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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!

*image via

Swimming Pools in Kansas City 2014 – summer’s last hurrah

Posted August 03, 2014 10:00pm by Jane

Summit Waves Pool ComplexStill can’t believe school is starting for so many of our kids in just a few weeks! To enjoy the last bit of summer, here’s our list of outdoor swimming pools in and around KC.  We’ve also included links to KCMO spray grounds. You can typically find everything you need to know (hours of operation, fees, location, etc.) by calling the number provided or going to the city’s aquatic site (click on each city for their sites).  Daily admissions average around $5 per person, and many city aquatic centers offer seasonal family passes for a better deal.  Many locations offer lessons in the mornings prior to opening to the public. Happy Swimming & be sure to comment or send us an email if your favorite pool is missing from this list!!

Overland Park, KS and Leawood, KS

  • Bluejacket, 101st and Bond, 913.327.5671
  • Marty, 74th and Conser, 913.327.5672
  • Roe, 104th and Roe, 913.327.5673
  • Stonegate, 97th and Antioch, 913.327.5674
  • TRAC, 119th and Lowell, 913.327.5675
  • Young’s, 77th and Antioch, 913.327.5676
  • Leawood Aquatic Center, 10601 Lee Blvd., 913.327.3977

Olathe, KS and Prairie Village, KS

  • Cedar Creek Community Pool, 11400 S. Parish St., 913.764.9853
  • Black Bob Pool, 14570 W. 151st St., 913.764.9720
  • Mill Creek Pool, 320 E. Poplar, 913.829.9811
  • Frontier Pool, 15909 W. 127th St., 913.829.9730
  • Oregon Trail Pool, 1800 W. Dennis, 913.829.9815
  • City of Prairie Village Pool, 7711 Delmar, 913.642.6010
  • Merriam Aquatic Center, 6040 Slater,  Merriam KS

Lee’s Summit, MO

  • Legacy Park Community Center, 901 NE Bluestem Drive, 816.969.1550
  • Summit Waves, NE corner of Hwys 50 and 291 South, 816.969.1515

Kansas City, MO

  • The Bay Water Park, 7101 Longview Rd.
  • Brush Creek community center, 3801 Emmanuel Cleaver II Blvd., 816.784.4000
  • Line Creek community center, 5940 NW Waukomis Dr., 816.513.0760
  • Budd Park, Budd Park Espl. & Denver Ave., 816.784.2600
  • Grove Park, 3031 E. Truman, 816.231.9568
  • Swope Park, Swope Park- 67th and Lewis, 816.513.8915
  • Arbor Villa, 66th Terrace and Main St.
  • Ashland, 23rd and Elmwood streets
  • Gillham, 41st and Gillham streets
  • Jarboe Park Pool, 16th and Jarboe streets

KCMO Spraygrounds

  • Blue Valley Park, Blue Valley Parks Rd East and 23rd St.
  • Crews Square (CLOSED), E. 27th St. and Michigan Ave.
  • Douglas Park, 2632 Jarboe St.
  • Garrison Square, 4th St. and Forest (Columbus Park area)
  • Golden Oaks, 46th St. and North Antioch Rd.
  • Harmony Park, 10th St. and Agnes
  • Longview Park, 7101 Longview Rd.
  • Loose Park, 52nd Terr. and Summit
  • Lykins Square, E. 8th St. and Myrtle Ave.
  • Parade Park, The Paseo and Truman Rd.
  • Sunnyside Park, 8255 Summit

Shawnee, KS

  • Splash Cove at Jim Allen Aquatic Center, 5800 King, 913.631.7177
  • Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center, 13805 Johnson Drive, 913.631.0054

Lenexa, KS

  • Ad Astra Pool, 83rd and Maurer, 913.492.SWIM
  • Flat Rock Creek Pool, 103rd and Hauser, 913.888.3202
  • Indian Trails Aquatic Center, 87th and Greenway Lane, 913.888.4659

Independence, MO and Blue Springs, MO

  • Adventure Oasis Water Park, 23rd Street just west of 291 Hwy., 816.325.7843
  • Water playgrounds to cool off: 24 Hwy/N. Delaware and 24th & Hardy streets
  • Blue Springs Centennial Pool Plex, 2401 W. Ashton Drive, 816.228.0188

Grain Valley, MO

Liberty, MO

  • Liberty Community Center, 1600 S. Withers Rd.
  • Spraygrounds at: Ruth Moore Park, 401 N. Morse and City Park, 970 S. Highway 291

Gladstone, MO

  • Municipal Pool, Central Park, 7011 N. Holmes, 816.436.2200

KCI Area/Platte County, MO

  • Park Hill Aquatic Center, 8152 N. Congress Ave., 816.741.7963
  • Springs Aquatic Center at Tiffany Hills Park, 9700 N. Congress, 816.880.0733
  • Riverside Municipal Pool, 4498 NW High Drive, 816.741.3993
  • Dagg Park (North Kansas City, MO) – Great wading pool and playground, picnic shelters


  • Parkwood Pool, 950 Quindaro Blvd, 913.551.0402
  • Spray Parks to cool off: Eisenhower Park, 2901 N. 72nd St., Heathwood Park, 10th & Parallel Pkwy, and Pierson Park, 1800 S. 55th St.

Fairway, KS

  • Fairway Swimming Pool, 62nd & Mission

Roeland Park, KS

  • Roeland Park Aquatic Center, 4843 Rosewood Dr.

Bonner Springs, KS

  • Bonner Springs Aquatic Park, 1200 South 134th St.

Grandview, MO

  • John Anderson Pool and Sprayground, 4701 E. 135th St.

DeSoto, KS

  • DeSoto Aquatic Center

Gardner, KS

  • Gardner Aquatic Center, Cornerstone Park, 215 N. Center

Photo courtesy of Summit Waves in Lee’s Summit.

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KC Fall FUN Giveaway! $112 ticket value!

Posted September 13, 2013 8:47am by Admin

LEAH VANDERLINDEN!  Come on down!  You are the lucky winner of our KC Fall FUN Giveaway!  Thanks to our friends at KC Pumpkin Patch and KC Fear Farm…you will receive lots o’ tickets!  Enjoy!  Thanks to all who entered.

WOW!  How awesome does it feel outside this morning?!  Is that a nip of fall in the air?  The timing is perfect for our KC Fall FUN Giveaway, courtesy of our friends at KC Pumpkin Patch and KC Fear Farm.  You may have heard of or been to KC Pumpkin Patch; thousands of families and school children have visited in the 11 years they’ve been operating just south of Olathe in Gardner, KS.  It’s a terrific family destination with over 60 activities including pedal go karts, the famous jumping pillow and a military-themed corn maze, FREE with every admission!  OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK, SEPT 28 – OCT 31.

KC Fear Farm, owned by the same family, is recommended for folks ages 12+. The showpiece of KC Fear Farm is Field of Screams, a haunted terror-filled corn maze.  There are 4 other haunts for thrill-seekers as well, including Circus Asylum and Buried Alive.  NEW this year is Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, which is an add-on attraction to KC Fear Farm.  You can buy a ticket for just Fear Farm or just Paintball…or take in both with a combo ticket!  At Zombie Paintball, zombie hunters will use mounted turret-style paintball guns and fire 100 rounds of ammo at incoming zombies!  KC Fear Farm and Zombie Apocalypse Paintball are open Friday and Saturday nights only, starting SAT. Sept 28, through SAT. Oct 26.

So much fall fun…and we have tickets to give away to a very lucky reader!


KC Pumpkin Patch and KC Fear Farm have provided us with FOUR tickets to KC Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, TWO tickets to KC Fear Farm and TWO tickets to Zombie Apocalypse Paintball!

TO ENTER TO WIN THE KC FALL FUN GIVEAWAY AND ALL 8 TICKETS: Leave a comment on this post to let us know what you’re doing with the kids in KC this weekend!

Entries must be received before 11:59pm CDT on Saturday, September 21, 2013. One lucky winner will be randomly selected and will receive four passes to KC Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, and two passes each to KC Fear Farm and Zombie Apocalypse Paintball.  All passes may be used any day of operation during the 2013 season, weather permitting.  Good Luck!

Must be 18 years of age to enter and win. Only one entry per household will be considered. No substitutions or transfers. Giveaway prize is not redeemable for cash. By entering, winner consents to allow the use of his/her name for promotional purposes without further compensation. Winners release all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prize. No purchase necessary to enter or win.