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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.

Santa in Kansas City – 2014

Posted December 07, 2014 11:55pm by Jane

santaJust a few more weeks ’til Christmas! If your kids haven’t been to see the big guy in a red suit yet, here’s a list of places to catch him around the Kansas City metro area before the big day!

Month-long Appearances

  • Crown Center – Santa’s Crayola Christmas Land and Santa’s Gingerbread Village – thru December 31
  • Town Center Plaza (Leawood, KS) – thru December 23 (you can even make a reservation!)
  • Zona Rosa (Northland) – thru December 24 (and walk through a winter igloo!)

Shorter Appearances

Did we miss your favorite Kansas City Santa? Let us know in the comments!

Ice Skating in Kansas City

Posted November 17, 2014 10:11pm by Jane

Ice At Park PlacecropThe weather this November may have run some of us indoors, but it’s looking like we have warmer days to come…and enjoy outdoor ice skating! So lace up your skates and get ready for the great outdoors with this list of outdoor ice rinks in the KC area:

  • Crown Center Ice Terrace: Kansas City’s public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 42nd season of great skating fun. Set in the heart of majestic Crown Center, the Ice Terrace is open 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. Click here for additional information.
  • The Ice at Park Place: This Leawood ice rink – set right in the middle of Park Place, is open Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 – Feb. 16, 2015 . The Ice is surrounded by seasonal festivities, warm food and drink options, and unique holiday shopping.  Admission is $7 (all ages); skate rental is $3, or skaters may bring their own. Hours through January 5: Mon.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm; Jan. 5, 11am-9pm. Winter Schedule: Jan. 8-Feb. 16: Closed Mon.-Thur.; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., noon-8pm. Receive $1 off your admission when you bring a canned or non-perishable food item for the Jewish Family Services Food Drive. Not valid with any other offer. Click here for additional information. 117th & Nall Ave., Leawood, KS.

If the warmer indoors is more your style, here are some indoor public ice rinks in town:

  • KC Ice Center: Located in Shawnee, KS, KC Ice Center offers skating and hockey lessons, home school skate days and more. Regular admission is $7, and skate rental is $3. Kids 4&under Free (with free skate rental) and Seniors 60+ admission is $4. Click here for public skating schedule, or click here for calendar of events and more information. 19900 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas 66218
  • Line Creek Community Center and Ice Arena: Set in this 34,000 square-foot family recreation center, the Ice Arena is located off of I-29 and Waukomis Drive in Kansas City, MO. Admission is $6, and skate rental is $2. Hours of operation are Sun., 7am-10pm; Mon.-Fri., 7am-10:30pm; Sat., 7am-7pm. Click here for public skating schedule and more information. 5940 N.W. Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO 64151

Happy skating everyone!

Photo courtesy of The Ice at Park Place.

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