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Kansas City Museum Guide: 2018 Edition

We are so blessed here in Kansas City to have such incredible resources for families all around town. We asked Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to explore some of the incredible museums in the area and she’s sharing our 2018 KC Museum Guide with you today on the blog. Use our interactive map to help guide you on your next advenure around town. Take a look…
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Your Guide to Kansas City Museums!

Kansas City is known for many things. From the Chiefs to the Royals, the rich history and delicious barbecue, our town has a lot to offer families including an abundance of KC museums that you can visit year round.

Growing up, I only knew of a few Kansas City museums around town because we would venture there on school field trips. Now that I am older, I am realizing that there are TONS more out there! I strongly urge you to take some time and visit as many of these as you can! I’ve compiled your 2018 museum guide to help you visit some of the best Kansas City tourist attractions this year.

Kansas City Museum Guide: 2018 Edition

I have listed these local gems along with their address and website! Quick reminder to always check ahead of time for hours, pricing and any FAQ’s you might have!

National World War 1 Museum

2 Memorial Dr, Kansas City | MO 64108-4616

Steeped in history, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s only museum dedicated to sharing the stories of the Great War through the eyes of those who lived it.

Interactive displays, thought-provoking films and eyewitness testimonies help guide visitors through one of the largest collections of WWI artifacts in the world.

From the first shots fired in 1914 to the last attempts at peace in 1919, this award-winning museum offers a global perspective of “The War to End All Wars,” and includes firsthand accounts from the battlefield and home front alike.

Plan your visit to the National World War I Museum today, and learn why the First World War wasn’t the last.

College Basketball Experience

1401 Grand Blvd, Sprint Center | Kansas City, MO 64106-2917

INTERACTIVE is what sets The College Basketball Experience apart from any other museum in the world. Don’t just come and see! Get off the bench and get completely immersed in the game! Explore all our interactive activities online & plan to visit The CBE soon!

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak St. | Kansas City, MO 64111-1818

The Nelson-Atkins is a gathering place for people to share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind. Free admission gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy, appreciate and understand the finest visual arts.

Kansas City Museum

3218 Gladstone Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64123-1199

The Kansas City Museum, located at 3218 Gladstone Blvd., KCMO 64123, is currently working on Stage I Construction, which includes the restoration and renovation of Corinthian Hall (the mansion) into a leading-edge 21st-century museum of Kansas City’s history and cultural heritage.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

5235 Oak St (Across from Univ of Kansas City) | Kansas City, MO 64112-2877

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures educates, inspires, and delights adults and children through the museum’s collection and preservation of toys and miniatures.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

4420 Warwick Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64111-1821

Kansas City’s acclaimed, FREE contemporary art museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 1994 and draws more than 100,000 visitors each year. The Museum boasts a rapidly growing Permanent Collection of modern and contemporary works of art from around the world, and hosts exhibitions, installations, film and video series, lectures, concerts, workshops, and other creative programs.

American Jazz Museum

1616 East 18th Street | Kansas City, MO 64108-1610

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater. Since its inception in 1997, the Museum hosts thousands of students, scholars, musicians and fans of the arts for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of modern day jazz.

Negro League Baseball Museum

1616 East 18th Street  | Kansas City, MO 64108-1610

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.

Arabia Steamboat Museum

400 Grand Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64106-1111

When the mighty Steamboat Arabia sank near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, she carried 200 tons of mystery cargo. Lost for 132 years, its recovery in 1988 was like finding the King Tut’s Tomb of the Missouri River. Remarkably preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware and more. The discovery was truly a modern day treasure-hunting story at its best.

Union Station

30 West Pershing Road | Kansas City, MO 64108-2410

The 100 year old Union Station is a hub of culture, education, and entertainment. Visit traveling national exhibits, 3D movies on the Extreme Screen, or explore our world in Science City, or enjoy a cup of coffee or a special meal in this beautiful, historic building. Union Station has something for everyone in the family.

The Money Museum

1 Memorial Dr | Kansas City, MO 64108-4604

Walk-in guests are welcome any time. Reservations are not required. Our free, walk-in experience allows you to see all of the exhibits, the Cash Processing and Vault viewing area, and our audio tour and iPad scavenger hunt are available for use.

National Airline History Museum

201 NW Lou Holland Dr | Kansas City, MO 64116-4223

We hope you can find time to visit our Museum with your friends and family in the near future to see whats happening at Hangar 9.  The heart of Kansas City plays host to our piece of history and we encourage you to keep an eye on our events schedule above to know whats going on at Hangar 9.

Kansas City Garment District Museum

801 Broadway Blvd | Kansas City, MO 64105-1596

The KCM@HGD provides 3,300 square feet for exhibitions, programs, and events, and it is adjacent to Garment District Place Park. In addition, the KCM@HGD is across the street from the Historic Garment District Museum, a 1,000 square-foot space located at 801 Broadway in the historic Poindexter Building at the northeast corner of 8th St. and Broadway Blvd.

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

7000 NE Barry Rd | Kansas City, MO 64156-1278

Nestled quietly on 80 acres out of the 1,000 acres that makes up Hodge ParkThe museum has twenty-one structures with seventeen authentic 19th century buildings dating from 1807-1885.  Our historic log cabins and homes were relocated from surrounding counties to create a village setting. 

Leila’s Hair Museum

1333 S Noland Rd | Independence, Missouri 64055

Leila’s Hair Museum is the only hair museum in the world, boasting over 600 hair wreaths and over 2000 pieces of jewelry made of human hair. First-time visitors to the museum usually don’t know what to expect. There is no exact date that can be pinpointed as to when and where hair art began, but it is known to have flourished in the Victorian times and can be traced back to the 12th century. Many pieces were for a memorial purpose; however this art form was also used as a keepsake of a loved one before cameras were invented. Hair was a token of love in these times as well as a remembrance of someone who passed away. The tradition of giving a lock of hair goes back hundreds, and even thousands of years and can be traced from different cultures as well as different time periods.

Museum at Prairiefire

5801 W. 135th Street | Overland Park KS 66223

The Museum at Prairiefire features rotating natural history-based exhibitions, curated by the world-renowned scientists of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. Museum at Prairiefire exhibitions rotate semi-annually and feature fossils, historical artifacts, and state-of-the-art interactives for visitors of all ages.

Johnson County Museum

8788 Metcalf Ave | Overland Park, KS, 66212

The Johnson County Museum began as an all-volunteer organization in 1967 with the mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Johnson County with its community. Originally located in Shawnee in the 1,500 square foot 1927 Greenwood School, the museum expanded at the site to a 20,000 sq. ft. facility.

Belger Arts Center

Belger Building, 3rd Floor 2100 Walnut Street | Kansas City, MO 64108-1885

The John and Maxine Belger family created a 501C3 foundation to educate the public regarding the work of artists including, but not exclusive to William Christenberry, Terry Winters, Robert Stackhouse, William Wiley, Terry Allen, Renee Stout, and Jasper Johns. The Collection spans their careers allowing study of their work and their creative processes. The Collections are available for loan to art institutions and museums throughout this country and abroad. In addition to sharing the collection we curate new exhibitions throughout the year. All of this is free to the public. We also use our facilities to partner with other art-related organizations for their art related events. We are conveniently located in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District.

American Royal Museum

1701 American Royal Court | Kansas City, MO 64102

American Royal Museum and Visitors Center. Hands-on, interactive museum of agricultural history. The American Royal is Kansas City’s famed barbecue, rodeo, horse and livestock show venue.

TWA Museum

10 Richards Rd #110 | Kansas City, MO 64116

The mission of the TWA Museum is to provide information to the public emphasizing the story, history and importance of the major role TWA played in pioneering commercial aviation. From the birth of airmail to the inception of passenger air travel, to the post-WWII era of global route expansion, TWA led the way for 75 years.

I hope you found this guide helpful when planning your next family outing!

From iFamily to Yours,


How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young preacher who dedicated his short life to the ideals of “freedom and justice for all.”  He was a gifted orator and a vital figure in American history.  On the third Monday of every year, we take time to honor his legacy.  This year, the holiday will be observed on January 15th, 2018. We’ve got the scoop on ways you can honor Dr. King with your family on MLK Day this year. Take a look…

How to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day

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Cleaver Family YMCA Volunteering

Kansas Citians honor Dr. King in a myriad of ways.  Many people consider King Holiday to be “A Day On, Not A Day Off.  As such, many people set this day aside to participate in community service projects.  Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, is hosting one such event at the Cleaver Family YMCA, where there will opportunities for service for the entire family.  This event offers the chance to do everything from making birthday bags, to making memorial hearts for those in an area hospice.

Southern Christian Leadership Conference

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City also commemorates the holiday with nearly two weeks’ worth events culminating with a mass celebration on January 15th, at the Palestine Missionary Baptist Church at 3619 E 35th St, and awards dinner on January 17th.  For more information, check out their website at .

Motocade for Hunger

In Kansas City, Kansas, there will be a Motorcade for Hunger starting at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 417 Richmond.  The goal is to collect 5000 cans of food.  The motorcade will travel to the Reardon Center at where the annual King Day celebration will be held.  The celebration will include a 200-voice mass choir, and scholarships will be presented to more than 30 area high school seniors.  The keynote speaker will Dr. Calvin Butts III.  Dr. Butts is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series

Later in the month, Dr. Joy Degruy will be speaking as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture series at the University of Missouri Kansas City.  Dr. Degruy is scheduled to speak on January 30th.  The cost of the event is $7.00 for community members.  Students of the university can attend for free.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an important figure in American History.  It is important that we honor his legacy, celebrate his accomplishments, and keep his dream alive.

From iFamily to Yours,

Gabrielle

 

 

 


10 Best & Easiest K12 Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

Are you considering homeschooling or have homeschoolers that need a fresh start?! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is back with her two-part series sharing her top 10 homeschool curriculum ideas for families today on the blog. Take a look…

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Hello, Kansas City! Last year (relax, it was only a few weeks ago), I shared several different homeschooling programs that are available to your family in the first part of my two part series on homeschooling. Today, I’d like to share some of the best and easiest homeschooling curriculum options to get you started. When my family started homeschooling, there were already many k-12 homeschool programs out there but, to be honest, I feel that number has likely trippled in the short time my homeschoolers have been learning.

Starting a journey like this can be overwhelming in many different ways. You will begin to question your every move (and so will onlookers who are watching you). Knowing that you have a solid, well-rounded, and liked curriculum will take so much of the pressure and self-doubt off of your shoulders. So, let’s get the ball rollin’! Here are 10 of the best and easiest homeschool curriculums to start with!

10 Best & Easiest K12 Homeschool Curriculum Ideas

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#1 All in One Homeschool

I debated if I would let our curriculum choice be known, but I love it so much I had to just tell you! This was our third curriculum choice and it had been perfect for us! Most of the work is online but there are options to print a lot of it out. This curriculum is free and is fitting for grades Prek- HS. I am able to keep track easily with their daily tracker and layout.

#2 ABCMouse

This is another favorite in our house! This is designed for toddlers- 3rd grade readiness. While this one is not free, it is very reasonable and  has a lot of “life learning”. Kids can take care of pets, clean rooms and even dress their avatars. ABCMouse has a learning path for each level to ensure they are learning age appropriate lessons. Students can even head to their classroom to pick their own interests!

#3 MobyMax

This was our first curriculum and since we started using it, it has undergone some major improvements! MobyMax is great for elementary middle school students. MobyMAx was designed to fill gaps in subjects and to help students learn at a faster pace. With this program, you are in charge if picking subjects, time frames and how often it should be completed. While they do track progress in subjects, you will need to keep a daily log of subjects to make sure your child is working on all the appropriate lessons.

#4 Time 4 Learning

This program is for Pre K HS. Time 4 learning is also mostly online but does offer printable lessons as well. With this program, you can change grade levels on individual subjects to fit your child’s needs. They even keep track of your child’s work for your HS portfolio.

#5 Abeka

This is a Christian based curriculum and can be done in 3 ways. Abeka offers “School in a box”, digital curriculums and video lessons. With Abeka, you really can’t customize each subject for your kids. If they are ahead or behind on a specific subject, you may need to use a different resource for supplemental materials.

#6 Sonlight

This is also a Christian based curriculum set. Sonlight is for those wanting to only use book and can be used for Prek- 12th grade. They even include college prep lessons as well. Sonlight is a little more customizable than Abeka as you can purchase individual subjects. If you are not sure which lesson to purchase, they even have a shop by level so you can ensure you are selecting age appropriate material.

#7 Starfall

Starfall was a program we used when Thai was in kindergarten. We used the free version to help with her reading and it was wonderful! Starfall also has a membership program which opens up more learning activities. Starfall is designed for Prek-2nd grade and is 100% online with the option to create printables to supplement.

#8 Alpha Omega Publications

This is a one stop shop for Christian homeschooling. They offer options for book learning, online learning and student or teacher led learning. You can select which style works best for you and your family.

#9 K12

This is a public school at home option. Even though you will be at home, K12 offers teacher led classroom lessons, projects and check ins with you! K12 is designed for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. K12 offers private school education or public education and they provide you with most of your materials needed for learning.

#10 Create Your Own

This method may or may not work with your family. All of the planning, teaching, reading and record keeping is your responsibility. While it may take more time organizing lessons and projects, you will be able to fully customize your child’s own curriculum. This will ensure your child in interested and you know what and where their strengths and weaknesses are.

All of these homeschool curriculum ideas have been used for years by many families. Each one loves one for their own reason! When picking a curriculum, keep in mind that it’s not about the most expensive, the most elaborate or the one with the most books. The best curriculum is one your child loves to work on, keeps them interested and pushes them to do more! I hope this 2 part post has helped you get ready to start your homeschooling journey!

From iFamily to Yours,


Websites for Kids: Ten FREE Learning Games They’ll Love

Do your children love to go online?! Ruth, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad, has compiled a guide of incredible websites for kids that the whole family can enjoy! From great online learning games to educational videos, recipes for kids, and everything in between…if you’re on the hunt for a great learning website, we’ve got the scoop. Take a look…

Websites for Kids: Ten FREE Learning Games They’ll Love

Technology is a bit part of our lives and kids are no longer immune to screen time. Computers are no longer just used professionally but they are useful tools for kids in school and it prepares them for the world in a lot of ways. Technology also has a lot of disadvantages. There is a lot of junk out there to be found on the net and, if your kids are like mine, they enjoy YouTube videos about other kids opening toys, toy reviews and other mindless garbage that I would have never taken an interest in as a child. Kids love the opportunity to get on the tablet or other devices. If you are looking for some ways to make screen time more educational, then this guide is for you. We’ve got ten websites for kids that offer free learning games all year long.

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#1 Make Me a Genius

Make Me a Genius is a website that features many educational videos about science for grades 1-7. They can learn about anything from the seasons to erosion, electricity to the elements, and plants and planets. These kid friendly videos are animated and easy for follow with separations for intended grade level.

#2 Kids National Geographic

National Geographic for kids is an incredible resource for schoolgoers. They have links to videos, information and facts for both older and younger kids.

#3 Discovery Kids

Discovery Kids is a learning website created by The Discovery Channel. It is a website just for kids so they can learn and explore. The have activities, games puzzles and more.

#4 Kids Almanac

Kids Almanac is a learning website created by The Farmer’s Almanac. It is designed to give kids a chance to track the weather at home, do quizzes and fun activities by offering fun free games for people of all ages.

#5 Go Noodle

Go Noodle is a learning website that was designed to get kids up and moving. They have videos and activities that kids can do and follow along and get some exercise. You can create an at home account that the whole family can enjoy together!

#6 Spatulatta

Spatulatta is a great learning website that offers FUN cooking tipps for kids! They can explore kid friendly recipes that are fun and healthy!

#7 DOGO News for Kids

DOGO News brings real world news to your child without all the drama that goes with the media. Here they can read real articles written in a format suitable for kids all compiled in one learning website.

#8 NASA Kids Club

NASA Kids Club is created by NASA, It informs kids about space while giving them fun ways to explore with games, videos, photographs and downloads they can enjoy! It will be one of favorite websites for kids this coming year!

#9 Prodigy

Prodigy is a math gaming website known as Prodigy. You can create an account for all your children and they can play an interactive fantasy game that prompts them with math questions to solve in order to move through the battles in the game. When you sign up, you create a separate screen name for each child and include their grade level. Prodigy challenges them as they move through the game and you can even check up on their progress!

#10 CODE

CODE is a website that your whole family can enjoy. If your child has an interest in learning CODE in a fun way this website will not only keep it fun but challenge their mind at the same time! If you think it sounds fun, give it a try yourself! It will give your brain a workout! This one might be on the list of websites for kids – but adults will enjoy it, too!

These websites will stimulate the brain and keep your child engaged with fun learning opportunities.

From iFamily to Yours,


Homeschooling – Part I: 7 Great Options for Alternative Learning

When it comes to learning, there are many options available for your family from homeschooling to traditional public schools and just about everything in between. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, is a homeschooling parent here in the community and is sharing some incredible options that are available to your family if you’re ready to explore k-12 homeschool options for yourself. Take a look…

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Homeschooling – Part I: 7 Great Options for Alternative Learning

Hey KC! As you prepare to start a new year off on the right foot, you may be considering making some major changes in your family life. For a lot of families, homeschooling may be one of them. Most families tend to withdraw their child or children at the end of the year to avoid any chaos with planning and major changes. Another favorited time to start a homeschool journey is in between semesters. Again, there is less going on and families can make what I call a “clean break” from public school and an easy transition into homeschooling. If you are planning to go the homeschool route at any point, I have compiled a guide of different methods for you to choose from!

Each of these methods are unique in their own way and you never really know what is best for you and your soon-to-be homeschoolers until you try it!

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#1 Project Based Learning

Project based learning is almost polar opposites to the learning styles of public schools. There are a lot of projects, hands on learning materials and your child really can “direct” themselves in learning about topics they choose. When doing PBL, it is important to remember that your homeschooler is in control. Try resisting the urge to correct their projects or be helpful when they are creating. Learn more about Project Based Learning to discover if it’s the right fit for your K-12 homeschool needs.

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#2 Unit Studies

Unit studies approach is also similar to PBL when it comes to homeschools. Unit Studies focus on a theme and all of the subjects are based off of the chosen theme. For example, when picking a theme you would do research on the history of your particular theme, study the scientific process of it and make a replica of it out of clay. Unit studies really focus on your child’s interests and they are incorporated throughout the learning process.

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#3 Unschooling

Unschooling is one of the most unique approaches homeschooling programs where your child takes the lead. They learn things they want and daily living is their teacher. From a simple trip to the grocery store to daily chores, unschooling  allows your child to explore the world around them.

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#4 School at Home (School In a Box)

This is one of the more traditional approaches to homeschooling. School in a box is very similar to the public school learning style. You can purchase a full curriculum and complete assignments through text books based on grade levels. There are also many online homeschools that meet this criteria as well.

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#5 Montessori

The Montessori learning method is more rigorous in terms of language, numbers and life skills. Simple tasks like cleaning up after themselves or washing their own dishes teaches them more independence in their daily lives. If you’re considering the Montessori approach, dive into researching this homeschooling option before you make the choice.

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#6 Classical Approach

This approach teaches children to think as opposed what to think. This approach focuses more on thinking, grammar and speech. With different stages of learning, the classical approach is very rigorous and requires more formal study habits from your homeschoolers.

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#7 Eclectic Homeschooling

This approach combines the best of all styles. Eclectic homeschooling is a lot more relaxed than most methods but still maintains more structure than some.

With so many methods to choose from, it can feel overwhelming and confusing. It took me almost 2 years to settle into an eclectic learning method before I felt confident! Remember, no two families are the same, no child learns the same and every family knows what works best for them. I hope this list is easy to follow and helps you find the best approach for your family!

From iFamily to Yours,


Aerial Yoga for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

Our team here at iFamilyKC is so excited to bring you exciting opportunities, share fun events with you, and introduce you to incredible resources all across the metro area every single month. One of my favorite things that we do is spend time with you out in the community. Did you know that we host exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club events several times throughout the year (we average at least once a month!) at more than 50% off regular pricing for these activities?!

If you’re not already signed up for our inner circle, be sure to do that (it’s how we send you invitations to come hang out with us) so you don’t miss out on any of the fun happenings around town. We shared a fun morning with you at Learning 2 Fly in Mission earlier this month that I’m recapping today on the blog. Take a look…

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Aerial Yoga for KIDS: iFamilyKC Kids Club Recap from Learning2Fly

About Learning2Fly

Learning2Fly is located off of i-35 in Mission and the building is as unique as the classes they offer for kids and adults. The studio has a really calming energy to it is so warm and inviting you can’t help but feel at home as soon as you step in. The instructors at Learning2Fly focus on seven habits of good health in everything that they do. The main floor of their building focuses on physical health with silk rope suspended from the ceiling where participants can practice aerial yoga and other classes at the studio. The upstairs area has other silk ropes and a large space for learning and craft time, which the kids got to experience during the event.

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Aerial Yoga 

Having good pyhsical health is such an important thing in life, and teaching our kids ways to keep our bodies healthy is an important life skill that will set them up for success later in life. The aerial yoga classes for kids that are offered at Learning2Fly aim to help kids maintain healthy, strong bodies by engaging them in fun workouts that the kids really enjoy. My own six year old made a comment as she was climbing the silk yoga ropes at the studio, “this is hard,” she said. The instructors response was amazing and was a valuable life lesson in and of itself. She said, “It IS hard but YOU can do it!”.

7 Habits: A Chakra Circus of Health

Learning2Fly focuses on 7 habits of healthy bodies – from the inside out. The kids truly learn that they are creative beings, and what that means for their lives and our community, during art sessions at the studio. During the event, the kids spent time creating motivational artwork that they took home with them as a reminder that they are strong.

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Learning 2 Fly offers classes, camps, and parties for children and adults of all ages and skill levels and I’m excited to go back and experience more of what they have to offer. Grab more details about classes, camps, and MORE at iAmLearning2Fly.net.

From iFamily to Yours,


Winter Activities for Kids: 10 Fun Things to do at Home

It’s hard to believe that Christmas break is already upon us here in the metro area. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been wondering what kinds of winter activities to do with the kids while they’re out of school this season. You’re in LUCK. Ruth, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has put together ten great ideas for fun things to do at home over break. Take a look…

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Winter Activities for Kids: 10 Fun Things to do at Home

Winter break activities make for fun times to enjoy family over the holidays between parties and get-togethers. After a few days your child may start to get stir crazy or maybe you don’t want them spending all their time playing video games or decorating your floor with playdoh crumbs. I’ve put together your winter bucket list of fun things that you can do over break.

Winter Activities for Kids

#1 Make Paper Snowflakes

Since winter is here but the snow has yet to make an appearance, you can decorate your place with paper snowflakes. Your kids will love creating crafts that range from simple homemade snowflakes to more labor intensive crafty snowflakes.

Winter Activities for Kids

#2 Blow Frozen Bubbles

If you want to add a little science into your break, try out this fun activity and make frozen bubbles on a really cold day. Try other fun science activities at home, too!

Winter Activities for Kids

#3 Have an In-Home Drive-In Movie

If you save some of those larger boxes from holiday gifts, then your kids can make their own cardboard box cars. After they are done, then you can park them in front of a movie and sell concessions with monopoly money. Use a tutorial for making a car to take the guess work out.

Winter Activities for Kids

#4 Make Some Healthy Winter Snack Crafts

If you want to make some edible crafts, try some healthy and fun options that can be done at home.

Winter Activities for Kids

#5 Indoor Obstacle Course

If your kids are getting stir crazy here is a fun way to burn off some energy. You can create an indoor obstacle course with everyday items.

Winter Activities for Kids

#6 Winter Sensory Play Activities

You can try your hand at making some winter sensory play activities. Kids of all ages love to play and get a little messy. Sensory play is a great learning opportunity.

Winter Activities for Kids

#7 Play Outside

Outdoor play in winter is important for your child and there are so many activities that they can try. So bundle up and have a little adventure!

Winter Activities for Kids

#8 Be Your Own Weather Reporter

The weather changes so much this time of year. It is a great time for kids to learn about the weather. They can make their own back yard weather station and report on the weather each day!

Winter Activities for Kids

#9 Do Some Exploring & Make Winter Murals

This is a great time to head outside and explore. You can look for any objects that they can collect and turn them into a craft project. This activity is for winter murals using real outdoor items. It’s so fun, that they can do it more than once and each time the outcome will be different!

Winter Activities for Kids

#10 Do a Snow Dance

If you are reaching the end of break and your kids are looking for an extra day or two off or maybe a bit of snow is on its way, then you can do a snow dance. There are a few fun rituals that you can do in hopes to bring on a snow day!

Winter break has so many opportunities for fun. I hope that you find some enjoyment in these family fun activities!

From iFamily to Yours,

 


iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

Music is a universal language spoken all throughout the world and studies show that exposure to foreign languages during childhood makes it easier to learn a new language as an adult. What better way to give your child exposure to both than with the Language and Music House in Westport.

We recently had the chance to check it out with some of you at our recent iFamilyKC Kids Club event with them (and be sure to get on our FREE eNews list so you don’t miss out on future invitations), and have a recap for you today on the blog. Take a look…

iFamilyKC Kids Club Re-Cap: The Language and Music House

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The Best Time to Introduce Kids to Language & Music is when they are still very young.

In case you missed it, we had a wonderful iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Language and Music House.  The kids got to try an instrument petting zoo, meet a real author and learn about multiple languages.  iFamilyKC readers get 50% OFF registration when you mention iFamilyKC.  Learning a language or instrument is a wonderful way to grow your child’s mind.

The best time to introduce kids to music and language is while they are still very young;. By the time they reach their teen years, many people have lost the ability to hear specific tones or accents. The mission of Language and Music House is to grow minds through music and language.  They offer kids classes in German, French, Spanish and Japanese, plus piano lessons for kids, voice, flute, violin, oboe, recorder and clarinet lessons too.
They also provide specialty help for Dyslexic minds as well, which are powerful but need to be taught reading and languages in a different way.  Language and Music House successfully tailors each class for the individual, whether they are a child or an adult.  Weekly kids classes are available as well as Winter Break, Spring Break and Summer Camps for expanded learning.  Call LeighAnn at 913-707-3134 to learn more about all that she and her team offer for students of all ages.

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Family Fun in Kansas City with Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you looking to have a little family fun in Kansas City or a place to create the perfect masterpiece to give as a gift for the upcoming holiday season!? You just have to take a look at this guest post from our friends over at Paint, Glaze, and Fire in south Overland Park for details on all of the great opportunities available to your family when you visit their store. Take a look…

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Family Fun in Kansas City With Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you ever stumped trying to think of a new family activity? It’s tough to get the kids away from the TV for creative, quality family time. Pinterest has lots of craft suggestions, but maybe you don’t feel like spending the evening scrubbing glitter and puffy paint out of your carpet. Paint, Glaze & Fire in south Overland Park is the perfect place for your family to get inspired, have fun, and create beautiful keepsakes without any mess in your own house.

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What if I’m not an artist?

Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t feeling artistic. We have a ton of ideas to spark your creativity. With silk screen stencils, stamps, sponges, paint pens, tape that creates perfect stripes, speckled paint, and Jungle Gems* glaze with crystals for non-food items, you’re sure to find the inspiration to create your own masterpiece while your kiddos create theirs.

What kinds of ceramics do they offer?

We have a huge selection of ceramic pieces you can choose to paint including: plates, mugs, platters, figurines, holiday ornaments, and light-up Christmas trees. As soon as you pick your ceramics and paints, it’s time to get busy creating! You and your family will have a blast painting your pieces just the way you want them to look.

How does it work?

When your work of art is complete, you’ll leave it with us for about 7-10 days (a little longer during the holidays). After your piece dries for 24 hours, we glaze it with care and then fire it for 24 hours in a kiln that reaches over  1800°F. That’s about as hot as a volcano! The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that’s completely nontoxic and perfectly safe* for food. Be sure to preserve your treasure by keeping it out of the microwave and dishwasher.

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The fun doesn’t stop with painted ceramics! We also offer canvas painting, clay prints, and glass fusion. Free 4” tile footprints are available for children 18 months and younger so you can treasure your baby’s adorable little footprint even when the foot that made it has grown larger than your own.

What is Glass fusion?

Glass fusion is a form of art in which you glue tiny pieces of glass to a flat glass base. There’s no end to the shapes, sizes, and colors that you can choose from. Just remember that kids will need adult supervision for this activity. When your project is complete, it’s fired in a kiln that reaches 1475°F. If you want it to be formed into a three-dimensional shape, such as a vase or a candy dish, we’ll fire it a second time over a mold that gives it shape. This process is called slumping. You can pick your work back up in 2-3 weeks; it takes a little longer than the ceramics because it’s fired twice.

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Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious coffee, latte, chai tea, or smoothie from our coffee bar. Small snacks are also available. We don’t offer alcoholic beverages, but if you choose to leave the kids at home to host an adult only event, you’re welcome to bring your own wine and glasses. Girls night out, team building workshops, and bachelorette parties are always a hit at Paint, Glaze & Fire.

Find Out More!

Space fills up fast as the weather turns cold, so be sure you get in before Thanksgiving to make your holiday gifts. The sooner the better! Reservations are recommended to ensure we have space for your group. Call 913-661-2529. Remember, there’s a per person studio fee for painting ceramics plus the cost of the pottery you choose to paint. Like us on Facebook @PaintGlazeFire.KC and visit paintglazeandfire.net for hours, discounts, and special events.


4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

These silly holiday’s are sure to bring out the kid in you!  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom and Dad Squad shares a few of her favorites!  Take a look…

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4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

Each day of the year it seems there is some sort of holiday but there are some especially fun holidays that can add something special to your week. Here are some of my favorite picks and ideas to go along with them.

National Tongue Twister Day

When: Nov. 8th 2017

This holiday seems to have a few dates ranging from November 8th –November 12th but either way it is a fun way to spend some time. All you have to do for this holiday is spout out some of your favorite tongue twisters. You and your kids can take turns, race or even make up your own.

Try these fun tongue twisters!

Ugly Sweater Day 

When: December 19, 2017

December has a lot of great silly Holidays but this one stood out to me as a great photo opportunity. It’s time to run out and raid the thrift store for the ugliest sweaters you can find and take a cute family photo. You can play dress up and take lots of fun photos with your camera, visit a photo booth or even prep for holiday cards! You could even take your sweaters out on the town! Keep tabs on all the funny looks you get.

Check here for more goofy ideas!

National Squirrel Day 

When: January 21, 2018

It’s time to celebrate those acorn eating critters. Little ones will enjoy learning about these guys, their habitats and other fun facts. As a family you can make feeders to set out for them and other critters. You can write a story together or make up a silly song or dance.

Learn the sign language for squirrel!

Ground Hog Day 

When: February 2, 2018

This is a more familiar holiday but there are so many fun ways to celebrate it! You can read and learn about ground hogs or even more fun, you can make pop up puppets. Every year in Pennsylvania they have a great unveiling of Punxsutawney Phil at Gobblers Knob and they wait for him to see his shadow or not. You can watch the live broadcast and have your own watch party and make predictions. Later on in the day you can watch the movie Ground Hog Day directed by Harold Ramis in 1993.

These are just a few upcoming silly holidays. Stay tuned to iFamilyKC for more silly fun throughout the year!

From iFamily to Yours,