Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Posted September 17, 2017 8:14pm by Jane

The great weather we’re having lately makes me want to get outside as much as possible – and get the kids away from screens too! And while Pumpkin Patches are in season, we also love visiting the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm each fall.

The only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie makes it fun to learn about what life was like in Kansas during the 1860s. Kids (and adults) get a taste of what farming, cooking, stagecoach travel and life was like living on the Kansas frontier.

RockingMMiniaturesFortunately, fall offers some special ways to explore the grounds, enjoy the activities and animals, ride the Stagecoach, and live the history!

Wild West Days

September 23 & 24 brings Mahaffie’s Wild West Days, where families can enjoy a chuckwagon cook-off, live entertainment and lots of hands-on activities, including a stagecoach ride, roping, meeting cowboys and Buffalo Soldiers, panning for gold, leather stamping, blacksmithing and playing 1860s games. Admission is $5/person for ages 5 & up, and child admission coupons are available for one free child admittance with one adult ticket. Some activities cost extra, so bring some extra money along! 

Fall Harvest Weekends

Mahaffie’s Fall Harvest Weekends begin October 7, 2017 to kick off weekends full of fun throughout October. Picking Corn

Fall is harvest time on the Mahaffie Farm, and kids get to see what life was really like during harvest season. You’ll get to pick, shell and grind corn, ride in the stagecoach, tour the house and learn how Mrs. Mahaffie cooked on the wood stove! Fall Harvest activities are included in regular site admission, $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, children ages 4 & under are free. Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.

There are tons of fun events at the farm throughout the year. Check out their calendar for a complete listing of events. The farm is located at 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061.

Images courtesy of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.

What’s Happening in KC this Weekend

Posted September 11, 2017 9:47pm by Jane

If fall sports haven’t overtaken your schedule, like they have in our house, there are plenty of fun things happening in and around KC this weekend! Here are a few of our top picks:

  • Get a blast from the past with KC Renaissance Festival. I don’t know if it’s the nostalgia of going with my family when I was a kid, but I still love traveling back in time to experience jousting knights, jesters, music, magic and, of course, a giant roasted turkey leg. It’s open weekends through Oct. 15 at 633 N 130th Street, Bonner Springs, KS 66012
  • Enjoy a little Grrrl Power, a la Disney, with Disney on Ice: Dream Big. This year’s show lets your little ones experience the empowering tales of Disney’s most courageous leading ladies – beautifully done on ice skates. The show runs Sept. 14-17 at Sprint Center. Check for a variety of times and ticket prices.
  • Get out and enjoy nature, with some modern amenities at JoCo Parks & Rec’s Park Palooza this Sunday, September 17. The first-ever Park Palooza is free and features live music, entertainment, activities, food, and giant kites. We’re excited about seeing Mr. Stinky Feet, Drum Safari, and Ernie Miller animal close-ups while we’re there. The fun happens 11am-5pm at The Theatre in the Park, 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS.
  • Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival: This Saturday, Sept. 16, join the folks in Shawnee to enjoy tons of craft booths, food vendors, free kids activities and play areas, and live music throughout the day. 9am-4pm at Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS 66203. Best of all, admission price is just $1/person!
  • Want to get your kids moving, but don’t know where to start? Then it might be time to Hike Swope Park with a Naturalist. Learn about nature on this free, guided hike, and your kids just might ask you to take them back for the next outing! Meet at 10am at Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, 4701 E. Gregory Blvd., KCMO to begin your hike this Saturday, Sept. 16.
  • Paradise Park’s Football Fundays are back in action! In my house, this sometimes turns into a Sunday afternoon break for me while my husband takes the kids to Paradise Park. The kids have a great time while dad watches the games on one of 15 TVs mounted throughout the Park. If sports really are keeping you busy right now, Football Fundays runs every Sunday through SuperBowl Sunday, so there’s always time to catch this later.

Images courtesy of Johnson County Parks & Rec Department and Paradise Park.

Kansas City Pumpkin Patches 2017

Posted September 05, 2017 9:59am by Jane

We can’t believe it either, but fall orchard and pumpkin picking is already here! Some of these places are open already for apple and pear picking, most of the pumpkin patches open mid- to late-September and have tons of fun family activities to enjoy with the kids. Not to mention great holiday card photo ops!

Check the locations before you go for opening dates and pumpkin patch activities.

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

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 still available

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 21, 2017, 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

KC Pumpkin Patch (Olathe, KS) – Pumpkins and tons of entertainment: slide, goat walk, zip lines, gourd gun, farm games and more; new location in Olathe at 13875 S. Gardner Rd

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


And don’t forget about all the great places we’ve listed under OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES too!