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Free Things to Do in KC 2015

Posted January 11, 2015 10:56pm by Jane

Kemper Family PicWhew! The holiday whirlwind is over, and now comes the challenge during the cold months of winter: Keeping the kids active and entertained. Here are a some fun, free, family-friendly things we’re looking forward to this winter:

  • Kaleidoscope is the place to go for some free creative fun in KC. I love that my kids enjoy the puzzle maker as much as I did! Full of left-over art materials from Hallmark, there’s always something fun to create.
  • Fairy Tale Village Exhibit at Crown Center: Beginning Feb. 7 (through May 3) fairy tales come to life as you walk into a world of make-believe. Kids will interact with characters from favorite stories and rhymes, including the Snow Queen in her Ice Palace, giant adventures of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” and Cinderella’s magic carriage.
  • The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art: The building itself is just a fun, uplifting place to go on a dreary winter day. However, the Kemper also offers family-friendly, free Scavenger Saturdays on the third Saturday of the month, and Tots on Tuesdays for 3-5 year olds on the third Tuesday of each month. A great way to expose your kids to modern art. Admission is free at all three of its locations.
  • The Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City offers a wealth of opportunities (at no cost to you!) to see interactive exhibits, millions of dollars in the region’s cash vault, and a chance to design your own digital currency, complete with a photo of yourself on it!
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Open Wednesdays – Sundays, the Nelson offers free admission every day. And let’s face it, walking (or running) through the exhibits tires little guys out! The Nelson also offers an incredible (and free!) family-friendly Chinese New Year’s celebration Feb. 13.
  • The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Located at Johnson County Community College, the Nerman Museum has tons of unusual and interesting pieces on display that will captivate all ages.

Here’s to a happy winter, full of many fun things to do!

Photo courtesy of The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

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Kansas City Christmas Lights – 2014

Posted December 21, 2014 9:33pm by Kiran



Winter break has officially started, and if you’re anything like our family, you find yourselves driving around looking at light displays in the evenings!  We’ve rounded up a list of some neighborhoods that are well-known.  Feel free to add to the list in the “Comments” section!  Happy Driving!

Kansas City-Area Christmas Light Displays

  • Country Club Plaza, KCMO
  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center, KCMO
  • Mormon Visitors Center, Independence, MO
  • Christmas Card Lane (through Jan. 1, 2015) north of 151st around Ridgeview and Frontier (Mission Ridge subdivision) in Olathe, KS.
  • Christmas in the Park (through Dec. 31, 2014. Sun-Thur 5:30-10pm, Fri-Sat 5:30-11pm) at Longview Lake Campground on Raytown Rd. in Lee’s Summit, MO. Over 300,000 lights!!!
  • Northern Lights at Zona Rosa (runs throughout the season) at I-29 & Barry Rd. in Kansas City.
  • Legends Outlets features a light show, synchronized to concert-quality holiday music.  Located at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas. Through Jan. 2, 2015, every 15 minutes between 5-10pm.
  • Downtown Overland Park, Briarcliff Village (KCMO),  Brookside and Downtown Lee’s Summit have light displays.
  • “Christmas Place” in the Terrace Place subdivision, 132nd and Antioch, south Overland Park, KS.
  • Chicago Street Lights, Blue Springs, MO at Hwy 7 and Walnut. Animated story of Christmas in lights.
  • Paulie’s Penguin Playground–Olathe, KS at Indian Creek Parkway and Mur-Len. This is a sight to see–more blow-up decorations than you ever knew existed!
  • The Deanna Rose Farmstead Light Show- 137th and Switzer, Overland Park, KS.  Nightly through Jan. 3, 2015, 5-10pm. The 38-minute show is synchronized with music. Tune into 98.5 FM to hear holiday music.
  • Vince & Associates – 103rd & Metcalf, Overland Park – huge display, coordinated with music!  Park at Emmanuel  Baptist Church across the street for the best views.
  • Downtown Kansas City – don’t miss the amazing computer-generated facade of the Downtown Marriott hotel!
  • Candy Cane Lane, 79th & Outlook, Prairie Village, KS
  • Hale Christmas House, 3719 NE 34th Terrace, KCMO
  • Kryger family, (as in Kryger Glass) 13201 Granada, in Leawood.

For a great list of Johnson County, KS residential displays, don’t miss Keith’s list at (and convenient driving maps) which even includes some photos!

*image via

Indoor Activities – Christmas Vacation in KC 2014

Posted December 14, 2014 11:18pm by Jane

Christmas at CrayolaThe hours are ticking down until Christmas Vacation!  The all-too-familiar “What can we do?” will soon ring out in homes across the city.

We’ve got lots of info packed into our site to help you figure out what to do. Here are our top picks and directories for end-of-December activities. Plus, we’ll keep an eye on the weather and post our sledding info as soon as it looks like some sled-worthy snow is on its way!

Christmas at Crown Center features everything from Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium to Kaleidoscope, Hallmark Visitor’s Center, and Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land.

Union Station has tons of kid-friendly activities, including the Xtreme Bugs exhibit, Science City, Let It Snow in the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium, and Theatre for Young America’s Jingle Arrgh the Way! A Christmas Pirate Adventure, which runs through Dec. 27.

Open Gym & Swim hours at Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center,  plus Winter Break Fun activities; 913.685.6000 or

Holiday Learn to Skate camps. Learn skating techniques in these three day instructional camps. Independence Events Center, 19100 E. Valley View Drive.

Don’t forget to check out our Playzones directory and our extensive listing of  Indoor Activities. If you want to get everyone moving (and sleeping well at night!) indoor trampoline parks like Cosmic Jump in Olathe and Sky Zone in Shawnee are fun. If you don’t mind braving the cold with wet hair, try an afternoon at one of the city’s Indoor Pools!

Still can’t find something to do? Check our Events Calendar for more details and ideas! Enjoy the holidays and time off with your loved ones!

Photo courtesy of Crown Center.

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