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All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Are you on the hunt for a great, fun park in Kansas City? Brigette, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team is sharing some details about a large park off of Wornall Road today on the blog. Take a look…

All About Loose Park – Your Guide to Kansas City Outdoor FUN!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

Welcome to Loose Park!

Just because it’s Fall, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the great outdoors- And one place you should definitely enjoy this Autumn is Jacob L. Loose Park in Kansas City, Missouri. Located off of Wornall Road, you’ve probably driven by this gorgeous park dozens of times in Kansas City (I know I see it all the time). While you can only admire certain attributes from afar, you may not know what lies behind the trees and entrance of this grand park. So, before you head out for a family outing or a leisurely walk, here is a little more information about Loose Park that you may have not known!

Loose Park Guide

A bit about Loose Park

First a little history on Loose Park, it is “ a major site for the Battle of Westport where Confederate forces were routed by Union forces in the area in which the park is now located. It is estimated that 29,000 people were involved in the battle. The property at that time was owned by William Bent, a man who led wagon trains and traded with the Indians.” -KCPARKS.ORG

At just about 75 acres, Loose Park is one of the largest and, in my opinion, one of the best parks in Kansas City for all types of ages and lifestyles. If your family is active, you can enjoy a spacious playground, a volleyball court, tennis court and (in the summer months) a spray ground!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

My kids love the playground! Especially because of the sand pit and mini rock wall. Not to mention, I enjoy the swings as well. We haven’t had the opportunity to play in the spray ground (pictured above) yet, but it looks perfect for smaller kids! My family is pretty active, especially my son, so the open spaces and hills are perfect for him to burn off his arsenal of energy!

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

If you and your family like to enjoy spending time watching birds, taking in the scenery, or enjoying a leisurely stroll there are plenty of ways to do that, too. You can explore the Kansas City Municipal Rose Garden, walk along park wide trails or sit and look over the lake. There are plenty of benches spread throughout the park. During the Fall, the fountains may not always be on, but it still is a sight to see! Just ask the dog that jumped in to get a fish last week!

Loose Park Guide - Kanas City, Missouri

During these Fall months, Loose Park is ideal for family photos and relaxing picnics as well. I am definitely one of those moms that thinks she is a pro photographer lol. I love taking my camera to the park and snapping photos of my kids. Loose Park is the perfect backdrop for that, especially during the Fall when the trees are at their loveliest.

Loose Park Guide - Kansas City, Missouri

So whether you are looking to get out and play or enjoy the scenery, consider heading to Jacob L. Loose Park! The park is open everyday from 5am to midnight, so you can definitely make a day out of it! Happy trails!

Tips for Your Trip from other Parents

  • Loose Park is a fun place for a picnic in Kansas City!
  • Recycling is NOW available at Loose Park – Be sure to protect the environment during your visit.
  • Shelter rentals at the park are available May through October each year. Book early so you don’t miss out!
  • The park opens at 5am, so if you’re on the hunt for an early morning outdoor jog – Check it out!

Loose Park is located at: 5200 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64112

Do you have tips or questions about the park?!

Drop us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

From iFamily to Yours,


5 KC Parks to Fall in Love with This Autumn

Erin, with the iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares with us 5 of KC Parks for you to FALL in love with this Autumn season!

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5 KC Parks to Fall in Love with This Autumn

Fall is the perfect time to check out a new park or visit an old favorite!  I love October for many reasons but one reason being in KC you can get away with picnics and outdoor parties at the park with beautiful weather! There are so many awesome parks in our awesome city! We’re counting down the 5 best parks in the KC area! Which one is your family’s favorite?

Variety KC Parks

Several park locations in KC are adapted so that children of all abilities have a safe place to play.  Smooth surfaces, adaptive swings, fencing, ramps on the play equipment, stainless steel slides and roller slides, sensory activities involving musical chimes and drums.  Located in Independence, Leawood, Olathe and Tiffany Springs,

McCoy Park

Nice park with shelters for rent, playgrounds, spray ground, tennis courts, horseshoe pits. Located in Independence, MO. across from the Truman Library.

Loose Park

Well known park in KC with 75 acres of beautiful and historic land.  Fantastic rose garden, picnic areas, large shelter house for parties and events, and a playground with a sand pit the kids will love to dive in to! Spray ground open May 27th-September 4th. Located on Wornall Rd.

Shawnee Mission Park

1600 acre park includes 120 acre lake with boating, fishing, swimming, sail boarding, a giant off-leash dog park with 53 acres of land for your furry friend to run, picnic areas, shelters, playgrounds, Theater in the Park, archery and disc golf. You can even rent paddle boats, canoes and fishing boats!  What more could you ask for? Located in Shawnee Mission, KS.

Drum roll please…..

The number one park in KC has to be Penguin Park!

Kids LOVE the gigantic animals including a penguin, giraffe, kangaroo, and an elephant.  They have a separate area for the little ones to play and tucked away behind the park are some great walking/biking trails with a pond for fishing and watching geese. Located on Vivion Rd in Kansas City North.

Also worth mentioning:

Fleming Park

English Landing Park

Antioch Park

Dagg Park

Waterfall Park

The “Castle” and “Pirate” parks

Little Mill Creek Park North

 

Happy Park Hunting!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Unique Kansas City Playgrounds That Are Worth The Drive

If you’re looking to add a little variety to your playdates, read on!  Ruth, from the iFamily Mom And Dad Squad has provided us with a list of 4 Unique Kansas City Playgrounds that are well worth your drive!  Take a look…

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Unique playgrounds that are worth the drive

As a Mom of 3, I am always looking for something new to do. I have a range of kids ages 9, 6 and 3.  Sometimes it’s can be hard to find activities that accommodate all their interest levels and needs. Parks are a fun way to keep kids active and socializing. This summer I spent some time seeking out new parks.  These are the ones that I have found to be the most unique and kid approved!

Frisco Lake Park 

1100 E Dennis Ave, Olathe, KS 66061

This park has features for kids and adults! It features a trail that wraps around a lake that includes built in exercise equipment with directions for a quick work out every few yards. Or if you are seeking some relaxation, there are a few bench swings along the walk, shelters and even the option for fishing. And I cannot forget to mention the pirate ship themed playground designed for the younger crowd. All around this park has something for everyone!

Listowell Park 

12037 W 71st St, Shawnee, KS 66216

This park features a pirate ship themed playground prefect for elementary age kids. There is access to a ball field, 2 roller hockey rinks and a walking trail, if you’re looking for something more relaxed. This park is a favorite for our family on International Talk like a pirate day!

Barrier Free Playground

290 Grant Ave, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

This playground is designed for kids with special needs. There is a fence around the perimeter to help parents with kids that may like to run. A variety of swings, climbing equipment, padded ground and interactive musical items are included to engage children at a variety of levels and needs. Themed around the state of Kansas, the park features a large bison, teepee and boat which can prove to be a history lesson in itself. It’s a great place for fun photo-ops!

Lions Park 

300 W Morse Ave, Bonner Springs, KS 66012

This is by far the most interactive park I’ve found. It goes beyond your standard playground. There is a simple playground for kids ages 2-5, a large structure with climbing ropes, slides, and tight rope walk geared toward older kids, a small merry go round, a bridge and an outdoor electronic game system. The game system has a few choice modes for play and kids run around the area taping and seeking lights. This park is great for developing a variety of motor skills of all kind. The best part is that all parts are easily within a short visual range from the shelter and a rocking bench swing that parents can use.

Enjoy!

From iFamily to Yours,


15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

Hey, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC would love to welcome our newest Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette! She has a great first post to share with us today on 15 trails and parks to check out around the Kansas City area this fall. It’s a great time to get out and active, so definitely check it out, and give Brigette a big ol’ iFamily welcome!

15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

 

15 Must Visit Trails and Parks in Kansas City this Autumn

 

For those that know me, know I love, love, LOVE autumn! The cool air, the clothes, pumpkin everything! But seriously, autumn is, in my opinion, the best time to go out about, take walks, walk/bike trails and visit parks. Outside of a few rainy days, most of the time it’s just perfect.

So before you plan your next outing with the family, check out my picks for the 15 best parks and trails to visit this season!

Antioch Park

This just may be our favorite park in Kansas. I grew up going to this park and outside a few major updates, every time we visit, I feel like a kid again! They have plenty of things to climb on, swing on or just room to run around. This is definitely a family favorite.

Penguin Park

This is possibly our favorite Park on the Missouri side lol. I love the fact that it is divided into age appropriate play areas but they also have a picnic area that allows you see both play areas at once!

Roe Park

This park is perfect for really active families! Not only does it have age appropriate play areas, but it also has huge fields for running, pets and picnics. It even has a few soccer fields as well.

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Okay, so it’s not a park – but it has awesome trails and a small kids “play area”. One thing that is really cool about the trails at the arboretum is the “Enchanted Forrest”! My kids loved seeing all the fairy houses and tall trees. It really was a great adventure! Once you leave the forest, there are gardens, grassy areas to play, a pond with huge Koi and even a train park with a train car they can explore.

Shawnee Mission Park

This park is great for those autumn family phots! Tons of space to run, 3 playgrounds, an off leash area and observation tower. This park is definitely a crowd pleaser!

Shawnee Mission Park TRAILS

Even though it is the same place, I gave the trails at SMP their own spot on this list! Its miles and miles of open space and beautiful views! With trails for walking, hiking, biking, horse riding and more, It definitely is a must visit.

Wyandotte County Lake

The trails at Wyandotte County are perfect for those that love to bike! Miles of trail circle the park in its entirety with a smaller nature trail offers plenty of stops along the way. With a library, boat house marina and war memorial, you are sure to enjoy your visit!

Jarboe Park

This park is great for play or practice! One side is a playground sure to challenge your kids and the other side is a baseball diamond great for practicing or even a friendly game! Either way, you’re sure to have a good time here!

Meadowmere Park

Brumble’s Forest is a playground inside of Meadowmere park, and this playground is really unlike anything you have ever seen! With a theme of the wonderful outdoors, huge animal statues, swings and plenty of things to climb on, this playground is worth the drive (if you don’t live close).

Black Hoof Park

First off, can you say playing with a view?! Black Hoof park definitely has an amazing set up! You and your family can play overlooking Lake Lenexa, a nature play area, second playground and an amazing view of the lake by the picnic area. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful parks in the KC metro area!

Loose Park

This is another family favorite for many reasons! Large space, trails, playgrounds and my favorite, the ROSE GARDEN! There are so many different things to enjoy at Loose Park so make sure you make it a day trip!

Valley Park

This park is sure to become one of the metros most popular parks! Valley Park is by far the most unique park I have ever seen. Not only is Valley Park perfect for your most adventurous child, but it will definitely challenge those little muscles. They can climb on EVERYTHING, play on a rip-swing and enjoy a 55ft slide!

Blackbob Park

At Blackbob park, you definitely need to plan an all-day adventure! From the castle themed playground to batting cages and trails to basketball courts, everyone will enjoy their time at the park! Make sure you plan ahead for a game of miniature golf!

Listowel Park

Listowel Park is another themed park that really goes above and beyond when it comes to expanding your kids imagination. Not only does it have picnic tables that face the equipment but it is Pirate themed! What is more fun than playing pirates?!

Swope Park

As one of the oldest and biggest parks in Kansas City, Swope Park has it all. Trails, playgrounds historic buildings, amazing sites and even a ZipLine! This park is family, pet and adventure friendly!

There are so many parks throughout the KC metro area and these are just a few of our favorites! If you have the time, make sure you visit as many as you can this autumn!

From iFamily to Yours,
ifam_brigette

 

 

 


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