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“Camp Out” This Summer at the Nelson Atkins!

April 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for KidsComments Off on “Camp Out” This Summer at the Nelson Atkins!

It’s that time of year, Kansas City! The time of year that you realize summer will be here before you know it! If you have a little family member who loves all things art, consider a summer camp at the Nelson-Atkins this summer. They have something for nearly all ages (3 and up), so get on it and check out what they have to offer!

“Camp Out’ This Summer at the Nelson-Atkins!

From knights, dragons, and animation, to cartoons, animals and nature, camp and classes at the
museum have something for everyone!
Full-day camps, multiple week classes and one-time workshops allow you to personalize your art-making experience.
Complete listings and details available at:
*Museum members receive a discount

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamilyKC Team

April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

March 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Although we’re about 2 weeks into spring — it hasn’t feel very springlike lately. With rain in the forecast this next week, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, brings you 10 fun rainy day activities while you wait out the storm. Take a look…

 

April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

 

Don’t let those dreary, rainy days of April drag you and your family down! There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy each other’s company indoors without losing your minds. Here are 10 ways to keep the crew entertained on those less than desirable weather days! Be sure to let us know in the comments how your family spends rainy days!

 

#1 Play board games

Here are some awesome board game ideas from fellow Mom Squad blogger, Brigette!

 

#2 Build forts

I recently spotted some fort building kits on Amazon but you could just get creative with the kitchen table and chairs, some blankets and some clothespins! Last summer, we stayed inside during a super hot day and built an air fort! It was fantastic! We taped a bed sheet to the floor with heavy packing tape and taped other end of the sheet to a box fan. It was a huge hit with my kids, ages 2 and 7!

 

#3 Read!

Reading is so important for kids and it can be so fun! Build your home library for those rainy days by shopping for books at garage sales, thrift stores and consignment sales. Take turns reading aloud to your kids and having them read aloud to you. If you are into reading on electronic devices, you can check out adult and children’s books through Mid-Continent Public Library without leaving your home!

 

#4 Dance Party

We have an under the counter radio in the kitchen and it is the best thing ever! We would turn up the music and turn the kitchen floor into a dance floor! You could even have a dance contest and take turns with the kids and parents being judges!

 

#5 Science Experiments

A few weeks ago, we tried a few experiments from a book we checked out at the library called “Usborne 100 Science Experiments.” It turned out to be a great book with lots of easy and fun experiments with stuff we already had on hand. One experiment, which my daughter LOVED, was called foaming monster. Basically, you make a monster out of a pop bottle and construction paper. Then you create a chemical reaction with baking soda, vinegar, a drop of dish soap and food coloring. It took a little tweaking but it so much fun!

 

#6 Art with Recyclables

With every day recyclables, you can make all kinds of cool things! Who else’s kids hoard the empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls?? Empty milk jugs? Cans? Time to bring out that stash and see what you can come up with! The possibilities are endless.

 

#7 Make Play dough or Slime

Time to get messy! The latest craze is making slime with simple ingredients: glue, water, borax, glitter, and food coloring. We played with ours for weeks after we made it!

 

#8 Try out a new recipe

Dust off those cook books and get your kids in the kitchen to bake up some yummy goodies or cook up a warm meal to help with the rainy day blues.

 

#9 Movie Day

Have your kids make “tickets”, pop some popcorn, spread out the pillows and blankets, turn down the lights and enjoy a family movie like Pete’s Dragon, which was recently released on Netflix! Check out my review of it.

 

#10 Play in the Rain

Ok, so I know this isn’t an “indoor activity” but come on! Kids absolutely LOVE to slosh around in the rain and jump in every puddle possible. I couldn’t leave this one off the list! So, channel your inner child and get out there and get wet!

What type of rainy day activities do you have for your family? Share in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,

Kona Ice & Schools Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly!

March 21, 2017 at 9:05 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Deals & Discounts for Kansas City FamiliesComments Off on Kona Ice & Schools Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly!

With the end of the school year looming in front of us, it’s time to think of fundraising, special events, and wrap-up parties. Kona Ice is a GREAT option for all of the above. We’ve even included a deal on a truck for your next event. Check it out!

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Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

March 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

Happy (Brisk) Friday Morning, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that Spring (BREAK) is almost upon us here in the metro. I got a text this morning from a friend who was looking for ideas for where she could send her kids over break this year. Like many of you, she’s balancing work and parenthood and there simply haven’t been enough hours in the day to plan out activities until now. You’re in luck, Erin, one of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad Ambassadors, has come up with a list of fun camps and activities that your family can take advantage of this month. Be sure to also check out the current issue of iFamilyKC as well as our online events calendar for more fun ideas of family outings and activities going on around the metro. Take a look…

Spring Break Activities For Kansas City

Spring has almost arrived in Kansas City! Ignore the fact that this is the Midwest and we have snow in the forecast over the weekend! Along with spring comes spring break for the kiddos. If you’re like me you’re probably looking for some activities and ideas to entertain them (our break is 10 days long) for the duration.   Check out these fantastic places around the KC Metro area offering spring break camps and/or activities:

Union Station  – Spring Break Blast! Da Vinci: The Exhibition, Science City, Planetarium Shows, Zootopia, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice at KC’s BIGGEST SCREEN, Junie B Jones The Musical, Model Rail Experience

Science CityInternationally awarded science center featuring 80,000 sq feet of activities to explore. Will be open every day through March 27th.

We Rock the Spectrum  – Spring Break Day Camp offered March 20th-March 24th. The deadline for registration is March 10th at 7pm. Call 816-844-9580

Sunset TrailsSpring Break horseback riding camp offered March 20th-March 24th. Campers will learn safety, horse care, play games and be able to show off their skills at the fun show at the end of the week. http://www.sunsettrailsstables.com/kids-horseback-riding-spring-break-camp

Champion Gymnastics AcademySpring Break camps offered March 13th-March 17th, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Elite Gymnastics and AquaticsSpring Break Swim and Gym offered March 13th-March 16th, 1pm-3pm.

Learning2FlySpring Break camp offered March 13th-March 16th. Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-3:30pm.

Sky Zone SkyCamp is offered during spring, summer and fall breaks. Half day and full day camp available.

Looking for some more ideas? Look no further!

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Details HERE!

Make a bird feeder

Bird Feeder, DIY Projects, Kids Crafts

Learn How HERE!

Explore the City Market  – Shop all the seasonal produce and homemade goodies! And while you’re at it take a ride on the KC Streetcar  which runs daily and offers FREE rides around the area!

And you won’t want to miss out on these amazing places:

College Basketball Experience

Gymboree Schedule a FREE class for your little one

Xtreme Gymnastics  Every Friday night is kids night out from 7pm-10pm, $13

Emerald City Gymnastics  Friday, March 17th is a special open play session from 1-3pm, ages 4-12

Paradise Park Has fun activities and special savings all month long! Take advantage of their exclusive coupons in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

Urban Air has an array of fun activities going on during Spring break and all month long. Be sure to check out their online calendar for family fun details.

KidsPark St. Patrick’s Day party March 17th, Don’t Bug Me March 25th

SEA LIFE Check out Doodle Reef and the new CLAWS exhibit! Kids go FREE with promo code: iFAMKC         

LEGOLAND Open daily

WWI Museum  Check out Hands on History family event every Sat at 2pm

Ceramic Cafe  Check out their fun classes!

Paint, Glaze & Fire  Family Fun Night 2nd Friday of the month!

Summit Lanes Back to the 50s every Sun 12-5pm AND be sure to check out Mommy & Me Bowling specials on Mondays and Wednesdays (details are in the current issue of iFamilyKC!)

Create2Day  Family, Friend, and Fun Friday

Jump City Ninja Turtles Party! March 24th 5:30pm

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty and the Beast Viewing

March 6, 2017 at 10:55 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, MoviesComments Off on 5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty and the Beast Viewing

Bonjour, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC are so excited for the upcoming Disney live action version of Beauty & the Beast. It’s set to hit theaters on March 17th, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great ideas to add a little extra magic to your viewing experience. Take a look…

5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing

 

5 Creative Ways to Add Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing

 

Hear that collective squeal??? It’s Disney fans across the country getting excited about the nearing release of The Beauty and the Beast. Eeeeh! Disney films have been receiving top-notch, live action make-overs and I am loving it. As a mom of two girls, and heck, just someone who grew up on Disney movies, I can’t wait for the new Beauty and The Beast. It stars Emma Watson and comes out in just a couple weeks. It has been 2 years since the live-action Cinderella was released, and when it did, I decided to make a special day of it. Our ‘Cinderella Day’ was such a hit that I had many mom friends copy the plan with their own kids. Now’s our chance to do it again!
When Cinderella came out, I bought the tickets ahead of time and started the day with a fancy brunch at the Majestic downtown. Afterwards, we went home for a wardrobe change. My kids love to dress up in their fancy clothes and almost always have a dress on. Me, not so much. My tiny fashionistas like to often tell me that I should wear heels and skirts more often. So, I let them play fairy godmother and pick out my outfit for the day. An old cocktail dress and my most sparkly shoes were what they picked out for me.
Once we were all dressed for a ball, we headed out for blow outs (in addition to fashion deficiencies- I am also terrible at hair). This was the first time the girls went to a salon and they were apprehensive. Afterwards though, they loved their fancy up do’s. We then met a friend for manicures and pedicures, followed by the movie.

5 Creative Ways to Add More Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing
Sure, we got some looks rolling into that theater, and I wasn’t super comfortable in my outfit. But we had a fantastic day and we never do anything so extravagant. It was certainly a memorable day for us all. I had a couple friends who loved the idea, but didn’t want to spend the money. They did hair and manicures at home and the moms didn’t participate.
Cinderella obviously called for a make-over, but Beauty and the Beast is a bit more flexible. Here are my top 5 ways to bring a little extra magic to your Beauty and the Beast viewing.

#1 French food

This time our itinerary includes going to Aixois. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, so although it is usually more or a date spot, I had to add it. If you’d rather skip a restaurant, you can make crepes for breakfast or a snack. Bon Appe ́tit!

#2 Books

You can visit the library, or read a book at home together. We are stopping by Rainy Day Books, our favorite ‘village’ bookstore.

#3 Beautify

While we won’t be doing the whole makeover shebang this time, I did pick up some Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps. The Beauty and the Beast ones are too cute and the products and 8 free (meaning they don’t contain Formaldehyde and other toxins many nail polishes do).

#4 Save a Beast

Why not take this movie as an opportunity to feel like storybook heroines? You too can save a ‘beast’ by adopting a new friend at a local shelter, like KC Pet Project or Wayside Waifs.

#5 Invent Something

Help your kiddos brainstorm something new! If you have time to work on it, fantastic, but this could even just help entertain you all while you wait for the movie to begin.

I’m a big fan of adding a touch of magic where I can and I will certainly be looking forward to March 17th.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun Pajama Party!

February 27, 2017 at 10:39 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on 10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun Pajama Party!

Hey Kansas City! Sometimes, we all need to be a little more creative and have some fun with the kiddos. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, and her daughters came up with these 10 great ideas for a fun (and simple) pajama party at home! Check it out…

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

 

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

 

A couple nights ago, I was cooking dinner when my four-year-old came in and told us she was hosting a pajama party after dinner. It being a week night, I was a little nervous about this plan. As we ate I told her that we didn’t have enough time for me to organize our usual PJ Party staples (popcorn, living room tent, board games…). She told me that was fine she would plan everything, we all just needed to be in our pajamas after dinner for the party. She also told me this would be “fantastic for my blog,” so here we are. As I was cleaning up dinner, she began getting restless; so, to distract her, I asked what was on her itinerary for the night. She asked what itinerary meant. I told her it was a planned list of activities. She decided to write one up and I scored another 15 minutes of uninterrupted clean-up time.

Since she can’t write many words yet, she decided to write numbers 1-10 and drew a check box and a picture next to each one. Here’s her list, translated.

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

#1 Tell scary stories

#2 Tell jokes

#3 Make shadow puppets

 

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

 

#4 Brush and style hair

#5 Read a book while eating a snack

#6 Pillow fight

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

#7 Brush teeth

#8 Sing a song

#9 Jump on the bed

#10 Pick a stuffed animal to sleep with

10 Kid Approved Ideas for a Fun PJ Party!

The family went through her itinerary and it ended just a few minutes past bedtime. We all had a really fun time and I was so impressed with the ideas she had. It made me think that maybe I should turn more of our ‘fun evening’ planning to the kids. We all know how much time and effort it can take for us parents at times to plan and execute a special evening for our families, and this worked out perfectly for all of us. Ask your kids to plan you family’s next night in and see what they come up with. And if they need some ideas to get started, feel free to use some of my daughter’s.

From iFamily to Yours,

Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

February 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Mom FunComments Off on Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

Hello, Kansas City! Mamas, this one is for you. No matter how great you are, you will need a break once in awhile! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has a list of 10 GREAT ideas for an ultimate girls night. So, mama, get comfy and find a time to get your girls together for some fun and relaxation. Check out the ideas below!

Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

Check Out These 10 Great Ideas for an Ultimate Girls Night

 

As we have all gotten older, had our families, crazy jobs and just dealing with life in general, I’m sure like myself, you desperately need a night out or in with the girls! So check your calendar, plan for the hubby and kids to spend the night or day out of the house and get ready for your ultimate girls night in our out!

Hey YOU NEED IT!

#1 Potluck

Host a pot luck with your pals! Everyone can bring a dish of their own or if time permits, everyone cook a meal together! Cooking is such a fun bonding moment. Do it up big or just make your favorite finger foods.

#2 Watch party/ Series Binge

Netflix and Hulu are perfect for binge watching! They tend to have most seasons of shows and plenty to choose from. Pick a new one or a group favorite. Don’t forget the snacks!

#3 Spa party

This is probably the most needed among busy moms lol. Head to the Dollar Tree and load up on nail polish, face masks and lotions. Add in some spa essentials like warm towels and cucumbers and you are set.

#4 Pinterest/DIY Night

This could go one of two ways. Either you find out someone’s hidden knack for crafts or you all end up laughing at the failed attempts. Either way it’s a fun way to be creative and destress.

#5 Baking Party

This is always fun! Go crazy and make all your favorite treats. Add some character by decorating them before you enjoy. The ones that are left, make gift baskets for everyone to take home for their families to enjoy!

#6 Games

Pull out a classic or the newest game on the shelf, the amount of games seem to be endless. Cards are always a winner or games where you have to act something out. Either way games are perfect for a little friendly competition or for making complete fool out of yourself.

#7 Makeovers

This is another fun idea. Have your pals bring over their favorite makeup products. Draw names and whoever draws your name you do their makeup. That way everyone gets pampered and not just the resident beauty lover.

#8 Cocktail party

If you are over 21, try a cocktail party! As the host you can whip up light snacks and have everyone bring an alcohol of your choice or theirs. Have fun trying mixing up cocktails with your girls! Don’t forget an awesome throwback playlist!

#9 Chick Flicks

Again, Netflix and Hulu have great options but not every classic. Try VuDu for a wider variety or your local Family Video. Add in some wine and comfy blankets and enjoy!

#10 Slumber Party

Take it back to your teen years and have an old fashioned slumber party! Stay up all night, talk about boys, do hair and eat pizza! Let your inner adolescent self-shine for the night.

 

I hope these ideas will help you plan your next ultimate girls’ night in!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

February 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

Howdy, Kansas City! Spring is almost in the air and while you’re prepping for some more of the weather we had earlier in the week, maybe try out this fun craft from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy. Her kiddos and her made these awesome DIY Bird Feeders. Great for a fun activity or adorable gift on Mother’s Day. Take a look…

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

When that groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, he must not have meant Kansas City. The weather lately has been gorgeous! We all keep talking about it, and I will keep talking about it because although it is February, it feels downright spring-like and I am giddy for spring!

February is National Bird Feeding month. I’ll be honest, I am not generally thinking about birds in February. This year though, my family has been spending a ton of time outdoors. It has been great because it has us really thinking about what we’d like to accomplish in our yard this spring. One thing we all would enjoy is some lovely bird watching. I knew I wanted to add some bird feeders to the yard, and I really wanted it to be a fun craft the whole family could get in on. When I looked up DIY birdhouses and feeders though, there was a lot to be desired. Many were way too tough for my kids, or only involved painting a premade house. I ended up working together a couple examples I found, and I think our bird feeders turned out fantastic!

To make these birdfeeders you will need:

  • Rope (pay attention to thickness; you want it to fill the holes in the pots)
  • Drill with masonry drill bit
  • Terra Cotta pots (1 per feeder)
  • Terra Cotta saucers (2 per feeder)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear spray sealant
  • Birdseed

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

I picked up some pots and saucers from my nearby home improvement store. You can pick whatever size pot you want, but the saucers need to fit the pot well. One for the lid, and one for the dish, large enough for birds to perch on. My large pot was actually an orchid pot and already had three holes around the base, as well as one on the bottom, so I did not need to drill it at all. The other two pots needed holes drilled around the base for the birdseed to come out. Each saucer needs a hole in the center, to string all the parts together.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

After the holes were drilled. I washed and dried all of the pottery to remove any dust. Once dry, it’s time to paint. When looking up bird feeders, I found a lot of examples where people made fountains out of clay pots and they painted and sealed all areas of their pottery. I was worried though about the materials breaking down over time and what that may do to the birds, so we did not paint, nor spray sealer, anywhere the seeds would be. So, we only painted the outside of the pot, the top of the lid and the bottom of the dish. I put a bit of tape on the areas we did not want paint to help the kids to remember. After the paint dries completely, spray with sealant outside. I did a couple light coats, and the pieces were ready to handle in just 30 minutes.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

The kids and I worked together to string all of the pieces onto a rope. At the bottom I tied a knot using the same technique I use on the girls’ bead necklaces. I made a loop and wrapped the end three times through the loop before pulling it tight. Allow enough rope on top to tie to the tree. If your rope isn’t thick enough and the pieces are too wobbly, or the seed falls out, fill with some hot glue (not the lid).

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

DO NOT FILL WITH BIRDSEED UNTIL YOU HAVE HUNG IT UP. These are not super sturdy and took two people to fill. I held the pot level while my daughter lifted the lip and poured in the birdseed. I’m hoping the fact that they’re a little precarious will keep squirrels and my cats off of them. I don’t think the little birds we usually have around will weigh enough to disturb the pot. I will keep you posted though!

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

These were very fun to make and are so cute in the tree. I love that they were easy to make (it only took one afternoon) and they are easy to refill. If you don’t have time to make these for National Bird Feeding Month, they would still make a fun Earth Day activity or a very cute Mother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day gift. I am planning how to paint my next one already!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

February 1, 2017 at 6:31 PM • Posted in Creative Fun, HolidayComments Off on 28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

It’s officially February and love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may be scrambling for ideas of what to do for your honey. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Leah, has some great ideas of how to make your significant other feel special this time of year. Check it out…

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care // iFamilyKC Blog

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

#1 Have a stay-in date night

You could Netflix a romantic comedy, grab the air mattress and put it in the living room, make a huge fort, light candles, have a pillow fight, look at photo albums together , pull out items you may have collected of places you have went together over the years,etc.

 

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care // iFamilyKC Blog

 

#2 Recreate your favorite restaurant in your own home… have the kids be your “servers/ waiters”, have them hand write the menus, use their art work for place mates, light candles, have the whole family dress up, play romantic music or make a play list of “your songs”, slow dance, and exchange homemade cards.

#3 Make your partner breakfast or dinner in bed- Who wouldn’t like that?

#4 Drop off your partner and or kids their favorite meal at their work / school- make sure you include a heartfelt note <3.

#5 Make a scrapbook filled with photos and memorabilia

#6 Print out screenshots of your cutest text messages they probably forgot about- You could either make a book out of them, or hang them up around the house for them to find.

#7 Surprise them with an indoor picnic

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care // iFamilyKC Blog

#8 Leave surprise notes in their car along with some of their favorite snacks

#9 Fill up their gas tank – You could clean out their car for them too!

#10 Make or order a heart-shaped pizza

#11 Send them a flirtatious text or email

#12 Wear their favorite outfit and send them a picture of you wearing it- say something like, “I am so lucky to have you. I can’t wait to see you tonight.” Or “You make our lives better. Thank you for everything you do for us.”

#13 Take a bath or shower together – or join them while they are in the shower… 😉

#14 Re-create your first date- I personally would melt if someone did this for me!

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care // iFamilyKC Blog

#15 Make them a list of all the reasons why you love them- make it very detailed and include things you may not say to them all of them. Don’t just say I love your humor…. Tell them why or how they make you laugh… Include specific examples

#16 Take a whole day without being on your phone! Just be in the moment….

#17 Make them their favorite dessert

#18 Mail your in laws a card and tell them what you love about their son / daughter… thank them for raising such a great man/ woman.

#19 Have the whole family make each other cards and include what you love about each other

#20 Complete another “chore” your partner usually tackles

#21 Book a couple’s massage

#22 Have their favorite take-out delivered to the office, and pre-pay, of course.

#23 Hire a maid to come and clean the house.

#24 Surprise them with tickets to their favorite band, sports team, or movie they have been wanting to go to.

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care // iFamilyKC Blog

#25 Take their car to have it serviced – get the oil changed, have it detailed, get new tires, etc.

#26 Book them a visit to the spa or their favorite hair dresser.

#27 Plan an outing with them and their closest friends while you stay at home and watch the kids.

#28 Grab them for no reason at all and kiss them passionately.

 

To learn more about Leah or follow her – please check out

http://www.facebook.com/solaceforthesoul

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game

January 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Mom FunComments Off on Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game

It’s Friday, Kansas City! Do any of you have a pregnant friend or family member in your life? Maybe you’re planning a shower for them in the upcoming months. Well, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has a great baby shower game that puts a little spin on the traditional shower game. Take a look!

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game // iFamilyKC Blog

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique
Baby Shower Game

 

 

As much as we all groan at the thought of baby shower games, they do serve a good purpose. In a room full of people who don’t always know each other, a game is a good icebreaker and adds something to the agenda besides just opening gifts.

 

When my husband’s cousins and I threw a baby shower last weekend for our cousin-in-law (is that an official family tree title?), I was nominated to come up with a game. Challenge accepted.

 

Most of our friends have had kids by now so I’ve been to my fair share of showers (including my own), so I’m very familiar with some of the more popular baby shower games that are on heavy rotation in the baby shower world, so I really wanted to bring something new to the party and (spoiler alert..) mix things up.

 

I was inspired by the fact that the parents-to-be did not know the sex of their baby yet. So I decided we would play a game where we not only revealed the baby’s sex, also but got to sneak a peek of what this baby would look like.

 

Here’s what you’ll need

 

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game // iFamilyKC Blog

 

Pink and blue construction paper

Tape and scissors

Headshot of mom-to-be

Headshot of dad-to-be

Headshot of the “milkman” who looks nothing like the dad-to-be (optional)

Rent a Prize Wheel

 

How to prepare ahead of time

 

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game // iFamilyKC Blog

 

  • Cut the headshots horizontally nearly all the way so facial features (hair, forehead, eyes, nose, lips and chin) can all be easily separated.

 

  • Alternate the mom-to-be and dad-to-be names on the prize wheel. For extra fun, make one section “Milkman.”


How to play

 

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game // iFamilyKC Blog

 

Starting with hair and working down to chin, have a host announce a facial feature and have the mom-to-be spin the wheel to see whose feature the baby will have, mom’s, dad’s or the milkman’s.

 

Once the baby’s face has been built, spin one last time to see what sex the baby will be and use the construction paper to create a blanket around the “baby’s” head.

 

This game provided lots of laughs and lots of fun as we all got a sneak peek at the baby.

 

Pro Tips:

 

The Prize Wheel makes a great conversation topic at the party and gives the game a very fun Price Is Right feel, but if you don’t want to rent one, you can still play this game by rolling dice (pre-selecting numbers for mom and dad) or simply drawing names from a hat.

 

Get the dad-to-be to hook you up with headshots of them both before the party. This couple had amazing shots of their wedding but it would work just as well for them to send you shots taken on their phones.

 

Send mom home with the picture of her “baby” as a fun memory for her baby book.

 

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

 

From iFamily to Yours,