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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.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

Happy Hump Day, Kansas City! I’m telling you, our Kids Club Events are absolutely one of a kind, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy gives us the low down on the recent Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium. Trick or treating, dancing, games, and meeting players. Check out all the excitement!

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap:

Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

Our house has been Halloweening out this year! (That’s a word, right?) We’ve been to the pumpkin patch (a couple times), to a trunk or treat, to World’s of Fun and we have watched scary movies, decorated pumpkins and made monster cookies and we are not even out of October yet. This year though, was the first time I have ever gone to the Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium, and I have to say- it is my new favorite Halloween event!

 

iFamilyKC was delighted to have a booth at this year’s Boo Bash and we were in good company! Legoland and Sealife KC, Science City, Main Event and many more all had tables where kids could interact and score goodies. Countless face painters, balloon artists, and airbrush tattoo artists were there to fancy up the kids. KC Chiefs staff and cheerleaders were handing out candy and goods and there were two bounce houses- one a traditional bounce house and the other an inflated football obstacle course.

 

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: Boo Bash at Arrowhead Stadium

 

My kid’s loved the areas set up to do art projects, and we even got a few extras to do at home. Another big hit was the “Play 60 Area” where kids ran through some drills and then caught a football. This event had the perfect blend of opportunities to wear the kids out, and sit down to catch your breath.

 

Families were invited to sit together to eat pizza and veggies while listening to Halloween songs and an awesome DJ. That DJ kept those kids dancing all night! There were even some Chiefs players on hand to give autographs. The line for the autographs was long, but Mitch Morse, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Charcandrick West and Jarrod Pughsley kept things fun and moving.

 

This thing was so over-the-top fantastic that I had to know how to be a part of it every year. Turns out it is super easy. And a ridiculously good deal! The Kansas City Chief’s have a Kid’s Club. How awesome is that for their littlest fans! It is $30 per child to join, but once you are in- you are in! You don’t have to renew your membership and your child is able to participate until their 15th birthday.

 

When you enroll, you get a welcome kit full of goodies and admittance to their Kids Club events. Boo Bash is the only one I have attended, but Movie Night at Arrowhead and Football Frenzy at the Practice Facility sound like a blast too. There are even more perks included with membership, which you can find on their site. I hope to see you at their next event! Me and my kiddos will be there!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


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Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: We Rock the Spectrum

Good Afternoon, Kansas City! Our Kids Club has been crazy active this fall with tons of fun events. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy and her kiddos got to take part in our event at We Rock the Spectrum and gives us an inside look at all the fun. WRTS is a sensory friendly gym open to kids of all abilities. Take a look!

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap: We Rock the Spectrum

Exclusive iFamilyKC Kids Club Event Recap:

We Rock the Spectrum

 

 

We are always looking for a fun space for our kids to run around. Indoor gyms are a wonderful option and one that my kids truly enjoy. A friend of mine recently recommended We Rock the Spectrum Gym out near Zona Rosa. She told me she and her son went to birthday party there and it was the best gym they had been to.

 

The story behind We Rock the Spectrum is a loving one. A mother with two autistic children, found that going to gyms with her children was difficult as people were not always very understanding of her children’s abilities and behaviors. She created a gym in her home for her boys, but they still weren’t getting the socialization all kids need. Enter We Rock the Spectrum. A kind gym where all kids are welcome and encouraged to engage in sensory play without feeling judged or apologetic.

 

There is a lot to do here, swings galore, a zip line, a trampoline, even a toy room and art center for kids who may crave a quieter space. We went for an iFamilyKC’s Kid’s Club event and there were kids of all ages having fun. Kristi Hanson, their Director of Music Therapy performed with the children and was astonishing. She is seriously amazing with kids and they were adorable to watch.

 

My favorite thing about this gym was the atmosphere. There was plenty of staff, and they all were very kind and attentive to the kids. The gym is the perfect size. Kids had plenty of room to jump around, without jumping on each other, and yet it wasn’t so large that I ever had trouble keeping an eye on my kids as they immediately separated to opposite ends.

 

We Rock the Spectrum has so much to offer. Special classes and events, birthday party space, there are a lot of opportunities to hang out. You can go to open play too. They have membership cards, which can save you some money. I really can’t recommend this place enough. Especially if you have a kiddo who has a hard time find a comfortable place to play, try We Rock the Spectrum where all families are welcome.

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,
iFamMomSqdDarcyv2


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iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

Good Morning, Kansas City! One of the fun things we, here at iFamilyKC, do is host Kids Club Events. We love doing fun stuff all around the KC Metro, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, gives you the low down on one of our recent events at the Ceramic Cafe in Leawood. Check it out!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

Let me tell you that one of the greatest perks of being an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador is the fact that I get to represent iFamily KC at these awesome events around town! Places that honestly I wouldn’t pass on a daily basis so unless someone else told me about it, I probably would never go. Such was the case last night when I attended Ceramic Café’s Kids Club event. This space is incredible, if you can imagine it—you can put it on a plate, a mug a bowl, a ceramic pig—they have everything ready for you. Last night was a fun Halloween themed painting where you could paint either a tile or a plate with your kiddos. Most of the kids used their hand print to make spiders and ghosts and witches—too cute! And it is so easy, simply paint or stamp anything that you can imagine they glaze it and fire it for you and 7-10 days later you have a keepsake for as long as ceramic plates last in your house!

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

I will share a little about my experience. As I mentioned as an iFamily KC Mom Squad Ambassador I felt pretty important. I walked in and the owner, Sara (wonderful and talented woman who I know was fed up with me when I couldn’t draw the whiskers right on my daughter’s hand cat because somehow an educated, somewhat intelligent woman like me, couldn’t figure out how the dang thing was supposed to look!) greeted me at the front and moved me and the two daughters to a table with some open spots. The space is a really nice size with several large tables set up to accommodate plenty of people. I felt like a VIP, we sat down had fresh water to wash paint brushes brought over to our table, several other incredible members of the CC team came by and asked if we needed any help and how I was liking being an ambassador. Not kidding, at this point I felt like I was sitting on a throne, my kids sitting beside me acting like angels painting their masterpieces which would probably be so good Ceramic Café would actually decide to keep them and display them.

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

This is when the bottom dropped out…another one of these incredible Ceramic Café employees came over with a bag of goodies (again I am thinking, “oh! Because I am VIP I get a swag bag!”). She then says that these are some advertisements they are handing out to everyone that attends these sessions today, including an opportunity to come back to the space for free. Wait, what?! So you treat everyone like this all the time? You and your staff are always this attentive and helpful and imaginative when it comes to everyone who walks in the door? Hands down, yes! Everyone was laughing and having a great time not just because of what we were doing but because the employees made us feel right at home! They helped give me an extra hand when my youngest was reaching for the paint to dump on her shirt and when my oldest was reaching for every stamp on the wall and trying to put them in a different order (“But, look! It’s a pattern, Mommy!”)

 

 

iFamilyKC Kids Club Exclusive: The Ceramic Cafe Wrap-Up!

 

 

You know what would even be better than going and painting something with the kids? Not taking the kids! But really, grab a couple of friends and use all that creativity just waiting to escape. Better yet, why not have a birthday or baby shower there (have everyone paint and decorate things for the baby—what a great way to personalize and always remember who was at the shower! Plus, baby room decorating? Done!) With all the different items I saw on the shelves (I even got up close and personal with a few as I leaped to reach for them when my daughters decided to take the ceramic tea pots off the shelf to show me) there is really no end to the imagination! You know that one person on your Christmas list that is so difficult to buy for, usually a parent or grandparent? Why not have the kids paint something for them! And when you go back in to pick up your item after being glazed and fired, be sure to look at their sample sale table. As I was hurrying my kids through the door I saw some darling plates for ridiculous prices! Speaking of prices—everything was extremely reasonable and for that type of personalization, you can’t beat it.

 

I enjoyed this event so much and although Sara and her staff probably were wanting to see us go (if you haven’t got the point yet, my kids were behaving AWFUL!) I would have loved to stick around and done some more work! I will be going back, maybe with kids, maybe just me, after a glass of wine next door at O’Neils! Thank you to Ceramic Café for hosting this event, please check them out at 94th and Mission in Leawood, you won’t be disappointed!

 

 

From iFamily to Yours,

ifam_sarah


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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)

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


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Midwest Kids Festival

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to work the iFamilyKC booth for the Midwest Kids Festival in Overland Park at the International Trade Center. I had never worked this event before or even attended it. I took my 9 year old daughter and niece with me to help out and they loved it. At our booth, we gave away some awesome posters for movies like Planes, Despicable Me 2, Wreck It Ralph, etc. The kids club members that had a special “code” word got free kids club t-shirts and everyone got some amazing coupons for upcoming events and local businesses.

After our turn at the booth we walked around to see what all there was to offer families and it was amazing. There were blow ups and bounce houses. They had different characters walking around like Hello Kitty, Iron Man, CoCo Keys bird, etc. There were opportunities for the kids to do free crafts, pet animals, play games and for parents to get lots of information about local businesses that are there to provide services for their families. Some of the ones we saw were karate schools, sport leagues, daycares, lice removal companies, pet adoptions, oversea child sponsorship opportunities, misc. goods, etc. This is an annual festival that all Missouri and Kansas parents can benefit from just to see what Kansas City has to offer their family. I know we will be attending again next year!

Keri Nichol. www.newfrugalmomma@wordpress.com