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Kansas City Christmas Light Displays – 2009

Posted November 27, 2009 11:06pm by kckids@revisin.com

Kansas City is chock-full of fantastic lighting ceremonies and light displays.  Many of the big ceremonies took place earlier this week, but there are still some good ones to take in! In addition to the larger ceremonies, you might want to load up the family in the car and head to one of the popular neighborhood displays in and around town.  There’s nothing like a little Christmas music on the radio as you look at lights with your family!  If we missed your favorite, shoot it our way and we’ll add it to the list.  Enjoy!

Christmas Card Lane (through Jan. 1, 2010) north of 151st around Ridgeview and Frontier (Mission Ridge subdivision) in Olathe, KS.

Christmas in the Park (through Dec. 31, 2009.   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 (816-587-8180).  Zona Rosa also has the lighted crowns, the Fairy Princess and new this year–the Ice Igloo!

The Legends at Village West (runs through Jan. 5) and features a light show, synchronized to concert-quality holiday music.  Runs every 15 minutes, from 5-10pm.  Also- Check out the new “Santa Experience” next to the Nike Factory.  Located at I-70 and I-435 in Kansas.

Downtown Overland Park, Briarcliff Village (KCMO), Old Town Lenexa, Brookside and Downtown Lee’s Summit have light displays.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center – at 100 feet tall, it’s one of the nation’s largest!

“Christmas Place” in the Terrace Place subdivision, 132nd and Antioch, south Overland Park, KS.

75th Street and Falmouth, Prairie Village, KS.  This is a completely over-the-top decorated home!!  You must see this house!

Last year, a reader alerted us to a display in Blue Springs, MO–called the “Chicago Street Lights” at Hwy 7 and Aldis.  It featured traditional lights and the story of Christmas, and the whole neighborhood participated. Does anyone know if this is still going on??

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!

Last year, another reader, Keith, joined in on the whole “lights” discussion and pointed us to his own online guide to Johnson County, KS holiday light displays.  This is an incredible resource and so well done–nice work, Keith! He has even included photographs so you can see the various displays before venturing out.  (Although in my family, driving around aimlessly seems to be half the fun!!!)


HEAT WAVE 2009!!! Cool off at one of KC’s beaches!

Posted June 23, 2009 1:16pm by kckids@revisin.com

kids at lake

Things are heating up in KC with the heat indices hovering near 110 degrees.  Why not head to the beach?  A day of fun at the beach in landlocked KC can be had for a few bucks at most…and a vivid imagination would be helpful, too!

Blue Springs Lake at Fleming Park (which is in Lee’s Summit, not in Blue Springs - go figure…) has a one-acre beach and a marina. This lake is Lake Jacomo’s little sister (also in Fleming Park) but Jacomo doesn’t have a beach. You can rent a variety of styles of boats at each marina.

Longview Lake is in Kansas City, between Raytown and Lee’s Summit and just a stone’s throw from Grandview. Longview has a one-acre swimming beach and a full-service marina. Boat rental is available at the marina.

These two Jackson County MO beaches have lifeguards on duty and shower/restroom facilities. They are open from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on weekdays; 11:00 am to 7:00 pm on weekends and holidays. Admission is $3/child or senior; $5/adult. Season passes are available.

Shawnee Mission Park Beach is in western Johnson County at 79th and Renner Road. The beach is open most days from 12 pm to 6 pm. Open Water Swim from 6pm until 7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Daily rates are: $3/day for kids 12 and under and seniors; $5/day for the over 12 set, with  $.50 surcharge for non-residents.  Shawnee Mission Park also has a marina where you can rent canoes, fishing boats, two person sailboats and pedal boats!

Kill Creek Park Beach is located in Olathe, KS in the newest park in the Johnson County Parks & Rec system. The swimming beach and marine are open Saturdays and Sundays from 12 pm to 6 pm. Prices are the same as at Shawnee Mission Park Beach and the marina offers similar boat rentals.

Smithville Lake, just north of the metro area, offers boating, swimming beaches, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, hiking trails and more. Pack a cooler and go! The Army Corps of Engineers is in charge and they require a $1/swimmer fee. You can’t really beat that price!

Also up north is the Watkins Woolen Mill State Park with a swimming beach at Williams Creek Lake. The Park is outside of Lawson, Missouri – just north of Excelsior Springs and east of Kearney. Camping, biking and fishing are also available here.

Head the opposite direction (south for those of you not paying attention…) and you’ll find Hillsdale Lake in Miami County, Kansas. That’s the county just south of Johnson County.  Two beaches with bathroom facilities are open from sunrise to sunset. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful Kansas State Park. Fishing, camping and boating are some of the other popular activities at Hillsdale.

Clinton Lake just outside of Lawrence, Kansas also has a popular swimming beach. Consider making this trip a whole weekend – camping, fishing (even a small children’s fishing pond), boating, trails, archery, disc golf courses, four playgrounds and sand volleyball courts!


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