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The 25 Best Places for the Family Photos in Kansas City [Picture Time!]

When it comes to finding the perfect place for family photos, picturesque locations are in no short supply around Kansas City. From the stunning scenery in Loose Park, to the beautiful city views at Liberty Memorial, KC truly offers the perfect backdrop for every family.

But what parents have time to search for the best photo spot…? I can’t find 30 minutes to shower in peace, let alone time to search the internet. But hey, do it for the memories. Right?

Your hunt is over! Mom Squader Leah explored KC to find 25 picture perfect locations for beautiful photos with the fam. So, stop searching the internet and scroll on down to find picture perfect locations all across the metro. Take a look…


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Picture Time….Say Cheese!

It’s no surprise that Kansas City is filled with endless picture possibilities, but do you know them all? My quest for the perfect family photo led me to discover many new places around the metro I would love to share with you! Every parent and grandparent wants to best family photos, so grab your camera (or your phone) and head to these beautiful locations around KC. There is something for everyone!


Explore the Most Beautiful Family Photo Places in Kansas City

A list of the Best Picture Places in Kansas City. They all have one thing in common: they’re fabulous places to take your family pictures. 


 #1 Burr Oak Woods Conservation (Blue Springs)
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Burr Oak Woods is a great place to hike and explore, but also take family photos! They have a nature center that offers indoor and outdoor exhibits, picnic areas, six hiking trails, viewing decks, and bridges. Burr Oaks offers many family oriented activities to do in the summer. Visit their website to find location, hours, activities, & all the info you need.


 #2 Lake Remembrance (Blue Springs)Family Pictures Kansas City

I absolutely love Lake Remembrance. You can take the family  for a picnic, fishing, scavenger hunt, bike ride, walk, or a jog. There are three walking trails to choose from as well as a dog park. Lake Remembrance has such beautiful views and is so peaceful. I like to go there and escape day to day stress by just breathing in it’s beauty. Learn more about the lake at their site.


#3 Rotary Park at Railroad Lake (Blue Springs)Family Pictures Kansas City

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is such a pretty place for family photos. Throughout the summer  it hosts free summer concerts in the park. Take advantage of them for some free fun. Rotary Park is a total of 12 acres and is located in central Blue Springs. There are two playgrounds, a walking trail that surrounds a small lake, tennis courts, and a basketball court.


#4 Powell Gardens  (Kingsville)
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This 915-acre botanical garden is open to the public and does cost a fee to enter . However, it is worth it. They offer countless activities  for the entire family. There really isn’t a place in Powell Gardens that isn’t picture perfect. I highly recommend you go there and make a day out of it. You could play “I spy,” go on a self -made “treasure quest,” or make a list of items to find. The options are endless.


#5 Unity Village  (Just Outside Lee’s Summit)

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Unity Village is absolutely breathtaking. It truly is one of the most serene places I have ever been. You can find peace in one of the many gardens, get lost in the landscaping, or  relax  at  one of several fountains. I have photographed my niece there for her prom as well as enjoyed picnics there with a dear friend. I highly recommend you check out Unity Village if you have not yet.


 #6 Kansas City River Market (Kansas City)

There are more than 25 merchants, markets, grocers & shops. The City Market is so much fun. It allows you to travel the world without a passport. I could get lost there. There are so many amazing  places to eat, beautiful fresh flowers for sell, cultures from all around the world, and just beautiful people in general. I love showing my son all the family ran produce stands. However, my favorite thing to do there is to taste food that is made by hand, passed down from generation to generation.


#7 Country Club Plaza (Kansas City)

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What is not to love about the County Club Plaza? There are high end shops, food prepared by world class Chefs, an amazing toy store, live music, carriage rides, and fountains galore! We love going there and making a whole day of it. I encourage you to get out there and explore The Plaza together.


#8 West Bottoms (Kansas City)

The popular West Bottoms’ stores and restaurants offer one-of-a kind quality vintage items, antiques and lots of places to find great gifts . There are so many cool places tucked away waiting for you to find them. The West Bottoms offers artistic architectural views, hip and fun locally owned shops, and lots of unique places to take photos.


#9 Loose Park (Kansas City)

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Loose Park is the third largest park in Kansas City. The  rose garden at Loose Park is worth the visit alone. There are so many great things to say about Loose Park. The Rose Garden and ponds are perfect family photo opportunities. The beauty it carries is rare to anything else in the area. The park is perfect for playing Frisbee, catching a live  drum circle in action, watching the geese in the pond , letting the kids play, eating lunch while people watching, etc. Loose Park is a Kansas City staple.


#10 Nelson Atkins Art Museum Of Art (Kansas City)

The Best Places for Family Photos in Kansas City

The Nelson is such a remarkable asset to Kansas City. It provides so many opportunities to bond as a family. The outside area is ideal for taking family photos.  I think sometimes people forget about what a great place this is. Not only is The Nelson aesthetically beautiful it is a necessity to show to your children. Most children see the beauty in art and see it as inspirational.

#11 Union Station (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photos Spots in Kansas City
There is something almost magical about Union Station. It maybe the nostalgic charm that comes from the history of so many people who have stepped foot there before me. I like to sit on the former train station benches and think back of what it used to be like there. I can imagine lots of busy travelers, people kissing their families goodbye, people excited to return home, etc. Whatever it is I feel it takes me over every time I am there.  I honestly could get lost in the beauty Union Station holds. It has an exotic beauty that is so classy. What better place to take a family photo.


#12 National WW1 Museum & Liberty Memorial (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

The Liberty Memorial, located at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, is a memorial to service men and women who served in World War I. The museum overlooks downtown Kansas City; the perfect backdrop for family photos! Stand atop the overlook to see a vast Kansas City skyline. 


#13 Kauffman Stadium (Kansas City)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

One of my favorite things about Kansas City is the passion we have to see others succeed. The love Kansas City has for The Royals is evident everywhere you look. Their story is a true example of where hard work and determination leads you. Why not take the opportunity to express your love for the team by taking a picture in front of the stadium ? Although many of the Royals billboards displayed around town will never be as cool as the “Salvy” billboard there are still many to choose from. What a great idea for your next Christmas card.


#14 Briarcliff Waterfall Park (Riverside)

Come enjoy the lovely waterfall and capture beautiful pictures of your family. The waterfalls are the perfect backdrop for your next family photo op!


#15 Old Downtown Overland Park

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Old Downtown Overland Park equals charm. It is a great place to spend the day, go shopping, bring out of town guests, or eat brunch at. You can take cooking classes, art classes, explore an awesome art gallery, have yummy desserts, smell fresh spices, run through kid friendly fountains, go to the local farmers market, etc. There is so much to do there.


#16 South Lake Park (Overland Park)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

South Lake Park holds a special place in my heart. It is the park I walked around while I was pregnant with my son. I also had his first three birthday parties there. It is a gorgeous park that is literally centered around a lake. South Lake park offers picnic areas, a play ground, basketball courts, and beautiful place to walk.


#17 Prairiefire (Overland Park)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

I personally have not been inside of the Museum at Prairiefire. I’ve just been awestruck by the beauty of the outside of it. I have seen many people make the drive simply to see the building itself. I have heard a lot of great things about the museum. Their stained glass wall is perfect for your family photos.


#18 Deanna Rose Farmstead (Overland Park)

The Top Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Deanna Rose is a child favorite among many. Children can feed animals, go fishing,  go” mining”, ride horses, and much more. The amount of fun your child can have  is  endless. What a great place to take personality reflecting photos of your children.


#19 Shawnee Mission Park (Lenexa)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Shawnee Mission Park is home to a number of fantastic amenities as well as a beautiful 120-acre lake. The beautiful scenic lake is a very popular spot for boating, fishing, sail boarding, family photos and much more. The park also has eleven spacious shelters, numerous picnic areas, nature trails, play areas, an archery range, a 53-acre dog off-leash area, a disc golf course, and is a great place to enjoy mountain biking and horseback riding. The park is also home to The Theatre in the Park, Shawnee Mission Park Beach, and Shawnee Mission Park Marina. In season, there are canoes, pedal boats, and fishing boats available for rent at the marina. Please see the SMP website for more information.

 #20 James A Reed Memorial Wildlife Area (Lee’s Summit)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Expansive woodland & wetland hunting grounds features picnic spots, trails & fishing lakes & ponds.


#21 Antioch Park (Merriam)

Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

A 44-acre park featuring a playground, 2 fishing lakes, tennis & basketball courts, trails & shelters. There are many great places for your family to take photos! Come explore today.


#22 Lake Olathe Park

Lake Olathe is vast, with tons of different areas for pictures. The park has a playground to keep the kids entertained and smiling (we all know the struggles of a screaming child during pictures) and trails to walk. Find many choices for cool forests and creeks. And of course, there is the lake!


#23 English Landing Park (Parkville)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

English Landing Park is a 68-acre facility with several amenities, including; 3 miles of walking trails, a large playground area, a boat ramp, picnic shelters, sand volleyball court, and a disc golf course. This park is sure to satisfy anyone wanting to take advantage of the great outdoors. English Landing Park attracts a wide variety of users from bicyclists to walking or running enthusiasts; there is a recreation outlet for all to enjoy. Or the perfect natural backdrop for family photos;)


#24 Tryst Falls Park (Excelsior Springs)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Tryst Falls is a scenic waterfall, one of the only natural waterfalls in the area. This natural park includes a playground, shelter houses and picnic tables. Grab your family and capture adorable family photos you will treasure forever.

#25 Watkins Mill State Park (Lawson)

The Best Family Photo Spots in Kansas City

Fascinating intact civil war era factory and farm. Wonderful camping grounds as well as a great walking and biking trail around a beautiful lake. There are many great events like campground trick or treating and living history events. Check out user reviews of Watkins Mill for more info.

If you have a strong desire to capture great family photos, just go to a place that allows your family to simply be your family.  I hope through this article you’re able to find just that place. Thank you to all of the people who helped make this article possible.

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Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

Good Evening, Kansas City! We are SO excited to help share the news that Mummies Of The World, the NEW exhibit at Union Station, is now open! We sent Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, to check it out and she’s sharing her thoughts with you tonight on the blog. Take a look…

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Mummies Of The World: Now At Union Station!

This past Friday, my kids and I were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Union Stations’ Mummies of the World exhibit! I was so excited to go because I hadn’t had the chance to go see any of their exhibits since moving back to Kansas City. Thailand (9) was just as excited as I was but Baltimore (6) and Italy (4) were a little apprehensive since they didn’t know what to expect.

When we arrived they were still in the process of setting up a few more décor items for opening day but that didn’t stop me from having a good time! First stop in the exhibit is a short welcome movie about the mummies and what to expect. Once the short movie was over, we were ready to see the mummies!

There were so many mummies and ancient artifacts to see! I knew there would be mummies from all over the world and different time periods, but I had no clue that mummies were once mummified in different and unique ways. Typically when you think of mummies, you think ancient Egypt, Halloween costumes or wrapped up from head to toe in toilet paper. I was very impressed by the majority of ways people and animals had been mummified throughout the World’s history.

From the more common mummies like King Tutankhamen to mummies that had been buried by the earth and mysteriously preserved by natural elements. We learned that even though mummies have been dead for centuries, you can still learn about their past and how they died. Scientists have ways through scanning and examining if in fact they had died from diseases or natural causes.

All in all I would say this exhibit is beyond educational and cool! Thailand and I really enjoyed learning about all the different mummies and where they came from. Baltimore and Italy not so much! Because the exhibit is in dimmed lights and there are real life mummies, they were scared and said it was too creepy. I would say if your child scares easy, doesn’t car for the dark or are younger than 8, they may not really enjoy it as much. If you have a family with littles, I would suggest maybe breaking up your group and alternate turns with the other adults in your group. This way everyone can enjoy the exhibit and no one gets scared.  The exhibit is located downstairs at Union Station (next to planetarium). The exhibit is open through the rest of 2017.

To get your tickets or to find out more information about the mummies or exhibit, check out Union Stations’ Mummies of the World online! http://www.unionstation.org/mummies/

Since no flash photography is allowed, I was only able to snap some pictures with my phone! Here are a few photos from the exhibit!

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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!

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!

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Experience These Magical Light Displays Around Kansas City

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.


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Your iFamilyKC Team



Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!

We here at iFamilyKC spend a lot of time posting ideas for you and your families, but sometimes the parents need a night to themselves! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, had a chance to check out SoT bar and has a great interview with the owner. So, if you’re looking for a unique date night, this is your place. Check it out!

Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!


Think Out of the Box for Your Next Date Night at SoT Bar!

It’s not often my husband and I get a night to ourselves, so when we do have the chance to get out of the house sans kids, I like to make it count by doing something fun and different. If you’re like me, I’ve got a date night recommendation for you. I recently checked out SoT, a new bar near the Power & Light District. Owner Ron Berg, a photographer in KC, teamed up with some seriously talented folks and together they’ve created a new twist on date nights—and cocktails. Forget about dinner and a show, at this bar the drinks are the show.

I was able to connect with Berg after my visit for a little Q&A to learn more about this bar that appears to have invented its own category in KC.

Q: Ok, first explain the name SoT:

A: We were running thru dozens of names and they all sounded like the typical bar name or hipster name. Then we started thinking of acronyms like Soho or Noho. We are just south of Truman Road, and first played with with Soto but it sounded to much like Toto the dog. So I googled Sot. And the term “sot” came up as a “drunkard” in old British English. So at that point it was a slam dunk to call it SoT, and if people want to call it “Sot” we’re fine with that as well.

Q: What’s the vibe like inside?

A: We would like to call it a bit of gritty glamour with Moroccan/Italian/arabesque touches. There are also little nods to Harry Truman here and there. Even though the bar is not about him.

Q: I think the cocktails your bartender, Erik Mariscal, created are like mini works of art. How do you describe them?

A: Elevated cocktails that take an unpretentious approach to creative molecular gastronomy. I know that sounds pretentious, but we are trying to bring something different to KC that you may see in other cities, but not quite here yet.

A: I’ve tried the Interactive Dirty Martini and the Clarified Milk Punch. Both were like delicious magic potions. What’s your favorite cocktail on the menu?

I like boozy cocktails so I’m partial to Erik’s current interactive drink, The Cocktail in the Rocks, which is a cocktail inside of a large round ice cube that you break open with a small bar tool that we serve with it to unleash your cocktail from the ice sphere. Very fun to do!

A: Chef Mark Dandurand, previously from the Local Pig, created the snacks/apps menu. So, it’s a no brainer to try the food, too, right?

Yes indeed. He also has mad skills. SoT’s snacks are the perfect size, but hearty. And there is something on our snacks menu for everyone, from vegans to meat eaters.

A: What else is happening in SoT’s neighborhood that you would recommend as part of a date night out? 

The Record bar is across the street, you are just a block from Sprint Center and both Midland Theatre & Performing Arts center are just a few blocks away. The light rail is 2 blocks away and, of course, being in the Crossroads you have all the wonderful art galleries throughout the district.

SoT is located at 1521 Grand Blvd in KC, MO. It’s open Monday-Saturday 4PM-1:30AM. The cocktails and small plates menus change seasonally.

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

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Check Out These Spooky (and Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

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!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats Around the Metro!

Check Out These Spooky (& Safe) Trunk or Treats
Around the Metro!

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!

360 Gymnastics

Boo Bash, October 30th 1-3pm, Ages 12 and under, $12. Come enjoy games, crafts, dancing, mazes and more.

Zona Rosa

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.

Kansas City Zoo

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.

Science City at Union Station

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.

Mercury Gymnastics 

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

Shoal Creek Living History Museum

Kid Safe Halloween, October 29th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!

Sunflower House

Pumpkin Palooza, October 22nd, 9am-1pm. FREE. Games, face painting, trunk or treat, live entertainment, baked goods and painted pumpkins for sale.

Mahaffie Farmstead

Trick or Treat OFF the street, October 29th, 4pm, $3, Ages 3 and up. Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations

Alldredge Orchards

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

Fun Run

2nd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 21st, 6pm-8pm, $3. Come trick or treat outside and then come inside for some bouncy house fun!

We Rock the Spectrum Gym

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.

Olathe Bible Church

Trunk or Treat 2016 – October 29th 2-4pm, Trunk or treat, games, drinks, bounce houses and more. FREE.

Liberty Hospital

Trunk or TreatOctober 29th 3-5pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, local fire, police and sheriff deputies will be there.

Autism Works Liberty, MO

Trunk or Treat – October 29th 4:30-5:30pm. FREE

Eastside Baptist Church 

Trunk or Treat October 30th, 4pm-6pm, FREE

Blue Springs Assembly

Trunk or Treat – October 31st, 6pm-7:30pm, Candy, hot dogs, hot chocolate, games, inflatables. FREE.

Abundant Life Baptist Church

Light the Night trunk or treat – October 31st, 6pm-8pm. FREE

Independence First United Methodist Church

Tailgate ‘N Treat, October 30th Noon-2pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.

Unity Village

Trunk or Treat – October 30th, 3-5pm, FREE

New Life Family Church KCK

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!


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Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!

Happy Monday, Kansas City! Hopefully, everyone had a great weekend, and if you’re already looking forward to next weekend — consider checking out Johnson Farms. It’s located in Belton, MO, has u-pick veggies, a petting zoo, and plenty more for the whole family. Check out our Mom Squad Ambassador’s review of the beloved pumpkin patch for the low down on all the fall fun.

Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!


Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!


Today I, and some of our kids club members, got a sneak peak of Johnson Farms before they open to the public this Saturday. Johnson Farms is in Belton, MO and it is a one-stop shop for fall fun. Expect to spend the day when you come out, because there is so much to do!


Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!


They have a 20-acre corn maze, train and tractor rides, u-pick vegetables and flowers, a petting zoo, playgrounds, a sand bus (yep) and concessions. I honestly couldn’t list everything. What I really like about this place compared to other pumpkin patches is the range of activities. There’s something for everyone and every age. There are awesome designated preschool areas with an easier maze and swings for babes. We all know how annoying it is when your kids are small and you shell out a ton of money to go to a pumpkin patch were there is maybe one or two things for them to do. You will not have that problem here!


Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!


We didn’t get to pick pumpkins on our outing. The mud was still drying out- but should be good for Saturday. They have very nifty wheel-barrels, which is enough to lure me here. Who wants to carry a forty-pound pumpkin around? We did get to pick vegetables and they had a lot of variety. We picked our first eggplant and the biggest cabbages I’d ever seen.


We got lovely bouquets of sunflowers and zinnias. We also tried pumpkin donuts, which were a hit with everyone. Plenty of slides and rides kept all the kids there busy and despite it being a HOT day, none of them wanted to leave. If you have a bit of a shopper on your hands (me- I am the shopper) there is a lovely shop with décor and plants to decorate for the fall.


Explore and Enjoy Johnson Farms for Pumpkins, Decor, and Fun!


If you have one day to devote to pumpkin picking- Johnson Farms is when you should go. There are a lot of options this time of year and I know everyone has their favorite or local pumpkin patch. I really think you should make Johnson Farms yours. It was easy to find, easy to navigate, and a ton of entertainment.


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End of the Summer Bucket List : Worlds of Fun

Hello, Kansas City! As we all get back into the swing of things, as August winds down, there are still a ton of fun places to go in the metro. Check out our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie’s, final check off her Summer Bucket List – Worlds of Fun! Of course you can check out the theme park at any time, and with the temperature slowly falling down, it would be the perfect place. Check it out…
End of Summer Bucket List: Worlds of Fun

End of the Summer Bucket List : Worlds of Fun

I don’t know about you all, but growing up in KC, I looked forward to my mom taking my to World’s of Fun every summer. While I’m personally terrified of roller coasters, I still wanted to take my 2 older kiddos this summer even though they are only 5 and 6 years old. My husband and I decided to go on a day where the weather wasn’t quite so miserably hot, which meant it was a little busier than I was hoping for, but still a really fun time!
To be honest, its been YEARS since I’ve been to World’s of Fun… and there are so many new rides and attractions. The best part is the Camp Snoopy area that is perfect for little kids. They have tons of rides, booths, and concessions all over the entire park. We spent the day grabbing lunch at the little diner inside the park and riding all sorts of rides I thought for sure my kids would be terrified of! (My 5 year old is TERRIFIED of heights… yet she just HAD to go on the ferris wheel. Of course we stopped at the very top and she said “I’m not even scared right now!” while I’m holding on to the bar for dear life!)
The kids are already asking when we can go back to “that place with the rides” and I’m already planning our next trip there! Even though the summer is coming to an end quickly (I still can’t believe its time to do all the back to school shopping!) I’d like to take the kids to Oceans of Fun. There is so much to do around KC and so little time to do it before the kids go back to school. I still have a few more fun places on our list for this summer and I’d love to hear your ideas of places you have been or are going to before the school year starts.
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8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

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…

8 Bright & Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

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.

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

• 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.

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

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.

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