Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice and more at Sprint Center

Posted January 08, 2017 10:39pm by Jane

Fortunately this winter, Kansas City has more to offer than freezing temps and chapped lips: There are tons of fun (and family-friendly) events coming up at Sprint Center in the next few months! Added bonus, daytime exploration of the KC Power & Light District before or after the show, which now includes an ever-expanding array of lunch time dining options

Here’s what’s coming to town:usfigureskating

U.S. Figure Skating Championships 2017: It’s been more than 30 years since Kansas City hosted a U.S. Figure Skating event, and this year promises to be a great one! All junior and championship level events are at Sprint Center, and U.S. champions will be crowned in ladies, mens, pairs and ice dancing. Winners become members of the the U.S. World Figure Skating Team for 2017. January 14-22, 2017. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Harlem Globetrotters: It doesn’t get more fun than the Globetrotters, does it? A family favorite in my house, the kids can’t wait to watch the incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, funny jokes and pranks, and the chance to meet the players and get autographs after the game (you can also meet players before the game with the purchase of a Magic Pass). The Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters, so expect a spectacular game! January 28, 2pm & 7pm shows. Ticket prices start at $20. Note: Can’t make it on January 28? The Globetrotters will perform at 2pm at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on January 29.sesame-street-live-2017

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music: There’s nothing cuter than watching your kids’ faces light up when they see their favorite Sesame Street character live on stage. And this year’s show will be no exception when Elmo, Aby Cadabby, Big Bird, and more come to the rescue to discover instruments while in search of their new music teacher’s instruments. Along the way, kids will learn that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. February 24-26, 2017; show times vary so you can find a time that works with your kiddo’s sleep schedule. Ticket prices start at $20.

Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart: It’s hard to beat the magic of Disney, especially when it pairs its beautiful music with some magnificent ice skating! Kids will have fun with Dory, cheer on Joy, Sadness, and the rest of the Emotions from Inside Out, watch Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen and see disney-on-ice-2017long-time favorites including Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Ariel. March 29-April 2, 2017; once again, show times vary so you can find a time that works with your kiddo’s sleep schedule. Ticket prices vary. 

And don’t forget about the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center, which offers tons of interactive games and exhibits. Our family favorite: Kids’ Court, which has basketball equipment geared for kids ages 2-9. A great way for your kids to get their energy out during the cold months of winter!

Images courtesy of Sprint Center.

Volunteer Opportunities for KC Kids and Families

Posted January 01, 2017 11:32am by Jane

Ring in the New Year with a great Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, this January 16, 2017. KC Kids Fun is excited to share some family-friendly volunteering opportunities so each of us can give back to our fantastic community. The experience of working alongside your children is truly a joyful one…we hope you enjoy the day together!

  • KindCraft KC: This is an incredible family service group whose goal is to provide families with monthly service opportunities. KindCraft’s next event, January 12, will help keep KC Warm by creating Bare Necessities Bags to help the homeless in Kansas City. Be sure to get on their newsletter list or follow them on Facebook to stay up-to-date on their monthly projects.kindcraft
  • KC Pet Project: Thanks to KC Kids Fun reader Julie Poland for sharing this great idea in 2014! KC Pet Project allows children under 16 to volunteer with a parent or guardian. There are 3 locations around the metro area, and opportunities to help include socializing dogs and cats, fostering a pet, making toys and treats for animals, or hosting a bake sale or donate drive to help support KC Pet Project and its animals.
  • Olathe Public Library MLK, Jr. Day of Service: Families can join the Olathe Downtown Library on Jan. 16, from 10am-5pm to work with a number of visiting nonprofit agencies for hands-on projects throughout the day.
  • Ronald McDonald House: You bring the food and a small group to volunteer at any Ronald McDonald House location to prepare meals or snack time. Your family benefits from knowing you’ve nourished families who are going through a stressful time in their lives.ronaldmcdonaldhouse
  • 2017 MLK Nature Walk: The Heartland Conservation Alliance is looking for walkers to join them on the 2017 MLK Nature Walk. The 1.5-mile (paved) nature walk will begin at 1pm at the Brush Creek Community Center, 3801 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. It’s a great way to start a conversation with your younger ones about the meaning of this special day.
  • Harvesters: Once again, the city’s largest food bank is hosting its MLK Day of Service on January 16 (kids must be 8+ to volunteer there). If your kids aren’t old enough, consider start your own neighborhood or classroom food drive for Harvesters or another local food pantry in the KC Area, many of which receive help directly from Harvesters.
  • If you have older kids (ages 11-18), check out the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater KC, which organizes youth and family helpers at a variety of local charities. Currently, they are taking reservations for their MLK Day of Service at Harvesters on January 16, 2017. There are family opportunities to serve there as well.harvesters
  • Check out www.VolunteerMatch.org. The site features loads of volunteer opportunities, and you can organize your results by Distance, Event Date and even Date Posted. While not all are kid-specific opportunities, you might find something suitable for the whole family or just for you!

Like to get creative? Come up with a service project on your own! Here are some ideas to get you started:

Buy Groceries: Put together a list and go to the grocery store to purchase food for Harvesters or another local food pantry. Kids can see where the food goes when you deliver it together.

Donate Clothes & Toys: Work with your kids to sort through clothing, toys and books. Then donate the gently used items to Safehome, Rose Brooks Center, another shelter, or the library (for books). My kids love knowing that their favorite pants or toy is going to someone who truly needs it.

Surprise Your Neighbors: Our neighbor and her kids delivered cookies to everyone in our cul-de-sac last year. We still remember the sweet surprise!

Whatever you choose, we’d love to hear about it in the comments section below, or on our Facebook page! We also invite you to list any additional kid and family-friendly volunteer opportunities below!

Images courtesy of KindCraft KC, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City and Harvesters Community Food Network.

KC New Year’s Eve for Families 2016

Posted December 26, 2016 10:28am by Jane

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Looking for some family-friendly ways to ring in the New Year? Look no further for these fun, KC- area activities this December 31!

  • New Year’s Eve Party at Paradise Park: Ring in the New Year early with the legendary Ball Drop at Paradise Park’s Foam Factory. Have a blast with friends and family. This rocking New Year’s Eve party is an early-evening, totally kid-friendly celebration. Register to win awesome door prizes that you can use all year long! Noon-6pm at Paradise Park.noon-years-eve-2016
  • Zoo Year’s Eve: Watch the “ball drop” to Berlin at noon during Zoo Year’s Eve. Penguins, polar bears, and many more animals will enjoy festive enrichment items. You can dance along with our interactive DJ and capture a memory in the photo booth from 10am-2 pm.
  • Noon Year’s Eve at Science City: Join Science City for the 4th Annual Noon Year’s Eve, noon-7pm. Noon Year’s Eve is THE place to have a fun, safe and educational New Year’s Eve party for children of all ages and parents too!
  • WonderEve: Join WonderScope for its annual countdown to “Noon!”  All exhibits will be open, plus more fun with a balloon artist, story time, art activity, refreshments and a Mr. Stinky Feet concert at 11am! With the help of Mr. Stinky Feet, noise makers and hats, and a surprise confetti shower, this WonderEve holds fun for all ages. All WonderEve activities are included in the cost of admission and FREE to members.wondereve-postcard-300x232
  • Noon Year’s Eve at Roeland Park Community Center: Celebrate the New Year at noon! You don’t have to stay up late or pack a crowded restaurant to ring in 2017! Enjoy a lunch catered especially for you followed by a musical performance by Kansas City’s popular Jazz duo: Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman. $18 per person; click here to register. 11am-1:30pm at Roeland Park Community Center, 4850 Rosewood Drive, Roeland Park, Kansas 66205
  • Pinstripes Noon Year’s Eve: Come ring in the new year with a milk and cookie toast at Prairiefire! There will be face painting, a DJ for dancing, horse-drawn carraige rides, many games and tables for activities and much more! 9am-2pm at Pinstripes, 13500 Nall Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66223

A happy and safe New Year’s Eve to all of our KC Kids Fun families!

Images courtesy of Paradise Park, Science City and WonderScope.