Best of February in Kansas City
We love, love, love February in Kansas City... and not just because it marks a month of romantic ideas for couples and Valentine fun for kids... it is also a month of fabulous thought-provoking productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun!
Shows at The Coterie
This February, enjoy two fabulous productions at The Coterie:
- Secret Soldiers: Heroines In Disguise Jan. 22 - Feb. 10: The secret history of women who fought as men in the civil war is revealed in this engrossing Coterie production. Several stories are uncovered in an interlocking set of true tales of battlefront women, with a focus on soldier Private Lyons Wakeman (a.k.a Sarah Wakeman) whose letters were discovered by her nephew in an attic years after her death. Read our review of Secret Soldiers: Heroines in Disguise.
- Mr. Popper's Penguins Feb. 26 - Mar. 31: In this charming musical adaptation of the beloved book, Mr. and Mrs. Popper’s lives take an adventurous turn when a mysterious box arrives on their doorstep with a penguin inside. Not long after, the local aquarium sends over a female penguin and soon the Poppers are hearing the patter of 20 little feet. What starts for Mr. Popper as a giant bill for canned shrimp leads to an imaginative journey across America – one that ends in the Antarctic to place the penguin colony in a “life they were meant to lead.”
Störling Dance Theater’s Underground (showing Jan. 31 - Feb. 2) has been called “one of the most vivid, heartfelt, and theatrically astute pieces of dance theater ever to grace a Kansas City stage,” (Kansas City Star) and named one of the top ten performances of the decade! (The Independent). Choreographed by the duo of Mona Störling-Enna and Tobin James, Underground is a visual tapestry based on true stories of the Underground Railroad. With a cast of more than 50, featuring the talented artists of Störling Dance Theater, the production of this dramatic historical depiction has been hailed as a cultural gift, making it the perfect celebration of the Black History Month and a beautiful portrayal of the American Spirit. For its 12th consecutive year, UNDERGROUND will inspire and challenge, awaken and encourage – embraced by a wide and diverse audience from across Kansas City and beyond. Jan. 31 is the school performance (tickets are $5 - must be reserved in advance), the Feb. 1-2 are public performances. Click here for ticket information.
LEGO® All-Star Build Challenge
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City and Crown Center are hosting the 2019 All-Star Build Challenge on Saturday, February 2. The highly-anticipated annual challenge includes two sub-divisions, the MINI Division for ages 5-10 in the morning, and the Junior Master Builder Division for ages 11-15 in the afternoon. Entry to the All-Star Build Challenge is FREE! Call 816-471-4386 for more information.
On the heels of taking their unparalleled entertainment to capacity crowds overseas, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their one-of-a-kind 2019 World Tour to Kansas City:
- February 9 | Doors: 11:00 AM | Showtime: 12:00 PM at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence
- February 9 | Showtime: 7:00 PM at Sprint Center
- February 10 | Doors: 1:00 PM | Showtime: 2:00 PM at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence
Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, Feb 8th (6-9 p.m.) or Saturday, Feb 9th (5-8 p.m.) at Providence Community Church. You and your fair maiden are invited to dance and dine at Providence Community Church's Princess Ball - Daddy Daughter Dance this Valentine's season. Jack Stack's famous BBQ and Chick-fil-A's tender chicken will satisfy your appetites before you twirl and whirl with your princess. This year we'll be featuring special guests, Cinderella and Belle. Capture the evening with a MirrorMe Photo Booth as well as a professional photo which is included in the ticket price. All proceeds support our partnership with Local and Global Missions. If you have any questions please contact us at email@example.com or (913) 717-9863.
The Lego Movie 2 on the Extreme Screen at Union Station
Opening Feb. 8, join Emmet, Lucy, Batman and crew in THE LEGO MOVIE 2 featured at Union Station Kansas City Inc.'s GIANT 5-story Extreme Screen in both 2D and stunning RealD 3D. Tickets start at $5.
Felted Forms: Masking the Forest
Feb. 9- Mar. 31 at Overland Park Arboretum. This year, the Arboretum will again use color and form to enhance the grey winter scenery along the same route. Take a stroll along the path and discover these felted forms for yourself. Felt making is a very ancient craft that dates back to the beginnings of civilization. Wool fibers are felted using moisture, friction and heat. As the wool shrinks, the fibers interlock and mat together. Our goals are to take this simple, natural process and produce art forms of all types as well as introduce this amazing material to a wider audience through exhibitions in galleries and alternative spaces. Growing out of a study group from members of the Kansas City Weavers Guild, The Feltmakers Federation of Kansas City has grown to include a range of people interested in developing art forms using this oldest of textiles. No pre-registration necessary, included with admission.
Journey to Oz at Crown Center
Journey to Oz: A FREE Exhibit at Crown Center February 9 - May 12, 2019: One of the world’s beloved movies turns 80 this year, and Crown Center is celebrating by bringing the magic of the big screen to you! Families can tour the enchanting world of the Munchkins, follow Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, sneak into the Wicked Witch’s castle and much more. Open Monday – Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday, 10am – 7pm; Sunday, 11am to 6pm. 816-274-8444.
Carlsen Center's February Shows
Enjoy live shows all season at JCCC Performing Arts Center (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS). January's shows offer great shows for parents and educational shows for families.
- Lisa Loeb Feb. 2 at 2 pm and 8 pm: A Kids Sing-Along with Lisa Loeb at 2 pm - In the afternoon, this 35-minute concert will highlight Lisa’s music written for kids and parents from the albums Catch the Moon and Camp Lisa, including the hit “Disappointing Pancake.” Evening show at 8 pm- In the evening, Lisa invites parents for a night out, when she’ll perform her ’90s hits singles "Do You Sleep," "I Do," "Let's Forget About It” and more.
- Chinese New Year Gala Feb. 9: At 4:30 p.m., the celebration opens with Chinese cultural and entertainment activities, including a lion dance, calligraphy, tea art, Tai Chi, Go/Chess and children's games. The evening program, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature literary performances.
- 'We Shall Overcome' Featuring Damien Sneed A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Feb. 10: This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, Duke Ellington, and Nina Simone to Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, along with traditional spirituals and music from The Wiz, Producer and Musical Director Damien Sneed’s unique understanding of each genre allow him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.
- Steel Magnolias Feb. 16: Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, are six women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another. At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. The play has had multiple New York City runs and performances staged around the globe and was a feature film.
- Seraphic Fire with the American Brass Quintet Feb. 22: American Brass Quintet, “high priests of brass” (Newsweek), and Seraphic Fire explore the rich Spanish tradition of music for voice and brass. Join the ensembles as they journey across Camino de Santiago via the music of Victoria, Morales, Guerrero and a world premiere of O Antiphons by Australian-Canadian composer Julian Revie.
- Winterlude Hot Club KC Feb. 24: Leader and violinist Adam Galblum will be joined by Adam Schlozman, lead guitar, and Bryan Hicks, rhythm guitar and vocals. They will be accompanied by Walter Beeson on upright bass.
- 'Peg + Cat' – LIVE! Feb. 28: Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show Peg + Cat (produced by the Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Media Group), this totally awesome musical features wild comedy and countless favorite songs from the show. When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some important letters, they come face-to-face with a big dog. Big Problem! To solve it, they will need math – bar graphs, size comparison, positions words, fair sharing and a whole lot of counting! They will also need to count on each other and the audience, too, for their problem to be solved.
CYT's February Shows
CYT Kansas City is offering three fabulous family-friendly shows this February!
- Peter Pan Feb. 14-17: Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.
- Junie B. Jones Feb. 21-14: A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life. Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie's best friend Lucille has found new best friends - and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary's class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard - and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting!
- The Little Mermaid Feb. 28 - Mar. 3: Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Dinosaurs Revealed: Journey Across America, a world premiere exhibition at Union Station! Come face-to-face with 26 life-size dinosaurs. See them move, hear them roar. Examine two massive full body skeletons and dozens of real fossils. Get hands-on digging for new evidence. Walk through the most prolific North American dinosaur dig sites. Visit the Paleontologist Hangout and meet real dinosaur hunters. Interact with a 3D augmented reality volcano, dinosaur tracks, puzzles and more. It’s an adventure that promises to educate, fascinate and excite imaginations of every age.
Visit Polar Pals at the Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is open year-round (except Jan. 1). (6800 Zoo Dr., KCMO. 816.513.5800 www.KansasCityZoo.org). Pack a picnic and bring it to the zoo! The Polar Bear Passage and the indoor Helzberg Penguin Plaza are our favorite attractions at the zoo, and both are indoor making a great winter outing. Winter at the zoo is great... you don't have to worry about bugs, heat, or crowds and it isn't crowded. Weather permitting enjoy a ride on the carousel or train for more fun.
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!
February's Special Events at the Kansas City Zoo:
- Saturdays and Sundays in January: King and Gentoo Penguin March
- February 2 & 3: Zooper Bowl
- February 9: Kiss & Tail *21 and over, tickets required
- February 9 & 10: Will Zoo Be Mine
- February 16: Teddy Bear Clinic
- February 23 & 24: International Polar Bear Weekend
Fun at 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, go-karts, and rock wall and more for teens and adults - this is the place for families to play.
February Special Events at Paradise Park:
- Teen Night (Feb. 8): Our middle school-aged teen guests (12-15 yrs old) can enjoy a night of fun with their friends at the Park. For only $20, they get ...Unlimited play on Go Karts, Rock Wall, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf and Laser Tag Maze (outdoor attractions open weather permitting), $5 FUN CARD, and PERSONAL PIZZA (a $40 value!).
- NEW! Family Valentines Breakfast (Feb. 9 from 9:30-10: 30 am): Our morning has been inspired by one of our staff's family, who started their Family Valentines Breakfast tradition 15 years ago. Her kids are now grown so she has the benefit of looking back on what that tradition did for her family: "Every year since my oldest was 4, on Valentines Day I serve breakfast and we write what we love about each other on these very simple paper placemats I made that first year. Through the years the page has filled with words (and their handwriting) that mean a lot to read as you go through the ups and downs of life together!" Members - $8 plus tax, Nonmembers - $17 plus tax. Seating and space are limited so register now!
- Valentine’s Week (Feb. 10-16): All day in Discovery Play. Will you be our Valentine? Our version of a children's museum, the Discovery Play center will feature a truly wonderful week filled with Valentine-themed fun. Choose from a variety of self-directed projects in our Art Studio that can also double as decorations or can be given as gifts.
Pirates & Mermaids Month (Entire Month of February):
- Foam Factory Pirate Ship: Ahoy, Matey! Arrrr you ready for an adventure of the imagination? Battle the Buccaneers across the Foam Factory to save the ship! Foam Factory admission required.
- Pirate Week in Discovery Play Center (Feb. 4-9): Our version of a children's museum, the Discovery Play center features a truly wonderful week filled with pirate-themed fun. Adventure Time - At scheduled times throughout the day, the weekly theme explores pirates through story, art, and cooking led by our friendly Play Facilitators all week long. Included in admission. No reservations needed.
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.
Special Events at The National WWI Museum and Memorial:
- Hands-On History: Every Saturday at 11 am. 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 2:30 pm. 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
Winter Sports: Skating, Skiing, and Sledding
Kansas City's Indoor Ice Skating Rinks Open Year-round:
- Centerpoint Medical Center Community Ice Rink 19100 E. Valley View Pkwy., Independence, MO, 816.795.7577, CenterpointCommunityIce.com
- Kansas City Ice Center and Pavilion 19900 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS, 913.441.3033, KCIceCenter.com
- Line Creek Community Center Ice Rink 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., Kansas City, MO, 816.513.0760, KCParks.org/places/line-creek
Kansas City's Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks:
The season for the outdoor rinks is typically November through February or March. Please call for hours for each location.
- Crown Center Ice Terrace 2425 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, MO, 816.274.8411, CrownCenter.com. The city’s original outdoor rink opens on Nov. 2 when you may enjoy free early morning skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6:00 to 9:00 am. Beginning at 10:00 am, regular admission of $7 and $3 skate rental apply. On Tuesdays after 5:00, pay one full-price admission and receive a second for FREE.
- Summit Ice 120 NE Chipman Rd., Lee’s Summit MO, 816.249.2600, KCIce.net. Enjoy skating, pond hockey, curling, broomball and ice skating lessons at this facility.
- The Ice at Park Place 11565 Ash St., Leawood, KS, 913.663.2070, ParkPlaceLeawood.com. Throughout the season enjoy special events like Skating with Santa, Princess Skate and Valentine's Day Skate.
- Linden Square Ice Rink 602 NE 70th St., Gladstone, MO, 816.423.4200, LindenSquare.info/ice-rink. Children 4 and under skate free at this affordable local rink.
- Ice Rink at Bois D'Arc Park in Lenexa West 88th Terrace, Lenexa, KS. This rink is only open when temps are cold enough for the ice to be solid. The rink is open during daytime hours and is free to use, but you must bring your own skates. Lenexa.com
- You can ski at the Snow Creek Ski Area in Weston or take the family to Colorado to enjoy Granby Ranch - with your KC Parent Coupon! They offer ski slopes, snowboarding, and lessons for beginners.
- Kansas City boasts many terrific sled hills all across the metro! Over the years, our loyal readers have shared their favorites providing this fabulous list of the Best Sled Hills in KC!
- Why We LOVE Winter Sports: In just one hour, you can burn 250 calories skating, skiing, or sledding and make countless memories, not to mention a few great photo ops, with the whole family!
- Tip: Check the KC Parent Coupon page before you go for our current deals!
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
When, Where, What: Snowy Weekends at the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop (1200 Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS). Rides are offered on weekends if there is snow. Be certain to call ahead at 913.971.5111 to verify or visit Mahaffie's website for details.
Why We LOVE Sleigh Rides at Mahaffie: Mahaffie is one of our favorite historic sites in the metro with wonderful interpretive programs throughout the year (read our review of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop here), but we hold an extra special fondness for the beloved century's old winter tradition of horse-drawn sleigh rides.