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!
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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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