We just had our first day of Parent/Toddler class and I officially feel like we are getting into the groove of Fall. I’ve been thinking through our weekly and daily rhythm and starting to get a feel for how our week will go. Once it’s all ironed out then I will share that for you, but for now I want to share a few things I have marked on our calendar for the upcoming season.
One of my favorite parts of living outside of Kansas City is the amount of arts and cultural experiences London and I are able to enjoy. Diversity is very important to us when raising our kids and we firmly believe in inclusion vs exclusion. There is always something to do in the Kansas City area and I like to take London downtown as much as possible. Here’s what we have on our radar for the next few months.
- Theatre for Young America is located in the the bottom part of Union Station in downtown KC. They are perfect shows for your little ones lasting about 30 minutes typically and then they have a Q&A section at the end. Their opening show is ‘Dragons love Tacos’, based off the children’s book ‘Dragons Love Tacos’ by Adam Rubin. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out at the library. It’s pretty cute, London adores it! We don’t own it, but my niece and nephew do and she will randomly ask me ‘Did you know dragons love tacos!?’. It’s playing October 8th- November 9th, you can look for tickets here.
- Paul Mesner Puppet Theatre has shows are also geared towards younger children and are the perfect length of time. They are a bit more expensive than other activities we do, but they offer a season pass which makes it more affordable. The theatre is a non-profit and has been in Kansas City for over 30 years. Their shows are usually worth the ticket price, in my opinion. They are showing the Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, based on the Caldecott Award winning book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smithoff . Playing from 10/30-11/16 at various times, you can buy tickets here.
- Nelson Atkins Museum has some awesome cultural days this fall that we can’t wait to attend. This weekend they are having a Native American Cultural Celebration on Sunday, September 15th from 10-4pm. It’s free to the public and will have dance performances, story time, art activities and other demonstrations throughout the day. This is a fun event for all ages.
- Deaf Cultural Festival is also a featured event at Nelsons Atkins. The celebration is on Sunday, September 28 from 10-4pm. They will have entertainment, hands-on art activities, storytelling, and more to celebrate American Sign Language and Kansas City’ Deaf Cultural Month.
- Day of the Dead Celebrations will be on November 4th this year from 10-4 at the Nelson Atkins as well. Last year we went and it was a lot of fun, crowded but still worth it! I believe that this festival and Chinese New Year are the biggest ones and can be a bit overwhelming. We attended later in the day and were able to manage the crowd and still enjoy our time there.
- Kansas City Symphony puts on Petite Performances designed for children 0-6 years old. There is a theme each session and it runs about 20 minutes. You will listen to a story and there is a few musicians who play along to the story. It’s very interactive with movement and signing throughout the story. Plus, at the end you can try out a instruments if you’d like. The next Petite Performance is October 26th and they have three time slots, 9:30, 10:30, & 11:30. Get your tickets now because they will sell out.
There you go! These are the “field trips” I have planned for us this fall. On top of these things we will spend a bunch of time outside before it gets too cold. We love the Overland Park Arboretum and using our AllTrails App to find hiking trails. Ernie Miller Nature Center has some great programs during the week for toddlers as well. Last week London met a opossum at story time there!
What do you all have planned? Are you excited for fall, or wishing summer would last forever? Would love to hear from all of you!