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Kick Your Summer Off With These Easy Traditions

May 10, 2017 at 7:38 PM • Posted in Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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!

September 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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’

May 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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!

April 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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

April 27, 2013 at 1:17 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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!

March 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Family Events & ActivitiesComments Off on 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