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Fun & Easy Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Be Active Year Round

June 7, 2017 at 7:03 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Fun & Easy Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Be Active Year Round

Are you looking for fun and easy ways to encourage your kids to be active this summer and beyond?! Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad, shares some simple ideas you can use at home (and on the go) to get the kids moving this year. Take a look..

encourage your kids to be active all year round

Ways To Encourage Your Kids To Be Active Year Round

As a parent, you always wonder about your kids. Are they sleeping enough? Eating enough? Playing or laughing enough? It’s a constant cycle of questions that circulate your head space everyday.

When I look at my kids, I see them living a life that I always wanted. Not like a stage mom kinda life, but one full of friends, happiness and healthy habits. I have blogged about my life growing up and how it wasn’t the healthiest and how I wish someone would have guided me down a healthier path as a child instead of an adult. So I strive to make sure that my kids are eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise so ensure that they will live happier and healthier lives as they grow. Try to remember, while you’re encouraging your kids to be active, that they’re not adults and they’re not in boot camp. Making sure that they’re having fun is always the key to keeping them active.

Here are some easy ways to get them moving:

#1 Sports

Obviously this is a no-brainer but sports is not only limited to soccer or basketball – There are many, many other things that your little ones can do. Try putting your kiddo in dance or gymnastics. These activities also require a lot of muscle movement and, of course, they are fun!

#2 Hiking

A simple family outing is my favorite! Enjoying nature and each other’s company not only gets you moving but it also builds that family bond!

#3 Exercise

As a family, my kiddos and I go on jogs in the morning and occasionally they participate in a few fun circuits with me. My kids love going to the gym as well but it can be a little difficult for two of them since the equipment they want to use is so big.

#4 School Yard Games

Games like tag, kickball and all those fun activities are great! They are running, laughing and of course, throwing in a little friendly competition.

#5 Swimming

Swimming is a great way to keep your kids active. For one, they just think they are having fun in the pool (which they are) but they are actually doing forms of resistance training. The pool was my favorite way to exercise during the last few weeks of my pregnancy.

#6 Stairs

Simply taking the stairs when you are at places like the mall or library is an easy way to add a little extra cardio. We live on the 7th floor so we rarely take the stairs at home. But when we visit the library we almost ALWAYS take the stairs. The kids love to see who can get to the top first!

#7 Biking

Riding bikes always seems to be one of the kids favorites! They can ride for hours and not think a thing about it. Again, it is great for muscles and balance as well.

#8 Parks

This is what they are made for! Running, climbing, swinging and all that jazz. Find a great park that “grows with your kid”, meaning they have different levels for different ages is a great way to keep them busy. Don’t forget to bring water and band-aids. There are usually a few scrapes that come  along!

#9 Skating

Ice in the winter and roller all year round! Ice skating takes a lot of muscles to balance yourself. Not to mention you are having fun listening to music too!

I hope these were some easy tips on how  you can keep your kiddos active all year round!

From iFamily to Yours,

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Work It Wednesdays: How to Cultivate Self-Love in Your Every Day Life

March 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Work It Wednesdays: How to Cultivate Self-Love in Your Every Day Life

Happy Wednesday, Kansas City! We’re starting a fun, new series to bring on a healthy Spring – Work It Wednesdays. Our Mom Squad Ambassador (and fitness guru), Connie, kicks it off this week with the center of it all — self-love. It can be tough to find balance and to get healthy out of love. Check out her post for some tips on how to cultivate it into your everyday life.

Work It Wednesdays: How to Cultivate Self-Love in Your Every Day Life

How to Cultivate Self-Love in Your Every Day Life

 

I want to let you guys in on a little secret. One that no one really likes to talk about. One that is really hard for a lot of people to admit to. You ready for it?

We are all a little insecure. We all have something that makes us feel less than stellar. We all have at least one thing that makes us scrunch up our noses a bit. We all sometimes struggle with self-love.

Don’t you feel better now that it’s out there? Now let’s have an honest discussion about it.

Self-love is an awkward topic. Love yourself too much, you’re considered arrogant. Don’t love yourself enough, you’re considered depressed, negative, a downer. Guess what? Loving yourself and being a positive voice for yourself is healthy. It’s a huge part of leading a healthy lifestyle. I talk a lot about fitness and health, but no matter how much you workout and how many abs you have visible, if you don’t love yourself, its never going to be good enough.

We are our own worst critics. We see flaws in ourselves that no one else sees. We criticize fine lines that no one notices. Our one toe that’s a little longer than the others. That funny cowlick in our hair that makes it impossible to part it straight. Guess what? No one else notices those things!

The same principle can be used for fitness and overall health. We look in the mirror and see fat where others see strong. We see the flabby underarm (chicken wing as I like to call it) while others see strong rounded shoulders. We see thighs like tree trunks where others see muscle. We are always harder on ourselves than anyone else is. Some of the fittest people I know can still list off a list of their flaws easier than they can list off a list of things they like about their bodies. So don’t ever go into fitness thinking that once you reach a certain goal all of your self-love problems will be solved. Instead, go in with the thinking that you are amazing just the way you are, but you want to be a stronger, healthier, more fit version of yourself. Remember that fitness and health look different on everyone.

Its not easy. Embracing yourself as you are and loving yourself is never easy. But life is too short to be constantly criticizing yourself. Challenge yourself to focus on your strengths. If there is something that really bothers you, decide if you can change it. If you can’t change it, learn to embrace it. Learn to see what other people see when they look at you. No one is looking at your wrinkles or your flat butt. No one sees those gray hairs or that freckle on your nose that bothers you so much. They are looking at your smiling face. They see their friend that makes them laugh and is there for them, no matter what. Instead of cataloging your faults, try embracing them. Those laugh lines? Those babies are physical evidence of a full life! Those stretch marks? You earned those bad boys building a tiny human.

Don’t be afraid of being confident and happy with who you are. It tends to be contagious. Be that positive person who lifts others up, who encourages others to be kind to themselves. Be the most uplifting person in the room. Own it. Own who you are and what you’re made of, whether that be sugar and spice or nerves and anxiety. We all need to see what self-love and a positive mind set looks like.

We are all our own unique combination of flaws that make us our fantastic selves. There is nothing wrong with loving that.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

Five Great Options to Help You Choose the Right Gym

March 1, 2017 at 8:25 AM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Five Great Options to Help You Choose the Right Gym

Hello, Kansas City! We’re slowing making our way into spring, which means many of us are trying to get a fitness routine going. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie, breaks down the different types of gyms around the metro & hopefully, helps you figure out which fits you best. Check it out…

Five Great Options to Help You Choose the Right Gym

Five Great Options to Help You Choose the Right Gym

 

With so many different options for gyms out there, its easy to get overwhelmed. And sadly, choosing the wrong gym can mean you end up giving up on your fitness goals. No one wants to go somewhere they hate to be. So here are a few different types of gyms and their benefits, to help make the decision process easier. I would always recommend a tour of any facility you are thinking about joining. Sometimes a simple walk through can tell you all you need to know about the atmosphere and energy of the facility.

#1 Planet Fitness (and other smaller, 24 hour gyms)

The big appeal of places like Planet Fitness is their low montly rate. They advertise gym memberships for as low as $10 per month. Places like these boast 24 hour entry, no judgements, and pizza and bagel days for their members. They are still fairly new in our area, so you can expect equipment to be in new or excellent used condition. They offer all the basic cardio equipment along with some smaller free weights and weight machines. A gym like this one is great for people who are just starting out, or who feel pressured by big gyms with trainers and lots of heavy lifters. It is also great for anyone who is very self-motivated who just needs a place to work out, but doesn’t need a trainer or a group setting to motivate them. These types of gyms are also ideal for anyone who works shift work and might want to work out at 3am while the rest of the world is sleeping. Some of these facilities also offer tanning packages and other amenities for an extra fee.

 

#2 Community Centers/YMCA/Lifetime Fitness

These facilities boast amenities such as group fitness classes, personal training, and kids classes. Many of them have pools and are able to offer water classes as well. They usually are not open 24 hours, but are open early morning until well into the evening. These facilities tend to attract a wide variety of clientele, from seniors to stay at home moms, to single 20 somethings, simply because they offer such a variety of services. They do tend to cost more than a Planet Fitness or Anytime Fitness facility, but that is due to the large numbers of classes that are going on and the added amenities such as the pools, spin bikes, TRX rooms, etc. These facilities usually also have a gym area with basketball courts for open play. Some facilities include saunas, smoothie bars and coffee shops as well.

 

#3 24 Hour Fitness

These facilities boast the best of both worlds. With 24 hour access to the gym, they can cater to the odd hours work out crowd, and they offer a daycare facility as well. Depending on which 24 Hour Fitness you go to, some have pools as well. They offer group fitness classes during the daytime and evening hours and on weekends. They also have a floor full of cardio equipment, free weights and weight machines. They have personal trainers on staff who services can be purchased by members at an additional fee.

 

#4 Boxing gyms (Title Boxing, Fight Camps, etc)

These gyms offer hard hitting classes that focus mainly on boxing and kick boxing instruction. They tend to be intense workouts designed to build endurance and skills quickly. These classes can be a great stress reliever. (Who doesn’t want to just punch something every once in a while?!?!) Just because these gyms specialize in boxing, doesn’t mean that they don’t have a variety of classes and instructors, to ensure that the workout is never the same, and never boring.

 

#5 Crossfit

These gyms have been popping up all over the metro area lately and building memberships quickly. These facilities focus on lifting, and lifting a lot. They concentrate on muscle strength and proper technique when you are lifting, etc. They have trainers working there the entire time they are open, and they walk you through the Workout of the Day or WOD as they call it. There is also cardio during these workouts as well, it is just not your typical run or stair stepper style cardio. These facilities tend to be higher in price, but anyone who is a member will tell you CrossFit is totally worth it.

There are pros and cons to every gym and there are going to always be people who say their gym is better. The main thing is to know what is important to you when you are looking for a gym to join. Tour some gyms. Talk to the front desk about a weekly trial pass or a day pass to check out what is happening and what they offer. Some gyms allow members to bring friends in on a day pass occasionally. Whatever gym you decide to go to, just make sure it is one where you can feel comfortable and get the work out you need. The beauty of fitness is that there are so many different types and styles and classes out there. Something is bound to fit your lifestyle and goals.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Amp Up Your Fitness Game as a Busy Parent

February 22, 2017 at 5:42 PM • Posted in Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & Activities2 Comments

Happy Wednesday, Kansas City! We are happy to introduce you to our newest Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie! She is a fitness instructor, with several classes around the metro, and has some great tips to tackling your fitness regimen as a busy parent. Give her a big ol’ Kansas City hello and check out her tips below!

 

10 Ways to Amp Up Your Fitness Game as a Busy Parent

 

Fitness. To a lot of busy moms, that is a dirty word. A word no one has time for. That annoying thing that your annoying Facebook friend is always posting about. That thing that you miss so much from when you used to have time to spend on it. That thing you have always been afraid to try, or that you tried once, but hated. However you feel about fitness and working out, I think we can all agree that it’s an important part of a healthy life. Luckily there are lots of options and tricks and tips to make time for (and gasp—even enjoy!) fitness and working out.
Here are some tips to get you motivated or to help keep you motivated to get in a workout.

#1 There are a million different ways to workout.

You have to find what you enjoy. If you hate what you are doing, eventually, you won’t do it anymore. So if you hate running, don’t run. Maybe you like to dance, check out a Zumba class or dance fitness class. If you’re intimidated by the thought of a gym, there are tons of Zumba routines and workouts on YouTube. Search for a song you like the beat of with the word Zumba behind it (i.e. 24K Magic by Bruno Mars Zumba) and get yourself moving. If you love the water, find a gym with a pool and take an Aqua class. They’re not just for old people! If you don’t want to take a class, you can just swim laps in a lap pool or walk in a more shallow pool to get in your workout. If you are motivated by group settings, find a gym that offers lots of classes and try them all until you find something that you like. If you are more self-motivated, find workouts online and take them with you to the gym. There are tons of apps that have workout routines that you can put yourself through.

#2 You are your own worst critic.

No one knows your story but you. Fitness and exercise take time. Don’t be discouraged if the person next to you is able to run further or faster than you or lift heavier. The only person you are trying to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Everyone you compare yourself to had to start somewhere. Remember that.

#3 Drink water like it’s your job.

It is so important for muscle recovery for you to stay hydrated. If you hate plain water, add some fresh fruit for a bit of flavor. Drink water even when you don’t think you are thirsty. This one thing will help boost your metabolism, aid in muscle recovery and growth, and help flush toxins out of your system.

#4 Find an accountability buddy.

This can be a person you actually workout with, it can be a Facebook group, it can be a journal that you write your workouts down in. It just needs to be someone or something that helps hold you accountable. Become that annoying person on Facebook who posts about their workouts everyday if that helps you. There will be less people annoyed than you think, and you will be surprised how many other people you may help motivate.

#5 It does not have to be a huge time commitment.

When I was dieting and trying to lose weight before my wedding, my husband and I spent 40 minutes a day at the gym, 5 days a week. That’s it. And it made a huge difference for us. Any time you spend moving and breaking a sweat counts. If you wake up late one day and only have 20 minutes, use it. Pick up the intensity a bit since it’s a shorter amount of time, and get that workout in.

#6 Make it a family affair.

Take a walk with your kids, or a family bike ride. Play a game of soccer or catch in the back yard. Find a gym that offers kids classes as well as classes for you. Have a 30 minute dance party in your living room. No one is allowed to stop dancing until the time is up.

#7: Try everything.

(Anyone else singing the Shakira song from Zootopia in their head right now, or is that just me?) I was the queen of cardio for years at the gym. 40 minutes on the elliptical every day and that was it. I never ventured away from that machine. It was my jam, and I wasn’t changing it. But your body needs to be challenged and surprised. It needs change. So try everything. Try lifting some weights. Try using the weight machines at the gym. Get on the stair stepper one morning. Get in the pool. Changing it up will keep you and your body from getting bored.

#8: Stick with it.

There will be times, especially if you are just beginning, where you don’t want to do it anymore. You’re sore, and you’re tired, and you had a long day at work or a rough day with the kids. Stick with it. That workout is going to help so much with the stress of everyday life. The endorphins released will make you calmer, more patient, more able to cope with the stress of the day. Eventually, when you find what you like to do, working out becomes something you look forward to, something that you need in your day.

#9 It does not have to be about the scale.

So many times we make working out about losing weight and not about being healthy and feeling better. Scales can make you crazy. Base your fitness goals around how you feel or how your clothes fit, rather than solely on what the scale says and you will be more successful. Scales are a great tool for weight loss and motivation, but they can also hinder your progress. They are only part of the package. Take before pictures, pay attention to how your clothes fit, and more importantly, how working out makes you feel. Then use the scale to keep track of your progress. I haven’t weighed myself regularly in over a year because it was making me crazy. If it went up I was frustrated and mad, and if it went down I would obsess over what I did and try to duplicate it again. Find the healthy balance and stick to it. I workout 6 days a week because I feel sluggish and tired if I don’t. I get up before my kids do so that I can get it in, even if they don’t feel like going to the gym with me that day. I do not workout so that the scale will get to a certain number. I want to feel healthy and be fit, and that looks different on everyone.

#10 Fitness looks different on everyone.

Body types, genetics, bone structure, etc, all play a part in how we are built and how our bodies look. Not everyone was meant to be a size 2, and that’s okay. Working out and being healthy are a personal journey and one that you have to do for you, regardless of how it looks to other people. So do your thing, and remember that everyone is built differently. Everyone has different lifestyles and different tastes and approaches to fitness. Find what works for you and what makes you feel the best, and stick with it. You’ve got this!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Connie

 

Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

August 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, Family Health & Wellness, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

My favorite season in Kansas City is easily fall. Great weather, lots of activities around the metro, and beautiful scenery makes for a great, active season. The World War I Museum is adding to the plethora of events with two upcoming runs. On September 11, they’ll be hosting the Patriot’s Run and in October, they’ll be hosting the Do the Double 8k. Both are family friendly and great ways to enjoy the fall weather. Take a look!

Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!

Introducing two great fall events offering FUN for the whole family! 
The Kansas City Double Run & The Patriot’s Run
Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!
Get out and get active on Sunday, October 9th for a truly one of a kind family activity. The Kansas City Double Run 8K features both an adult race as well as a fun Kid’s Cup race – Hurry, there are only a limited number of spots available! Don’t miss out on your chance to experience this one of a kind event benefiting the National World War I Museum and Memorial!
How It Works:
Participants will run a 5K before heading into the Recovery Zone featuring stationary bikes, massage tables, water, sports drinks, and snacks. They will then finish with a 3K.  The race will start and finish on the north lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. and participants will receive a commemorative Double Road Race Kansas City finisher engraved dog tag, long sleeve t-shirt (adult runners only), and a fantastic festival with plenty of post race snacks and beverages!
Kids Cup Double:
Bring your kids for our Kids Cup Double! The Kids Double will start at the completion of the 8K Double (approximately 10:15 AM). The Kids will first run 2/3 of a mile. After their recovery period, they will run 1/3 of a mile. All kids will receive an engraved dog tag!
Questions about this event? Call BJ Taylor at (816) 353-3149
Race registration can be completed online
Get Active this Fall with the World War I Museum Runs!
Commemorate 9/11 and honor those who serve our country with the2016 Patriot’s Run! There is no other event like this in world – runners, walkers, and teams are welcome for this fun, family-friendly day at MidAmerica Nazarene University.
Registration includes access to the event, music, and a t-shirt. Learn more and register online today!

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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Another Check Off the Summer Bucket List: Sky Zone

August 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Another Check Off the Summer Bucket List: Sky Zone
 Hello Kansas City! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie, set out this summer with a bucket list of activities to do with her kids. Check out their experience at Lee’s Summit Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline extravaganza, which will surely bounce some energy out of your kiddos. Take a look!
Another Check Off the Summer Bucket List: Sky Zone
I feel like these trampoline parks are popping up everywhere and I’ve been so excited to take the kids to Sky Zone in Lee’s Summit! I was able to find a coupon online by joining their mailing list, and took the big kids to run/bounce off some energy the other day, after all the rain. I had every intention of joining the kids to bounce until we got there and saw there was a parent’s lounge. The balcony area has wi-fi and is in the perfect spot to oversee the entire trampoline park to watch your kids. Since its been a busy week, I thought I’d take advantage of some time to get caught up on everything while the kids enjoyed some jump time!
I was really impressed with the cleanliness of the facility and the friendliness of the staff. Everyone was super polite and helpful. Since it was our first time there, naturally we had lots of questions! They have a really neat instructional video to watch while you are waiting in line that shows what is and is not allowed (such as flips, certain bouncing techniques, etc.) I was a little skeptical at first thinking it was one giant trampoline, but there are tons of little trampolines where each person gets their own space, and you don’t have to worry about bigger kids double bouncing little kids, pushing, etc.
There are tons of trampolines, a dodge ball area, and foam pit area. They even have a special time dedicated to toddler jumping, dodge ball tournaments and exercising classes! They even offer birthday party packages, which my son is already super excited about… for his birthday… in October. Haha!
If you are looking for a fun, indoor place to let your kids get some much needed exercise, I think they’ll have a blast at Sky Zone. Take a look at their website before you go, to check out any special deals or coupons, to save you some money.
From iFamily to Yours,
Stephanie_iFamilyKC_MomSquad

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3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year! Fitness & Fun With The Running Well Store

Good Morning, Friends!

The school year is coming in like a freight train sneaking up on us – and the kids will be back in the classroom before we know it. My daughter, Charlotte, is an incoming Kindergartener and I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m going to make the time to be more active this year now that she’s going to be in school. Maybe you’re like me and you haven’t always been the best at self care or maybe you’re just wondering what to do with all your spare time this fall (just kidding, I know you’re busy!) but I want to encourage you to join in this journey with me. I recently had the chance to attend an event at The Running Well Store in Lee’s Summit and they’ve inspired me to write today’s post. Take a look…

The Running Well Store

First things first, I need to get this out of the way: That photo (pictured above, where the woman is obviously excited for her run) is not me. I’m a terrible runner and my face is not nearly as excited when I’m venturing out to put the rubber to the pavement. Think of a cat about to be hosed down with water for a more accurate representation of my pre-run face. That said, however, I have a desire to be a better runner walker jogger and am more motivated now than I’ve ever been before.

My Top 3 Reasons To Be More Active This Year

#1 I Want to Feel Better

Simply put, my energy level is not where it should be and I know it’s because I’m not as active as I should be. Studies show that exercise fights fatigue and I think we can all agree that we FEEL better after a good workout. I attended The Running Well Store’s Run Pop event last week, which was a free community walk/run out in Lee’s Summit. I’ll be the first to admit that I was a little intimidated by the runners that were participating but the community that they’ve built there is so welcoming that I fit right in, even as someone who isn’t very fast. The event drew out people of all fitness levels, which I thought was a true testament to what they’re doing with their group activities.

#2 I Want to Set a Good Example

I genuinely believe that people who are active as children have an easier time staying active as adults and knowing that my five year old daughter models her behavior after me gives me the motivation to be more active as she grows. It’s a lot harder to re-learn behaviors than it is to naturally do them and, as a parent, I want to be the kind of person I hope my children become one day – A healthy, happy, active person. Perhaps the thing that impressed me most about the event last week was the amount of parents that came out with their kids – and the kids were AMAZING. It was so motivating to see moms out there strolling along with their kiddos in tow. At this point, I’m pretty sure my five year old could smoke me in a foot race but maybe, hopefully, not for long.

#3 I Want Something That’s For Me

As moms, we really need to make sure that we’re setting aside some time for ME time. I don’t mean the time you spend hiding in the dark closet pretending to play hide and seek, I mean the time you set aside to do something that will benefit you in the long run. Your family needs to see you taking time to DO things that don’t involve changing a diaper, chauffeuring the kids to and from activities, or any of your other regular day to day activities. Being more active is the perfect way to demonstrate how to do something for YOU. I grabbed a friend for the Run Pop event last week and it was so nice having the time to just chat with her as we made our way through the two mile course.

No matter what you decide to do (run/walk, do yoga, swim, etc), it’s important to remember to just stay active – A body in motion stays in motion. I look forward to hearing more about what you guys are doing and what your reasons are to stay active. Join in one the discussion here on the blog and over on our social media channels!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli

Holli_iFamilyKCTeam

 

More About The Running Well Store

In addition to their adorable line of workout gear and amazing selection of running shoes, The Running Well Store also offers FREE group runs (/walks, don’t worry) every single month. From their upcoming Yoga Run this weekend to Beer Runs and more – they truly have something for everyone. Check out their online events calendar for more information on fun activities headed your way all across the metro.

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Cool Down with These Awesome Deals at KC Watersports

July 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Get Moving! Sports & ActivitiesComments Off on Cool Down with These Awesome Deals at KC Watersports

The heat only continues to rise as we enter midsummer here in the metro, and finding any sort of relief is a top priority. Currently, KC Watersports is off 15% at the Inflatable Aqua as well as wakeboard lessons for only $15 per person. They have a ton of other ways to keep cool this summer, so head to just south of Kansas City for some water fun!

Cool Down With These Awesome Deals at KC Watersports

Cool Down with These Awesome Deals at KC Watersports

 

15% OFF
at the coolest Inflatable Aqua Park:
when you use our exclusive code
AND you can Learn to WAKEBOARD for only $15!
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KC Watersports: Kansas City’s premier watersports destination!

Located just south of Kansas City , they are a watersports destination with exciting opportunities for every member of your family!  There are two different lakes on their property suited for different levels of ability along with an inflatable Aqua Park Obstacle Course! PLUS Stand Up Paddleboarding, Surf Club, Kids Camps, BIRTHDAY PARTIES, Sand Volleyball & more.

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, they’ve got it all!
If you’ve never wakeboarded or waterskiied before, don’t worry! You can check out their Learn to Ride program from 10am-noon every Saturday and Sunday. This program is only $15 per person and includes a cable pass and any equipment you will need. Their skilled, friendly instructors will get you up and riding in no time!
The inflatable Aqua Park floating in the corner of the main cable lake is a super fun way to cool off on a hot day. Bring your whole crew out for an afternoon of sliding, jumping and bouncing!
BOOK ONLINE AND SAVE 15% OFF THE INFLATABLES PASS WHEN YOU USE CODE “Bounce15”!
Looking for a more relaxing way to get on the water? Try out their surf club! They take out one of their beautiful Mastercraft wakesurfing boats with a maximum of 6 people to ensure each person gets plenty of time on the water. Surf club takes place at 5 pm every Tuesday night at the Jayhawk Marina on Hillsdale Lake.
Visit KCWatersports for even more information on any of these activities like kids camp, sand volleyball and birthday parties!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer

One of the things I love most about Kansas City is the abundance of opportunities there are to be active, especially as a family. A former KC resident and guest poster extraordinaire, Katie Dillman, gives us a run down of some great fun runs you can do as a family in the metro. Take a look…

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

5 Kansas City Family Friendly Fun Runs this Summer

Summer in Kansas City can be all about sports, or more specifically, watching sports. Taking in a game at The K or Sporting Park is great but if you’ve had your fill of being a spectator and are ready to jump in and participate, here’s your chance. These summer races give families the opportunity to work up a sweat together and be part of something unique while supporting a great cause. Most themed 5Ks are focused on fun over time and cater to all ages and abilities and most have discounts and extra activities for children and allow strollers. So come early, stay late and make some great memories with friends and neighbors at these 5 Kansas City Fun Runs this summer.

Insane Inflatable 5K July 16th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

Have you ever wanted to be on the show Wipeout? Insane Inflatables gives you the chance to try out some of those crazy obstacles without having your falls being broadcast on live television. The race will bring about 10 inflatable obstacles like The Wrecking Balls and The Waverunner, so be prepared to get wet and probably take a couple of tumbles. The race is not timed and it is not necessary for participants to run between obstacles although they may choose to do so. Participants can wear their shoes on all inflatables and obstacles.

The Insane Midway features more activities for kids and families like carnival games, music, and food. So if you don’t think your kids will be up for completing the full course, you can still bring them out for a taste of the fun. Partnered with The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the Paint Your World Purple campaign, Insane Inflatable gives a portion of profits to the Kansas City Relay for Life event and you can choose to make an additional donation the the local chapter when you register online. Racing gets started at The Kansas Speedway at 8:00 am. There are 13 Waves, starting every 15 minutes from 8:30 – 11;30. Prices range from $60 to $100 depending on when and what level you register for. The most expensive is the All Access Pass which allows you to choose your own wave the day of the race and includes $20 in merchandise credit to be spent at the Insane Midway.

Rock the Crossroads 5K July 23rd ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

Rock the Crossroads is a nighttime 5K that runs loops through the heart of downtown on a mission to raise money for the Kansas City Police Athletic League or PAL. PAL operates a community center in Kansas City that is staffed by 8 police officers and community volunteers. The mission of this center is to “nurture character development through physical fitness and academic advancement for young people (ages 8-­18), many of whom come from disadvantaged home settings”. The race course starts and ends at Torn Label Brewing Company and is followed by an outdoor concert by Dolewite. Admission to the concert is free to all Rock the Crossroads runners and open to non-­runners for a ticket price of $10. This event is timed and Rock n Roll themed prizes will be given after the race to top male and female times across 15 age groups. This is a rain or shine event. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.

The Glow Run 5K August 6th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

The Glow Run 5K is a great one for kids because they get to stay up past their bed time, wear a crazy glow in the dark outfit, and paint on things they normally wouldn’t be allowed to…..like themselves.

This glowing fun run promises to be a late one. Kicking off at Kemper Arena at 9:00 pm then glowing on well into the night with a finish festival where all race finishers get to choose their own medal. Consider the 5K portion of the evening a warm up because the real cardio will kick in after the race on the dance floor. Get there early for the pre-­party and you can even take advantage of free glow face painting for kids and adults to take your outfit to the next level. This race is not timed and senior, child, and military discounts are available. A percentage of every entry fee will be donated to a local charity although the local charity for Kansas City has not been named.

Diva Dash and Lil Princess Fun Run, August 20th

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Leave the men and boys at home with the honey­do list because this race is just for the ladies and their little princesses. You’ll have to get up early to participate in this one. Held at Corporate Woods in Overland Park, the Diva Dash starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the Lil’ Princess Girls Run at approximately 8:30 a.m. Girls ages 8 and younger are eligible to participate in the Lil’ Princess portion of the day. Race distances for the little ones vary from 50 to 200 yards and are determined by age group.

All Diva Dash participants receive a T­shirt, race bib, large “Diva” finishers medal. Lil’ Princesses even get a pink tiara to round out their look. It is permitted to run with strollers but no boys, men, or pets allowed. Prices for registration increase as the race date approaches. Women’s pricing ranges from $28 to $40 while girls can register for $10 to $15. The charity partner for this year’s race is Girls on the Run, a sports based after school program focused on developing healthy self esteem in girls in 3rd – 8th grade.

The Blacklight Run August 20th ­

5 Kansas City Family Fun Runs This Summer

You may have heard of or participated in The Color Run a couple months ago. The Blacklight Run, coming to Bonner Springs on Saturday August 20th, is the same concept but held at night with UV glowing powder. A new color of glowing powder is introduced at each 1Km checkpoint so participants start out shiny white and finish looking like a glowworm. This one is kind of pricey but the registration comes with everything you need for the event (shirt, LED shades, glowsticks, blacklight tattoos). There are 3 tiers of registration; Standard ($45), VIP($60), and Girls Night Out ($60), the main difference being the amount of swag that comes in your registration kit.

Every registration includes a donation to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and participants are invited to stay and party into the early morning hours with food, beats, and blacklight EVERYTHING. They are also looking for high schoolers, churches and community groups to volunteer together.

 

About Katie

Katie Dillman is a Communications Coordinator with Premier Glow, an online retailer of glow products. She enjoys working with businesses through copywriting to share ideas that connect with their audience.


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35 Splash Spots to Beat the Summer Heat in Kansas City

June 8, 2016 at 8:07 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, Get Moving! Sports & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 35 Splash Spots to Beat the Summer Heat in Kansas City

There is no shortage of places to go and things to do in Kansas City during these warm summer months. Of course with summer, comes heat. Our Mom Squad Amabassador, Emily gives us the low down on all the water parks, spraygrounds, and pools, to help us beat the heat, in the Kansas City Metro Area. Take a look…

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Top Spots to Beat the Summer Heat in Kansas City

The warm weather has finally arrived! All I can picture is popsicles and juicy watermelon dribbling out of my daughter’s mouth. And of course, we can’t forget the pools! Now that the pools are finally starting to open, I wanted to take the time to compile all of the water-related activities that are unique to the metro. I hope you enjoy the suggestions for some fun in the sun with your little ones!

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Water Parks

Splash in the wave pool, take a ride on a lazy river, or catch some rays lounging around at some of our local water parks

35 Spots to Beat the Summer Heat in Kansas City

Splash Parks/ Spraygrounds

These FREE playgrounds offer various pieces of equipment that splash, dump, or trickle water on you and your little ones. My favorite part about these parks are that they are free and I can come and go as I please. Pack a lunch, some sunscreen and enjoy some time out in the sun!

Beaches

Want to feel the sand between your toes without splurging for an ocean view? Hang out at the beach!

 

From iFamily to Yours,
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