Best of March: 2013
March, in like a Lion, out like a Lamb... we hope! It's a month full of family fun and celebrations with Dr. Seuss' Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and wonderful family friendly productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun!
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
- Details: Dr. Seuss was born Mar. 2 and Kansas City is celebrating with great events and we have ideas so you can celebrate at home!
- Why We LOVE It: Theodore Seuss Geisel, known to millions as beloved children's author Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. With a bit of creativity, you can celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with a celebration your children will never forget! We adore Dr. Seuss' writing and it's great fun to celebrate the beloved author with our children. Read our Dr. Seuss Celebration Tips for ideas!
- Details: Mar. 5 at 10am and 11:30am at the Folly Theatre (12th and Central, KCMO). Tickets $6/ea.
- Why We LOVE It: The Folly Theatre children's series offers imaginative and educational productions for young kids. This March, they bring to the stage the beloved children's storybook character Skippyjon Jones. The play, Skippyjon Jones, is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.
Plaza Easter Bunnies
- Details: March 8 - April 1, a Kansas City tradition returns as the Country Club Plaza is decorated for Easter with spring animals. Download the Bunny Map!
- Why We LOVE It: The popular Plaza tradition brings colorful, larger-than-life bunnies and other springtime animals to the Plaza’s courtyards and street corners this spring. Mermaid and Pomona Courtyards, on the west side of Eddie Bauer, are home to a lively collection of animals for children to play on, while the Easter bunnies line the Plaza’s sidewalks. Bess, Nicholas, Peter and all the Plaza Easter bunnies and Wonderland animals will ring in springtime on the Plaza until Monday, April 1, 2013. Make it a family tradition to take the kids for family photos.
Tell Tale Electric Poe at The Coterie
- Details: Tell Tale Electric Poe showing thru Mar. 10 at The Coterie. 816.474.6552 www.coterietheatre.org
- Why We LOVE It: Edgar Allen Poe the macabre writer and poet is the master of the horrifying and the humorous. This winter, The Coterie brings the tales of Poe to the stage in a chilling and fascinating performance with one actor…one musician…performing Poe's stories and poems with musical lines and retorts from a reactive electric guitar! Bringing classic literature and theatre to stage in new, innovative, and unforgettable ways is what Coterie does best, and this production for older students is guaranteed to continue the tradition. "This show overflows with poetry, riffs, ghosts and morbid prose floating in an atmospheric setting. Horrifying and humorous, our sublime creation blends old with new. Featuring: The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as the poems Alone, The Bells, and The Raven."
Wiley and the Harry Man
- Details: thru Mar. 16 At Paul Mesner Studios (1006 E. Linwood Blvd., KCMO), 816.756.3500 www.paulmesnerpuppets.org/calendar.html.
- Why We LOVE It: Paul Mesner Puppet Studio presents Wiley and the Hairy Man, an African- American folk tale that recounts the story of the strong bond between a son, Wiley, and his mother who live close to the Tombigbee River with their dog, farm animals and the friendly neighborhood pest – The Hairy Man. Wiley and his mother match wits with the hairy monster that lives in the nearby swamp. Through cooperation and listening Wiley works with his mother to drive away the clever menacing hairy man forever.
Register for FREE College Day
- Details: Registration begins Mar. 11 for Free College Day on April 20, 2013 at Johnson County Community College. Although classes are free, registration is required. Online registration begins March 11. Visit www.jccc.edu/freecollegeday for details on classes.
Why We LOVE It: This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about all JCCC has to offer... for FREE! Free College Day is a great way for JCCC to give back to the community, bring new people to campus and show off what we have. JCCC faculty and staff have volunteered to offer the
public an afternoon of free classes as a way to say thank you to the community. Enjoy free classes in business, technology, cooking, sustainability, crafts and more!
- Details: Mar. 13 - 19 at Municipal Auditorium.
- Why We LOVE It: 76th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship is the longest continuous national collegiate tournament in any sport, is a 32-team single elimination format and draws approximately 40,000 fans to the Kansas City area each year. The 32-team bracket will be officially announced on www.NAIAhoops.com March 6.
Funville at Crown Center
- Details: thru May 5, Crown Center. Open during Crown Center shopping hours. FREE. 816.274.8444 www.crowncenter.com/Event/Event.asp
- Why We LOVE It: This FREE hands-on exhibit is a great place for indoor play on a cold winter's day! Sparking imaginations with interactive play as children exploree what they want to be when they grow up - a zookeeper, an astronaut, a firefighter, a school teacher, a veterinarian, a football player, a racecar driver or even the President of the United States? Kids explore grown-up occupations in a kid friendly educaitonal environment. They can forecast the weather, do magic tricks, work in a barbershop, ride a tractor and even ride a bull. In "FUNVILLE," the most important job is to have fun!
- Tip: Read our guide to Funville at Crown Center for tips and tricks to make the most of your day!
Cool Crest: Family Fun and Events
- Details: Cool Crest (10735 E. US Highway 40. Independence, MO. 816.358.0088) is offering Spring Break Specials Mar. 13 - 17 and a Special Easter Egg Hunt on Mar. 30!
- Why We LOVE It: Cool Crest features 4 miniature golf courses with mechanical hazards, water traps, and decorations ranging from the Statue of Liberty to windmills and dragons. Cool Crest also offers arcades, indoor soft play, and Go Karts (another favorite). They have a pizza shop for snacks and sodas after you play. Their Easter Egg hunt is an annual favorite as a wonderful way to celebrate Spring!
- Tip: Save with our exclusive KC Parent Coupons for Cool Crest!
St. Patrick's Day Fun all Month Long in KC!
- Details: We have your guide to St. Patrick's Day Fun in Kansas City for the whole family!
- Why We LOVE It: St. Patrick's Day in Kansas City means parades, festivities, food and fun and we have great ideas to celebrate local events and fun new traditions to start at home with your kids. Read a Wee Bit of Irish Fun for more information!
Easter Egg Hunt Train Rides
- Details: Mar 23 & 30 with the Midland Railway.
- Why We LOVE It: Ride an 11 mile round trip with the Easter Bunny! During the ride,the train will stop at Norwood prior to returning to Baldwin City, where the little ones can hunt for over 1000 Easter Eggs!!! Easter Stories read to the kids on the train along with singing of popular Easter Songs! While on the train, each child gets to meet the Easter Bunny!
Marble Fun at the Toy and Miniature Museum
- Details: March 20-24 & 27-31, 1-4pm at the Toy & Miniature Museum 5235 Oak Street Kansas City, MO. 816.235.8000
- Why We LOVE It: Beat spring break boredom at the Toy and Miniature Museum! For two weeks only, bring the whole family to knuckle down around the marble ring and polish your shooting skills with a game of Ringer. Lessons are fun, informative, and free with the cost of admission. Top off your visit with a trip to the marble gallery, which holds thousands of marbles to investigate and admire.
Peter Cottontail III
- Details: Starlight Theatre presents Peter Cottontail III March 29-31 at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
- Why We LOVE It: Starlight brings children's characters to the stage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and this March, their newest production of Peter Cottontail III comes hopping along just in time for Easter! In this fun-filled holiday musical, Peter Cottontail III, is training to become the next Easter Bunny since his grandfather is retiring. Peter has many challenges to overcome, but learns to rely on his friends and family for encouragement and help. The young bunny manages to escape from a trap set by hunters and foil a plot by opportunistic men to take over his friends' farmhouse. These adventures help him realize that he is mature enough to be the Easter Bunny after all. Audiences will be humming along to catchy songs like "Here Comes Peter Cottontail," "To be the Easter Bunny," and "The Secret of Springtime."
- Tip: Enter our Peter Cottontail III Giveaway for your chance to see the show for FREE!