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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

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Seasonal

50 Fun Ideas Under $5 for Fall KC Fun

50 Fun Ideas Under $5 for Fall KC Fun

Looking for KC family fun on the cheap? Celebrate the season with these free and cheap Kansas City area ideas!

Kansas City's Apple Picking Guide

Kansas City's Apple Picking Guide

It's apple picking season! Each of the u-pick Apple Farms on our list is a locally owned family operation designed to provide the best in healthy produce and a great family outing. So, grab the camera and the cooler and take the kids on a trip they won’t forget!

Kansas City's Labor Day Weekend Fun Guide

Kansas City's Labor Day Weekend Fun Guide

We've rounded up our Top Picks for Labor Day Weekend! From one final dip in your favorite pool, to FREE concerts, to a great day at local amusement parks and attractions, and fabulous festivals... there is truly something for everyone!

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Animals, Zoos & More

Warm Springs Ranch: A Wonderful Day Trip for Horse Lovers

Warm Springs Ranch: A Wonderful Day Trip for Horse Lovers

This summer, take a tour of Warm Springs Ranch to learn more about Clydesdales and enjoy the majestic animals. Warm Springs Ranch, opened in 2008, is a state-of-the-art Clydesdale breeding facility offering tours to the public.

Under the Sea

Under the Sea

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month, a perfect time to visit your favorite local aquariums and see underwater creatures face-to-face in Kansas City.

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

For a taste of country life, visit Osborn, MO, just a little more than an hour away, for a tour of the Shatto Dairy Farm. A tour includes the bottling room, a milk tasting center with samples of many flavors of milk and watching the cows being milked by machine right before your eyes. Children love visiting the calves and may even get the chance to brush and bottle feed them.

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Day Trips

Weekend Adventures along I-70… Just an Hour Away!

Weekend Adventures along I-70… Just an Hour Away!

Looking for something new to discover with the family this autumn? Take a trip along I-70, the interstate coursing across Missouri and Kansas, where you’ll find great family destinations for a day or a weekend in just about an hour of driving.

Spend a day (or two) having fun and saving money in Topeka

Spend a day (or two) having fun and saving money in Topeka

Enjoy a vacation in Topeka and save while doing it! With the Topeka Vacation Value Card, great discounts on many of Topeka’s visitor attractions are always close at hand. The Topeka Vacation Value Card offers more than $100 in savings to make your Topeka vacation memorable and affordable. Enjoy Topeka's top-rated attractions with this exclusive discount card. Request your free Vacation Value Card at TopekaVacation.com or 785.234.1030.

Watch It Made in KC

Watch It Made in KC

Take a tour of one of Kansas City’s local businesses where you can watch as coffee is processed, motorcycles are made, violins are created and more.

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Indoor Fun

5 Favorite Kansas City Ice Cream Shops

5 Favorite Kansas City Ice Cream Shops

July, fittingly, is National Ice Cream Month, so we decided to celebrate with a roundup of five fabulous local ice cream shops.

A Kansas City Celebration of all things Chocolate Chip

A Kansas City Celebration of all things Chocolate Chip

Chocolate Chips are one of America’s all-time favorite go-to ingredients for sweet treats and delectable dishes. These local businesses serve up some of the tastiest chocolate chip treats in town!

Family Favorites in Kansas City

Family Favorites in Kansas City

Little ones love the “KidScape” exhibit at the Johnson County Museum, a hands-on child-sized suburban streetscape, where children role play as community figures in educational environments.

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Live Performances

Review: Sound of Music at Starlight

Review: Sound of Music at Starlight

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, is showing at Starlight Theatre this summer. We were delighted to see such strong performances, great sets, and a terrific cast bring the story of the von Trapps to life once again.

Review: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight

Review: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Starlight

Andrew Lloyd Weber takes the Biblical account and does to it for adults, what Veggie Tales does to Bible stories for children, taking the tale on a musical journey through many melodious genres.

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Coterie

Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Coterie

Coterie Theatre’s production of the hit musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG is showing through August 3. You will be taken on an imaginative musical journey to unbelievable pretend places... all delightful for audiences young and old. This is a summer must-see!

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Mother's Night Out

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.

Parents Night Out!

Parents Night Out!

Nurturing That Nesting Instinct:

Nurturing That Nesting Instinct:

Whether you are a mom-to-be, a new mother or seasoned mom, grandma or aunt, there is just something about new babies and young children that can bring out the nesting instinct in the best of us.

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Museums

Exploring Some of Kansas City’s Most “Grown-Up” Museums

Exploring Some of Kansas City’s Most “Grown-Up” Museums

I want my children to be comfortable learning, exploring, asking questions and discovering new things. I want their world to be larger than their bedrooms and playrooms, and so we visit museums.

Go Big: Discover Kansas City’s Biggest Attractions

Go Big: Discover Kansas City’s Biggest Attractions

Discover these BIG exhibits in the Kansas City area.

Sensational Souvenirs at Kansas City’s Gift Shops

Sensational Souvenirs at Kansas City’s Gift Shops

Did you know that every visitor to the Money Museum walks away with a FREE bag of cash? Or that Jesse James' mother used to sell rocks from her farm as souvenirs? Learn about the coolest souvenirs at KC's museums!

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Outdoor Fun

Our Top 10 Favorite Things About Lea McKeighan Park

Our Top 10 Favorite Things About Lea McKeighan Park

Quickly earning a place in the hearts of families is the newly renovated Lea McKeighan Park, a top-notch park loved and enjoyed by all ages!

Gardens Gone Wild: Powell Gardens

Gardens Gone Wild: Powell Gardens

This summer, Powell Gardens brings something extra special to enjoy... an exhibit showcasing the beauty of art and nature, Gardens Gone Wild showing through Oct, 5, a collection of exquisite sculptures beautifully displayed in the acres of gardens at Powell Gardens.

5 Favorite KC Area Bike Trails

5 Favorite KC Area Bike Trails

May is National Bike Month! After many cold, wet and windy months, it’s great to break out the bikes and enjoy some fresh air and exercise as a family! These are just a few of Kansas City’s nicest bike trails.

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Summer Camp

Sweeter Dreams at Sleep-Away Camp

Sweeter Dreams at Sleep-Away Camp

This year, 10 million children will tote their sleeping bags to camp, but they may not do much sleeping. For many children, overnight camp is the first time they’ve slept away from their family for more than a night or two.

Camper Communication

Camper Communication

Regardless of whether this is your child’s first or fifth time off to camp, every camper knows that mail call is an exciting time. Tara Markley, K-State Research & Extension Johnson County 4-H agent and camp director, says, “We encourage parents to mail handwritten letters with encouraging messages, such as ‘we hope that you are having a great time’ or ‘get out there and try something new and exciting.’”

Church Camp

Church Camp

Bring on the bonfire tunes and shaving cream wars, the zip lines, kayaks and blobbing and you’ve got summer camp! Throw in some friendship-making fellowship and faith-shaping communion, and it’s a whole new adventure. If you want to equip your child in all arenas of life—physical, mental, emotional, social—and ignite your child’s spiritual life with a passionate love for God and neighbor, then church camp’s the place to cabin up.

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Vacations

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.

Have Baby, Will Travel

Have Baby, Will Travel

Everything about pregnancy is an adventure. There are the obvious physical changes—hello, belly!—coupled with an endless stream of emotional roller coaster rides. It can be enough for any woman to want to get far, far away. And why not? Travel is a great distraction from all the changes and stress that show up long before your baby.

A Budget-Friendly, Top-Notch Vacation Destination

A Budget-Friendly, Top-Notch Vacation Destination

Summer beckons with the sweet promise of vacation season. Far off tropical destinations and European vacations may call to you in your dreams, but the budget may be saying, “Stay close to home.” If you're dreaming of a family trip without breaking the bank, then Branson may be just the ticket.

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