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Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

It’s the LAST weekend for the KC Renaissance Festival!  If you haven’t been yet, here are just a few reasons you should!

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Top Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Renaissance Festival

If you’re looking for something a fun autumn family activity, I highly recommend loading up the SUV and heading to the Renaissance Festival.  There are many reasons I love the festival, but here are my top five:

5) To get some (relatively) fresh air.  

Too many of our children spend all of their free time glued to electronic devices.    The only trees and grass they experience are the pixelated versions they have created on Minecraft.  The Renaissance Festival (link “renaissance festival” to www.kcrenfest.com) is completely outside, with the exception of a few of the shops, and the first aid area (which, unfortunately I have visited several times in the last few years.)

4) It gives everybody a chance to stretch their legs. 

You’ll get plenty of exercise, walking from booth to booth, and between shows.  There is also free kids’ area where kids can run, jump, climb and slide.   It’s a great way to burn calories, which you will need to do because of number 8.

3) The food! 

My favorite Renaissance festival food is the apple dumpling.  Who doesn’t love a deep-fried apple, served with ice cream and caramel syrup?  If apple dumplings are not your thing, there are plenty of festival favorites.  You can get deep fried everything, from cauliflower to cookies.  I rarely leave any festival without trying a funnel cake…but without a doubt, the Renaissance Festival’s most popular food item is the Turkey leg.  There is nothing cuter than watching a tiny person try to eat a giant turkey leg.

2) The shows!  

There are gymnastic feats and acrobats, people hula-hooping with fire, and some of the funniest pub songs you will ever hear.   Take your kids to watch a jousting match and let them cheer for their favorite knight.  The shows also serve as a great way to rest your well-exercised legs between stretches of walking.

1) Character Bingo. 

Collect a bingo card at the gate, and let each of the characters you meet sign mark your card.   There’s a prize for winning bingo cards at the end of the game. It will keep your children observant for the day, but there’s also a secret history lesson.  The actors are not supposed to break character have researched their roles.   Last weekend, Queen Isabella, explained told my daughter each of her official royal titles.  It was impressive.

Seriously, there are games and shops, and for the second year, an Escape Room.  It is fun for the whole family.

From iFamily to Yours,

 

Gabrielle


Kansas City Renaissance Festival Sneak Peak!

Huzzah!! It is that time of year again! Fairies, Kings, Queens, wisps and everything in between can be found at one of my favorite places, the Kansas City Renaissance Festival! The biggest kickoff to the Fall season.  Bridgette, from the iFamily Mom Squad, was able to get a little first hand preview of what to expect at this years Ren Fest!  Take a look…

Kansas City Renaissance Festival Sneak Peak!

Growing up I have always wanted to take part in the Royal Court at the Ren Fest.  Being able to preview this year’s Ren Fest was a close second! Seeing everyone in their costumes, hearing the music, meeting the King and Queen, participating in the royal precession… it was so magical.  It brought back so many fond memories from my childhood. I even had my first pumpkin spice late of the season thanks to The Roasterie!

If you have never been to the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, it is a long standing tradition for the KC area filled with a variety of live shows & tournaments, unique arts and crafts and of course amazing food and drinks!

This amazing festival begins September 2nd and runs through October 15th. The only sad thing about this festival is that it is only open on Saturday and Sundays, except for Labor Day and Columbus Day. You can check their website HERE for more details on hours and even the theme of each weekend. Take note: they have a knighting ceremony in the kids’ realm too!

This year, the Ren Fest is featuring new food and drink items.  New on the menu is pulled chicken, funnel cake fries and amazing Mexican street corn! Not to mention a killer spiked apple cider beer!

Make sure you get your tickets ASAP and head out to the Annual KC Renaissance Festival!

Here are a few photos of our experience from last week. Just know, these pictures do no justice of how awesome it really is!

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From iFamily to Yours,


Labor Day Weekend Fun in KC!

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Erin, from our iFamily Mom Squad, has got some fun things for you and your family to do this Labor Day Weekend KC!

Labor Day Weekend Fun in KC!

Wow! Does anyone else feel like summer zoomed by? School has started and the official end to summer is this weekend.  That doesn’t mean KC is slowing down by any means!  There are tons of super fun family events planned for Labor Day weekend!  Check out the list below and be sure to comment on the blog or our Facebook page with any events we may have missed!

CowTown Family Fun Fest American Royal BBQ

September 2nd, 11am -3pm. Inflatables, mechanical bull, face painting, pony rides, balloon artist, petting zoo, entertainment from Mr. Stinky Feet and much more! Adults: $23 Kids: $8.  Ages 5 and under are FREE.

Kidfest at Science City Union Station

September 2nd 10am-5pm Come to Science City for a big day of science fun including: face painting, balloon artists, petting zoo, entertainment from Rockin Rob, 7 ft hamster wheel snow cone machine. Event is free with paid Science City admission. Kids 3-12 $7

SantaCaliGon

September 1st – September 4th FREE entertainment on the Main Stage and Community Stage, 400 arts, crafts and food vendors, carnival. Located on the Historic Independence Square. All activities excluding the carnival are FREE.

Dollar Days at WOF/Last Days for Oceans of Fun

September 2nd – September 4th Take a dip in the water at Oceans of Fun for the last time this season on it’s closing weekend.  Dollar Days at Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun with $1 hot dogs, $1 french fries, $1 donuts, $1 games and discounted merchandise.

Schlitterbahn

Float down the rivers at Schlitterbahn for the last time this season on it’s closing weekend. Open September 2nd, 3rd and 4th 10am-6pm.

KC Irish Fest

September 1-3, An Irish tradition in KC, come join the fun with music and entertainment to celebrate Irish Celtic culture. Kids 3-12 $7, Friday Adult admission $10, Sat and Sun advanced adult admission $12

KC Renaissance Festival

Opens for it’s 41st season, weekends September 2nd through October 15th and Labor Day, Columbus Day. You do not want to miss out on the magic of the Kansas City Renaissance Festival!  Appeals to young and old alike. Gate admission: Adult $21.95, Child $12.95, Senior/Student $19.50 5 and under are FREE. Buy online and save. Hyvee, Walgreen’s and Menard’s offer discounted tickets. Free Parking,

Sunflowers at Grinter Farms

September 5th, Free admission, donations accepted. 40 acres of rows and rows of gorgeous sunflowers with great photo opportunities. Visit Sunflower General for baked goodies and souvenirs.

Desoto Days

August 31st, Sept 1-2. Parade, entertainment, food, carnival, classic car show and much more! Free admission.

Fiesta KC

Presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, located in the Power and Light District, Fiesta KC is in its 18th year of celebration. Music, food and live entertainment. Tortilla flinging contest. Families welcome! Admission $10. Kids 12 and under are free with a paid parent admission.

From iFamily to Yours,


12 Dazzling Fireworks Displays in KC You Can’t Miss This Year!

Independence Day is almost here, Kansas City and we are so excited for all the fun in store for your family here in the metro area. If you’re looking for fun fireworks displays around the metro, we’ve compiled a list of 12 spots you don’t want to miss this year. Take a look…

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12 Fireworks Displays in KC You Can’t Miss This Year!

It’s almost the 4th of July and you know what that means.. FIREWORKS! Fireworks are one of the best things about the 4th of July, and if you have a crowd, they can get expensive and the process of finding the perfect spot to show them off can become tedious.  So, why not go and enjoy a show instead! There are so many places around the metro area that put on great shows for the entire family! Check out this list!

#1 River Fest

Richard L. Berkley Riverfront Park, 1298 Riverfront Dr., Kansas City, MO 64101 July 4th. You can find ticket information, directions and more online!

#2 Worlds of Fun

4545 Worlds of Fun Ave July 1-4th

#3 Parkville

July 4th Celebration: English Landing Park – Over the Missouri River
8701 Clark Avein Parkville, Missouri 64152.

#4 Olathe Red, White & Blue

Various addresses July 4th. For information on parking locations visit them online.

#5 Gladstone Independence Day Celebration

Oak Grove Park July 4th. This is a free viewing and you can find more information on parking here.

#6 Red, White and Blue Springs

2000 NW Ashton Drive in Blue Springs, Missouri 64015, July 4th.

#7 Platte City Fireworks Display

High School Pirates Stadium 1501 Branch Street in Platte City, Missouri 64079.

#8 Pleasant Hill Fireworks

Skyline Field – 1301 Myrtle in Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080.

#9 Salute to the Union Fireworks

Merritt Lake, Grant Ave., Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 July 4th.

#10 OP Fourth of July Celebration

8717 W. 110th St.

Overland Park, KS 66210 July 4th.

#11 Westwood Fireworks Display

St. Agnes Athletic Field MONDAY JULY 3rd.

#12 July 4th Celebration in Gardner, KS 

Live music, food vendors, out of this world bounce houses, face painting, portable zip lines, interactive entertainment and one of the best fireworks displays in the area!

Before you head out to view the fireworks, check your destinations site to see if there are any rules and guidelines for pets, chairs and beverages you can bring. Some places are located on school and church campuses so glass and alcohol may be restricted. Also, fireworks have gotten louder over the years, make sure you bring noise reduction headphones or earplugs. Don’t forget the snacks and blankets too! Have a great 4th of July!

From iFamily to yours,

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Live from the Just For Her Event at the Overland Park Convention Center!

Live from the Just For Her Event at the Overland Park Convention Center!


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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New & Expecting Parents Join Us For Baby Love-Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair!

New & Expecting Parents Join Us For Baby Love-
Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair!

Oh Baby! If you are expecting or have a little one at home, Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair is the place to be!
Join us for a day of pampering, learning and connecting with resources in Kansas City to make the parenting journey easier.
Plus, as a bonus for coming, there are swag bags stuffed with samples, gift cards and baby items for the first 250 EXPECTING mamas.
Grab your advanced tickets here and save! 
$8 in advance, $12 at the door
Does your company offer a product or service that you know would benefit New and Expecting families in Kansas City?
Do you want to get your information in front of 3,000+ of these families who are eager to learn about how you can make their parenting journey less stressful?
Limited Vendor Spots Are Still Available!
For more information about reserving booth space
and/or becoming a sponsor contact:
Kristal at (620) 786-5039 or EMAIL
Visit: Baby Love Facebook Page

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

Howdy, Kansas City! Don’t you all just love fall in Kansas City? There is so much to do, we finally start getting a break from the heat, and it looks beautiful around the city! KC Pumpkin Patch has another deal to offer you this weekend (and this weekend only) at their Pumpkin Fest. Visit their Facebook page and get $1 off mining sluice. There are a ton of fun activities for the whole family, including their unforgettable pumpkin patch. So, break in October down at KC Pumpkin Patch. Check it out!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Join Us for
Pumpkin Fest!
at KC Pumpkin Patch
Saturday & Sunday!
October 1-2, 2016
Get $1 OFF Mining Sluice
when you GO to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page
for this exclusive offer HERE!
Valid Weekend Only of 10/01 & 10/02
Must go to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page to redeem offer
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
KC Pumpkin Patch is full of kid-friendly country-style entertainment just a few miles from Kansas City.
There’s something for everyone from ages two to ninety-two!
Come hungry and “pig out” in the Hog Wild Cafe.
Slide Mountain – Goat Walk – Zip Lines
Jumping Pillow – Gourd Gun
Child Corn Maze,
freshly planted Johnny Appleseed Orchard
& more!
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Be sure to “LIKE” KC Pumpkin Patch
and KC Wine CO on Facebook!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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Join us for the Greatest Show & Tell On Earth: Maker Faire Kansas City

The Maker Faire is back in town and is bound to be tons of fun for you and your family. It’s a weekend filled with crafts, inventions, and more running June 25th-26th at the Historic Union Station. Ticket prices vary and can be found here (Take note of the $7 day pass price for Union Station Members!) Get your tickets now and join for us for some interactive fun.

Join Us For The Greatest Show & Tell on the Earth : Maker Faire Kansas City

Join Us at the 6th Annual
Maker Faire Kansas City
The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth!
June 25th & 26th at Historic Union Station
Don’t miss out on this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates the Maker Movement and we encourage YOU to join us! Enjoy educational presentations, inspiring performances, engaging demonstrations and hands-on workshops all weekend long!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • NEW – Opening Louisiana-Style Parade featuring exhibiting Makers
  • NEW – The Bike Zoo combines puppetry with bikes to create interactive, playful creatures including an 80 ft. long Rattlesnake, 10 ft. tall Butterfly, a Carousel and more!
  • NEW – A 30 ft. Egg Drop Competition
  • NEW – “Maker Couture” Fashion Show
  • NEW – Maker Inspired, Educator Workship focused on inspiring the next generation of Makers
  • Kid Friendly Interactives featuring inflatables, Nerdy Derby, Micro Reality Race Cars, Learn to Solder and Build a Robot Workshops
  • FIRST Robots Demonstrations and Competition
  • Power Wheels Racing
  • Lowrider Car Show and Competition
  • Human Foosball
  • Community Art Project with Belger Arts Center
  • Realistic Iron Man Suits, R2D2s and other awesome cosplayers
  • Fashion
  • Favorite Kansas City Food Trucks
  • More than 350 of Kansas City’s most inventive Makers and Crafters
  • And SO MUCH MORE!
For more information and ticket pricing, visitwww.makerfairekc.com 
*Admission to Kansas City’s International Award-Winning Science Center, Science City,and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium are included in your ticket purchase. The Planetarium requires separate reservation. Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life is not included and will require separate ticket purchase.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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Grab Your Tickets Now for Baby Love – Kansas City’s Only Baby Fair

 

Are you an expectant mother or know someone who is? Come check out Kansas City’s only baby fair, Baby Love at the Overland Park Convention Center this upcoming Sunday, June 12th from 10am-3pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. Hope to see you there!

Join Us For Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair
This Sunday 10am-3pm

Buy Your Tickets Now

Only $8 In Advance ($12 At The Door)
Kids 12 & Under Are Free

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Your Ticket Includes:

-Access to over 80 baby & kid vendors
-Free classes like setting up a safe nursery, infant CPR, and more
-Try BEFORE you buy strollers, car seats, swings, & more
-FREE professional baby & kid pictures
-FREE baby bump maternity photos
-Mommy pampering station
-Swag Bags with samples, gift cards, and baby items for the first 250 expecting mamas!

Don’t Miss Out
Grab Your Tickets Here!

BabyLove

Baby Love, KC’s Only Baby Fair

Sunday June 12th 10am-3pm

Overland Park Convention Center

 

From iFamily to Yours,
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