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  • Lots of library activities and storytimes – check the Library link over there in the right sidebar!
  • Mother Nature Reads: Kids will hear a story, make a craft to take home, and get to see a wildlife interpretation. This fun event takes place 10am every Saturday at Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132. Contact: Debby Barker, folnc@crn.org, 816-513-8960.
  • Tadpole Tales at SEA LIFE: Attention all toddlers! Join SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City for its newest program, Tadpole Tales. This program is designed exclusively for children ages 2-5 years old and they can participate in the program for one low price! Kids will get hands-on story time with a SEA LIFE Educator, make a sea creature craft, and have access to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City, all for one ticket! Guests can book their visit through our special Parent + Toddler ticket, where one adult and one toddler (ages 3-5) can enter the attraction for $21. The Tadpole Tales program will be at 10:30 and 11:30 am every Monday-Thursday. Click here to book your ticket today!
  • Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids @ Museum at Prairiefire: The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere – sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils – have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs and works of art. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy. Together mythic creatures give shape to humankind’s greatest hopes, fears and most passionate dreams. August 30, 2014-February 1, 2015, Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W. 135 Street, Overland Park, KS 66223. Click here for pricing and to purchase tickets.
  • Xtreme Bugs at Union Station: This larger-than-life landscape will transport you into a vivid, dynamic world of bugs, complete with giant, animatronic insects. General admission prices are $12.50/adult; $9.50/child age 3-12; Union Station member ticket prices are $7.50/person for all ages. You can also add on a Science City visit at a reduced rate. Xtreme Bugs runs October 17, 2014-April 12, 2015. Exhibit hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm.
  • SEA LIFE Annual Pass Sale: Runs Monday, Nov. 3-Jan. 3; Annual Passes to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City will be on sale for $35 per person, which is $20 off the regular price! Annual Pass holders receive unlimited admission into the attraction for 12 months, a 10% discount in the SEA LIFE Shop, and other special offers throughout the year. Visit SEA LIFE’s website for more information.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® at the The Coterie: The beloved stop-motion classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical® and his friends soar off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, join Rudolph™ and his friends Clarice™, Hermey the Elf™, and Yukon Cornelius™ as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. Nov. 4-Jan. 4; call (816) 474-6552 or TheCoterie.org for tickets or more information.
  • Crown Center Ice Terrace: Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 42nd season of great skating fun. Nov. 7, 2014-mid-March 2015. Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January: Sun.-Thur., 10am-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-11pm. Feb.-Mar. hours: Mon.-Thur., noon-9pm; Fri., noon-11pm; Sat., 10am-11pm; Sun., 10am-9pm.
  • Octonauts Visit SEA LIFE: The Octonauts will drop by SEA LIFE Nov. 11-Nov. 23, with a special visit from Captain Barnacles and Peso! Kids will go on a special mission with exciting activities and fun-packed events, including: Meet-and-greet sessions with Captain Barnacles and Peso daily noon-5:30pm, on the hour for 30 minutes; an undersea mission with an Octonauts fact-finding trail, special Octonauts episodes, and more!
  • Jingle Arrgh the Way – A Christmas Pirate Adventure at Union Station: From the creators of How I Became a Pirate, another pirate adventure–this musical adventure goes to the North Pole. A mysterious message left in the crow’s nest of their ship brings Captain Braid Beard and his pirate mates back to North Beach to seek out young Jeremy Jacob to help find the Christmas treasure. Nov. 25-Dec. 27; Presented by Theater for Young America at the Union Station H&R Block City Stage.
  • Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land at Crown Center: Children can play on super-sized Crayola products while waiting to tell Santa all their holiday wishes. Santa is in residence Nov. 28-Dec. 24; the Crayola Christmas Land play area is open through December 31. No admission fee; photos with Santa available for a fee. Open during Crown Center Shops holiday hours; open 10am-5pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Holiday Choirs @ Crown Center: Beautiful music fills the halls of Crown Center Nov. 30-Dec. 18 as more than 130 area school, church and community choirs perform on weekdays and Sundays. No admission fee. Go to CrownCenter.com/Choirs for a list of performing choirs.
  • Oliver: The Musical Theater Heritage presents the classic Lionel Bart musical, based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. December 4-21 at the Off Center Theatre, Crown Center. Call (816) 545-6000 or go to MTHKC.com for more information.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Wilderness Run: Run or walk through the village and woods of Shoal Creek, family fun for all ages. 9-11am; Shoal Creek Living History Museum; located in Hodge Park, 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO  64156.
  • Fall Family Fun Day: Hay rides, fall crafts and village brought to life with 19th century re-enactors. Admission is free; 11am-1pm; Shoal Creek Living History Museum; located in Hodge Park, 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO  64156.
  • KC Zoo Great Pumpkin Smash! Watch a wide variety of zoo animals crush, kick, bounce, eat and play with big orange pumpkins throughout the day. Pumpkin smashes are at scheduled times from 10am-3:30pm at the Kansas City Zoo.
  • Amtrak Exhibit Train at Kansas City Union Station: Can you hear the sound of a whistle?  That’s the Amtrak Exhibit Train coming to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kansas City Union Station. Climb aboard the Amtrak Exhibit union station Train and tour a free exhibit to learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand. Other displays include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia. Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108; Sat., Nov. 1 & Sun., Nov. 2; 10am–5pm.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Amtrak Exhibit Train at Kansas City Union Station: Can you hear the sound of a whistle?  That’s the Amtrak Exhibit Train coming to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kansas City Union Station. Climb aboard the Amtrak Exhibit union station Train and tour a free exhibit to learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand. Other displays include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia. Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108; Sat., Nov. 1 & Sun., Nov. 2; 10am–5pm.

Monday, November 3, 2014

  • SEA LIFE Annual Pass Sale Begins: Runs through Jan. 3; Annual Passes to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City will be on sale for $35 per person, which is $20 off the regular price! Annual Pass holders receive unlimited admission into the attraction for 12 months, a 10% discount in the SEA LIFE Shop, and other special offers throughout the year. Visit SEA LIFE’s website for more information.
  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • Arrival of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree @ Crown Center Square: The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center, the culmination of a journey from Oregon. The 100-foot-tall tree arrives at 9am Nov. 6 and is put into its stand at approximately 10am, Friday, Nov. 7!
  • George Owens Nature Park 15th Annual Storytelling Celebration: Enjoy some of the region’s most extraordinary storytellers at this celebration. Performances at 10am & 11am; 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057.

Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Walking with Dinosaurs: T-Rex Mask @ Sprint Center: Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when this spectacular productions returns to Kansas City! Nov. 7-9; multiple ticket times available.
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree @ Crown Center Square: The first sign of the holiday season arrives at Crown Center! The 100-foot-tall tree is put into its stand at approximately 10am.
  • Crown Center Ice Terrace Opening Day: Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 42nd season of great skating fun. Enjoy complimentary skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6am-9am on opening day! Regular admission is $6, or complimentary for those over age 60 and children age 4 and under. Skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January: Sun.-Thur., 10am-9pm; Fri. & Sat., 10am-11pm. Feb.-Mar. hours: Mon.-Thur., noon-9pm; Fri., noon-11pm; Sat., 10am-11pm; Sun., 10am-9pm.
  • November Teen Night at Paradise Park: Ticket includes a $10 Fun card, Rock Wall Climbing Contest, Music & Giveaways; for ages 12-15; 7-10pm; $15 plus tax – pre-purchase using codeTEEN13. 
    Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.
  • Mom & Son Prom at Blue Valley Activity Center: It’s mom and son time made extra special! Dance to Top 40 hits while enjoying treats and beverages. A keepsake portrait and rose for mom included. Don’t miss the free photo booth to capture your favorite memories. For children grades K-5 with an adult, $45/$56 (non-resident) per couple ($20 per additional son). Blue Valley Activity Center, 6545 W. 151st Street, Overland Park, KS, 66223.
  • Full Moon Hikes @ George Owens Nature Park: See nature in a whole new light on these evening hikes and become more aware of your senses. Nov 7, 6:30-7:30pm; Nov 8, 6:30-7:30pm; Limit 12 participants per hike; Reservation required: 816 325 7115. You must be able to walk off-trail. No baby strollers or light-up shoes. 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Walking with Dinosaurs: T-Rex Mask @ Sprint Center: Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when this spectacular productions returns to Kansas City! Nov. 7-9; multiple ticket times available.
  • Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park, in conjunction with KCMO Public Library: Today’s theme: Where Did Everyone Go for the Winter? Kids will be a Nature Pal when they come to Nature Story Time to read, explore outside and make crafts. 11am-noon, the 2nd Saturday of each month; 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057
  • Full Moon Hikes @ George Owens Nature Park: See nature in a whole new light on these evening hikes and become more aware of your senses. Nov 7, 6:30-7:30pm; Nov 8, 6:30-7:30pm; Limit 12 participants per hike; Reservation required: 816 325 7115. You must be able to walk off-trail. No baby strollers or light-up shoes. 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057.
  • Santa’s Arrival at Independence Center:  To welcome Santa to his special home at Independence Center, families are invited to kick off the holiday season and celebrate Santa’s arrival during a festive, interactive holiday celebration. Santa’s arrival celebration will host seasonal activities for children and great fun for everyone. The first 150 children will receive a free goody bag! 10am at Independence Center Mall (Lower Level Dillard’s Court), 2035 Independence Center Dr., Independence, MO 64057. For a complete list of Santa hours, go to http://www.simon.com/mall/independence-center.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

  • Octonauts Visit SEA LIFE: From Nov. 11-Nov. 23, the Octonauts, including Captain Barnacles and Peso, will drop by SEA LIFE ! Kids will go on a special mission with exciting activities and fun-packed events, including: Meet-and-greet sessions with Captain Barnacles and Peso daily noon-5:30pm, on the hour for 30 minutes; an undersea mission with an Octonauts fact-finding trail, special Octonauts episodes, and more!
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Brookside Shopping District Holiday Kick Off features open houses, live music, and giveaways from 6-9pm.  Stroll the tree lit sidewalks, sipping hot cocoa provided by Michael Forbes Bar & Grille or complimentary Roasterie coffee and get your first look at the festive window displays and holiday merchandise.  Enjoy outdoor music performed by the Holiday Trombones, St. Teresa’s Academy Varsity Singers, and neighborhood school choirs. For more information, visit BrooksideKC.Org.

Friday, November 14, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

  • Scooby-Doo at Paradise Park:  Meet Scooby-Doo and all the gang at Paradise Park! This is a FREE event where you and the kids can get your photo with the Mystery Machine and solve the Mystery of the Missing Key to Paradise Park. 11am-1pm
  • MOPS Fall Boutique: Get some holiday shopping done with local vendors! Free admission, open to the public, $1 Raffle tickets. 10am-2pm at Indian Creek Community Church, 12480 S Black Bob Road, Olathe, KS 66062.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

  • The 79th Annual Ararat Shrine Circus at Municipal Auditorium (Nov. 20-23). Great for families and kids of all ages. General Admission $12. Go to www.kcshrinecircus.com for times, to purchase tickets and for more information, or call 816-923-1975. Tickets may also be purchased at TicketMaster.
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

  • 9th Annual Holiday Lighting: Join The Village at Briarcliff as they kick off the holiday season for the 9th Annual Holiday Lighting, from 4:30-7:30pm! This very special FREE Family event features free photos with Santa, free face painting, and arts & crafts, plus performances by the 5 Star Jazz Band, State Line Drive, and Studio 10 Dancers. The lighting countdown begins at 7pm.
  • The 79th Annual Ararat Shrine Circus at Municipal Auditorium (Nov. 20-23). Great for families and kids of all ages. General Admission $12. Go to www.kcshrinecircus.com for times, to purchase tickets and for more information, or call 816-923-1975. Tickets may also be purchased at TicketMaster.

Monday, November 24, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 28, 2014

  • Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center: Santa Claus arrives at the Crown Center Shops in a horse-drawn carriage to kick off the holiday season. Perry the Penguin, Tip from Crayola and other characters help greet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. Families can join Santa as he makes his way to Crayola Christmas Land, where he resides through December 24. 10am, no admission fee.
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony @ Crown Center: The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece for an illuminating holiday celebration. Mayor Sly James and a celebrity guest will flip the switch to light the tree. The tree is a symbol of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city’s less fortunate. Program begins at 5:30pm. No admission fee.
  • The Wizard of Oz: The story of Dorothy and her dog Toto has been a favorite American fairy tale for 75 years. Puppeteer Kraig Kensinger will bring the story to life through the medium of puppetry in a show for all ages. Create-a-Puppet workshops after every performance for an additional fee. All ages $5.00 per person; call (816) 833-9777 for reservations. 11am & 2pm; Presented at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E Winner Road, Independence, MO 64052.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

  • The Wizard of Oz: The story of Dorothy and her dog Toto has been a favorite American fairy tale for 75 years. Puppeteer Kraig Kensinger will bring the story to life through the medium of puppetry in a show for all ages. Create-a-Puppet workshops after every performance for an additional fee. All ages $5.00 per person; call (816) 833-9777 for reservations. 11am & 2pm; Presented at the Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E Winner Road, Independence, MO 64052.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

  • Santa & Me Saturdays at Paradise Park: Children can visit with Santa as he listens to all their wishes and wants of the holiday season. Capture the special moment with your own camera. A picture with Santa is a memory to cherish forever. Make your holiday wish list to Santa in “Santa’s Studio” located in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 5-8pm; A special Family Adventure Pass members only night.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

  • The Holiday Lights and Festive Sights annual event will celebrate the spirit of the holiday season in Mission, KS, 5:30pm-8:30pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance in a musical sleigh ride down Johnson Drive, caroling, free s’mores and hot chocolate, cookie decorating, Holiday Shoppe, horse drawn sleigh rides and more! Plus the tree lighting at 8:15pm, followed by a display of musical fireworks. Located at Johnson Drive and Woodson, Mission, KS.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

  • Santa & Me Saturdays at Paradise Park: Children can visit with Santa as he listens to all their wishes and wants of the holiday season. Capture the special moment with your own camera. A picture with Santa is a memory to cherish forever. Make your holiday wish list to Santa in “Santa’s Studio” located in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 10am-3pm; no reservations required.
  • Musical Fun For Kids @ Crown Center: Enjoy holiday music for kids and families on the first two Saturdays of December. Shows at noon & 2pm; no admission fee; Level 1 Atrium.
  • Shoal Creek Living History Museum Christmas and Visit from St. Nicholas: Take a break from the present and experience a 19th century Christmas. Join us for a walking tour through our holiday decorated homes and log cabins of the 1800s while re-enactors bring the village to life. Visit St. Nicholas in the Thornton Mansion, warm up by the pot bellied stove in the school house, enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride from noon-4pm, and more! St. Nicholas visits from 10am-4pm, and cost $5/person (5&under free). Hodge Park, 7000 NE Barry Road, Kansas City, MO  64156
  • City of Shawnee Christmas Around Town: Beginning at 4:30pm, there will be entertainment at City Hall (11110 Johnson Drive) and open houses at downtown businesses. Santa Claus arrives at 5:15pm to help light the City’s Christmas tree. Then Santa will ride to the Shawnee museum (11600 Johnson Drive), where kids can participate in Wonderscope activities and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5:45-7:30pm.  Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, listen to the sounds of the dulcimer, acoustic guitar and fiddle, sing along with the carolers, have your face painted with candy canes, take home a balloon from our balloon artists, and visit live reindeer!
  • Get in the holiday spirit with free classic movies on the big screen at Phoenix Theaters Legends 14 every Saturday from Dec. 6 – Dec. 20. Movie showing at 10am. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

  • Winter Solstice Torch-lit Hike: Hike along a torch-lit trail through the woods.  Ice sleigh & ice sculpting, bonfire, native raptors, night-sky viewing, free hot chocolate & mug. 5-6:30pm; George Owens Nature Park, 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057.
  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

  • Musical Fun For Kids @ Crown Center: Enjoy holiday music for kids and families on the first two Saturdays of December. Shows at noon & 2pm; no admission fee; Level 1 Atrium.
  • Santa & Me Saturdays at Paradise Park: Children can visit with Santa as he listens to all their wishes and wants of the holiday season. Capture the special moment with your own camera. A picture with Santa is a memory to cherish forever. Make your holiday wish list to Santa in “Santa’s Studio” located in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 10am-3pm; no reservations required.
  • Nature Story Time @ George Owens Nature Park, in conjunction with KCMO Public Library: Today’s theme: Holidays Outside! (decorations from nature). Kids will be a Nature Pal when they come to Nature Story Time to read, explore outside and make crafts. 11am-noon, the 2nd Saturday of each month; 1601 S. Speck Rd, Independence, MO 64057
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Owen/Cox Dance Group presentes this raucous, modern jazz adaptation of the holiday classic. The collaboration reaches a grand scale as the nine dancers of Owen/Cox Dance Group are joined by The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, horn sculptor Mark Southerland, artists Peggy Noland and Peregrine Honig, and six students of Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. Following the Sunday performance, there will be an artist talk with the directors, dancers, and musicians! 8pm; Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210. Tickets cost $10-$20. Pricing available for students and seniors.
  • Powell Gardens 2014 Gardens by Candlelight: A Luminary Walk: Enjoy the yuletide spirit with a stroll through the Gardens aglow with the light of hundreds of luminaria. Take the trolley back to the Visitor Center to warm up in the cozy comfort of the Grand Hall with a glowing fire and live music. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, homemade cookies and s’mores (while supplies last). The event is free for members and included with regular garden admission for all others. 5-7:30 pm.
  • 2014 Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus @ Powell Gardens: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a morning of fun at Powell Gardens. Festivities include a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes, storytelling in front of a glowing fireplace and make-and-take crafts. Dec. 13 & 20 at 9am, 9:45am & 10:30am. Click here to purchase tickets below or by calling Linda at 816-697-2600 x209.
  • Get in the holiday spirit with free classic movies on the big screen at Phoenix Theaters Legends 14 every Saturday from Dec. 6 – Dec. 20. Movie showing at 10am. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

  • The Academy of the Arts presents its 10th annual, Nutcracker, All Jazz’d Up! performance at Union Station. This is a faster paced, shorter version of the traditional Nutcracker incorporating tap, hip hop, acro and even an appearance by Santa! Tickets $7
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: The Owen/Cox Dance Group presentes this raucous, modern jazz adaptation of the holiday classic. The collaboration reaches a grand scale as the nine dancers of Owen/Cox Dance Group are joined by The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, horn sculptor Mark Southerland, artists Peggy Noland and Peregrine Honig, and six students of Paseo Academy of the Fine and Performing Arts. Following the Sunday performance, there will be an artist talk with the directors, dancers, and musicians! 2pm; Polsky Theatre, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210. Tickets cost $10-$20. Pricing available for students and seniors.
  • Powell Gardens 2014 Gardens by Candlelight: A Luminary Walk: Enjoy the yuletide spirit with a stroll through the Gardens aglow with the light of hundreds of luminaria. Take the trolley back to the Visitor Center to warm up in the cozy comfort of the Grand Hall with a glowing fire and live music. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, homemade cookies and s’mores (while supplies last). The event is free for members and included with regular garden admission for all others. 5-7:30 pm.

Monday, December 15, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

  • Creative Story Time@Ceramics Cafe: Do you have a pre-schooler who loves to paint? Ceramic Cafe offers a fun story & paint time every Tuesday and Friday. After story time, kids get to paint a ceramic item that goes along with the story and finish with a snack. Tuesdays at 11am, Fridays at 10:30am, $9.50 per child. No reservations unless you want to come with a large group.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

  • Santa & Me Saturdays at Paradise Park: Children can visit with Santa as he listens to all their wishes and wants of the holiday season. Capture the special moment with your own camera. A picture with Santa is a memory to cherish forever. Make your holiday wish list to Santa in “Santa’s Studio” located in the Children’s Edutainment Center. 10am-3pm; no reservations required.
  • 2014 Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus @ Powell Gardens: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a morning of fun at Powell Gardens. Festivities include a pancake breakfast by Chris Cakes, storytelling in front of a glowing fireplace and make-and-take crafts. Dec. 13 & 20 at 9am, 9:45am & 10:30am. Click here to purchase tickets below or by calling Linda at 816-697-2600 x209.
  • Get in the holiday spirit with free classic movies on the big screen at Phoenix Theaters Legends 14 every Saturday from Dec. 6 – Dec. 20. Movie showing at 10am. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

  • Moms FREE Monday@Paradise Park: Moms get a free admission to the Edutainment Center with the purchase of a full priced child admission! The children’s edutainment center emphasizes hands-on discovery learning through developmentally-appropriate spontaneous play, and it includes some elements of pure entertainment. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO  64086. (Not valid on holidays. Promotion honored 9:30 AM-Noon on stated days throughout the year. Promotional days are not valid with any other coupon or discount.)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!