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Kansas City Christmas Lights – 2016

Posted December 11, 2016 8:20pm by Jane

christmasintheparkThere’s nothing better than driving around with your family in a warm, cozy car to see Kansas City’s Christmas light displays during these cold winter evenings! We’ve rounded up a list of some light exhibits and neighborhoods that are well-known.  Feel free to add to the list in the “Comments” section…and happy viewing!

Kansas City-Area Christmas Light Displays

  • Christmas Card Lane north of 151st around Ridgeview and Frontier (Mission Ridge subdivision) in Olathe, KS
  • Christmas in the Park at Longview Lake Campground on Raytown Rd. in Lee’s Summit, MO. Over 300,000 lights!!!christmasinthepark2
  • Legendary Light Show at Legends Outlet Mall: Light show is synchronized to concert-quality holiday music. Every 15 minutes between 5-10pm.
  • “Christmas Place” in the Terrace Place subdivision, 132nd and Antioch, south Overland Park, KS.
  • 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!
  • Vince & Associates – 103rd & Metcalf, Overland Park – huge display, coordinated with music!  Park at Emmanuel  Baptist Church across the street for the best views.
  • Mormon Visitors Center, Independence, MO
  • Downtown Marriott – don’t miss the amazing computer-generated facade of the Downtown Marriott hotel!
  • Kryger family, (as in Kryger Glass) 13201 Granada, in Leawood
  • Candy Cane Lane, 7900 block of Outlook Lane, in Prairie Village
  • Musical Christmas Light House, 132nd & Roe, Overland Park
  • Stagecoach Park at 1205 East Kansas City Road in Olathe features 41,000 lights! 5:30-10pm, Monday-Thursday, 5:30-11pm Friday-Sunday

For a great list of Johnson County, KS residential displays, don’t miss Keith’s list at KansasTravel.org (and convenient driving maps) which even includes some photos!

Images courtesy of Jackson County Parks & Rec’s Christmas in the Park.

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Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

Posted October 03, 2016 8:36am by Jane

mahaffiecornOne of my favorite things about October in Kansas City is the chance to get outside and live in the moment. We’ve finally contained the scramble to get to soccer, volleyball, and all of the many start-of-school activities and practices that seemed to overtake our daily lives in September, and now we get to enjoy what I consider the best season in Kansas City.

One way to slow down the pace of life is a visit to Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm. This somewhat hidden gem in Olathe, KS, is a working 19th century farm where you and your family can enjoy some of the daily activities that took place on the farm, complete with a stagecoach ride! The entire farm allows you to experience and explore 1860s farming, frontier life and stagecoach travel, and truly offers something for all ages and interests.

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For your little history buffs, the interactive museum that begins the tour is informational and interactive (read, fun for kids). Try on costumes, learn about the tools they used around the farm, and even a little Kansas/Santa Fe Trail history while you’re at it. Then, get ready for the experiential fun: Visit the farmhouse, including the still-working basement kitchen where stagecoach travelers took their meals, the livestock barn to check out the work horses, blacksmith demonstrations, the wash house (yes, even doing laundry is fun at Mahaffie!) and the games area. Your kids won’t even notice that they haven’t been on a device for hours! Click here to plan your visit.

As an added bonus, this month is Harvest Month at Mahaffie, showcasing how the Mahaffie family prepared for winter in the 1860s. Experience harvesting crops, grinding corn, pressing cider, and all the other work needed to get ready for winter in Kansas. Check out their Calendar of Events for a complete listing of weekend events.

Mahaffie Farm is open seven days a week, but the weekends offer much more in the way of interactive activities. Regular admission includes all activities: $7/adults, $5/children ages 5 to 11, under 4 are free. For more information, click here...and enjoy your time on the farm!

Images courtesy of Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm.

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What’s Happening this Weekend in KC

Posted July 05, 2016 8:51am by Jane

There are so many fun things happening in KC this summer! Be sure to check out our KC Kids Fun Calendar for more activities this weekend and all summer long. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to this weekend…including more fireworks!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

  • Mahaffie Farm 19th Century Fireworks-Olathe Civic Band Concert – Enjoy an old-fashioned 19th century Independence Day celebration, complete with cannon fire and fireworks! Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy activities on the historic Mahaffie grounds; free admission; festivities begin at 6pmmahaffieindependenceday
  • Madagascar A Musical Adventure at The Coterie: It’s the musical premiere of the madcap journey from New York’s Central Park Zoo to the beaches of Madagascar for Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and hilarious, plotting penguins. Get ready to go wild with King Julien. These crack-a-lackin’ friends are outta the zoo and ready to MOVE IT MOVE IT. For all ages; June 14-August 7
  • The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® at Crown Center is an exciting hands-on traveling exhibit, which features the much-loved silly character, who becomes an explorer, scientist, and adventurer with a change of his “parts.” In addition to building a variety of essential academic skills, the exhibit encourages children to welcome new experiences with confidence, curiosity and humor, to think about all they can be and do, and to always respect themselves and others. No admission fee; open May 28-Sept. 5potatohead

Friday, July 8, 2016

  • Friday Crafternoons at The Learning Tree: We’ll open the downstairs Rainbow Room at our Corinth location from 2-3:30pm for walk-in craft-sessions. Come when you want during the session, pick your project and decide how long you stay! Great for families with different ages and stages. $10 per project. No sign-up necessary. Please call and let us know if you have a group larger than three kiddos so we can plan ahead! For ages 4+
  • Hot Summer Days at Overland Park Arboretum: Summer is hot! Keep your temperature down by splashing around at this cool-down activity, with water games, slides and all kinds of water fun! 10am-noon; no pre-registration needed, included with price of Arboretum admission
  • UrbanAir JumpeRoo: Looking for some indoor fun? Toddler time at UrbanAir for is just the ticket! 14401 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66223
  • Evening Outdoor Expeditions at Ernie Miller Amphitheatre: Bring the family to the Ernie Miller Amphitheater on Friday evenings this summer for entertainment and educational experiences. Nature science abounds as you learn about the topic of the evening…from owls to snakes to engaging stories under the stars. During inclement weather or excessive heat, programs will be held in the Nature Center. Each program is approximately 45-60 minutes and begins at 7 pm.ernie miller nature center

Saturday, July 9, 2016

  • Sprint Family Fun Days at KC Power & Light District: It’s a beach party in the city! Sprint Family Fun Days continues with Bubbles & Beach Balls from 11am-3pm on 14th Street between Main & Walnut Streets in the Power & Light District. Kids can have their fun in the sun on the Bahama Bounce, moonwalks, slides and more! Enjoy hula hoopin’, arts & crafts, face painting and more. Admission to the event is free. Fees apply for premium activities ($5 all-access wristband per child).
  • Celebrate Olathe SummerFest: Music, face painting, food, activities and more await at this celebration of community and music! 2pm at Stagecoach Park, 1205 E Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS
  • Live at the Legends Summer Concert Series: Bring the whole family to enjoy concerts at the Legends on Saturday evenings in June and July! The concert series lineup features local talent performing popular pop, classic rock and country hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and today. 5-7pmat Legends Outlets’ Civic Courtyard Fountain, in front of AMC Legends 14 Theatre, at 1843 Village West Parkway, Kansas City, KS 66111. Click here for a listing of bands.
  • Comedy Show with Mr. Puppet: Join the Puppetry Arts Institute for this enjoyable tale…the title tells it all. Featuring ventriloquist Bob Abdou. Showtimes are 11am & 2pm at Puppetry Arts Institute, 11025 E. Winner Rd., Independence, MO 64052, unless otherwise indicated. Tickets are $6 per person, and available at the door, but reservations are requested, as seating is limited. For reservations, please call 816-833-9777.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

  • Music in the Park: Enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with free, live musical entertainment each Sunday this summer at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. The summer concert season brings a variety of blues, rock, classics and country favorites that will appeal to the whole family. Concessions available or bring your own picnic; 6-8pmKoala-850-1
  • Zootastik Learning Fest: Koalas & Kangaroos: Join the Kansas City Zoo on second Saturdays and Sundays to learn about the amazing world of animals. All activities, demonstrations and crafts will take place in the main lobby and are included with Zoo admission.
  • Dinosaurs Invade Powell Gardens! Travel back millions of years to explore the lost world of dinosaurs and prehistoric plant life during Jurassic Garden: A Prehistoric Adventure, open May 21-October 3.Encounter incredibly realistic dinosaur replicas, using fossilized bones and other materials, throughout the park. The lifelike dinosaurs include a 32-foot T Rex, 30-foot Hypsibema—Missouri’s state dinosaur, and many more!
  • Enchanted Forest at Overland Park Arboretum: This summer, the Arboretum is enchanting! Discover the mystical domains of gnomes, fairies, elves, sprites, trolls, and other garden creatures along a woodland garden trail. July 1-August 15, 2016; free with admission

Images courtesy of Crown Center, Ernie Miller Nature Center, Kansas City Zoo, and Mahaffie Farmstead

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