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35 Awesome Camps to Sign Your Kids Up for This Summer

April 25, 2017 at 8:13 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesNo comments yet

Howdy, Kansas City! Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner. With summer comes extra time for the kiddos, and if you’re looking for camps and activities — you’ve come to the right place. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has a list of some great camps to get your kids involved in this summer. Check it out!

10 Awesome Camps to Sign Your Kids Up for This Summer

35 Awesome Camps to Sign Your Kids Up for This Summer

Can you believe we are already talking about SUMMER?! It seems like we were just getting ready for spring cleaning and clear skies. But yes, it is that time already! Summer camps are already preparing for a slew of kids and anxious parents around the Kansas City metro area and iFamily has THE premier list of awesome camps for you to think about this summer! I know my kids have been constantly talking about camp since last December (lol).
So, get ready to dive into a wide variety of activities, places and camps for your kids to experience!

1. Cub Creek Science camp

You kid can learn, explore and experience animal adventures! They are a sleep away camp and are located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

2. Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

This summer camp introduces your child to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! For more information you can request info from southkc@engineeringforkids.net.

3. Horizon Academy

Located in Roeland Park, Kansas, hey offer academic tutoring for students with Add/Adhd, dyslexia and specific learning disorders.

4. i9 Sports of Johnson County

Located in Lenexa, Kansas, i9 offers a wide variety of sports for boys and girls! Focusing on new sports and sportsmanship while having fun!

5. J Camp at the Jewish Community Center

This day camp also has a wide variety of activities for your child including swimming, drama, sports, culinary, tennis and more!

6. Theater of the Imagination

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, kids can act, sing and make movies! Plus when you enroll, mention iFamilyKC for $10 OFF!

7. Sky Camp at Sky Zone

Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, kids can jump around either for a full day or half day and this cool facility!

8. The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art has summer art classes for kids and adults!

9. Sion Summer Spectacular at Notre Dame de Sion School

Your kids can participate in Art, Stem, Fitness and health enrichment.

10. Jacomo Summer Camp

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! Located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County, Missouri! To request more information, contact organizers at 816-229-8980.

kansas city summer camp guide

There are so many camps to choose from this summer! These are just a few that my family have shown interest in, but trust me…there is something for everyone! If you are looking for a complete directory of awesome summer camps in your area or throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area, pick up your copy of the iFamilyKC magazine or scroll down below for a more complete list. You can find us at your local, daycare, schools, libraries, Crown Center and my family’s favorite, Kaleidoscope!

11. Champions Gymnastics Academy 

Starting June 5th, from 7am-6pm (Monday thru Friday), you kids can enjoy Summer Day Camps at Champions Gymnastics! Drop in by the hour ($5/hour) or pay $150/week. Call their location in Raytown at (816) 360-9879 to sign up!

12. Lori’s School Of Music Summer Camp Sessions

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12 per week and are  a great way to introduce your budding pianist to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

13. We Rock The Spectrum 

At the metro area’s only indoor sensory gym with a focus on Autism, your children will enjoy Rockin’ Friends, arts and crafts, sensory activities, and open play at We Rock The Spectrum Kansas City. They’re offering half and full day camp options in June and July. Grab the details on their website and call (816) 844-9580 to pre-register. Single day camp admission is available!

14. Emerald City Gymnastics

During any of the five sessions to join in on, your young athletes will develop their gymnastics skills, climb the 5,000 sq. foot indoor rock wall, enjoy fun playtime, participate in crafts and games, and get a fun camp shirt! Open to children ages 5 thru 12 with full day, morning, and afternoon sessions available. Grab a spot now!

15. Accelerated Schools of Overland Park 

Students enjoy 90 minutes of creative expression as well as 2 1/4 hours of individualized academic instruction at Accelerated Schools of Overland Park. Open to 4th-8th graders June 5th- July 28th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

16. Ceramic Cafe

Fun themes that change with each camp session, their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. Email ceramiccafekc@gmail.com for more info.

17. Debbie Howard’s Gym

Located in Olathe, Debbie Howard’s Gym offers gymnastics classes, open gyms, birthday parties, and full gym rentals. They aim to teach your kids how to believe in themselves. Call for more info (913) 829-3006.

18. Kanakuk 

Since 1926, Kanakuk has been providing America’s premier summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 6-18. here is no better way to create lifelong friendships and build your child’s character and confidence this summer. Call for more information (417) 266-3000.

19. Paint, Glaze, and Fire Ceramics & Coffee House 

Join Paint, Glaze, and Fire for their 20th camp session! Children will have fun creating ceramic, clay, canvas, and glass fusion projects. Sign up early since class sizes are limited! (913) 645-1966

20. Sunset Trails Stables 

Sunset Trails camp fun includes horseback riding, care for animals, outdoor activities, barn games, gardening, fun crafts, and more! Available for kids ages 6 and up in Lee’s Summit. Call (816) 554-7699 for more details.

21. JCPRD Summer Camps 

Friendship, teamwork, and exploration are all in store for your kids at JCPRD’s Summer Camps! They’ve got indoor and outdoor full day and partial day options available. Connect with Johnson County Parks & Rec directly for more information.

22. Kids On Campus KCKCC

Ideal for ages 8 thru 18, KCKCC’s Kids On Campus program provides sports, STEM enrichment, arts, field trips, life skills, and more during their day camp in June and July. Grab more info online and register for your child’s spot now before space fills up.

23. Learning 2 Fly

Learning 2 Fly is the place to be for curious minds and energetic bodies. Their summer camps are a fun way to enjoy aerial fitness and more! Call (913) 262-2600 for more details.

24. Shakespeare Summer Camps 

Camp Shakespeare is a fun and unique summer arts experience you kids will never forget! Taught by theater professionals in a neighborhood near you from Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Grab more info at (816) 531-7728.

25. Kansas City Ballet Summer Programs 

Your performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 3-18. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon! (816) 931-2299.

26. Kansas City Young Audiences 

Conveniently located in Midtown, Kansas City Young Audiences offers camps and classes all summer long for ages 4 through 18. Schedules and class descriptions are available online.

27. Summit Stables 

Ideal for ages 3 and up, your riders will enjoy an equestrian summer at Summit Stables. Call (816) 607-1440 for more details.

28. Kansas City Zoo 

Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps are now enrolling at the Kansas City Zoo! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Camps start May 30th! (816) 595-1234

29. Summit Lanes Lee’s Summit 

Kids bowl FREE all Summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Children ages 15 and under can bowl two free games every day in the summer. Pre-register online or call (816) 524-3322 for more info.

30. Jazz Camp 

Kansas City Community College and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra present Jazz Camp, a summer program for people ages 13 and up. Includes lunch and a camp shirt. Call (913) 228-7503 for more details.

31. Camp Grow

Camp Grow introduces your child to 4-H! Completed projects will be entered into this year’s fair. The program is presented by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Call for more information (913) 721-1075.

32. Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all fairy princesses and rock stars! Join Crescendo Conservatory this year for fairy princess camp and rock star camp. Twirling in tutus though a magical forest or dancing under a mirror ball are all in store for your dancers this summer. Visit online for more information.

33. Xtreme Gymnastics 

Registration is now open for campers at Xtreme Gymnastics! From Day camps to gym warrior camps and gymnastics camps, there’s something for everyone at XGT Kids!

34. Science City 

From June 5th to August 4th, your kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps! Space is limited to sign up quickly!

35. CYT KC

CYTKC has camps all across the metro area for kids ages 4-12 for musical and non-musical sessions including Disney Around the World, Disney on Broadway, High School Musical, Star Wars Episode II, Lord Of the Rings, and MORE! Learn more and get $10 off using the code IFAMILYNEW at cytkc.org.

BONUS #36 StageWorx 

StageWorx is a theater day camp that offers various sessions for age groups from preschool through high school. They focus on providing excellence in theater performance, depth of personal character, and lasting friendships. Call (816) 536-2840 for more details!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

April 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

Hello, Kansas City! The weekend is right around the corner and if you’re looking for something new and creative for your family outing, consider checking out First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette and her own squad had some fun and shared it with us below. Check it out!

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the
Kansas City Public Library

As you may know over the past few years, Kansas City has hosted a popular trend that is increasingly growing. I’m talking about First Fridays! Art galleries, local restaurants and fellow Kansas Citians enjoy the culture rich Crossroads Art District and downtown Kansas City. But did you know, the Central Library ALSO has a First Friday’s event?! Me neither!
The Central Library is located downtown off 10th and Main st. If you haven’t been there before, they have an excellent kid’s area, stunning interior and enough space to get lost in a good book! The kids and I visit there frequently but never heard of their First Friday event until a few weeks ago, so I thought why not? So the whole family headed off to visit the library!
Since we have never been, we didn’t quite know what to expect. I knew there were going to be activities for the kids, but would there be something to keep the adults entertained too? You bet! As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with local musicians playing their guitar and violin, friendly staff welcoming us and an array of adult satisfying hors d’oeuvres. Plus an open bar with wine and local brew. I knew then, my husband was sold lol.

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
Once we grabbed a small glass of wine and a cookie for the kiddos to snack on, we ventured off upstairs to explore the setup for kids! You would have thought they were in Toys R Us they were so excited! The library hosts different exhibits throughout the year and the one that was on display was “Things Come Apart”, a cool display of everyday items completely taken apart. So the kids’ activities were a reflection of that exhibit. They had hands on activities that required nothing else but an imagination.
One station was a marble obstacle course! The kiddos could put together different shaped blocks to make a maze or obstacle course. Once the kids built their structure, they would see if it could get from one side to another without falling off!

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
The second station was a really cool one! There were buckets of “straws” and jacks that you could put together and make just about anything you could think of! We built windows, turbines and even a chair. One librarian got super creative and built a structure taller than my little Italy!
The third station required a little more than brain power! It was a build your own vehicle station! There were different length pvc pipes, wheels and notches that kiddos could put together to make their own car, lawnmower or whatever else their minds could fathom!

 

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library
And of course no kids’ event is complete without snacks! The library provided more kid friendly snacks along with low sugar juices and water to recharge them from all their creativeness!
My family and I had such a great time we are definitely planning on attending the next one! Just keep in mind this is ONLY THE FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY OTHER MONTH at the CENTRAL LIBRARY. Also, with each First Friday, they conduct a different set of activities that reflect the current exhibit down the hall!

Friday Night Fun: First Friday at the Kansas City Public Library

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

March 28, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around
Kansas City

 

Easter Sunday is right around the corner on April 16th! There are tons of activities and events around the KC leading up to the Easter holiday! But don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Here are handful of super fun ideas your family is sure to enjoy!

 

Union Station Easter Eggstravaganza

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 

Science City April 14th at 10am. Price includes all day Science City admission

 

Zona Rosa Easter Parade

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 April 15th 11am-4pm

Powell Gardens Easter Eggs and the Breakfast Bunny

April 15th 8:45-noon

 

Summit Stables

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

The Stables is having an Easter themed Kids Club event with iFamilyKC on April 8th that will include an egg hunt.

 

Midland Railway Easter Egg Hunt Express

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

 April 8th, 9th and 15th. Easter Egg hunt, train ride, photos with the Easter Bunny. Look for the iFamilyKC discount code!

 

Ceramic Cafe 

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Easter Egg Festival March 31-April 2

 

Paradise Park

Ollie’s 10th annual Egg Hunt! April 8th and 15th

 

Independence Square Easter Egg Hunt and Shop Hop

April 15th 10am-6pm. Free Easter basket for the first 200 kids, candy, and an egg hunt.

 

Big Bunny Bash  

Your Family Fun Guide to Easter Activities Around Kansas City

Liberty Hospital April 8th 10-12pm

 

Country Club Plaza Bunnies on display! 

March 20th – April 23rd

Dexter’s Egg-cellent Easter Adventure

At the Legends T-REX cafe  April 15th 8-10am

 

And for all you dog moms and dads, here is a special event happening just for you and your pup:

 

Easter Dog Event

 At Rock & Brews April 9th 1pm-3pm Meet the Easter Bunny and each dog gets a 4×4 paw print tile from Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Spend Your Spring Break at Legoland and SeaLife Kansas City

March 15, 2017 at 3:06 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Spend Your Spring Break at Legoland and SeaLife Kansas City

Happy Spring(ish?) Break, Kansas City! March is that great month of the year where the kiddos get a week off, and families a chance to take advantage of all the great activities in the metro. Legoland just opened their BRAND NEW Ideas Studio – a one of a kind opportunity to build. Then, their neighbors, SeaLifeKC has their brand new Claws exhibit, which includes the giant Japanese sea crab! Make a day of it down at Crown Center, and enjoy these new chances for fun at Legoland & SeaLife!

Spend Your Spring Break at Legoland & SeaLife Kansas City

Build an Awesome Spring Break! 

Step inside the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground for your Spring Break Adventure!
The ALL-NEW LEGO Ideas Studio transports into a world of imagination by building brand new, unique builds… And is found only at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City!
With LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s Master Model Builder as your guide, you can become a brick engineer, architect or artist in this brand new attraction!
Buying online is the ONLY way to guarantee your entry inside your Spring Break Headquarters! 
BUY NOW! 
Have a Jaw Dropping Spring Break at SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium!  
With thousands of sea creatures, you can discover something amazing at SEA LIFE… including our
This exhibit showcases incredible crustaceans from around the world, featuring the giant Japanese spider crab. Learn about the amazing anatomy of crabs and find out what makes them one of the most powerful predators of the sea bed!
Don’t forget – double the fun and get 2 attractions, 1 price with our Combination Experience! This includes entry into LEGOLAND Discovery Center AND SEA LIFE Aquarium! CLICK HERE to learn more about our tickets! 

 

From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

 

Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

March 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

Happy (Brisk) Friday Morning, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that Spring (BREAK) is almost upon us here in the metro. I got a text this morning from a friend who was looking for ideas for where she could send her kids over break this year. Like many of you, she’s balancing work and parenthood and there simply haven’t been enough hours in the day to plan out activities until now. You’re in luck, Erin, one of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad Ambassadors, has come up with a list of fun camps and activities that your family can take advantage of this month. Be sure to also check out the current issue of iFamilyKC as well as our online events calendar for more fun ideas of family outings and activities going on around the metro. Take a look…

Spring Break Activities For Kansas City

Spring has almost arrived in Kansas City! Ignore the fact that this is the Midwest and we have snow in the forecast over the weekend! Along with spring comes spring break for the kiddos. If you’re like me you’re probably looking for some activities and ideas to entertain them (our break is 10 days long) for the duration.   Check out these fantastic places around the KC Metro area offering spring break camps and/or activities:

Union Station  – Spring Break Blast! Da Vinci: The Exhibition, Science City, Planetarium Shows, Zootopia, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice at KC’s BIGGEST SCREEN, Junie B Jones The Musical, Model Rail Experience

Science CityInternationally awarded science center featuring 80,000 sq feet of activities to explore. Will be open every day through March 27th.

We Rock the Spectrum  – Spring Break Day Camp offered March 20th-March 24th. The deadline for registration is March 10th at 7pm. Call 816-844-9580

Sunset TrailsSpring Break horseback riding camp offered March 20th-March 24th. Campers will learn safety, horse care, play games and be able to show off their skills at the fun show at the end of the week. http://www.sunsettrailsstables.com/kids-horseback-riding-spring-break-camp

Champion Gymnastics AcademySpring Break camps offered March 13th-March 17th, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

Elite Gymnastics and AquaticsSpring Break Swim and Gym offered March 13th-March 16th, 1pm-3pm.

Learning2FlySpring Break camp offered March 13th-March 16th. Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-3:30pm.

Sky Zone SkyCamp is offered during spring, summer and fall breaks. Half day and full day camp available.

Looking for some more ideas? Look no further!

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Details HERE!

Make a bird feeder

Bird Feeder, DIY Projects, Kids Crafts

Learn How HERE!

Explore the City Market  – Shop all the seasonal produce and homemade goodies! And while you’re at it take a ride on the KC Streetcar  which runs daily and offers FREE rides around the area!

And you won’t want to miss out on these amazing places:

College Basketball Experience

Gymboree Schedule a FREE class for your little one

Xtreme Gymnastics  Every Friday night is kids night out from 7pm-10pm, $13

Emerald City Gymnastics  Friday, March 17th is a special open play session from 1-3pm, ages 4-12

Paradise Park Has fun activities and special savings all month long! Take advantage of their exclusive coupons in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

Urban Air has an array of fun activities going on during Spring break and all month long. Be sure to check out their online calendar for family fun details.

KidsPark St. Patrick’s Day party March 17th, Don’t Bug Me March 25th

SEA LIFE Check out Doodle Reef and the new CLAWS exhibit! Kids go FREE with promo code: iFAMKC         

LEGOLAND Open daily

WWI Museum  Check out Hands on History family event every Sat at 2pm

Ceramic Cafe  Check out their fun classes!

Paint, Glaze & Fire  Family Fun Night 2nd Friday of the month!

Summit Lanes Back to the 50s every Sun 12-5pm AND be sure to check out Mommy & Me Bowling specials on Mondays and Wednesdays (details are in the current issue of iFamilyKC!)

Create2Day  Family, Friend, and Fun Friday

Jump City Ninja Turtles Party! March 24th 5:30pm

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie “Peanut” Johnson at the Negro League Museum

February 28, 2017 at 2:21 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Enter to Win, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie “Peanut” Johnson at the Negro League Museum

Hello, Kansas City! We have a GREAT giveaway going on right now at iFamilyKC — you can enter to win Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson’s book, “A Strong Right Arm.” Peanut was the first women pitcher in the Negro Leagues and is an inspiration to us all. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, was able to get a glimpse into her life at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Check it out and be sure to enter to win an autographed copy of “A Strong Right Arm.”

Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie "Peanut" Johnson at the Negro League Museum

Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie “Peanut” Johnson at the Negro League Museum

If you have been in Kansas City for more than a month or so, I am sure you have heard of the iconic Negro League Baseball Museum. I remember when I was growing up, our school would take a yearly trip to the museum and we would get to see the world famous Buck O’Neil! It was like history was taking us by the hand and guiding us through remarkable times.
Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie "Peanut" Johnson at the Negro League Museum

 

The Negro League Museum is so rich in history and full of legends but there is one in particular I would like to introduce you to! iFamily please meet Mrs. Mamie “Peanut” Johnson, the first ever WOMAN pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues. Mrs. Johnson along with 2 other women not only played in the league, but they played with and against the men as well!
Mamie was one remarkable player! She lead the Indianapolis Clowns to a 33-8 win/loss record from 1953-1955 and standing at only 5’3 and around 100 pounds, she was given the new nickname “Peanut.” Not to mention, she had a hand that gave all of her opponents a little added competition.

 

Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie "Peanut" Johnson at the Negro League Museum

 

After her time playing in the Negro League, Peanut became a nurse for over 25 years. Peanut has since then had a book written about her life called “A Strong Right Arm”. And we just so happen to have an actual autograph copy available for one lucky readers! Go to iFamilyKC.com to Enter2Win our autographed copy now!

Sharing Our History: Meeting Mamie "Peanut" Johnson at the Negro League Museum

 

The Negro League Baseball Museum has been an icon staple in the Kansas City area! With so many schools, families and historians visiting, it has not only been educational but empowering. Teaching everyone at any age, that you can do anything!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 & ActivitiesComments Off on Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

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, MoviesComments Off on 10 Great Family Friendly Movies on Netflix Now!

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.

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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.

 

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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!

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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.

 

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