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Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

February 12, 2017 at 9:52 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesNo comments yet

Happy Sunday, Kansas City! One of our KC’s treasures is the aquarium at Sea Life Kansas City. It’s a great place to have educational fun, look at sea creatures, and experience the heart of Crown Center. SeaLife is introducing a new creature to their Shipwreck Exhibit — the Deadly Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Check out below for a little more information on this fascinating sea life creature!

 

Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City's Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature:
The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

 

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is committed to Breed, Rescue and Protect marine life. The SEA LIFE team recently bred the stunning cuttlefish species, known for their flamboyant coloring and lightning-fast predatory prowess.

The baby cuttlefish will be officially introduced into SEA LIFE on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. They will be joining the Shipwreck exhibit, which highlights animals that live along coral reefs in ocean waters.

 

Flamboyant cuttlefish are notable for their ability to change color from pink, yellow, black and white as well as their swift hunting style that makes the species unforgettable to witness. Cute and cunning cephalopods, the cuttlefish have eight arms and two feeding tentacles that are used to prey on unsuspecting creatures on the sea floor.

As for visitors wondering about the flamboyant cuttlefish species, SEA LIFE Aquarist, Brittany Stopp, is happy to answer questions about these curious-looking creatures.

 

“Habitat destruction is the biggest concern facing these beautiful animals,” Stopp says. “Flamboyant cuttlefish are a highly distinctive species of cuttlefish due to their vibrant coloration. Like octopuses, squid and other cuttlefish, Flamboyant cuttlefish can camouflage to their environment as well as display colors such as: black, white, yellow and pink. They are found in the Indo-Pacific in mudflats and sandy areas.”

 

Stopp helped breed and rear this generation of cuttlefish at SEA LIFE Kansas City. When hatched, the cuttlefish were no larger than a grain of rice!

For more information on SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium’s latest events & attractions visit

www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city.

 

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

February 11, 2017 at 11:12 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, MoviesNo comments yet

Howdy, Kansas City! One of my family and I’s favorite activities is finding new movies on Netflix. It’s such an easy way to navigate and find a film that fits everyones interests for a ridiculously cheap price. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great ideas for family friendly films to check out for your next movie night. Check it out!

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

What is one thing that kids always want but parents hesitate to do? Give up? It’s a family movie night! I hope I’m not the only one that shudders at the thought of watching Air Bud movies for the fifth time in a row, I mean come on…. AGAIN?! And don’t even get my started on ticket and concession prices! You spend all this loot on popcorn, drinks and a movie that you don’t even really want to see, only to end up leaving the theater for potty breaks or a screaming kid. But with 10+ years’ experience and 4 kids later, I’d like to consider myself a master at family movie night!

 

For years now I have voted, picked numbers and made deals when it comes to family movies and I must say there are always a few hidden gems or classics that parents and kids can agree on! So instead of loading the car up for your next family movie night only to see something you could care less about, check out these family movies that the kids and you will enjoy, plus they are available on Netflix now!

 

#1 Penelope

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This cute story about a young girl cursed with the nose of a pig, lives a lonely life until she meets someone that can change all that.

 

#2 Annie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The story of a young orphan girl that gets adopted by a rich Daddy Warbucks.

 

#3 Parent Trap

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Twins separated at birth trying to reunite their parents and scare off their dad’s fiancé. This movie is such a cute family movie full of laughs!

 

#4 Honey I Shrunk the Kids

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A CLASSIC and favorite in our house! Four Kids accidentally shrink themselves with their dad’s one of a kind inventions!

 

#5 Honey We Shrunk Ourselves

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is the 3rd installment of the hit franchise. This may not be as funny as the first one, but it is definitely a family favorite!

 

#6 Harry and the Hendersons

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

Two words.. BIG FOOT! This classic film is about a small suburban family with an unlikely house guest.

 

#7 Daddy Daycare

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

This is definitely my husband’s top choice! A dad down on his luck, does what he can to support his family and make sure his son has the time of his life!

 

#8 Paulie

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

I normally steer clear of talking animal movies, but how can you resist this cute little girl and unique bird.

 

#9 Flubber

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

The late Robin Williams is a mad scientist that creates a one of a kind invention, but what happens when everyone wants it?

 

#10 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman story

 

10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

 

A true example of will and determination. This true story will leave everyone inspired!

 

I hope this list of family friendly movies will make your next family movie night more enjoyable for everyone! What are some movies that you and your family enjoy watching together?

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam (With a Discount Code too!)

February 10, 2017 at 10:27 AM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check out this Recap of Monster Jam (With a Discount Code too!)

Wahoo, it is the weekend, friends! And if you’re in for some loud, unconventional, and fun this weekend, consider checking out Monster Jam (Use our promo code IFAMILYKC to get $5 off). Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, took her family and gives us the ins and outs of having a great time with huge trucks! Check it out…

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam  (With a Discount Code too!) // iFamilyKC

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam
(With a Discount Code too!)

 

Last night was my family’s first outing to Monster Jam. We had never been to a monster truck show and I was not sure if it was for us. I have two young girls and my oldest hates things that are loud, but admittedly I had never been so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam  (With a Discount Code too!)
We ended up having such a good time! This was one of our top five family outings. My youngest loves zooming through our yard in the ATV, riding horses and wrestling, so I was pretty confident she would enjoy the action and competition. One of the trucks looked like her remote-control car- so she was solidly cheering for El Toro Loco all night. My eldest daughter is quiet, a bit of a worrier and prefers to play quietly with Legos, so I expected her to be asking us to leave but twenty minutes in. Luckily, we brought some noise cancelling headphones (one a lovely, lovely friend gifted us and the other I picked up at the hunting store). Although at first, she shied away from the noise, and I had to explain what would happen if a car crashed, caught on fire or made it into the audience (this kid should go into risk management) she started to have fun.

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam  (With a Discount Code too!)
So here is how the Monster Jam works: there are 8 drivers competing in 6 categories. Most of the time they are doing stunts with their monster trucks, but they also square off in speedsters. There was a lot to enjoy about the event- but I have to say the Monster Jam people really did their part to make the audience feel included. There were give-aways all night. The racers were all young and enthusiastic. They were great sports and two of the racers were girls. Obviously, this made my two girls even more excited and my kiddos are hoping to meet “those awesome girl racers” someday. Also, you could vote after every run on your smartphone. My kids loved getting to give their score. It was a lot of fun.

 

Check out this Recap of Monster Jam  (With a Discount Code too!)
All-in-all, it was a wonderful night. The entertainment was top-notch and something we all enjoyed. The kids could be loud, cheer, move around a bit and so they didn’t burn out on trying to sit nicely all evening. We were able to participate and see the racers which made us feel much more connected to the event. I’m not sure what all I had in mind for the evening, but this was definitely a fun and family-friendly night.
We shot a live Facebook video while we were there. Head to Facebook to check it out! In the video, I mention a promotion iFamilyKC is running with Monster Jam. You can get $5 off $15 or $20 tickets with the promo code IFAMILYKC. You can use that at AXS.com or even at the box office. And you can use that promo code up to 6 times. You may see us there! My kids were asking when we were going again before we’d even made it back to our car.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

February 8, 2017 at 6:23 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

Here at iFamilyKC, we LOVE our Kids Club Events! We’ve gotten the chance to go and do some amazing things around the metro. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, checked out our recent event at Paradise Park. It’s one of the best places in Kansas City to work out some of that winter cabin fever. Check it out!

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park // iFamilyKC Blog

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

 

 

As a parent, I think January and February are by far the most challenging months. It’s cold. It’s dark. Your kids destroy the house playing with everything they find. Then they’re bored. They bother each other. Someone cries. Repeat.

 

January is the perfect time to escape to paradise. There’s no beach, but it’s closer than you think. Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit — it’s just what the doctor ordered to cure your cabin fever. Last weekend my kids and I were invited to Paradise Park to join in the iFamilyKC Kids Club event and I was reminded what a great place this is to take your kids.

 

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

While they have go carts and mini golf and a huge room of arcade game (yes, with tickets for prizes), plus a 2-story foam blaster room (think American Gladiators) — my kids are 6, almost 5 and 3 ½ so we stuck with Paradise Park’s Children’s Edutainment Center (CEDC).

 

If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it for your next outing. Inside the CEDC is something for everyone:

 

  • Climbing Tower. Think of your favorite McD’s PlayPlace and double it. Complete with twisty slide.

 

  • Ball Pit. My boys’ favorite spot. There’s a large ball pit with a target that has a tube inside that sucks all the balls up and spits them out the other side. Every kid in the pit thinks they’ll make a dent in the thousands of balls surrounding them by putting them through the vacuum.

 

  • Construction Zone. Vests and hardhats for kids to wear and start building with large blocks and planks.

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

  • For kids 1 and younger, there’s a soft room for them to play, crawl and explore without getting trampled by the older kids.

 

  • Library Room. For kids wanting a break from all the activity, there’s a reading room full of books and a few tablets with games.

 

  • Water Room. It’s all the fun of bath time without the fear of getting soap in your eyes. Water smocks are provided so kids can splash and play with all the toy sea animals in the long flowing water table.

 

  • Trains and Houses. This room is full of wooden doll houses, farms and a train table. It another great room for calmer play.

 

  • Face painting station. Full disclosure, I kept my kids away from this one because I am not fun but I saw plenty of kids really into apply their own designs. It’s like getting into mom’s makeup bag without getting into trouble.

 

  • The Play Town. A dress-up station with a bank, school, pizza shop and grocery store with all the props to play pretend. My daughter’s favorite place in the world is the checkout stand at that grocery store. She could ring up baskets of play food all day long.

 

  • Art room. Several DIY projects with full instructions listed at the tables. The theme changes each week. Last week it was all about snow, so we made snowflake necklaces, a puffy snowman painting and a watercolor snowman magnet.

 

 

We hit all the rooms (except the face painting), some twice and FOUR hours later, I pulled my kids away but they could have easily stayed longer. And honestly, if I wasn’t hosting a dinner party later that day, I could have stayed with them and treated myself to a latté while they stocked the grocery shelves or put ball after ball after ball into the giant sucker thing. Paradise for everyone.

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

Pro Tips

 

  • Make sure your kids wear socks. They can’t play on the climbing cage or ball pit without them.

 

  • If you do any art projects, leave them in the art room on the table until you’re ready to go (I promise your kids won’t let you leave without them) so you don’t have to carry them around with you during the rest of your visit.

 

  • Adventure Time, which is themed story, craft and cooking activity happens every day at Noon, 2PM, 4PM. On Fridays and Saturdays there’s also one at 7PM.

 

  • No food or drinks allowed inside, but that’s not a problem because you can order everything from chicken nuggets to pizza to salads inside. Even a Latte!

 

  • Paradise Park is a completely nut-free facility which means you don’t have to worry about your toddler with a peanut allergy picking up a loose Peanut M&M off the floor.

 

  • No need to worry about losing someone if you come with multiple kids. The entire 12,000 CEDC area is secured so kids can’t leave without their parent’s matching wristband.

 

 

 

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

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

The World War I Museum Wants to Know Which Poster Would You Choose?

January 19, 2017 at 6:11 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on The World War I Museum Wants to Know Which Poster Would You Choose?

Happy Thursday, Kansas City! The National World War I Museum is looking for your input for their Posters as Munitions contest. They are looking to YOU to choose which poster should be alongside the upcoming Posters as Munitions, 1917 exhibit. Voting concludes on January 31st, so get those votes in. Details below!

The World War I Museum Wants to Know Which Poster Would You Choose?

The World War I Museum Wants to Know Which Poster Would You Choose?

 

The National World War I Museum and Memorial holds the most comprehensive collection of Great War objects and documents in the world and its internally curated exhibitions are based on this expansive collection.

 

One of the most encompassing elements – and among the most popular with visitors – is the Museum’s collection of war posters from World War I. For the upcoming special exhibition Posters as Munitions, 1917, Museum Senior Curator Doran Cart faced the unenviable task of determining which posters to include among the hundreds in the collection.

 

This task eventually yielded a question applicable to anyone in the world: which poster would you choose?Starting today through Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Museum is offering the opportunity for the public throughout the world to vote to choose a poster to be featured alongside the upcoming exhibition.

 

“This organization was founded because of the greater Kansas City community and it also relies on the generosity of patrons across the world, so it makes perfect sense to engage the public and offer this unique opportunity to choose a poster featured alongside the Posters as Munitions, 1917 exhibition,” said Dr. Matthew Naylor, President and CEO at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

 

People can choose among five vivid, intriguing posters, all circulated in 1917:

 

  • French Bastille Day commemoration of the French Revolution
  • Great Britain Blue Cross Fund for wounded horses
  • French exposition of propaganda materials about German war crimes
  • U.S. Navy recruiting
  • French “One last effort and we will get them” showing the French/Allies climbing to pull down the German Eagle

 

Voting takes place at this link:

http://exhibitions.theworldwar.org/posters/

Each valid email address can contribute one vote and voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The winning poster will be announced upon the completion of the contest and will be featured in the Posters as Munitions, 1917 special exhibition.

 

About Posters as Munitions, 1917

Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018

Soon after the outset of World War I, the poster, previously the successful medium of commercial advertising was recognized as a means of spreading national propaganda with unlimited possibilities. Its value as an educational or stimulating influence was more and more appreciated. The poster could impress an idea quickly, vividly and lastingly. Posters as Munitions, 1917 showcases the depth and breadth of the collection through a series of works on exhibition for the first time at the Museum. Posters from France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the United States and more are featured, providing a sense of the global nature of this form of communication.

  

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.

 

From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

Kick Off the New Year at SeaLife & Legoland (+ Free Admission to Legoland Kansas City)

December 22, 2016 at 9:38 AM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Kick Off the New Year at SeaLife & Legoland (+ Free Admission to Legoland Kansas City)

Hello, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that we’re in the last couple of weeks of December, and that soon, we’ll kick off 2017. The new year brings us some great fun at SeaLife Kansas City and Legoland Discovery Center down at Crown Center. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy gives us the low down of what to expect in January (along with a promo code for 1 child free with 1 paid adult ticket). Check it out!

Kick Off the New Year at SeaLife Kansas City
& Legoland Discovery Center

 

Winter is here and keeping the kiddos busy can be tough. Luckily, Kansas City has many options for keeping your family entertained. One of the most popular and unique options is SEA LIFE Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

SEA LIFE has an exciting new addition, Moko, a Māori wrasse. These fish grow to be over 6 feet long and up to 400 pounds! Moko is only about 2 and a half feet long right now, but will continue to grow here in Kansas City. You can find Moko in the big sting ray tank. These fish are beautiful with intricate blue markings all over. An endangered species, Moko is here to raise awareness for the importance of caring for the ocean and coral reefs. I had the pleasure of interviewing an aquarist live on iFamilyKC’s Facebook page last week. We learned all sorts of fun things about Māori wrasses, like other names they go by, how Moko got his name, how their gender changes as they grow and that Moko loves to eat shrimp! SEA LIFE also has some new baby seahorses near Moko’s display that were fun to see.

LEGOLAND is another fun option. With areas to run around, stations for building with Legos and various rides to go on, you can easily fill an entire day with family fun. My kids love building their own Lego pizzas whenever we go. The 4D theater is a fun spot to enjoy a quick show and rest tired bodies before they find their next activity. If you buy your LEGOLAND tickets online, right now you can get 1 child in free with 1 paid adult! Just enter the promo code 1409. This offer is valid until January 31st, 2017, however the visit can be scheduled for a later date. This is an awesome deal and I hope you can take advantage of it at least once! This would also make a great stocking stuffer- what kid wouldn’t love a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center?

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2

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Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland Annual Pass Sale!

December 9, 2016 at 8:42 AM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland Annual Pass Sale!

Happy Friday, Kansas City! We are down to the wire until Christmas arrives, and while we all figure out our last minute gifts, why not check out the Holiday Annual Pass Sale at Legoland & SeaLife Kansas City? It’s the gift that literally keeps on giving. The sale lasts through January 15th, but wouldn’t it be great to treat those you love to one of the best experiences in Kansas City? Check it out!

Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland Annual Pass Sale!

 

 

Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland

Annual Pass Sale!

 

Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland Annual Pass Sale!
Need the perfect holiday gift?!
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City &
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium
have the perfect stocking stuffer for your loved ones.
Right now Single Attraction Annual Passes are currently on sale for ONLY
$39.95  (plus tax)!
It gets better… Combination Annual Passes are also on sale – for just $75.00 (plus tax)!
Sale runs through January 15th, 2017.
To find out more and see what your special Annual Pass Holder benefits include or if you are ready to purchase, please visit either LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER HERE
Either link will allow you to purchase the Combination Annual Pass. Holiday Annual Pass Sale Promo Code is KCAPSALE16
This promotional code is good for both attractions and both special offers. 
Happy Holidays iFamilyKC readers! From all of us at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City and SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium.
Give the Perfect Gift with This Sea Life & Legoland Annual Pass Sale!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team

 

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Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

December 4, 2016 at 5:02 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

One of my family and I’s favorite holiday activities is looking for Christmas lights. Whether it’s in a neighborhood or at Crown Center, Kansas City has no shortage when it comes to holiday magic — including light displays. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, gives us a run down of some of the best displays in the metro. Take a look…

Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

 

Kansas City is absolutely beautiful this time of year! I always say, it’s not Christmastime until the Country Club Plaza lights are switched on. We have so many light displays all over the city and here’s a few you might want to check out!

 

Country Club Plaza Lights

280,000 lights over 15 blocks were illuminated on Thanksgiving eve and they will remain lit until January 15th. This longstanding tradition started 87 years ago with just one strand of lights!

 

69th & Valley (near Ward Parkway)

Once you get to the 69th St. area you’ll be on Valley, you’ll definitely want to turn down 69th (this is the Star Wars music display with Peanuts characters in the yard) and a few streets around there, you’ll definitely know which ones to turn on.

 

Candy Cane Lane

Located in Prairie Village, this display is a MUST. It’s a cul-de-sac with a long tradition of beautifully decorated homes (with candy canes out front) and a large decorated Christmas tree in the center.

 

Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center

The 100 foot tree was lit up on November 25th and is one of the tallest in the country! Fun fact: After the holidays, the wood from the tree is used to make ornaments to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund that helps people in need. On display until Christmas Day.

Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park

Located in Longview Lake, this drive through light display features animated characters and scenes. This is by far my favorite in KC and now my kids love it too! You don’t wanna miss this one! Going on now through December 31st. 5:30-10:30 Sun-Thurs. 5:30-11pm Fri and Sat. Oh and admission is 100% FREE. While you’re in the area check out the Lee’s Summit Magic Tree.

 

Zona Rosa Northern Lights

Crowns light up the outdoor mall along with a Christmas tree in the square. Santa and Fairy Princess will be making appearances throughout the season.

 

Vince and Associates Overland Park

Located at 101st and Metcalf, Vince and Associates presents an animated light show synchronized to music that you tune in through your car stereo. (Park at the church across the street for perfect viewing!)

 

Deanna Rose Farmstead

After checking out Vince & Associates, venture a little further south to Deanna Rose Farmstead. They have a great light show on their building (the farmstead is closed) set to holiday tunes. 

 

Paulie’s Penguins Playground

This is a great house at Mur-Len Road and Indian Creek Parkway. It’s been growing since 2004, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. If the weather isn’t too bitter, it’s a great one to get out and walk through.

 

Christmas Card Lane

This subdivision has a wonderful tradition of displaying oversized holiday greetings in their yards for onlookers. While the number of houses that still maintain the tradition has slowly dropped, there are still a good number of decorated houses with these awesome Christmas cards.

 

Sar Ko Par Trails Park

Located at 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road in Lenexa. This is a great one to admire in your warm, cozy car or if you’re bundled up enough, one to walk through and enjoy all of them unique and fun lights they have displayed along the trail.

 

Your family is sure to enjoy any one of these displays! Let us know about other light displays in your part of the KC Metro area in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,
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Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

Check Out These Upcoming Events at the National World War I Museum

December 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check Out These Upcoming Events at the National World War I Museum

Hello, Kansas City! We are lucky to have so many wonderful educational resources with the museums in this great city. The National World War I Museum is one of those great treasures. They have a ton of activities and events this December, so add a little history to your month, and check them out!

Check Out These Upcoming Events at the National World War I Museum // iFamilyKC

Check Out These Upcoming Events at the

National World War I Museum

 

A celebration of the 10th anniversary of the newly built National World War I Museum, the fourth annual Truce Tournament/EPL Watch Party and a conversation with a WWII veteran on the 75thanniversary of Pearl Harbor are among the December events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

 

In 2006, the doors opened to the Congressionally designated National World War I Museum. The Museum celebrates 10 years by honoring the city that made it all possible. From Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 6-11 the Museum offers free admission to the public as well as an array of activities, including free guided tours of the last 10 years of Museum acquisitions, daily editions of the Hands-on History program, daily tours, special programs and a rare opportunity to ascend the Liberty Memorial Tower in the evening on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10 from 5-8 p.m. and experience the breathtaking panoramic views with the Kansas City skyline.

 

Additionally, on Friday, Dec. 2, the Museum will hand out more than 10,000 special poppy card flyers in the Crossroads Arts District in conjunction with the First Friday event. These special cards feature a poppy in the shape of a “zero” and, when held up adjacent to the Liberty Memorial Tower, a number “10” is formed. Anyone who uses the card to capture an image and posts on social media using the hashtag #HonorKC can then bring their electronic device to the Museum and receive a free admission ticket for the next 10 weeks (ends on Feb. 10). More information on Anniversary Week activities can be found at theworldwar.org/10years.

 

Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kansas City proudly welcomes Doolittle Raider veteran, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.), and Dr. Dennis R. Okerstrom, author of the acclaimed book Dick Cole’s War, for an engaging event. Cole and Okerstrom will reflect on the impact of Pearl Harbor and the present day meaning of WWII. The event is currently sold out, but a waitlist is available at theworldwar.org.

 

Fourth Annual Truce Tournament

Sporting Club, The Soccer Lot and the Museum invite the regional soccer community to take part in the fourth annual Truce Tournament commemorating the Christmas Truce in World War I. Paired with a free (with RSVP) British pub-themed Boxing Day English Premier League Watch Party inside the Museum as well as an optional all you can eat and drink buffet ($25), this 3v3 tournament will be played on Memorial Hill with the Kansas City skyline providing an unmistakable backdrop on Monday, Dec. 26 starting at 8 a.m. For more information, visitthetrucekc.com.

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m.

The Museum hosts a free Knit-In special edition of Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle featuring beverages and treats as well as the opportunity to learn and participate with some completed projects being donated to the local veteran’s hospital.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Museum hosts In War and Peace – Perspectives on Conflict Resolution. A panel conversation featuring star Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as she discusses her project, “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music” with panelists Alvin Brooks, Joanne Katz, and Dr. Matthew Naylor. The event is free with RSVP.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The Museum hosts Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations in which U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Dr. Richard S. Faulkner delivers a free commemorative lecture on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Verdun’s end.

 

Other Events at the Musuem in December

Other events at the Museum during the month include a Wreaths Across America event (Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.), the free monthly series Day in the Life (Saturday, Dec. 11, all day) featuring living historians discussing aspects of World War I; a free screening of the animated short film War Games (Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.) and a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel (Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m.).

 

The National World War I Museum and Memorial 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 personal experiences of the war.

Media interested in covering any of the Museum’s offerings should contact Mike Vietti at 816-888-8122 ormvietti@theworldwar.org.

 

December National WWI Museum & Memorial Events

  • Every Wednesday: World War Wednesdays (all tickets $7)
  • Every Thursday: Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: Knit-In, 9:30 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 11: Anniversary Week (FREE admission)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6: In War and Peace, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Friday, Dec. 9 – Saturday, Dec. 10: Nighttime Liberty Memorial Tower Access, 5-8 p.m. (FREE)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Family Friendly: War Game, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP
  • Sunday, Dec. 11: Day in the Life: Christmas During the War, all day (FREE)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Wreaths Across America, 10 a.m. (FREE)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Joyeux Noel Screening, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Saturday, Dec. 26: Truce Tournament, 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 26: English Premier League Watch Party, 8 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)

 

 

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.

 

From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

 

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A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

November 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

Happy Friday, Kansas City! I don’t know about you all, but Kansas City BBQ is a downfall of mine, and I’m convinced, no one does it like Kansas City does. Today, we are lucky enough to have a guest Dad (married to our fantastic Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky) talk about the American Royal BBQ event that happened this past weekend. Get ready to salivate and check it out!

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

 

I have often declared the American Royal BBQ as one of Kansas City’s best annual events. This year was the first time our three kids would attend, and I was excited for them, and excited for myself. While working to build anticipation for the family’s arrival at the American Royal BBQ, I asked our three kids ‘what is the American Royal BBQ event all about?’ to which one of them readily replied, “Celebrating bar-b-que. And, celebrating the Royals.” Close enough; thanks, Captain. And with this answer in the air, we exited the car and began a long walk to the infield of the Kansas Speedway, where thousands of people were converging on hundreds of BBQ serving tents.

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

The American Royal is a series of horse shows, livestock events, and rodeos that extend for eight weeks, with the international BBQ being one of the final festivities. This past weekend was the 37th annual BBQ event, featuring live music, a petting zoo (and other kid-oriented activities), parties and numerous grilling, smoking, and saucing competitions—the most coveted award being the Grand Champion. My involvement, as usual, was limited to the Friday-night International BBQ.

 

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

I have great memories of the American Royal BBQ. Specifically, the Friday night event. Until you’ve attended, it is hard to fathom a BBQ pop-up village featuring blocks upon blocks of BBQ parties. It reminds me of the feeling of being surrounded by high rises in NYC, and after walking for blocks (miles?) in one direction, you look up only to find oneself still surrounded by high rises and skyscrapers. Only this is Kansas City. Instead of a contiguous sea of tall buildings, it’s an endless world of smokers, parties, RVs, circus tents, pop-up bars, and more smokers. You can stroll through the rows of BBQ tents, and thirty minutes later still find yourself passing areas you have yet to see. It’s a carnivore’s paradise.

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

The massive party atmosphere is quite inviting. The food tastes great, the drink feels good, and the music keeps the adrenaline strong. Everyone seems driven by the same objective, which is to indulge in a good time. Early in the evening, the mood is a bit subdued and protective as each tent is host to a private group of friends, family, coworkers or clients. But as the night progresses, the gatherings become less private, the tent gates open, and party goers pour into the walkways and common areas. A good vibe takes over as inhibitions subside. It becomes a giant block party, or perhaps better stated, a giant party that extends for blocks. Quite entertaining.

 

With kids in tow, my night ended earlier than I would have preferred, so if there was an impromtu marching band of revel rousers blowing their horns and beating real and make-shift instruments, as I’ve seen in the past, then I would have missed one of the great highlights. But, this gives me something to look forward to in the future. So here’s to good food, good drink and an all-around good time. Go Royals!…right Captain?

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Regan Ervin