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Spring Break Fun in KC 2015

Posted March 16, 2015 6:37am by Jane

Spring-BreakHooray! A whole week of Spring Break fun is in store for many of us…here are a few ideas to keep your kids busy:

There’s still some St. Patrick’s fun going on in KC with the 43rd Annual Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Tuesday, March 17, 11am in Midtown/Westport. Go to for parking and other information.

You can also make a day of it in Lawrence, KS, for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Be sure to head in earlier in the day to enjoy a stroll around KU Campus (with tons of wide-open spaces for running around outside!), or a visit to the KU Museum of Natural History.

Union Station has some great activities going on, including Charlotte’s Web, by the Theatre for Young America, on the H&R Block City Stage at Union Station; Science City; and Xtreme Bugs. Check out our Union Station post for more information on all of these events.

Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit has a host of Spring Break Specials – from Laser Tag to St. Patties Day specials, there’s something special happening every day!

If you’re on a budget, Crown Center offers great (and free!) fun with the ever popular Kaleidoscope and its Fairy Tale Village Exhibit.

Spring Fling Fun at Ernie Miller Nature Center offers special animal programs every day this week. With themes like Animal Clues, Predators in the Sky and Surprising Snakes, there’s something for every animal lover in the family. Sessions start at 10am & 2pm, Monday-Friday.

Finally, if you’re in a pinch and need some last-minute Spring Break Camps for your little guys, check out our Spring Break Camps post for several week-long or one-day options.

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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!

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