My family’s summer itinerary
Ah, summer in the city! Well, more like the suburbs for me. When I worked full time, I actually hated summer. It was nice, I was trapped inside and the stretch between corporate holidays (Fourth of July until Labor Day) seemed like the longest two months ever.
Now that I have kids, summer seems to fly by. And I am sure this will be the fastest summer yet, since my little girl starts preschool in the fall.
Part of why time travels more quickly now is the additional activities one participates in as a parent. There are more birthday parties, trips to the park and carnivals to fill the days. Kansas City has many activities to keep our days filled. Here just a few of the items on our summer itinerary this year.
Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead 13800 Switzer, Overland Park
This is a regular stop on our schedule. It helps that it is just down the street from us, so if one of the kids isn’t in to it, we can easily leave. Plus it is inexpensive, too. At only $2 a person, it is cheap entertainment. Or buy the season pass for $35. I highly recommend this option. Make a day out of it and enjoy lunch there too. The food is actually pretty good and at a great price. Good kid friendly options and they added smoothies this year, which are good too!
Cedar Cove Feline Conservatory 3783 K68 Highway, Louisburg, Kansas
This is a great little gem hidden away in Louisburg. A quick 20 minutes from Overland Park, Cedar Cove houses rescued big cats. It is run by volunteers, who take you on guided tours to see all the cats (and a couple of wolves) on the property. My girls are only one and three, so the guided tour is a bit much for them at around an hour, but it is very interesting and worth a visit for anyone much older. Try and go around feeding time. The cats are much more active, as they wait for their food! Adults are $8 and kids are $6. Kids under three are free.
There are various patches all over the metro area. Just pick one near you for a fun berry patch or orchard picking trip. I have noticed more and more of my friends on social media posting pictures of visits to the fields. I made two trips to the berry patch this spring and might go for some of the later summer berries or apples in the fall. Our favorite is Gieringers Orchard, but they are sprinkled throughout the city.
Kansas City Zoo 6800 Zoo Drive, Kansas City
No summer is complete with little kids without a few trips to the zoo. See we do leave the suburbs! We try to go in the spring and fall when it isn’t as hot. We are wimps like that! This year we decided to become friends of the zoo. It ended up being a good idea that pays for itself in 3-4 visits and we like that we save on the tram, train and boat rides as well as at the gift shop and on food. Plus other zoos let you use the membership. When we went to the Saint Louis Zoo, we could get reduced rates on train rides since we had a KC membership pass. Just check with the other zoos and be prepared to be told they don’t know before you finally find out what savings you are entitled to.
Ernie Miller Nature Center 909 North Highway 7, Olathe
This is a fun place to walk around, which is something I appreciate with small children. Last time I went, a family of deer walked out in front of me. There are some snakes and other animals available for viewing and a great staff to help teach little ones about nature.
Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 West 179th St. Overland Park
This is another great spot just to walk around and enjoy nature. It is close to my home and only $3 a person. Or you can go on Tuesday when it is free. With tons of gardens, water features and even toy trains, there is something for everyone. This is a great spot for a baby or wedding shower and I even think it would be fun for a little girl’s tea party themed birthday. I like to go in the morning when it is cool (remember, I am a wimp with heat) and more of the birds and animals are out.
Well, there you have it! Just a few of the places my family plans to visit this summer. Comment below with your family’s Kansas City summer plans. I’m always looking for new spots to visit, even if they are outside the burbs!