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Still time to come jion us at Create2Day.org TODAY

LIVE from Create 2 Day for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event! MORE FUN at our 12:30-2:30 and 3:00-5:00pm sessions! Come on down to CrEaTe some FUN, Sing Karaoke, and have some ice cream at the REAL Soda Fountain 🙂 115 Oak St. Bonner Springs, KS app.robly.com/archive?id=17c1ef998b34fe94c3f2c6d5a978d63b

iFamilyKC Kids Club FUN at @create2day

LIVE from Create 2 Day for our iFamilyKC Kids Club event! JOIN US 12:30-2:30 or 3:00-5:00pm session TODAY: app.robly.com/archive?id=17c1ef998b34fe94c3f2c6d5a978d63b

iFamilyKC Kids Club Event at Creat2Day! Create2Day.com

Crafty, Creative, Re-Use FUN at Create 2 Day! Join us for 12:30-2:30 or 3:00-5:00pm session TODAY! app.robly.com/archive?id=17c1ef998b34fe94c3f2c6d5a978d63b Crafting, Sewing, Knitting, Woodworking classes, programs, Birthday Parties, REAL Soda Fountain and so much more!

Branson Scenic Railway REAL Train always provides family FUN!

We are LIVE with your scoop on what’s going on in and around the metro this week! Today we’re doing things a little bit differently and we’re coming at you LIVE from Branson Scenic Railway, home of the Polar Express Train! BransonTrain.com has rides and family FUN all year long, but make sure you get your Polar Express Tickets EARLY! They always sell out! Calendar and details in comments below too!

Join Us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event At Learning2Fly

We are so fortunate in Kansas City to have an abundance of activities and summer camps for the kids in our lives. We are teaming up with Learning2Fly to bring you an iFamilyKC Kids Club Event you will not want to miss. This event includes a 70 minute aerial skills class as well as a 20 minute activity from “A Chakra Circus of Health.” There are two sessions (based on age-range) scheduled for July 16th at Learning2Fly with the super low cost of $10 per child. So, come join us in the air for this exciting event!

Join us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC & Learning2Fly Kids Club Event!

Join Us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event at Learning2Fly

Join us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC & Learning2Fly Kids Club Event
Join us for our
iFamilyKC Kids Club Event
Saturday July 16th
TWO sessions to choose from, LINK to SIGN UP below.
Join us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC & Learning2Fly Kids Club Event
Your Child Can be a part of an
Epic Aerial Session at Learning2Fly!
This Event Includes:
A 70-Minute Aerial Skills Class,  AND a 20-minute activity
that relates to the 7 Habits of Health in
“A Chakra Circus of Health” Summer Youth Camps!
Only $10/Child! 
(50% OFF – Normally $20 per person!)


Space is LIMITED!
2 sessions to choose from:
9:00am to 10:30am (Ages 6-9)
10:45am to 12:15pm (Ages 10-13)
Join us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC & Learning2Fly Kids Club Event
Learning2Fly is located at:
4711 Lamar Ave, Mission, KS 66202

(in the white geodesic dome off I-35 and Lamar in Mission, KS)

Join us for an Exclusive iFamilyKC & Learning2Fly Kids Club Event
Follow these instructions to sign up for time slot of your choice and pay online:
Every child participating must have account.
Click HERE to start
Then click “Class Schedule and Sign Up” page.
In the upper right hand corner, it will say “Sign Up.” Follow prompts for first time user.
When you have your child’s account created, go to “Aerial and Fitness Classes” tab and navigate on the calendar to July 16. Choose the class your child will attend, sign them in, and follow prompts for credit card payment.
Please be sure to choose time slot that is appropriate for your child’s age:
9:00am to 10:30am (Ages 6-9)
10:45am to 12:15pm (Ages 10-13)


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Best of Book Night: January

Book night is a new idea for the New Year! Simply skip television one evening and replace it with a “read aloud” book night for a fun family time.

I recommend checking out all of these books and having each family member read one or two aloud.  The great illustrations and funny humor will make for enjoyable family entertainment and great bonding time.

Attention babysitters, these easy to read and colorful books would be fun to check out and take with you to that next babysitting job!  Great for any age and the parents will love you!

“The Three Little Pigs”

different versions of:

These five stories I have chosen are hilarious takes on the classic Three Little Pigs.  They will have the middle school student laughing out loud as well as the kindergartener!

For the technology fans, I have added a couple links at the end of the story list for free “Three Little Pig” apps.  These are great apps for even the preschooler.  Have the older sibling read and record the classic version using the zoodles app below!

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs: by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith.  This is a story told by Alexander T. Wolf himself and he insist that the pigs were causing all the trouble and that he was framed!

The Three Little Pigs New Edition

Funny take on the Classic!

The Fourth Little Pig

The Fourth Little Pig by Teresa Celsi (1992) this is a great follow up to the classic story!  So the well-traveled fourth sister shows up to help her three traumatized brothers get out into the world and not be afraid of that wolf.

Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig By Eugene Trivizas, great twist on the classic.  The wolves’ work very hard, the pig is meaner than the wolf ever was and the ending has an unexpected and funny surprise!

The Three Little Javelinas

The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell, is the southwest version of the three little pigs, but a clever coyote is after these siblings.

Free “apps” links below:




By Shari Jacobs, iFamilyKC Mom Squad


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



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!

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. 

Making Room for All Those New Toys

Christmas is just around the corner and I am getting a little worried about what is going to happen to all these new toys. My kids have about 100+ stuffed animals and so many toys that their room is already busting at the seams. The new collection that is on its way from the North Pole just doesn’t have anywhere to go. Now, I have tried to invade my children’s rooms while they were at school and weed out the things they didn’t need and what I was sure they would never miss. Unfortunately, I still have not lived down that idea since, evidently; I got rid of an irreplaceable “Super Hero” Frog.

The way that I have found this to work best is to let the kids go through their own toys. I told them that we need to start making room for new ones and that the thrift stores need some good toys that we could donate for other people to shop for their children. See my girls are convinced that a stuffed bear has a heart. So they are afraid the bear will be sad if it’s put into a trash can or sits on a shelf too long. Therefore, the only time of the year I can convince them to get rid of some is Christmas for the kids who can’t afford new toys.

I told them they could keep 15 stuffed animals each. We also took the opportunity to go through old clothes and shoes. We included the kids as we picked out which store to donate the toys to and then we took the clothes to a Planet Aide bin. Going through stuff was difficult, but in the end, the girls really felt like they had done a great thing and helped another child. They were very proud of themselves. I was super happy about their temporarily uncluttered, nice and neat room. And we are now ready to find homes for all the new stuff Santa has coming this month.

2013 List of Children’s Holiday Book Must Haves

New Rendition of The Night Before Christmas


The Night Before Christmas

by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Charles Santore (Applesauce Press, 2011). Moore’s classic poem about Saint Nick reappears in multiple editions each season, but Santore’s illustrated version is this year’s winner, full of big pictures that bring kids face-to-face with Santa, and, most powerfully, his reindeer.

The Third Gift Holiday Book


The Third Gift

by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Bagram Ibatouline (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011). Park, a Newbery medalist, finds a new tale to tell between the lines of the Nativity story, about a boy in the Arab desert learning his father’s trade, cultivating myrrh, and preparing an order for three wise men who tell him it will be one of three gifts for a baby.

The Snowy Day 50th Anniversary Edition


The Snowy Day

by Ezra Jack Keats, 50th Anniversary Edition (Viking, 2011). What many critics consider one of the greatest picture books of all time, Keats’ Snowy Day is being honored with a deluxe 50th-anniversary edition this season. If your grandchildren have never experienced a bedtime reading of this simple story’s combination of perfect cadence and cheerful images, you owe them a copy.

Some New Releases this November 2013

The Bakers Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shephard

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Frosty the Snowman by Steven Nelson

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore

Resources for the 2013 List of Children’s Holiday Book Must Haves: