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Classic Summer Fun in Kansas City

This summer, enjoy classic summer fun with your little ones with a swim at your local beach, a movie under the stars and a roll around the rink.

Go Big or Go Home:

Summer is a season of dream fulfillment...going all out for unforgettable memories and exceptional experiences. This summer, go big right in your own backyard!

Lollipops: KC Style

Lollipop lollipop, Oh lolli lolli lolli, Lollipop! July 20 is National Lollipop Day! Treat your sweet tooth to yummy goodness.

Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

Starlight's Beauty and the Beast Ticket Giveaway

KC Parent is giving away a three family 4-packs of tickets to opening night of Starlight's Beauty and the Beast and you could be a winner!

KC's 4th of July Guide

Fireworks, parades, festivals, picnics and music! Kansas City celebrates Independence Day with a bang! Read carefully... our guide includes both events with and without fireworks.

Win Schlitterbahn Tickets from KC Parent

KC Parent is giving away 80 tickets to the Schlitterbahn and you could be a winner!

Kansas City Choose Your Own Adventure

Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come. The center of the United States boasts the convergence of the melting pot that America is and truly offers something for everyone: world-class museums, hip historic districts, delicious dining and Midwestern charm. Kansas City, there truly is no place like home, and home is where the heart of our adventure begins….

KC Parent Family Faves 2016

After tabulating hundreds of votes, we are pleased to announce the businesses which have been chosen as a KC Parent Family Favorite 2016! All winners will be featured in an upcoming issue. Winners are listed in alphabetical order, there are multiple winners in each category.

Cool Summer Nights in KC

When the summer heat gets to be too much, take the family out for an evening (when it’s a few degrees cooler) and enjoy some of Kansas City’s best family-friendly attractions.

Kansas City's U-Pick Berry Patches and Fruit Orchards

It's Berry Picking Season in Kansas City! We have your guide to local u-pick farms.

KC Summer Festival Guide

It's Festival Season in Kansas City! From trendy boutique shopping to old fashioned county fairs, ethnic festivals with delicious delicacies and local barbecue festivals... there is something for everyone! This is our guide to Festivals in the Kansas City area (a few of these are Day Trips in Missouri and Kansas).

Free (and Cheap) Summer Movies in Kansas City

This summer, enjoy a Free (or Cheap) Movie at local theaters, parks, and EVEN the beach!

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

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!

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To Do This Week: Family Fun in Kansas City

Enchanted Forest

July 1 - Aug 15: Discover the mystical domains of gnomes, fairies, trolls, elves, sprites and other garden creatures along a woodland garden trail at the Overland Park Arboretum.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

June 14 - Aug. 7 at The Coterie: This is the musical premiere of the much-loved madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar.

Fireworks Week!

Kansas City is celebrating the 4th of July with Fireworks across the metro all week long!

Heart of America Shakespeare Festival

June 14 - July 3: Heart of America Shakespeare Festival will present Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Shakespeare's hilarious romantic comedy set in romantic Illyria.

Blueberry Picking

Enjoy picking blueberries at KC's U-Pick farms - opening this week!

Little Adventures at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

Wed & Sat: From paper dolls to ships, each week features a new theme. Little Adventures is included with museum admission and recommended for ages seven and up.

Time Travelers

Tues & Thurs 10am-3pm and Wed. 6:30-8pm at Shawnee Town 1929 where living history comes to life with family-oriented Time Travelers programs. New themes each week. Each visit includes a guided tour of the1920s farmhouse.

Summer Jump Club

Join the Urban Air OP Summer Jump Club! Buy a Summer Jump Club Passbook: $490 Value For Only $69.99!

Belton, Grandview & KC Railroad Rides

Fri / Sat / Sun: The BG&KC offers excursions on our line running south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip.

Summer Living History

Wed-Sat at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop: 1860s hands-on living history activities.

Body Worlds & the Cycle of Life

thru Oct. 23 exhibit at Union Station: View more than 100 human specimens preserved through the remarkable process of Plastination, and see firsthand how the choices we make each day impact our incredible bodies- at work, at play, in health and in illness.

Jurassic Garden

Journey into the ancient past as Powell Gardens' most popular summer exhibit returns with some new twists. As you stroll through the Gardens, you will encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas of every shape and size--from a towering T Rex to the new 27-foot long-necked Camarasaurus to Missouri's own state dino, the Hypsibema.

The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD®

thru Sept 5 FREE at Crown Center: The exhibit features MR. POTATO HEAD, the much-loved silly character, who becomes an astronaut, explorer, scientist, and undersea adventurer with a change of his “parts.”
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Classic Summer Fun in Kansas City

This summer, enjoy classic summer fun with your little ones with a swim at your local beach, a movie under the stars and a roll around the rink.

Go Big or Go Home:

Summer is a season of dream fulfillment...going all out for unforgettable memories and exceptional experiences. This summer, go big right in your own backyard!

Lollipops: KC Style

Lollipop lollipop, Oh lolli lolli lolli, Lollipop! July 20 is National Lollipop Day! Treat your sweet tooth to yummy goodness.

Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at The Coterie

This production offers a crack-a-lackin' good time for the entire family! Children from preschool to early elementary especially enjoy the show. The creative costumes, vibrant and colorful sets, fun-filled music, and humor throughout the show make this a summer smash hit for Kansas City Kids!
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Classic Summer Fun in Kansas City

This summer, enjoy classic summer fun with your little ones with a swim at your local beach, a movie under the stars and a roll around the rink.

THE 10 LAWS FOR PARENTING TEENS

You've reached that ever-looming reality that your strong-willed firstborn daughter, the one you named with purpose and depth, the one for whom you've had such dreams and high standards, the one whose schedule, eating habits, activities and friendships you've been able to keep in a relatively controlled box, has become a TEENAGER.

Best of July in Kansas City

July - the heart of summer. Festivals, fireworks, great shows, fresh fruit, long days at the pool, and more. Our top picks for July in Kansas City are here.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at The Coterie

This production offers a crack-a-lackin' good time for the entire family! Children from preschool to early elementary especially enjoy the show. The creative costumes, vibrant and colorful sets, fun-filled music, and humor throughout the show make this a summer smash hit for Kansas City Kids!

Starlight's Beauty and the Beast Ticket Giveaway

KC Parent is giving away a three family 4-packs of tickets to opening night of Starlight's Beauty and the Beast and you could be a winner!
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Cows Across Kansas City

Cows are a rich part of Kansas City’s heritage. Kansas City’s own American Royal hosts the “world’s largest barbecue contest,” one of the Midwest’s largest livestock exhibitions and a number of rodeos, horse shows and saddlebred competitions. This annual event is such a part of Kansas City’s roots, it even inspired the name for the Kansas City Royals baseball team.

Tips for Healthy Family Travel

Summer is the perfect time to travel with family, experience new things and make new memories. You may be a long weekend traveler or a cross-country traveler.

Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at The Coterie

This production offers a crack-a-lackin' good time for the entire family! Children from preschool to early elementary especially enjoy the show. The creative costumes, vibrant and colorful sets, fun-filled music, and humor throughout the show make this a summer smash hit for Kansas City Kids!

Future Stages Festival

Future Stages Festival is a FREE annual community event that turns a spotlight on youth performances and family-friendly programming. Each year the festival puts 600 talented young performers on stage before live audiences. In 2015, 6,000 people attended Future Stages Festival.

Kansas City's U-Pick Berry Patches and Fruit Orchards

It's Berry Picking Season in Kansas City! We have your guide to local u-pick farms.
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Lollipops: KC Style

Lollipop lollipop, Oh lolli lolli lolli, Lollipop! July 20 is National Lollipop Day! Treat your sweet tooth to yummy goodness.

Eating Out with Kids... And Enjoying It

We all dream of perfect little cherubs dining politely while seated at beautiful tables with white linens and candles, but reality is often far from it. Being equipped when eating out with children can help to create a fun and memorable family night.

Our Favorite Kansas City Ice Cream Shops

Whether you favor an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that scoops up classic homemade flavors or a newer, trendy shop with gourmet concoctions, Kansas City has your ice cream cravings covered!
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Party Planning

Birthday Party Etiquette

Navigating the world of children’s birthday parties certainly can be overwhelming. Do I have to invite my kid’s entire classroom these days? I love the ease of Evite, but is it rude? I love that my child is invited to so many parties, but what if I don’t have the cash for all those birthday presents? Don’t worry, parents, because I have your road map for avoiding birthday etiquette potholes.

Seven Tips for Saving on Birthday Gifts

Some thrifty tips to save hundreds of dollars every year on birthday party presents.

5 Simple Tips for Birthday Bash Success

Whether you’re planning a princess tea party or a superhero birthday bash, the secret to organizing a party your child will treasure is to keep your little one’s interests at the forefront.

Celebrate the Sweet Things in Life

Day-to-day life is filled with one activity after another, from work meetings and school functions to play dates and sporting events. Schedules are busy, to-do lists are long and life starts flying by all too quickly.

Great Gifts Kids Can Give

Whether it’s your first foray into the world of school friend gift-giving or your 10th, the task can feel daunting. It’s hard enough to pick out the perfect present for your own kids, let alone one with whom you’re not very familiar.
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