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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

Best of June in Kansas City

Best of June in Kansas City

June! School's Out! Summer is here! Kick off summer fun at Kansas City's attractions... with fabulous gardens, live concerts, living history, and more - there is something for everyone in Kansas City this summer!
50 Under $5 for Summer Fun in Kansas City

50 Under $5 for Summer Fun in Kansas City

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 »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

Trains in Kansas City

Trains in Kansas City

Children young and old love trains. Screaming in the tunnels, listening to the rhythm of the tracks and waving at passersby are train ride memories that highlight childhood. Kansas City is home to several affordable train rides for families. This list of outdoor excursions is sure to delight your little engineers.
Spring Day Trips from KC

Spring Day Trips from KC

Spring is here...celebrate with a day trip! Pack the kids end explore. Learn about famous heroes, fabulous art, dinosaurs, different cultures and, most importantly, make memories that last a lifetime!
25 Ways to make the Most of Summer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri

25 Ways to make the Most of Summer in Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Lee's Summit is begging to be explored this summer!

Archive »Indoor Fun

Kid AND Parent Approved Restaurants in KC

Kid AND Parent Approved Restaurants in KC

Kansas City has a wealth of great restaurants, and we also have many places that cater specifically to families. For those of you seeking out a place to take the kids that both they and the adults will enjoy, here are some local restaurants to sample while visiting our fair city.
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.

Archive »Live Performances

Review: Where the Wild Things Are at The Coterie

Review: Where the Wild Things Are at The Coterie

This production truly brings the pages of a book to life with the audience participating in each step of the tale. The use of imagination and creativity was splendid. My four year old was on the edge of her seat waiting to see what would happen next - with oohs and aahs at the sight of the ocean, giggles as we donned Wild Thing masks, and anticipation at what would happen next throughout.
Review: Tomas and the Library Lady at The Coterie

Review: Tomas and the Library Lady at The Coterie

Once again The Coterie inspires and impresses with their newest production. This season's Tomas and the Library Lady is reminiscent of last fall's Miracle Worker with many similar themes, but this production is targeting a younger audience and offers more humor and wit. The acting was incredible, the sets creative, the music and art made the story truly magical, and most of all - the story itself is one we all benefit from learning. Don't miss Tomas and the Library Lady at The Coterie.
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.

Archive »Mother's Night Out

Take a Kansas City Wine Tour

Take a Kansas City Wine Tour

The popularity of locally harvested wines expands every year, and both Kansas and Missouri are home to dozens of vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are within an hour’s drive of Kansas City, making them a great day trip for tasting the best of the local harvest.
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.

Archive »Museums

Science-Themed Summer Field Trips

Science-Themed Summer Field Trips

Kansas City is full of great educational opportunities. Here are just a few suggestions for science-themed summer field trips you won’t want to miss.
Secretly Educational Things to Do in Kansas City

Secretly Educational Things to Do in Kansas City

Discover secretly educational outings in KC that are so much fun your children won't even realize they are learning!
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.

Archive »Outdoor Fun

Trains in Kansas City

Trains in Kansas City

Children young and old love trains. Screaming in the tunnels, listening to the rhythm of the tracks and waving at passersby are train ride memories that highlight childhood. Kansas City is home to several affordable train rides for families. This list of outdoor excursions is sure to delight your little engineers.
Agritourism in the Greater Kansas City Area

Agritourism in the Greater Kansas City Area

Among the many reasons visitors and residents appreciate Kansas City is the outstanding agritourism industry. The list of gardens, farms and locally supported farm-to-table eateries seems endless. Here are a few notable stops for the agritourist in the KC area.
Hands-On Learning with Nature

Hands-On Learning with Nature

"The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned." (Jon Zahourek). This quote has become a favorite of mine and it applies well to enjoying nature. Truly, the best and most fun way to learn is to go and experience it first-hand. Our many local nature centers supply an endless array of classes, workshops and events that get families literally in touch with nature.

Archive »Summer Camp

Ready for Overnight Camp?

Ready for Overnight Camp?

Summer camp can be a lot of fun, especially if you are prepared! Involve your child in the packing process and begin packing several weeks in advance to avoid last minute shopping trips. Although it will probably take a while, label all items going to camp with your child’s name. Certainly, your child’s camp will send a packing list, but you can expect some of the following essentials to be on it.
Spiritual Growth at Camp

Spiritual Growth at Camp

Kids grow overnight, and we do our best to facilitate what goes into their bodies. On top of that, we have to make sure they stay busy. Soccer games, piano lessons and, no, it doesn’t just stop because school’s out. Summer camp can provide a great opportunity to learn a new skill, make friends, have tons of fun—and also be a great place to grow your child spiritually.
The Bottom Line About Camp Costs

The Bottom Line About Camp Costs

The good news for parents is that there is a camp for just about every budget. While fees to attend camp vary, they can range from only $75 to more than $650 per week for American Camp Association-accredited resident and day camps.

Archive »Vacations

Weekend Getaway: Omaha

Weekend Getaway: Omaha

Just a little over 3 hours away, Omaha is the perfect weekend getaway for Kansas City families. Their Henry Doorly Zoo is phenomenal (and KC Zoo FOTZ members get 50% off admission), the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is a historic treasure, my kids had a blast at the Omaha Children's Museum, and Lauritzen Gardens is lovely.
Extraordinary Accommodations

Extraordinary Accommodations

Looking for unique overnight adventures for you and your family? Whether you are out-of-town visitors or residents of the Kansas City area, you will find numerous opportunities for exciting getaways right here in our city. Check out some of these places to stay for a night or all weekend!
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.
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