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Halloween in Kansas City

Posted October 20, 2014 9:14am by Jane

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I don’t know about you, but my kids are pretty excited about Halloween this year (as always!). To help your family get in the mood this month, check out these fun, KC-area Halloween events!

Ongoing in October

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Paradise Park Fall Hayrides, through October 31; Friday 6-10 pm, Saturday Noon-10pm, Sunday 1-6pm; (Reservations required after ticket purchase). Before 6pm Saturdays & Sundays don’t miss the petting zoo (open noon-6pm); after 6pm enjoy s’mores and hot chocolate with a hayride ticket! Petting zoo includes goats, sheep, pot-bellied pigs and all the farmyard animals. Hayride is $9.99/person, petting zoo admission is free.
  • The new Paradise Park Zombie Attack Laser Tag Hayride begins Oct. 3 and runs every Friday and Saturday, 7-10pm through October; $12.99/person; Reservations required after ticket purchase. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead features Pumpkin Hollow, through Oct. 31. Kids (and their parents!) can enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, getting lost in the corn maze, a giant hay slide, the corn bin, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.

Friday, October 24, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Crown Center Spooky Fun October Puppet Shows: A Crown Center tradition continues with performances from the region’s most exciting puppeteers. Scheduled to perform: Bob Kramer Marionettes (October 4), Paul Mesner Puppets (October 11), Clement McCrae Puppets (October 18), StoneLion Puppet Theatre (October 25). Shows at noon and 2pm. No admission fee.
  • Join Science City at Union Station for the second annual family-fun Halloween event: Spookfest! They will be “Buggin’ Out” with Science all night! Special activities include: Creepy Critters in the Nature Center; Eerie Edibles in the Test Kitchen; Maker Magic in the Maker Studio; Spooky Science Demonstrations and more! 5pm-8pm; $5/USKC members; $7/non-members
  • 2nd Annual Great Pumpkin Race 5k: Race participants are encouraged to grab a costume and join us for a fall morning of fun as we run/walk through the streets of Roeland Park! Runner receive recieve chip timing, a short sleeve tech shirt, a finisher’s medal and great post race food and beverages! Lil Pumpkin Fun Run participants will receive a participant shirt and a ribbon. Benefits the students of Horizon Academy.
  • Shawnee Town’s Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests. Snacks are for sale at the event. 6-8:30pm at the grounds of Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th, three blocks west of Nieman Road. All activities are free with a suggested $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929.
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Night of the Living Farm @ Deanna Rose Farmstead: Old-fashioned lanterns and carved pumpkins light the (spooky) way for trick-or-treaters. Oct 17-18 & 24-25; Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, KS. Advance tickets $8; $10 at the door.
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

  • Underwater Pumpkin Carving: Join SEA LIFE Aquarium every Saturday and Sunday in October at 2pm for Underwater Pumpkin Carving! Watch as divers compete for title of the best pumpkin carver during this once yearly activity. To book your visit, click here.
  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church invites you to Boolievers Trunk-or-Treat, an outreach event to provide a safe evening of Halloween fun for kids and families. Kids and parents are invited to make their way around our Trunk-or-Treat zone to enjoy free treats, games, and fun! 5-7pm, hot dogs, chips and drinks available ($2/meal or $1/item).
  • Boo at the Zoo: Kids trick-or-treat at the Zoo while enjoying Halloween themed activities and entertainment. Fun for kids of all ages! 9:30am-5pm
  • Brick or Treat: A ghoulishly good time is brewing at LEGOLAND®Discovery Center Kansas City during Brick-or-Treat Halloween extravaganza weekends in October. Featuring the LEGO Pumpkin Patch, Scavenger Hunt, Costume Contest and more!
  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • American Top Team HD is hosting its 1st annual Kids Halloween Party: Enjoy trick-or-treating, face-painting, prizes, and the Haunted Gym…at your own risk of course! 4pm–6pm; free admission and open to the public;  and open to everyone, members and non-members; costumes are encouraged! Located at 11227 Strang Line Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

  • Sporting KC Fan Night at the Liberty Corn Maze: Come check out our exciting new corn maze design this fall.  This year’s design celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City. Wear any Sporting KC gear on Wednesday, October 15  or 29 and get $1 off your admission ticket (not to be combined with any other offer or discount). With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Wednesdays, Oct. 15 & 29; $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.

Friday, October 31, 2014

  • Flashlight Fridays at the Liberty Corn Maze: The Liberty Corn Maze is exciting and challenging at any time, but just imagine trying to navigate the trails at night using only your flashlight! With four large mazes to choose from, visitors can trek through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Bring your flashlights and your sense of direction…you’ll need both. Every Friday through October 31. 5-10pm, $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Last day of the season at Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead: Kids can still visit Pumpkin Hollow on this final day of the season, and enjoy climbing a hay pyramid, the corn maze, a giant hay slide, and picking their own pumpkins! $8/person admission fee for Pumpkin Hollow. Farmstead admission is free Mon-Thu; $2/person Fri-Sun.
  • Kids wear your Halloween costume to the Park Oct 27-31 for a special treat at Paradise Park!
  • Northland Children Safe Trick or Treat returns to Zona Rosa for its 3rd year! Enjoy a fun, safe and FREE opportunity to Trick or Treat in the presence of local KCPD officers, who help pass out candy. There is a family-friendly interactive Haunted House, kid-friendly games and giveaways; 5-9pm, North of the Town Square on the N. Stoddard Ave. Bridge in Zona Rosa; best suited for children ages 4 to 12.

And the Halloween festivities don’t have to end on Oct. 31!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

  • Celebrate Sporting Kansas City at the Liberty Corn Maze: This year the Liberty Corn Maze celebrates our 2013 MLS Champions, Sporting Kansas City! Journey through any of the four soccer players or blaze through the Sporting KC logo on an amazing adventure filled with twists and turns. Don’t forget to let the little ones check out our rock, rope, and soybean mazes.Every Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1; Saturdays 10am-10pm; Sundays 10am-5pm. $10/adult; $8 ages 4-12; 3 & under free.
  • Davey Jones Bones at SEA LIFE Aquarium: Davey Jones Bones will give kids the opportunity to visit Davey Jones pirate ship and hear spooky tales of the deep. Kids can also feel some of the creepy things found at the bottom of the ocean. Oct. 25-26 & Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • KC Zoo Great Pumpkin Smash! Watch a wide variety of zoo animals crush, kick, bounce, eat and play with big orange pumpkins throughout the day. Pumpkin smashes are at scheduled times from 10am-3:30pm at the Kansas City Zoo.

Whatever you do, have a happy and safe Halloween!

Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/stephendeckerd/

Holiday light displays around Kansas City

Posted December 07, 2012 10:44am by Admin

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.

Weekend Activities in KC– Easter 2011

Posted April 19, 2011 9:03pm by Admin

There’s lots going on in the next few days…particularly on Saturday – the day before Easter!  If you’ve got family or friends in town for the holiday weekend, there are activities listed for Saturday from ALL corners of the metro!  KCK, Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Kansas City North, you name it. Especially fun…the Easter parade at Zona Rosa and the Easter Bunny at Crown Center!  Have fun!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

  • American Girl Party at Leawood Town Center’s Barnes & Noble – 7pm
  • “1/2-Day ARTrageous ART Workshop”: A 2 1/2 hour ART workshop at ARTrageous Creative Studio in south Prairie Village on the children’s day off school, grades 1-8. From 12:30 – 3:00 the Children will explore the history of Ukranian Eggs and create their own decorated eggs in this style using new coloring and patterning techniques. The cost per child is $20.00 to be paid on arrival that day. Pre-enrollment to Julie Flanagan at MissJulie@ARTrageousKC.com or call “Miss Julie” at 913-642-8122

Friday, April 22, 2011

  • FREE Admission to Powell Gardens on Earth Day -Powell Gardens honors our home planet with free admission on this day. For a bonus, children can make a free, ready-to-plant eco-pot filled with dirt and seeds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Open Gym for all ages – Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center, South Overland Park – Kids 5 & under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult; parents of kids 6 six years and above must wait in the lobby. Daily fee or punch card accepted. Friday 1/7-5/27, 3-6pm. Saturday 1/8-5/28, 3:30-5pm.
  • “1/2-Day ARTrageous ART Workshop”: A 2 1/2 hour ART workshop at ARTrageous Creative Studio in south Prairie Village on the children’s day off school, grades 1-8. From 12:30 – 3:00 the Children will explore the history of Ukranian Eggs and create their own decorated eggs in this style using new coloring and patterning techniques. The cost per child is $20.00 to be paid on arrival that day. Pre-enrollment to Julie Flanagan at MissJulie@ARTrageousKC.com or call “Miss Julie” at 913-642-8122
  • The Easter Bunny visits Crown Center, Shops Atrium, Level 1. A professional photographer will be taking pictures for a fee and visitors are welcome to bring their cameras. Noon to 4 p.m. No admission fee. (April 16-17, 22-23)
  • Spot the Dog (costumed character) comes to Zona Rosa’s Barnes & Noble to meet the kids and pose for pictures – 11am

Saturday, April 23, 2011

  • Ollie’s Egg Hunt at Paradise Park – Lee’s Summit – egg hunts begin at 10:30 and 1:30
  • Legends Outlets Kansas City 3rd annual Easter Family Fun Day, noon – 3:00 p.m. This FREE event is for the entire family, featuring the Easter Bunny, fun activities and games, and chances to win valuable prizes including Legends Outlets gift cards and Schlitterbahn Waterpark tickets
  • Zona Rosa’s Easter Parade – starts at 11am (Kansas City North)
  • Grand Opening of the new Overland Park Yogurtini at 119th & Metcalf, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 4-8pm
  • KidSafe seminar – KC Premier Martial Arts & Fitness, Riverside MO (Northland) – followed by the 1st Annual KCPMA Easter Egg Hunt!!!! Everyone welcome, FREE EVENT!!
  • Open Gym for all ages – Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center, South Overland Park – Kids 5 & under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult; parents of kids 6 six years and above must wait in the lobby. Daily fee or punch card accepted. Friday 1/7-5/27, 3-6pm. Saturday 1/8-5/28, 3:30-5pm.
  • Easter Egg Hunt at One Spirit Methodist Church, 7900 Blue Ridge Blvd. KCMO – 10:45 a.m. – Children ages 2-10 and their parents
    are invited for a free activity featuring a short video explaining the Easter story, an Easter Egg Hunt and take-home treats.
  • The Easter Bunny visits Crown Center, Shops Atrium, Level 1. A professional photographer will be taking pictures for a fee and visitors are welcome to bring their cameras. Noon to 4 p.m. No admission fee. (April 16-17, 22-23)
  • Easter in Independence at Bingham Middle School. Sponsored by Life Connection Church and other community sponsors. 100,000 eggs to hunt by age group. Thousands turn out each year!
  • Spot the Dog (costumed character) comes to Zona Rosa’s Barnes & Noble to meet the kids and pose for pictures – 11am

Sunday, April 24, 2011

    HAPPY EASTER!!
*image of Zona Rosa Easter Parade 2010 courtesy of Fox4KC.com
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