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Halloween in Kansas City

Posted October 20, 2014 9:14am by Jane

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I don’t know about you, but my kids are pretty excited about Halloween this year (as always!). To help your family get in the mood this month, check out these fun, KC-area Halloween events!

Ongoing in October

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Paradise Park Fall Hayrides, through October 31; Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday 1-6pm; (Reservations required after ticket purchase). Before 6pm Saturdays & Sundays don’t miss the petting zoo (open noon-6pm); after 6pm enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate with a hayride ticket! Petting zoo includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs and all the farmyard animals. Hayride is $9.99/person, petting zoo admission is free.
  • The new Paradise Park Zombie Attack Laser Tag Hayride begins Oct. 3 and runs every Friday and Saturday, 7-10pm through October; $12.99/person; Reservations required after ticket purchase. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead features Pumpkin Hollow, through Oct. 31. Kids (and their parents!) can enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, getting lost in the corn maze, a giant hay slide, the corn bin, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.

Saturday, October 25, 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.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Crown Center Spooky Fun October Puppet Shows: A Crown Center tradition continues with performances from the region’s most exciting puppeteers. Scheduled to perform: Bob Kramer Marionettes (October 4), Paul Mesner Puppets (October 11), Clement McCrae Puppets (October 18), StoneLion Puppet Theatre (October 25). Shows at noon and 2pm. No admission fee.
  • Join Science City at Union Station for the second annual family-fun Halloween event: Spookfest! They will be “Buggin’ Out” with Science all night! Special activities include: Creepy Critters in the Nature Center; Eerie Edibles in the Test Kitchen; Maker Magic in the Maker Studio; Spooky Science Demonstrations and more! 5pm-8pm; $5/USKC members; $7/non-members
  • 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5k: Race participants are encouraged to grab a costume and join us for a fall morning of fun as we run/walk through the streets of Roeland Park! Runner receive recieve chip timing, a short sleeve tech shirt, a finisher’s medal and great post race food and beverages! Lil Pumpkin Fun Run participants will receive a participant shirt and a ribbon. Benefits the students of Horizon Academy.
  • Shawnee Town’s Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests. Snacks are for sale at the event. 6-8:30pm at the grounds of Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th, three blocks west of Nieman Road. All activities are free with a suggested $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929.
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • 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.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • 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.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to Boolievers Trunk-or-Treat, an outreach event to provide a safe evening of Halloween fun for kids and families. Kids and parents are invited to make their way around our Trunk-or-Treat zone to enjoy free treats, games, and fun! 5-7pm, hot dogs, chips and drinks available ($2/meal or $1/item).
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • 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.
  • American Top Team HD is hosting its 1st annual Kids Halloween Party: Enjoy trick-or-treating, face-painting, prizes, and the Haunted Gym…at your own risk of course! 4pm–6pm; free admission and open to the public;  and open to everyone, members and non-members; costumes are encouraged! Located at 11227 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Sporting KC Fan Night at the Liberty Corn Maze: Come check out our exciting new corn maze design this fall.  This year’s design celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City. Wear any Sporting KC gear on Wednesday, October 15  or 29 and get $1 off your admission ticket (not to be combined with any other offer or discount). With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Wednesdays, Oct. 15 & 29; $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Last day of the season at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Kids can still visit Pumpkin Hollow on this final day of the season, and enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, the corn maze, a giant hay slide, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.
  • Kids wear your Halloween costume to the Park Oct 27-31 for a special treat at Paradise Park!
  • Northland Children Safe Trick or Treat returns to Zona Rosa for its 3rd year! Enjoy a fun, safe and FREE opportunity to Trick or Treat in the presence of local KCPD officers, who help pass out candy. There is a family-friendly interactive Haunted House, kid-friendly games and giveaways; 5-9pm, North of the Town Square on the N. Stoddard Ave. Bridge in Zona Rosa; best suited for children ages 4 to 12.

And the Halloween festivities don’t have to end on Oct. 31!

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.
  • 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.

Whatever you do, have a happy and safe Halloween!

Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/stephendeckerd/

Xtreme Bugs at Union Station

Posted October 06, 2014 9:06pm by Jane

xtreme bugsDid you know Peruvian giants are the world’s largest centipede…reaching up to 12 inches in length? Or that Madagascar Hissing
Cockroaches are one of nature’s most invaluable recyclers, eating decaying material from the forest?

You’ll soon have the chance to learn all this and more at Union Station’s upcoming exhibit, Xtreme Bugs, opening October 17. This larger-than-life landscape will transport you into a vivid, dynamic world of bugs, complete with giant, animatronic insects.

It looks pretty creepy to me, but that’s the whole point, according to the folks at Union Station. The huge bugs on display were created to let people “see” life from a bug’s-eye view…and maybe even learn a little something about how bugs help our ecosystem in the process. The big bugs are set in their natural habitats – from the rainforest floor to sub-Saharan Africa – so you can see how large a mushroom, or even a leaf is to our tiny friends.xtreme bugs pic with kids

Tickets are now on sale, and 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. Click here for more information about Xtreme Bugs.

Images courtesy of Union Station.

Amusement Parks in KC

Posted May 30, 2014 11:14am by Jane

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Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun

There’s tons to do in town now that the weather is warm, but one of my favorite places to take the kids is Worlds of Fun. With Planet Snoopy chock full of rides for your younger kids, the interactive Dinosaurs Alive! park featuring more than 35 life-sized moving dinosaurs, tons of family rides, including my favorite way to cool off – the Viking Voyager, Worlds of Fun still offers a great time for kids of all ages. Not to mention the thrill rides, including the new SteelHawk, Mamba, Fury of the Nile, and RipCord, known for its 189-foot tethered free-fall (yikes!).

As of 2013, your ticket price also allows you into Oceans of Fun, which features Captain Kidd’s and Crocodile Isle water playgrounds for the littlest ones in the family. As for the older kids, there are so many waterslides, rapids and super pools around that it’s hard to pick which one to start with. Since my youngest isn’t a strong swimmer, my favorite ride with him is the Caribbean Cooler – he gets to feel like he’s on an adventure, I get to relax and let the waves take us down the pike!

Tickets start at $39.99 for advance online ticket purchase, but there are a wide variety of ticket discounts and options available. Worlds of Fun is open now through November 30. Click here for hours of operation.

Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium

If you’re looking for a little indoor fun when the weather gets hot, be sure to check out Legoland Discovery Center and Sea Life Aquarium at Crown Center.

My parents found Legoland to be a particularly great place to take the kids, since there were plenty of seats where they could rest and still keep an eye on the kids. There are more than 3 million LEGO® bricks to look at and play with, cute Kingdom Quest and Merlin’s Apprentice rides, and master model builder classes throughout the day to keep the kids busy.

SeaLife Aquarium is also a fun way for your little ones to experience life under the ocean. They will get great views of sharks, starfish and seahorses, to name a few. There are more than 5,000 sea creatures on display, including a touch pool complete with starfish and crabs. Plus, now through June 8, your kids can visit with the Octonauts!

Legoland tickets start at $15.45 for an online saver ticket, and Sea Life tickets start at $11. Want to hit both places in one day? Combination packages are also available for both Legoland and Sea Life.

Photo courtesy of Worlds of Fun.

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