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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!

day out with thomas midland railway

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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Planning Your Day Out With Thomas: What You Need To Know

Planning Your Day Out With Thomas Aboard Midland Railway!

Our community is so lucky to have an organization like Midland Railway who is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading. In addition to their regularly scheduled rides, Midland Railway also offers some incredible events throughout the year including the annual Maple Leaf train in the fall and the Santa train each Christmas. This weekend and next, your family can experience a Day Out With Thomas where your kids will have the chance to ride Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of other fun activities all just a stone’s throw from the metro area. We had the chance to send iFamilyKC Mom Squad ambassador Becky and her family to check out this year’s event today and are excited to share her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

Day out with Thomas

All Aboard for Great Family Fun — Choo-Choo!

Are you looking for a very fun family outing? Well then, get ALL ABOARD a “Day Out with Thomas and Percy” at the Midland Railway in Baldwin, Kansas.

Day Out With Thomas

My husband and I took our three kids, almost 6 (girl), 4 (boy) and 3 (boy) out to Midland Railway and it was a big hit for everyone. We had not been before, so I thought it was just going to be a fun train ride and we’d go home. Silly me. I had no idea how much fun was in store for us.

First, riding Thomas the Train was really exciting for the kids. We all had big-window views and enjoyed the 25-minute trip. It was the perfect amount of time for the kids. Getting in and out of the train can be a little tricky for little ones (these are REAL trains!) but the staff was right there to help which can come in real handy for families like ours whose parents are outnumbered by their children.

Day out With Thomas

After the train ride, every family has the opportunity to get a photo up close with the Thomas or Percy trains. We got some cute ones — which will make great keepsakes to remember our fun day.

Day Out With Thomas

Next, it was on to the the Imagination Station. This covered area (one of several, which was so nice) was full of train tables and building block areas. I’m pretty sure our boys would have stayed in this area the entire time if we didn’t finally lure them out with the promise of heading to the bounce house.

Day Out With Thomas

There was a great petting zoo with not just the familiar goats and such, but also pretty exotic ones like a spider monkey and a camel. And speaking of animals, The Great Parakeet Adventure was also onsite — a large caged trailer full of colorful parakeets and open for kids to walk through and feed the birds. I couldn’t convince our 6-year-old to get in there with the beautiful birds but she had fun watching the birds through the cage. On the other hand, my husband couldn’t get our 3-year-old to leave the inside of the parakeet cage. He loved it!  

Day Out With Thomas

But wait, there was MORE! Our kids played mini golf, listened to stories, watched a magic show, learned about railroad safety, watched a Thomas movie (helpful as an opportunity to cool down and refuel), got up-close-and-personal with a fire truck, and met Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway on the Island of Sodor. While they were doing all these things they were also getting their special Thomas map stamped at the different activities and redeemed their completed maps for a special Thomas prize.

At the end of the day, our kids were just like we like them, happy and tuckered. I asked each of my children on the drive home what their favorite thing was and all three answered, “Everything!” I think that’s my answer, too.

Day Out With Thomas

Event details:

Thomas and Percy are in town Sunday, June 5, and next weekend June 11 and June 12. The grounds open at 8:30AM, with departure times every hour from 9AM-5PM. Tickets to ride Thomas are $19. For an extra $10, you can ride Percy, too.

Pro Tips

  •  There is free parking with free shuttle service (air conditioned!) about a mile from the gate. Don’t be tempted by the closer parking for $5, riding the shuttle was part of the fun for our kids.
  •  There is plenty of complimentary, cold water so you don’t have to pack or carry around your own sippy cups and water bottles while you’re there.
  •  There were turkey legs, funnels cakes and other yummy snacks for sale. You can also bring in your own food and sit in the covered picnic area.
  •  If you don’t really care where you sit on the train (we didn’t and still ended up with great seats) then don’t bother standing in the ticket line waiting to board. Enjoy all the surrounding fun and games while the majority of the families board, then just walk straight up and on to the train. Less time standing in lines, more time for fun!
  •  Wondering if you can do this solo with your kids? Yes! I can’t say enough about the staff. They were all very friendly and helpful. There were several times when my husband and I were very appreciative of their extra set of hands as we all boarded the train, got our kids in and out of the bounce house, wanted a family pic taken, etc. It was fully staffed and if you needed anything, they were there.
  •  The activity areas close at 6PM so if you have tickets for the last trip (5PM), be sure to come early to enjoy all the fun before your train ride.

Save On EACH Ticket w/ Our Exclusive Code: IFAMILYKC

From iFamily to Yours,

Becky

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Grab The Scoop On All The Fun at Lego KidsFest Kansas City!

Good Morning, Friends!

We are so excited to be able to share some great family friendly events with you here on the iFamilyKC blog and today is certainly no exception. We had the chance to send one of our Mom Squad ambassadors, Stephanie, along with her family to check out Lego KidsFest last night and she’s sharing her thoughts on this experience with you this morning. Take a look…

Lego KidsFest Kansas City

Lego KidsFest

What do you get when you have an entire convention hall full with millions of Legos?  I can tell you that you will have a wonderful time for the entire family.  The people who brought the Lego Convention here to the Kansas City Convention Center did an excellent job creating a fun filled environment for all ages.  I am very happy to share my family’s experience with you and give you something to look forward to. 

When you finally get parked and up to Lego Kidsfest Kansas City it at first will be a little overwhelming for the first time goers. There is literally so much going on you are flooded with a rush of excitement and anxiety. You might be wondering where to start (and thinking that there’s no way you’ll get it all done in with 4 hours) while, at the same moment, struggling with your own inner turmoil as your child(ren) are pulling you in all directions because you just walked them into a dream world. There is so much to do from meeting the Master builders, seeing all the amazing Lego builds, the free play areas, crafts, challenges, food, and the list just goes on and on!

I will tell you though that despite its massive initial weight the Lego Kidfest is put together very well. There was so many smiling faces eager to help you wherever you turned and very large displays drawing you in to each and every attraction. The food was good and facilities were clean and easily accessible from inside. My advice is go with patience and allot your family plenty of time to enjoy all they have to offer. This is a Kidfest so let them have the time of their young lives because it is not every day they will get a sensory overload of fun like this.

From iFamily to Yours,

Stephanie

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It’s not too late to get in on the action for Lego KidsFest 2016 here in Kansas City. There are a LIMITED number of tickets still available for Saturday and Sunday sessions. Grab the scoop and reserve your spot at www.LegoKidsFest.com Hurry and grab them quick, this super fun family event will sell out by the end of the weekend! We can’t wait to hear about all the fun you have!


Be Part Of The FUN @ KC’s #1 Vintage & Handmade FAIR! You’ll Love It!

Hi Friends!

Can we just talk for a minute about how ridiculously excited I am for the 2nd Annual Spring Swing THIS weekend?! I just LOVE The Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair and it’s really not surprising that they’re rated as one of the top craft fairs IN THE WORLD to attend. From the local artisans to the fun activities including food trucks, live music, photo booths, and kid’s crafts, the swing is truly a family event and I’m pretty thrilled to be going on Sunday! Take a look…

Free Admission
To KC’s #1 Craft Fair!

Don’t miss out on the 2nd Annual Spring Swing including live music, kid’s crafts, food trucks, a fun photo booth, and shopping from over 95 local vendors offering handmade and vintage items for families!

This Saturday & Sunday
10am-4pm

Alexander Majors Barn
82nd & State Line Road

craft fair

I hope that you’ll take a little bit out of your weekend to attend and support the local KC area vendors who work so hard to bring us incredible handmade and vintage items for children and adults of all ages! We can’t wait to hear about all the fun finds you pick up while you’re shopping!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli & The iFamilyKC Team