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Crafting Art & Fun Memories Right Here in the Metro

Good Afternoon, Kansas City! If you’re anything like me, you love crafting fun creations with your little ones but don’t quite have all of the materials (or the space to store everything) it takes to make something truly unique. We’re excited to share a fun iFamilyKC Kids Club event recap with you today that solves that very issue. Sarah, from our Mom Squad team, attended one of the sessions this past Saturday at Create 2 Day and shares her experience with you today on the blog. Take a look…


iFamilyKC Kids Club

iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap!

You all know how much I LOVE Pinterest – I think I mention it in almost every week! I am notorious for seeing something and then getting obsessed with making it; the problem is the cost of buying all the materials to make this project probably costs just as much as if I went and bought the finished product at the store. Finally there’s a solution to the problem! On Saturday, the husband was working so my mother-in-law and I took the girls on  a little trip up to Bonner Springs for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event at Create 2 Day.

Create 2 Day Fun!
ifamilykc kids club event

Create 2 Day is a little “old time experience” in “The Big Blue Building” in downtown Bonner Springs. The idea around this creative space is two-fold: being creative and going back in time to when life was just a little slower. As you walk in you are hit with nostalgia. They have knick knacks from the 50’s and 60’s allow you to leave everything else outside the door and just relax.

ifamilykc kids club event

Walking through you will see an old fashioned Soda Jerk (not a person by the way!) which prepares fountain drinks in the traditional way! There is also a stage which is perfect for live music; which they have often! Check out their Facebook page for details! The stage is also great to use for birthday parties or bachelorette parties to make it even more special for the guest of honor. The back of the store is where the creative magic truly happens!

Do you remember that amazing Pinterest post you saw online? Remember how, when you priced it, the materials would cost way too much to justify the expense?  At Create 2 Day you can bring that idea with you, I will almost guarantee they have the majority of the materials you will need to make it!

Everything from wood frames to letters to cut off jeans to make a new purse! And every kind of decoration that you could imagine to decorate them with! If they don’t have the materials readily available they are sure to have something that would work in store or in the storage area. And the best part, everything is done by donation so cost is never an issue!

Create 2 Day is always taking donations of arts and craft supplies for their collection, which is why they consider themselves to be a “make and take” location! When the girls and I went they decided to decorate a cardboard letter for their doors while others in our session made jean purses and one even made a fairy house which could double as a nightlight!

ifamilykc kids club event

After working out some of that creativity it was time for ICE CREAM from the Soda Jerk counter! Kate worked to make sure that every one of us got a cone—even got to test her memory work when a few kids decided to change their minds! We didn’t enjoy the food they prepare on this visit but all the food is made from scratch and is sure to please! Roberta and her family are enthusiastic, so helpful and obviously love a good challenge to their creativity. If you are in the area, I highly suggest a visit and if you want to get out of the city for an afternoon make a day of it and visit downtown Bonner Springs but make sure to finish your trip at The Big Blue Building and Create 2 Day! Be sure to sign up for our iFamilyKC Kids Club online so you don’t miss out on any fun activities happening all around the metro area!

From iFamily to Yours,

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22 Spraygrounds To Check Out This Summer

With summer temperatures in full swing here in the metro area, you’re likely wondering how you can both escape the heat and keep the kids active this year. Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team has put together your ultimate guide for Spray Grounds here in the metro area. She’s compiled a list of 22 places you need to put on your summer bucket list. Take a look…

Sprayground Kansas City

22 Spraygrounds Around Kansas City!

It’s summer, you’re hot, I’m hot… we’re ALL hot! And nothing says summer like water parks, splash parks and really anything to do with water. As a mom of littles and mediums that don’t fully know how to swim or have been scarred by going under water one time, it can be nerve wracking when going to the pool.

Take my pool for example. Living downtown is great! You get a mix of people, however, they are mostly young and no kids. So it can cause a lot of stress on everyone when trying to take your kids to a populated pool.

So over the past few years, I have grown to LOVE spray grounds! The water is not too deep and they can enjoy themselves in a fun, non-scary place with water. I can either join them in the fun or relax on the side. Mind fully at ease.

So if you are like me and you love spraygrounds, then have no fear and take a look at this amazing list of spraygrounds throughout the metro area!

Missouri

#1 Dagg Park

701 East 21st Avenue, North Kansas City

#2  Harmony Park

East 10th Street & Agnes Avenue, Kansas City

#3 Blue Valley Park

23rd Street and Topping, Kansas City

#4 Douglas Park

2632 Jarboe Street, Kansas City

#5 Jacob L. Loose Park

52nd Terrace and Summit Street, Kansas City

#6 Sunnyside Park

8255 Summit Street, Kansas City

#7 Longview Tract

7101 Longview Road, Kansas City

#8 Golden Oaks Park

North East 46th Street & North Antioch Road

#9 Garrison Square

4th Street and Forest Avenue, Kansas City

#10 Central Park

Linwood Boulevard and Bales Avenue, Kansas City

#11 Lynkins Square

East 8th Street and Myrtle Avenue, Kansas City

#12 Parade Park

1600 John “Buck” O’Neil Way, Kansas City

#13 Seven Oaks Park

East 39th Street & Winchester Avenue, Kansas City

#14 Spring Valley Park

East 27th Street and Woodland Avenue, Kansas City

#15 McCoy Park

24 Highway and North Delaware, Independence

#16 Rotary Park

24th and Hardy, Independence

#17 John Anderson Park

4701 East 135 Street, Grandview

 #18 Miller J. Fields Park

1301 South East 3rd Terrace

While the amount of Spraygrounds in Kansas is not as extensive, these are great parks to check out as well!

Kansas

#19 Pierson Park

1800 South 55th, Kansas City KS

#20 Eisenhower Park

2901 North 72nd Street, Kansas City KS

#21 Heathwood Park

North 10th Street and Parallel Pkwy, Kansas City KS

#22 Roe Park

10400 Roe Avenue, Leawood KS

While I have not been to most of these parks, this is merely a guide of locations throughout the metro area. It is always wise to check the time and dates before heading off for a day of fun!

*Pro tip* Pack plenty of snacks, water and extra clothes/towels when heading to the sprayground. Also, if you have or can purchase some, water shoes are a great idea for your kiddos when they are playing in water. Some of the grounds can get slippery and the last thing you want to do is heal boo boos when you want to have fun.

I hope you find this list helpful and enjoy your time this summer!

From iFamily to Yours,

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

June 9, 2017 at 10:59 PM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Fairs and Festivals, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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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Get Your Tickets for PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at the Midland Theater

May 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Get Your Tickets for PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at the Midland Theater

Get Your Tickets for PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at the Midland Theater

SHOWTIME:
Thur, Nov 9, 2017. 6 PM.

Doors open at  5 PM.

ON SALE:
Fri, May 19, 2017 10 AM.
TICKET PRICES*:
$29.50 – $49.50
Purchase at The Midland Box Office, online at AXS.com
or by phone at 888-929-7849.
Get Your Tickets for PJ Masks Live! Time to be a Hero at the Midland Theater
New Live-Action Adventure Brings
Entertainment One’s Hit Animated TV Series to Life
– on Stage –
at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
NOVEMBER 9, 2017
The live show is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series, which airs daily on Disney Junior.
Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, and the Baddies will delight fans of all ages with live performances featuring world-class production, familiar and original music, acrobatics, and immersive interactivity.
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PJ Masks, the hit series, follows the thrilling nighttime adventures of three young friends who transform into their dynamic alter egos, Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, when they put on their pajamas at night and activate their animal amulets. Together, they embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way.

Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

May 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe that Memorial Day is already upon us? Here in Kansas City we are so lucky to have the National World War I Museum and they have a ton of great events (good for families!) this upcoming weekend. There’s something for everyone, so definitely check it out!

Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

 

Check Out These Memorial Day Events at the National World War I Museum

 

As the commemoration of the Centennial of World War I (2014-19) continues, the National World War I Museum and Memorial serves as a fitting place to honor and recognize the men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country during Memorial Day weekend. Additionally, the Museum invites the public to “find your World War I connection” and discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and more with a variety of programs throughout the weekend.

Admission to the Museum is free for veterans and active duty military personnel, while admission for the general public is half-price all weekend (Friday-Monday, May 26-29). The Museum offers several events during the course of the weekend for people of all ages and interests, including a free public ceremony at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day featuring renowned photographer Michael St Maur Sheil. St Maur Sheil’s exhibitions of contemporary photographs of World War I battlefields have been seen by millions of people across the world and are currently featured in the exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918 at the Museum.

 

Free admission for veterans and active duty military personnel is made possible by U.S. Bank. Half-price admission on Friday is courtesy of Sports Radio 810 WHB. Additional support for Memorial Day Weekend activities was provided by Armed Forces Insurance and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo.

 

WORLD WAR I RESEARCH STATIONS

When: All Day, Friday-Sunday, May 26-29

Where: Outside J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

What: Find your connection to World War I during Memorial Day weekend through research stations at the Museum. With access to multiple databases including, Fold3.com, Ancestry.com, the Museum’s online collections database, the American Battlefield Monuments Commission and the National Archives, discover how the Great War affected your family through records, photographs and much more. FREE to the public.

 

VIETNAM ERA BELL UH-1 IROQUOIS “HUEY” HELICOPTER DISPLAY

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 29

Where: Rectangular Drive at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #243 will provide an iconic Bell UH-1 Iroquois “Huey” helicopter for display. FREE to the public.

 

 

VINTAGE MILITARY VEHICLE DISPLAY

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: Southeast Lawn outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) will display nearly 20 vintage military vehicles from World War II, Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. MVPA members will be available to answer questions about their collection. Availability subject to weather. FREE to the public.

 

 

FIELDS OF BATTLE, LANDS OF PEACE TOURS

When: 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, May 27-28; 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 29

Where: Tours begin at Guest Services inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Join award-winning photojournalist and curator Michael St Maur Sheil on a brief walking tour of the special centennial outdoor exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918. Hear the stories behind the incredible contemporary photographs. Book purchase suggested and reservation required. Limited space available. FREE to the public.

 

 

2017 BATTLEFIELD TOUR: THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

When: Noon, Saturday, May 27

Where: R.A. Long Education Center

What: What’s it like to experience the battlefields of World War I in person? Find out details of the upcoming commemorative journey to breathtaking places in Europe with the National World War I Museum and Memorial and Battlefield Tour guide/photojournalist Michael St Maur Sheil. Museum staff will be on hand to answer questions. FREE with RSVP.

 

 

HANDS-ON HISTORY

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: Near Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: History is brought to life during this family-friendly program, where kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.

 

 

35TH INFANTRY DIVISION BAND CONCERT

When: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: The Museum proudly welcomes the 35th Infantry Division Band for a rousing concert to commemorate those who have served and perished in our country’s armed forces. Comprised of professional musicians, educators, and college students, the 35th ID Band performs for more than 100,000 citizens annually, sharing the Army’s story with the public through music. FREE to the public.

 

 

BANK OF AMERICA CELEBRATION AT THE STATION

When: 3 p.m., Sunday, May 28 (concert begins at 8 p.m.)

Where: North Lawn outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Kick off your summer with the largest free Memorial Day weekend event in the Midwest. The Kansas City Symphony, led by Music Director Michael Stern, performs patriotic favorites against the backdrop of Kansas City’s historic Union Station. Celebration at the Station concludes with a fireworks display over the Liberty Memorial at the National World War I Museum and Memorial. FREE to the public.

 

 

FINDING YOUR WWI CONNECTION

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, May 28

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Many Americans had family members who served overseas during the Great War. Others had family members who were German or Austrian immigrants affected by U.S. immigration policies during wartime. In this introductory session to WWI research, Dr. Mitch Yockelson will offer some hints and tips on how to go about researching relatives that may have served or been affected during the war. Information on how to request copies of military service files via the National Archives will also be available. Presented in partnership with The National Archives at Kansas City. FREE with RSVP.

 

NATIONAL  WWI MUSEUM AND MEMORIAL BENEFIT PANCAKE BREAKFAST

When: 9-11 a.m., Monday, May 29

Where: Over There Café, inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: Enjoy some flapjacks (with hashbrowns and sausage/bacon) in a unique setting during a pancake feed with proceeds benefiting the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The meals are $9 for adults and $5 for children (12 and under) and include a beverage.

 

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

When: 10-11 a.m., Monday, May 29

Where: Memorial Courtyard outside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: A formal public program to include remarks from dignitaries, including U.S. Missouri Fifth District Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II, Kansas City and Missouri Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James (a former U.S. Marine), a keynote address Michael St Maur Sheil, musical performances from the Heartland Men’s Chorus and the 1st Infantry Division Wood Wind Quintet and an Honor Guard presentation from Ft. Leavenworth. FREE to the public.

 

 

WALK OF HONOR DEDICATION CEREMONY

When: 2 p.m., Monday, May 29

Where: J.C. Nichols Auditorium inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial

What: More than 100 new Walk of Honor granite bricks will be dedicated during a special ceremony. Entertainment includes a performance from the Heartland Men’s Chorus, remarks from archivist, military historian and author Dr. Mitch Yockelson and an Honor Guard presentation from Ft. Leavenworth. The Walk of Honor, now more than 10,000 bricks strong, is divided into three sections: bricks dedicated solely to those who served in World War I; bricks dedicated to veterans of any military service; and bricks that honor civilian friends, family or organizations. Walk of Honor bricks are dedicated twice each year during Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. FREE to the public.

 

 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HOURS AND PARKING

The National World War I Museum and Memorial will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. To accommodate expected high Memorial Day weekend attendance, a parking shuttle service will be available Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. from the West Yards Garage at Union Station and on Monday, May 29 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 

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. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

May 14, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

Hello, Kansas City! As spring winds down, and summer ramps up, you may be looking for fun and affordable day trips near the metro. You’re in luck — our Mom Squad Ambassador, Sarah, gives you five options for the upcoming season. Check them out and let us know in the comments where you’re going!

5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

School is out in a few weeks. And if you weren’t aware I am sure that you have a kid that is counting
down the days! I am always one for a celebration—just ask my husband, anything; good grades, cleaned
up their room, brushed their hair, didn’t color on the dog! I am also a big fan of getting out of town for a
few days. Combine those two and you have the perfect recipe for an End of School Road Trip! The other
thing—my kids can make it about 5 hours and then the questions start, which I realize is pretty good for
most kids, but basically this is when the movies start to get old! So this week I have included some off the beaten path road trips within 5 hours of the metro that are sure to keep all members of the family entertained!

 5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

1. Tanganyika Wildlife Park

1000 S. Hawkins Lane, Goddard, KS 67052
(3 hours, 8 minutes)

Tanganyika Wildlife Park is a family-owned zoo which has one of the largest animal collections in Kansas. With over 40 exhibits including several interactive stations this is definitely one to add to your list. Tanganyika is the only place in the US where you can interact with ring-tail lemurs in their island habitat and feed Indian rhinos and pygmy hippos. From most of the reviews that I read, it is a great place for younger kids—more animals in a smaller area to save their little legs (and grandparents too!). If you still can’t get enough zoo the Sedgwick County Zoo is close as well and has some great exhibits as well.

 5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

2. Ha Ha Tonka State Park

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO 65020
(2 hours, 41 minutes)
Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located in the Lake of the Ozarks area. If you like hiking then this is the place
for you! One of the highlights is a turn of the century castle built high on a bluff and more than 15 miles
of walking trails. These trails lead to sinkholes, natural bridges, caves and of course to the lake itself! Just head down for the day and pack a lunch for a picnic or decide to make a camping trip out of it!

 5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

3. Eureka Springs, AR

(3 hours and 50 minutes)
If you think that Eureka Springs is just bed and breakfasts and ghost inhabited hotels then you are only half right. Eureka prides itself on its fabulous festivals, I personally love the St. Patrick’s day celebration
and have participated many times, they just had their May Festival celebration and there are several more throughout the summer—just check to make sure they would be fun for the kids! The city itself is
nestled in the Arkansas hills and makes for a great walking area, there are tons of eccentric shops and
art galleries, and always good music to find in many areas of the city, especially during Blues Weekend. Plan on staying the night in either The Crescent or The Basin, both have their share of ghost stories but
their true draw is how they pull you into the vintage feel of the city. I have stayed at both but I don’t think got an ounce of sleep because the lights were always on and I was constantly checking under the
bed!
5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

4. Roaring River State Park

12716 Farm Road 2239, Cassville, MO 65625
(3 hours, 17 minutes)
I grew up in Southwest Missouri, so I have spent quite a bit of time exploring Roaring River. I have incredible memories from here sharing times with my grandparents, parents and friends. Trout fishing is obviously its biggest draw but there are also great things to do and see for the whole family. The park is one of the premier trout fisheries in the nation and stocked each night. When you walk past the tank
wave your arm like you are throwing food, cruel but kind of funny too! There are seven trails that lead
through the hills including Deer Leap Trail that ends overlooking the fish hatchery. There are options to
camp as well as rent a cabin for the weekend; but double check to make sure of these arrangements before you go, southwest Missouri had some major flooding which has shut down a lot of their camping
throughout the area.
5 Fun Day Trips Within 5 Hours of Kansas City

5. Amana Colonies

622 46th Avenue Amana, IA 52203
(4 hours, 29 minutes)
Celebrating a rich heritage in arts and crafts and taking visitors away from the hustle and bustle of busy
life, the Amana Colonies have something for everyone. There is some type of event every weekend at
the colonies from a dog speed racers competition to woodworking festivals. In fact the Wurst Festival: A
Celebration of all things Sausage was named the Best New Event of 2015 by the Iowa Tourism Commission. There are many places to stay camping, bed and breakfasts, and hotels nearby.

What are some of your favorite places to visit near the metro? Let us know in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

May 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

Howdy, Kansas City! Becky, one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, is sharing one of her favorite family summer traditions today with this picnic and park night. Kansas City has a wealth of fantastic parks, so why not pack up some food, and head out to the great scenery in the metro? Take a look at how Becky does it below.

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

 

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

 

This Summer, once a week, our family is going to make it a Park & Picnic night. That means after work/preschool/camp, we’ll all head to a new park each week to play, explore and eat dinner.

This is fun for our kids because dinner is always better when surrounded by slides and swings. This is fun for me because it means NO cooking and—even better—NO clean up required! Plus, big bonus: The kids burn up all their extra energy for the day so they go to bed like champs.

It’s a very easy and cheap family fun night. Below are lots of ideas to make your own Park & Picnic night a success.

 

Picnic Smorgasbord Ideas:

• Baby dill pickles
• Baby carrots
• Celery sticks
• Cherry tomatoes
• Cucumber slices
• Zucchini slices
• Cheese slices or sticks
• Pepperonis
• Salami
• Turkey or Ham slices
• Dinner rolls
• Pretzels
• Dried apricots
• Grapes
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Pineapple
• Cherries
• Watermelon slices
• Popcorn

Basically, anything that Charlie Brown would serve for Thanksgiving is perfect.

Pro Tips:

• Invest in a Tupperware-like container with individual compartments. That way it’s one thing to carry but the juice from the pickles won’t get on the pretzels (“GROSS MOM!”).

• Just set the spread of food out and give your kids the freedom to come and go from the picnic table to the playground as they please. If you try and force (sorry, “encourage”) them to eat first, they won’t eat much because they’ll be too excited about playing.

• Skip the paper products and bring heavy plastic plates or bowls instead that won’t blow away.

• Bring a container of baby wipes instead of napkins because, again, wind.

• Pack the kids’ water bottles. They are earth-friendly, you can add ice, and they hold more water than a plastic bottle of water so no one goes thirsty. Plus, there is no confusion (or mental breakdowns) over the owner of each water bottle. (Heaven forbid your little brother accidentally takes a sip out of yours.)

• Each week introduce a new fruit (mangos, kiwi or apricot slices) to mix things up and expand taste buds. It’s amazing what kids will try after they’ve built up an appetite.

• Save dessert for the car ride home. How else are you going to convince them it’s time to go home?

• If you aren’t up for finding new parks every week, take one new activity to the same park with you each week to mix things up: Balls, sidewalk chalk, bikes, bubbles, etc.

 

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

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

Check Out These Fun Summer Traditions around Kansas City

May 12, 2017 at 7:56 AM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check Out These Fun Summer Traditions around Kansas City

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Not only are we coming up on the weekend, but summer break is right around the corner. We here at iFamilyKC reached out to our Mom Squad to share some of their favorite summer traditions, and Brigette did not disappoint. She shares a few of her fun and simple traditions below. Take a look!

Check Out These Fun Summer Traditions around Kansas City

Check Out These Fun Summer Traditions around
Kansas City

In our family traditions come in many, many forms. Some of my favorite traditions are during summertime. Typically we would be celebrating the last days of school and having field days. Before moving back to Kansas City, one thing we always did was go on family vacations to visit Kansas City and explore my childhood town. Since we’ve moved back, we will continue some of our old traditions and start some new ones as well!

 

Our first tradition is visiting water/splash parks.

I’m a sucker for free, so this is always on my to do list during the summer. One of our favorite splash parks is located at Pearson park in the Turner district. There are Picnic tables right next to the park so it’s perfect for taking sack lunches and enjoying popsicles. My family and I could stay there all day!

 

Our next favorite tradition is dollar shows and matinees.

My kids love the movies but I hate paying full price for tickets because they’ll end up missing a third of the movie anyway. Most Cinemark’s have summer family deals where they show classic family movies and have super discounted tickets! On days when it’s just too hot to do anything we head straight for the movies, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Our newest tradition will now be visiting Dallas.

My kids have spent most of their lives there so I know it will be great to see old friends and of course our family! Believe it or not but my family enjoys road trips! I know it sounds crazy, but there is something about exploring the different routes and cities along the way! We just make sure we pack EXTRA snacks and toys to keep them occupied.

 

Writing this piece has me so excited for summer and the adventures that await us!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

May 10, 2017 at 7:38 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through May? It’s insane to think that summer is knocking on our door, and while you’re getting ready for some sunshine and fun, you may be looking for some new traditions. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie, shares some of her family favorites to help your summer kicked off. Check it out!

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

 

Summer is my favorite season! I look forward to it all year and constantly think about moving somewhere tropical permanently. I live for summer.

My kids and I love to be outside during the summer. We have a zoo pass, so we head there about once a week before the heat gets to be too high. We love going to the pool. Our favorite one being the Harrisonville Pool. They have a fun kid/zero entry area and water slides and diving boards that my kids live for.

We also love heading to Longview Lake. My parents have a cheap pontoon boat in a slip there, so we can park it and swim off of it anytime we like. My kids also enjoy feeding the fish at the marina there. No matter how many times we go it still results in squeals of laughter when the huge fish start flapping around after the food.

On rainy days we hit up Paradise Park or Union Station’s Science City. My kids love to paint their own faces and splash around in the water table on the Edutainment side of Paradise Park. My son would spend hours in the dinosaur dig section at Science City if I would let him.

We also like to check out all the nature centers around town. We love Burr Oaks and Lakeside Nature Center for quick outings. We also enjoy the outdoor movies in Independence on the square or going to the drive in. Summer is just meant to be spent outside.

We don’t typically get to travel much, but we like to take a weekend and head down to Tablerock Lake and rent a friend of ours’ cabin. Its much calmer and less crowded than the Lake of the Ozarks and just as close. It’s a nice, easy getaway.

Summer food is another reason I love this season. My kids love watermelon, and hot dogs off the grill. I love kabobs and grilled veggies. And to me, nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.

What are some easy traditions you have for the summer? Share in the comments!

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Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer

April 30, 2017 at 11:16 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer

Summer is just around the corner (even though the weather may be saying otherwise), and that means some of you may be looking for some budget-friendly activities for the family. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has some great ideas for cheap ways to enjoy movies this summer. Take a look!

Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer

 

Check Out These Cheap Ways to Enjoy Movies This Summer

 

If you’re like us, your family was way too busy during the school year to stop and go to the movies. This summer, several places are making it easy (on you and your wallet) for your family to enjoy some movies on the big screen. From passes to pools, this is the ultimate guide for family-friendly movies in KC this summer.

Watching on the big screen

See some new-ish favorites on the big screen without paying a big price.

B&B Theatres Summer Kids Series (Northland, Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, Shawnee): $3 movies (or just $2 for Backstage Members) Tuesdays through Thursdays (June 6-July 27) at 10am and 12:30pm.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Merriam: $1 movies Mondays through Thursdays (June 5-August 10) at 10am and noon. Or buy a 10-movie pass for $5 while supplies last.

Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse Palace on the Plaza: $1 movies Wednesdays (June 7-August 9) at 10am. Or buy a 10-movie pass for $5 while supplies last.

 

See some real stars

Enjoy a movie under the stars this summer with these outdoor movie events.

Johnson County Libraries: Movies in the Park
Free. May 19, June 10, July 8 and August 12. Locations vary. Family-friendly classics. Local concerts start at 8pm, movie starts at dusk.

Moonlight Movie on the Square (Independence)
Free movies every Thursday (June-early August) at 9pm in the Pharaoh Theater parking lot.

Legacy Park Amphitheater (Lee’s Summit)
Free movies the first Thursday of each month in June, July and August. Gates open at 7pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.

WeekEnder (Crown Center)
Free. July 7, 14, 21 & 28, August 4
Enjoy local bands and food trucks starting at 6pm. Movies start about 9pm. No outside alcohol.

 

Make a splash

Watch a movie with your feet in the water or the sand.

Dive-In Movie: Moana (Fairway)
$3 per person. July 22, 2017.
Bring your own floatie. Plenty of pool furniture available. Free popcorn included. Doors open at 8:30pm, movie begins at dark.

Sand Cinema (Long View Lake Beach)
$5 per car. June 23 and July 21. Gates open at 7:30pm, movies begin around dark (8:45pm). Bring your own blanket or chairs for beach seating. No outside food or beverages but concessions will be available.

 

Pro Tips:

• Arrive early for best seats, especially if you’re going in a large group

• For outdoor movies, pack blankets, chairs and plenty of pillows

• For evening movies, dress your kiddos in PJs ahead of time so you can easily get them to bed when you get home

• Create your own movie memories for your family and friends by hosting your own backyard movie night.

 

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

 

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