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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Posted September 17, 2017 8:14pm by Jane

The great weather we’re having lately makes me want to get outside as much as possible – and get the kids away from screens too! And while Pumpkin Patches are in season, we also love visiting the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm each fall.

The only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie makes it fun to learn about what life was like in Kansas during the 1860s. Kids (and adults) get a taste of what farming, cooking, stagecoach travel and life was like living on the Kansas frontier.

RockingMMiniaturesFortunately, fall offers some special ways to explore the grounds, enjoy the activities and animals, ride the Stagecoach, and live the history!

Wild West Days

September 23 & 24 brings Mahaffie’s Wild West Days, where families can enjoy a chuckwagon cook-off, live entertainment and lots of hands-on activities, including a stagecoach ride, roping, meeting cowboys and Buffalo Soldiers, panning for gold, leather stamping, blacksmithing and playing 1860s games. Admission is $5/person for ages 5 & up, and child admission coupons are available for one free child admittance with one adult ticket. Some activities cost extra, so bring some extra money along! 

Fall Harvest Weekends

Mahaffie’s Fall Harvest Weekends begin October 7, 2017 to kick off weekends full of fun throughout October. Picking Corn

Fall is harvest time on the Mahaffie Farm, and kids get to see what life was really like during harvest season. You’ll get to pick, shell and grind corn, ride in the stagecoach, tour the house and learn how Mrs. Mahaffie cooked on the wood stove! Fall Harvest activities are included in regular site admission, $7/adults, $5/children ages 5-11, children ages 4 & under are free. Olathe residents receive $2/off admission.

There are tons of fun events at the farm throughout the year. Check out their calendar for a complete listing of events. The farm is located at 1200 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061.

Images courtesy of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.

Give SevenDays: Make a Ripple

Posted April 17, 2017 9:49am by Jane

On this very day three years ago, I wrote a blog called Helping Kids Cope, written just a few days after the shooting that took the lives of high schooler Reat Underwood, his grandfather William Corporon, and Terri LaManno. Since then, our metro area has suffered other hate crimes, including the most recent shooting in Olathe this February, which took the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and injured his friend Alok Madasani, as well as Ian Grillot, a bystander who tried to stop the shooting.

Admittedly, I was very shaken up when I wrote that blog in 2014. While I have come to terms with that specific event, I have felt uneasy many times since, when Kansas Citians from various religious and ethnic groups suffered because of their beliefs or simply the color of their skin.

Fortunately, there is hope. This year brings the third annual Give SevenDays Peace Walk, April 24, at Union Station, preceded by six additional days of community building activities. The Give SevenDays events are all open to the community, and many area schools are working with their students to celebrate the SevenDays themes, focused on creating understanding and awareness that will bridge the gaps in our community:

  • Love: April 18
  • Discover: April 19
  • Others: April 20
  • Connect: April 21
  • Go: April 22
  • You: April 23
  • Onward: April 24

You can also work with your kids at home to help promote love and understanding. Give SevenDays has a great list of ideas to help you teach your kids about each theme. Click on each day, select the For Educators link, then find activities based on the ages of your kids. There are additional ideas in the video above. I’m personally looking forward to doing the “Love is as easy as…” activity with my kids tomorrow, to kick off this special week.

Here’s to a culture of kindness, awareness and understanding in Kansas City. #makearipple

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KC Farmers Markets 2017

Posted April 10, 2017 7:03am by Jane

Another year, another farmers market guide, so you and your family can enjoy fresh, locally produced food and enjoy the fun that surrounds our many area markets this growing season!

Bonner Springs Farmers Market: Featuring fresh produce, homemade/locally grown meats, dairy, salsas and pickles, spices, and more! Open Saturdays, 8am-noon, beginning May 6; Kelly Murphy Park, Bonner Springs, Kansas 66012

Brookside Farmers Market: This is definitely a treat for anyone who wants farm-fresh, organic, local (within 100 miles) food. Saturdays, Apr 15-October, 8am-1pm; November, 9am-noon; 63rd St. & Wornall Road, KCMO

City Market: Features an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, entertainment and attractions, including concerts, festivals and other special events. April-October: Saturdays, 6am-3pm; Sundays, 8am-3pm; Wednesdays (June-August), 2-6pm; November-March: 8am-3pm; 20 E 5th St., KCMO (at the heart of KC’s River Market)

KCK Farmers Markets: Also known as KCK Green Market, this network of three KCK-area farmers markets features locally grown food, June-October, 7:30am until sold out at the following locations/days: Tuesdays, Catholic Charities, 2220 Central Ave., KCK; Wednesdays, 6th Street & Barnett, KCK; Thursdays: Campus Blvd & Argentine Ln., KCK

KC Organics Farmers Market: Organic family farmers offer a wide variety of locally produced and artisanal products. Saturdays, May-Oct; 8am-12:30pm; stay tuned for a new Leawood location. Minor Park, just East of Holmes on Red Bridge Road (111th Street), KCMO

Lee’s Summit Farmers Market: Located at the corner of Second & Douglas streets in Downtown Lee’s Summit, the market offers more than 50 vendors featuring a variety of fresh produce, plants, meat, baked goods, and handmade crafts. Apr 1-Nov 18; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7am to sell-out. SE 2nd St & SE Douglas St, Lees Summit, MO 64063

Merriam Farmers Market: Baked goods, fresh produce and crafts, with easy walking trail access to Warner Park. Saturdays, May 6–Oct 14,  7am–1pm; Wednesdays, June 7-August 30, 5-8pm. Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203

Olathe Farmers Market: Two locations offer regionally grown fresh produce, plants and fresh flowers. Saturdays, Apr 29-Oct 21; 7:30am until sold out; Wednesdays, May 10-Sep 19; 7:30am until sold out; Two locations: Stagecoach Park, 1205 E. Kansas City Road and Black Bob Park, 14500 W 151 St., Olathe, KS farmers marketLeesSummit

Overland Park Farmers Market: Features a variety of produce and other foods, and offers cooking demonstrations and other live entertainment on select dates. Saturdays, Apr 15-September, 7am-1pm; Wednesdays, May 17-Sept 27; 7:30am-1pm; Oct 1-Nov 18, 8am-1pm; 7950 Marty St., Overland Park, KS (between 79th & 80th Street, 2 blocks west of Metcalf)

Raytown Farmers Market: Shop local, producer-only vendors, enjoy fresh baked goods, and listen to local musicians for a little relaxation. Opens in May; Thursdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm; 6210 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 64133

Shawnee Farmers Market: Offering a variety of farm-fresh produce. Saturdays, May-Oct, 7am-4pm; City Hall Parking Lot, Nieman Rd & Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS

There are several additional neighborhood markets in the KC area as well; go to for more information.

Photos courtesy of Lee’s Summit Farmers Market.

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