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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Happy Friday, Kansas City!

There are so many incredible activities and opportunities available to you and your family here in the metro area and we are so excited to share 9 places you can visit in downtown KC this summer. Take a look…

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Ultimate Staycation: 9 Must See Spots You’ll Love in Downtown KC

Alright folks, Summer is in full swing and back to school shopping is already in the talks! So if you haven’t had the chance to take that once a year vacation as a family, consider these places for an amazing staycation. Kansas City has so many wonderful family friendly places to visit! And don’t worry about that bank account, there are Cheap and FREE places too! Check them out.

Crown Center

Crown Center is a great place for everyone in the family. There are awesome toy shops, cool local threads, great food and fun discovery centers! Currently, Crown Center has a free exhibit featuring Thomas the Train! It is great for the younger kids.

Savings Tip: Check out their website for free movies and music on the weekends this summer!

Coterie Theater

The Coterie Theater is another family favorite. While tickets can be a little pricey for a larger family, they have great group rates as well. The theater runs various shows throughout the year and they vary in topics and age ranges.

Science City

Whether you are looking to explore nature or architecture, Science City is not only educational but fun for everyone! I always find something to explore when I go myself lol. Grab your walking shoes and plan a day filled with Science.

LegoLand Discovery Center

Next to Crown Center, LegoLand Discover Center is perfect for the creative mind in your family. Spend the day exploring the world of Legos in a fun interactive indoor attraction including rides, a 4-d theater, and a massive supply of Legos perfect for your master builders!

Savings tip: Your kids go FREE using our exclusive code that you can find here


This is probably my family’s favorite place! The Hallmark Center donates art and craft supplies for kids of all ages to create and express themselves artistically! This Free space is open Monday- Saturday and they offer various times.

Savings tip: This activity is FREE for families! 

College Basketball Experience

Located next to the Sprint Center in downtown KCMO, your family can learn about college legends and experience the game of college basketball! They are open daily this summer.

Savings Tip: Save $2 on admission with our exclusive discount offer here!

Sea Life

Located directly next door to LegoLand, explore the deep sea at Kansas City’s #1 aquarium! They are open daily and with over 5,000 sea creatures, you can touch starfish and more in the touch pool!

Savings Tip- Your kids can get in absolutely FREE using our exclusive coupon code found here!

City Market

The famous City Market has amazing restaurants, fresh produce and on the weekends, unique entertainment. Visit the market and grab a bite or two with fun activities inside the market, like the Steamboat Arabia.

WWI Museum

A stellar museum full of history and a memorial, visit the WWI Museum to learn and explore the history of America and its part in WWI. Also check their calendar for special events and programs.

Savings tip: The museum offers FREE Hands On History and Storytime At The Museum sessions each month!

Summer vacation will be over before you know it! Make sure you check out these local favorites before school starts! Also, since all of these locations are located downtown, you can ride the free KC Street Car to avoid extra parking costs!

From iFamily to Yours,



Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Happy Sunday, Kansas City! One of our KC’s treasures is the aquarium at Sea Life Kansas City. It’s a great place to have educational fun, look at sea creatures, and experience the heart of Crown Center. SeaLife is introducing a new creature to their Shipwreck Exhibit — the Deadly Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Check out below for a little more information on this fascinating sea life creature!


Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City's Newest Creature: The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Check out SEA LIFE Kansas City’s Newest Creature:
The Flamboyant Cuttlefish


SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium is committed to Breed, Rescue and Protect marine life. The SEA LIFE team recently bred the stunning cuttlefish species, known for their flamboyant coloring and lightning-fast predatory prowess.

The baby cuttlefish will be officially introduced into SEA LIFE on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. They will be joining the Shipwreck exhibit, which highlights animals that live along coral reefs in ocean waters.


Flamboyant cuttlefish are notable for their ability to change color from pink, yellow, black and white as well as their swift hunting style that makes the species unforgettable to witness. Cute and cunning cephalopods, the cuttlefish have eight arms and two feeding tentacles that are used to prey on unsuspecting creatures on the sea floor.

As for visitors wondering about the flamboyant cuttlefish species, SEA LIFE Aquarist, Brittany Stopp, is happy to answer questions about these curious-looking creatures.


“Habitat destruction is the biggest concern facing these beautiful animals,” Stopp says. “Flamboyant cuttlefish are a highly distinctive species of cuttlefish due to their vibrant coloration. Like octopuses, squid and other cuttlefish, Flamboyant cuttlefish can camouflage to their environment as well as display colors such as: black, white, yellow and pink. They are found in the Indo-Pacific in mudflats and sandy areas.”


Stopp helped breed and rear this generation of cuttlefish at SEA LIFE Kansas City. When hatched, the cuttlefish were no larger than a grain of rice!

For more information on SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium’s latest events & attractions visit




Sign up now for a SEA LIFE Kansas City Summer Camp!

Summer is a great time to get your kiddos involved in all the wonderful summer camps offered throughout the Metro. SeaLife Kansas City has several weekly camps for ages 8+ upcoming, all focused on Marine Biomes. Cost is $200 + tax per camper per week. Spots are first come, first served and are filling up fast for the remained of June and July, so get your spot today!

Reserve your spot today for a

SEA LFE Kansas City Summer Camp!

Sign Up Now for a SeaLife Kansas City Summer Camp!
Sessions available throughout June and July. Sessions run Monday through Friday for one week and are led by SEA LIFE Aquarium’s knowledgeable Education Team! This opportunity is perfect for campers ranging in age from 8 – 12 years old!
Summer Camp Sessions 2016:
• June 27th-July 1st
• July 11th-July 15th
• July 18th-July 22nd
This year, SEA LIFE Aquarium’s Summer Camp curriculum will focus on MARINE BIOMES!2016 Camp Outline:
• Monday – Shorelines & Fresh Water
• Tuesday – Coral Reefs
• Wednesday – Open Oceans & Ocean Bottoms
• Thursday – Kelp Forests & Arctic Oceans
• Friday – Aquarium FacilitiesTimes:
Campers may be dropped off each morning by their camp session start time at 8:00am and must be picked up daily no later than 3:15pm.
$200 + tax per camper per week

Lunch is not included in the cost of summer camp admission. Campers may bring their own lunch daily, or may purchase a pre-made lunch. Payment for pre-made lunches must be made at least 2 weeks in advance.Explore more by signing up now! Reservations are first-come, first-serve with limited availability so act now & reserve a spot!
Book today by calling (816) 556-3234
From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team

Experience the Doodle Reef at SeaLife Kansas City

Good Morning, Kansas City!

Fun family friendly activities never seem to be in short supply here in the metro area and we’re excited to share some exciting news about a new exhibit at SeaLife Kansas City. The Doodle Reef is an interactive exhibit that allows you to create your own fish digitally and then watch it swim with real life sea creatures. We had the chance to send out our very own iFamilyKC Mom Squad Blogger, Erin, to check out the new exhibit with her family last week and are excited to share her thoughts with you today. Take a look…

Experience the Doodle Reef at SeaLife Kansas City

Experience the new Doodle Reef at Sea Life KC

Last week, my family and I got the opportunity to check out the brand new exhibit at SeaLife called Doodle Reef. This was my first time at SeaLife and it was so much fun!

Located in Crown Center next to Legoland, SeaLife is a beautiful, interactive aquarium full of all sorts of fish and various sea creatures.

SeaLife includes an underwater ocean tunnel, the opportunity to touch a crab or starfish in the Interactive Rockpool Experience, and much more. It is definitely something to add to your family’s summer bucket list. Great family fun and it appeals to many different ages!

Experience the Doodle Reef at SEA LIFE


The new Doodle Reef is an exhibit which opened last Friday and it is SO COOL! The only Doodle Reef in the Midwest is located right here in KC. Doodle Reef is a hands on exhibit where you can design your own unique fish or sea creature on a tablet computer and (wait for it) the image is beamed onto a screen located in a real life aquarium. Your fish actually swims with the other creatures in the sea. How cool is that?! My daughter was so excited when her own special fish pixilated onto the screen.

When you leave your station, you’ll see a giant screen of all the recently created fish swimming all together. To be honest, I would’ve sat there for hours creating new fish but I thought I’d better give the kids a chance to try it out!

So, if you’ve never been to SeaLife, now would be a great time to take your family out for the day and experience the new Doodle Reef exhibit. If you have been already, a repeat visit would be worth it to check it out. Your kids (and probably you) will love it!

From iFamily to Yours,



CLAWS!!! New Exhibit at Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City!

We just love our friends over at Sea Life Aquarium in Kansas City and we are thrilled to be able to share their newest exhibits with each of you. I recently had the opportunity to spend an evening over at Sea Life to check out their claws exhibit, which will run throughout the year. One of the things that I love most about Sea Life is that, with the exhibits they bring in, there’s always something new to explore and discover each time you go. Claws is no different. Included in your paid admission to the aquarium, Claws brings you face-to-face with different species of crustaceans including Fiddler Crabs, Coconut Crabs, 14-foot Japanese Spider Crabs, and many more! We had a great time exploring the new exhibit, which includes interactive activities and videos for guests to discover all about these amazing creatures.

You can see pictures from our trip and a coupon for discounted admission for your own Sea Life Kansas City adventure by visiting the iFamilyKC Facebook page.

Have you been to the new exhibit yet?! Tag us in your photos and posts by using the hashtag #ifamilyKC #sealifeKC so we can follow along!

SEA LIFE Kansas City Aquarium, opened in April 2012, will transport you into the amazing underwater world. SEA LIFE Kansas City takes visitors on an enthralling two hour journey from the fresh waters of the Missouri River, into the mighty Mississippi River then out into the warm blue coral strewn waters of the Caribbean Sea, ending in the deep dark abyss of the Atlantic Ocean. Come nose to nose with sharks and prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays. In addition, a stunning centerpiece is a huge tropical ocean tank with a walk-through underwater tunnel. To get any closer you’d have to get wet!  For more information, visit visitsealife.com.


Sea Life Aquarium Crown Center

My first bit of advice upon entering the Sea Life museum is to purchase tickets before hand online.  We went on a snowy, wet day and there were lots of people waiting in line, which is partially outside. Once your in, the walk through the museum is rather short…so we made it a point to go to all the talk times so to spend a couple of hours there.  The stingrays must have been having a good day because they were a big hit.

If you didn’t have to wait in line for tickets…you’ll probably have to wait in line to have your pictures taken. The pictures can be picked up in the gift shop if you choose to buy them.  The kids get a quiz that they can complete and turn in for a prize at the gift shop as well.  The quiz was fun for my girls…all the answers could be found on the walls!  The prize was a nice souvenir of their trip!

The sea life website was useful in planning our visit but not necessary. We still found ourselves going back and forth to make show times…talk times can easily be figured out upon arrival.  Ray talk seemed very popular with all ages.  The tank was full of a variety of stingrays and they were so cute.  The octopus is very cool as well!  Ocean Explorer talk was an interactive discussion with a talking turtle.  The turtle spoke directly to the kids in the audience and they were so excited to be called on to answer questions about the ocean!  I suggest this talk time for fun game show like family entertainment!

The touch pool was another big hit for kids and adults!  The tank is very colorful and the kids can touch the starfish and hold the crabs.  I think my girls thought they were at the beach for a minute!  This tank gets lots of kudos!  Elsewhere, everyone loved seeing the sharks, jellyfish, octopus, clown fish, stingrays, seahorses, and starfish, just to name a few.

Overall this was a nice outing that only took a couple hours.  Sea Life Aquarium is small enough that going to both the aquarium and Lego Land in one afternoon is very doable for even a large group.  There is an option to purchase both aquarium and Lego Land tickets together online for a nine dollar savings.  Not a bad saving for a day of inquiry and hands on fun!