every family, right here is the KC metro. So, get out there and find those eggs, (and don’t forget to snap some pictures). Happy Easter Egg Huntin’!

If there’s one we missed, email us and let us know the scoop.

From iFamilyKC to your family,

Brigette, iFamilyKC Mom Squad

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Easter Basket Ideas for Every Family [Candy Alternatives too!]

Easter is nearly here and the hunt for Easter baskets & things to fill them has begun. Every year my kiddos look forward to Easter egg hunts in the yard & coming down to an overflowing basket sitting on the hearth. There are many varieties of basket themes and fillers; traditional Easter baskets, religious baskets, and some are just for fun.

43 Easter Basket Filler Ideas

Every parent could use Easter inspiration!

Enjoy the season with loved ones without gorging your kids on candy. Find inspiration for the perfect Easter basket for your family below. Happy Hunting!


The religious basket

If you want to focus on the origin of the Easter holiday then this basket is for you. We found kid friendly things that keep the spirit of the season. Bring some joy and learning to your morning with our basket suggestions:


  1. Resurrection Eggs-In this package you will receive 12 eggs that you can either put in the basket for learning or you can set them out for the morning hunt. Inside each egg is a religious trinket. The package also comes with some reading material describing the story of Easter. This great item is prepared by Family Life.
  2. The Beginner’s Bible: Come celebrate Easter sticker and activity book-This fun item is fun for elementary age kids. Find this item, written by Kelly Pulley.
  3. The Glow in the dark religious Easter Egg hunting kit-This kit is said to help your child find the ‘light of Jesus’. It comes with glow eggs with stuffers, religious sayings, and an Easter DVD.
  4. He Lives! Finger puppets- These would be a fun learning toy to go along with any basket. Your kids can have lots of fun reenacting the Easter Story. You can check out this item by Fun Express.
  5. My First Rosary An item ideal for babies and toddlers that can be played with and chewed on. It gives your tiny little loves a first exposure to the Rosary by Sacred Heart Toys.
  6. Catholic Baby’s touch and feel book This book written by James m Cafone is a great item for your little one and a great way to introduce early literacy skills.
  7. Personalized Fabric tote bags– These are great for your kids because they are multi-purpose and can be reused for other occasions. There are several designs to choose from.


Easter Egg Themed Baskets

This basket focuses on everything related to Easter eggs; ideas for decorating and incorporating them in an Easter basket.


  1. Faux eggs to dye If you are looking for some eggs that don’t have to be boiled or eaten then these would be a great alternative. They are ready to go and made from plastic so they can be used as decorations.
  2. DIY Egg shaped string basket- This basket is a fun thing that you and your kids could prepare in advance and set out for Easter morning. Here are the directions.
  3. Egg shaped toys, puppets, tattoos, stickers and more at US Toy – in the store AND online at USToy.com and save 15% on your purchase with coupon code 18IF03.  Give the code at the store or enter at checkout online, and get free shipping on orders over $35 online. Monthly coupon is always available here.
  4. Easter Egg Fry Rings If you want to have eggs for breakfast with fun shapes then check out these fry rings from Williams Sonoma. These are a cute addition for the little chef in your family.
  5. Unpainted Wooden Nesting Dolls- If you are familiar with the Russian nesting dolls then you might enjoy this activity. These pre-cut wooden dolls are blank so you and your kids can paint and customize them. Afterward, your child will have hours of fun stacking and unstacking the dolls while building up their problem solving skills!
  6. Egg Shaped Easter Chalk- This one is for your little artist. The chalk is large and perfect for any size hand. Kids can then have a great time making doodles all over the sidewalk.


The Candy Easter Basket

This doesn’t mean you give the kids an endless supply of candy. For this one, I got a bit more creative.


  1. Candy Craft Chocolate Pen with molds- This is a kit that allows for some creativity. While the outcome will be candy, your kids will be involved in the process of creating it. Once they create the candy, then you can have gifts for the entire family.
  2. Color Scented Smencils- These pencils have a candy scented smell and would go create with a fun coloring book.
  3. Shopkins Coloring Book- If your kid is into these characters then it will be a great accomplice with the Smencils.
  4. Chocolate Scented Erasers- What are pencils without erasers? These erasers smell like chocolate and will be fun to add to this basket.
  5. Candy Chemistry- Add a little bit of science to your basket with this candy making science kit. They will learn about the chemistry involved in cooking and make some really fun treats!
  6. Playdoh Sweet Shoppe Colorful Candy box-This is a fun playdoh kit that your kids can use to make candy that won’t be eaten. There are many accessories to create different shapes and types. What a great way to avoid the sugar at Easter but still have some candy fun!


The Little Chef Cooking Easter Basket

So often our little ones observe us cooking and preparing meals but giving them their own tools can get them involved and learn some valuable life skills!


  1. Find great cooking items that would be perfect for this basket at curiouschef.com. (Measuring spoons, Nylon kids knives, mixing utensils, mitt sets, aprons that include utensil sets and little chef hats)
  2. Babycakes Cake Pop Maker- If your kids love cake pops then this would be a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen.
  3. Plant a Pizza Garden- This is a spring friendly kit that gets your kids started on growing some of the items you need for a pizza.
  4. Melissa and Doug Play Food Cutting Set- For the little ones that aren’t quite ready for the kitchen then this play set it perfect. Kids can pretend to chop wooden foods and prepare them for a tasty feast.
  5. Melissa and Doug Sushi Slicing Wooden play food kit- This kit looks fun. Do we have any little sushi lovers out there?
  6. Disney Related Cookbooks for afterschool snacks- This 4 piece book set will give your family some fun ideas for things you can make at home relating to favorite characters!


The Homemade Basket

A fun way to prepare an Easter basket without buying pricey toys or other store bought items.


  1. No Cook Homemade PlaydohHere is a quick recipe that you can prepare for the basket or you can separate the ingredients so your kids can prepare it themselves!
  2. Easter CraftsIf you want to set aside some craft supplies then your little ones can make some fun crafts. Here are 40+ homemade craft ideas.
  3. DIY Treats: If you are looking for a sweet treat to add to the basket as an alternative to candy then here is a link with some fun treats that you can prepare without too much effort.
  4. DIY Stuffed Animals: If you are curious about making your own Easter animals then check out this link for some patterns. These cute gifts will be a great addition to any basket.
  5. Painted Rocks- If you want to get a little artsy then add in some rocks, paints and brushes to the basket for some crafty fun.
  6. Finger Painted Flower Pots- Prepare for spring with these pots. Add in a flower pot, paints, dirt and seeds into your child’s basket for some growing fun.


The Easter Bunny Basket

This basket idea is inspired by no other than the Easter Bunny himself. Check out these ideas!


  1. Bunny Easter Tote bagsThese tote bags will be eggcellent for holding those colorful eggs. There are a few different styles but I liked the burlap version best.
  2. Peter Rabbit This bunny is would be a cute addition to the basket and a fun new bedtime friend.
  3. Reeces Pieces Easter Candy Carrot Bag- Carrot shaped bags of candy are a fun bunny friendly treat.
  4. Give an Easter Movie– An Easter related movie such as Hop or It’s the Easter Beagle Charlie Brown would be a fun addition to the basket.
  5. Give an Easter Bunny Book-You can gift The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter or The Easter Egg by Jan Brett.
  6. Easter MadlibsMadlibs are not only fun but great for learning too. Here is the link:


Sensory Easter Basket

For kiddos that benefit from extra sensory input, check out these sensory based basket ideas that are both fun and beneficial!


  1. Sensory play bag-Fill up an Easter or zip lock bag with related items such as grass, eggs, chick toys, scoopers..etc that can be used in a bucket or sensory tray with water.
  2. Tactile Easter BookYou can buy a touch and feel book or you can make your own using everyday items with an Easter theme. Here is a link to an egg based book idea for Braille readers. However, it can be adapted for anyone.
  3. Decorate Tactile Easter Eggs-Here is a great idea for kids with visual disabilities but it can also be a great activities for kids with sensory needs.
  4. Edible Peeps Playdoh-Here is a fun recipe for sensory play that is safe and edible for little explorers.
  5. Spring Flower Rubber Ducky Set- Perfect for bath time and for sensory water play. Check it out!
  6. Funky Egg Splat Ball- This item is great for stress relief and sensory exploration.

Easter is right around the corner and one of these ideas are sure to brighten that special morning! We hope your family has a great Easter, surrounded with loved ones. 🙂


Until next time,

Mommy Ruby


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The 25 Best Places for the Family Photos in Kansas City [Picture Time!]

When it comes to finding the perfect place for family photos, picturesque locations are in no short supply around Kansas City. From the stunning scenery in Loose Park, to the beautiful city views at Liberty Memorial, KC truly offers the perfect backdrop for every family.

But what parents have time to search for the best photo spot…? I can’t find 30 minutes to shower in peace, let alone time to search the internet. But hey, do it for the memories. Right?

Your hunt is over! Mom Squader Leah explored KC to find 25 picture perfect locations for beautiful photos with the fam. So, stop searching the internet and scroll on down to find picture perfect locations all across the metro. Take a look…


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Picture Time….Say Cheese!

It’s no surprise that Kansas City is filled with endless picture possibilities, but do you know them all? My quest for the perfect family photo led me to discover many new places around the metro I would love to share with you! Every parent and grandparent wants to best family photos, so grab your camera (or your phone) and head to these beautiful locations around KC. There is something for everyone!


Explore the Most Beautiful Family Photo Places in Kansas City

A list of the Best Picture Places in Kansas City. They all have one thing in common: they’re fabulous places to take your family pictures. 


 #1 Burr Oak Woods Conservation (Blue Springs)
family pictures kansas city

Burr Oak Woods is a great place to hike and explore, but also take family photos! They have a nature center that offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, picnic areas, six hiking trails, viewing decks, and bridges. Burr Oaks offers many family oriented activities to do in the summer. Visit their website to find location, hours, activities, & all the info you need.


 #2 Lake Remembrance (Blue Springs)Family Pictures Kansas City

I absolutely love Lake Remembrance. You can take the family  for a picnic, fishing, scavenger hunt, bike ride, walk, or a jog. There are three walking trails to choose from as well as a dog park. Lake Remembrance has such beautiful views and is so peaceful. I like to go there and escape day to day stress by just breathing in it’s beauty. Learn more about the lake at their site.


#3 Rotary Park at Railroad Lake (Blue Springs)Family Pictures Kansas City

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is such a pretty place for family photos. Throughout the summer  it hosts free summer concerts in the park. Take advantage of them for some free fun. Rotary Park is a total of 12 acres and is located in central Blue Springs. There are two playgrounds, a walking trail that surrounds a small lake, tennis courts, and a basketball court.


#4 Powell Gardens  (Kingsville)
Family Pictures Kansas City

This 915-acre botanical garden is open to the public and does cost a fee to enter . However, it is worth it. They offer countless activities  for the entire family. There really isn’t a place in Powell Gardens that isn’t picture perfect. I highly recommend you go there and make a day out of it. You could play “I spy,” go on a self -made “treasure quest,” or make a list of items to find. The options are endless.


#5 Unity Village  (Just Outside Lee’s Summit)

best places to take a picture

Unity Village is absolutely breathtaking. It truly is one of the most serene places I have ever been. You can find peace in one of the many gardens, get lost in the landscaping, or  relax  at  one of several fountains. I have photographed my niece there for her prom as well as enjoyed picnics there with a dear friend. I highly recommend you check out Unity Village if you have not yet.


 #6 Kansas City River Market (Kansas City)

There are more than 25 merchants, markets, grocers & shops. The City Market is so much fun. It allows you to travel the world without a passport. I could get lost there. There are so many amazing  places to eat, beautiful fresh flowers for sell, cultures from all around the world, and just beautiful people in general. I love showing my son all the family ran produce stands. However, my favorite thing to do there is to taste food that is made by hand, passed down from generation to generation.


#7 Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)

best places to take a picture

What is not to love about the County Club Plaza? There are high end shops, food prepared by world class Chefs, an amazing toy store, live music, carriage rides, and fountains galore! We love going there and making a whole day of it. I encourage you to get out there and explore The Plaza together.


#8 West Bottoms (Kansas City)

The popular West Bottoms’ stores and restaurants offer one-of-a kind quality vintage items, antiques and lots of places to find great gifts . There are so many cool places tucked away waiting for you to find them. The West Bottoms offers artistic architectural views, hip and fun locally owned shops, and lots of unique places to take photos.


#9 Loose Park (Kansas City)

Best places to take a picture

Loose Park is the third largest park in Kansas City. The  rose garden at Loose Park is worth the visit alone. There are so many great things to say about Loose Park. The Rose Garden and ponds are perfect family photo opportunities. The beauty it carries is rare to anything else in the area. The park is perfect for playing Frisbee, catching a live  drum circle in action, watching the geese in the pond , letting the kids play, eating lunch while people watching, etc. Loose Park is a Kansas City staple.


#10 Nelson Atkins Art Museum Of Art (Kansas City)

The Best Places for Family Photos in Kansas City

The Nelson is such a remarkable asset to Kansas City. It provides so many opportunities to bond as a family. The outside area is ideal for taking family photos.  I think sometimes people forget about what a great place this is. Not only is The Nelson aesthetically beautiful it is a necessity to show to your children. Most children see the beauty in art and see it as inspirational.


#11 Union Station (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photos Spots in Kansas City
There is something almost magical about Union Station. It maybe the nostalgic charm that comes from the history of so many people who have stepped foot there before me. I like to sit on the former train station benches and think back of what it used to be like there. I can imagine lots of busy travelers, people kissing their families goodbye, people excited to return home, etc. Whatever it is I feel it takes me over every time I am there.  I honestly could get lost in the beauty Union Station holds. It has an exotic beauty that is so classy. What better place to take a family photo.


#12 National WW1 Museum & Liberty Memorial (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

The Liberty Memorial, located at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, is a memorial to service men and women who served in World War I. The museum overlooks downtown Kansas City; the perfect backdrop for family photos! Stand atop the overlook to see a vast Kansas City skyline. 


#13 Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

One of my favorite things about Kansas City is the passion we have to see others succeed. The love Kansas City has for The Royals is evident everywhere you look. Their story is a true example of where hard work and determination leads you. Why not take the opportunity to express your love for the team by taking a picture in front of the stadium ? Although many of the Royals billboards displayed around town will never be as cool as the “Salvy” billboard there are still many to choose from. What a great idea for your next Christmas card.


#14 Briarcliff Waterfall Park (Riverside)

Come enjoy the lovely waterfall and capture beautiful pictures of your family. The waterfalls are the perfect backdrop for your next family photo op!


#15 Old Downtown Overland Park

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Old Downtown Overland Park equals charm. It is a great place to spend the day, go shopping, bring out of town guests, or eat brunch at. You can take cooking classes, art classes, explore an awesome art gallery, have yummy desserts, smell fresh spices, run through kid friendly fountains, go to the local farmers market, etc. There is so much to do there.


#16 South Lake Park (Overland Park)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

South Lake Park holds a special place in my heart. It is the park I walked around while I was pregnant with my son. I also had his first three birthday parties there. It is a gorgeous park that is literally centered around a lake. South Lake park offers picnic areas, a play ground, basketball courts, and beautiful place to walk.


#17 Prairiefire (Overland Park)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

I personally have not been inside of the Museum at Prairiefire. I’ve just been awestruck by the beauty of the outside of it. I have seen many people make the drive simply to see the building itself. I have heard a lot of great things about the museum. Their stained glass wall is perfect for your family photos.


#18 Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park)

The Top Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Deanna Rose is a child favorite among many. Children can feed animals, go fishing,  go” mining”, ride horses, and much more. The amount of fun your child can have  is  endless. What a great place to take personality reflecting photos of your children.


#19 Shawnee Mission Park (Lenexa)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. The beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, family photos and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina. Please see the SMP website for more information.

 #20 James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area (Lee’s Summit)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Expansive woodland & wetland hunting grounds features picnic spots, trails & fishing lakes & ponds.


#21 Antioch Park (Merriam)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

A 44-acre park featuring a playground, 2 fishing lakes, tennis & basketball courts, trails & shelters. There are many great places for your family to take photos! Come explore today.


#22 Lake Olathe Park

Lake Olathe is vast, with tons of different areas for pictures. The park has a playground to keep the kids entertained and smiling (we all know the struggles of a screaming child during pictures) and trails to walk. Find many choices for cool forests and creeks. And of course, there is the lake!


#23 English Landing Park (Parkville)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

English Landing Park is a 68-acre facility with several amenities, including; 3 miles of walking trails, a large playground area, a boat ramp, picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, and a disc golf course. This park is sure to satisfy anyone wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors. English Landing Park attracts a wide variety of users from bicyclists to walking or running enthusiasts; there is a recreation outlet for all to enjoy. Or the perfect natural backdrop for family photos;)


#24 Tryst Falls Park (Excelsior Springs)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables. Grab your family and capture adorable family photos you will treasure forever.

#25 Watkins Mill State Park (Lawson)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Fascinating intact civil war era factory and farm. Wonderful camping grounds as well as a great walking and biking trail around a beautiful lake. There are many great events like campground trick or treating and living history events. Check out reviews of Watkins Mill for more info.

If you have a strong desire to capture great family photos, just go to a place that allows your family to simply be your family.  I hope through this article you’re able to find just that place. Thank you to all of the people who helped make this article possible.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Winners of our iFamilyKC Readers’ Favorites Awards [Best of KC]

Congratulations to all the WINNERS of our iFamilyKC Readers Favorites 2018 Awards! After thousands of votes, below are the entities that our readers voted #1 in each category.

Winner of iFamilyKC Readers' Favorites

Stay tuned for our official Awards Guide with more details.  It will be provided online, on our social media platforms, in our eNews  AND in print in our May 2018 issue of iFamilyKC. Winners, want to upgrade your listing? Email us today and let us know you want to reserve your upgraded spot.


AC Repair A.B. May
Plumber Bob Hamilton
Appliance Repair A.B. May
Best Consignment Shop Once Upon A Child
Best Pop Up Consignment Sale Just Between Friends
Electrician AB Electrical
Handyman Handyman Connection
Lawn Care Ryan’s Lawn & Tree
Place to Give Birth Shawnee Mission Medical Center
ER for Children Children’s Mercy
ER for Adults St. Lukes
Urgent Care for Children Children’s Mercy
Urgent Care for Adults St. Luke’s
ENT Children’s Mercy
Allergist Children’s Mercy Allergy Clinic
Pediatrician Pediatric Care Specialists
Dermatologist Kansas City Dermatology
Chiropractor Gray Chiropractic
Doula Welcome Baby KC
3D Sonogram Prenatal Imaging
Local Baby Store Babies-R-Us
Local Toy Store Toys-R-Us
Local Children’s Boutique Wild Child
Local Women’s Boutique TeaElla
Farmer’s Market City Market in the River Market
Family Restaurant Texas Roadhouse
Coffee House Starbucks
Mexican Restaurant Mi Ranchito
Chinese Restaurant Bo Lings
Brunch Big Biscuit
Sushi Kona Grill
Seafood McCormick & Schmick’s
BBQ Jack Stack
Fried Chicken Stroud’s
Donuts Lamar’s Donuts & Coffee
Bakery Hy-Vee
Pizza Minsky’s
Photographer for Family Portraits Amber Nixon Photography
Hair Salon for Kids Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids
Hair Salon for Adults Beauty Brands
Massage Massage Envy
Spa The Elms Hotel & Spa
Nail Salon Nail Perfection
Pediatric Dentist Jenkins & LeBlanc
Family Dentist Preferred Dental
Orthodontist Fry Orthodontics
Family Friendly Festival RenFest
Ceramics or Pottery Place Paint, Glaze, and Fire
Indoor Play Place Sky Zone
Movie Theater AMC
Enrichment Program Mad Science
Playground Penguin Park
Workout / Fitness Center Planet Fitness
Library with the Best Children’s Programs Mid-Continent Public Library
Gymnastics Emerald City Gym
Dance Studio Diane’s School of Dance
Sports Programs YMCA
Martial Arts Elite Martial Arts
Drama Classes Storybook Theatre
Art Classes Paint, Glaze, and Fire
Summer Sports Camps Sky Zone
Toddler Play Place Monkey Bizness
Summer Theater Camp The Theatre in the Park
Swim Lessons YMCA
Private School Oakhill Day School
Daycare LaPetite Academy
Preschool The Montessori Academy
Mom’s Day Out / Part Time Preschool Brookridge Day School
Montessori School The Montessori Academy
Birthday Cake Costco
Birthday Party Place Main Event
Party Entertainment Sky Zone
Bounce House Pump It Up
Best Local Place to Buy a Birthday Present Crown Center
Veterinarian Blue Springs Animal Hospital
Sporting Goods Store Academy Sports
Shopping Mall Oak Park Mall
Bowling Alley Main Event
Horseback Riding Classes Sunset Trails Stables
Groomer Petco
Pet Sitting/Boarding Service Pet Ranch
Local Hotel Great Wolf Lodge
Local Attraction Deanna Rose Farmstead
Place to Get Your Child’s Ears Pierced Claires
Car Wash Green Lantern
Travel Agent Destination Fun Travel
Date Night The Country Club Plaza
Museum Nelson Atkins Museum of Art


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Get Into Our Schools Guide for Kansas City and Surrounding Areas.

Your school needs to be featured in our new Schools Guide.  Do you have an open house for new families? A kindergarten round up happening this spring? Do you accept new students year round? Do you have openings? Staying top of mind with area parents over the long haul can be a challenge.  Our goal is to make it affordable, convenient and effective to keep your school and all that you offer in front of KC metro parents year round.  Get your school or preschool into our comprehensive Schools Guide for Kansas City and surrounding areas. We just launched an option that allows your school to be featured for only $199 for 12 full months.  iFamilyKC is officially #1 in engagement with KC metro parents; after over 15 years of service, parents trust us and look to us for resources for their families.  Just fill out this FORM, then email it to us so we can help you get started.  Your page with all of your events and offerings can be up on our site within 2 business days.

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Make sure parents find you.

$199 annually provides you a page on our web site to showcase all that you offer, important dates, events, fundraisers and more.  You have the login so you can update content on your page with latest details at any point 24/7.  You can also submit your open houses, kindergarten round-ups, fundraising events or other events in to our online calendar as well.  Example of an online School Guide page is here:


Not only do you get your own page on our iFamilyKC.com web site, but we also will be compiling a blog article that lists and links to every school page. That article will be promoted in our eNews blasts to over 22K local families throughout the year, and we will be sharing the same info on our iFamilyKC Facebook page with over 100K followers, plus promoting on our iFamilyKC Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too. 

The low annual fee allows your school to be promoted with links from our web site, on our social media and in our emails.  All of this helps with SEO so parents will find your info beyond what you put out on your web site.

We also offer a separate option for a Facebook Live Video Show done by our team at your location for $275.  This Live Show on our iFamilyKC Facebook page consists of a tour and Q&A with someone from your team to highlight of all that you provide for students, families and parents.  We do a paid boost of the video to reach and engage with area parents.

Call today with any questions or to let us know you’d like to be included, 913-744-1400.  Parents look to iFamilyKC for quality resources for their kids.  Make sure parents find you.

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Shop Kids Closet Connection [Overland Park Consignment Sale]

I am constantly buying new clothes for my kids & spending WAY too much, is this you too? Stock up on everything your fam needs for Spring & Summer at the Kids Closet Connection Overland Park Consignment Sale. The sale brings KC moms together to sell their children’s outgrown, gently used clothing, toys, books, and more, so you save 50-90% OFF retail prices. It’s the perfect places for families looking to save BIG on Spring & Summer items for the kids!

Shop, shop, shop & save ($$$) BIG on Easter dresses & button down shirts, American Girl clothing & accessories, strollers, pack & plays, clothing, toys, books, games, furniture & everything in between. 

March 8-11, 2018

Overland Park Convention Center

6000 College Blvd.

Shop & Save this weekend – Join the shopping fun as a shopper, consigner, or both! Whether you are a buyer, seller or both, Kid’s Closet offers a unique opportunity to make money on your children’s outgrown clothing, and in turn purchase quality kid’s items in great condition.


Open to the Public: Thursday, March 8th – Sunday March 11, 2018

Thursday, March 8th 9am-8pm

Friday, March 9th 9am-7pm

Saturday, March 10th 9am-6pm

– Saturday 3pm-6pm: 1/2 Price Day Presale (volunteers/consignors/first time moms/military/teacher/charity presale shoppers)

Sunday, March 11  9am-3pm (1/2 Price Day on most items)


Sell Your Items Too!

You just drop off your tagged items at one of our drop off days and times and we so the selling for you! It is that easy! Visit www.kidscloset.biz for more information about our sale, consigning, volunteering, or starting a franchise!

In addition, Kid’s Closet Connection’s consignment sales make a large donation of clothing and other items to local charities after the sale with the left over items.  It is so important in today’s society that we care for the community and learn to recycle our resources, including outgrown children’s items otherwise in great condition. These sales have given our community a way to help the environment by making money while selling your children’s outgrown items and in turn, purchase nearly new items in great condition at prices drastically less than retail. So shop one, shop all- You’re sure to find some amazing bargains 🙂 

Red Sparrow [Movie Review]

Ladies, grab your spouse or gal pals! This juicy spy thriller will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire movie. If you are in need of a flick that doesn’t revolve around Elsa and Ana or other cartoons, this is it.

red sparrow


The intro to the movie revolves around Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Dominika, having a traumatic ending to her ballet career. With no way to support herself or her mother, Dominika is recruited by her uncle to help a secret intelligent service with an assignment. When things go south, she is given the choice of a quiet death or to enroll in the “Sparrow School,” which trains young Russians to spy, using seduction and manipulation.

The movie is a cold war adventure mixed with hints of feminist revenge.  Dominika is assigned to find a Russian mole who is giving information back to an American CIA agent, Nate Nash.  Dominika’s uncle believes she is up for the task but the Americans soon learn who she is and believe they can turn her to the US side. Her and the American spy spend the movie out trying to wit one another. However, Dominika always has her own agenda. It was fun to keep track of the puzzle pieces left by double crossing agents, who continue to double cross one another. I am thankful my husband was there to answer my questions when I got confused. (the puzzle was hard to solve)

My heart was racing the entire movie, while I debated whose side Dominika was actually on – the Russian spies or the CIA operative. All the while trying to solve who is the mole? Some scenes of the movie, such as the violent and seductive acts are a little much to watch if you are not into that.  If gore and torture sessions are not your thing, I would not recommend committing to this movie or you may spend some time covering your eyes, like I did.

In the end, I did enjoy watching Dominika get revenge on every man who used and abused her. The suspenseful sequence of events will keep you guessing till the end; definitely worthy of a night out to the theatre!


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Indoor Pools Near Me: Kansas City Families

Are your kids getting restless around the house? Our house is ready for the pool-time weather, but we couldn’t wait any longer to dive into our nearest swimming pool. Indoor pools are the perfect solution! So grab your towels, throw on the swimsuits, (& leave the sunscreen at home), the pool is calling your name!

kids swimming lesson in indoor pool.


Indoor Pools (Swim Time!)

Whether your family is looking to escape the cold or the scorching sun, there are tons of indoor pools in Kansas City for your kids to enjoy. From Lee’s Summit to Liberty to Overland Park, our team found a pool near you. Find open swim sessions, swim lessons, classes, activities and more at these fun indoor pools around town. 🙂 (FYI: We separated the indoor pools by state and city to save you time)




Belton Community Center
16400 N Mullen Road



Harrisonville Community Center
2400 S Jefferson Pkwy


Blue Springs

The Blue Centennial Pool
2401 NW Ashton Drive

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 SE Adams Dairy Pkwy



Henley Aquatic Center
18200 MO 78

Co-Co Key Water Resort
9103 E 39th Street



Gladstone Community Center
6901 N Holmes Street



Liberty Community Center
1600 S. Withers Road


Lee’s Summit

LS-R7 Aquatic Center
3498 SW Windermere Drive

Legacy Park Community Center
901 NE Bluestem Drive


Kansas City

Gregg Klice Community Center
1600 Buck O’Neil Way

Southeast Community Center
4201 E. 63rd Street

Tony Aguirre Community Center
2050 W. Pennway

Park Hill Aquatic Center
8152 N Congress Ave

Cleaver Family YMCA
7000 Troost Avenue

Paul Henson YMCA
3100 Broadway Suite 1020

Red Bridge YMCA
11300 Holmes Road

Linwood YMCA
3800 E Linwood Boulevard

Swinney Recreation Center at Volker Campus
5030 Holmes Road


North Kansas City

1999 Iron Street


Platte City

Platte County North YMCA
3101 Running Horse Road



Platte County South YMCA
8875 Clark Avenue




Bonner Springs

Bonner Springs YMCA
2251 S 138th Street



AquaTots Swim School
11943 S. Strang Line Rd

Olathe Community Center
1205 E Kansas City Rd

Olathe YMCA
21400 W 153rd Street


Overland Park

Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty Street

Blue Valley Rec Activity Center
6545 W 151st Street

Jewish Community Center of KC
5801 W 115th Street

Prairie Life Center
10351 Barkley Street

Lifetime Fitness
6800 W 138th Street


Roeland Park

Roeland Park Aquatic Center– Pool currently closed for maintenance; updates on Facebook
4850 Rosewood Drive



Emler Swim School
3612 W 135th Street



Sylvester Powell JR Community Center
6200 Martway St



Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics
13600 W. 108th Street

Lenexa Rec Center
17201 W 87th St Pkwy

Lifetime Fitness
16851 W 90th Street


Kansas City, KS

Great Wolf Lodge Kansas City
10401 Cabela Drive

Providence YMCA
8601 Parallel Parkway


If your family is looking for other fun things to do, check out our 100 Free (Or really cheap..) things to do in Kansas City! We are FULL of ideas 🙂


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