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Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

June 19, 2017 at 8:13 PM • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

Good Evening, Kansas City! We are SO excited to help share the news that Mummies Of The World, the NEW exhibit at Union Station, is now open! We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to check it out and she’s sharing her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

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Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

This past Friday, my kids and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Union Stations’ Mummies of the World exhibit! I was so excited to go because I hadn’t had the chance to go see any of their exhibits since moving back to Kansas City. Thailand (9) was just as excited as I was but Baltimore (6) and Italy (4) were a little apprehensive since they didn’t know what to expect.

When we arrived they were still in the process of setting up a few more décor items for opening day but that didn’t stop me from having a good time! First stop in the exhibit is a short welcome movie about the mummies and what to expect. Once the short movie was over, we were ready to see the mummies!

There were so many mummies and ancient artifacts to see! I knew there would be mummies from all over the world and different time periods, but I had no clue that mummies were once mummified in different and unique ways. Typically when you think of mummies, you think ancient Egypt, Halloween costumes or wrapped up from head to toe in toilet paper. I was very impressed by the majority of ways people and animals had been mummified throughout the World’s history.

From the more common mummies like King Tutankhamen to mummies that had been buried by the earth and mysteriously preserved by natural elements. We learned that even though mummies have been dead for centuries, you can still learn about their past and how they died. Scientists have ways through scanning and examining if in fact they had died from diseases or natural causes.

All in all I would say this exhibit is beyond educational and cool! Thailand and I really enjoyed learning about all the different mummies and where they came from. Baltimore and Italy not so much! Because the exhibit is in dimmed lights and there are real life mummies, they were scared and said it was too creepy. I would say if your child scares easy, doesn’t car for the dark or are younger than 8, they may not really enjoy it as much. If you have a family with littles, I would suggest maybe breaking up your group and alternate turns with the other adults in your group. This way everyone can enjoy the exhibit and no one gets scared.  The exhibit is located downstairs at Union Station (next to planetarium). The exhibit is open through the rest of 2017.

To get your tickets or to find out more information about the mummies or exhibit, check out Union Stations’ Mummies of the World online! http://www.unionstation.org/mummies/

Since no flash photography is allowed, I was only able to snap some pictures with my phone! Here are a few photos from the exhibit!

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** THESE ARE REAL MUMMIES FROM THE EXHIBIT, VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED**

From iFamily to yours,

 

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10 Super Fun Staycation Ideas For Kansas City This Summer

May 23, 2017 at 12:08 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on 10 Super Fun Staycation Ideas For Kansas City This Summer

Howdy Kansas City! The school year is probably wrapping up for many of the kiddos, it’s time to start looking for some fun activities for the family. Summer doesn’t have to mean expensive vacations and extended amounts of traveling. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, has some great ideas for for a staycation here in the Kansas City metro. Check it out!

10 Super Fun Staycation Ideas For Kansas City This Summer

 

10 Super Fun Staycation Ideas For
Kansas City This Summer

 

Can y’all believe it will be summer soon!? No school, stores are open late and one of the best things ever created… VACATION! Who doesn’t love that?! We rarely take a summer vacation in our house because we take a long one in the Fall (10 days, so worth it!). So we try our best to do our very own family staycation! If you are unfamiliar with a staycation, it is basically vacationing at home but you do special things you wouldn’t normally do during the year.

There are so many fun things you can do during a staycation. Kansas City is a very family friendly city and there is always something for everyone to enjoy. So, get out your planner, pens, highlighters or whatever you use and start planning your family staycation.

 

1. Amusement parks

Take a day and visit one of Kansas City’s parks! Check out Worlds of Fun for exciting rides and games, Oceans of Fun, Schlitterbahn and Paradise Park are a few!

2. Museums

Kansas City is rich in history and art. Plan a day or week to venture off to see various museums for all ages and interests. There is the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Negro League Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, National WWI Museum and MORE!

3. Downtown Restaurants

Living Downtown gives you an advantage when it comes to exploring. Everywhere you go you are seeing something new. The are so many amazing restaurants downtown, I know everyone will be happy! Start with a family favorite like Chipotle or Jason’s Deli. Fritz’s or Crayola Cafe at Crown Center. Or you could venture a little further south towards the Plaza for Seasons 52 or Fogo de Chao!

4. Exhibits

Exhibits are always fun because they are only around for a limited time. This really makes you feel like you are on vacation lol. Union Station has different exhibits throughout the year. Currently they have a Pompeii exhibit (ending soon) but starting June 23, you can explore real mummies from around the world!

5. Campouts

Plan a campout in your very own backyard! Pitch a tent, fire up a grill or fire and enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home.

6. Movie under the Stars

Throughout the summer, Crown Center and other suburbs around the metro area host movie nights outside. You can plan to head out to a free show, the drive in or if able, watch one in your own yard!

7. Water Park DIY

Sometimes, it’s just too hot to go anywhere, wait in lines and really just leave the house. So turn your backyard into your own water park! Using pools, hoses and a few other miscellaneous items, you can bring the party to you! Check out Pinterest for some super easy ideas for all ages.

8. Parents Night Out

A lot of places around town offer parents night out. From churches to rec centers, theses are becoming more popular for both parents and kids. So why not finally take them up on that offer and plan a night out with your spouse and go dancing, eat at a fancy restaurant or meet up with friends! Parents Night Out usually lasts for about 3-4 hours so take a breather and enjoy some adult time!

9. Go Hiking/Biking

Nothing beats free during the summer time. With so many trails and parks around the metro area, got for a hike or ride through some trails. Don’t forget to pack a picnic and plenty of water!

10. Spend the night in a hotel

Just because you are not leaving your area doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the comfort of a nice hotel. Check out the rates of some of your favorite ones and enjoy a night away from the house. *Pro tip, make sure your hotel offers free wifi and breakfast to avoid extra costs*

I hope these ideas are enough to get you in the zone for planning your family staycation. I know my kiddos and I are already packing out our calendar!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come Find Our Mom Squad This Summer Around Kansas City!

May 22, 2017 at 4:31 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on Come Find Our Mom Squad This Summer Around Kansas City!

Howdy, Kansas City! Our Mom Squad has a busy few months ahead with all of the great events we have going on around the metro. There is something for every person and every family, so why don’t you come find us and explore a little bit of the city? We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Come Find Our Mom Squad This Summer Around
Kansas City!

 

Clear your schedule and get ready for some awesome events this summer/ early fall throughout Kansas City! The iFamily #MomSquad will be out at some of the most anticipated events of the year and I for one am super excited! So make sure you mark your calendars for these upcoming events.

1. Lee’s Summit Downtown Days

June 2-4: This weekend long event is filled with music, food, craft vendors and even a Carnival! Prices do vary based on the vendors but Sunday is wristband day, you can purchase a wristband for $20 and get unlimited rides all day! Head over to their website for daily hours!

2. KC Baby Fair

June 11: Tickets to this event are $8 in advance or $12 the day of the show. Kids 12 and under are free! The KC Baby Fair will be located at the Overland Park Convention Center from 10:00am- 3:00 pm. This event is a must for expecting, or new moms! There will be great giveaways, freebies, learning tools and everything you need for your new little one.

3. Just for Her Expo

June 23-25: This event is perfect for the women in your life! The Just for Her Expo has everything from fashion & accessories to food, beauty and wellness. This event will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center. Tickets are $5 online or $8 at the door. They even have a few VIP tickets left for even more fun ($25 online only). Kid 12 and under are welcome and free to attend. Head over to their website for more information on daily hours!

 4. Docks Dogs at Scheels

July 29-30: The fun filled DockDogs, premier canine aquatic competition! This free event is located at Scheels of Overland Park, home of the giant ferris wheel! Come out and enjoy the competition, see cool tricks and meet some pups!

5. Chick Event: Handmade & Vintage

September 15-17: The ultimate craft event will arrive early this Fall! Head out to Johnson Farms in Belton, Mo September 15th-17th for unique handmade and vintage items from over 100 vendors! You can also enjoy live music, food & drinks plus fun kids activities. You can buy your tickets starting 13th. General admission is $5 or you can grab a weekend pass for only $8. Kids 12 and under are free!

 

We will be at so many more events throughout the year so make sure you keep checking back for updates and announcements! See y’all soon!

 

From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

 

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

May 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

Howdy, Kansas City! Becky, one of our Mom Squad Ambassadors, is sharing one of her favorite family summer traditions today with this picnic and park night. Kansas City has a wealth of fantastic parks, so why not pack up some food, and head out to the great scenery in the metro? Take a look at how Becky does it below.

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

 

Swing into Summer with this Fun Park & Picnic Night

 

This Summer, once a week, our family is going to make it a Park & Picnic night. That means after work/preschool/camp, we’ll all head to a new park each week to play, explore and eat dinner.

This is fun for our kids because dinner is always better when surrounded by slides and swings. This is fun for me because it means NO cooking and—even better—NO clean up required! Plus, big bonus: The kids burn up all their extra energy for the day so they go to bed like champs.

It’s a very easy and cheap family fun night. Below are lots of ideas to make your own Park & Picnic night a success.

 

Picnic Smorgasbord Ideas:

• Baby dill pickles
• Baby carrots
• Celery sticks
• Cherry tomatoes
• Cucumber slices
• Zucchini slices
• Cheese slices or sticks
• Pepperonis
• Salami
• Turkey or Ham slices
• Dinner rolls
• Pretzels
• Dried apricots
• Grapes
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Pineapple
• Cherries
• Watermelon slices
• Popcorn

Basically, anything that Charlie Brown would serve for Thanksgiving is perfect.

Pro Tips:

• Invest in a Tupperware-like container with individual compartments. That way it’s one thing to carry but the juice from the pickles won’t get on the pretzels (“GROSS MOM!”).

• Just set the spread of food out and give your kids the freedom to come and go from the picnic table to the playground as they please. If you try and force (sorry, “encourage”) them to eat first, they won’t eat much because they’ll be too excited about playing.

• Skip the paper products and bring heavy plastic plates or bowls instead that won’t blow away.

• Bring a container of baby wipes instead of napkins because, again, wind.

• Pack the kids’ water bottles. They are earth-friendly, you can add ice, and they hold more water than a plastic bottle of water so no one goes thirsty. Plus, there is no confusion (or mental breakdowns) over the owner of each water bottle. (Heaven forbid your little brother accidentally takes a sip out of yours.)

• Each week introduce a new fruit (mangos, kiwi or apricot slices) to mix things up and expand taste buds. It’s amazing what kids will try after they’ve built up an appetite.

• Save dessert for the car ride home. How else are you going to convince them it’s time to go home?

• If you aren’t up for finding new parks every week, take one new activity to the same park with you each week to mix things up: Balls, sidewalk chalk, bikes, bubbles, etc.

 

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

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

May 10, 2017 at 7:38 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through May? It’s insane to think that summer is knocking on our door, and while you’re getting ready for some sunshine and fun, you may be looking for some new traditions. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie, shares some of her family favorites to help your summer kicked off. Check it out!

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

 

Summer is my favorite season! I look forward to it all year and constantly think about moving somewhere tropical permanently. I live for summer.

My kids and I love to be outside during the summer. We have a zoo pass, so we head there about once a week before the heat gets to be too high. We love going to the pool. Our favorite one being the Harrisonville Pool. They have a fun kid/zero entry area and water slides and diving boards that my kids live for.

We also love heading to Longview Lake. My parents have a cheap pontoon boat in a slip there, so we can park it and swim off of it anytime we like. My kids also enjoy feeding the fish at the marina there. No matter how many times we go it still results in squeals of laughter when the huge fish start flapping around after the food.

On rainy days we hit up Paradise Park or Union Station’s Science City. My kids love to paint their own faces and splash around in the water table on the Edutainment side of Paradise Park. My son would spend hours in the dinosaur dig section at Science City if I would let him.

We also like to check out all the nature centers around town. We love Burr Oaks and Lakeside Nature Center for quick outings. We also enjoy the outdoor movies in Independence on the square or going to the drive in. Summer is just meant to be spent outside.

We don’t typically get to travel much, but we like to take a weekend and head down to Tablerock Lake and rent a friend of ours’ cabin. Its much calmer and less crowded than the Lake of the Ozarks and just as close. It’s a nice, easy getaway.

Summer food is another reason I love this season. My kids love watermelon, and hot dogs off the grill. I love kabobs and grilled veggies. And to me, nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.

What are some easy traditions you have for the summer? Share in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

March 31, 2017 at 7:26 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Although we’re about 2 weeks into spring — it hasn’t feel very springlike lately. With rain in the forecast this next week, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, brings you 10 fun rainy day activities while you wait out the storm. Take a look…

 

April Showers? Fun For Hours: 10 Rainy Day Activities

 

Don’t let those dreary, rainy days of April drag you and your family down! There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy each other’s company indoors without losing your minds. Here are 10 ways to keep the crew entertained on those less than desirable weather days! Be sure to let us know in the comments how your family spends rainy days!

 

#1 Play board games

Here are some awesome board game ideas from fellow Mom Squad blogger, Brigette!

 

#2 Build forts

I recently spotted some fort building kits on Amazon but you could just get creative with the kitchen table and chairs, some blankets and some clothespins! Last summer, we stayed inside during a super hot day and built an air fort! It was fantastic! We taped a bed sheet to the floor with heavy packing tape and taped other end of the sheet to a box fan. It was a huge hit with my kids, ages 2 and 7!

 

#3 Read!

Reading is so important for kids and it can be so fun! Build your home library for those rainy days by shopping for books at garage sales, thrift stores and consignment sales. Take turns reading aloud to your kids and having them read aloud to you. If you are into reading on electronic devices, you can check out adult and children’s books through Mid-Continent Public Library without leaving your home!

 

#4 Dance Party

We have an under the counter radio in the kitchen and it is the best thing ever! We would turn up the music and turn the kitchen floor into a dance floor! You could even have a dance contest and take turns with the kids and parents being judges!

 

#5 Science Experiments

A few weeks ago, we tried a few experiments from a book we checked out at the library called “Usborne 100 Science Experiments.” It turned out to be a great book with lots of easy and fun experiments with stuff we already had on hand. One experiment, which my daughter LOVED, was called foaming monster. Basically, you make a monster out of a pop bottle and construction paper. Then you create a chemical reaction with baking soda, vinegar, a drop of dish soap and food coloring. It took a little tweaking but it so much fun!

 

#6 Art with Recyclables

With every day recyclables, you can make all kinds of cool things! Who else’s kids hoard the empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls?? Empty milk jugs? Cans? Time to bring out that stash and see what you can come up with! The possibilities are endless.

 

#7 Make Play dough or Slime

Time to get messy! The latest craze is making slime with simple ingredients: glue, water, borax, glitter, and food coloring. We played with ours for weeks after we made it!

 

#8 Try out a new recipe

Dust off those cook books and get your kids in the kitchen to bake up some yummy goodies or cook up a warm meal to help with the rainy day blues.

 

#9 Movie Day

Have your kids make “tickets”, pop some popcorn, spread out the pillows and blankets, turn down the lights and enjoy a family movie like Pete’s Dragon, which was recently released on Netflix! Check out my review of it.

 

#10 Play in the Rain

Ok, so I know this isn’t an “indoor activity” but come on! Kids absolutely LOVE to slosh around in the rain and jump in every puddle possible. I couldn’t leave this one off the list! So, channel your inner child and get out there and get wet!

What type of rainy day activities do you have for your family? Share in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

From iFamily to Yours,

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Voting takes place at this link:

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

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

 

About Posters as Munitions, 1917

Feb. 21, 2017 – Feb. 18, 2018

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

  

About the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

 

From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

December 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

December has finally graced us with it’s presence. Christmas trees are getting decorated, lights are being hung, and family traditions are starting to play out. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has an awesome tradition – an easy Christmas Countdown activity! What a fun way to add a little extra “special” to the holidays. Check it out!

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown // iFamilyKC

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

 

My favorite family holiday tradition is our countdown to Christmas box. This is our version of the chocolate advent calendars. I received this box from my mom when our oldest was still a toddler. It’s now my prized Christmas decoration not because of what it looks like on the outside but for what’s inside those little drawers—pure Christmas joy. Nope, it’s not sweets or prizes (neither of which we need more of this season), instead it’s full of family holiday activities.

 

You should do this! Wait, where are you going?

 

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown // iFamilyKC

 

Before you get overwhelmed with the idea of trying to pull off 24 activities with your kids in as many days, let me lower your standards as what counts as an “activity.” Answer: Basically anything. And I guarantee you, your family probably already has half the calendar filled with December events anyway. Is Grandma taking them to The Nutcracker? Is your husband’s family getting together for pizza? Is everyone going to a cousin’s birthday party? Is your kids’ favorite babysitter coming over on Friday? Have I taught you nothing? Milk those things!

 
Still struggling? Here’s a list to get you going:

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

Reeeeeeaaaaaally easy:

 

Watch a Christmas movie before bed

Make hot chocolate

Read The Night Before Christmas

Play a game after dinner

Have a bubble bath

Wrap a gift and put it under the tree

Have a Christmas music dance party

Make cards for your teachers

 

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

 

 

Medium effort:

 

Go to the library and check out Christmas books

Pick out a new ornament for the tree

Go out to eat for dinner

Invite aunt/uncle/grandparent over for dinner

Take a family walk with your pet

Read bedtime books by the fire

Pick out a gift for your adopted family

Make your own pizzas for dinner

 

How to Create an Easy & Fun Christmas Countdown

 

 

Coolest-parents-ever award:

 

Visit Santa

Visit the penguins and polar bear at the zoo

Do the Holiday Luminary Walk

Visit the Holiday Lights on Farmstead Lane (Deanna Rose)

Bake Christmas cookies

Visit Crown Center

Build a Gingerbread House

Visit KC’s most over-the-top lighting displays

Do a carriage ride on the plaza

Go ice skating

 

 

I promise, it’s easy and fun. And your kids will just love it. But if I still haven’t sold you, here’s a Pro Tip: Trader Joe’s has the best deal on the chocolate calendar countdowns for just 99 cents.

 

 

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

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdBeckyV2

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Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!

August 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Mom ResourcesComments Off on Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!

Like many of you, I suspect, I grew up in the world of Scouting. My experience as a Scout taught me valuable life skills that helped build a solid foundation for the future. I developed strong friendships with my peers, had the opportunity to explore the World around me, and accomplished things I never thought possible. As I reflect on my own experience with Scouting, I look forward to the opportunity to introduce it to my own children in the future.

With every new patch, with every new adventure, with every new friendship a memory is made and that it what makes the world of Scouting truly special. You may have noticed our email that went out last week {link} with information about Cub Scout sign ups here in Kansas City. I want to encourage you to think about your own experience and consider giving your own children the gift of Scouting this year. Take a look:

Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!

Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!

Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!
Adventure Is Waiting…
Discover An Adventure: Join Cub Scouts Today!
Every object tells a story. The memories last a lifetime…
Just like Scouting values.
With fun and discovery at every turn, Cub Scouting makes the most of right now. Providing boys a foundation they can stand on to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles and make new discoveries.
Make Scouting the foundation of your future.
JOIN ONLINE TODAY AT KCSCOUTING.ORG
Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America
www.hoac-bsa.org | (816) 942-9333
10210 Holmes Road | Kansas City, MO 64131

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team

 

 


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