Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City Gym

Emerald City Gym, in Overland Park, KS, offers recreational and competitive gymnastics, public play times, indoor rock climbing, private events, and more. Keep reading to learn more and get a chance to experience it for free!

Emerald City Gym boasts an impressive 18,000 square feet for boys and girls gymnastics. Highlights of this attraction include a 5,000 square feet rock wall, trampolines, rope swings, a zip line, and slam-dunk basketball. It also features summer camps guaranteed to keep kids active.

Birthday Parties and Celebrations

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Emerald City Gym hosts one-of-a-kind parties your kids and you will love! They will take care of everything including clean up! Parties start at $110 and are suited for children up to age 12. Packages are also available with large birthday cupcakes and candles, Capri Sun drinks, plates, napkins, and treat bags. Each party concludes with a 30 minute celebration in the party area.

Gymnastics Programs

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Gymnastics is an excellent sport to improve balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. It teaches self-discipline and total body awareness that will carry over to numerous aspects of a child’s life. Emerald City Gym offers recreational and competitive gymnastics for youths of all ages.

  • Classes
  • Boys Team Gymnastics
  • Girls Team Gymnastics
  • Summer Camps
  • Host Meet
  • Walk in Classes and Clinics
  • Girls Team Summer Camp
  • Private Lessons
Open Play

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Emerald City Gym hosts Open Play for children ages 4 through 12 years. Children will have a blast in their huge play area which includes in-ground trampolines, a 12 feet rock wall, rope swing, giant foam pit, slides, a maze, and slam dunk basketball. Open Play is supervised by Emerald City Gym staff at all times. Parents are welcome to drop off their children or stay and observe from the mezzanine.

In addition to the regular weekend Open Play sessions, Emerald City Gym offers Special Time Open Play (S.T.O.P.) sessions around holidays and school closings. Teen Nights for children age 13-18 are the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month. They also offer two types of punch cards for extra savings. Free 10 visit punch cards earn a free visit after 10 paid admissions. 5 Visit Punch Cards are available for $35. Most sessions are $10 per visit, so you’ll save $15.

Preschool Classes

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Parent and Tot classes are designed for children up to age 5. They also offer a special needs Parent-Tot class. Parents and staff work together to assist their children with exploratory movement through the unique facility. Children use scaled down gymnastics equipment, specialized preschool skill shapes, and trampolines. Each session features obstacles courses, games, and interactive activities. As a result, children will gain confidence and body awareness through gross motor skills, body shapes, and modified beginner gymnastics skills. Classes cost $5 per child or you can get a 6 visit punch card for $25.

Monster Mountain Rock Wall

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Emerald City Gym is home to Kansas City’s largest indoor rock wall, Monster Mountain. Prepare for 5,000 square feet of climbing. Monster Mountain has a 40 feet vertical height, 16 different top rope areas, plenty of bouldering space, two caves, cracks, lay backs, Nicrotex wall texture, and a newly built 45° bouldering area. The wall is great for the beginners or experienced climbers.

Private Events

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Emerald City Gym grants exclusive use of the gym for parties, field trips, church groups, Girl or Boy Scout outings, and more. Reservations for the play equipment and/or rock wall can last up to two hours. All night lock ins go from 9:30 pm to 7:30 am. They include all the play equipment, rock wall, and movie time.

Enter the Giveaway!

Emerald City Gym Giveaway

Here’s your chance to experience Emerald City Gym for free! One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate good for 2 admissions to Parent-Tot, Open Play, Teen Night, or Monster Mountain. Entering the giveaway is fairly easy. Be sure to subscribe to Kiara Loves KC then follow the giveaway link above.

All images are courtesy of Emerald City Gym. Visit their website for more information. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more city adventures!

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art created an instant travel adventure with the Passport to India Festival. Events for the day long celebration of India included Indian art, culture, music, dance, fashion and food.

India, officially the Republic of India, is the seventh largest country in the world. The country is also the second most populous with over 1.2 billion people. India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain – from Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean coastline. In the north, Mughal Empire landmarks include Delhi’s Red Fort complex, massive Jama Masjid mosque and Agra’s iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum. Pilgrims bathe in the Ganges in Varanasi, and Rishikesh is a yoga center and base for Himalayan trekking.

Passport to India Festival Travel Itinerary

Henna tattoo drawings from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Local artists showcased traditional henna designs using markers.

Volunteers from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City teach travellers how to tie a fashionable sari

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Travellers learned how to tie a sari from community volunteers then tried on Indian fashions for photo opportunities.

Museum staff discuss the Jain Shrine from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Museum staff and members of the Jain community held conversations about the Jain Shrine in South & Southeast Asian Art Gallery 203.

Artwork from India. from the South and Southeast Asian Galleries of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Professor Alison Miller from the Kansas City Art Institute hosted talks on the study of selected South Asian Buddhist Art objects in South & Southeast Asian Art Gallery 227.

Hindi word for hope. From the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Travellers learned to write their names in Hindi, one of the 18 recognized languages of India and the country’s official language.

Sculpture from India at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Indian art activities were available for travellers of all ages.

Indian folk art tradition. Rangoli flower bud design from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Volunteers demonstrated the Indian folk art form of Rangoli. Traditionally, elaborate designs decorated floors were often used as entrance ways for Hindu deities.

Indian performance art dance from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:00 to 11:40 am, 2:00 to 2:40 pm, and 3:30 to 4:10 pm – Local studios interpreted Ramayana, the ancient Sanskrit epic with classical dances.

Bhelpuri, traditional Indian food, from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:00 am to 4:00 pm – Rozelle Court Restaurant featured delicious meals inspired by the flavors of India.

Children dance to favorite Indian music from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 12:30 to 1:30 pm – Small groups of young dancers performed Indian favorites in the Noguchi Court.

Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:00 to 4:00 pm – Travellers were able to buy Indian specialties such as samosas, Hyderbadi Chicken Biryani, lentil cutlets, chai tea, and coconut-cardamom cookies.

Sculpture from India at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

11:00 am to 4:00 pm – The special Mughal album facsimile and a selection of resources from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art collection was on display.

Performing artists danced to music from India at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:30 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Community dancers performed dances of India in Kirkwood Hall.

Dancers performed to Indian music from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

11:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1:00 to 2:00 pm, and 3:00 to 4:00 pm – The India Association of Kansas City presented an eclectic mix of live music.

Indian deity sculpture from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

12:00 to 12:15 pm, 1:00 to 1:15 pm, and 2:00 to 2:15 pm – Local musicians performed live with the backdrop of the Hindu temple in South & Southeast Asian Art Gallery 228.

Jain Shrine from South & Southeast Asia Art Galleries at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

12:30 to 1:10 pm – Kathleen Garland, Kimberly Masteller, and Jeanne McCray Beals discussed the conservation process of the Jain Shrine.

Models shows off traditional and contemporary Indian fashions from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

1:00 pm to 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm – Museum and community volunteers modeled traditional and contemporary Indian fashions.

Travellers learned yoga positions from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

2:00 to 2:30 pm – Yoga demonstrations gave children a chance to practice a few standing and seated poses.

Indian dance performance from the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Passport to India Festival in Kansas City

2:30 to 4:00 pm – Artist Cherie Sampson presented a film on the symbolism in traditional Indian dance.

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The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art serves as a vital partner in the educational, social and cultural life of Kansas City. The use of their collections and programs, such as the Passport to India Festival, builds an environment where people can gather, share and contemplate the greatest creations of humankind.

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center

Animal Tales and Trails is at Crown Center. Enter an interactive habitat where children learn about the most interesting creatures! Join the polar bear in his cave, fly down the penguin iceberg slide, jump with the kangaroo on a small trampoline, and much more. A reading area features many animal story books.

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Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

 

 

The interactive exhibits in Crown Center’s Showplace are always a treat for Lily. Some of our favorites over the years have featured the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz and a Storybook Village. For me, Animal Tales and Trails was another enjoyable exhibit, due in part to the added teachable moments where Lily and I discussed the animals and their habitats. Lily has her favorite animals but she loved the bees in the bee hive! We recently met a beekeeper during First Friday, so she’s been very interested in them. It was great for her to see the beautiful giant bee illustrations. As we looked at the imagery of the inside of a beehive I gave Lily a recap of the different types of bees and their roles. She also learned a some new words: arachnid and pachyderm. Lily surprised me as well when I found out she knows what a joey is!

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

Enjoy a walk on the wild side at Animals Tales and Trails through May 1, 2016. Location is the Crown Center Shops Level 1 Showplace. Hours are Sunday 11 am – 6 pm; Monday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday 10 am – 7 pm. A complete walk through the interactive will take about one hour. Although, I’m sure Lily would have stayed all day if I had let her. The cost is free.

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

Enter for your chance to win a Private One-Hour Party at the Animal Tales and Trails exhibit at Crown Center for up to 20 Kids, a $100 Crown Center Gift Certificate and a Prize Package from Crown Center Merchants! This giveaway is sponsored by The Kansas City Star. Entries accepted until March 31, 2016 11:59 pm.

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

Animal Tales and Trails at Crown Center. Credit: Kiara Watts

Animal Tales and Trails is best suited for children ages 2-11. For more information about this fun interactive exhibit, visit the Crown Center website or call 816-274-8444.

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Little Passports Global Adventures

Travel the World with Little Passports

 

This conversation is sponsored by Little Passports. All opinions expressed are my own.

Little Passports, A Global Adventure

I was introduced to Little Passports last summer when I saw this ad. “Travel to All 50 States from Your Living Room!” is what caught my attention. I found that statement interesting because I love exploring unique cultures. Who doesn’t? It’s why I’m so thankful to live in a city that never stops celebrating people from different countries across the Earth. That is also what Little Passports is about.

Little Passports is a destination adventure travel kit filled with souvenirs, activities, pen pal letters, and more. Each month a kit featuring a new state or country is delivered. It’s geared towards children ages 3 to 12. However, as a parent who loves to experience fun ways to learn, I like it too. Plus I especially enjoy knowing that as my daughter is soaking up knowledge I’m gaining some very cool and useful facts as well.

The destination adventure travel kits are available for three age groups, 3-5, 6-10, and 7-12.

Little Passports Early Explorers

Little Passports Early Explorers
Learn more about Early Explorers!

Early Explorers are for children ages 3-5. To get started, a fun orange suitcase comes with a letter from pen pals Max, Mia, & their dog Toby, a 20-page activity booklet, a wall-sized world map, and souvenirs. Adventure kits arrive every month with an additional activity book, pen pal letter, souvenirs, flashlight adventures, and trading cards. Subscriptions come in three options; monthly renewal for $15.95 per month, bi-annual renewal for $95.70 every 6 months, and annual renewal for $167.40 per year.

Little Passports World Edition

Little Passports World Edition
Learn more about the World Edition!

Children ages 6-10 can learn with the World Edition. This kit comes with Little Passports signature blue suitcase, a passport, a wall-sized world map, a letter from pen pals Sam & Sofia, photos, stickers, an activity sheet, and access to the Boarding Zone online games. Every month a new adventure kit arrives with fun souvenirs, a pen pal letter, more stickers for the suitcase, photos, a map, and activity sheets. Subscriptions come in three options; monthly renewal for $12.95 per month, bi-annual renewal for $83.70 every 6 months, and annual renewal for $143.40 per year.

Little Passports USA Edition

Little Passports USA Edition
Learn more about the USA Edition!

The USA Edition is for children ages 7-12. The first adventure kit comes with an USA field guide, an USA scratch book, a wall-sized map of the United States, a letter from pen pals Sam & Sofia, a disposable camera, and a photo scavenger hunt project. Each month two new states are featured in an adventure kit that includes a 32-page activity-packed state journal, stickers, postcards, pop-out models, and access to online activities. Subscriptions come in three options; monthly renewal for $12.95 per month, bi-annual renewal for $83.70 every 6 months, and annual renewal for $143.40 per year.

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Little Passports is a great way to educate your children about the world with a variety of high quality entertaining activities. The age level categories make sure your child will receive age-relevant content. Each destination adventure travel kit is full of beautifully illustrated, detailed information on states and countries around the world.

Go on a global adventure with Little Passports!

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Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City

Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City

As our adventures take us to more and more cool places we occasionally have to stop and eat. I’ve realized that there some very unexpectedly kid friendly restaurants in Kansas City!

Chez Elle Creperie and Coffeehouse
1713 Summit Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

Chez Elle Creperie. Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City.
Le Jardin and Le Franco crepes, and Peach Melba Smoothies

Chez Elle is a casual French-themed coffeehouse that serves sweet & savory crepes inside an old neighborhood theater. My first observation was the unconventional seating arrangements. On warmer days outdoor tables are ideal. If your child’s loud crying or, in my case, laughing often result in rude stares and not so discreet sighs of disgust, fear not. Enjoy the beauty of the Westside while feasting away. Once the days get colder, my eyes are on the prize of the sofa and chairs by the side entrance. Does your child commonly get a case of the wiggles? Let them lounge on the sofa. Chez Elle has also brought game night to the restaurant. A bookshelf of board games, coloring books, crayons, and children’s stories have kept Lily entertained through long Saturday and Sunday morning brunches. Whoever thought of it must know that chic urban city dwellers wish to dine at more sophisticated eateries than Chuck E. Cheese.

Char Bar – Smoked Meats & Amusements
4050 Pennsylvania Avenue, #150
Kansas City, MO 64111

Char Bar. Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City
*Whomp Platter

Char Bar is BBQ & Southern eats with a modern twist, plus mason-jar cocktails, in a big space with a retro vibe. The team behind Char Bar describe it as a new kind of playground where carnivores, herbivores and locavores can co-mingle peacefully. Luckily that playground also includes toys that any child would like. The Beer Garden has four game areas to make a great BBQ filled family fun day or night out. Cornhole is free. Ping Pong is $10 per 30 minute session. Bocce Ball is $20 per hour. Classic Croquet is $20 or $5 per person per hour.

Kona Grill
444 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64112

Kona Grill. Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City
California Roll and Atlantic Roll

Kona Grill has one of the best happy hour in Kansas City! The food is delicious and the staff has excellent customer service. Not too long along I had the pleasure of dining there for a friend’s birthday lunch. Just so happened that Lily came along with me. Since we were there for a birthday lunch I thought nothing of bringing her. However, a young child in the bar area of any restaurant would usually be cause for a quiet panic from servers and diners alike. Not the case at Kona Grill. Our servers were wonderfully sweet and very accommodating. Read about that dining experience HERE.

Spin! Neapolitan Pizza
2450 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108

Spin Pizza. Unexpectedly Kid Friendly Restaurants in Kansas City.
Harvest Pizza and Blood Orange Sangria

An honorable mention goes to Spin! Pizza at Crown Center. While it is without the toys and tricks of the aforementioned establishments, it still has a vibe that does well with bringing your kids to eat there. The 4-7 pm happy hour makes Spin! one of the more wallet friendly dinner choices for eating out in Kansas City. Lily loves the unique seasonal ingredients that she can add to her pizza. If your child would balk at the sight of anything green or brown or orange or purple on their pizza, don’t worry. Children can get the Bambini kids meal with cheese or pepperoni pizza or mac & cheese with a drink (soda, milk, or juice) and a mini gelato.

This list is of kid friendly restaurants that we have experienced. If you know of any others in Kansas City please let me know. Express yourself in the comments below.

*Whomp Platter image by Ardie Davis.