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Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

February 12, 2017 at 9:52 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Happy Sunday, Kansas City! One of our KC’s treasures is the aquarium at Sea Life Kansas City. It’s a great place to have educational fun, look at sea creatures, and experience the heart of Crown Center. SeaLife is introducing a new creature to their Shipwreck Exhibit — the Deadly Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Check out below for a little more information on this fascinating sea life creature!

 

Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City's Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature:
The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

 

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is committed to Breed, Rescue and Protect marine life. The SEA LIFE team recently bred the stunning cuttlefish species, known for their flamboyant coloring and lightning-fast predatory prowess.

The baby cuttlefish will be officially introduced into SEA LIFE on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. They will be joining the Shipwreck exhibit, which highlights animals that live along coral reefs in ocean waters.

 

Flamboyant cuttlefish are notable for their ability to change color from pink, yellow, black and white as well as their swift hunting style that makes the species unforgettable to witness. Cute and cunning cephalopods, the cuttlefish have eight arms and two feeding tentacles that are used to prey on unsuspecting creatures on the sea floor.

As for visitors wondering about the flamboyant cuttlefish species, SEA LIFE Aquarist, Brittany Stopp, is happy to answer questions about these curious-looking creatures.

 

“Habitat destruction is the biggest concern facing these beautiful animals,” Stopp says. “Flamboyant cuttlefish are a highly distinctive species of cuttlefish due to their vibrant coloration. Like octopuses, squid and other cuttlefish, Flamboyant cuttlefish can camouflage to their environment as well as display colors such as: black, white, yellow and pink. They are found in the Indo-Pacific in mudflats and sandy areas.”

 

Stopp helped breed and rear this generation of cuttlefish at SEA LIFE Kansas City. When hatched, the cuttlefish were no larger than a grain of rice!

For more information on SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium’s latest events & attractions visit

www.visitsealife.com/kansas-city.

 

 

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

February 8, 2017 at 6:23 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

Here at iFamilyKC, we LOVE our Kids Club Events! We’ve gotten the chance to go and do some amazing things around the metro. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, checked out our recent event at Paradise Park. It’s one of the best places in Kansas City to work out some of that winter cabin fever. Check it out!

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Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

 

 

As a parent, I think January and February are by far the most challenging months. It’s cold. It’s dark. Your kids destroy the house playing with everything they find. Then they’re bored. They bother each other. Someone cries. Repeat.

 

January is the perfect time to escape to paradise. There’s no beach, but it’s closer than you think. Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit — it’s just what the doctor ordered to cure your cabin fever. Last weekend my kids and I were invited to Paradise Park to join in the iFamilyKC Kids Club event and I was reminded what a great place this is to take your kids.

 

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

While they have go carts and mini golf and a huge room of arcade game (yes, with tickets for prizes), plus a 2-story foam blaster room (think American Gladiators) — my kids are 6, almost 5 and 3 ½ so we stuck with Paradise Park’s Children’s Edutainment Center (CEDC).

 

If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it for your next outing. Inside the CEDC is something for everyone:

 

  • Climbing Tower. Think of your favorite McD’s PlayPlace and double it. Complete with twisty slide.

 

  • Ball Pit. My boys’ favorite spot. There’s a large ball pit with a target that has a tube inside that sucks all the balls up and spits them out the other side. Every kid in the pit thinks they’ll make a dent in the thousands of balls surrounding them by putting them through the vacuum.

 

  • Construction Zone. Vests and hardhats for kids to wear and start building with large blocks and planks.

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

  • For kids 1 and younger, there’s a soft room for them to play, crawl and explore without getting trampled by the older kids.

 

  • Library Room. For kids wanting a break from all the activity, there’s a reading room full of books and a few tablets with games.

 

  • Water Room. It’s all the fun of bath time without the fear of getting soap in your eyes. Water smocks are provided so kids can splash and play with all the toy sea animals in the long flowing water table.

 

  • Trains and Houses. This room is full of wooden doll houses, farms and a train table. It another great room for calmer play.

 

  • Face painting station. Full disclosure, I kept my kids away from this one because I am not fun but I saw plenty of kids really into apply their own designs. It’s like getting into mom’s makeup bag without getting into trouble.

 

  • The Play Town. A dress-up station with a bank, school, pizza shop and grocery store with all the props to play pretend. My daughter’s favorite place in the world is the checkout stand at that grocery store. She could ring up baskets of play food all day long.

 

  • Art room. Several DIY projects with full instructions listed at the tables. The theme changes each week. Last week it was all about snow, so we made snowflake necklaces, a puffy snowman painting and a watercolor snowman magnet.

 

 

We hit all the rooms (except the face painting), some twice and FOUR hours later, I pulled my kids away but they could have easily stayed longer. And honestly, if I wasn’t hosting a dinner party later that day, I could have stayed with them and treated myself to a latté while they stocked the grocery shelves or put ball after ball after ball into the giant sucker thing. Paradise for everyone.

Kids Club Event Recap: Paradise Park

Pro Tips

 

  • Make sure your kids wear socks. They can’t play on the climbing cage or ball pit without them.

 

  • If you do any art projects, leave them in the art room on the table until you’re ready to go (I promise your kids won’t let you leave without them) so you don’t have to carry them around with you during the rest of your visit.

 

  • Adventure Time, which is themed story, craft and cooking activity happens every day at Noon, 2PM, 4PM. On Fridays and Saturdays there’s also one at 7PM.

 

  • No food or drinks allowed inside, but that’s not a problem because you can order everything from chicken nuggets to pizza to salads inside. Even a Latte!

 

  • Paradise Park is a completely nut-free facility which means you don’t have to worry about your toddler with a peanut allergy picking up a loose Peanut M&M off the floor.

 

  • No need to worry about losing someone if you come with multiple kids. The entire 12,000 CEDC area is secured so kids can’t leave without their parent’s matching wristband.

 

 

 

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

 

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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

A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

January 1, 2017 at 8:53 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

Well, it is finally here, Kansas City! 2017 has shown up at our doorstep. We here at iFamilyKC are so excited for a new year and grateful for all of you that continue to support us year after year. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, reflects on the challenges that 2016 brought and the goals she and her family have going forward. Check it out (and Happy New Year!)

A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

A New Year Reflection from a Kansas City Mom

 

A New Year is here and I, for one, am very ready for the calendar to change. Much like my type A brain relishes a clean new notebook, an empty drawer or an organized email inbox, a New Year feels like a clean slate. I like to empty my mind and heart of old sorrows and recalibrate.

2016 was a year of immense change for me, and while most of those changes have been for the better- stress is stress. My oldest started Kindergarten, we moved in with my sister’s family while we were between houses, my husband switched jobs, I began working again, we got a new cat, a new fish, two chickens and a tractor! Our new home is incredibly unique and brings all sorts of challenges. I’m exhausted just thinking about it all! Which is exactly why I am happy to let go of the anxiety change can bring and adjust to the way things are now.

2017, for me, is going to be about living in my new normal. Renovating our house, building up a farm and seeing my youngest off to Kindergarten are all on my new agenda. Family time is going to be my biggest priority. With everything going on last year, my children were often handed iPads or crayons and told to entertain themselves while my husband and I talked and planned and worked. This year I want us to be working on things together. Part of the reason we wanted to get some land was to give our daughters the opportunity to explore and play and appreciate nature. All of us seem so much happier when we spend more time outdoors. So, while plenty of time will be spent riding bikes and having picnics, some of the time will also be spent building chicken coops and planting gardens as a family.

Along a similar vein, I asked my kids and husband if this year we could make a family resolution. We all agreed to spend less on ‘things’ and more on ‘experiences.’ This means everyone is taking a break from buying clothes unless necessary (I’ll miss you Madewell!) and toys (only one toy per kid for birthdays and holidays). The money we save can be put towards family outings and hopefully a vacation too! I eyeballed the children while giving my cutting back speech, but I actually think it will be the toughest for me. My husband had a pretty sweet holiday haul so he seems happy. Hopefully this will help make family time a bit easier and more fun.

All in all, I am pretty darn excited about 2017! I hope you all feel the same. Happy New Year!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2

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Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

December 4, 2016 at 5:02 PM • Posted in Family Events & Activities, HolidayComments Off on Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

One of my family and I’s favorite holiday activities is looking for Christmas lights. Whether it’s in a neighborhood or at Crown Center, Kansas City has no shortage when it comes to holiday magic — including light displays. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, gives us a run down of some of the best displays in the metro. Take a look…

Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

 

Kansas City is absolutely beautiful this time of year! I always say, it’s not Christmastime until the Country Club Plaza lights are switched on. We have so many light displays all over the city and here’s a few you might want to check out!

 

Country Club Plaza Lights

280,000 lights over 15 blocks were illuminated on Thanksgiving eve and they will remain lit until January 15th. This longstanding tradition started 87 years ago with just one strand of lights!

 

69th & Valley (near Ward Parkway)

Once you get to the 69th St. area you’ll be on Valley, you’ll definitely want to turn down 69th (this is the Star Wars music display with Peanuts characters in the yard) and a few streets around there, you’ll definitely know which ones to turn on.

 

Candy Cane Lane

Located in Prairie Village, this display is a MUST. It’s a cul-de-sac with a long tradition of beautifully decorated homes (with candy canes out front) and a large decorated Christmas tree in the center.

 

Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center

The 100 foot tree was lit up on November 25th and is one of the tallest in the country! Fun fact: After the holidays, the wood from the tree is used to make ornaments to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund that helps people in need. On display until Christmas Day.

Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park

Located in Longview Lake, this drive through light display features animated characters and scenes. This is by far my favorite in KC and now my kids love it too! You don’t wanna miss this one! Going on now through December 31st. 5:30-10:30 Sun-Thurs. 5:30-11pm Fri and Sat. Oh and admission is 100% FREE. While you’re in the area check out the Lee’s Summit Magic Tree.

 

Zona Rosa Northern Lights

Crowns light up the outdoor mall along with a Christmas tree in the square. Santa and Fairy Princess will be making appearances throughout the season.

 

Vince and Associates Overland Park

Located at 101st and Metcalf, Vince and Associates presents an animated light show synchronized to music that you tune in through your car stereo. (Park at the church across the street for perfect viewing!)

 

Deanna Rose Farmstead

After checking out Vince & Associates, venture a little further south to Deanna Rose Farmstead. They have a great light show on their building (the farmstead is closed) set to holiday tunes. 

 

Paulie’s Penguins Playground

This is a great house at Mur-Len Road and Indian Creek Parkway. It’s been growing since 2004, and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. If the weather isn’t too bitter, it’s a great one to get out and walk through.

 

Christmas Card Lane

This subdivision has a wonderful tradition of displaying oversized holiday greetings in their yards for onlookers. While the number of houses that still maintain the tradition has slowly dropped, there are still a good number of decorated houses with these awesome Christmas cards.

 

Sar Ko Par Trails Park

Located at 87th Street Parkway & Lackman Road in Lenexa. This is a great one to admire in your warm, cozy car or if you’re bundled up enough, one to walk through and enjoy all of them unique and fun lights they have displayed along the trail.

 

Your family is sure to enjoy any one of these displays! Let us know about other light displays in your part of the KC Metro area in the comments!

From iFamily to Yours,
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Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

Check Out These Upcoming Events at the National World War I Museum

December 4, 2016 at 9:00 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on Check Out These Upcoming Events at the National World War I Museum

Hello, Kansas City! We are lucky to have so many wonderful educational resources with the museums in this great city. The National World War I Museum is one of those great treasures. They have a ton of activities and events this December, so add a little history to your month, and check them out!

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Check Out These Upcoming Events at the

National World War I Museum

 

A celebration of the 10th anniversary of the newly built National World War I Museum, the fourth annual Truce Tournament/EPL Watch Party and a conversation with a WWII veteran on the 75thanniversary of Pearl Harbor are among the December events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

 

In 2006, the doors opened to the Congressionally designated National World War I Museum. The Museum celebrates 10 years by honoring the city that made it all possible. From Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 6-11 the Museum offers free admission to the public as well as an array of activities, including free guided tours of the last 10 years of Museum acquisitions, daily editions of the Hands-on History program, daily tours, special programs and a rare opportunity to ascend the Liberty Memorial Tower in the evening on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10 from 5-8 p.m. and experience the breathtaking panoramic views with the Kansas City skyline.

 

Additionally, on Friday, Dec. 2, the Museum will hand out more than 10,000 special poppy card flyers in the Crossroads Arts District in conjunction with the First Friday event. These special cards feature a poppy in the shape of a “zero” and, when held up adjacent to the Liberty Memorial Tower, a number “10” is formed. Anyone who uses the card to capture an image and posts on social media using the hashtag #HonorKC can then bring their electronic device to the Museum and receive a free admission ticket for the next 10 weeks (ends on Feb. 10). More information on Anniversary Week activities can be found at theworldwar.org/10years.

 

Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Kansas City proudly welcomes Doolittle Raider veteran, Lt. Col. Dick Cole, USAF (Ret.), and Dr. Dennis R. Okerstrom, author of the acclaimed book Dick Cole’s War, for an engaging event. Cole and Okerstrom will reflect on the impact of Pearl Harbor and the present day meaning of WWII. The event is currently sold out, but a waitlist is available at theworldwar.org.

 

Fourth Annual Truce Tournament

Sporting Club, The Soccer Lot and the Museum invite the regional soccer community to take part in the fourth annual Truce Tournament commemorating the Christmas Truce in World War I. Paired with a free (with RSVP) British pub-themed Boxing Day English Premier League Watch Party inside the Museum as well as an optional all you can eat and drink buffet ($25), this 3v3 tournament will be played on Memorial Hill with the Kansas City skyline providing an unmistakable backdrop on Monday, Dec. 26 starting at 8 a.m. For more information, visitthetrucekc.com.

 

 

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m.

The Museum hosts a free Knit-In special edition of Mrs. Wilson’s Knitting Circle featuring beverages and treats as well as the opportunity to learn and participate with some completed projects being donated to the local veteran’s hospital.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Museum hosts In War and Peace – Perspectives on Conflict Resolution. A panel conversation featuring star Mezzo-Soprano Joyce DiDonato as she discusses her project, “In War and Peace – Harmony Through Music” with panelists Alvin Brooks, Joanne Katz, and Dr. Matthew Naylor. The event is free with RSVP.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.

The Museum hosts Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations in which U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Dr. Richard S. Faulkner delivers a free commemorative lecture on the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Verdun’s end.

 

Other Events at the Musuem in December

Other events at the Museum during the month include a Wreaths Across America event (Saturday, Dec. 17, 10 a.m.), the free monthly series Day in the Life (Saturday, Dec. 11, all day) featuring living historians discussing aspects of World War I; a free screening of the animated short film War Games (Saturday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m.) and a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Joyeux Noel (Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m.).

 

The National World War I Museum and Memorial 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 personal experiences of the war.

Media interested in covering any of the Museum’s offerings should contact Mike Vietti at 816-888-8122 ormvietti@theworldwar.org.

 

December National WWI Museum & Memorial Events

  • Every Wednesday: World War Wednesdays (all tickets $7)
  • Every Thursday: Complimentary Tour, 2 p.m. (FREE with paid admission)
  • Saturday, Dec. 3: Knit-In, 9:30 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Friday, Dec. 11: Anniversary Week (FREE admission)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6: In War and Peace, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7: 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Friday, Dec. 9 – Saturday, Dec. 10: Nighttime Liberty Memorial Tower Access, 5-8 p.m. (FREE)
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: Family Friendly: War Game, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP
  • Sunday, Dec. 11: Day in the Life: Christmas During the War, all day (FREE)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Verdun: The Bleeding of Nations, 6:30 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Wreaths Across America, 10 a.m. (FREE)
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: Joyeux Noel Screening, 1 p.m. (FREE with RSVP)
  • Saturday, Dec. 26: Truce Tournament, 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 26: English Premier League Watch Party, 8 a.m. (FREE with RSVP)

 

 

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

 

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An Extra Thankful List from a Kansas City Mom

November 24, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on An Extra Thankful List from a Kansas City Mom

Happy Thanksgiving, Kansas City! There’s so much to be grateful for, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin has a great list of things she’s particularly thankful for this year. We here at iFamilyKC hope you all are spending these few days off relaxing surrounded by love and family.

An Extra Thankful List from a Kansas City Mom

An Extra Thankful List from a Kansas City Mom

 

Looking back this year, I have so much to be thankful for as a momma! Here are a few moments I thought I’d share with you all:

 

I am thankful for my 22 month old son who pries my eyes open at 6:30am every.single.morning. and whispers “Mommy” 549 times until I wake up.

 

I am thankful for my 7 year old daughter, who I sit with every night to get her to go to sleep because she’s still somehow afraid of monsters in the dark. She kicks her brother out of her room, for the love of sleep, why not me?!

 

I am thankful for Saturdays so I can sleep in. Wait. Children have no idea what day it is. 6:30am it is! Well, I’m thankful for Saturdays when my bed transforms in to the ultimate bouncy house and my adorable 2 year old starts chanting “toons, toons, TOONS!”

 

I am thankful that my husband is able to sleep through the mass chaos that happens every morning in our bedroom. He works hard to provide for this family, yes. Am I a tad bit jealous that I cannot just shut my eyes and ignore the wild beasts gnawing at our feet? Yes.

 

I am thankful my son can feed himself at the table, like the rest of us. When he decides he is done, he spits food out and then proceeds to throw his food away, including the plate, silverware and sippy cup. Oh how I love to rummage through the half eaten mac and cheese searching for buried treasures!

 

I am thankful for the wakeup call I get to find a long lost binky at 2am that the bed has somehow devoured while we slept. Oh well, I needed to use the bathroom anyway.

 

I am thankful for our family photos. They offered cookies and punch to the kids and then proceeded to tell us exactly 2 minutes later that they were ready for us. Ok, who wants the job of prying a cookie out of my son’s tight little fist? Nope. Cookie looks good in the pics. It adds character!

 

I am thankful for my sweet little daughter, who loves all things Christmas, and knows very well that I am not a fan of Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. She kept the Holiday Hits channel on my tv, so that when I turned it on, Bing Crosby came blaring through the speakers. Love her and her love of Christmas.

 

Hey moms! I’d love to hear what you and your little turkeys are thankful for this year! Drop me a line in the comments!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdErinV2

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Watch the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station

November 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on Watch the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station

Happy Saturday, Kansas City! Are you looking for some festive fun while you’re out and about getting ready for Thanksgiving? Union Station is your place to be. They’re hosting a day of festivities leading up to their lighting celebration at 6:30pm. While you’re at it, why not check out their newest exhibit, Pompeii, as well? Nothing says the holidays like Union Station!

 

Watch the Holidays Come Alive at Union Station

 

Join us Saturday, November 19th for the magic of Kansas City’s grandest holiday tradition. Holidays come alive at Union Station with a spectacular day of fun activities and performances for the whole family.

Write a letter to Santa, get your face painted, create something cool in the Holiday Maker Village and so much more! All beginning at 10a.m.

Let It Snow will play in the Planetarium and Pompeii: The Exhibition will be celebrating its grand opening!

Explore your internationally award-winning Science City and catch a movie on the region’s biggest movie screen- Extreme Screen

Then at 6:30pm, daylight will give way to the most magical holiday kickoff imaginable with Kansas City’s largest indoor lighting ceremony and a breathtaking new holiday performance by Quixotic.  Free for everyone!

Don’t miss this once-a-year celebration of holiday sights, sounds and family sensations this Saturday, November 19th! Plan to have fun all day long at Kansas City’s home for the holidays, Union station. 

For complete details, visit Union Station

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

November 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in HolidayComments Off on 10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

Good Morning, Kansas City!! The rumor’s are true, Thanksgiving is ONE week away. As you set out to buy your dinner ingredients, and tie up any last minute plans, you may be thinking of what you can actually do on the actual day of Thanksgiving. Well, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, has 10 super easy things you can do on Thanksgiving Day. Check it out!

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

Now that we have Halloween behind us, who’s ready for the big turkey day? Believe it or not, Thanksgiving Day is only 2 weeks away! And the weather is finally feeling a bit more like November. Are you looking for ideas for you and your family to do on Thanksgiving? Here’s a list of 10 things you can do to kickoff the holiday season!

WATCH

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Thanksgiving morning usually begins in my house with the parade playing in the background while we prepare our dishes, the kids run around like crazies and while we get ourselves all fancied up for dinner.

 

PLAY

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…football outside with family or turn on a football game on TV. I have great memories of past Thanksgivings where all the men in my family would gather around the TV, nearly in that “turkey coma”, to watch the game.

 

EAT

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

It wouldn’t be the start of the holiday season unless we all sat around stuffing ourselves after we stuffed the turkey. Don’t feel like cooking? Dine at one of the many fabulous restaurants in KC!

 

CREATE

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

Thanksgiving crafts with your little turkeys! There are tons of ideas via Pinterest or Facebook. One easy, fun idea that younger kids love is the turkey handprint.  Get creative with construction paper, newspaper, leaves, googly eyes, stickers, feathers, paint, glitter, markers and popsicle sticks.

 

TALK

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…to your family. We love to sit around and discuss all kinds of things at our table. It’s a great time to catch up with family you haven’t seen in awhile! If you are missing some people at your table this holiday, you could set up a video chat with them!

 

LOOK

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…at the advertisements for Black Friday! My mother and sister-in-laws love to get the newspaper out after dinner and peruse the ads! I have always been super pumped about finding great deals on Christmas gifts, especially if I find something already on my list!

 

REFLECT

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…on the best moments of the year.       Last Thanksgiving, after we said the blessing, we all went around and said something we were personally thankful for. My husband has a gigantic family, so it was really neat to hear all the wonderful things everyone was thankful for!

 

VOLUNTEER

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…your time to a local charity or soup kitchen. A few years ago, I volunteered on my birthday at Harvesters and it was an incredibly rewarding experience!

 

DONATE

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…your leftover food to a local charity in need. It seems like we always have SO MUCH FOOD during the holidays. Don’t let that food go to waste! Check out these websites for ways to donate your leftovers. http://www.feedingamerica.org/

http://www.dellalamb.org/OperationThanksGiving.html

http://www.foodpantries.org/ci/mo-kansas_city

https://www.harvesters.org/

 

BEGIN

 

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

…your holiday season with a trip to the Country Club Plaza to see them flip the switch on 280,000 lights! This tradition is extremely special to myself and my family! I can only hope my children will continue the tradition with their own children and have such special memories as I do!

 

What does your family do on Thanksgiving Day? Let us know and if there are any special events around KC you’d like to mention, be sure to drop us a line in the comments!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdErinV2

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A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

November 4, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

Happy Friday, Kansas City! I don’t know about you all, but Kansas City BBQ is a downfall of mine, and I’m convinced, no one does it like Kansas City does. Today, we are lucky enough to have a guest Dad (married to our fantastic Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky) talk about the American Royal BBQ event that happened this past weekend. Get ready to salivate and check it out!

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

 

I have often declared the American Royal BBQ as one of Kansas City’s best annual events. This year was the first time our three kids would attend, and I was excited for them, and excited for myself. While working to build anticipation for the family’s arrival at the American Royal BBQ, I asked our three kids ‘what is the American Royal BBQ event all about?’ to which one of them readily replied, “Celebrating bar-b-que. And, celebrating the Royals.” Close enough; thanks, Captain. And with this answer in the air, we exited the car and began a long walk to the infield of the Kansas Speedway, where thousands of people were converging on hundreds of BBQ serving tents.

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

The American Royal is a series of horse shows, livestock events, and rodeos that extend for eight weeks, with the international BBQ being one of the final festivities. This past weekend was the 37th annual BBQ event, featuring live music, a petting zoo (and other kid-oriented activities), parties and numerous grilling, smoking, and saucing competitions—the most coveted award being the Grand Champion. My involvement, as usual, was limited to the Friday-night International BBQ.

 

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

I have great memories of the American Royal BBQ. Specifically, the Friday night event. Until you’ve attended, it is hard to fathom a BBQ pop-up village featuring blocks upon blocks of BBQ parties. It reminds me of the feeling of being surrounded by high rises in NYC, and after walking for blocks (miles?) in one direction, you look up only to find oneself still surrounded by high rises and skyscrapers. Only this is Kansas City. Instead of a contiguous sea of tall buildings, it’s an endless world of smokers, parties, RVs, circus tents, pop-up bars, and more smokers. You can stroll through the rows of BBQ tents, and thirty minutes later still find yourself passing areas you have yet to see. It’s a carnivore’s paradise.

 

A Kansas City Favorite: The American Royal BBQ

 

The massive party atmosphere is quite inviting. The food tastes great, the drink feels good, and the music keeps the adrenaline strong. Everyone seems driven by the same objective, which is to indulge in a good time. Early in the evening, the mood is a bit subdued and protective as each tent is host to a private group of friends, family, coworkers or clients. But as the night progresses, the gatherings become less private, the tent gates open, and party goers pour into the walkways and common areas. A good vibe takes over as inhibitions subside. It becomes a giant block party, or perhaps better stated, a giant party that extends for blocks. Quite entertaining.

 

With kids in tow, my night ended earlier than I would have preferred, so if there was an impromtu marching band of revel rousers blowing their horns and beating real and make-shift instruments, as I’ve seen in the past, then I would have missed one of the great highlights. But, this gives me something to look forward to in the future. So here’s to good food, good drink and an all-around good time. Go Royals!…right Captain?

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Regan Ervin