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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

 

Check Out These Spooky (and Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

October 12, 2016 at 5:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Check Out These Spooky (and Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

We are counting down the days to Halloween here at iFamilyKC. Lucky for all of us Kansas City folks, there are a ton of activities around the metro — including trunk or treat opportunities. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin gives a huge list of areas around the metro to check out. Do you have one to add? Leave us a comment with the information!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats
Around the Metro!

Good evening KC! Halloween is just around the corner and I hope this season finds you and your little ghosts and goblins getting ready for some trick or treating! If you are looking for a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating or just looking for some extra fun Halloween activities for your family, check out these awesome places around the metro that are offering trunk or treating and much more! And if your organization is having a trunk or treat event, be sure to let us know in the comments!

360 Gymnastics

Boo Bash, October 30th 1-3pm, Ages 12 and under, $12. Come enjoy games, crafts, dancing, mazes and more.

Zona Rosa

Northland SAFE Trick or Treat, October 31st 5-9pm, Ages 4-12, FREE. Includes a haunted house, games and giveaways. KCPD will be passing out candy.

Kansas City Zoo

Boo at the Zoo, October 29-30, 9:30am-5pm, FREE for FOTZ members, event is included with regular zoo admission. Trick or Treat different stations throughout the zoo and enjoy different Halloween themed activities.

Science City at Union Station

Spookfest, October 29th, 5-8pm, $7, $5 for Union Station members. Hands-on science activities and labs, snacks, Maker Magic, spooky science stage shows and demonstrations.

Mercury Gymnastics 

Halloween Spooktacular, October 28th, 6pm, FREE admission, tickets available for purchase for extra activities, games, obstacle courses, cake walk, mazes, face painting, trick or treating through the gym

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Kid Safe Halloween, October 29th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!

Sunflower House

Pumpkin Palooza, October 22nd, 9am-1pm. FREE. Games, face painting, trunk or treat, live entertainment, baked goods and painted pumpkins for sale.

Mahaffie Farmstead

Trick or Treat OFF the street, October 29th, 4pm, $3, Ages 3 and up. Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations

Alldredge Orchards

Fall Family Fun Night- October 16th, 4-7pm, $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Hayrides, face painting, hot dogs, smores, live music and games

Fun Run

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 21st, 6pm-8pm, $3. Come trick or treat outside and then come inside for some bouncy house fun!

We Rock the Spectrum Gym

Not-so-spooky Costume Party, October 28th, 6-8pm, $18 per child, Adults are FREE. Pre-registration required. Enjoy a sensory friendly environment, meet and greet with Batman, Spiderman, Elsa and Anna, candy-free trunk or treat, games, prizes, open play on the equipment.

Olathe Bible Church

Trunk or Treat 2016 – October 29th 2-4pm, Trunk or treat, games, drinks, bounce houses and more. FREE.

Liberty Hospital

Trunk or TreatOctober 29th 3-5pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, local fire, police and sheriff deputies will be there.

Autism Works Liberty, MO

Trunk or Treat – October 29th 4:30-5:30pm. FREE

Eastside Baptist Church 

Trunk or Treat October 30th, 4pm-6pm, FREE

Blue Springs Assembly

Trunk or Treat – October 31st, 6pm-7:30pm, Candy, hot dogs, hot chocolate, games, inflatables. FREE.

Abundant Life Baptist Church

Light the Night trunk or treat – October 31st, 6pm-8pm. FREE

Independence First United Methodist Church

Tailgate ‘N Treat, October 30th Noon-2pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.

Unity Village

Trunk or Treat – October 30th, 3-5pm, FREE

New Life Family Church KCK

Trunk or Treat, October 31st, 5:30pm-7pm, FREE

Have a trunk or treat event we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Fall Fun: Pumpkin Patches YOU Need To Visit This Autumn!

October 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Fall Fun: Pumpkin Patches YOU Need To Visit This Autumn!

It’s really October, friends! And with October comes one of my favorite activities — going to pumpkin patches. Kansas City has it’s fair share of fantastic patches with tons of activities, food, and more. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, gives us her top pumpkin patches to check out this autumn. Take a look!

Fall Fun: Pumpkin Patches YOU Need To Visit This Autumn!

Fall Fun: Pumpkin Patches YOU Need To Visit This Autumn!

Fall has finally arrived and you know what that means? Pumpkin Patches!! There are so many awesome pumpkin patches in our great city of KC! My family tries to go to a different one every year. I’ve learned something about these “pumpkin patches.” They aren’t just for hunting down that perfect pumpkin! There are TONS and TONS of family fun activities that will keep you and your littles busy all day long! Here are some highlights from some of our favorite pumpkin patches!


Carolyn’s Country Cousins – Liberty, MO

This pumpkin patch is so much fun! We took my daughter when she will nearly a year old and had a blast! There is so much to do here and it is always expanding. Check out some of the things they offer:

Little Bud’s Railroad

Wagon rides to Pumpkins

Pig races

Petting Farm

Mining Camp

Run Jump Fun

Pumpkin Jumpin Pad Fun

Corny Corral

Cost: Single Tickets are $15 on the weekends, 2 and under are FREE.


Johnson’s Pumpkin Farm – Belton, MO

Johnson’s is celebrating it’s 15th year!

40 acres of pumpkins

20 acre corn maze

Numerous play areas including a giant tunnel crawl, corn crib maze and silo play yard

They also offer a jumping pillow and barrel train for a small extra charge

Enjoy a break with yummy food from Barnyard Grill

Also check out the Big Kid fort barn, tire jungle and the all new ping pong qounsets

Cost: Children 3-12 are $13 on the weekends, Adult tickets $11, Senior tickets $9. 2 and under are FREE. Military personnel and their families receive $2 off each admission


KC Pumpkin Patch – Olathe, KS

Another great option is KC Pumpkin Patch! So many things for families to do including:

Slide Mountain

Goat Walk

Zip Lines

Jumping Pillow

Paintball Gallery

Gourd Gun

Child corn maze

Barrel train

Mining Sluice and Geode Cracker

On the weekends they offer LIVE music from Trilogy Cultural Arts

Cost: Tickets are $9.95 plus tax for ages 3 and up. $5 for Military personnel with id. Ages 2 and under are FREE. Open 7 days a week during the fall season!


Faulkner’s Ranch – Kansas City, MO

My family and I also had the pleasure of visiting Faulkner’s Ranch last year and I LOVE this place! First of all the country views are spectacular! And the people are extremely friendly!

Family fun activities include:

Theme weekends

Scenic hayride

Petting Farm

Field Maze

Pony Rides

Scarecrow-K

Pedal Carts

Duck Races

Zip line

Corn Canon

Face painting

NEW! 2500 sq ft inflatable pumpkin bounce

Cost: $9, 2 and under are FREE. Some attractions cost extra.


Pumpkin Valley – Lees Summit, MO

Pumpkin Valley is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. Hours Friday- 3pm to 6pm and Sat and Sun 10-6pm.

They offer many fun activities such as: face painting, Indian teepees, pumpkin painting, potato sack races, cowboy teeter totter, bounce house, petting zoo, hay maze. Extra attractions are pony rides, hay rides, and big game hunting

They have a concession stand with food items at very reasonable prices!

Cost: $6, 2 and under are FREE. Tickets costs $2 for the extra attractions.


Gieringer’s Orchard – Edgerton, KS 

Gieringer’s Orchard is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am-6pm now thru October 31st.

Admission includes a kids mini maze, a wagon ride to an interactive corn maze, u-pick pumpkins (for an additional, per pound fee), pumpkin jump pad, combine slide, play area, corn pit, hay mountain, and a sunflower field, too!

Cost: $10, 2 and under are FREE! Save $1/ticket with our iFamilyKC email offer linked here.

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Find the Fright at Legoland and SeaLife KC this October!

October 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Find the Fright at Legoland and SeaLife KC this October!

The spooky has begun in Kansas City, friends!  Legoland and SeaLife KC have some “frightfully” great events coming up. Brick or Treat will be a fun time on Oct 22-23rd and 29-30th. SeaLife has two events planned. First, Sharks in the Dark on Oct 22nd and Underwater Pumpkin Carving on Oct 22-23rd and 29-30th. Make a night of it, and enjoy a hauntingly good time!

Find the Fright at Legoland and SeaLife KC this October!

 

The waters are getting spookier and the pumpkins are turning into LEGO® bricks!
SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquariumand LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City will be the ghostess with the mostess as Halloween festivities get ready to take over!
Mark your calendars for some spook-tastic events!
Brick or Treat
October 22nd-23rd
& October 29th-30th

 

  • Learn how to build a LEGO pumpkin by a model builder.
  • Visit our Brick or Treat stations for fang-tastic prizes.
  • Wear your Halloween costume to receive $3 off full-price admission (walk-up only)* 
  • Click HERE to learn more about Brick or Treat festivities

*Offer valid only on 10/22, 10/23, 10/29, 10/30 for each guest wearing a costume. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Only applicable to single site, full price walk-up admission. Cannot be used on combination tickets.

Sharks in the Dark
October 22nd
6:00 – 9:00pm
  • Join us for SEA LIFE’s all-new, after-hours Halloween event!
  • “Sea” the aquarium when the lights go off.
  • Get spooky creature facts as you explore.
  • Stay tuned for ticket details by visiting HERE under the  News and Events tab!
Underwater Pumpking Carving and Trick or Treat
October 22nd-23rd
& October 29th-30th
  • Watch as our Aquarists battle for title of
  • The Great Pumpkin carver.
  • Visit our Trick or Treat stations to receive ghoulishly awesome prizes.
  • Wear your Halloween costume to receive $3 off full-price admission (walk-up only)*
  • Get even more into the spirit of Halloween with face-painting at select times!
  • Click HERE to find out more about SEA LIFE’s Halloween festivities!

*Offer valid only on 10/22, 10/23, 10/29, 10/30 for each guest wearing a costume. Not valid with any other discount or offer. Only applicable to single site, full price walk-up admission. Cannot be used on combination tickets.

 

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Your iFamilyKC Team

 


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15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

October 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, Family Health & WellnessComments Off on 15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

Hey, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC would love to welcome our newest Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette! She has a great first post to share with us today on 15 trails and parks to check out around the Kansas City area this fall. It’s a great time to get out and active, so definitely check it out, and give Brigette a big ol’ iFamily welcome!

15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

 

15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

 

For those that know me, know I love, love, LOVE autumn! The cool air, the clothes, pumpkin everything! But seriously, autumn is, in my opinion, the best time to go out about, take walks, walk/bike trails and visit parks. Outside of a few rainy days, most of the time it’s just perfect.

So before you plan your next outing with the family, check out my picks for the 15 best parks and trails to visit this season!

Antioch Park

This just may be our favorite park in Kansas. I grew up going to this park and outside a few major updates, every time we visit, I feel like a kid again! They have plenty of things to climb on, swing on or just room to run around. This is definitely a family favorite.

Penguin Park

This is possibly our favorite Park on the Missouri side lol. I love the fact that it is divided into age appropriate play areas but they also have a picnic area that allows you see both play areas at once!

Roe Park

This park is perfect for really active families! Not only does it have age appropriate play areas, but it also has huge fields for running, pets and picnics. It even has a few soccer fields as well.

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Okay, so it’s not a park – but it has awesome trails and a small kids “play area”. One thing that is really cool about the trails at the arboretum is the “Enchanted Forrest”! My kids loved seeing all the fairy houses and tall trees. It really was a great adventure! Once you leave the forest, there are gardens, grassy areas to play, a pond with huge Koi and even a train park with a train car they can explore.

Shawnee Mission Park

This park is great for those autumn family phots! Tons of space to run, 3 playgrounds, an off leash area and observation tower. This park is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Shawnee Mission Park TRAILS

Even though it is the same place, I gave the trails at SMP their own spot on this list! Its miles and miles of open space and beautiful views! With trails for walking, hiking, biking, horse riding and more, It definitely is a must visit.

Wyandotte County Lake

The trails at Wyandotte County are perfect for those that love to bike! Miles of trail circle the park in its entirety with a smaller nature trail offers plenty of stops along the way. With a library, boat house marina and war memorial, you are sure to enjoy your visit!

Jarboe Park

This park is great for play or practice! One side is a playground sure to challenge your kids and the other side is a baseball diamond great for practicing or even a friendly game! Either way, you’re sure to have a good time here!

Meadowmere Park

Brumble’s Forest is a playground inside of Meadowmere park, and this playground is really unlike anything you have ever seen! With a theme of the wonderful outdoors, huge animal statues, swings and plenty of things to climb on, this playground is worth the drive (if you don’t live close).

Black Hoof Park

First off, can you say playing with a view?! Black Hoof park definitely has an amazing set up! You and your family can play overlooking Lake Lenexa, a nature play area, second playground and an amazing view of the lake by the picnic area. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful parks in the KC metro area!

Loose Park

This is another family favorite for many reasons! Large space, trails, playgrounds and my favorite, the ROSE GARDEN! There are so many different things to enjoy at Loose Park so make sure you make it a day trip!

Valley Park

This park is sure to become one of the metros most popular parks! Valley Park is by far the most unique park I have ever seen. Not only is Valley Park perfect for your most adventurous child, but it will definitely challenge those little muscles. They can climb on EVERYTHING, play on a rip-swing and enjoy a 55ft slide!

Blackbob Park

At Blackbob park, you definitely need to plan an all-day adventure! From the castle themed playground to batting cages and trails to basketball courts, everyone will enjoy their time at the park! Make sure you plan ahead for a game of miniature golf!

Listowel Park

Listowel Park is another themed park that really goes above and beyond when it comes to expanding your kids imagination. Not only does it have picnic tables that face the equipment but it is Pirate themed! What is more fun than playing pirates?!

Swope Park

As one of the oldest and biggest parks in Kansas City, Swope Park has it all. Trails, playgrounds historic buildings, amazing sites and even a ZipLine! This park is family, pet and adventure friendly!

There are so many parks throughout the KC metro area and these are just a few of our favorites! If you have the time, make sure you visit as many as you can this autumn!

From iFamily to Yours,
ifam_brigette

 

 

 


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Tap into Your Creativity this Fall at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

October 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Tap into Your Creativity this Fall at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

Hello, Kansas City! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has a great rundown of a local favorite for all things creative — Paint, Glaze, & Fire. It’s a ceramics and coffee shop in Overland Park offering parties and events including the opportunity to paint your own pottery. Becky and her kiddo were able to attend one of Kids Club Events at Paint, Glaze, & Fire a couple of weeks back, and it looks like they had a blast. Check it out!.

 

 

Tap into Your Creativity this Fall at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

 

Tap into Your Creativity at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

 

I was really excited when Paint Glaze & Fire, a paint-your-own-pottery store, invited me out for their Halloween painting event. Just one little problem. Due to space, there was only room for me to bring one of my kids. Gulp. What to do, what to do.

Should I take our first grader who would definitely show off the most skill?

Should I pick our 4-year-old who does so much art every day at preschool it barely fits in his take-home cubbie?

Or should I take our little guy, age 3, who is so excited about Halloween already that he just might burst?

 

I knew they would all love it so the decision wasn’t easy but I chose … drumroll …our 4-year-old, Captain. I wanted to feed his new art obsession and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with our middle man. (Hear that, future Captain? Despite being the middle kid, you did get some extra attention growing up at least once. Be sure to tell your therapist that.)

Tap into Your Creativity at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

Captain was so excited. He only “accidentally” told his siblings where he was going three times right before we left AND went back into the house twice to tell everyone goodbye.

 

Captain and I had a great time, the atmosphere was fun (art on the ceiling) and the staff at Paint Glaze & Fire were very friendly and helpful. They had a whole table of full of different Halloween ceramics to paint, the perfect size (and price!) for younger kids. Witches, spiders, ghosts and more. After much thoughtful consideration, Captain chose a Frankenstein to paint. I thought for sure he’d go for the pumpkin, but like I said, we were overdue for some get-to-know-you time.

Tap into Your Creativity at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

Next, it was an artist’s dream to see paint from nearly floor to ceiling in any color you can imagine. Thankfully, there was a rule of only using three at a time so that made it easier to manage my little Picasso’s masterpiece. We took lots and lots and lots and lots of trips to and from the paint wall and back to our table. You’d think he used every single color but there was such a big selection, he didn’t even come close.

 

Another favorite thing for Captain to do was picking out paint brushes. Big, little, narrow, fat, medium …. he was able to experiment with all of them. If he had decided to paint a plate or something with a larger surface area, well, we’d still be there, but he could have also dug through the many baskets of stencils and stamps they had to give it some extra flair.

 

So at this point our Frankenstein was 6 different colors of green, 4 blues, back, white, red and yellow BUT, as Captain pointed out, our pal Frank needed some polka dots on his shirt. So we got special paint that you squeeze out of a glue-like bottle for that part.

 

Tap into Your Creativity at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

 

While we waiting for Frank to dry, we walked around and checked out pieces other kids were working on. It was fun to see how creative and different everyone’s were. And the really strange thing? For a place that was full of kids, it was actually pretty quiet. There were plenty of kids, but they were all really concentrating on their masterpieces. Note to self: Might be a great calming activity for our extra-energetic Daisy troop.

 

Captain and I both had a great time, trying something new, flexing our creative muscle and spending some quality time together. Now I not only know why Frankenstein is Captain’s favorite Halloween creature, I also know what he and his friend played at recess that day, that he really likes the thought of his siblings in bed when he’s still up, and that he’s got an eye for blending greens together.

 

Tap into Your Creativity at Paint, Glaze, & Fire

 

It was a good reminder to me that special time with my kids doesn’t need to be over-the-top, overthought, or so expensive that I’m not doing it as much as I should. Sometimes it can be as easy as sneaking out of the house and spending an hour or so painting together. It’s just a bonus that this activity comes with memento so you’ll both remember the fun times. (Or, to be used as proof during the therapy sessions later on in their lives.)

Paint Glaze & Fire Ceramics and Coffee House is located at 12683 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas. For hours or information, call 913-661-CLAY.

 

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

 

From iFamily to Yours,
iFamMomSqdBeckyV2

 

 


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