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iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Weston Red Barn Farm

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! We always have so much fun with you at our iFamilyKC Kids Club events across the metro area. Last week, we had the chance to explore Weston Red Barn Farm with several of you and had a blast. Erin, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team got to check out the farm with her family and shares her experience today on the blog. Take a look…

weston red barn farm

iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Weston Red Barn Farm

Last week we got a chance to check out Weston Red Barn Farm at the iFamilyKC Kids Club event!  My family and I had fantastic time!  Beautiful scenery, picturesque views, and family fun- what more could you ask for this fall? This was our first time at Red Barn Farm and definitely won’t be our last!  Check out my recap of our event and don’t forget to get on our eNews list to get in on upcoming super awesome Kids Club events!  We love the opportunity to check out really neat places in KC throughout the year (some very minimal cost and some FREE events!)

Weston Red Barn Farm

We spent a few hours on the farm enjoying smores by the campfire, pumpkin painting, hayrides and the animal barn.  My kids loved the space to run free and we all enjoyed the hayride through the woods!  The hayride was definitely my favorite thing and brings back memories of my own childhood at our church fall event.  The kids said their favorite thing was picking apples off the apple tree and eating them!

Weston Red Barn Farm offers FREE admission after 2:00pm Monday through Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays. You pay only for the activities you wish to do. It is open spring through fall.  As well as being open to the public, they do offer school tours Monday through Friday. It is also a perfect place for a wedding and the open air barn can be used for a reception.

Whether you want to take a hayride to pick out the perfect pumpkin, shop in the country store, visit the animals in the barnyard or navigate your way through the corn maze, the farm has something for everyone this fall!  Check them out on Facebook and on their farm website! The staff were super nice and I can’t wait to take my family back again soon!

From iFamily to Yours,

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The 30th Annual Holiday Mart is COMING – We’ve GOT a Giveaway AND a Coupon, Too!

Happy Thursday, Kansas City!

In case you missed it, we’re just ONE week out from the 30th Annual Holiday Mart, an incredible shopping opportunity put on by our friends at The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. To help you celebrate, we’ve got a flash giveaway right here in this blog post! But first, let me tell you a little bit about what you can expect at the Mart this year. Take a look…

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Nearly 200 Vendors

From accessories for men and women to art pieces for the home and fun things for the kiddos, there truly is something for everyone (and every style) when you visit this year’s Holiday Mart at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. With nearly two hundred vendors to visit during the event, the selection available to you will help you knock out even the hard-to-shop-for people on your gift list this Christmas and, BONUS, since the event is at the end of October, you can sit back and relax this holiday season knowing that your annual shopping is DONE. In addition to the wonderful gifts you’ll find as you peruse the aisles at the Mart, you’ll also find several vendors that offer a selection of dips and party treats for those upcoming seasonal parties you’ll be attending this year.

Pro Tip: Check out the complete vendor list online and plan ahead for your shopping weekend.

Fun Activities & Special Events

Attending Holiday Mart KC isn’t just about the shopping, it’s also about the fun and The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri works hard to come up with several opportunities during the long weekend to keep you entertained while you’re there. Here are the few special things available to you this year:

Preferential Shopping
Thursday, October 19, 2017
9 a.m. – noon
Ticket price:  $35

Experience the magic of Holiday Mart early! Start your holiday shopping at the largest fundraiser-shopping event in Kansas City and enjoy a continental breakfast buffet during our Holiday Mart Preferential Shopping Event. Browse Holiday Mart retailers that you know and love – or experience new retailers before the doors open to the public. The details:

  • Cost: $35
  • Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Time: 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Includes early admission on Thursday, access to all four days of Holiday Mart, breakfast (no voucher needed) and the first 500 people who arrive get a voucher for one drink.

30th Annual Holiday Mart Celebration
Thursday, October 19, 2017
5 – 8 p.m.
Ticket price:  $30

Cheers to 30 years! The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri is celebrating 30 years of hosting Holiday Mart. To celebrate, mix-and-mingle with the past, present and future Holiday Mart Chairs, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and toast with a cocktail. The details:

  • Cost: $30
  • Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Your ticket gains you access to the Holiday Mart (one-day pass)
  • Your ticket includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres
  • You will receive one drink ticket

KC Needlepoint has designed a 30th Annual Holiday Mart Needlepoint Ornament – purchase yours!

Ladies Night Out (LNO)
Friday, October 20, 2017
5 – 9 p.m.
Ticket price:  $50

Gather your girlfriends and join us for an evening of shopping, sips and savory foods! Experience our exciting Ladies’ Night Out event that women from all over Kansas City look forward to year after year! Enjoy complimentary desserts, drinks and savory foods in our VIP lounge area. Plus, don’t miss live, enter-to-win giveaways including tickets from Southwest Airlines and a give-back at Kendra Scott, where the supporting brand sponsor will donate 20% of all sales to the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri!

  • Cost: $50
  • Date: Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
  • Includes access to all four days of Holiday Mart, a swag bag, two cocktail tickets (provided at the event) and buffet voucher (provided at the event).

Pics with St. Nick
Sunday, October 22, 2017
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Free of Charge

Put on your festive holiday attire up and join us for pictures with St. Nick! Bring the entire family or your friends for a day of shopping, along with photo opportunities with Santa, cookies and festive holiday activities. Photos will be available for purchase online after the show.

The Chance to Give Back Here in KC

Funds raised at Holiday Mart go toward the League’s work in our community. In 2017, the JLKCMO is partnering with these community agencies, providing volunteers and funding to enhance programming:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Happy Bottoms
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Kansas City Hospice / Solace House
  • Lazarus Ministries
  • Rose Brooks Center
  • Urban Neighborhood Initiative
  • Wayside Waifs
  • Women’s Employment Network

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri (JLKCMO) is a 501(c)(3) organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Since 1914, the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri has been associated with more than 350 community agencies and organizations. Since the League’s inception, members have donated more than $16.5 million and over 2.3 million hours of volunteer time. League members research areas of need in the Kansas City area and educate the membership and the community about those issues. Currently, their focus area is Women and Children.

The Giveaway

We’re so EXCITED to have our hands on a few sets of tickets to give away for this year’s Holiday Mart! We’ll be randomly selecting THREE winners, each of which will get two single-day admission tickets to get into the Mart this year. Head on up to the top of this page and click on the “Enter to WIN Right HERE” button to enter, it’s THAT simple! This prize pack is valued at $24/each!

Can’t wait for tickets or want to go multiple days in a row?!

Save $2 per ticket using our exclusive code iFamilyKC  when you pre-order online!

Bonus- The kiddos (12 & under) get in FREE!

From iFamily to Yours,

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54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About

Happy September , Kansas City! Now that school is in full swing and you’ve had the chance to settled into your new 2017-2018 routine, it’s time to start thinking about activities for the upcoming school year. Whether you’re a member of your child’s PTA/PTO, an educator (thank you for all you do!) looking for fun activities for your students, or a parent searching for inspiration on awesome things to do with the family, we’ve got a list of 54 amazing resources right here in the metro area that you just have to check out. Take a look…

54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About


54 Incredible Resources You Need to Know About

#1 Burr Oak Woods          

Blue Springs, MO

Discover nature with the Missouri Dept of Conservation at Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. The Nature Center offers free programs for schools and groups in the fall and winter and frequently hosts activities, classes, and events for families and individuals. Additionally, groups and families are welcome to come out and explore the open savannas, prairies, and woodland areas on the property on their own during visiting hours. For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation website and be sure to check out their “Nature & You” publication to stay up to date on all of their programs and offerings happening year round.

 #2 Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Liberty, MO 

Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch is a working farm, only 2 miles south of Liberty, Missouri, with easy access from all parts of Greater Kansas City. The farm offers Missouri Science Grade Level Curriculum Standards. The Pumpkin Patch Tour is a hands-on educational field trip to help students enjoying learning about the farm, how plants grow, and process by which food ends up on their table. The educational experience centers around the pumpkins, of course, and will help students understand pollination, soil, varieties of Cucurbits (pumpkin cousins), diversity in farming and how food is grown from farm to table. Students will also enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride and each student receives a pie pumpkin and their award winning coloring book (available in 8 languages). Also offered at the Patch are Uncle Earl’s Mining Educational School Tours, options for home school groups and families, as well as special needs opportunities. Visit them online for further details about all of their offerings during pumpkin season.

#3 Ceramic Café       

Leawood, KS

Ceramic Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery and glass fusing studio serving the Kansas City area. Their helpful staff will guide you through the creative process with techniques and supplies to help even the artistically challenged create a masterpiece they are proud to call their own. Paint your pottery piece or create a beautiful work of glass in their vibrant Leawood, Kansas, studio. The process to paint, glaze and fire your masterpiece takes about a week. If you’re looking for the place to host your next group outing, Ceramic Cafe is the place for you. They also donate to charitable groups and can help your school or organization with a fundraising project.

#4 Champion Gymnastics Academy 

Raytown, MO

Built in 2016, this fully renovated, brand new state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Raytown, MO is home to some of the best gymnastics equipment and coaches in the Kansas City Area. Champions Gymnastics Academy offers group rates to rent out their entire facility. In addition to their group events, birthday parties, and classes, they also offer fundraisers where a percentage of the proceeds go to your group! Discover your options by conacting them online or by phone today! (816) 360-9879.

#5 Create2Day  

Bonner Springs, KS 

Creative Reuse (also known as up-cycling or re-purposing), is adding a creative element to an already manufactured item, resulting in a new function. A CD case can become a bird feeder, corks turned into a cork board, a t-shirt transformed into a rug (as defined by The Resource Alliance). Create2Day collects discarded materials from the public that can be reused and given new life. Create2Day is part retail store, part DIY space, filled with resuable materials for your creative projects.

#6 CW Parker Carousel Museum

Leavenworth, KS 

Open February through December, the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum is a museum that has nearly a thousand items, nearly a dozen interesting collections, plus exhibits that will take you back in history. While you’re there, you can learn more about entrepreneur Fred Harvey and his significant impact on business. Leavenworth, Kansas is a small river town with a big, proud past. There’s so much for you to see while you’re visiting. So check your calendar and make plans to visit with your group today.

#7 Discovery Center    

Kansas City


Just a 10-minute walk from the Plaza shopping area, the Discovery Center is a unique, hands-on, urban conservation education center located on eight acres in the heart of Kansas City. The Discovery Center offers free educational field trips that follow curriculum standards. Additionally, families and groups are welcome to attend any of the demonstrations, activities, and self-guided hiking that are available to you on the property. The Discovery Center offers a butterfly garden, bird feeding garden, and Grow Native demonstrations including prairie wildflowers, wetland, water garden, and manicured upland and lowland forests.

The Discovery Center offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences and workshops. There are also tours of the building and grounds showing environmentally friendly ways to build an urban environment in harmony with nature. The Discovery Center has a 0.25 mile disabled accessible winding Wild Sidewalk that takes visitors through the Grow Native Gardens on the site.

#8 Dole Institute for Politics 

Lawrence, KS

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics celebrates public service and promotes civil discourse and the legacy of Senator Bob Dole by providing public programming, research and educational opportunities, a museum gallery, and other offerings. Museum gallery features include the world’s largest stained-glass American flag, Kansas veterans WWII memory wall and World Trade Center beams. It is home to the Robert J. Dole Archive & Special Collections, which includes over 35 years of congressional papers, as well as objects and materials from the Senator’s entire life.

#9 Elite Gymnastics & Aquatics 

Lenexa, KS

Elite Gymnastics and Aquatics, founded over 40 years ago, was built on the tradition of excellence using a positive and healthy influence.  Conveniently located at 13600 w.  108th (near Pflumm and College Boulevard) on the edge of Lenexa, Elite offers recreational and competitive gymnastics, swim lessons, birthday parties, parents night out and open gym.

Gerald Carley opened Elite in May of 1973 in Merriam, Kansas.  Elite was the first privately owned gymnastics facility in Kansas.  In 1978, Elite moved to it’s current location at 108th and Pflumm in Lenexa.   Gerald went on to open two additional locations in Overland Park and Lawrence providing boys and girls competitive and recreational gymnastics, dance and cheer programs.   In 1992, these facilities were consolidated to the Lenexa location.  Elite continued to pioneer unique ways to share its passion for gymnastics offering a tumble bus, the first of it’s kind, that traveled to day care centers and preschools in the area to teach tumbling classes.

#10 Engineering for Kids  

South Kansas City 

Engineering For Kids of Kansas City is very excited to be able to inspire the next generation of engineers by bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to children ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, summer camps, clubs and parties.  They offer hands on learning programs in LEGO Robotics, Electronic Game Design and in Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering. Many of their classes are taught by experienced Engineers.  Their programs meet national standards in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology. Engineering for Kids builds upon the math and science that is being taught in the schools and apply those skills to hands on, real world engineering challenges.

#11 Ernie Miller Nature Center 

Olathe, KS 

Ernie Miller Nature Center was the first Nature Center In Johnson County. The Center provides an opportunity for learning, understanding, and admiring nature’s ever-changing ways. It is the focal point of cultural historical, and environmental education programming offered to all ages by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. The Center contains displays, live animals, and Nature’s Corner Gift Shop, along with a friendly, knowledgeable staff eager to share their knowledge of nature.

#12 Fahrmeier’s U-Pick Produce Market 

Lexington, MO

The Fahrmeier farming operation began in 1947 as a traditional diversified crop and livestock farm. In 2004, they began growing fresh fruits and vegetables for markets and today, they grow about 40 acres of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Fahrmeier Farms sells at farmers markets in the KC area, to area restaurants, schools and offers CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscriptions. The Fahrmeier family welcomes and hosts many agri-tourism experiences, weddings and children’s farm tours to educate others about agriculture and how food is grown.

As a family, the Fahrmeiers understand the importance of eating more fresh vegetables and fruit. Their goal is to share healthy eating habits with your loved ones and expose them to a variety of produce and agricultural experiences. By supporting their farm, you’re investing in a family that takes care of their land by growing food in ways that take care of the soil. Another benefit is that you cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.

#13 Folly Theater  

Kansas City

In 1900, by the glow of gas street lamps, men in top hats and women in high-button shoes arrive in horse-drawn carriages for the grand opening of Kansas City’s newest theater, the Standard.  The theater was as breathtakingly beautiful as she is today. Now, the Folly is filled with the sounds of children’s giggles, thunderous applause for world-class performers, and the clink of toasting glasses.  We invite you to share in the history and magic of the Folly Theater.

#14 Fort Osage    

Sibly, MO

Step back in time, back to when Missouri was way out West in the wilderness, and experience the lives of the men and women who secured the American frontier. Built in 1808, under the direction of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Fort served a dual role. It was both a military garrison and trade center.
Overlooking the Missouri River, this historic site has been reconstructed to portray Fort Osage as it was in 1812. Authentically attired interpreters provide living-history insights into the daily life of both the military and civilian populations.

#15 Historic Mt. Gilead School 

Kearney, MO

Mt. Gilead School located just west of Kearney, Missouri, operated for over 100 years until it closed its doors in 1946. The present two story school was built in 1879. Historians believe that Mt. Gilead was the only school in the area to continuously hold classes during the Civil War.

Clay County Historic Sites offers a unique field trip opportunity to experience history in a one-room school. A teacher in period costume instructs the class in late 1880s style with McGuffey readers. Pupils practice penmanship and perform arithmetic problems using slates. The four-hour program accommodates up to 30 students and complements required school curriculum. This popular field trip requires advance reservations. Contact Clay County Historic Sites at (816)736-8500 to schedule your group.

#16 Johnson Farms Plants & Pumpkins  

Kansas City 

2017 will mark Johnson Farm’s fifteenth year of offering fun, educational school tours for children preschool age to 3rd grade! Monday through Friday from 9am until 11:45am, students are invited to spend an hour touring the beautiful farm and a half hour picnicking on the property. An additional hour of self-guided exploration is also optional. Open September 22nd through October 31st in the fall. Inquire about Springtime options by calling or visiting the farm online.

#17 Kansas City Young Audiences    

Kansas City 

KCYA’s School and Community Programs works with a roster of nearly 200 artists to provide dynamic and educational arts programs to children in schools, libraries, community centers, and hospitals throughout the greater Kansas City area.

With performances, residencies, workshops, and after-school programs in nearly every artistic discipline and covering numerous academic subjects KCYA’s School and Community Programs reinforce core curriculum as well as cultivates artistic expression; unleashing ideas, creativity, and individual problem solving skills.

#18 Kansas Museum of History 

Topeka, KS

This award-winning museum tells the story of the people of Kansas. See the Santa Fe’s oldest surviving locomotive, No. 132, from 1880. A. K. Longren’s 1914 version of the plane in which he made the first successful flight of a Kansas-built plane in 1911. The museum was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas History. While you’re there, be sure to shop the Museum Store for Kansas gifts.

#19 KC Pumpkin Patch  

Olathe

KC Pumpkin Patch provides education through entertainment. Bring your students to the Patch for a highly interactive field trip experience filled with learning opportunities. Students will learn an anti-bullying message from Spookley the Square Pumpkin, gain a greater understanding of agriculture and an appreciation for Kansas heritage by exploring their pumpkin field and visiting their Critter area.

#20 KC Watersports  

Paola

KC Watersports is the best wakeboarding destination in the Midwest.  For beginners, they offer day camps and lessons to perfect your skills.  Experts won’t find a more challenging set of rails, ramps, and sliders anywhere in the region. For the family and groups, they have a shaded beach, where you can relax and watch the kids ride or play. Their Surf Shop is well stocked with the best gear in the industry, with rental equipment available. All skill levels are encouraged, so plan your visit to KCW in the summer and enjoy some fun in the sun!

#21 Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art  

Kansas City

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year. The objective of Kemper Museum educational programs is to engage children and adults in a discussion about contemporary art and how it relates to their lives. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of Kemper Museum’s Permanent Collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum’s Tours page.

#22 Kemper Outdoor Education Center  

Blue Springs

Inside the Nature Center you’ll find rock and fossil exhibits, a natural resource library, mounted examples of native wildlife. The grounds feature nature trails, butterfly and water gardens, wildlife viewing areas, an arboretum, a shelter house, large pond and a day camp site. The Outdoor Classroom offers a valuable resource for hands-on environmental education. Hikers on the Habitat Trail can explore a variety of ecology: wetland, prairie, woodland and cactus glade. Self-guided tours are free of charge.
The Kemper Outdoor Education Center staff offers guided interpretive programs for classrooms, youth groups and organizations. In April, May and September, the X-Stream Green field trip program offers multi-station outdoor education for 1st to 6th grade classrooms. The interpretive staff conducts programs on Snakes, Bats, Skins and Skulls, Butterflies, Birds and Binoculars, Fishing, Recycling, Nature Hikes and much more.

#23 Kona Ice  

Serving KC Metro & Surrounding Areas 

Treat your taste buds to the most amazingly fine, flavored shaved ice this side of the islands. The Kona Ice experience will amplify any event! From our steel drum music to the signature Flavorwave(TM) where guests can flavor their own shaved ice, we guarantee to bring the fun and laughter. Whether indoors or outdoors, we handle a whole variety of events including schools, corporations, daycares, summer programs, youth sports, picnics, weddings, and major sporting events and festivals.

They also specialize in fundraising so just show us where to park and who to make the check out to! Plus, they’ll come to you. It doesn’t get much easier than that. No event is too big or too small. They can serve hundreds of people per hour. Contact Kona Ice today!

#24 Landmark2Skate  

Lee’s Summit, MO 

Landmark 2 Skate is just that, a Lee’s Summit landmark for fun activities. Charlie Johnson has been opening the same doors to kids (of all ages!) for the over 18 years. Generations of residents from Lee’s Summit and surrounding Jackson County cities have skated at Landmark 2 Skate since the Spring of 1974, and the tradition continues today. People from as far away as Belton make the regular trip to enjoy the fun activities available here. Tradition doesn’t have to mean old and stale!

With a spankin’-new 10,500 square foot floor and all updated electronics, Landmark 2 Skate is ready for your modern skate/dance party. Beginners who need a different environment can join them for Learn to Skate Classes, sessions for you to learn and gain confidence. From fundraisers and private parties to kid’s birthday parties; there is no end to the “fun things” list. Skaters with all musical tastes will enjoy our song lineup. Skating is great fun, great exercise and a great time for the whole family! Make sure to say “Hi” to Charlie when you visit!

#25 Lanesfield Historic Site  

Edgerton

Johnson County offers field trip experiences at their two sites, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center in Overland Park and Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton. To make a reservation for your group, please fill out either the form for Lanesfield or the Arts & Heritage Center, or contact the Museum’s Education Department at 913-715-2570 or email.

#26 Language and Music House 

Kansas City

The best time to expose children to music and language is while they are young; as by high school many people have lost the ability to hear specific accents or tones. That is the mission of Language and Music House, to grow minds through language and music. This includes Dyslexic minds as well, which are powerful but need to be taught reading and languages in a different way. At Language and Music House each class is tailored to each individual child or adult.
They want to offer the best to their students and customize each class. From Toddler language and music classes to adult classes, they want to grow your mind to its’ full potential. They also want to make learning a language or music educational and FUN!Their approach is Kinesthetic, meaning that even within their language classes you’ll move a lot.

#27 Learning2Fly   

Mission

Learning2Fly is super excited to announce our K-12 School Field Trips! If you are an educator, teacher, or administrator and would like to tour their studio to see what they offer, call 913-262-2600 or email Sumya@iAMLearning2Fly.com. Their passion is health – They teach kids 7 habits of health through creative activities and play!

#28 Lecompton Historical Society   

Lecompton

Lecompton was founded in 1854 and platted on a bluff on the south bank of the Kansas River. It was originally called “Bald Eagle,” but then later changed to Lecompton in honor of Samuel D. Lecompte, the chief justice of the territorial supreme court. In 1855, the town became the permanent and only official capital of the Kansas Territory. President James Buchanan appointed a governor and officials to establish government offices in Lecompton, and construction began on an elegant capitol building, Lane University / Territorial Capitol Museum.

In the fall of 1857 a convention met in Constitution Hall and drafted the famous Lecompton Constitution, which would have admitted Kansas as a slave state. The constitution was rejected after intense national debate and was one of the prime topics of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The controversy contributed to the growing dispute soon to erupt in civil war. The Lecompton Constitution failed, in part, because the antislavery party won control of the territorial legislature in the election of 1857. The new legislature met at Constitution Hall and immediately began to abolish the pro-slavery laws. The victorious free-state leaders chose Topeka as capital when Kansas became a state in 1861. They would like to extend an open invitation to you, to take a step back in time, to look at the rich heritage that led to the formation of their town and the State of Kansas.

#29 Lee’s Summit Physicians Group 

3 Locations in Lee’s Summit & Blue Springs 

Pediatricians are specialists in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. They currently accept new patients under the age of 18. Their training consists of three years of residency, limited to pediatrics, after completion of medical school. They are members of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and are American Board of Pediatrics certified or eligible. Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Pediatrics Section offers Personalized, Preventive, and Primary Care for infants, children and adolescents.

#30 Legoland Discovery Center    

Kansas City at Crown Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centers and LEGO® Education work in partnership to deliver high quality educational experiences will prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s world. Now educators can discover the learning philosophy of LEGO Education in the thrilling atmosphere of LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, offering a wonderful balance of learning and fun. They offer teachers well-designed, age appropriate school trips that support educational curriculum standards. All LEGOLAND Discovery Center workshops integrate hands-on materials and activities designed by LEGO Education in collaboration with real-world educators, meet current education standards bringing math, science, engineering, and language arts to life, and develop 21st century learning skills of communication, collaboration, critical-thinking, and problem solving

#31 Legler Barn Museum     

Lenexa

Welcome to the Lenexa Historical Society. They are a member based 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 1974. Their mission: To encourage community involvement the appreciation, preservation, and promotion of Lenexa’s Historical Heritage. How they do this: They host educational meetings, participate in community events and festivals, and bring local history to Lenexa’s schools through the City’s “Learning About Lenexa” program. They also partner with the City regarding Lenexa’s history museum: The Legler Barn Museum and Lenexa Frisco Train Depot, which displays local area history and artifacts, engaging exhibits, and includes a local historical research library.

#32 Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm  

Olathe  

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop offers students an opportunity to discover history where it happened. Activities with animals, wagons, and the stagecoach make visiting Mahaffie fun for children and a valuable tool for educators! Fall Home School Days are Thurs., Sept. 7 & Fri. Sept. 8. -Registration full for all sessions! We will not be able to accept walk up registrations, thank you for your understanding. Please mark your calendar for Spring Home School Days Thurs. Apr. 26 & Fri. Apr. 27.

#33 Mesner Puppet Theater     

Kansas City 

Bring Your Class to MPT! Make your next field trip a visit to Mesner Puppet Theater! Students K-12 will enjoy performances that stir the imagination and tickle the funny bone! Their theater creates shows based on contemporary children’s literature. The books, folktales and fairytales are chosen for their ability to be successfully translated into puppetry, colorful characters and plots that invite interpretation, and characters that lend themselves to the nature of puppet productions.

The puppet exhibition room is free, and a great way to introduce students to a variety of different puppets from different cultures. Make-A-Puppet kits will enhance your student’s visit and allow an opportunity for discussion in the classroom after the show. A paper puppet is designed for each show. Mesner Puppet Theater is a proud member of Kansas City Arts Partners, a sequential arts-in-education program for grades K-12, integrating our community’s arts resources into the curriculum of Greater Kansas City area schools districts.

#34 Midland Railway   

Baldwin City, KS 

The Midland Railway operates excursion trains on a line originally constructed in 1867 by the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Fort Gibson Railroad.   The Leavenworth, Lawrence and Fort Gibson Railroad Company (LL&G RR Co.) was originally chartered in 1858 to build a railroad from Leavenworth to the south Kansas boarder.  Construction began in late 1867 and on New Years day of 1868 track had been laid to Ottawa. Construction resumed in the spring of 1869 and reached Coffeyville, KS in 1871. Making a total distance of 143.83 miles for the railroad line.

The Midland Railway now offers train rides, featuring an over-20-mile round trip from Baldwin City via “Norwood, Kansas” to Ottawa Junction, Kansas, traveling through the scenic Eastern Kansas farmlands and woods via vintage railway equipment just like the original LL&G RR Co.

#35 Missouri Town 1855    

Lee’s Summit 

See what a progressive farming community, spread across some 30 sloping acres, looked like in the mid-1800s.
Missouri Town 1855 is composed of more than 25 buildings dating from 1820 – 1860. This living history museum uses original structures, furnishings and equipment. Also depicting the 19th Century lifestyles are interpreters in period attire, authentic field and garden crops, and rare livestock breeds. Visit with professional living history interpreters on this self-guided tour.

#36 Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 

Kansas City

The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was founded in 1990 in Kansas City, Missouri. It is a privately funded museum dedicated to preserving the history of Negro league baseball in America. The museum is part of the historic 18th & Vine district, which also includes the American Jazz Museum. The museum chronologically charts the progress of the Negro leagues with informative placards and interactive exhibits. Its walls are lined with pictures of players, owners, and officials of Negro league baseball from the Negro National League of 1920 through the Negro American League, which lasted until 1960. As one progresses through the exhibit, one moves forward through the history of Black baseball. In one area of the museum, there are lockers set up for some of the legends of the Negro leagues. One can see game-worn uniforms, cleats, gloves, and other artifacts from stars such as Josh Gibson.

#37 Oxford School House   

Leawood

The Historic One-Room Oxford Schoolhouse built in 1877, located at Ironwoods Park (147th & Mission) in Leawood, Kansas, will be open to the public every Saturday and Sundays in September, October and November. Saturday hours are 11:00am – 2:00pm and Sunday hours are 1:00 – 4:00 pm, weather permitting. Visit the school and talk with a costumed docent about the history of the Oxford School and the surrounding rural area.

The Oxford Schoolhouse is also available for programs year-round to groups of all ages by appointment any day or time, except during open house hours, for a small fee. Scout programs can meet badge requirements. Educational field trips are offered weekdays to elementary classrooms throughout the school year. The Historic Oxford Schoolhouse hosts events for children and adults throughout the year. For more information please call (913) 663-9157 weekdays.

#38 Paradise Park   

Lee’s Summit

Let Paradise Park be your classroom outside of your classroom. More than 10,000 students are served annually with these fun instructional field trips. During a Paradise Park field trip, students participate in four educational activities and also receive one hour of creative play time in our Discovery Play area, foam factory and mini golf. They can tailor your educational field trip to fit your learning objectives by combining activities from different topics.

#39 Potter’s Haven 

Lee’s Summit

Bring your next field trip, scouting event, or birthday party to Potter’s Haven! They have a large selection of pieces appropriate for parties of all ages. The cost ranges from $11-16 total per child to paint a figurine with acrylic paints that go home the same day. Pick your maximum price point and they’ll let the kids know what they can choose from based on your decision. A separate room is available with a $30 deposit, which is applied to your party total the day of. You are more than welcome to bring in your own food and drinks.

#40 Premier Bowling & Rec  

Raytown

At Premier Bowl, guests of all ages will enjoy good old fashioned bowling fun in a clean and safe environment. In addition to their group rates for field trips, outings, and birthdays, they also offer weekly specials for families to come out and enjoy an afternoon or evening together.

#41 Sea Life Aquarium       

Kansas City at Crown Center

With thousands creatures on display, a visit to SEA LIFE Kansas City will engage your student’s senses. In addition to the spectacular view from the underwater tunnel, children can get involved at the interactive rock pool by holding a crab or even touching a starfish. With so much to see and experience you will take learning beyond the classroom and into a new underwater world.

Field Trips are self-guided through the aquarium, giving all school groups the freedom to explore at their own pace! The aquarium walk-through experience typically takes 60-90 minutes for large groups. However, all school groups are free to spend as long as they would like inside.  Workshops are offered in 30 minute sessions. Each workshop can accommodate 32 students maximum. For larger groups, students can rotate between time spent inside the aquarium and time spent in a guided workshop led by a SEA LIFE Educator.

All workshops are open to students only (Adults are welcome to wait inside the aquarium!) and are entirely optional. Groups are not required to purchase a workshop for their visit. Each workshop entails a different hands-on activity led by a SEA LIFE Educator in our Education Room. Please note, if Field Trip groups are participating in multiple workshops, they will need to be separated by 15 minute increments to allow for material set-up.

#42 Sky Zone Trampoline Park Lee’s Summit 

Lee’s Summit

They’re the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action, and they never stand still. They’re always working to invent epic new ways to play, gather, and compete. The only way to understand it is to come experience it. So rally your crew and let’s go! Sky Zone is the original indoor trampoline park, and Sky Zone Fort Myers is proud to bring the unmatched, out-of-this-world, and high-flyin’ FUN of the world’s first all-trampoline, walled playing court to the Lees Summit area.

#43 Sky Zone KC Trampoline Park (Shawnee)

Shawnee

Welcome to the original home of wall-to-wall aerial action- Where they never stop searching for new ways to play. Community is important to Sky Zone Kansas City. In addition to their own charitable efforts, they’re eager to support your efforts to do good. Rent their space for your next fundraising event. They’ll do more than provide the space, they’ll help with flyers, helpful staff, meeting rooms, and more.

#44 Summit Lanes 

Lee’s Summit 

Young and old alike will enjoy knocking down pins at Summit Lanes. They have many things to offer you for your bowling experience. First, let’s start by saying that they have been a family owned business for over 40 years and strive to keep up with all the changes within the bowling industry. Their business is to make you happy and make sure that you have a great time every time you visit. Summit Lanes it the premier bowling center in the area, with a new remodel with synthetic lanes and new seating areas that glow in the dark. Their affordable rates on group outings and field trips make Summit Lanes an obvious choice for teachers and families alike.

#45 Sunset Trails Stables 

Lee’s Summit

Sunset Trails Stables offers field trips opportunities for any number of organizations including day care facilities, elementary and home schools, girl scouts & boy scouts, church youth groups and many others. Field trips are available all days of the week and include two hours of instruction from our staff. Access to the picnic area is available before and after the field trip. Visitors are encouraged to bring lunch and/or snacks. The cost is $10 per person for two-hour field trips that include horseback riding. Two-hour field trips that do not include horseback riding are $7 per person. Prices are for children and adults regardless of age.

An indoor facility is available; field trips will be held rain or shine. All field trip participants are required to have a release form signed by their parent or guardian prior to the day of the field trip. Release forms can be picked up at the Sunset Trails Stables office or printed online. Safety is always a top priority. Riding helmets will be provided. Closed toed shoes are required. Everyone is encouraged to bring a water bottle and apply sunscreen.

#46 TasteBuds Kitchen  

Leawood, KS

Taste Buds Kitchen’s mission is to be the top culinary entertainment experience for kids, families and adults by engaging and delighting our budding chefs in the kitchen. They support kids, families and food and strive to create a lifestyle around connecting, learning and growing in the culinary playground of the kitchen. Learn, laugh, cook.

What began as a few holiday baking classes and cupcake birthday parties, under the name Cupcake Kids!, quickly evolved into much more. Their culinary events now include an ever-growing variety of culinary classes, parties, camps and special events that combine a mix of hands-on engaging recipes, both savory and sweet, for kids and adults. They make the kitchen exciting and we create it all from scratch – from pasta to sushi and everyone’s favorite cupcakes!

#47 The Coterie Theatre  

Kansas City 

The Coterie is a non-profit organization, established in 1979, with the mission of providing professional classic and contemporary theatre which challenges audience and artist and provides educational, dramatic outreach programs in the community.

#48 The Farmer’s House   

Weston, MO 

The Farmer’s House is the combined dream of Peaches and David Cunningham for their son John David, and Suzanne and Alan Zimmerman for their daughter Julianna (Anna). The two families met at preschool for children with developmental disabilities when John David and Anna were 3 and 4 years old, today they are young adults. Like most parents who have children with a developmental disability, one of their biggest concerns was for their future. Every parent hopes that the future includes a safe environment for their child’s individual needs and a fulfilling and valued lifestyle. In 2006 out of these hopes and dreams The Farmer’s House, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)(3), was born. The idea of a working farm where children, youth and young adults could live, work, play and grow took shape and the process of learning as much as possible about existing farm or ranch communities for individuals with developmental disabilities was undertaken.

#49 The Storybook Forest  

They come to you!  

The Storybook Forest is an event entertainment company geared towards the creation of realistic, honest character interactions with children. They strive to make their costumes film quality, and have actors that represent the characters both visually and in performance. They design programs that fit each event specifically to your child. They perform anything from elementary schools, to tea parties for birthdays, and everything in-between. The Storybook Forest team is dedicated to engaging the pure imagination that is so powerful in all children.

#50 TimberRidge Adventure Center 

Olathe

TimberRidge Adventure Center (TRAC), one of Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s premier facilities for teamwork and team building, offers a wide range of opportunities for families, friends and work groups to challenge themselves, learn to communicate better, solve problems and work together.

Groups ranging from boy scouts to executive boards can experience fun and excitement in a noncompetitive, safe and supportive atmosphere. The main venue for these activities is the Center’s professionally certified challenge and ropes course featuring 28 low elements, a 300-foot zip line and a climbing tower with 3 other high elements. With firsthand experience and group discussion, TimberRidge participants explore and create problem-solving methods that are readily adaptable to the challenges of day-to-day life. In addition to the Challenge Course, TimberRidge offers other outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, archery, canoes, and paddleboats.

#51 Union Station & Science City  

Downtown Kansas City 

Let curiosity be your guide as you explore this dynamic, hands-on science center! Kids of all ages will experience the amazing world of science first-hand through fun and engaging exhibits and programs. Start your lifelong love of science, learning and discovery at Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City!

#52 Urban Air Trampoline 

Overland Park 

Urban Air Trampoline Park is the nation’s premier indoor trampoline and adventure parks. Urban Air Trampoline Park offers a variety of trampoline activities on its wall-to-wall trampolines, Foam Pit, trampoline Dodgeball, trampoline Runway, Slam Dunk Track and trampoline Bowl.

No matter if you are looking for a kids birthday party venue or to have some family fun, Urban Air Trampoline Park is the place to go.

#53 Waldo Gymnastics 

Kansas City 

Waldo Gymnastics is a beginner gymnastics club for girls and boys ages 18 and under. Beginner classes offer a great start to gymnastics & tumbling. Basic fitness and gymnastics skills are taught in an instructional 60 minute class. Each class ends with free time. Small classes with experienced teachers allow for ample individual attention. Ratio students/teacher 8:1. Parent Participation classes are a part of the ABC GYM program, ages 3 years and younger. ABC GYM classes are 45 minutes.

#54 Wings of Love Educational Bird Shows 

They come to you!
Yvonne Patterson-Burbach (the ‘Bird Lady’) had her first ‘pawakeet’ (parakeet) at the age of two. She has always loved nature more than anything. This passion led Yvonne to embark on an incredible journey during college. Working as a horticulturist she kept ‘Snowball’, a wild-caught Moluccan cockatoo she still has, a macaw, and an Amazon parrot who sang opera, amongst the acres of flowers. It didn’t take long to realize the public’s fascination with her birds, which led to the creation of Wings of Love.

Imagine experiencing the graceful silent flight of an eagle-owl’s 5 ½ ft. wingspan as ‘Swoop’ silently glides over the audience; the uncanny imitations of parrots who talk or sing; and the unbelievable trained routines the bird have learned ~ like riding a bicycle across a high wire. Our riveting bird shows bring the incredible avian world to audiences in a fun yet educational way to remind us of the natural gifts we share in the animal world. With our dedicated board of a CSI policeman, school educator and professional trainer, we are able to create routines to fit specific themes, or tie-ins with curriculum.

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We’re so blessed to be living in a town with so many incredible opportunities and resources for your young learners. We invite you to use this guide to help you along with your year. Whether you have a chance to visit one, or all, we’d love to hear from you! Stay connected with us here on the iFamilyKC blog, on social media, and all around town throughout the year!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli & The iFamilyKC Team


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Shopping Tips: What Eight Things Should You Be Buying Right Now?!

Back to school shopping is on everyone’s minds as summer comes to and end… but what are some other deals to be on the look out for this time of year?!  Sarah, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, shares some of her great shopping tips with us!  Take a look…

8 Things You Should Buy Right Now 

I always like looking for the best deal, and on most things I can usually find it. But when a major hit came to our budget recently I quickly turned into my mother—deal shopping became super charged deal shopping and only looking at something if there was a 70% off sign above it. This complete mind alteration made me think; last article I listed out where to find the cheapest back to school items, while looking in the latest shopping ads I realized there are a lot of other items on sale right now which I don’t need for my kindergartner but could use for the family!

Bedding

Primarily targeted at those going off to college, but sheets (especially twin sheets) bed décor, rugs and lamps are all on super sale right now. If you were thinking of updating a room in the house look at some of these items; just one or two pieces can drastically change a room.

Clothes and Shoes

This is an obvious one to update the kid’s wardrobe but think about you as well. A lot of places are marking down basic summer items right now and just because it is September doesn’t mean it is turning cold; and a lot of basic items can be worn under cardigans and jackets. Shoe stores are running BOGO events too. When you buy the new shoes for the kids throw in an additional pair for yourself. Bonus points if you can find something on clearance which becomes even cheaper as part of the BOGO! (Channeling my mom on that one!)

Backpacks

Yeah I know, we aren’t shopping for school supplies but hear me out! I was of the mindset that after I got rid of my diaper bag if it didn’t fit in my purse (which is about the size of said diaper bag) then the kids didn’t need it. Then I bought my great, very adult, expensive but on sale, pre-budget- blowup backpack and took it on our latest trip to the zoo. I AM IN LOVE! I still had both hands free and room enough to carry everything from snacks to wipes to my husband’s wallet and still had room for more! This being said, maybe it is time to look for one that is on sale, while not all of them are Trolls or Peppa Pig, some are basic in color and tailored to adults—and on sale!

Sandwich bags and lunch box supplies

Even if my kindergartener decides to take her lunch to school she still eats lunchables, applesauce, and cereal at home, so I will be stocking up on these items when they are on sale in a few weeks. Sandwich bags can always be used in my house; from breakfast carriers in the morning to leftovers, a surplus of these will be much appreciated. Clear out a place on a shelf in the garage to put all of these items.

Kleenex

Along this same line, Kleenex will be on sale right now because every classroom will have you bring at least two boxes per child. However, did you know that most homes use Kleenex as well! Stock up now for every room in the house and put some on that “supply” shelf in the garage! Come cold and flu season you will be happy you did!

Computers and Cell phones

Technology is all on sale right now, although targeted more toward those going off to college. But you can benefit now as well! If you aren’t thinking about buying right now but have some questions take advantage of stores bringing in more “experts” during this time. There will be someone that can answer your questions now about processors and data plans and then when the budget turns around or when you are ready for an upgrade you will know exactly what to ask for!

Swimsuits

This has nothing to do with school but it happens every year—stores want to clear out for their fall lines and swimsuits just don’t fit in. This is where you can take advantage of some great markdowns. Still scared to look in the mirror? It is proven that people are at their thinnest in the summer months; we are more active, tan and because of all the extra vitamin D we are getting we feel better about ourselves.

Patio furniture

Planning a Labor Day bbq? I know that my daughters’ 3rd birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I would love to have some more outdoor seating. Perfect timing! Everywhere is trying to clear out their patio furniture to either make room for school supplies or dare I say it fall holiday merchandise. Wait until about the end of August to get the really great deals; but don’t shop around too much, with good deals these aren’t going to be around for long!

From iFamily to Yours,


What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

It’s hard to believe that the end of July is sneaking up (quickly, like a tiger) upon us and it’s time to seriously start thinking about back to school shopping for clothes, shoes, supplies, and everything else that the kids need to get through another year. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad is here to help with some fantastic tips to make your shopping experience a little bit easier this year. Take a look…

 What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

What You Need to Know About Back To School Shopping

Yes, we are really talking about back to school shopping! Even though we started in the beginning of July (we home school), seeing all these sales really makes the “Back to School” season feel real! All those awesome backpacks, locker decor, and crayons really seem to say summer is over.

So this year as you get ready to pick up all your school essentials, Check out these local places for insane deals and all the things you and your kids will love!

Office Depot

Office Depot has one of the best deals. And by deals, I mean .01 deals! During certain times, they will offer items for only .01! You just have to keep track of the ad. But most of their school supplies is under $5 and backpacks are only $10. You can pick up the paper ad or even see you current stores deals by checking them out online.

Staples

Staples is another great place for cheap Items. Currently, Staples has all of their writing and coloring supplies for .97. They even have Crayola (my family’s fave) Marked down. Compared to 2.50- 4.00, that’s a huge score!

Target

Target was one of my first stops last year! They had almost everything you need for on .50! Notebooks, glue, index cards… you name it! We were able to stock up well into this year with the awesome deals they had. Not to mention, they have a wide variety of colors and package sizes as well.

Dollar Tree

Over the past few years, Dollar Tree has really stepped up their merchandise! Before, I would be hesitant to buy certain things from there because of the quality and also the style as well. But the other day when I was perusing around my local Dollar Tree, I found some of the trendiest notebooks, folders and journals! Perfect for kids of all ages along with more traditional composition notebooks.  Not to mention they have an outstanding teacher corner as well! Plus, you can never really break the bank there because everything is a dollar!

Walmart

Walmart tends to be a lot of people’s go- to store. When I was there last week, they had everything for every grade. Especially some really cool printed notebooks for your trendy teen. I even bought several to have for myself! I mean rose gold foil prints?!?! I’m sold! Not to mention they have a lot of 1.00 or less items as well. Once major steal was a Scotchtape pack of 2 for only $1. That is a pretty good bargain! Plus tons of glue sticks for .25-.50 and folders for only .97!

So, as you get ready to venture out, into the crazy world of back to school shopping, keep these places and deals in mind!  Happy shopping!

Pro-Tip: Check several ads throughout the metro area. Not all cities and counties have the same deals. Last year, I found small price differences that not only saved me money, but saved me time from driving all around!

From iFamily to Yours,

b

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Save Big This Year On Back to School Shopping

Time never seems to slow down for us as parents, does it?! Sarah, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, was shocked at what she discovered while she was out shopping (read on to find out more!). What she saw reminded her that back to school season is nearly here. She’s sharing her tips for saving big on supplies today on the blog. Take a look…

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Save Big This Year On Back to School Shopping

Seems like summer gets shorter and shorter. As I walked through Hobby Lobby last week I was shocked to find turkey’s and pumpkins next to my 80% spring clearance. I am still decorating with Spring, by the way! Bonus! Two more aisles down—they had Christmas! The classy woman who was nice enough to ignore me when a favorite cuss word exited my mouth is truly a saint!

The more I thought about the coming months I realized just how expensive the last part of the year is! And now we have one entering Kindergarten in the next month—which means school supplies and backpacks and clothes! In fact, a survey on back to school spending from the National Retail Federation found that we spend $27.3 billion on school supplies. I am a type A control freak who likes to get things done early. Waiting until Missouri’s tax free weekend, on August 4th, is completely out of the question! Besides I have coupons that expire before then.

Obviously to save a lot of money, wait for the tax free weekend and head to the Missouri side for the larger items and for the clothes. However for school supplies and backpacks there are some pretty good sales going on right now that you could check out. Below is a few tips on places that you may have not thought of!

Walmart and Target

Obviously. Wal-Mart can usually beat anyone’s prices on the basics–folders, pencils, etc. So check there first, however I know more than one person who won’t set foot in a Wal-Mart so unless these people are closet online Wal-Mart shoppers then head on down the road to Target.  I am a frequent Target Dollar spot shopper and it is amazing what you can find there. For instance I bought the cutest red, blue and Fourth of July patterned stem less wine glasses at the dollar spot—by the way those aren’t dishwasher safe. Now I have the cutest red, blue and Fourth of July patterned children-sized cups! Anyway the dollar shop is a good place to just check for folders and pencil cases; you can usually find these things with no problems and at fair prices.

Dollar Stores

Speaking of dollar spots, Dollar General and the like are a great place to find things from backpacks to larger items like calculators and notebooks. I know these things are much cheaper here than they would be at a big box store so take a look next time you pass one.

Garage Sales

This is way out of the box thinking but just maybe. I know I have some supplies like notebook paper, pencils and pens that yes have been opened but honestly does it matter? Loose leaf paper is going to go in a notebook anyway and pens will be opened and thrown in a backpack. Also backpacks are a good find at garage sales- most are still in great condition and will be a fraction of the cost brand new. The old is new again—old is now called vintage!

Oriental Trading Company

I never thought of my go-to for party supplies and favors to have their share of school supplies as well! Some of their items are going to be sold in bulk but it is worth a look. Bulk stores is another great option for supplies. I am not sure how many people would use 1,000 pencils in a school year but maybe you want to buy for the next 18 years and that is fine. Instead of thinking that far in the future, as my Type A control freak self commends you for thinking that far in advance, let’s stick to a more realistic time period.

I am sure that you know the other parents in your child’s class, you’ve been to PTO meetings with them, you have talked in the halls, you are Facebook friends and maybe even vacationed together; so why not organize a supply master list. All families chip in a said amount, head to the bulk stores and buy the economy sized pencil supply and then you can divvy up the pencils as well as the savings to each family.

6PM- Backpacks

I can remember my favorite part of school shopping was the backpack buying! I always was a JanSport fan and loved the great designs they always had. In researching for this post I found a TON more brands to choose from and the choice is unlimited when you go online. The above site 6pm Backpacks.com has pretty much any brand, color, style that you could ever want and at pretty significant savings. I bought, I mean found, a Vera Bradley backpack for $69.99, which is about 50% of the retail price. And my beloved JanSport? Way more expensive than I remember but at this website still 40% off.

Grocery Stores

Finally, I am always out for the gas rebates from my favorite grocery store. When school gets closer they usually run promotions on school supplies. You can usually rack up quite a few rebates when buying these items. They may not be the cheapest, but you do get to save somewhere in the budget.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

There are so many incredible activities and opportunities available to you and your family here in the metro area and we are so excited to share 9 places you can visit in downtown KC this summer. Take a look…

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Alright folks, Summer is in full swing and back to school shopping is already in the talks! So if you haven’t had the chance to take that once a year vacation as a family, consider these places for an amazing staycation. Kansas City has so many wonderful family friendly places to visit! And don’t worry about that bank account, there are Cheap and FREE places too! Check them out.

Crown Center

Crown Center is a great place for everyone in the family. There are awesome toy shops, cool local threads, great food and fun discovery centers! Currently, Crown Center has a free exhibit featuring Thomas the Train! It is great for the younger kids.

Savings Tip: Check out their website for free movies and music on the weekends this summer!

Coterie Theater

The Coterie Theater is another family favorite. While tickets can be a little pricey for a larger family, they have great group rates as well. The theater runs various shows throughout the year and they vary in topics and age ranges.

Science City

Whether you are looking to explore nature or architecture, Science City is not only educational but fun for everyone! I always find something to explore when I go myself lol. Grab your walking shoes and plan a day filled with Science.

LegoLand Discovery Center

Next to Crown Center, LegoLand Discover Center is perfect for the creative mind in your family. Spend the day exploring the world of Legos in a fun interactive indoor attraction including rides, a 4-d theater, and a massive supply of Legos perfect for your master builders!

Savings tip: Your kids go FREE using our exclusive code that you can find here

Kaleidoscope

This is probably my family’s favorite place! The Hallmark Center donates art and craft supplies for kids of all ages to create and express themselves artistically! This Free space is open Monday- Saturday and they offer various times.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families! 

College Basketball Experience

Located next to the Sprint Center in downtown KCMO, your family can learn about college legends and experience the game of college basketball! They are open daily this summer.

Savings Tip: Save $2 on admission with our exclusive discount offer here!

Sea Life

Located directly next door to LegoLand, explore the deep sea at Kansas City’s #1 aquarium! They are open daily and with over 5,000 sea creatures, you can touch starfish and more in the touch pool!

Savings Tip- Your kids can get in absolutely FREE using our exclusive coupon code found here!

City Market

The famous City Market has amazing restaurants, fresh produce and on the weekends, unique entertainment. Visit the market and grab a bite or two with fun activities inside the market, like the Steamboat Arabia.

WWI Museum

A stellar museum full of history and a memorial, visit the WWI Museum to learn and explore the history of America and its part in WWI. Also check their calendar for special events and programs.

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions each month!

Summer vacation will be over before you know it! Make sure you check out these local favorites before school starts! Also, since all of these locations are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Mapping Out July: Events at National World War I Museum & Memorial

Happy Saturday, Everyone!

It’s hard to believe that June is over and we’re heading into the seventh month of the year (where does the time go?!). We are so fortunate to have such incredible family friendly opportunities, resources, and events going on all the time in and around the metro area and we waned to share the full calendar of opportunities that are available to your family at the World War I Museum and Memorial this month. Take a look…

In the throes of the summer, the National World War I Museum and Memorial continues to serve as a destination of activities for people of all ages and interests. As children are on summer break and looking for activities, the Museum hosts a variety of events for children of all ages related to World War I.

world war i museum

July National World War I Museum and Memorial Events

Wednesdays

World War Wednesdays (all tickets $8)

Thursdays

Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)

Saturdays

Hands-on History, 2 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Calendar Of Activities

Sunday, July 2

Vive I’independence!, 2 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Wednesday, July 5

35th Infantry Division Band: A Home Front Concert, 2 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Friday, July 7

Save a Life: Centennial Blood Donation, 8 a.m. – Noon (Walk-ins welcome)

Sunday, July 9

Day in the Life: Soldiers on Global Fronts, All Day (FREE to the public)

Wednesday, July 12

Children’s Gallery Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)

Modernist Meetup: Curators’ Gallery Conversations, 5:30 p.m. (FREE for members only)

Thursday, July 13

Cinetransformer Immersive Experience of “Dunkirk” Movie Prologue, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Friday, July 14

Film Friday: Jules et Jim, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Saturday, July 15

Story Time: Why War is Never a Good Idea, 11 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)

Wednesday, July 19

Fueling the Fight: Foraging and Food Conservation, 6 p.m. (Tickets $10)

Saturday-Sunday, July 22-23

WW1USA Amateur Radio Station, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (FREE to the public)

Thursday, July 27

Pilates in the Park, 7:30 a.m. (FREE with pre-registration)

Sunday, July 30

The Great Car Show, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for youth)

About the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war.

The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

 

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36 Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love In July

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! Like so many of your children, my daughter’s last day of summer school is rapidly approaching and (confession!) I haven’t made a whole lot of plans for her (yet) for the month of July. After speaking to many of my fellow mom friends, I know I’m not alone in this (and neither are you!) so we thought we’d share some pretty incredible summer programs that are available to your family for the rest of this summer! Take a look…

summer camps

36 Awesome Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love This July

Are your kids ready for some fun activities around the metro this July?! We’ve got a list of 35 places in and around Kansas City that your kids are going to love next month! As an added bonus, many of them have special discounts that are available to you within our monthly issue (which you can access online anytime through this link) so be sure to check out our guide to take advantage of extra savings when you book your child’s summer camp experience this year!

1. Science City 

Going on until August 4th, your kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps!

2. CYT KC

CYTKC has camps all across the metro area for kids ages 4-12 for musical and non-musical sessions including Disney Around the World, Disney on Broadway, High School Musical, Star Wars Episode II, Lord Of the Rings, and MORE! Learn more and get $10 off using the code IFAMILYNEW at cytkc.org.

3. We Rock The Spectrum 

At the metro area’s only indoor sensory gym with a focus on Autism, your children will enjoy Rockin’ Friends, arts and crafts, sensory activities, and open play at We Rock The Spectrum Kansas City. They’re offering half and full day camp options in June and July. Grab the details on their website and call (816) 844-9580 to pre-register. Single day camp admission is available!

4. Summit Stables 

Summit Stables offers a summer camp perfect for all riders, ages 6 and up! No prior experience necessary, riders will be grouped with those of similar ability levels for their daily lessons, taught by experienced trainers.  They feature lessons, horsecare 101, grooming, driving lessons, arts and crafts, water play, and finish the week with a mini horse show for friends and family so riders can show off their new skills.  Check out www.summitstablesmo.com for more information or call 816-607-1440 to reserve your spot today!

5. J Camp at the Jewish Community Center

This day camp also has a wide variety of activities for your child including swimming, drama, sports, culinary, tennis and more!

6. Paint, Glaze, and Fire Ceramics & Coffee House 

Join Paint, Glaze, and Fire for their 20th camp session! Children will have fun creating ceramic, clay, canvas, and glass fusion projects. Sign up early since class sizes are limited! (913) 645-1966

7. Sky Camp at Sky Zone

Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, kids can jump around either for a full day or half day and this cool facility!

8. The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art has summer art classes for kids and adults!

9. Emerald City Gymnastics

During any of the five sessions to join in on, your young athletes will develop their gymnastics skills, climb the 5,000 sq. foot indoor rock wall, enjoy fun playtime, participate in crafts and games, and get a fun camp shirt! Open to children ages 5 thru 12 with full day, morning, and afternoon sessions available. Grab a spot now!

10. Jacomo Summer Camp

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! Located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County, Missouri! To request more information, contact organizers at 816-229-8980

11. Summit Lanes Lee’s Summit 

Kids bowl FREE all Summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Children ages 15 and under can bowl two free games every day in the summer. Pre-register online or call (816) 524-3322 for more info.

12. Lori’s School Of Music

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12 per week and are  a great way to introduce your budding pianist to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

13. Horizon Academy

Located in Roeland Park, Kansas, hey offer academic tutoring for students with Add/Adhd, dyslexia and specific learning disorders.

14. Sion Summer Spectacular at Notre Dame de Sion School

Your kids can participate in Art, Stem, Fitness and health enrichment.

15. Accelerated Schools of Overland Park 

Students enjoy 90 minutes of creative expression as well as 2 1/4 hours of individualized academic instruction at Accelerated Schools of Overland Park. Open to 4th-8th graders June 5th- July 28th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

16. Ceramic Cafe

Fun themes that change with each camp session, their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. Email ceramiccafekc@gmail.com for more info.

17. Debbie Howard’s Gym

Located in Olathe, Debbie Howard’s Gym offers gymnastics classes, open gyms, birthday parties, and full gym rentals. They aim to teach your kids how to believe in themselves. Call for more info (913) 829-3006.

18. Kansas City Ballet Summer Programs 

Your performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 3-18. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon! (816) 931-2299.

19. Theater of the Imagination

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, kids can act, sing and make movies! Plus when you enroll, mention iFamilyKC for $10 OFF!

20. Sunset Trails Stables 

Sunset Trails camp fun includes horseback riding, care for animals, outdoor activities, barn games, gardening, fun crafts, and more! Available for kids ages 6 and up in Lee’s Summit. Call (816) 554-7699 for more details.

21. JCPRD Summer Camps 

Friendship, teamwork, and exploration are all in store for your kids at JCPRD’s Summer Camps! They’ve got indoor and outdoor full day and partial day options available. Connect with Johnson County Parks & Rec directly for more information.

22. Kids On Campus KCKCC

Ideal for ages 8 thru 18, KCKCC’s Kids On Campus program provides sports, STEM enrichment, arts, field trips, life skills, and more during their day camp in June and July. Grab more info online and register for your child’s spot now before space fills up.

23. Learning 2 Fly

Learning 2 Fly is the place to be for curious minds and energetic bodies. Their summer camps are a fun way to enjoy aerial fitness and more! Call (913) 262-2600 for more details.

24. Shakespeare Summer Camps 

Camp Shakespeare is a fun and unique summer arts experience you kids will never forget! Taught by theater professionals in a neighborhood near you from Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Grab more info at (816) 531-7728.

25. Kanakuk 

Since 1926, Kanakuk has been providing America’s premier summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 6-18. here is no better way to create lifelong friendships and build your child’s character and confidence this summer. Call for more information (417) 266-3000.

26. Kansas City Young Audiences 

Conveniently located in Midtown, Kansas City Young Audiences offers camps and classes all summer long for ages 4 through 18. Schedules and class descriptions are available online.

27. i9 Sports of Johnson County

Located in Lenexa, Kansas, i9 offers a wide variety of sports for boys and girls! Focusing on new sports and sportsmanship while having fun!

28. Kansas City Zoo 

Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps are now enrolling at the Kansas City Zoo! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Camps start May 30th! (816) 595-1234

29. Champions Gymnastics Academy 

Starting June 5th, from 7am-6pm (Monday thru Friday), you kids can enjoy Summer Day Camps at Champions Gymnastics! Drop in by the hour ($5/hour) or pay $150/week. Call their location in Raytown at (816) 360-9879 to sign up!

30. Jazz Camp 

Kansas City Community College and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra present Jazz Camp, a summer program for people ages 13 and up. Includes lunch and a camp shirt. Call (913) 228-7503 for more details.

31. Camp Grow

Camp Grow introduces your child to 4-H! Completed projects will be entered into this year’s fair. The program is presented by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Call for more information (913) 721-1075.

32. Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all fairy princesses and rock stars! Join Crescendo Conservatory this year for fairy princess camp and rock star camp. Twirling in tutus though a magical forest or dancing under a mirror ball are all in store for your dancers this summer. Visit online for more information.

33. Xtreme Gymnastics 

Registration is now open for campers at Xtreme Gymnastics! From Day camps to gym warrior camps and gymnastics camps, there’s something for everyone at XGT Kids!

34. Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

This summer camp introduces your child to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! For more information you can request info from southkc@engineeringforkids.net.

35. Cub Creek Science camp

You kid can learn, explore and experience animal adventures! They are a sleep away camp and are located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

36. StageWorx 

StageWorx is a theater day camp that offers various sessions for age groups from preschool through high school. They focus on providing excellence in theater performance, depth of personal character, and lasting friendships. Call (816) 536-2840 for more details!

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Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

If you haven’t been to Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas yet, you’re missing out. They’re on a mission to keep the history of railroading alive with their unique seasonal events and special activities, including one that your family can take advantage of this weekend ONLY and don’t forget that you can save $2 per ticket using our exclusive code (at the bottom of this post) for your trip! Erin, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, had a chance to check out the limited time Day Out With Thomas and Friends this morning and is sharing her experience with you this evening on the blog. Take a look…

Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

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ALL ABOARD! The FINAL weekend for Day Out with Thomas at Midland Railway is THIS weekend! My guys and I had the opportunity to check out the festivities in Baldwin City, KS, located about an hour or so from KC. Check out our day!

My husband, son, and I ventured out this morning and made a SUPER fun day of it!  They offered free parking with a shuttle bus from the elementary school.  It was my two year old’s first experience on a school bus so he was excited from the moment we got out of the car.  We arrived just in time for our departure on Thomas!  The look on his face when he saw the giant train with Thomas pulling it was best part of the whole experience for this momma!  He is a HUGE fan of trains, Thomas and all his friends!

The ride lasted about 35 minutes or so and takes you on a scenic tour of Baldwin City farmland!  When we got off the train and all the memorable pictures in front of Thomas were complete, we were free to check out all of the other many fantastic activities: bouncy house, Imagination Station, mini golf, gift shop, Sir Topham Hatt, story telling and videos, magic show and much more! The bounce house was the perfect size for little ones ages 2 to 6!  When you arrive you are provided a Passport to Friendship with 4 different “stamp stations” and once you complete your passport you get a little prize!

There is a gift shop with lots of fun exclusive Day Out with Thomas merchandise to remember your trip! We wrapped up our trip with lunch at Moose Backwoods BBQ, a restaurant located inside the gas station, on the way out of town.  It was pretty good (but I think as Kansas Citians we all know who rules the roost on the gas station BBQ thing!)

A combo ticket gets you a ride on Thomas AND on Percy!  Tickets are still available at midlandrailway.org. Be sure to use discount code IFKC2017 for $2 off each ticket! It was a great little day trip for my family and I definitely see another visit to see Thomas and the gang in our future!

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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