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St. Patrick’s Day Kansas City



Pack up the kids and take a ride to see one of the local Kansas City metro St. Patrick’s Day Parades.   You can enjoy St. Patrick’s day at home too with some crafts and recipes I pinned on our St. Patrick’s Day (w/o green food coloring) board

Saturday, March 15

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  26th Annual Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Beef & cabbage meal, scavenger hunt, games, and more.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Snake Saturday Festival North Kansas City
Carnival rides, food, a car show, free pony rides, petting zoo, live entertainment and much more.

10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Festivities and Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lee’s Summit, MO
Pre-parade breakfast and scavenger hunt. Parade at noon.

2 p.m. Brookside 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Warm-Up Parade

2 p.m. - Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lexington MO

5 p.m. - Wendell Ivers Li’l Bit of Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Belton MO

Sunday, March 16

1 p.m. Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade
Pre-parade activities, breakfast, Irish lunch

12 p.m. - 30th Annu

al St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Leavenworth

Annual downtown parade and bake sale.

2 p.m. Irishpaloo

Monday, March 17 za Martin City
Family-fun community celebration

11 a.m. - The 41st Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Amazing floats, bands and vendors.

1:30 p.m. - 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence
The event raises money for local children’s charities.


Spring Break Overland Park


Young Girls Operating Cell Phones with a Young Boy (10-14) Standing Behind Them

We are home for Spring Break and play dates are slim pickings with many friends going out of town.  Here is my A-Z list of things to do in JoCo this Spring  Break. Most activities are listed on our calendar. Please tell the venues that Macaroni Kid sent you! Many activities require registration, so hurry.

Art - Silver Tree Visual Arts Institute offers some amazing year-round and summer programs. They are offering FREE mini sessions during Spring Break. My kids are already signed up and you better hurry because there is limited seating. Additional classes are only $10. Go to their Facebook page here for details.

Bargain Selling & Shopping - Kids always need new stuff. Spring Break is a great time to have the kids help you clean out the closets and get organized for Spring. Create “donate” and “sell” bins. Check out the consignment options at local sales, such as Kid’s Closet Connection Overland ParkHere We Grow Again Olathe or Here We Grow Again Shawnee. Your older kids can use the computer to make tags for you.
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The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting new ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of sports and entertainment, letting fans vote on new rules to be used in actual games. It was so much fun, we are doing it again, and there are cool new rules to choose from on our 2014 “Fans Rule” World Tour:

o Hot Hand Jersey – A player wearing this jersey gets double the points when scoring.
o Make or Miss – The quarter starts with 2 players on each team. When a team scores, a teammate may enter the court. When they miss, a teammate must leave the court.
o Trick Shot Challenge – The team’s challenge each other to make trick shots, with 5 points awarded to a team the makes a trick shot, and 5 points given to the opposition if the shot is missed.

Take your kids to www.harlemglobetrotters.com/rule to vote for their favorite, craziest rule. Then, get your tickets to the game, where you will see the winning rules put into live action.

Harlem Globetrotters

Saturday, January 25 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Location: Sprint Center

Full Price              Discount Price

$38                              $31

$30                              $23

$24                              $17

Click here to buy.  Enter promo code: mackidjoco


A $3/ticket fee will apply

Deadline to order discount tickets is Jan. 23, 2014 (while supplies last)

Children 2 years of age & older require a ticket

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets here!

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Events Kansas City

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Honor the life and legacy of one of the greatest men of all times.

Jan. 16th
2014 Olathe Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
 - Annual celebration and awards presentation. See the 6th-12th grade essay, multi-media and visual art “Rising Above Yourself” projects on display all day. Guest speaker Dr. Cynthia Johnson and awards presentation begins at 6:30 pm.

Jan. 18th
Overland Park
Johnson County Community Memorial Program “Martin and Mandela: Reflections of a Legacy” 
- Music and guest speaker Missouri Court of Appeals Judge, Lisa White Hardwick

Jan 20th
Martin Luther King Day Special Event at U.S. Toy Store Leawood - Stop by U.S. Toy and enjoy FREE story time and a “What is Your Dream?” craft.

MLK Jr. Day of Service at Olathe Public Library - The library is hosting a day of service projects for local non-profit agencies. Kids can assist with a special project. There is also a Red Cross Blood Drive for the grown-ups.

MLK Jr. Day of Service at Indian Creek Branch Library- The library is hosting a day of service projects for local non-profit agencies. Kids can assist with a special project. There is also a Harvesters.

Jan. 21st

8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration at MNU - Guest speaker Dr. Charles Johnson recipient of the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award.

Author Talk and Book Signing at MNU - Dr. Charles Johnson and Chet Bush, author of Called to Fire.

Royals FanFest 2014

Fans can celebrate the New Year in a big league way at Royals FanFest with autograph sessions featuring current and former Royals, interactive games for all ages, main stage programs and more. The club’s 2013 Major League award winners will also be recognized during the event. In addition, ARAMARK and Royals Authentics will be on site selling the latest merchandise and unique Royals memorabilia, and special activities will be planned throughout the event at the Royals Diamond presented by Teva.

The 2014 FanFest will mark the first time the Royals are hosting the event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The downtown facility was also the site of the 2012 MLB All-Star FanFest, which drew nearly 120,000 during the five-day event in July 2012. The club will utilize spacious Bartle Hall, which features a main exhibition hall to give fans more room to view exhibits and enjoy the festivities.

As an added bonus, Royals 2014 season ticket holders will receive exclusive access on both days of the event before FanFest opens to the general public. Season ticket holders will receive an email with a link so they can purchase tickets including the exclusive access sessions.

Hours for the 2014 Royals FanFest are listed below.


Friday, January 31                  

Noon-2 p.m.                            Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Holders

2-9 p.m.                                    FanFest Open to General Public

Saturday, February 1

9-11 a.m.                                  Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Holders

11 a.m.-7 p.m.                         FanFest Open to General Public

Purchase Royals FanFest tickets atwww.royals.com/fanfest or by calling (816) 504-4040 or visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Online and phone orders are subject to applicable service fees. Royals season ticket holders should purchase online via the special link they will receive.

Ticket prices for Royals FanFest are as follows:

Adult $13 in advance / $15 day of sale
Youth (ages 6 – 17) $7 in advance / $9 day of sale
Adult 2-Day $19 in advance / $23 day of sale
Youth 2-Day $10 in advance / $13 day of sale
Children five and under FREE

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets here:

Daddy Daughter Dances

Here is our round-up of all the upcoming Daddy-Daughter Date Nights in Johnson County. Your girl will be delighted with a special night with her dad, grandpa, uncle or special family man.

Blue Valley Recreation Daddy Daughter Date Night
February 7th, 7-10 pm at the beautiful Ritz Charles in Overland Park
Ages K-5th grade
DJ plays top 40 hits, light refreshments & beverages, and a professional keepsake portrait
Register by 2/1
$50 per couple ($65 for non-residents), additional daughters $25 each

Read more on our Macaroni Kid JoCo site

Halloween 2013: Family Fun in JoCo

Halloween 2013

Halloween 2013

You don’t have to wait until the 31st for Halloween fun. There are a ton of Halloween-themed fun activities happening all over Johnson County.

Oct. 24, 2013 (Thursday)

  • Pumpkin Hollow at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, OP, 10am-3pm, $7. Continues through Halloween.
  • The Great Pumpkin at Bass Pro Shops, Olathe, FREE. Different events daily through Halloween.
  • Celebrate Day of the Dead at Olathe Public Library, Olathe, 4:30-5:30 pm, FREE.
  • Enchanted Forest, Lenexa, 6:30-8:30 pm, $3 wristband.
  • Halloween Happenings at the Merriam Marketplace, Merriam, 6:30-7:45 pm, FREE

Keep reading on Macaroni Kid JoCo

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Fun in and Around JoCo

Fall is here and it is time to hit the pumpkin patches and fall festivals!  Our roundup for Johnson County, KS can be found by clicking the guide below. Our annual Halloween guide will be out soon too!


Join the fight to STOMP Out Hunger

STOMP makes its triumphant return to Kansas City at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on April 5 – 7.  This will mark the first time that STOMP has appeared at the Kauffman.  The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. The show will also include all the favorite routines including everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.  The show retains all of its humor and audience participation in a fun-filled performance sure to please all ages.

Take a glimpse here:

STOMP wants to end hunger in Kansas City! STOMP  will make a special appearance to “Play the Harvesters Food Bank” on April 5 at 1 p.m.  Four cast members will perform an impromptu sneak peek performance using the found items at Harvesters as their musical instruments.  They will also show Sluggerrr from the Kansas City Royals a couple smooth STOMP  moves.

STOMP will offer a $5 discount to anyone who purchases tickets with a special code; and for every ticket purchased with that code, Theater League and STOMP will donate $5 to Harvesters.

STOMP Out Hunger with Arvest Bank, Mix 93.3 and the Kansas City Royals.

Save $5 on tickets to STOMP for the Saturday, Apr. 6 at 9 p.m. or Sunday, Apr. 7 at 6:30 p.m. show by clicking here
Use the code: BROOMS

Tickets to STOMP, starting at $26, are on sale now at theaterleague.com, at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Box Office and calling 816.994.722

Performance Dates:
Friday, April 5 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 6 at 5:00 & 9:00 pm

Sunday, April 7 at 1 & 6:30 pm

Ticket Giveaway:
This show is HOT! How about winning a family four-pack of tickets?
You can win four tickets to the opening show on Friday, April 5 at 8 pm.

1. Leave a comment on our Macaroni Kid JoCo blog for one entry.
2. Get a second entry by entering the contest on our Facebook page. (Note: You must approve the Woobox contest app). Get multiple more entries every by sharing the Facebook link. Every time someone enters from your link, you get another 2 bonus entries!

Rules: You must be 18+ to enter this giveaway and a subscriber of the Macaroni Kid JoCo weekly e-news. If you enter without subscribing, your email address will automatically be added to our mailing list.  No purchase necessary. Winner will be chosen by random on April 3, 2013 at 8 pm and notified by email. See full rules here.

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Cirque du Soleil‘s critically-acclaimed production Quidam will be performing in Kansas City from December 26-30, 2012 at the Sprint Center for eight performances only. We have 4 tickets to opening night for one lucky reader!

Tickets are now available at www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam or by calling 866-553-2457. Our sponsor has graciously given us a family four-pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky Macaroni Kid JoCo reader. What a fantastic Christmas present! Keep reading to see how to enter.

had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since that time, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. In December 2010, Quidamembarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.

Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam—where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.

Show Schedule (December 26-30, 2012):

  • Wednesday, December 26 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, December 28 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 29 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 30 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: From $35 to $75
  • Children (12 & under): From $28 to $61
  • Military, Seniors & Students: From $31.50 to $63

A limited number of Premium tickets are also available for all performances.

For show and ticket information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/quidam.

Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.

Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil International Headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Visit Cirque du Soleil on Twitter www.twitter.com/cirque (@cirque)

Visit Quidam on Facebook : www.facebook.com/Quidam

Here is your chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the opening show on Wednesday, December 26th at 7:30 pm.
1. You must work or play in Johnson County, KS and be a Macaroni Kid JoCo subscriber.  Not a subscriber? No problem, just click here to sign up.
2. The contest is on Facebook. Please like our page and enter the contest here.
3. The more you share, the more chances you have to win!
Good Luck!

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