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36 Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love In July

Happy Tuesday, Kansas City! Like so many of your children, my daughter’s last day of summer school is rapidly approaching and (confession!) I haven’t made a whole lot of plans for her (yet) for the month of July. After speaking to many of my fellow mom friends, I know I’m not alone in this (and neither are you!) so we thought we’d share some pretty incredible summer programs that are available to your family for the rest of this summer! Take a look…

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36 Awesome Summer Camps Your Kids Will Love This July

Are your kids ready for some fun activities around the metro this July?! We’ve got a list of 35 places in and around Kansas City that your kids are going to love next month! As an added bonus, many of them have special discounts that are available to you within our monthly issue (which you can access online anytime through this link) so be sure to check out our guide to take advantage of extra savings when you book your child’s summer camp experience this year!

1. Science City 

Going on until August 4th, your kids can create, explore, and experiment at Science City’s STEM learning camps!


CYTKC has camps all across the metro area for kids ages 4-12 for musical and non-musical sessions including Disney Around the World, Disney on Broadway, High School Musical, Star Wars Episode II, Lord Of the Rings, and MORE! Learn more and get $10 off using the code IFAMILYNEW at cytkc.org.

3. We Rock The Spectrum 

At the metro area’s only indoor sensory gym with a focus on Autism, your children will enjoy Rockin’ Friends, arts and crafts, sensory activities, and open play at We Rock The Spectrum Kansas City. They’re offering half and full day camp options in June and July. Grab the details on their website and call (816) 844-9580 to pre-register. Single day camp admission is available!

4. Summit Stables 

Summit Stables offers a summer camp perfect for all riders, ages 6 and up! No prior experience necessary, riders will be grouped with those of similar ability levels for their daily lessons, taught by experienced trainers.  They feature lessons, horsecare 101, grooming, driving lessons, arts and crafts, water play, and finish the week with a mini horse show for friends and family so riders can show off their new skills.  Check out www.summitstablesmo.com for more information or call 816-607-1440 to reserve your spot today!

5. J Camp at the Jewish Community Center

This day camp also has a wide variety of activities for your child including swimming, drama, sports, culinary, tennis and more!

6. Paint, Glaze, and Fire Ceramics & Coffee House 

Join Paint, Glaze, and Fire for their 20th camp session! Children will have fun creating ceramic, clay, canvas, and glass fusion projects. Sign up early since class sizes are limited! (913) 645-1966

7. Sky Camp at Sky Zone

Located in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, kids can jump around either for a full day or half day and this cool facility!

8. The Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art

Who said camp was only for kids? The Nelson Atkins Museum of art has summer art classes for kids and adults!

9. Emerald City Gymnastics

During any of the five sessions to join in on, your young athletes will develop their gymnastics skills, climb the 5,000 sq. foot indoor rock wall, enjoy fun playtime, participate in crafts and games, and get a fun camp shirt! Open to children ages 5 thru 12 with full day, morning, and afternoon sessions available. Grab a spot now!

10. Jacomo Summer Camp

Your kids can spend their summer, swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing and more! Located at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center in Jackson County, Missouri! To request more information, contact organizers at 816-229-8980

11. Summit Lanes Lee’s Summit 

Kids bowl FREE all Summer long at Summit Lanes in Lee’s Summit! Children ages 15 and under can bowl two free games every day in the summer. Pre-register online or call (816) 524-3322 for more info.

12. Lori’s School Of Music

Give your child a taste of Music with Lori’s School of Music. Group summer classes are only $12 per week and are  a great way to introduce your budding pianist to music. Call for more details (816) 478-4838.

13. Horizon Academy

Located in Roeland Park, Kansas, hey offer academic tutoring for students with Add/Adhd, dyslexia and specific learning disorders.

14. Sion Summer Spectacular at Notre Dame de Sion School

Your kids can participate in Art, Stem, Fitness and health enrichment.

15. Accelerated Schools of Overland Park 

Students enjoy 90 minutes of creative expression as well as 2 1/4 hours of individualized academic instruction at Accelerated Schools of Overland Park. Open to 4th-8th graders June 5th- July 28th. Call for more info (913) 341-6666.

16. Ceramic Cafe

Fun themes that change with each camp session, their program provides instruction in ceramic art techniques including glass fusing, pottery painting, and hand building with clay. Email ceramiccafekc@gmail.com for more info.

17. Debbie Howard’s Gym

Located in Olathe, Debbie Howard’s Gym offers gymnastics classes, open gyms, birthday parties, and full gym rentals. They aim to teach your kids how to believe in themselves. Call for more info (913) 829-3006.

18. Kansas City Ballet Summer Programs 

Your performers will enjoy classes, workshops, and ballet camps at Kansas City Ballet this summer for ages 3-18. Space is limited so be sure to reserve your space soon! (816) 931-2299.

19. Theater of the Imagination

Located in Overland Park, Kansas, kids can act, sing and make movies! Plus when you enroll, mention iFamilyKC for $10 OFF!

20. Sunset Trails Stables 

Sunset Trails camp fun includes horseback riding, care for animals, outdoor activities, barn games, gardening, fun crafts, and more! Available for kids ages 6 and up in Lee’s Summit. Call (816) 554-7699 for more details.

21. JCPRD Summer Camps 

Friendship, teamwork, and exploration are all in store for your kids at JCPRD’s Summer Camps! They’ve got indoor and outdoor full day and partial day options available. Connect with Johnson County Parks & Rec directly for more information.

22. Kids On Campus KCKCC

Ideal for ages 8 thru 18, KCKCC’s Kids On Campus program provides sports, STEM enrichment, arts, field trips, life skills, and more during their day camp in June and July. Grab more info online and register for your child’s spot now before space fills up.

23. Learning 2 Fly

Learning 2 Fly is the place to be for curious minds and energetic bodies. Their summer camps are a fun way to enjoy aerial fitness and more! Call (913) 262-2600 for more details.

24. Shakespeare Summer Camps 

Camp Shakespeare is a fun and unique summer arts experience you kids will never forget! Taught by theater professionals in a neighborhood near you from Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Grab more info at (816) 531-7728.

25. Kanakuk 

Since 1926, Kanakuk has been providing America’s premier summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 6-18. here is no better way to create lifelong friendships and build your child’s character and confidence this summer. Call for more information (417) 266-3000.

26. Kansas City Young Audiences 

Conveniently located in Midtown, Kansas City Young Audiences offers camps and classes all summer long for ages 4 through 18. Schedules and class descriptions are available online.

27. i9 Sports of Johnson County

Located in Lenexa, Kansas, i9 offers a wide variety of sports for boys and girls! Focusing on new sports and sportsmanship while having fun!

28. Kansas City Zoo 

Zoofari Adventures and Junior Zoologist Camps are now enrolling at the Kansas City Zoo! These camps are an excellent way for your animal enthusiasts to get the inside scoop about the Zoo’s amazing creatures for children between the ages of 4 and 14. Camps start May 30th! (816) 595-1234

29. Champions Gymnastics Academy 

Starting June 5th, from 7am-6pm (Monday thru Friday), you kids can enjoy Summer Day Camps at Champions Gymnastics! Drop in by the hour ($5/hour) or pay $150/week. Call their location in Raytown at (816) 360-9879 to sign up!

30. Jazz Camp 

Kansas City Community College and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra present Jazz Camp, a summer program for people ages 13 and up. Includes lunch and a camp shirt. Call (913) 228-7503 for more details.

31. Camp Grow

Camp Grow introduces your child to 4-H! Completed projects will be entered into this year’s fair. The program is presented by the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame. Call for more information (913) 721-1075.

32. Crescendo Conservatory

Calling all fairy princesses and rock stars! Join Crescendo Conservatory this year for fairy princess camp and rock star camp. Twirling in tutus though a magical forest or dancing under a mirror ball are all in store for your dancers this summer. Visit online for more information.

33. Xtreme Gymnastics 

Registration is now open for campers at Xtreme Gymnastics! From Day camps to gym warrior camps and gymnastics camps, there’s something for everyone at XGT Kids!

34. Engineering for Kids South Kansas City

This summer camp introduces your child to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through project based learning! For more information you can request info from southkc@engineeringforkids.net.

35. Cub Creek Science camp

You kid can learn, explore and experience animal adventures! They are a sleep away camp and are located in Rolla Mo. Check them out, enroll here or call them at 573-458-2125.

36. StageWorx 

StageWorx is a theater day camp that offers various sessions for age groups from preschool through high school. They focus on providing excellence in theater performance, depth of personal character, and lasting friendships. Call (816) 536-2840 for more details!


Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Hello, Kansas City! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through May? It’s insane to think that summer is knocking on our door, and while you’re getting ready for some sunshine and fun, you may be looking for some new traditions. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Connie, shares some of her family favorites to help your summer kicked off. Check it out!

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions


Summer is my favorite season! I look forward to it all year and constantly think about moving somewhere tropical permanently. I live for summer.

My kids and I love to be outside during the summer. We have a zoo pass, so we head there about once a week before the heat gets to be too high. We love going to the pool. Our favorite one being the Harrisonville Pool. They have a fun kid/zero entry area and water slides and diving boards that my kids live for.

We also love heading to Longview Lake. My parents have a cheap pontoon boat in a slip there, so we can park it and swim off of it anytime we like. My kids also enjoy feeding the fish at the marina there. No matter how many times we go it still results in squeals of laughter when the huge fish start flapping around after the food.

On rainy days we hit up Paradise Park or Union Station’s Science City. My kids love to paint their own faces and splash around in the water table on the Edutainment side of Paradise Park. My son would spend hours in the dinosaur dig section at Science City if I would let him.

We also like to check out all the nature centers around town. We love Burr Oaks and Lakeside Nature Center for quick outings. We also enjoy the outdoor movies in Independence on the square or going to the drive in. Summer is just meant to be spent outside.

We don’t typically get to travel much, but we like to take a weekend and head down to Tablerock Lake and rent a friend of ours’ cabin. Its much calmer and less crowded than the Lake of the Ozarks and just as close. It’s a nice, easy getaway.

Summer food is another reason I love this season. My kids love watermelon, and hot dogs off the grill. I love kabobs and grilled veggies. And to me, nothing says summer like strawberry shortcake.

What are some easy traditions you have for the summer? Share in the comments!

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Have a Day STEM-Filled Day at KidFest with Science City!

Howdy, Kansas City! Science City is bringing us some great, educational fun for the whole family with their upcoming kidFEST. The event is on September 3rd from 10am-5pm at Science City in Union Station. kidFEST is FREE with admission to Science City ($11.50 for kids, $13.50 for adults) and there are a ton of events scheduled throughout the day. Check it out!

Have a Day STEM-Filled Day at KidFest with Science City!


Have a Day STEM-Filled Day at KidFest with Science City!


Join Science City on Saturday, September 3, 10am-5pm, for the 2nd Annual PNC kidFEST, a family-friendly day full of science play geared towards early childhood learning! 
Jumpstart the morning with “Parent and Me” Yoga
led by Learning 2 Fly instructors!
Other activities will include fun, hands-on science demos, maker activities and sensory activities PLUS performances by H3TV, Funky Mama, Cathy Conleyand her Steel Drums, face painting, balloon artists and MORE!
Special pricing for children 12 and under. 
Union Station Members attend for free!



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Union Station & Science City to Unveil New Touring Exhibition, ‘Alien Worlds and Androids’

Open to Public: Friday, May 24

The limited engagement exhibition features scientific and educational content from Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA and focuses on the search for alien life within and beyond our solar system.

Union Station will host a special media preview event to unveil the latest addition to Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City – an exciting new touring exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids. Media are invited to explore the interactive exhibit, interview representatives from GES and USKC, and provide their audience a sneak peek of the out-of-this-world exhibit.

Thursday, May 23, 2013: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Science City entrance, inside of Union Station Kansas City, 30 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108

Produced by Global Experience Specialists Inc, (GES), Alien Worlds and Androids addresses the question that has fascinated man for centuries: “Are We Alone?” Through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories, scientists have been studying the possibilities of life existing beyond Earth and what forms may take depending on the environment. In this interactive exhibition, visitors will join scientists in their search for alien life within and beyond our solar system, discover strange alien-like creatures found here on Earth, and learn about the technologies used to explore remote solar systems and extreme environments found on Earth. Alien Worlds and Androids highlights scientists’ studies and findings in nine areas: Are We Alone?, Looking for Life in Space, Alien Life on Earth, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Robot Space Explorers, Explore the Solar System, The Robotization of Planet Earth, I-Cyborg and The Human Microbiome. Science City at Union Station is the host of the world premiere of Alien Worlds and Androids.

About Union Station Kansas City, Inc.
Union Station Kansas City is a historical landmark and civic asset renovated and reopened to the public in 1999. The organization, driven by its mission of science and history education and entertainment, features Kansas City’s science center, Science City; the popular Model Railroad Experience open year round; new Gottlieb Planetarium, one of the region’s largest screen movie theater, live theater, shops, restaurants and home to prominent area civic organizations and businesses. Visit unionstation.org for details.

About GES:
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services—all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past five years, and for the fourth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information, visit ges.com or the GES blog at defyingconvention.ges.com

Guitars and Drums and Karaoke Oh My!

Shari Jacobs

Do you wanna rock?  If so, head to Science City at the Union Station and go see the Science of Rock n Roll exhibit, you will not be disappointed. What does Rock n Roll make you think of?  Explore the science and technology of rock in this well equipped; very hands on exhibit! If you want to be a rock star for a day, then this is for you! It really doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a musician or whether or not you’ve ever played guitar hero or rock band. You’ll have no problem playing the drums and guitar here!

Upon entering the rock exhibit we were given really cool VIP back stage passes to wear and use (they made great souvenirs too). There is an option to record the music that you play and then send it to your email with your pass! We sent our recordings and watched them when we returned home. We looked like rock stars, the music sounded professional and it was super fun to watch!  A great extension to the day!

The karaoke booths were lots of fun…they made you feel like you were in a real recording studio! Yes, you can even record and send a video of your karaoke experience to your email as well! The only downside here was that there were only a few songs to choose from in each booth and the younger kids will only be heard and not seen because of their height.

The rock n roll nostalgia is fun for the little kids to look at as well as adults.  The girls were looking at records and eight track tapes (in amazement) for the first time ever while grandma was taking a stroll down memory lane. Lastly, on the journey, if you’ve never been to a concert, this room will let you experience what a concert is like first hand by using flashing lights, loud music and a super sized video!

The coolest things at the museum aside from all the awesome nostalgia were the drums, guitars, the keyboard and the karaoke booths! But there is much more to explore here: whether you’re with the kids, or having a date night with the hubby, this is a great exhibit to check out!


Science City: Fun For All Ages

Imagine a place where you can visit an Astronaut’s living quarters, solve crimes using forensic science, ride a bicycle in the sky, see Earth from space, fly a police helicopter, and power on the lights by walking on a treadmill. What if I told you there was a place that offered all of that, and much more, all in the same building? Science City at Union Station offers fun and educational resources for children and adults of all ages. Conveniently located inside Union Station, Science City is a fun way to enjoy a day right here in the metro.

Travelers who just happen upon Union Station wouldn’t really know what Science City was unless they were looking for it. I think that’s part of the charm in what makes it so fun- it’s like stepping into a secret room full of imaginative activities like Melody Park, the first interactive space you’ll see when you arrive. The three story space has a lot going on and is a place that you could easily spent an entire day enjoying. My husband, two year old daughter, and I went with our friends and their 20 month old daughter and we had a blast.

What I enjoy most about Science City is that there really is something there for everyone. My daughter was able to spend some time playing in Kinderlab, an area specifically for toddlers. They have building blocks, books, and a classroom for groups all within a safe, confined space that you can feel comfortable letting your little one explore. Also on the same floor is their playground and a small animal exhibit which were big hits with our little group. As an adult, I really enjoyed the wind and solar station on the second floor, an interactive area that helps you understand how making sustainable choices (like the wind turbines you can find in rural Kansas) helps to build a brighter future. I was also fascinated by the Science On A Sphere, an incredible way to look at our planet in a whole new way.If you’re looking for a rainy day (or any day) activity to enjoy with your family this spring, I definitely recommend spending some time down at Union City. There is so much to explore and enjoy and you might even learn something along the way.

 In addition to contributing on the iFamilyKC blog, Mom Squad member Holli Ann authors It’s An Ordinary Blog. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate Science with Sid the Science Kid Event at Kansas City’s Union Station!

Visit Kansas City’s Science Center, Science City, this Saturday, March 30th, for a special Celebrate Science with Sid the Science Kid event. Science City is partnering with NCircle Entertainment to present this exclusive program. Young scientists are invited to join us for a fun-filled day of experimentation and innovation. Ignite curiosities with hands-on learning activities, live science demonstrations, a magic show and more!

Special screenings of Sid the Science Kid: The Movie will be shown Saturday on the H&R Block City Stage at 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Admission to one showing is free with each paid admission to Science City. Offer is good Saturday, March 30 only. Tickets are limited to the first 200 ticket holders for each show. Admission to Science City and tickets to the special Sid the Science Kid: The Movie screenings must be purchased at the Union Station Kansas City, Inc. box office Saturday.

Union Station members can attend the screenings for free, but must go to Union Station’s ticket office on March 30 to get a ticket for the film, due to limited seating for each showing.

In addition to the movie screenings, the following activities will be offered exclusively for our visiting young scientists (pre-K through first grade):

10 a.m. –        Let’s Make Goo!
11 a.m. –        Reggie Regg the Magic Man (live show in Maze Park)
Noon –            Make and Take Your Own Baggie Garden
1 p.m. –           All About Rainbows
2 p.m. –           Bubble Science & Art
3 p.m. –           Fun with Marshmallows
4 p.m. –           Science Story & Painting Time

It is sure to be an exciting day packed full of science fun and learning! What a great way to welcome Spring! www.UnionStation.org