Halloween in KC, part 1

Posted October 17, 2016 11:15am by Jane

Halloween is fast approaching, and there are tons of great ways to celebrate the season and this beautiful weather we’re having in KC! Here are some kid-friendly (read: not-so-scary) ways to celebrate Halloween before the big day.

Storytelling Fun

  • Paul Mesner Presents: Georgie and the Noisy Ghost: Based on the book by Robert Bright, this children’s classic relates the story of a shy, friendly ghost named Georgie who takes a trip with Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker to their seaside cottage. When a Noisy Ghost disrupts the vacation, it’s up to Georgie to help his fellow ghost learn to be helpful…and not so noisy! October 19-30 at the Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64109
  • Storyteller Jo Ho at Mill Creek Activity Center: Join Jo and her not so scary scarecrows for a lively story time to learn about autumn and harvest time on Weds, Oct. 19. Giggles and sing-a-longs abound! Pre-registration is required by contacting the museum at (913)715-2575. 10-11am at Mill Creek Activity Center, 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee, Kansas, 66217

Getting into the Halloween Spirit

  • Pumpkin Palooza: Games, face painting, trunk or treat, and live entertainment to welcome in Halloween! October 22, 9am-1pm (or until pumpkins sell out); Sunflower House, 1554 W. 65 Street, Shawnee, KS 66216
  • Brick or Treat at LegoLand: Come out for spooktacular fun at Brick or Treat Oct. 22&23 and 29&30! Build your own pumpkin out of LEGO® brick, search for all kinds of monsters in MINILAND, get fang-tastic prizes, learn to build  your own Great Pumpkin, get an exclusive Halloween factory brick, and much more in preparation for Halloween. Wear your Halloween costume to receive $3 off full price, walk-up admission only.brick-or-treat_eblast
  • 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 and enjoy trick or treating, 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.
  • Pumpkin Express Train: Enjoy a railroad ride to the pumpkin patch on the Belton, Grandview & Kansas City Railroad. Train times are 12:30, 2 and 3:30pm on October 22 & 23
  • Fall Harvest Days at Paradise Park: Every fall Paradise Park cranks up the tractors and theme the grounds for a fall harvest experience.  Daytime hayrides run every weekend on a regular basis with S’mores and hot chocolate by the campfire. Added features include the children’s petting zoo with dozens of animals with the country hayride and some spooky Halloween activities including Laser Tag and more! Through October 30 at Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.tricksandtreatsworldsoffun
  • Jungle-o-Ween: Enjoy a  pumpkin patch, hayride through a haunted trail, carnival games, a bounce house, food trucks and more at Macken Park in North Kansas City. October 22, 11am-3pm at Macken Park Festival Shelter, at the corners of Clark Ferguson Drive and Howell Street, NKC. Click herefor a park map.

Animals & Halloween

  • Night of the Living Farm: Every October they transform Deanna Rose Farmstead into a fun-filled, yet eerily spooky place. Enjoy scary and non-scary activities for all ages! 6-9pm at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Road, Overland Park, KS 66221; $10 General Admission, $1 off for Friends of the Farmstead Members, Under age 2 – Free; Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29
  • Fairy Tale Forest: This non-scary Halloween event is sure to delight you and your little ones! Walk through a quarter-mile trail lit with over 100 jack-o-lanterns, meet fantastically fun animals and fairy tale characters for trick-or-treating, and enjoy crafts and meeting real animals in the Nature Sanctuary. October 21-23 at Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary, 407 N. La Frenz Road, Liberty, MO; event runs October 21-23
  • Sea Life Halloween: Visit Sea Life and watch the spooky spectacle of underwater pumpkin carving, vote for your favorite underwater masterpiece, enjoy face painting and more as Sea Life kicks off Halloween October 22& 23, and 29&30. Be sure to wear your favorite costume!
  • Hoots & Howls: Join the KC Zoo for some Halloween fun! From 10am-3pm, cruise around on a pedal tractor, navigate a hay bale maze and have your face painted like your favorite animal. Sing along with our interactive DJ and take a ride on the Scare-o-cel. Animals are joining in the fun by smashing pumpkins at scheduled times throughout the day. Weekends in October through October 23.
  • Growl-o-Ween: Every October the Country Club Plaza is taken over by costumed pups competing for prizes and doing ‘Tricks for Treats” at over 30 participating Plaza Merchants! October 22, 11am at Mill Creek Park, 47th & J.C. Nichols Parkway; registration is $10/dog pre-event; $15/dog on day of event

Something Totally Different

  • Trick-or-Cache at Antioch Park: This is definitely a different way to celebrate Halloween! Search for caches filled with candy and trinkets hidden around Antioch Park using Global Positioning Systems (GPS). End the hunt with hot dogs, s’mores, and spooky stories around the fire circle. Register at Johnson County Parks & Rec’s Online Registration page by October 17. 11am&5:30pm at Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam, KS, 66202. Trick-or-Cache happens October 21.
  • Haunted Kansas: As darkness falls on October 22, walk through the trails of Ernie Miller Park and listen to the stories of long ago. Characters from the past will share legends around the campfire. Expect a shiver down the spine and a mild case of goose bumps for those who dare enter the forest on this autumn evening. 6:30-8pm, Ernie Miller Nature Park, 909 N Hwy 7 Olathe, KS, 66061, recommended for ages 8 & up
  • Day of the Dead Celebration: Discover the history and cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos with live music, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, crafts, face painting and food. All ages welcome! Bring a picnic and enjoy the historic grounds of the Kansas City Museum. 1 – 4 pm, October 23 at Kansas City Museum at Corinthian Hall, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Check out our Events Calendar for many more upcoming Halloween activities in and around KC, and stay tuned for Halloween Part 2 next week at KC Kids Fun for more Halloween fun and trick-or-treating ideas for a safe Halloween!

Images courtesy of the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, Worlds of Fun and the Kansas City Zoo.

Kansas City Pumpkin Patches 2016

Posted October 09, 2016 9:07pm by Jane

Haven’t made it to the pumpkin patch yet? There’s still plenty of time to make it before Halloween this year! In case you missed our earlier post, check out one of our most popular listings of the year: KC-area Pumpkin Patch/Fruit Orchards for your family 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.

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


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!


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

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


Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Posted October 03, 2016 8:36am by Jane

mahaffiecornOne of my favorite things about October in Kansas City is the chance to get outside and live in the moment. We’ve finally contained the scramble to get to soccer, volleyball, and all of the many start-of-school activities and practices that seemed to overtake our daily lives in September, and now we get to enjoy what I consider the best season in Kansas City.

One way to slow down the pace of life is a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. This somewhat hidden gem in Olathe, KS, is a working 19th century farm where you and your family can enjoy some of the daily activities that took place on the farm, complete with a stagecoach ride! The entire farm allows you to experience and explore 1860s farming, frontier life and stagecoach travel, and truly offers something for all ages and interests.


For your little history buffs, the interactive museum that begins the tour is informational and interactive (read, fun for kids). Try on costumes, learn about the tools they used around the farm, and even a little Kansas/Santa Fe Trail history while you’re at it. Then, get ready for the experiential fun: Visit the farmhouse, including the still-working basement kitchen where stagecoach travelers took their meals, the livestock barn to check out the work horses, blacksmith demonstrations, the wash house (yes, even doing laundry is fun at Mahaffie!) and the games area. Your kids won’t even notice that they haven’t been on a device for hours! Click here to plan your visit.

As an added bonus, this month is Harvest Month at Mahaffie, showcasing how the Mahaffie family prepared for winter in the 1860s. Experience harvesting crops, grinding corn, pressing cider, and all the other work needed to get ready for winter in Kansas. Check out their Calendar of Events for a complete listing of weekend events.

Mahaffie Farm is open seven days a week, but the weekends offer much more in the way of interactive activities. Regular admission includes all activities: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5 to 11, under 4 are free. For more information, click here...and enjoy your time on the farm!

Images courtesy of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.