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Kansas City Summer Camp Directory 2013

Posted February 25, 2013 8:30am by

It’s Here! It’s Here!

Kansas City summer camps, Overland Park summer camps, Lee’s Summit summer camps, Northland summer camps, Johnson County summer camps – Yes! They’re all here! As happens every year, we’ve been getting antsy emails from Kansas City moms for the last few weeks. Everyone’s looking for summer camp information.

And, finally, our 2013 Kansas City Summer Camp Directory is here!

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As usual, we’ve broken them down into six categories for you:

(If you operate a Kansas City area day or overnight camp which is not listed here in our camp listings, please let us know! And if you’re interested in a Sponsored Listing, contact us for information.)

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Sledding places in KC- 2012

Posted January 01, 2013 9:59am by
This is basically last year’s list, with the addition of a few comments and tweets we received.  If you’ve got any to add–leave a comment and tell us about it!   Happy sledding, folks!
  • “Suicide Hill” (KCMO) –56th and Brookside, Brookside Park
  • Gillham Park (Kansas City, MO)
  • Avila University (KCMO) – 119th and Wornall
  • Water Works Park (Northland) – North Oak, just north of Burlington in North Kansas City – multiple hills here!
  • William Jewell College (Liberty, MO)
  • William Landahl Park Reserve (north side of park) (Blue Springs, MO)
  • Ward Park (Blue Springs, MO) – SW 22nd St. off of 40 Highway
  • High Grove Elementary School (Grandview, MO)
  • Belvidere Park (Grandview, MO) – 6509 E. 147th
  • Meadowmere Park (Grandview, MO) – 13610 Byars
  • “Mad Dog Hill” (Belton, MO) – 155th & Westover
  • Glendale Elementary School, Lee’s Summit Road (Independence) – a good slope for smaller kids
  • McCoy Park (Independence) – 24 Highway
  • Hill across from Lea McKeighan Park (Lee’s Summit, MO) – 120 NE Chipman
  • 119th & Kansas City Road (Olathe, KS)
  • 137th and BlackBob (Olathe, KS) – just south of Lowe’s
  • I-435 between Antioch and Metcalf (Overland Park, KS) by Cleveland Chiropractic College (formerly the Farmer’s Insurance building) – get there via College Blvd.
  • Grace Church (Overland Park, KS) – 159th & Antioch
  • Wyandotte County Lake Park (Kansas City, KS)
  • Stump Park (Shawnee, KS) – 47th & Woodland
  • “the hill behind the Leawood Pioneer Library at 119th and Roe.  Frowned upon… but hilarious fun!”
  • Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty has a couple of great hills. They are located at 35 & 291 hwy off the outer road.

NOTE: Not all of these locations – though popular – are public property. It is always a good idea to seek permission before sledding on private property. Be careful and watch out for your kids! Sledding is super fun but can certainly be a bit dangerous.

Where are YOUR favorite sledding hills?

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Holiday light displays around Kansas City

Posted December 07, 2012 10:44am by

image via Creative Commons from Flickr user Theresa L Wysocki.

Back when I was a kid growing up in Prairie Village, one of our favorite things to do as a family during the holidays was put on our jammies and hop in the car to drive around and see neighborhood light displays (and also get to eat candy canes after bedtime.) Now we do it with our own kids, and as with many things, technology has made some of these displays more awe-inspiring than ever.

However, as many of you have heard, Mike Babick’s holiday display at 79th & Falmouth, a Kansas City tradition spanning 40+ years, is no more. The neighbors and the city have finally had enough. While we can understand their frustration with traffic and hassle, we’re still a little sad about it. Never fear, however, another Prairie Village light enthusiast is stepping up his game this year – see the article at KCTV5.

Still lots of neighborhoods all over the metro are happily lighting up during this holiday season. Many even have music. Here’s a list of places to visit to see some awesome light displays.

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, 2012) north of 151st around Ridgeview and Frontier (Mission Ridge subdivision) in Olathe, KS.
  • Christmas in the Park (through Dec. 31, 2011. 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.
  • Downtown Overland ParkBriarcliff Village (KCMO),  Brookside andDowntown 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 Ultimate Tree, south Overland Park, KS – huge flat-panel LED Christmas tree display, synchronized to music. Runs from 5:30pm to 10pm weekdays, 5:30pm to 11:30pm on weekends, through first week of January. 6600 block of 131st Street at Deer Creek Golf Course
  • Vince & Associates – 103rd & Metcalf, Overland Park – huge display, coordinated with music! Best to view from the parking lot of Emmanuel Baptist church directly across the street.
  • Downtown Kansas City – don’t miss the amazing computer-generated facade of the Downtown Marriott hotel!
  • Candy Cane Lane, 79th & Outlook, Prairie Village, KS
  • Kryger family, (as in Kryger Glass) 13201 Granada, in Leawood.

Know of some we missed? Leave us a comment. Happy Holidays to all.