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Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

June 9, 2017 at 10:59 PM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Fairs and Festivals, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

If you haven’t been to Midland Railway in Baldwin City, Kansas yet, you’re missing out. They’re on a mission to keep the history of railroading alive with their unique seasonal events and special activities, including one that your family can take advantage of this weekend ONLY and don’t forget that you can save $2 per ticket using our exclusive code (at the bottom of this post) for your trip! Erin, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, had a chance to check out the limited time Day Out With Thomas and Friends this morning and is sharing her experience with you this evening on the blog. Take a look…

Don’t Miss A Day Out With Thomas At Midland Railway!

day out with thomas midland railway

ALL ABOARD! The FINAL weekend for Day Out with Thomas at Midland Railway is THIS weekend! My guys and I had the opportunity to check out the festivities in Baldwin City, KS, located about an hour or so from KC. Check out our day!

My husband, son, and I ventured out this morning and made a SUPER fun day of it!  They offered free parking with a shuttle bus from the elementary school.  It was my two year old’s first experience on a school bus so he was excited from the moment we got out of the car.  We arrived just in time for our departure on Thomas!  The look on his face when he saw the giant train with Thomas pulling it was best part of the whole experience for this momma!  He is a HUGE fan of trains, Thomas and all his friends!

The ride lasted about 35 minutes or so and takes you on a scenic tour of Baldwin City farmland!  When we got off the train and all the memorable pictures in front of Thomas were complete, we were free to check out all of the other many fantastic activities: bouncy house, Imagination Station, mini golf, gift shop, Sir Topham Hatt, story telling and videos, magic show and much more! The bounce house was the perfect size for little ones ages 2 to 6!  When you arrive you are provided a Passport to Friendship with 4 different “stamp stations” and once you complete your passport you get a little prize!

There is a gift shop with lots of fun exclusive Day Out with Thomas merchandise to remember your trip! We wrapped up our trip with lunch at Moose Backwoods BBQ, a restaurant located inside the gas station, on the way out of town.  It was pretty good (but I think as Kansas Citians we all know who rules the roost on the gas station BBQ thing!)

A combo ticket gets you a ride on Thomas AND on Percy!  Tickets are still available at midlandrailway.org. Be sure to use discount code IFKC2017 for $2 off each ticket! It was a great little day trip for my family and I definitely see another visit to see Thomas and the gang in our future!

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Spring Break Fun For Kansas City Families!

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

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

Spring Break Activities For Kansas City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for some more ideas? Look no further!

Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

Details HERE!

Make a bird feeder

Bird Feeder, DIY Projects, Kids Crafts

Learn How HERE!

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

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

College Basketball Experience

Gymboree Schedule a FREE class for your little one

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEGOLAND Open daily

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

Ceramic Cafe  Check out their fun classes!

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

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

Create2Day  Family, Friend, and Fun Friday

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

From iFamily to Yours,

Erin

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10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

January 12, 2017 at 9:33 AM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on 10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

Hello, Kansas City! As we all prepare for the impending ice storm, many of us will be inside surrounded by our families. To keep you and yours from going completely stir crazy, why not settle in for a good ol’ fashioned family game night? Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, gives her family’s 10 top favorite games to play on those nights where you want (or have) to stay in. Check it out!

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

I love a good family game night! Snacks, laughs and memories are always present and a guaranteed fun time! Family game night is a great way to connect and challenge those in your family, especially the younger ones!
I wanted to share with you my top 10 favorite games that I grew up with or that I play with my family! So here they are! (in no particular order lol)

 

1. Heads Up

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This game is super fun! You can use the app or buy the box game at most retailers. We use the app (free) and let me tell you this, it gets pretty serious! After you pick a category, the other players on your team will give you clues and you must answer as many as you can before time is up!

 

2. Spoons

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This game is another game that gets serious lol. Placing 1 less spoon than there are players in the circle, the dealer passes out 4 cards. Everyone passes one card to the left simultaneously, the dealer draws one card and the person right of the dealer discards one into a separate pile. The goal is to get 4 of a kind (4 aces, 4 queens etc.). Once you have your 4 pick up a spoon or if someone else grabs a spoon quickly grab one! You don’t want to be the last one to grab a spoon!

 

3. Life

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

My kids love playing Life. Giving them the option to choose their own paths lead to pretty interesting outcomes!

 

4. Uno

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

Another game that gets serious in my family! Now that I think about we may take games a little too serious lol. Uno is a classic game that just about anyone can play! Just remember this, trust no one in UNO! No alliance is bigger than a draw four!

 

5. Family Feud

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

You can buy this game at most retailers. We love the show and while this may not be as fun as the show or Steve Harvey, we still have a good time.

 

6. Mad Gab

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is guaranteed to get you thinking. Players read cards with random words on them and when they read them out loud, you try to guess what they are saying. Example, “Wander Her Womb Hen” that would sound like Wonder Woman. This game is such a fun one!

 

7. Catchphrase

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is very similar to Heads Up. The only thing that is different is going fast so you don’t end up with the device! The team that doesn’t have the device when the timer goes off gets the point!

 

8. Minute To Win It

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This is where you can get really creative! Think of small tasks like trying to get a cookie from your forehead to your mouth with no hands, and try to complete it in less than a minute! This game really has no rules so you can do whatever you want! Just make sure it’s less than a minute.

 

9. Phase 10

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is perfect for older kids or for those that like a challenge. This deck comes with a phase list. Each phase has a different requirement. The first one to get all the Phases wins! You can also find this at most retailers.

 

10.Go Fish

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

If you have younger kids, this will be one of their favorites! I know my kids love it! Instead of using number cards, opt for the themed ones. Most stores have them for $1!
I hope these games will give you some ideas for your next Family Game Night! What are some of your favorites? Share with us in the comments!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

September 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Fairs and FestivalsComments Off on Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

Howdy, Kansas City! Don’t you all just love fall in Kansas City? There is so much to do, we finally start getting a break from the heat, and it looks beautiful around the city! KC Pumpkin Patch has another deal to offer you this weekend (and this weekend only) at their Pumpkin Fest. Visit their Facebook page and get $1 off mining sluice. There are a ton of fun activities for the whole family, including their unforgettable pumpkin patch. So, break in October down at KC Pumpkin Patch. Check it out!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!

 

Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Join Us for
Pumpkin Fest!
at KC Pumpkin Patch
Saturday & Sunday!
October 1-2, 2016
Get $1 OFF Mining Sluice
when you GO to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page
for this exclusive offer HERE!
Valid Weekend Only of 10/01 & 10/02
Must go to KC Pumpkin Patch Facebook Page to redeem offer
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
KC Pumpkin Patch is full of kid-friendly country-style entertainment just a few miles from Kansas City.
There’s something for everyone from ages two to ninety-two!
Come hungry and “pig out” in the Hog Wild Cafe.
Slide Mountain – Goat Walk – Zip Lines
Jumping Pillow – Gourd Gun
Child Corn Maze,
freshly planted Johnny Appleseed Orchard
& more!
Come on Down to the Pumpkin Fest at KC Pumpkin Patch!
Hours
Monday – Friday: 9am to 3pm
Saturday: 10am to 6pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Be sure to “LIKE” KC Pumpkin Patch
and KC Wine CO on Facebook!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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How to Support Local: an Urban Farms Tour

July 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, FoodComments Off on How to Support Local: an Urban Farms Tour

If you’ve lived in Kansas or Missouri for any amount of time, you’ll know how important farming and agriculture is for our region. That being said, did you know how many local and urban farms there were in and near the Kansas City metro? Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie, gives us a run down of some farms she experienced on the Urban Farms tour through Cultivate Kansas City. The tours gave locals a chance to see and experience up to 31 different farms in the area.  Check it out!

How to Support Local: An Urban Farms Tour

How to Support Local: An Urban Farms Tour

This past weekend my husband and I took the kiddos around the KC area for the Urban Farming tour. This two-day, self -guided tour allows you to explore some of KC’s farms and gardens. There were 31 farms listed this year and we were able to visit 4 of them before the heat got to us! To be honest, I had never even heard of Urban Grown farming tour until this year and I was amazed at all the cool stuff these farms are doing for our community. Take a look at the farms we visited (I wish we could have been to more!)

 

Boys Grow

Educational Garden
9301 E 147th Street
Kansas City, Missouri
My favorite thing about the Boys Grow farm is that it is a youth farming organization run by urban teenagers. We were lucky enough to have 2 young men give us a tour and explain exactly what they do. They showed us around their 10-acre farm and were very knowledgeable about all the plants, crops, and animals that were on the farm. My kids were super excited about getting to pet the goats!

How to Support Local: An Urban Farms Tour


Bonnie View KC

9903 Grandview Rd
Kansas City, Missouri
I was shocked at how big this farm was! A whopping 47-acres that was once a dairy farm! We were taken on a hay ride through their entire property which was really impressive. The family has been living in the house for over 10 years but just recently acquired the vacant land that came up for sale. One of the daughters gave the tour and she was super informative about all the animals and talked about how they figured out a rotation schedule so the animals weren’t always in one spot. After the hay ride, the kids got to pet and feed some goats.

How to Support Local: An Urban Farms Tour


City Bitty Farm

9615 Grandview Rd
Kansas City, Missouri
This farm is just right down the street from Bonnie View and it is just as cool! My husband is super into gardening and farming and was really excited to learn about “microgreens.” Basically, these greens are just miniature flowers and vegetables for local restaurants. The owners of this farm explained that they use new tools, equipment, and farming methods to better their farm and it was really neat to experience.

How to Support Local: An Urban Farming Experience


Nile Valley Aquaponics

29th and Wabash
Kansas City, Missouri
As this was our last stop, the kiddos were getting pretty tired (keep in mind this past Saturday was super hot out!) While the kiddos and I stayed in the cool, air conditioned van, my husband went in and explored since he is really interested in aquaponics. I’ll be honest – I don’t know much (ok, hardly anything at all!) about aquaponics. The cool thing about this system is that it is KC’s first commercial aquaponics greenhouse. When the project is finished in the spring, they are hoping to provide free food to the community as well as selling the food to support the project and create jobs in.

 

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Planning Your Day Out With Thomas: What You Need To Know

June 4, 2016 at 10:48 PM • Posted in Deals & Discounts for Kansas City Families, Educational Fun for Kids, Fairs and Festivals, Family Events & Activities, Mom FunComments Off on Planning Your Day Out With Thomas: What You Need To Know

Planning Your Day Out With Thomas Aboard Midland Railway!

Our community is so lucky to have an organization like Midland Railway who is dedicated to preserving the history of railroading. In addition to their regularly scheduled rides, Midland Railway also offers some incredible events throughout the year including the annual Maple Leaf train in the fall and the Santa train each Christmas. This weekend and next, your family can experience a Day Out With Thomas where your kids will have the chance to ride Thomas and Percy, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a variety of other fun activities all just a stone’s throw from the metro area. We had the chance to send iFamilyKC Mom Squad ambassador Becky and her family to check out this year’s event today and are excited to share her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

Day out with Thomas

All Aboard for Great Family Fun — Choo-Choo!

Are you looking for a very fun family outing? Well then, get ALL ABOARD a “Day Out with Thomas and Percy” at the Midland Railway in Baldwin, Kansas.

Day Out With Thomas

My husband and I took our three kids, almost 6 (girl), 4 (boy) and 3 (boy) out to Midland Railway and it was a big hit for everyone. We had not been before, so I thought it was just going to be a fun train ride and we’d go home. Silly me. I had no idea how much fun was in store for us.

First, riding Thomas the Train was really exciting for the kids. We all had big-window views and enjoyed the 25-minute trip. It was the perfect amount of time for the kids. Getting in and out of the train can be a little tricky for little ones (these are REAL trains!) but the staff was right there to help which can come in real handy for families like ours whose parents are outnumbered by their children.

Day out With Thomas

After the train ride, every family has the opportunity to get a photo up close with the Thomas or Percy trains. We got some cute ones — which will make great keepsakes to remember our fun day.

Day Out With Thomas

Next, it was on to the the Imagination Station. This covered area (one of several, which was so nice) was full of train tables and building block areas. I’m pretty sure our boys would have stayed in this area the entire time if we didn’t finally lure them out with the promise of heading to the bounce house.

Day Out With Thomas

There was a great petting zoo with not just the familiar goats and such, but also pretty exotic ones like a spider monkey and a camel. And speaking of animals, The Great Parakeet Adventure was also onsite — a large caged trailer full of colorful parakeets and open for kids to walk through and feed the birds. I couldn’t convince our 6-year-old to get in there with the beautiful birds but she had fun watching the birds through the cage. On the other hand, my husband couldn’t get our 3-year-old to leave the inside of the parakeet cage. He loved it!  

Day Out With Thomas

But wait, there was MORE! Our kids played mini golf, listened to stories, watched a magic show, learned about railroad safety, watched a Thomas movie (helpful as an opportunity to cool down and refuel), got up-close-and-personal with a fire truck, and met Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway on the Island of Sodor. While they were doing all these things they were also getting their special Thomas map stamped at the different activities and redeemed their completed maps for a special Thomas prize.

At the end of the day, our kids were just like we like them, happy and tuckered. I asked each of my children on the drive home what their favorite thing was and all three answered, “Everything!” I think that’s my answer, too.

Day Out With Thomas

Event details:

Thomas and Percy are in town Sunday, June 5, and next weekend June 11 and June 12. The grounds open at 8:30AM, with departure times every hour from 9AM-5PM. Tickets to ride Thomas are $19. For an extra $10, you can ride Percy, too.

Pro Tips

  •  There is free parking with free shuttle service (air conditioned!) about a mile from the gate. Don’t be tempted by the closer parking for $5, riding the shuttle was part of the fun for our kids.
  •  There is plenty of complimentary, cold water so you don’t have to pack or carry around your own sippy cups and water bottles while you’re there.
  •  There were turkey legs, funnels cakes and other yummy snacks for sale. You can also bring in your own food and sit in the covered picnic area.
  •  If you don’t really care where you sit on the train (we didn’t and still ended up with great seats) then don’t bother standing in the ticket line waiting to board. Enjoy all the surrounding fun and games while the majority of the families board, then just walk straight up and on to the train. Less time standing in lines, more time for fun!
  •  Wondering if you can do this solo with your kids? Yes! I can’t say enough about the staff. They were all very friendly and helpful. There were several times when my husband and I were very appreciative of their extra set of hands as we all boarded the train, got our kids in and out of the bounce house, wanted a family pic taken, etc. It was fully staffed and if you needed anything, they were there.
  •  The activity areas close at 6PM so if you have tickets for the last trip (5PM), be sure to come early to enjoy all the fun before your train ride.

Save On EACH Ticket w/ Our Exclusive Code: IFAMILYKC

From iFamily to Yours,

Becky

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Snow Fun for Older Kids!

March 25, 2014 at 6:43 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Snow Fun for Older Kids!

To get started with your snow FUN for older kids,

You Need:

liquid food coloring, any brand–cheap is fine
tap water
recycled plastic spray bottles, any size (ideally with adjustable squirt / spray nozzle)

What You Do:

1. In spray bottle fill with about 2 cups of warm-ish tap water.

2. Add about ten drops of food coloring–more for some colors like yellow and red in my experience (if you want bold color). Mix colors with the kiddos for a Mini Science Experiment (we make orange with 7 drops yellow, then 3 of red). Screw on tops, shake to mix. TIP: spray a bit on a paper towel to check for intensity–if too faint, add more coloring

3. Take the bottles outside in a bag and have a ball painting snow art, snow mazes, or even coloring Mr. and Ms. Frosty! Use the “Squirt” or “Stream” setting for fine detail, and mist settings for larger areas. Experiment with spraying close-up or father away for effect. More Science in color mixing: Spray Yellow on the Blue for Green (even if you made green already), and so on for Orange, Purple, etc.

TIPS:

For best detail work (bigger kids like this) you’ll get nicer results if you can pack and smooth down an area about four feet square

Don’t waste time with oft-suggested squirt bottles (you’ll waste too much as squirts sink in the snow) or paint-brushes-and cups (spills abound, not portable, only works on hard-packed snow–trust me you can get just as much control with the “Stream” pump). If you don’t have any old bottles in the recycle bin Ricky’s is worth a check (they use them for hair goo).

Keri Nichol, Mom Squad Blogger

Courtesy of http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/snow-day-fun-snow-painting.

BANANA HOTDOGS FOR THE KID COOKS

January 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & Activities, Family Health & Wellness, Food, New products for kids and families, Organizing Family Chaos, UncategorizedComments Off on BANANA HOTDOGS FOR THE KID COOKS

My kiddos are constantly wanting to make their own lunch. I found the following idea and it was an instant HIT. It is a NO Bake… and very little mess recipe that the kids can do all by themselves. Although it’s pretty self-explanatory, the supplies needed for Banana Hotdogs are:

Hot dog bun

Peanut Butter

Banana

Jelly

Spread the peanut butter on the inside of bun. Peel and insert banana like a hotdog and then line with jelly. ENJOY ….great source of protein, whole grain ( with a whole grain bun) AND an extra fruit serving.  For a twist…try to replace the jelly with some chocolate syrup…..yummy!

Banana Hotdogs for Kid Cooks

Keri Nichol- Mom Squad Blogger

Complements of The Domestic Momma and Village Cook at http://thevillagecook.com/banana-dogs/.

Legoland Noon Year’s Eve Celebration!

December 27, 2013 at 11:11 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Fairs and Festivals, Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Legoland Noon Year’s Eve Celebration!

What a FUN way for the whole family to celebrate bringing in 2014!  The New Year’s Eve celebration starts early at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City with a party that lets kids ring in 2014 without staying up until midnight. The Noon Year’s Eve celebration begins at noon on December 31, where kids can count down to 2014 with a LEGO balloon drop.

Guests will meet in the LEGO Café to begin the countdown festivities at 11:45 a.m. Kids will be provided with hats and horns to help ring in the New Year while enjoying sparkling juice. Kids will receive a New Year’s gift and will have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for a chance to win LEGO sets. All items are available while supplies last.

In addition, all Annual Pass holders are invited to bring a friend for $10 plus tax on December 31.

“Noon Year’s Eve will be a fun party for kids to ring in 2014,” says Jeremiah Boehr, Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City.

It is encouraged that guests purchase their tickets online in advance at http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity/.Guests who purchase their tickets in advance will receive a discount and priority entry into the attraction.

About LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City opened in Crown Center on April 29th, 2012. This is the fourth LEGOLAND Discovery Center in the United States. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO bricks in the world, the $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction features hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO® Master Model Builder, LEGO-themed rides, and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. This highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience is ideal for families with children.