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The Holidays Come Alive at Union Station: FREE Santa Holiday Train!

The holidays are a time to enjoy celebrated traditions and the company of loved ones. Our friends over at Union Station in downtown KC invite you to enjoy the holidays as they come alive this season. Your family can enjoy a FREE annual event that has been enjoyed for 17 years and running. Take a look…

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The Holidays Come Alive at Union Station: FREE Santa Holiday Train!

A Kansas City favorite, the FREE Holiday tradition returns with Santa and his elves. Unlike any other train, the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train is led by Kansas City’s Southern Belle and includes a smiling tank car Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.

You’ll enjoy a magical walk-through experience on this one-of-a-kind train that the little ones will never forget!
This year – enjoy FREE admission to the Astro Botanical sculpture garden in Haverty Family Yards.

Experience the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train during the below days and times:

  • Friday, December 15: 2pm-5pm
  • Saturday, December 16: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday, December 17: 10am-8pm
  • Monday, December 18: 11am-8pm
  • Tuesday, December 19 : 11am-5pm

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PLEASE NOTE: The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train cannot accommodate strollers or wheelchairs. However, stroller parking will be available outside of the entrance to the train. Those utilizing wheelchairs will still be able to view Rudy, the boxcar with reindeer and Santa’s sleigh as well as visit with Santa inside Union Station. If assistance is required to walk through the carriages, please notify one of the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train elves and they will help board and assist with movement through the train carriages.


DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Finding the perfect gift can be daunting!  Creating something with your own two hands can be much more meaningful.  Take a look at these DIY Christmas Gifts that Liz has compiled for you!

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DIY Christmas Gifts for Your Friends and Family!

Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift idea to knock off that Christmas wish for a loved one?  I have some fun ideas for DIY Christmas gifts and present ideas to make your holiday season easier!  DIY or Do It Yourself gifts are fun to do alone, with your kids or as an entire family. These gifts are inexpensive and because they are homemade are filled with heart and thoughtfulness.

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DIY Kids Ideas: Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments 

Are you overwhelmed with the thought of homemade Christmas gifts from your kids to grandparents and family? If your parents are like mine they are excited about any Christmas gift that is homemade. Each year I feel a little pressure to find new and creative ideas in DIY gift-giving.  Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments are beautifully rustic and simple. They look especially cute dangling from the Christmas tree or from a peppermint cookie in a jar, which you will learn in a bit when you keep scrolling.

Supplies:

  • Straight sticks (6” in length) found outside or use cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbons (cut into 5-6 inch strips) in a variety of Christmas tree greens
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. After gathering supplies, show your child how to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick. Wide ribbons, tied into single loose knots, give the best coverage down the stick
  2. For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you are satisfied with their placement. You will probably use between 13-16 strips of ribbon for each ornament.
  3. Use sharp scissors to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree. The little fray of the ribbon gives the ornament a rustic look. Get creative and go beyond ribbon and try using cotton and wool fabric scraps, cinnamon sticks and flannel to create your Christmas tree.
  4. Hot glue or tie a loop of twine to the top of the tree. If desired, top the tree with a wooden star, yellow button, or any embellishment your child chooses.

DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Gifts for Family: 

Tied up with red and green plaid ribbon, this DIY Christmas breakfast gift basket is very festive. This is a super simple little hostess, neighbor or family gift. You simply take a few breakfast items and place them all in an inexpensive cute box or breakfast. Ideas are pancake mix, a sweet syrup, jelly, tea bags, coffee, red frying pan, whisk, spatula and festive holiday napkins.

I would use a little brown paper bag tied with some pretty red yarn and a simple tag to put in some pre-made pancake mix. You can add a little instruction or recipe card if you wish.

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DIY Small Gift Idea:  Christmas Cookie in a Jar 

These Christmas cookies in a jar gifts are so cute! Such an easy gift to put together and will be so appreciated and loved by friends and neighbor!

Grab a quart size mason jar and begin layering the following ingredients. Kind of tap the bottom of the jar on the counter as you go to get everything to lay down into the jar nice and flat.

Layer the following in this order:

  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 C flour
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips
  • 2/3 C peppermint or mint chocolate chips

This gift is so cute you don’t even need to wrap it! Just tie a big red ribbon around the lid. Finish off by sticking on a cookie label and also baking instructions. You can write out the directions yourself or use the computer and print off on to stickable paper.  Make a front label that says “CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT COOKIES”. 

On your back label: List off the ingredients that are already in the jar.

And then write:

  • Now Add: ½ C (one stick) butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • Mix & Roll into 1 Inch Balls & Bake
  • Cook at 375 for 8-10 minutes

Share with those loved ones who love to bake especially during the Christmas season!

Fun Gift Ideas for Friends and Teachers: Fleece Blanket 

I am so excited to give this cool Christmas gift to my close mom friends this season!  You can find festive and inexpensive fleece throws in every store around the holiday season. Simply find your fleece blanket, wrap in large ribbon and finish it off with a tag that says “ Fleece Navidad.  We want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of our hearts.” How fun is this gift-idea?!  I know this would also be a great gift for your children’s teachers, neighbors or girlfriends!

Consider jazzing up your gift a bit!  Pair this fleece idea with popcorn, a box of hot chocolate, marshmallows and perhaps a DVD or movie gift card! No matter what DIY gift you choose to give this year, it is sure to be loved by all!  Happy giving and happy holiday season!

From iFamily to Yours,


Your Guide to Holiday Lights in Kansas City: 2017 Edition!

Happy December, Kansas City! If you’re in the market for family fun for the holidays, we’ve got your yearly round-up for fun holiday lights and winter activities right here on the blog. Whether you’re looking for fantastic family photo opportunities around Kansas City or you’re looking to pop the family in the car and drive around to take in KC area light displays, you can find details here. This guide is broken up into different sections, so no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. Take a look…

Here’s how the guide is made:

Our team here at iFamilyKC has been working hard to bring you all the details on the beautiful Christmas lights in Kansas City that your family can enjoy. We’re crowdsourcing (and we need YOUR HELP!) to find the best and the brightest displays around town. Keep in mind that we can’t drive around to each and every location to verify that the lights are on this season, if someone sends us a spot to add to the list, we’ll do it and what some people find worth the drive, others might not so please understand this as you head out this season.

**Spots with a double asterisk are verified locations meaning that either an iFamilyKC team member or friend of an iFamilyKC team member has seen the lights with their own eyes this year.

Spots with no asterisk have not been verified this year but have previously had displays. If you’ve been to one of these spots, let us know so we can keep this post updated!

Do you know of a great spot in the KC area that we can add to this list?! Drop us a comment and let us know so we can add it in! 

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Where to see Christmas Lights around Kansas City {2017 Edition}

Christmas Lights Driving Map with 64 Christmas Light locations and growing:

Holiday Trees

#1 **Legends Christmas Tree:

When: Now thru Christmas

Where: 1843 Village West Parkway, KCK

legends Outlets near the Kansas Motor Speedway and Sporting Kansas City offers a fabulous 45-foot tree that features lights synchronized to holiday music. It’s the perfect backdrop for a fun photo by the tree!

#2 **Lee’s Summit Magic Tree

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When: Daily 5:00pm-1:00am now thru Christmas

Where: i470 and View High Dr.

The Lee’s Summit Magic Tree is the ideal complement to your visit through the park and makes for wonderful photo opportunities for the family. Lit with glowing lights in an assortment of colors, the tree is a fun way to celebrate the holidays. Donations collected during the season go to support local families in need.

#3 Deanna Rose Ultimate Holiday Tree

When: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm now thru January 5th

Where: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead in Overland Park

Animation, effects, and fun holiday messages are all in store for you when you visit The Ultimate Holiday Tree at Deanna Rose this year. This flat panel “tree” is a 30-minute light display that your whole family will enjoy.

#4 **Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center

When: Now thru Christmas

Where: 2450 Grand Blvd KCMO

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center is a beautiful sight to see. Standing at nearly 100 feet tall, the tree is the perfect spot to grab pictures for the holiday season. And – bonus – your kiddos are going to LOVE the sweet wooden playground at the base!

Drive Around Light Displays

#5 **Plaza Lights

When: Now thru the Middle of January

Where:  Country Club Plaza

Songs have been written about the beauty of the holiday lights at Country Club Plaza and now it’s time o see them for yourself. Drive through and see them now through the middle of January and be sure to stop and shop or eat while you’re there.

#6 Zona Rosa

When: Throughout the holidays

Where: i29 & Barry Road

Now through Christmas, you can see the lights at Zona Rosa while you shop and dine in the outdoor shopping mall.

#7 Liberty Lights

When: Now through January 1st

Where: 1600 N. 291 in Liberty

Enjoy the free light display with synchronized music from Pleasant Valley Church.

 #8 Stagecoach Park

When: Daily 5:30-10:00pm (Friday-Sunday they’re open an extra HOUR!)

Where: 1205 E Kansas City Road in Olathe

Drive through an animated light show at Stagecoach Park in Olathe.

#9 **Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake Park

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When: Daily 5:30-10pm (Open late, until 11pm, Friday & Saturday)

Where: i470 & View High Drive

Christmas in the Park is one of the most anticipated holiday lights displays in Kansas City each year. Your family can drive through the park and take in the beautiful light show this year.

#10 Vince & Associates Lights

When: Now thru Christmas

Where: 101st & Metcalf in Overland Park

Don’t miss the Vince & Associates annual lights display. They put on a fantastic display of animated lights which are set to fun holiday music.

Walk Around Light Displays in KC

 #11 **Winterfest at World’s of Fun

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When: Now through December 30th

Where: World’s of Fun

Live shows, sparkling lights, tons of activities are all in store for you at Worlds of Fun this year for Winterfest. You have GOT to check out all that’s in store for you this year!

 #11 Festival of Lights

When: Weekends through January 7th

Where: Powell Gardens

Powell Gardens combines fantastic lights with beautiful botanical themes to create a fun Christmas festival of lights.

#12 **Holiday Luminary Walk

When: December 9th & 10th

Where: Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

With over 2 miles of candlelit paths and light displays, your family is going to love the Holiday Luminary Walk at the Overland Park Arboretum this year. Plus, you can enjoy special music, wagon rides, and a visit with Santa at the Depot.

#13 Winter Solstice Hike

When: December 13th 5-6:30pm

Where: George Owens Nature Park in Independence, MO

Enjoy a hike down a beautiful woodland path lit by torches at the Winter Solstice celebration. Bring your cameras for photo shoots by the ice sleigh and enjoy the winter evening.

#14 Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

When: Now through January 8th

Where: 14907 W 87th St. Pkwy, Lenexa

Lenexa’s Sar-Ko-Par park offers a dazzling lights display each season with fun lights around the Rose Pond.

Neighborhood Light Displays:

Johnson County:

Overland Park- 

  • 13800 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66221
  • 11308 Mackey Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
  • 8911 W 131st Place, Overland Park, Kansas 66213
  • 11619 Lucille street, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
  • 8500 West 129th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas 66213
  • 12253 W 105th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66215
  • 7515 Hemlock Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66203
  • 9508 West 117th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
  • 9606 West 117th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
  • 13812 Bradshaw, Overland Park, Kansas 66221
  • 7716 West 98th Terrace, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
  • 9319 Goddard Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214
  • 9622 West 117th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
  • 7608 West 115th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66210
  • 131st Pl (west of Antioch Road), Overland Park, KS
  • 6600 West 131st Street, Overland Park, KS

Shawnee-

  • 21324 West 58th Street, Shawnee, Kansas 66218
  • 6321 Millbrook Avenue, Shawnee, Kansas 66218
  • 6800 Maurer Road, Shawnee, Kansas 66217
  • 12612 West 70th Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas 66216
  • 13089 W 70th Terrace, Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Leawood-

  • 13020 Ash Street, Leawood, Kansas 66209
  • 2801 West 127th Street, Leawood, Kansas 66209
  • 9717 Lee Boulevard, Leawood, Kansas 66206
  • 13201 Granada Drive, Leawood, Kansas 66209
  • Roe & East 132nd Street, Leawood, KS

Lenexa-

  • 9025 Alden Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66220
  • 8358 Oakview Circle, Lenexa, Kansas 66215
  • 14907 West 87th Street Pkwy, Lenexa, Kansas 66215
  • 10150 Walker Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66220
  • 8007 West Haskins Street, Lenexa, Kansas 66215
  • 13916 W 110th Terrace, Lenexa, Kansas 66215

KCK-

  • 2309 South 49th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66106
  • 2303 South 48th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66106
  • 5806 Quiver Road, Shawnee, KS 66216

Gardner-

  • 215 North Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030
  • 6007 East Richard’s Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66216
  • 5536 County Line Rd, Kansas City, Kansas 66106

Merriam-

  • 9900 Johnson Drive, Merriam, Kansas 66203

Prairie Village-

  • 7900 Outlook Lane, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208

Olathe-

  • 15904 West 152nd Place, Olathe, Kansas 66062
  • 1533 West Dartmouth Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061
  • 16617 Indian Creek Parkway, Olathe, Kansas 66062
  • West of Mur-Len at 162nd Street Olathe, KS 66062
  • 1549 West Dartmouth Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061
  • Frontier & Ridgeview, Olathe, Kansas

Jackson County:

Blue Springs-

  • **S Bradford Ln, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Independence-

  • **Hiram Young Park, Independence MO 64050

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  • **3510 S. Crysler Avenue Independence MO

Platte County:

Clay County:

  • **N Bellaire Ave & NE Gunn Ave, Kansas City, MO 64119

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season, get out and enjoy the beautiful Christmas scenery!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


Save BIG on Monster Jam Kansas City Tickets!

It’s time to get LOUD, KC! Are you looking for family fun in Kansas City this winter?! We’ve got the scoop! The highlighly anticipated Monster Jam Triple Threat is COMING to Sprint Center January 12th thru the 14th and you can unlock major savings using our exclusive code iFamilyKC on your ticket purchase! Details are below, take a look…

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Save BIG on Monster Jam Kansas City Tickets!

$5 OFF* Each Ticket w/ the code iFamilyKC

Curious about all the fun in store for your family this year?! Check out our Monster Jam recap

Kansas City Monster Jam® Triple Threat Series

January 12-14, 2018

 Witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles!

$5 OFF* WITH CODE: iFAMILYKC

With four performances to choose from, your family is going to LOVE this year’s Monster Jam Kansas City show! Come see your favorite world-class athletes compete while driving Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Seats fill up quickly so get tickets to Monster Jam early before they sell out!

Athletes vying to be the Monster Jam Kansas City champion:

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Date of Birth: July 19, 1990

Started competing in Monster Jam: 2016

Hometown: Oskaloosa, Iowa

Date of Birth: July 1, 1997

Started competing in Monster Jam: 2016

Hometown: Paxton, Illinois

Date of Birth: March 2, 1996

Started Competing in Monster Jam: 2014

Hometown: Deltona, Florida

Date of Birth: September 15, 1988

Started Competing in Monster Jam: 2014

  • Monster Mutt Rottweiler driven by Jack Brown

Jack Brown is a driver who will drive Monster Mutt Rottweiler in 2018 as the teammate to Buddy Tompkins’ Megalodon.

Hometown: Daveport, Iowa

Date of Birth: February 18, 1991

Started competing in Monster Jam: 2016

Driver: Tony Ochs

Engine size:  540 CI

Transmission:  Coan 2-Speed

Tires: BKT

Hometown: Cleveland Ohio

Date of Birth: November 6, 1980

Started competing in Monster Jam: 2010

We are so excited for you to experience Monster Jam Kansas City next month! Hurry to grab your tickets before they’re gone!

*Valid on up to 6 tickets. Valid on the $20 ticket. No double discounts. Additional fees may apply.
From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team


Top Five Reasons to Visit the Santa Train Near Kansas City!

Are you on the lookout for the opportunity for wonderful Santa visits around Kansas City?! Our friends over at Midland Railway offer an annual Santa train that you’re not going to want to miss! You can save $3 per ticket now through December 10th when you use the code iFKC2017 at MidlandRailway.org when you grab your tickets. But hurry! These tickets sell out FAST! Want to know what all is included in your trip aboard the train?!  Take a look…

Save $3 Per Ticket Using the Code IFKC2017

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Top Five Reasons to Visit the Santa Train Near Kansas City!

#1 Get Away From The City for a Few Hours

Nestled in the beautiful Kansas countryside, Baldwin City is just a hop, skip, and a jump outside of the metro area. From I-35 South, you can arrive at the depot platform from Olathe in around a half an hour. With the simple commute, it’s the ideal distance away from the city to feel like you’re on fantastic a day-trip from Kansas City without the hassle of packing the overnight bag.  Midland Railway offers seasonal excursions for perfect for families including the annual Easter Train, Day Out With Thomas, Maple Leaf Train, and (what we’re going to talk about today) the Santa Claus Express Train.

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#2 Create FUN Family Memories

Among the many benefits of riding aboard Midland Railway is the opportunity to create lasting memories with your family. The Santa Claus Express Train, simply put, is FUN. The excitment begins the moment you arrive at the depot. Guests are invited to await the train inside the rustic, historic building where a beautiful Christmas tree and holiday film (they played The Polar Express when we visited) help to get you into the Christmas spirit.

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Once aboard the train, your family will enjoy seasonal beverages (hot apple cider or cocoa) and in the comfortable cars where you’ll spend most of your time on your journey. First class passengers (I highly suggest the upgraded ticket when you book) sit inside the 1940’s Belle Train cars which include four top table settings during the excursion. Your first class ticket includes a beverage, cookie, coloring book, a keepsake ornament, and (of course) all of the entertainment during the trip. On the journey, your family will enjoy Christmas storytime, carolers, and the visit with Santa.

#3 Skip the Santa Lines

Let’s face it, waiting in line for an hour (or more) at the mall is tough with little ones. Midland Railway does a phenomenal job at managing the timing of visits with Santa so that nobody feels like they’re waiting to see the man in the big red coat. Passengers are escorted car by car (row by row) throughout the ride so that, by the time you get to the car where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting, you don’t feel like you’ve ever waited in a line to see them.

#4 Enjoy a More Personalized Santa Visit

Santa is wonderful, always, but he’s even more magical during the Express train. Your child will spend a few minutes chatting with Santa and Mrs. Claus about the upcoming Christmas holiday and will take time to capture some wonderful keepsake photos on your trip, too. Part of the benefit to how they do things at Midland Railway is that you truly feel like your visit with Santa was special.

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#5 Support an Incredible Organization

Midland Railway is amazing. Their team of volunteers (which they all are) are on a mission to keep the history of railroading alive for Kansas City area families. When you purchase a ticket aboard any of their trains, your dollars go directly to support their cause and to preserving a part of history that children and their parents and grandparents enjoy year after year. I encourage you to discover more about Midland Railway online. Be sure to carve out time for your visit this year, your family is going to love it!

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From iFamily to Yours,


“Coco” A Movie in Review

Disney Pixar’s new film Coco, which opened in theaters nationwide for Thanksgiving, is sure to capture your families’ heart this holiday season. The music transports you into a new world of colorful fantasy. We sent Liz, from our Mom Squad team, along with several of you who did our movie pass enter to win to see an advanced screening of the film before it was released in theaters. Check out what Liz has to say about the movie today on the blog. Take a look…

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CoCo: A Movie In Review

Colorful, vibrant, charming and feel good magic! My heart was completely filled with excitement after seeing this movie and I could not wait to share my thoughts on this movie with everyone!

About the Movie

The film starts with young Miguel who has aspirations to play the guitar like his music hero Ernesto de la Cruz.  Because of a family curse he is forbidden to have any part of music. Family traditions are an utmost importance in this film especially the Day of the Dead, where families gather in cemeteries to celebrate their deceased relatives. On this day, Miguel sneaks out of the house to compete in a local talent show but instead ends up in the Land of the Dead!

In the upcoming events Miguel is surrounded by his late ancestors as he sets out  to find his musical legend Ernesto in hopes he will bless his ambitions and send him back to the living. Miguel’s journey takes him around the vibrant Land of the Dead with his cute dog, breaking into energetic Spanish songs and teaming up with a new friend Hector as mysteries of his family are revealed.

If you are wondering how scary the skeletons are for younger kids I would honestly say not scary at all. The first time the skeletons appeared my daughter was a little taken back but the lively dressed skeletons are such a huge part of the movie you don’t even think twice. The Land of the Dead is a warm, energetic and enchanting.

Final Thoughts

This movie is full of fun and lighthearted humor.  With its focus on family and traditions it is the perfect way to start off the holiday season. I cannot wait to relive this film again!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Are you on the hunt for a great, fun park in Kansas City? Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is sharing some details about a large park off of Wornall Road today on the blog. Take a look…

All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

Welcome to Loose Park!

Just because it’s Fall, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the great outdoors- And one place you should definitely enjoy this Autumn is Jacob L. Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Located off of Wornall Road, you’ve probably driven by this gorgeous park dozens of times in Kansas City (I know I see it all the time). While you can only admire certain attributes from afar, you may not know what lies behind the trees and entrance of this grand park. So, before you head out for a family outing or a leisurely walk, here is a little more information about Loose Park that you may have not known!

Loose Park Guide

A bit about Loose Park

First a little history on Loose Park, it is “ 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

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

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

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) yet, but it looks perfect for smaller kids! My family is pretty active, especially my son, so the open spaces and hills are perfect for him to burn off his arsenal of energy!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

If you and your family like to enjoy spending time watching birds, taking in the scenery, or enjoying a leisurely stroll there are plenty of ways to do that, too. 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 these Fall months, Loose Park is ideal for family photos and relaxing picnics as well. I am definitely one of those moms that thinks she is a pro photographer lol. I love taking my camera to the park and snapping photos of my kids. Loose Park is the perfect backdrop for that, especially during the Fall when the trees are at their loveliest.

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

So 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!
  • 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!

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,


“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The weekend is finally here and we’re excited to share an exciting movie review for “The Justice League” which hits theaters nationwide today. We sent Brigette from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team to catch one of the advanced movie screeings in Kansas City this past week. She’s sharing her thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…


Justice League Movie Review

“The Justice League”: Movie Review

The other day I had the opportunity to screen a movie that I have been waiting a really long time to see! “The Justice League”!  I mean honestly, Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman and other iconic heroes in one film has greatness written all over it. I have this unwritten rule that I follow when it comes to movies… if there are too many stars in one movie, I avoid it like the plague! The only exception I make is for super heroe movies. The Justice League stars Ben Affleck (Batman), Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Henry Cavill (Superman), Jason Mamoa ( Game of Thrones), Ray Miller (Cyborg) and Ezra Miller ( The Perks of Being a Wallflower).

About the Movie

Ok, so let’s talk about this movie – I am really on the fence with it. When the movie first starts it kind of had this “old school” Batman feel. Really cheeky banter and kind of forced dialogue. I felt at one point the director kept bouncing around too quickly between the characters. I understand when telling a story that there needs to be character development or some sort of back story, I just feel it was all jumbled and told at once.

However, once the characters were known and united, I did enjoy the movie a lot! I thought the graphics were phenomenal and of course Wonder Woman was kicking butt and taking names. Another thing I really enjoyed was Flashs’ ( Ezra Miller) scenes. The director really did a good job with the slow motion effect and really made his character come to life. A few jokes here and there were great but mostly it was the world on it’s death bed. Again. I really did love all the action packed scenes between the league and Steppenwolf.

Final Thoughts

I was overall a little disappointed with the ending. The entire time the league is trying to figure out what they can do to defeat Steppenwolf, and when all hope is lost *****spoiler alert**** they bring back Superman. Once he returns, the ending takes a crash landing. It simply just didn’t live up to what one would expect. It really was just a Superman saves the world and the Justice League all together.

Overall I would rate this movie a solid 5. It’s not terrible and it’s not awesome. Would I watch it again? Probably to see Wonder Woman, Flash and really cool graphics.

Do you plan on seeing Justice League? Let us know what you think about it!

From iFamily to Yours,


iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Kick It Foos!

Your kids will always remember the fun that they had spending time with family and friends while doing something active. From kids birthday parties to family fun outings, the owners of Kick It Foos in Shawnee, have come up with a unique concept to help your family create lasting memories while you explore good old fashioned fun. We’ve got the scoop for you today on the blog AND a special OFFER that you’re not going to want to miss. Take a look…

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At our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Kick It Foos, attendees got to take part in some of their favorite classic family-fun games that have been transformed into life-sized versions that allow individuals to literally step into the game and test out their athletic skills.

Life-Sized Human Foosball, Connect 4, Kurplunk, Yahtzee, Foot Pool, and Tick-Tac-Toe!

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The kids just LOVED playing game after game of Human Foosball, a fun competitive activity that lets the kids use their own athletic ability to compete with and against friends.

Human Foosball

  • No age restrictions; however, participants must have a minimum shoulder height of 40 inches
  • Each team consists of six players: 1 goalie, 3 defenders and 2 attackers
    • Players face the opposite team’s goal
    • Players must place and keep both hands on their pole
    • Players must only move side to side – no player is allowed to move forward or backward on the court
    • Contact between players is prohibited
  • Play will begin by dropping the ball at mid-court
  • Play continues until a penalty occurs, the ball is out of reach or out of bounds, or a goal is scored
  • A penalty will be called and a goal awarded to the non-offending team if any of the following occur…
    • A player touches the ball with their arms or hands while the ball is in play
    • The ball is played above the foosball poles at any time
    • Any player jumps, leans or climbs over the foosball poles
  • When the ball goes out of bounds, the ball will be returned to the place it left the court and rolled towards the non-offending team
  • The winning team will be the team that scores the most goals when time is called
    • Each goal is worth 1 point
    • When a goal is scored, the game is restarted by dropping the ball at mid-court towards the non-scoring team

Participants also enjoyed playing games of foot pool, where they used their feet in lieu of pool cues to play the game!

Foot Pool

  • Break – Starting the Game
    • the first player places the white ball wherever they like behind the starting line to break
    • a break is valid when the #1 ball is hit first
  • When the first ball is pocketed, the player who pocketed it chooses a group of balls
  • A player’s turn lasts as long as they keep legally pocketing balls, until they miss a shot, commit a foul, or win the game
  • The game is won when:
    • a player legally pockets all of the balls from their group and, in the next shot, pockets the 8 ball
  • The game is lost when:
    • the 8 ball is pocketed in the middle of the game
    • the 8 ball leaves the table
    • the white ball is pocketed or leaves the table in the same shot the 8 ball is pocketed
  • Fouls – when a player commits any of the following fouls, the opponent can place the white ball wherever they want, although they only get one shot
    • pocketing the white ball
    • hitting any ball off the table

More About Kick It Foos!

Is there an age requirement?

  • No. However, for safety reasons, there is a HEIGHT (40″ shoulder height) requirement to play Human Foosball. This allows the players to be able to reach the poles and still be able to see the field in order to play the game. This requirement is typically met by 8-9 years old. Smaller children are more than welcome to play the other life-size games if accompanied by an adult when the use is included in the purchased package.

Do people that are not playing have to pay?

  • Yes and No. For any event that does NOT include private facility rental (Amateur, Rookie, and Semi-Pro), all non-paying spectators will be asked to remain in the spectators waiting area at the front of the facility to minimize congestion and increase safety for all the participants. If it is an ALL youth party, then they will allow 1 adult for every 6 children in for free as chaperones.  However, if chaperones decide to play, they must pay.

  • Events that include a private facility rental include access to all games for the entire duration of the event. So, any guest of a private facility rental event who is old enough to walk must pay when they are a part of a group participating.

Do they have staff that watch the kids during parties?

  • Having fun is their #1 priority at Kick It Foos. With that being said, they must make sure they provide a safe environment for everyone to have fun in. We provide a game facilitator / referee during rentals. They are there to enforce rules. However, please keep in mind that they are NOT there to watch your children.

Is there anything to do besides Human Foosball?

  • ABSOULTEY! They currently have Foot Pool, life-size Connect 4, Kurplunk, Tick-Tac-Toe, and Yahtzee.

Can we bring outside food or drink?

  • Some of their rental packages allow you to bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks. This is clearly labeled on the description of each package. If this is something you’d like to do, please be sure to select one of those packages when booking.

You can book your kids birthday party, neighborhood “block party”, scout or church group, or friend group at Kick It Foos and save 25% when you mention iFamilyKC (making a 2-hour party rental just $225!). For more information, Visit them online at KickItFoos.com and be sure to sign up for our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on fun iFamilyKC Kids Club events just like this one every month!
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