Best of March in Kansas City

2018 Edition

March is a month full of family fun and celebrations with St. Patrick's Day, the welcoming of Spring and wonderful family friendly productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun! 

Spring Break in Kansas City

Enjoy Spring Break this year with our Fun Guides:

Celebrate Seuss

Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to millions as beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, MA, on March 2, 1904. With a bit of creativity, you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with a celebration your children will never forget with fun at home or one of Kansas City's Seuss Celebrations!

Funville: What do you want to be?

Funville is a FREE Exhibit Feb. 10-May 6 at Crown Center. Will your child be a firefighter, a schoolteacher, a race car driver, or maybe, President of the United States? In FUNVILLE, children experience grown-up occupations in a kid friendly setting. Let them forecast the weather, perform magic, work in a barbershop or ride a tractor. Whatever they choose, the most important job in FUNVILLE is to have fun.

The Art of the Brick at Union Station

Art of the Brick at Union Station

The Art of the Brick: at Union Station (30 W. Pershing, Kansas City, MO). "The Art of the Brick has inspired and thrilled audiences from Brazil to Australia, France to Russia and Taiwan to Spain. Now, experience this “Must See” exhibition at Union Station Kansas City. This first-ever art exhibition focused exclusively on the use of LEGO bricks as an art medium is one of those rare experiences nearly impossible to describe, but so easy to love. Massive and intimate. Brilliantly simple and complex all at once. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Over 100 arresting creations from the mind of a contemporary art genius." Read our review of The Art of the Brick here.

CYT Kansas City presents Music Man

CYT Kansas City presents family-friendly theater at affordable pricing. Music Man Mar. 8-11: The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band that he vows to organize - this, despite the fact that he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain's fall.

Just Between Friends Sale (Overland Park)

Just Between Friends is the place to find amazing deals on the best items for the kiddos, newborns to teens! Don't miss out on the best in kids' and maternity consignment. Upcoming Sales: MARCH 15-17 at Johnson County Community College and APRIL 26-29 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Use our FREE admission ticket.

Family Tree Nursery Open House

Family Tree Nursery Open House (Family Tree Nursery 8424 Farley St., Overland Park) Mar. 17 from 10am-4pm and Mar. 18 frpm 11am-4pm. Display gardens, spring workshops, in-store specials, local vendors, artisans, live music, appetizers, refreshments, kids activities and more.

​Visit the Kansas City Zoo

KC Zoo Milo

The Kansas City Zoo is open year-round (except Jan. 1). (6800 Zoo Dr., KCMO. 816.513.5800). Pack a picnic and bring it to the zoo! This month, celebrate Milo the Chimp's birthday, go green for St. Patrick's Day, and celebrate the KC Royals.

Bonus: Visit the Zoo's Calendar to learn about Polar Bear and Penguin Overnights when visitors are invited to spend the night at the zoo and other special events year round!​

March's Special Events at the Kansas City Zoo: 

  • March 10 & 11   Zootastik Learning Fest— Camouflage vs. Mimicry
  • March 17 & 18 St. Patrick’s Day at the Zoo
  • March 24 Royals Day at the Zoo
  • March 24 & 25 Species Spotlight—Monkeys
  • March 27 Milo’s Birthday Party 

Johnson County Museum

The Johnson County Museum (8788 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS) is one of our favorite local attractions with fabulous local history exhibits and the beloved KidScape. At KidScape, kids learn through play about the past.  An 1870s farmstead introduces kids to life on the farm-- tending animals, collecting eggs, gardening and house chores inside the farmhouse.  Time travel to the 1900 the city where kids sell fruits and vegetables at the City Market, perform for an audience at the theatre, and teach at the school.  Suburban life springs up in the 1950s!  Care for sick patients at the hospital, cook up burgers and fries at the diner, and build a house for a new suburban family. Even explore a park with a secret cave! Kidscape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play.

March's Special Events at the Johnson County Museum: 

  • Retro Storytime March 7 at 1pm : Remember “The Poky Little Puppy?” You and your preschoolers will love the stories and illustrations from long ago, read by a special guest from the 1950s All-Electric House! After the story ends, enjoy an art activity for little hands. Stories change monthly, connecting to KidScape community environments, and Kansas Early Learning Standards. An adult must attend program with child. 
  • Kids Day Out Mar. 9-16, 30, Apr. 2: Come have fun when school is out! Kids choose from a variety of activities each day, including KidScape, art, dance, music, and down time. Bring your lunch and a water bottle. We provide snacks. Pre-registration required. Open from 7:30-5:30. Limited to 45 participants.
  • JoHo the Storyteller Mar. 21: In this series of storytelling programs for children, local storyteller Jo Ho dramatically engages with entertaining and educational stories involving nature, history, culture, and art. Preregistration is recommended. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of event if space is available.
  • Dino O'Dell Mar. 28: Whether Dino is counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, his interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity and engage the whole child. Come enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae!

Fun at Paradise Park

Paradise Park

Paradise Park in Lee's Summit. Paradise Park is a favorite family fun center where there truly is something for everyone. From the Children's EduTainment Center with indoor play for little ones, to the arcades, gokarts, and rock wall and more for teens and adults - this is the place for families to play. 

March Special Events at Paradise Park:

  • Spring Break Specials Mar. 9 - Apr. 1: Enjoy savings with an array of Spring Break Specials at Paradise Park.
  • St. Patrick's Day Week Mar. 11-17: Irish eyes are a-smiling with loads of leprechaun-approved fun and spring-themed adventures. Our version of a children's museum, the Discovery Play center will feature a truly wonderful week filled with St. Patty’s Day fun. Choose from a variety of self-directed projects in our Art Studio that can also double as decorations. 
  • Paradise Park’s BIG Egg Hunt & VIP Breakfast Mar. 24 at 9am: Seating for fabulous kid-friendly breakfast, photo ops with the Easter Bunny, a giant egg hunt afterward with eggs galore spread across 3 acres, AND all-day Discovery Play & Foam Factory admission! ​

Tuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting thru Apr. 5 at The Coterie (Level I at Crown Center). Over a century ago, the Tucks - Ma, Pa, and their sons Miles and Jesse - drank from a forest spring. Ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. Now they have to live separately only to reunite once every 10 years because of rising suspicions when they never age. Now, young Winnie Foster is out exploring the woods, and she has accidentally discovered the Tuck family secret... which brings her to the question: Is living outside the rules of time a blessing or a curse? Read our review of Tuck Everlasting here.

St. Patrick's in Kansas City

Celebrate Kansas City's rich Irish Heritage at a local St. Patrick's Day Parade or special event! Here is your Complete Guide to St. Patrick's Day fun in Kansas City.

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream

Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream Mar. 28-Apr 1 at Sprint Center. Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all in Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream! Join Moana, Belle, Anna, Rapunzel, and Cinderella as they find the heart and determination to overcome obstacles and make their dreams come true.

Family Events at the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National WWI Museum and Memorial (2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO). Within the museum walls below, however, lies one of the best historic sites in the Midwest, the National World War I Museum. With tremendous state-of-the-art exhibits telling the story of World War I and, more importantly, the soldiers and civilians of the era—their sacrifices, their journeys—this is one of Kansas City’s most important attractions.

March Special Events at The National WWI Museum and Memorial:

  • Hands-On History: Every Saturday at 11am. History is brought to life in this family‑friendly program in which kids of all ages are invited to handle Great War artifacts.
    Complimentary with paid admission.
  • Complimentary Museum Tour: Every Thursday 2:30pm. Explore the Main Gallery with one of our knowledgeable Museum Guides on a tour. Space is limited on a first come, first serve basis. Sign-up on Thursdays at the Museum ticketing window. Complimentary with paid admission | Museum Main Gallery
  • Day in the Life: Gas Warfare: Mar. 11. The Living History Volunteer Corps will be on site to share stories of the Great War era and make history come to life! This month they focus on gas warfare. Join us as we learn about the history of the detection, protection and use of gas and how it changed how war was fought. Guests will have the opportunity to ask our Living History Volunteer Corps questions and view non-accessioned WWI objects up close. FREE to the public| J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
  • Story Time: Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion: Mar. 17 Be dazzled by this beautiful family-friendly story time! During World War I more than 4,000 British war ships were painted with bright, bold patterns to confuse foes on their speed and direction. Join Museum and Memorial educators for a family-friendly craft and reading of Chris Barton’s stunning story of how the Atlantic sparkled with ships of every stripe! FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby 

JCCC Performing Arts Center Shows

Enjoy live shows all season at JCCC Performing Arts Center (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS). February's shows offer great shows for parents and educational shows for families.

March Shows at JCCC:

  • Guess How Much I Love You and I Love My Little Story Book Mar. 1: Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues . . . Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts this classic bedtime story.
  • Musical Thrones: A Parady of Ice and Fire Mar. 3 Fans of the most talked about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live on stage with the hilarious send-up MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire. Composed by the hysterical mad men behind the long-running SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, Jon and Al Kaplan, MUSICAL THRONES: A Parody of Ice and Fire brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through 7 seasons of the Emmy Award winning Game of Thrones series.
  • Russian String Orchestra (formerly Chamber Orchestra Kremlin) Mar. 3 Whether through its highly acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, the Russian String Orchestra (formerly Chamber Orchestra Kremlin) delivers warm, high energy performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. 
  • Allegro Spring Concert 2018 Mar. 4 Come enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music performed by Kansas City’s premier youth choir, Allegro. Heralded as “the voice of angels” by the Kansas City Star, the Allegro choirs delight audiences locally, nationally and abroad with their varied repertoire and heartfelt singing.
  • Matt Otto Quintet Winterlude Series Mar. 18 Matt has recorded and performed with the GRAMMY-nominated Anthony Wilson Nonet (The Power of Nine, 2006), and performs frequently in Los Angeles with the GRAMMY-nominated Alan Ferber Big Band. He has played on over 50 CDs as both a leader and a side man.
  • Sirius Quartet with Special Guest Tracy Silverman Mar. 24 Two powerhouses from the alt-classical movement, the genre-defying Sirius Quartet and virtuoso electric violinist Tracy Silverman, join forces for an unforgettable evening of music that stretches the boundaries of string instruments to their absolute limit and blows any preconceptions of genre out of the water. 

Mad Hatter Tea Party

Mad Hatter Tea Party with Culture House March 24, make reservations.Join Oak Park and Culture House in this fun, interactive show, complete with cupcakes, cookies, appetizers and of course, tea! Upon entry, you will find yourself transported into a fun and whimsical world of the Mad Hatter who is sure to entertain with jokes, music and more. Purchase your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out on the fun!!!


Easter in Kansas City

Celebrate Easter with special events, egg hunts, pageants and festivals across the city.

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