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A Library Lovers Guide to Family Activities Near Your Home

Can you believe it is already February? It honestly feels like I was just talking about things to do for New Years Eve! February may be a short month, but there are tons of fun “National Day/Months” One that I absolutely love is National Library Lovers Day!

A Library Lovers Guide to Family Activities Near Your Home

National Library Lovers Day is February 14th and in honor of this day, I thought I would highlight our own fascinating libraries around the metro area. I for one love the library. They always have fun and FREE things to do. Not to mention, anything you want to learn, perfect, or just fact check, it is all available right there at your fingertips.  The metro area has great, history rich libraries that are an adventure in their own right. So, even though you may have already visited  your  local library, here are a few things that these branches offer that you may not know!

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Mid-Continent Public Library

Mid-Continent Public Library’s mission is to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

Mid-Continent Public Library is the largest library system in the metropolitan area, operating 35 libraries and serving nearly 800,000 people in Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties. The Library strives to enrich our citizens and communities through expanding access to innovation, information, ideas, and inspiration.

With the 19th largest public library collection in the nation, over 10,000 live programs per year, and constantly expanding resources, Mid-Continent Public Library has been providing world class customer service to the area since 1965.

Antioch Branch

6060 N Chestnut Ave, Gladstone, MO 64119

  • Storytimes for toddlers and babies
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Quilting Classes
  • Tax Help
  • Computer Classes
  • Book Clubs
  • Interior Design Classes

Blue Ridge Branch

6131 Raytown Rd, Raytown, MO 64133

  • Storytime for kids and families
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Kids Create Workshops
  • Kids Shows
  • Kids Games

Blue Springs North Branch

850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue SpringsMO 64015
  • LEGO Events
  • Read to a Dog
  • Storytime for Families
  • KC Magic Man

Blue Springs South Branch

2220 S. 7 Hwy, Blue Springs, MO 64014

  • Storytime
  • Kids Create Workshops
  • Kids Lab

Boardwalk Branch

8656 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 64154

  • Homeschoolers at the Library
  • Storytime
  • Kid Reads
  • Sensory Lab – Play & Learn
  • Yoga Tales
  • Brixology

Claycomo

309 E. U.S. Highway 69, Claycomo, MO 64119

  • Read & Draw
  • Lego Time
  • Kids Create
  • STEAM Powered Programs
  • Zoomobile Visits

Colbern Road Branch

1000 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s SummitMO 64086
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • Storytime
  • Play & Learn Time
  • Family Night

Lee’s Summit Branch

150 NW Oldham Pkwy, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

  • Gardening Workshops
  • Storytime
  • Play & Learn Time

Liberty Branch

1000 Kent St, Liberty, MO 64068

  • Homeschoolers at the Library
  • Play & Learn Time
  • Storytime
  • Read to a Dog
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
  • STEAM Program

North Independence Branch

317 US-24, Independence, MO 64050

  • Kids Create
  • LEGO Robotics
  • Yoga for Kids
  • Pet Safety Classes
  • Art Classes from Nelson Atkins

Kansas City Public Library

Lucile H. Bluford Branch

3050 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64128

  • ABsolutely Amazing Abs
  • Cardio Kickboxing with NickiFit
  • Full Body Chair Fitness with NickiFit
  • HIIT Training with NickiFit
  • Kids Café ( free healthy snacks for kids 18 and under)
  • Strength Training with NickiFit
  • Tech Coach Drop In at Bluford
  • Teen Tabletop Gaming and more!

Central Library

14 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

  • Storytime at Central
  • Citizenship Interview Practice
  • Graphic Novel Book Club at Central (7-15)
  • FREE Tax Preparation
  • Coffee & Conversation
  • Ukes on the Roof Monthly Meetup
  • Coffee Tastings and Pairings

Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas

2017 West Pennway Street,Kansas City, MO 64108

  • Lego Time

Plaza Branch

4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112

  • Baby Bounce
  • Tales for Tiny Tykes
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Tommy Terrific’s Wacky Magic
  • Wildcard Wednesdays
  • Book Club (topics vary)
  • Tabletop Gaming

Sugar Creek Branch

102 South Sterling Avenue, Sugar Creek, MO 64054

  • Walk with us
  • Teens After Hours
  • Low Impact Cardio Workouts
  • After Lunch Book Group
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Kid’s Craft Time

Trails West Branch

11401 East 23rd Street, Independence, MO 64052

  • Rockin’ Ramblin’ Readers
  • Tuesday Family Fun (every Tuesday)
  • KC Kids Create: Kitchen Science
  • Coffee and Coloring (adults and seniors)
  • Teen’s Group

Waldo Branch

201 East 75th Street, Kansas City, MO 64114

  • Teen Gaming Club
  • Tabletop Tuesdays
  • Stories for Ones (12-24mo)
  • Preschool Story Time (2-5)
  • Read to a Dog
  • Lego Club
  • Parents as Teachers Playgroup

Westport Branch

118 Westport Road,Kansas City, MO 64111

  • Preschool Story Time
  • Library Yoga
  • Grown Up Game Night
  • Between the Lines Book Group

Kansas City Kansas Public Library

Main Library

625 Minnesota Avenue,Kansas City, KS 66101

  • Working Wednesday
  • Baby Story Time
  • Computer Training
  • Kids A Cookin
  • Kids Cafe
  • Family Story Time
  • STEAM Story Time
  • Anime Club
  • Book Clubs

South Branch

3104 Strong Avenue,Kansas City, KS 66106

  • Quilting
  • Little Learners Story Time
  • Teen Time
  • Conversational Spanish
  • Movie Night (varies in rating)

Turner Library

831 S 55th Street,Kansas City, KS 66106

  • Anime Club
  • Friday Story Time
  • Cubs Corner Crafts

FL Schlagle Branch

4051 West Drive,Kansas City, KS 66109

  • Homeschool Adventures (weekly age varies)
  • Project Feeder Watch
  • Nature Story Time

All of these libraries host recurring clubs and activities that vary in age. They also host a wide variety of special events that take place only once! To make sure you get the full details on age ranges, times and if a reservation is needed, you can check out the full list of events on the library’s websites! So this National Library Lovers Day, head to your local library!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 


Family Fun at Jump City KC: A Recap from our iFamilyKC Kids Club Event

Our team here at iFamilyKC is excited to introduce you to new and exciting places all around town where you can enjoy family fun with your kids. One of the ways that we do this is through our exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club events which offer you deeply discounted admission to fun Kansas City spots. We recently spent an evening with some of you over at Jump City KC in Belton. Didn’t make the event? Save BIG anytime you visit using our exclusive coupon on page 22 of this month’s issue of iFamilyKC. Erin, one of our Mom Squad bloggers, had the chance to check it out with her kids and shares our recap from the event today on the blog. Take a look…

Family Fun at Jump City KC: A Recap from our iFamilyKC Kids Club Event

Jump City KC

The trusty groundhog saw his shadow (which means 6 more weeks of winter, right?), but I am so ready for spring and warmer weather! In Kansas City we always seem to get one last blast of winter weather right before spring, so I’m thinking it’s not over yet.  Luckily there are some GREAT indoor places in KC and surrounding areas that you can take the kids to burn off some of that crazy energy. We had a chance to check out a super fun place where kids can do just that at the latest iFamilyKC Kids Club event, Jump City.

What do they offer?

Jump City is located in Belton, a quick 20 minute drive from the downtown metro area.  This place is HUGE! It has tons of bounce houses, giant inflatable slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses for the littles, gameroom, and concession stand serving pizza and snacks. The staff was super nice and accommodating. My kids had an absolute blast. We started out in the toddler area, which has some smaller bounce houses (perfect for toddlers).  And soon I was chasing my kids over and up and down and through the inflatable paradise.  We played games in the game room that has several affordable and fun interactive options.  It was nice to take a little break there and at the concession stand, since my kids were beet red.

What about parties?

Jump City is a fantastic birthday party destination! They offer several different affordable, fun-filled options for everyone’s budget! They do all the set-up and clean up and have a dedicated party room available.

How can I save on admission?

Daily admission starts at $8 a person and parents always play free! Check out jumpcitykc.com for more information! And be sure to check out the February 2018 issue of iFamilyKC (available online 24/7 at www.iFamilyKC.com) for $2 off admission.

Be sure to join our iFamilyKC Kids Club

If you haven’t already joined the iFamilyKC Kids Club, it’s FREE!  You’ll definitely want to get on the list so you can get in on the next super AWESOME event. Just click on the green banner below my signature to get on our list. Make sure you check out our main website, ifamilykc.com, for all the details on the Kids Club and much much more!

From iFamily to Yours,


Kids at Weddings

We are entering the time of year where friends and family are going to be having weddings. They say that most people get engaged between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day and that Valentines Day through June is the most common months for weddings. A couple years ago my brother got married and my 3 and 5 year old daughters were his flower girls. I was so stressed making sure that they were just perfect for the special day and hoping they wouldn’t freak out walking down the aisle with all those people staring at them. They done great with one exception. As my 5 year old threw flower petals on the floor my 3 year old freaked out that she was making a mess and was following behind her picking them all back up. I was horrified but it ended up being so cute to all the guests that they still talk about it. See we had talked about it and practiced all the motions but until that day when the actual event occurs your don’t know what to expect. That is how it is no matter where you take kids. The truth is they really run the show.  As parents we can be scared about attending weddings with our kids in tote. But what about if we are the ones getting married? Should we invite our friends with kids, just the friends with a kid restriction, or leave them out….Touchy subject. Here are some tips that I was able to find and put together to help just a little.

 

The Knot Tips: Courtesy of http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-guests/articles/the-kids-stay-in-the-picture.aspx

Managing the Kids

If possible, seat all the parents and their children together at one table or at tables close to each other. The quickest way to ruin a single guest’s time is to stick them at a table with lots of kids. While it might seem like a good idea to put all the children at a table alone, an unsupervised group of kids is the fastest way to go from elegant reception to kindergarten madness.

Another way to keep the kiddie contingent under control: Hire a chaperone. If you know a teenager or young adult who’d be willing to be a designated adult for a few hours, hire her to keep an eye on things. She’ll be less babysitter and more lifeguard — someone who can take the kids to the bathroom, put a Band-Aid on bumps and bruises, or simply say, “Bobby, please get off the wedding cake.”

Offer a Kid’s Meal

Be thoughtful when choosing the food you want to serve to the little ones. This isn’t the time to be a culinary snob — most kids will eat only fun foods like little pizzas, chicken fingers, or mini hot dogs, so spare yourself the heartache and extra dollars and forgo the foie gras. For dessert, a make-your-own-sundae bar is always a hit. And since little people have small appetites, you should ask your catering manager for a lower per-person price. Also be sure to ask if the kids can get their food early and quickly — especially at an evening reception — since kids eat on a schedule.

Keep Them Entertained

Since children have short attention spans, you may need to create diversions — a kid-friendly DVD, a few board games, or a couple of Game Boys — set up in a separate room. You could also prepare goodie bags for them. Arts and crafts stores have great bead sets, drawing kits, and the like. Our advice: Get every boy the same gift and another gift for every girl, if not the same gift for all. You don’t want anyone to be fighting over that lone box of scented markers.

Don’t Freak Out

Despite the fear that people will instill in you for inviting kids, children do bring instant surprise to a wedding (not to mention a lot of laughs). Keep a sense of humor about having the little ones there: If Isabel can’t keep her hands off the cake, don’t throw a fit. Instead, laugh and tell the photographer to catch it on film.

Kids at Weddings
Submitted by:

Keri Nichol, Mom Squad Blogger