Are You a Hello Kitty Fan? Check out this Food Truck at Town Center!
Hello, Kansas City! It’s hard to believe that we’re in the last couple of weeks of December, and that soon, we’ll kick off 2017. The new year brings us some great fun at SeaLife Kansas City and Legoland Discovery Center down at Crown Center. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy gives us the low down of what to expect in January (along with a promo code for 1 child free with 1 paid adult ticket). Check it out!
Winter is here and keeping the kiddos busy can be tough. Luckily, Kansas City has many options for keeping your family entertained. One of the most popular and unique options is SEA LIFE Kansas City and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
SEA LIFE has an exciting new addition, Moko, a Māori wrasse. These fish grow to be over 6 feet long and up to 400 pounds! Moko is only about 2 and a half feet long right now, but will continue to grow here in Kansas City. You can find Moko in the big sting ray tank. These fish are beautiful with intricate blue markings all over. An endangered species, Moko is here to raise awareness for the importance of caring for the ocean and coral reefs. I had the pleasure of interviewing an aquarist live on iFamilyKC’s Facebook page last week. We learned all sorts of fun things about Māori wrasses, like other names they go by, how Moko got his name, how their gender changes as they grow and that Moko loves to eat shrimp! SEA LIFE also has some new baby seahorses near Moko’s display that were fun to see.
LEGOLAND is another fun option. With areas to run around, stations for building with Legos and various rides to go on, you can easily fill an entire day with family fun. My kids love building their own Lego pizzas whenever we go. The 4D theater is a fun spot to enjoy a quick show and rest tired bodies before they find their next activity. If you buy your LEGOLAND tickets online, right now you can get 1 child in free with 1 paid adult! Just enter the promo code 1409. This offer is valid until January 31st, 2017, however the visit can be scheduled for a later date. This is an awesome deal and I hope you can take advantage of it at least once! This would also make a great stocking stuffer- what kid wouldn’t love a trip to LEGOLAND Discovery Center?
From iFamily to Yours,
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
We are counting down the days to Halloween here at iFamilyKC. Lucky for all of us Kansas City folks, there are a ton of activities around the metro — including trunk or treat opportunities. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin gives a huge list of areas around the metro to check out. Do you have one to add? Leave us a comment with the information!
Good evening KC! Halloween is just around the corner and I hope this season finds you and your little ghosts and goblins getting ready for some trick or treating! If you are looking for a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating or just looking for some extra fun Halloween activities for your family, check out these awesome places around the metro that are offering trunk or treating and much more! And if your organization is having a trunk or treat event, be sure to let us know in the comments!
Boo Bash, October 30th 1-3pm, Ages 12 and under, $12. Come enjoy games, crafts, dancing, mazes and more.
Northland SAFE Trick or Treat, October 31st 5-9pm, Ages 4-12, FREE. Includes a haunted house, games and giveaways. KCPD will be passing out candy.
Boo at the Zoo, October 29-30, 9:30am-5pm, FREE for FOTZ members, event is included with regular zoo admission. Trick or Treat different stations throughout the zoo and enjoy different Halloween themed activities.
Spookfest, October 29th, 5-8pm, $7, $5 for Union Station members. Hands-on science activities and labs, snacks, Maker Magic, spooky science stage shows and demonstrations.
Halloween Spooktacular, October 28th, 6pm, FREE admission, tickets available for purchase for extra activities, games, obstacle courses, cake walk, mazes, face painting, trick or treating through the gym
Kid Safe Halloween, October 29th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!
Pumpkin Palooza, October 22nd, 9am-1pm. FREE. Games, face painting, trunk or treat, live entertainment, baked goods and painted pumpkins for sale.
Trick or Treat OFF the street, October 29th, 4pm, $3, Ages 3 and up. Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations
Fall Family Fun Night- October 16th, 4-7pm, $5 in advance, $8 at the door. Hayrides, face painting, hot dogs, smores, live music and games
2nd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 21st, 6pm-8pm, $3. Come trick or treat outside and then come inside for some bouncy house fun!
Not-so-spooky Costume Party, October 28th, 6-8pm, $18 per child, Adults are FREE. Pre-registration required. Enjoy a sensory friendly environment, meet and greet with Batman, Spiderman, Elsa and Anna, candy-free trunk or treat, games, prizes, open play on the equipment.
Trunk or Treat 2016 – October 29th 2-4pm, Trunk or treat, games, drinks, bounce houses and more. FREE.
Trunk or Treat – October 29th 3-5pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, local fire, police and sheriff deputies will be there.
Trunk or Treat – October 29th 4:30-5:30pm. FREE
Trunk or Treat – October 30th, 4pm-6pm, FREE
Trunk or Treat – October 31st, 6pm-7:30pm, Candy, hot dogs, hot chocolate, games, inflatables. FREE.
Light the Night trunk or treat – October 31st, 6pm-8pm. FREE
Tailgate ‘N Treat, October 30th Noon-2pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.
Trunk or Treat – October 30th, 3-5pm, FREE
Trunk or Treat, October 31st, 5:30pm-7pm, FREE
Have a trunk or treat event we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!
From iFamily to Yours,
If you’re into nice cars. silent auctions, and FREE events, check out the 7th Annual Cars in the Park in Shawnee. It’s this weekend and benefits the Special Olympics. There will be tons to do and it’s all free, so go check it out!
Join Us This Saturday 9am-2pm for the
7th Annual Cars In The Park
FREE Fun For the Whole Family
Join us at the the 7th Annual Cars in the Park Car Show to Benefit Special Olympics! This FREE family event includes:
Check out incredible cars, trucks and motorcycles! From vintage to unique – there will be a lot of fun vehicles to discover!
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Theatre in the Park
79th & Renner Road
Shawnee Mission, KS
From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team
It is that time of year again for super savings at the Here We Grow Again Consignment Sale in Olathe. It runs through Saturday, August 27th and if you’re a fan of a great deal (and who isn’t?) you’ll definitely want to check it out. Admission is always free, and as the week goes along, there will be more savings’ opportunities every day. Take a look!
Here We Grow Again
Olathe Consignment Sale!
11934 South Strang Line Rd., Olathe, KS 66062
Shop Olathe’s largest consignment sale and pick up everything you need for Fall and Winter.
Clothing, toys, books, baby equipment, EVEN Halloween costumes!
One stop shopping at a fraction of the cost of retail.
Come shop our organized environment!
ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION EVERYDAY!
Monday, August 22-Saturday, August 27.
Most items half price- Friday & Saturday!
Presale Pass Opportunity!!!
Do you want to shop BEFORE we open the doors to the public? Go to ourFacebook Event and comment on one of the pictures that was posted today on the EVENT wall. Comment your name AND “iFamily sent me!” We will pick FIVE winners on SATURDAY evening.
Presale, Sunday: 1pm Volunteers, 4pm Consignors,
5pm Military, Teachers, Fire, Police, EMS
Wednesday: 9am-8pm NEW items on sales floor
Thursday: 9am-8pm Most items 25% off
Friday: 9am-8pm Most items 50% off
Saturday: 9am-3pm Most items 50% off
From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team
Hello, Kansas City! Several weeks of summer have now passed, and some of us are probably getting a bit stir crazy (or, on the other end of the spectrum, completely exhausted), so our team here at iFamilyKC thinks it’s time to treat yourself to night out! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky got a chance to check out the new Pinot’s Palette in Olathe and shares her experience today on the blog. Pinot’s Palette offers BYOB art classes, so grab a few friends, a bottle of wine, and take a trip to see what it’s all about.
Last week the new Pinot’s Palette in Olathe invited me to be part of their very first painting class so I grabbed my mom and a bottle of wine and off we went for a little mother/daughter night out. If you’ve ever been curious about what a BYOB painting class is all about, allow me to …. paint the picture for you.
First, let me tell you, this was not a stuffy art class. The painting class at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe had the same vibe as a happy hour — energetic staff, your favorite drinks, fun music and a great time.
Here’s our class toasting to the only class rule: Have fun.
Can you guess what this painting is going to be?
If you’ve ever wondered whether painting is a talent you’re born with or a skill you can learn, this class proves anyone can paint. We were given simple step-by-step instructions and taught a handful of tricks and techniques from the experts.
Our art teacher made sure we were all having fun and reminded us a few times throughout the evening that painting is not a science, and not to overthink things. Fortunately, the wine helped hammer that rule in for me, allowing me to paint more and more freely as the night went on.
If you’re wondering, YES, you can absolutely do your own thing. In fact, they happily encourage it if you’re up for it. We started with the paint colors needed to match the instructor’s painting but we also had access to all the paint colors and a separate palette for mixing our own colors if we wanted.
My mom, who’s known for her creativity, went out on a limb (I’ve officially hit my pun limit, so no more) and gave her tree autumn leaves for a completely different look. The staff not only praised her individuality, they gave her some helpful tips on how to create a more realistic fall look.
Another great thing about Pinot’s Palette in Olathe is that true, it’s a party atmosphere but it’s still an art class. You’ll walk away a better, more confident painter and maybe even with a new hobby. The instructor wears a mic so you’ll have no problem hearing instructions while chatting with friends at the same time. Plus, there’s extra staff on hand to assist those like me who need a step (or two) repeated because you are too busy socializing. I mean concentrating.
If you’re thinking this would be a fun activity for a larger group of friends, the folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe are way ahead of you. Their private Royal Room, can be reserved for things like bachelorette parties, baby showers and team builders. Plus, they’ll be offering kid classes, too. Perfect for homeschool outings, birthday parties and Girl Scout badges.
A 2-hour class is just $35. Think about that. For the average cost of a bottle of wine at a restaurant, you can BYOB, socialize with friends, find your inner artist AND leave with your very own masterpiece. Bargain!
How did I do? Top: Art teacher’s painting. Bottom: My painting
BYOB: There’s no alcohol sold at the studio, so bring your own. Wine, cocktails, whatever. They have corkscrews, wine glass and a tub of ice to chill your bottle if you need it.
Clothing: Dress up or dress down, whatever you want. The paint is acrylic so it’s not washable (great for your painting, not for your clothes) but aprons are provided.
Seating: They’ll have your seat reserved with your name when you arrive, so if you’re going with friends be sure to let the good folks at Pinot’s Palette in Olathe know when you book your reservation so they’ll seat your group together.
Date Night: Make it a friendly competition. Bring home both paintings and let your kids decide which one wins a place on the wall in your home. Wrap up the other one as a thank you for the grandparents the next time they babysit. We’re never too old to give handmade gifts to our parents, are we?
Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.
From iFamily to Yours,
Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe the summer is almost half gone? School supplies are showing up in stores, and the crazy month of August is right around the corner. If you’re in the market for a great preschool, Primrose School of Overland Park is enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year. If you’d like to check out their facilities, meet the teachers, and have some fun activities for the kids, come by their open house on Saturday, July 16th from 10am to 12pm.
It’s An Open House Celebration
At Primrose School of Overland Park!
This Saturday, July 16th
You’re invited for some family fun to discover Primrose School of Overland Park! Join the celebration this Saturday, July 16th from 10:00am to Noon to meet their school staff for a fun filled day with face painting, a balloon artist, games, arts & crafts, fit kids (football), food and more!
Primrose Overland Park is enrolling for Fall registration, attend their open house and learn more about the Primrose Advantage and what gives children an edge over their peers when it comes to school readiness. Primrose children learn through a fun, safe, happy and secure environment!
Primrose School of Overland Park
12100 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66221
From iFamily to Yours,
Your iFamilyKC Team
Fourth of July is a fantastic time in Kansas City, and the fireworks displays are nothing short of magnificent. Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, breaks down several fireworks displays in the Kansas City area for your family’s viewing pleasure. Take a look…
I love the Fourth of July so much! It is actually my favorite holiday. We usually have a little family get together with food, swimming and boating during the day and then watch the show in the sky at night. There are some fantastic displays around the KC area every year and a lot of family fun to be had. I’m excited to share with you some displays that will be happening this year!
• Riverfest at Berkley Riverfront Park – Located along the Missouri River, Riverfest is the ultimate location for family fun and fireworks on the 4th. It starts at 4pm in the afternoon and ends, after the display, around 11pm. They have live music, food, bounce houses and crafts. Admission is free from 4 to 5pm and $5 for adults after 5pm. Kids 12 and under are FREE. My family and I have been to Riverfest multiple times and it is by far the best display of fireworks in KC!
• Longview Lake – Jackson County 4th celebration – Free live music, games and bounce houses, food and beverages. The gates open at 5:30 and the fireworks start at 9:45.
• Worlds of Fun – WOF will have a display every Friday in July and on July 4th at 10pm. You can watch the display from inside the park or you can park on the east side of 435 to catch them if you want to avoid paying the theme park admission fee.
• Gladstone fireworks – Oak Grove Park is where the party is at in Gladstone on the 4th. They have a concert by the North Star Community Band and the display follows. I have attended this display with my family and it is fabulous! Admission is FREE.
• Blue Springs fireworks – Located at Peve Stadium, The city of Blue Springs puts on a display as well as live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9:45pm. Admission is FREE.
• Liberty 4th Fest– Located at the Fountain Bluff Sports complex, the gates will open at 5pm with a concert from Noe Palma at 8pm and fireworks at 9:45pm.
• Corporate Woods Star Spangled Spectacular– Located at 435 and College blvd in Overland Park, on July 4th from 4pm-11pm, offers music, children’s activities and firework display staring at 9:30pm. FREE admission.
• Gardner 4th of July Celebration– Gardner Parks and Recreation presents an amazing celebration with fireworks, food, live music entertainment, zip lines, bounce houses, face painting and much more! The fun begins at 3pm with Chase Bryant headlining the musical entertainment. Located at Celebration Park in Gardner, KS.
These are just a few highlights of area firework displays happening around town. The areas of Lee’s Summit, Independence, Raymore, Northeast Johnson County, Platte City, Parkville, Smithville Lake, Powell Gardens, Olathe, Leawood, Ft. Leavenworth and Higginsville all have fireworks displays planned.
There is no shortage of places to go and things to do in Kansas City during these warm summer months. Of course with summer, comes heat. Our Mom Squad Amabassador, Emily gives us the low down on all the water parks, spraygrounds, and pools, to help us beat the heat, in the Kansas City Metro Area. Take a look…
The warm weather has finally arrived! All I can picture is popsicles and juicy watermelon dribbling out of my daughter’s mouth. And of course, we can’t forget the pools! Now that the pools are finally starting to open, I wanted to take the time to compile all of the water-related activities that are unique to the metro. I hope you enjoy the suggestions for some fun in the sun with your little ones!
Splash in the wave pool, take a ride on a lazy river, or catch some rays lounging around at some of our local water parks
These FREE playgrounds offer various pieces of equipment that splash, dump, or trickle water on you and your little ones. My favorite part about these parks are that they are free and I can come and go as I please. Pack a lunch, some sunscreen and enjoy some time out in the sun!
Want to feel the sand between your toes without splurging for an ocean view? Hang out at the beach!