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Word on the Street

Word on the Street

We asked our Facebook Fans—local families who know the best of the best in Kansas City—what they love and why they love it.
8 Fun Ways to Explore KC

8 Fun Ways to Explore KC

Day trips and destinations for free! The Great American Main Street, favorite destinations for animal lovers, space explorers, LEGO fans, and more!
Tour the Town:  8 Itineraries for Fun

Tour the Town: 8 Itineraries for Fun

Archive »Seasonal

Review: And Justice for Some at The Coterie

Review: And Justice for Some at The Coterie

You never know what to expect at The Coterie. Few local theaters are as diverse in their productions. Sometimes they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but nearly always they make us think - and that is especially true with their current production, And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. The show is set in 1858, just before the rise of the Republican Party and the Presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln.
Best of February in Kansas City

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 productions, amazing exhibits, and family fun!
Best of January in Kansas City

Best of January in Kansas City

January in Kansas City is the time for sledding, snow skiing, ice skating, and wonderful indoor family outings. These are our Top Picks for January in Kansas City!

Archive »Animals, Zoos & More

Winter Animal Encounters in Kansas City

Winter Animal Encounters in Kansas City

Visit animals at Kansas City attractions all winter long.
Dairy Days

Dairy Days

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day—celebrate with a dairy-themed tour. Kansas City kids can learn about dairy cows, farming, milk, cheese making, eggs and delicious dairy products at these local attractions.
Wild, Wild West in Kansas City

Wild, Wild West in Kansas City

Kansas City is no longer the cow town it once was, but it holds its cowboy heritage dear, with many local traditions. Most notable is the American Royal, which hosts rodeos, agricultural competitions and education through programs and the American Royal Museum.

Archive »Day Trips

Day Trip Country Club Plaza

Day Trip Country Club Plaza

The Country Club Plaza is a favorite destination for out of town visitors and locals alike. A day of shopping and dining at the iconic local landmark is a Kansas City trademark. If you're looking to entertain visitors or spend a day with the family near the Plaza and you're looking for fun to round out the day, these are some of our favorite tips.
A New Twist on Pizza Night

A New Twist on Pizza Night

North, south, east, west—this is the pizza we like the best. Put a spin on the traditional pizza night by embarking on a fall adventure to celebrate National Pizza Month with family fun and delicious pizza across the metro!
Dairy Days

Dairy Days

July 15 is Cow Appreciation Day—celebrate with a dairy-themed tour. Kansas City kids can learn about dairy cows, farming, milk, cheese making, eggs and delicious dairy products at these local attractions.

Archive »Indoor Fun

Favorite Indoor Pools in Kansas City

Favorite Indoor Pools in Kansas City

Looking for a little summer fun in the winter? Enjoy exercise and enjoy family frolics at these superb indoor pools in the Kansas City area.
Free (and cheap) Date Night Ideas in Kansas City

Free (and cheap) Date Night Ideas in Kansas City

Many families enjoy weekly date nights, but in the present economy this is a luxury that can quickly tap "too deeply" into the family budget. This is a list of our favorite free and/or affordable Date Night Ideas in Kansas City.
KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

The Johnson County Museum features long-term and changing exhibitions about Johnson County’s history. The absolute favorite exhibit for children is KidScape! It is one of our Top Picks for Indoor Fun in Kansas City!

Archive »Live Performances

Review: And Justice for Some at The Coterie

Review: And Justice for Some at The Coterie

You never know what to expect at The Coterie. Few local theaters are as diverse in their productions. Sometimes they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but nearly always they make us think - and that is especially true with their current production, And Justice for Some: The Freedom Trial of Anthony Burns [1858]. The show is set in 1858, just before the rise of the Republican Party and the Presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln.
Review: The Miracle Worker at The Coterie

Review: The Miracle Worker at The Coterie

This season's The Miracle Worker is truly in a league of its own. Everyone should see this show. It was one of the most powerful, poignant, heartfelt, and endearing shows I've ever seen, and the message is as important today as it was when Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan were alive. Correct that. The messages - so many important lessons all beautifully woven together in a telling of The Miracle Worker like you've never seen before.
Review: Cirque Eloize iD at Starlight

Review: Cirque Eloize iD at Starlight

Fourteen performers work together to demonstrate twelve circus disciplines with a mix of urban dance, breakdancing, and hip hop, combined with urban sets and backdrops, the show has a very young, modern, and urban feel. Each artist expresses their individuality and unique talent against the backdrop of the city. And through it all, a story unfolds - without a single spoken word, the West Side Story inspiration is evident.

Archive »Mother's Night Out

Free (and cheap) Date Night Ideas in Kansas City

Free (and cheap) Date Night Ideas in Kansas City

Many families enjoy weekly date nights, but in the present economy this is a luxury that can quickly tap "too deeply" into the family budget. This is a list of our favorite free and/or affordable Date Night Ideas in Kansas City.
Moms Night Out Ideas

Moms Night Out Ideas

Because a mother’s work is never done, carving out a little time sans children to rest, recharge and, perhaps, eat a dessert that doesn’t involve dipping into the emergency chocolate stash hidden in the master bedroom (reserve that for when you really need it!) is important.
11 Playdates Just for Moms

11 Playdates Just for Moms

Mama, you work hard! Kick off the summer by taking time to revitalize and reconnect with a moms night out! Spending time with a few friends to vent, laugh and reenergize in a kid-free zone is healthy and necessary.

Archive »Museums

Honoring Black History in Kansas City

Honoring Black History in Kansas City

February is Black History Month, and Kansas City's local museums and attractions are honoring the legacy of African Americans with special events all month long.
A Magical Day at the Puppetry Arts Institute

A Magical Day at the Puppetry Arts Institute

The Puppetry Arts Institute (11025 E. Winner Rd. Independence, MO. 816.833.9777) is one of Kansas City's Best Kept Secrets. Located in the Englewood Shopping District in old Independence, this charming museum, puppet theater, and puppet making workshop is a favorite for our family.
KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

The Johnson County Museum features long-term and changing exhibitions about Johnson County’s history. The absolute favorite exhibit for children is KidScape! It is one of our Top Picks for Indoor Fun in Kansas City!

Archive »Outdoor Fun

KC Summer Festival Guide

KC Summer Festival Guide

It's Summer in Kansas City and that means Festivals! Whether you fancy a good old fashioned county fair, or an ethnic festival with delicious delicacies, or something a bit more out of the ordinary... there is something for everyone!
50 Fun Ideas Under $5 for a Summer of KC Fun

50 Fun Ideas Under $5 for a Summer of KC Fun

Stretching the family budget while making the most of summer break is every parent’s dream. Celebrate the season with these free and cheap local ideas!
KC Water Fun Guide

KC Water Fun Guide

Summer is the season for watersports. Fortunately, Kansas City has something for everyone! From free spraygrounds for young children, to daring water rides for teens and adults, to classes and programs, pools and waterparks and everything in between. Dive into fun this summer!

Archive »Summer Camp

Co-op Camp

Co-op Camp

For several years, a friend and I planned a co-op camp for our kids. It was loads of fun to plan and execute! Read on to find out how to plan a camp in just four easy steps
Being Away from Home Builds Self-Esteem, Independence

Being Away from Home Builds Self-Esteem, Independence

One of the many joys of parenthood is helping children navigate new waters. And while these situations often are met with hesitation, slight anxiety—or in the case of some first-time campers, homesickness—it is these moments that develop the 21st-century skills needed in adulthood. New situations, such as going away to camp, serve as teachers in life’s classroom, developing leadership, self-esteem, teamwork, independence and problem-solving.
Top Five Things You Never Knew About Camp

Top Five Things You Never Knew About Camp

Here are five of the things you may not have known about the camp experience.

Archive »Vacations

Touring Our Nation’s Capital, Family Style

Touring Our Nation’s Capital, Family Style

Do you ever associate the words cheap and vacation? Sound like a fantasy? The fact is our family has discovered that touring Washington, DC, makes for a fantastic and affordable getaway. Our nation’s capital boasts tons of free museums and monuments to explore, and we can share some tips to simplify planning a vacation to this national treasure. So here are my top picks, as well as insider insights for a family who wants to see our nation’s capital.
Three Favorite Spring Day Trips from Kansas City

Three Favorite Spring Day Trips from Kansas City

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon getaway or a weekend adventure, these are a few of our favorite trips to take in the month of May.
Grant's Farm, St. Louis

Grant's Farm, St. Louis

One of the most popular attractions in St. Louis for sixty years, Grant's Farm is a great family destination enjoyed by generations. I remember visiting Grant's Farm as a girl, and it was a joy to share this great place with my family.
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