Halloween Kick Off in Kansas City

Posted September 26, 2016 7:00am by Jane

Fall is really in the air this week, and I don’t know about you, but my kids are getting into the Halloween spirit! We’re already talking about which costumes to make or buy, and they are excited to go to our local pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkins for jack o’ lanterns. Until then, there are a few Halloween-related activities happening this weekend. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you there…

  • Pumpkin Hollow Opening Day at Deanna Rose Farmstead: Get lost in a corn maze, ride the Pumpkin Hollow Express, climb a hay pyramid, play in a corn box, slide the giant hay slide, and have a great time gathering pumpkins! A horse-drawn wagon ride wideannarose-corn-slidell take you to and from the patch where each person gets to take home a pumpkin. September 30-October 31, check website for times and admission fees.
  • Hoots & Howls at the KC Zoo: Enjoy some spooky (not scary) Halloween fun at the KC Zoo with special activities and entertainment, starting October 1, and running each weekend through Halloween. Kids can take a hayride around the zoo, make crafts, ride the pedal tractors, navigate a hay bale maze, get their faces painted, sing along with an interactive DJ, and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Various animals will smash pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day too. Added bonus: This weekend, October 1 & 2, superhero friends Batman and Superman are taking a day off from fighting crime to visit the zoo and take pictures from 10am-3pm.tricksandtreatsworldsoffun
  • The Great Pumpkin Fest at Worlds of Fun: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with tons of not-so-scary activities in Planet Snoopy at Worlds of Fun. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes for Tricks & Treats with the Peanuts gang and Lucy’s Costume Contest. There’s also the hay bale maze, Linus’ Great Pumpkin Patch, Sally’s Creepy Crafts, and Spooky Tales with Snoopy for added fun. Runs through October, 11am-5pm each Saturday and Sunday.

If a pumpkin patch is more to your taste, be sure to check out our 2016 Kansas City Pumpkin Patch Directory…and keep watching our Events Calendar for tons more Halloween fun coming your way this October!

Images courtesy of Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead and Worlds of Fun.

2016 Kansas City Pumpkin Patch Directory

Posted September 15, 2016 9:39pm by Jane

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With a hint of autumn in the air, our family is ready to head to the pumpkin patch! Below is a listing of KC Kids Fun’s ever-popular Pumpkin Patch/Fruit Orchard listing for Kansas City-area residents to enjoy.

If I’ve overlooked your favorite pumpkin patch or orchard…please leave a comment and we’ll get it added.  Also – if you operate one of these businesses and would like to purchase a Sponsored Listing (affording you prime, top-of-list placement along with a graphic) please contact me at kiran@kckidsfun.com. It’s just that easy!

Sponsored Listings

officialLogoKC Pumpkin Patch (Olathe, KS) Come visit us at our NEW location in Olathe at 13875 S. Gardner Rd! Conveniently located off 135th Street and Gardner Road, just west of K-7.  You won’t believe your eyes when you see our new, improved pumpkin patch! We’ve brought back all of your favorite activities: Pumpkins Galore – Slide Mountain – Goat Walk – Zip Lines – Jumping Pillow – Outdoor Farm Games – Gourd Gun – Mazes to Explore – and more! Fall season- open 7 days a week!  Sept 24- Oct 31, 2016.

General Listings

Northland:

Alldredge Orchards (Platte City) – apples, pumpkins, playground and more!

Carolyn’s Country Cousins (Liberty, MO) – pumpkin patch and educational farm, petting farm, corn dig, wagon rides, train rides and more.

Liberty Corn Maze (Liberty, MO) – nothing to pick, but four large corn mazes to run through for some autumn fun!

Pumpkins, Etc. (Platte City, MO) – pumpkins, mums, haystacks and fall decor

Red Barn Farm (Weston, MO) – pumpkins, animals, hayrides and corn maze

Schweizer’s Orchard (St. Joseph, MO) – pick your own apples and pumpkins!

KCMO:

Faulkner’s Pumpkin Farm (Kansas City, MO – south of I-470) – a TON of family-friendly fun! Open October 1-31

Annual Pumpkin Patch for DeLaSalle School – Sat October 8, 2016, 10am-2pm, Brookside Park (56th St at Brookside Blvd, KCMO); Enjoy music, face painting, pony rides, bounce house, food and drink. Free of charge, suggested donation: $10

Eastern Jackson County, MO:

Sibley Orchards (Sibley, Jackson County, MO) – apples, pumpkins, hayrides & cider!

Cass County, MO (just south of KCMO):

The Berry Patch (just south of Leawood & Martin City) – u-pick blackberries available until the first hard fall freeze; u-pick blueberries still available (as of mid-Sept.)

Dunn’s Cider Mill (Belton, MO) – cider and donuts!

Johnson Farms (Belton, MO) – you pick pumpkins, playground, animals and more!

Shuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch (Pleasant Hill, MO) – HUGE cornfield maze, pumpkins and variety of activities

Johnson County, KS:

Blue Valley Recreation Annual Family Fall Festival: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 1-4pm at the Rec Complex, fields 2-4, 9701 W. 137th St., Overland Park, KS. Ages 9 and under. Games, face painting, petting zoo, huge kites, horse-drawn hayrides, clowns, inflatables, petting zoo & ice cream! First 500 registered receive a pumpkin and a treat bucket. $5; non residents: $6. Register by calling 913.685.6000 or online.

Deanna Rose Farmstead Pumpkin Hollow – horse-drawn hayride, hay slide, kids activities and pumpkins

Hickory Creek Ranch (Spring Hill, KS) – Pumpkin patch CLOSED in 2016

KC Pumpkin Patch (Olathe, KS) – Pumpkins and tons of kids entertainment

Wagon Wheel Orchard (Gardner, KS) – fall apples and pears.  Be sure to check the picking report!

 

Miami County, KS (just south of Johnson County, KS):

Louisburg Cider Mill and Country Store (Louisburg, KS) – pumpkin patch, corn maze, cider, donuts and fun activities!

Powell Pumpkin Patch (Louisburg, KS) – you pick pumpkins, playground, hayrides, corn maze

Douglas County, KS (just west of Johnson County, KS):

Pendleton’s Country Market (Lawrence, KS) – pick your own pumpkins and more

Schaakes Pumpkin Patch (Lawrence, KS) – you pick pumpkins, hayrides, mazes, animals

Wyandotte County, KS:

Kerby Farm Pumpkin Patch (Bonner Springs, KS) – pumpkins, corn maze, tractor pull

Leavenworth County, KS:

Lamborn Farm (Leavenworth, KS) – pumpkins, local honey, and fall-themed activities throughout Fall Festival

 

Image courtesy of KC Pumpkin Patch.

Happy Parents & Thriving Kids

Posted September 11, 2016 10:59pm by Jane
There’s SO much happening in KC this September (check out our Events Calendar if you don’t believe it!). Which is why I’m using this blog opportunity to take a deep breath and share a great way to cope with the school-year schedule.
If you could use some help getting back into the structured days full of morning rush, homework and after-school activities, there’s a great new (free!) Love & Logic-based webinar, called Happy Parents & Thriving Kids: Expert Support for Busy Parents. The online parenting summit begins Sept. 14, so sign up today! You’ll get information and much-needed insights from parenting experts on issues we all face, including social media, children’s health, anxiety, organization and family systems, and of course, how to get your kids to eat their veggies!
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Get back to the order of daily life this school year…and reduce your blood pressure while you do it. Thanks to Wendy Petricoff, the mom behind Happy Parenting & Thriving Kids, below is a short Q&A that gives a quick peek into what types of topics will be covered:
Q: I dread school mornings. It seems like I argue every morning with my kids over food, getting them to eat right is a major battle. HELP!

A: School mornings are stressful to begin with: you’re pressed for time and have a lot to accomplish. During a quiet evening or weekend, work with your kids to come up with a list of breakfast options. Get their input and toss in a few ideas yourself. (Pinterest is a great resource for ideas!) Then, plan a time on the weekend to experiment with some of the recipes. Do a taste test. Have some fun with it. Go to the grocery store together and pick out some new yogurt flavors. Get the kids involved! Maybe you’ll come up with a delicious smoothie or a healthy breakfast cookie recipe that makes you and the kids happy!

Q: Since the school year started I find that I am so stressed-out. Between homework, technology, sports schedules and getting a decent dinner on the table I just feel beat up and exhausted by the end of the day. Any tips?

A:  I get it. There are so many cool activities and we want to take advantage of everything! Take a good hard look at your schedule. Is there anything that can ‘give’? Or a place where you can create some space for you and your family? Can you institute one day of the week when everyone is home and you don’t plan any activities? Remind your family what is really important…just being together. Once you have created some space, be sure to ban any technology for a 1- or 2-hour period so that you can really connect. (I recommend a tech ban for all family for one hour a day, including grown ups!) Know that someone will try to break your new rule for a family night. Stick to your guns and if you need to re-schedule it once in awhile, that’s okay too!

Image courtesy of Charlotte Parenting Solutions.