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KC Area Railways 2017

Posted April 30, 2017 2:22pm by Jane


May 10 is National Train Day, and there’s no better place to celebrate than in Kansas City!

To look at, learn about, or create your own trains, pay a visit to…

For a quick train ride, check out…

  • The Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs has a mini train that takes you around for a quick tour of the grounds.
  • The Kansas City Zoo for a ride on the miniature train, where you will get the chance to view some animals along the way!
  • Worlds of Fun, for a ride on their railroad, which is a fully functioning replica of the great steam engines from the turn of the century.

For a longer train ride, ride on the…

  • Belton Grandview & Kansas City Railroad: Runs south from Belton on a 5 mile, 45 minute round trip. It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving rail travel and railroading that offers a variety of rides (ice cream social, regular rides, pumpkin patch and Santa rides). Typically, it runs weekends May-September, but no info is listed just yet. Check back for their schedule.
  • Kansas City Northern Railroad/Line Creek Route: This miniature train is about as cute as it gets, and the volunteer train engineers love talking to the kids about trains. Running weekends and holidays May-September, weather permitting, the KC Northern Railroad definitely takes you back to yesteryear…for just 75 cents per ride! We love to bring a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
  • Midland Railway: This vintage train, originally constructed in 1867, takes you on a 20-mile round trip from Baldwin City to Ottawa Junction, KS. It also features the ever-popular Day Out with Thomas, where Thomas the Tank Engine joins his friends for tons of fun train-themed activities and a train ride. This year’s Day Out with Thomas is June 2-4, and June 9-11, 2017.
  • Missouri River Runner Route: This is the real deal, and if you’re up for a weekend vacation, you can hop the Missouri River Runner for a ride to St. Louis. Once you get there, explore downtown St. Louis on its MetroLink rail system to access some of the city’s bigger attractions. No cars needed!

Photo courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Midland Railway.

Give SevenDays: Make a Ripple

Posted April 17, 2017 9:49am by Jane

On this very day three years ago, I wrote a blog called Helping Kids Cope, written just a few days after the shooting that took the lives of high schooler Reat Underwood, his grandfather William Corporon, and Terri LaManno. Since then, our metro area has suffered other hate crimes, including the most recent shooting in Olathe this February, which took the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and injured his friend Alok Madasani, as well as Ian Grillot, a bystander who tried to stop the shooting.

Admittedly, I was very shaken up when I wrote that blog in 2014. While I have come to terms with that specific event, I have felt uneasy many times since, when Kansas Citians from various religious and ethnic groups suffered because of their beliefs or simply the color of their skin.

Fortunately, there is hope. This year brings the third annual Give SevenDays Peace Walk, April 24, at Union Station, preceded by six additional days of community building activities. The Give SevenDays events are all open to the community, and many area schools are working with their students to celebrate the SevenDays themes, focused on creating understanding and awareness that will bridge the gaps in our community:

  • Love: April 18
  • Discover: April 19
  • Others: April 20
  • Connect: April 21
  • Go: April 22
  • You: April 23
  • Onward: April 24

You can also work with your kids at home to help promote love and understanding. Give SevenDays has a great list of ideas to help you teach your kids about each theme. Click on each day, select the For Educators link, then find activities based on the ages of your kids. There are additional ideas in the video above. I’m personally looking forward to doing the “Love is as easy as…” activity with my kids tomorrow, to kick off this special week.

Here’s to a culture of kindness, awareness and understanding in Kansas City. #makearipple

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Easter in KC 2017

Posted April 03, 2017 11:59pm by Jane

There is so much Easter to celebrate in Kansas City! In addition to the Country Club Plaza’s larger-than-life bunnies* decorating the street corners for strollers and shoppers to enjoy, starting this Friday, there are tons of Easter activities for you and the kids to enjoy:

Friday, April 7, 2017

  • Easter Egg Dive: Dive for eggs at Grandview Parks & Rec’s annual Easter Egg Dive, 6:30pm at The View’s indoor pool! The View, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, MO 64030
  • Celebrate Olathe! Easter Event: Enjoy free hands-on activities, a look at summer camp options, face painting, and an Easter egg find for kids 10 and under! 5:30-8pm at the Olathe Community Center and Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd., Olathe, KS

Saturday, April 8, 2017

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, April 8, 9, 14 & 15.
  • Ollie’s 10th Annual Egg Hunt: Join Ollie and the Easter Bunny for an egg-citing good time! Hundreds of hidden eggs wait to be found! Plenty of Easter-themed fun for everyone! 10:30am & 1:30pm April 8 & 15. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Underwater Easter Egg Hunt: Join the Gladstone Community Center for 45-minutes of play time in the pool; different times available for different age groups, ranging from 6 months to 7 years old. Register online; space is limited and program fills fast! $5/resident; $7/non-resident at Gladstone Community Center, 6901 N. Holmes Street, Gladstone, MO 64118
  • Grandview Easter Egg Hunt: Join the fun at Grandview Parks & Rec annual Easter Egg Hunt at Meadowmere Park! 10am, 13610 Byars Road, Grandview, MO 64030
  • Kids Spring Jamboree: Easter egg hunt, crafts, field games, and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and Mother Nature. For elementary school age kids and younger. 10am-2pm at Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Hodge Park, 7000 Northeast Barry Road
  • Easter Egg-stravaganza: Enjoy egg hunts, mini train rides, real bunnies, face painting, crafts and photos with the Easter Bunny! Specific egg hunt times by age group, beginning at 10:30am; rain or shine. 10-noon, Rotary Park, 600 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO 64014
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Enjoy a delicious breakfast with the Easter bunny! 8-11am; $6/adult; $5/child (10 & under). The Easter Bunny will also be available for pictures at $5 each. Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th, Kansas City, KS 66101
  • Easter Bunny’s Extreme Egg Hunt at Shawnee Mission Park: The Easter Bunny has taken the traditional egg hunt to the extreme this year with a GPS search! Each family is loaned one GPS unit and given instructions on how to use the device to find hidden eggs scattered throughout the park. Lunch and pictures with the Easter Bunny included! $13/person ($15 nonresidents) or $31 per family of four or less ($34 nonresidents). Two start times: 10am and 11:30am; Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, Kansas, 66219
  • Brunch with the Bunny: Grab you basket and bonnet to come visit with the Easter Bunny as we celebrate Easter and the spring season. Face painting, crafts, games, a light brunch and for sure an “egg hunt” will be part of the festivities. For ages 2-9; $6/person; 10-11:30am; Irene B. French Community Center, 5701 Merriam Dr.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, April 8, 9, 14 & 15.
  • Eggstravaganza: Leawood Parks & Rec’s 24th annual egg hunt is fun for the whole family! Free for all participants ages 8 & under  with plenty of eggs for all. Boy Scouts will serve a hot dog lunch from 11am-12:30pm for a nominal fee; Leawood City Park, 10601 Lee Blvd, Leawood, KS

Friday, April 14, 2017

  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Back again this weekend for more fun, kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, April 8, 9, 14 & 15.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

  • Ollie’s 10th Annual Egg Hunt: Join Ollie and the Easter Bunny for an egg-citing good time! Hundreds of hidden eggs wait to be found! Plenty of Easter-themed fun for everyone! 10:30am & 1:30pm April 8 & 15. Paradise Park, 1021 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
  • Easter Bunny at Crown Center: Kids of all ages can meet and greet the Easter Bunny! Take your own photos, or get a professional photographer to take your pictures (for a fee). Noon-4pm in Crown Center Shops Atrium, April 8, 9, 14 & 15.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza at Science City: Join Science City for its Annual Easter celebration…it’s a morning jam-packed full of science and Easter fun! 10am-noon at Science City at Union Station
  • Easter Eggs and the Breakfast Bunny: Bring an empty Easter basket and kick off your Easter weekend with a special family-friendly pancake breakfast and egg hunt before enjoying Powell Gardens on your own. Various breakfast times, followed by an 11am egg hunt. Special activities include storytelling, photos with the Easter Bunny, flowerpot painting, and more! 8:45am-noon at Powell Gardens
  • City of Raymore’s Annual Easter Festival: Kids 4th grade & under can hunt for 15,000 Easter eggs in age-appropriate areas, plus tons of other fun, including cupcake plinko, free hot dogs, and other activities. Suggested arrival at 9:45am, bring your own basket! At Memorial Park, 400 S Park Dr, 64083 Raymore, MO
  • Louisburg Cider Mill Annual Easter Egg Hunt: Join in for some old-fashioned Easter fun at Louisburg Cider Mill, 11am-6pm, 14730 K68 Highway, LouisburgKS 66053
  • Lee’s Summit Downtown Bunny Hop: Join the Easter Bunny for a parade down 3rd Street to Howard Station Park where the Bunny Ears & Easter Hat Contest will take place. Judges will award prizes to their favorite Bunny Ears & Easter Hats! The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures with children & downtown businesses will hand out candy to children. 10am-noon; Downtown Lee’s Summit, 3rd & Douglas, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Sunday, April 16, 2017

  • There are many great places to have Easter brunch, but you can pull it into a day of fun with Easter bunnies, brunch, and Easter Courtyard Concerts from noon-3pm at the Country Club Plaza. Concerts take place at the Mermaid (Broadway & Nichols Rd.) and Penguin Courtyards (Pennsylvania & Nichols Rd.). Or head up the hill to Loose Park for a stroll with the family!

*The Plaza bunnies are out through April 23.

Image courtesy of the Country Club Plaza.