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Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday FUN Guide 2017

Kansas City’s 2017 Ultimate Holiday to-do List is here!  Take a look at the fun things that Brigette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad, has found to keep you entertained this holiday season.  Enjoy!

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Kansas City’s Ultimate Holiday List 2017

The time has officially come! Lights, snow, and fun festive activities for the whole family. In true iFamilyKC style, I have done all the work for you compiled a list of all the must-see holiday attractions for you and your family this season. Pull out your date book and get ready to pencil in these dates for some fine holiday fun!

 

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November Activities around Kansas City:

 

Now thru the 30th

Saturday, November 11th

Starts on Thursday, November 16th

Saturday, November 18th 11:00am

Saturday, November 18th

Saturday, November 18th

 

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December Activities around Kansas City:

 

Friday, December 1st

December 1st-10th

Sunday, December 3rd

Saturday, December 9th

  • Strawberry Swing Holiday Craft Fair at Union Station

Sunday, December 10th

December 15th-19th

December 15th-January 5th

  • Trombone Concert at Union Station

Saturday, December 16th

Sunday, December 31st

 

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Holiday Shopping Deals Around KC:

November 17th-19th

  • US Toy Black Friday Sale (See our special coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

Friday, November 24th

$10 off winter sports (Check out their coupon in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!)

  • Lipsense with Angie Judy

Call for details (816) 588-7412

  • LuLaRoe with Danelle Gassen

Call for details (816) 777-8704

  • Damsel in Defense with Self Safety Mary

Call for details (816) 309-3348

  • Thirty-One Gifts with Monica Bradford

Call for details (816) 260-6489

  • Young Living Essential Oils with Cara Middleton

Call for details (913) 575-1937

Check out their coupon for $10 off in this month’s issue of iFamilyKC!

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 Meet and Greet with Santa in Kansas City:

Friday, November 24th at 10:00am

December 15th-19th

Friday, November 17th

Monday, December 4th, 11am

  • Breakfast with Santa at Keller Williams Realty in Overland Park

Saturday, December 9th

  • Caring Santa (for kids with special needs only) at Independence Center

Sunday, November 19th

holiday lighting ceremonies

Lighting Ceremonies around Kansas City:

 

  • Zona Rosa Northern Lighting Ceremony in the Town Square

November 18th

Saturday, November 18th at 5pm

  • Independence Square Lighting at Hinam Young Park

Friday, December 1st at 6pm

  • Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 23rd at 5pm

  • Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting at Crown Center 
  • Village at Briar Cliff Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, November 11th 3-6pm

  • Christmas in the Park, Frank White Jr Softball Complex

November 22nd thru 30th 5pm

  • Parkville Christmas on the River

December 1st, and the 6th thru the 10th

holiday movie showings

Holiday Movie Showings:

 

Union Station Holiday Classic Movies: 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Nov 17th-22nd

Elf November 24th-30th

Home Alone December 1st-7th

Polar Express December 8th-14th

Alamo Drafthouse:

Love Actually Movie Party

December 8th at 7pm

 

With so many activities coming up, this list will definitely serve as your go-to guide!


Volunteer Kansas City

Hey KC! As the holiday season approaches, I know more of the metro area residents will be preparing for family outings and dinners! Also, more people will be preparing to make the most out of the extra time off work and school to help those in need as well! During the colder months and holidays, there are so many people that will need warm food, clothes, and a place to feel welcomed. So, while you have the extra time, why not check with one or more of these charities to see how you can donate time to help those in the metro area this holiday season.

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Volunteer Kansas City

#1 Project Warmth

Project Warmth is dedicated to helping those during the coldest time of year. On Saturday November 4th 9a.m-3p.m, The locations below will be collecting gently used blankets and coats for the homeless and those in need. If you can’t make it to one of the locations listed below on the 4th, you can email info@projectwarmthkc.com for more upcoming locations. They are looking for all sizes including children. 

 

Oak Barry Shopping Center

600 NE Barry Road

Kansas City, MO 64155

 

Independence Center

2035 Independence Center

Independence, MO 64057

 

KCTV5 / KSMO

4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy

Fairway, KS 66205

 

The Kansas City Star / Crossroads District

1601 McGee St.

Kansas City, MO 64108

 

Nebraska Furniture Mart

1601 Village West Pkwy

Kansas City, KS 66111

 

Oak Park Mall

11159 W. 95th St.

Overland Park, KS 66214

 

Town Center Plaza

5000 W. 119 St.

Leawood, KS 66209

 

Ward Parkway Shopping Center

8600 Ward Parkway

Kansas City, MO 64114

 

#2 Kansas Hospice Care

The Kansas Hospice Care is always open for volunteers of any age (under 14 supervision required). You and your family can assist with daily activities like reading, games and even just spending quality time. For more information on signing up to volunteer, contact  Latosha Lee at 913-416-2735 or visit their website. They are located at 6828 Sliverheel St.Shawnee,KS 66226

 

#3 Phoenix Family 

Phoenix Family is an organization that helps the elderly and families that are low income or income restricted. You can contact April DeNatale at 816-612-8839. Phoenix Family serves multiple locations and accepts volunteers of all ages! Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

 

#4 Harvester’s

Harvester’s is one of the largest outreach programs in the metro area. They help so many people throughout the year. If you would like to take part with them this season, you can register HERE for any location any time.

 

#5 Kansas City Rescue Mission

The KCRM hosts food drives, makes and delivers meals for kc area residents. This year, you can those in need have a wonderful Thanksgiving! To volunteer, sign up HERE. Fill out the volunteer form or contact Kristen Ray at 816-421-7643.

 

#6 City Union Mission 

The City Union Mission offers help for families across KC. If you would like to donate time to help the homeless and those from low income families, you can fill out a volunteer form for volunteering opportunities HERE.  After you fill out the form and you have questions, you can contact a team member at  816-474-9380.

 

#7 United Way

Ongoing, register for any event, need or volunteer opportunity HERE.  Each opportunity has a direct contact and requirements. Once you find an opportunity that you are able to commit to, you will be able to email the coordinator for further assistance.

 

#8 Episcopal Community Services

Open Monday-Saturday. You can sign up for volunteer shifts through their website. If you have difficulties with the sign up matrix, you can call the main office for assistance at 816-561-8920 and a team member will gladly help you.

 

#9 Catholic Charities 

With a variety of different volunteer opportunities, you can sign up HERE to donate time, packaging meals or serving through special events. If you need to speak with an office assistant for more information, contact them locally at (816) 221-4377

 

#10 Jewish Family Services

To volunteer with a wide variety of services, you can fill out the volunteer application form HERE.  Once submitted, a volunteer team member will contact you with opportunities. Or, if you have any questions you can contact a team member at (913) 730-1410

 

#11 St. Mary’s Food Kitchen

Volunteers ages 7+ can assist with serving a hot meal to those in need. Each month St. Mary’s serves provides hot meals on the 1st sunday and 3rd saturday. To sign up or for more information you can email Jill Reyes, the Sunday Coordinator or the Saturday Coordinator Winfred Gichovi.

 

#12 Metro Lutheran Ministries

Metro Lutheran Ministries has a wide variety of ways to volunteer. You can call Amy Viets at  816.285.3154. Or to sign up for a specific event, head over to their website to see what opportunities you can participate in.

 

Most of these charities are open to families of all ages, however, they do require adult supervision for  younger kids. I have spoke with many of these organizations and they would LOVE to have you come out and lend a helping hand. Especially during the colder and holiday months.  See you out there volunteering!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 


Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Crafts to do as a family?  Liz, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad shares a couple of hers!  Take a look…

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Fun & Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

You can never go wrong with hand printed or foot printed craft projects for Thanksgiving this year, especially if you plan on giving it to a loved one your kids are thankful for. These gifts will completely melt any grandparent or loved one’s heart. Here are a couple of ideas for your kids to create this season that are easy to make and easy to clean up.

 

easy thanksgiving crafts

Hand & Footprint Turkey

Supplies: Fall inspired colors for the paints and craft paper, wipes to clean up, paint brushes, googly eyes, scissors and glue.

Start with yellow paint or the lightest color and coat one hand in paint. Firmly press down their hand to white paper, using your hand to steady those wiggly fingers. Wipe the hand off and do the same with the orange and red paint. Layer the hands in the same area to create turkey feathers. Set aside the handprints to dry.

After that clean up then move on to the feet. Lather your child’s foot with brown paint and toes with orange paint and press their foot against the paper. Set aside footprint to dry.

Cut around the hand and footprints. Cut a red tear drop shape (for the waddle) and a triangle shape for the beak and then have your kiddos glue those together and add a googly eye to make the turkey face.

Simply glue the handprints to the back of the footprint. Either keep it as is or glue to another piece of paper having your kiddos sign their name.

Another fun idea is to make just one turkey for the entire family. Using each family members hand to make the turkeys feathers! Whatever you decide to do you just created an adorable craft to hang up for Thanksgiving or to give to someone you all love.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

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Thankful for Family

Supplies: Different colors of construction paper, 10 x 10 canvases,

12 x 12 piece of fabric and glue.

First lay the fabric on the canvas, wrap around the sides and glue down. Have each family member trace their hands in a different color construction paper. Start with dad’s hand, than moms and the rest of the kid’s hands from largest too small. Glue each one on top of the other one and finish off with a constructed turkey face. You now have a beautiful turkey full of color! Using sticker letters, puff paint or a fabric marker, write Thankful for Family on your canvas either above, below or around your family turkey!

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As the crisp air continues to come in the next few weeks these projects will be the perfect crafts to keep your kids busy. Happy crafting!

From iFamily to Yours,


Baby’s First Christmas: Create Your Own Baby Mistletoe Footprints!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are nearly upon us here in the metro area (have you started decorating for Christmas yet?!). Liz, from our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, has gotten a head start on her holiday fun with her sweet little one and put together a fabulous Baby Mistletoe Keepsake tutorial for you to create your very own masterpieces at home. Bonus: These make GREAT gifts for grandparents and will be cherished for many years to come. Take a look…

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Baby’s First Christmas: Create Your Own Baby Mistletoe Footprints!

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Those little footprints do not last for long so this holiday season get the craft paint out for the perfect holiday keepsake. Capture those little baby toes as little “mistletoes”!

Supplies:

  • White canvas, your choice for the size
  • Green and Red craft or acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Baby Wipes
  • An extra set of hands
  • Extra embellishments: Glitter, Christmas bows, mini jingle bells,

Directions: Have one person hold the little babe while the other paints a foot using the foam brush. I personally do one foot at a time so you don’t have to worry about a kicking baby getting paint all over you. Have the canvas on a flat surface and press the foot down. Clean the first foot up with the baby wipes then paint foot number two and press down on the canvas.  Make sure that you stagger the feet a bit apart. You have your mistletoes!

mistletoe keepsake footprints

Here are a few ideas on how to decorate and personalize your baby’s mistletoe’s!

  • With red paint carefully paint bows using a thin brush.
  • Write “Mistletoes” below the feet.
  • Embellish with an actual bow instead of paint, faux holly leaves and cherries or jingle bells.
  • Decorate around the mistletoe with Christmas colored paint using the toilet paper cardboard for circle rings or circle shaped foam brushes.
  • If you are nervous about your writing out “Mistletoe” with your own handwriting in paint, use glitter stickers!
  • Finish off with writing your child’s name and the year.

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This is a for sure way to capture a special moment that will last forever. Even with the messy little feet, you are sure to have some fun and lasting memories with your little one.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Family Fun in Kansas City with Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you looking to have a little family fun in Kansas City or a place to create the perfect masterpiece to give as a gift for the upcoming holiday season!? You just have to take a look at this guest post from our friends over at Paint, Glaze, and Fire in south Overland Park for details on all of the great opportunities available to your family when you visit their store. Take a look…

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Family Fun in Kansas City With Paint, Glaze, and Fire!

Are you ever stumped trying to think of a new family activity? It’s tough to get the kids away from the TV for creative, quality family time. Pinterest has lots of craft suggestions, but maybe you don’t feel like spending the evening scrubbing glitter and puffy paint out of your carpet. Paint, Glaze & Fire in south Overland Park is the perfect place for your family to get inspired, have fun, and create beautiful keepsakes without any mess in your own house.

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What if I’m not an artist?

Don’t be intimidated if you aren’t feeling artistic. We have a ton of ideas to spark your creativity. With silk screen stencils, stamps, sponges, paint pens, tape that creates perfect stripes, speckled paint, and Jungle Gems* glaze with crystals for non-food items, you’re sure to find the inspiration to create your own masterpiece while your kiddos create theirs.

What kinds of ceramics do they offer?

We have a huge selection of ceramic pieces you can choose to paint including: plates, mugs, platters, figurines, holiday ornaments, and light-up Christmas trees. As soon as you pick your ceramics and paints, it’s time to get busy creating! You and your family will have a blast painting your pieces just the way you want them to look.

How does it work?

When your work of art is complete, you’ll leave it with us for about 7-10 days (a little longer during the holidays). After your piece dries for 24 hours, we glaze it with care and then fire it for 24 hours in a kiln that reaches over  1800°F. That’s about as hot as a volcano! The result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that’s completely nontoxic and perfectly safe* for food. Be sure to preserve your treasure by keeping it out of the microwave and dishwasher.

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The fun doesn’t stop with painted ceramics! We also offer canvas painting, clay prints, and glass fusion. Free 4” tile footprints are available for children 18 months and younger so you can treasure your baby’s adorable little footprint even when the foot that made it has grown larger than your own.

What is Glass fusion?

Glass fusion is a form of art in which you glue tiny pieces of glass to a flat glass base. There’s no end to the shapes, sizes, and colors that you can choose from. Just remember that kids will need adult supervision for this activity. When your project is complete, it’s fired in a kiln that reaches 1475°F. If you want it to be formed into a three-dimensional shape, such as a vase or a candy dish, we’ll fire it a second time over a mold that gives it shape. This process is called slumping. You can pick your work back up in 2-3 weeks; it takes a little longer than the ceramics because it’s fired twice.

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Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious coffee, latte, chai tea, or smoothie from our coffee bar. Small snacks are also available. We don’t offer alcoholic beverages, but if you choose to leave the kids at home to host an adult only event, you’re welcome to bring your own wine and glasses. Girls night out, team building workshops, and bachelorette parties are always a hit at Paint, Glaze & Fire.

Find Out More!

Space fills up fast as the weather turns cold, so be sure you get in before Thanksgiving to make your holiday gifts. The sooner the better! Reservations are recommended to ensure we have space for your group. Call 913-661-2529. Remember, there’s a per person studio fee for painting ceramics plus the cost of the pottery you choose to paint. Like us on Facebook @PaintGlazeFire.KC and visit paintglazeandfire.net for hours, discounts, and special events.


4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

These silly holiday’s are sure to bring out the kid in you!  Ruth, from our iFamily Mom and Dad Squad shares a few of her favorites!  Take a look…

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4 Silly Holidays to Share with Your Kids

Each day of the year it seems there is some sort of holiday but there are some especially fun holidays that can add something special to your week. Here are some of my favorite picks and ideas to go along with them.

National Tongue Twister Day

When: Nov. 8th 2017

This holiday seems to have a few dates ranging from November 8th –November 12th but either way it is a fun way to spend some time. All you have to do for this holiday is spout out some of your favorite tongue twisters. You and your kids can take turns, race or even make up your own.

Try these fun tongue twisters!

Ugly Sweater Day 

When: December 19, 2017

December has a lot of great silly Holidays but this one stood out to me as a great photo opportunity. It’s time to run out and raid the thrift store for the ugliest sweaters you can find and take a cute family photo. You can play dress up and take lots of fun photos with your camera, visit a photo booth or even prep for holiday cards! You could even take your sweaters out on the town! Keep tabs on all the funny looks you get.

Check here for more goofy ideas!

National Squirrel Day 

When: January 21, 2018

It’s time to celebrate those acorn eating critters. Little ones will enjoy learning about these guys, their habitats and other fun facts. As a family you can make feeders to set out for them and other critters. You can write a story together or make up a silly song or dance.

Learn the sign language for squirrel!

Ground Hog Day 

When: February 2, 2018

This is a more familiar holiday but there are so many fun ways to celebrate it! You can read and learn about ground hogs or even more fun, you can make pop up puppets. Every year in Pennsylvania they have a great unveiling of Punxsutawney Phil at Gobblers Knob and they wait for him to see his shadow or not. You can watch the live broadcast and have your own watch party and make predictions. Later on in the day you can watch the movie Ground Hog Day directed by Harold Ramis in 1993.

These are just a few upcoming silly holidays. Stay tuned to iFamilyKC for more silly fun throughout the year!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 


A Great Spot for a Day Hike in Kansas City

One of our favorite weekend activities is to explore the various hiking trails around Kansas City. This last week we went back out to Cave Springs in Raytown.  This is one of our favorite places to hike. It has a lot of “attractions” that make it fun for the kids and allows for multiple destinations. That is one of the more difficult parts about hiking in Missouri.  It seems like there are no destinations to the hikes. Missouri day hiking doesn’t offer the breathless views at the summit. The following are our favorite destinations on this hike.

The Cave

This is always our first stop when we come because when you go to a park named Cave Springs it just seems right that the cave is your first stop. While the cave is not much to look at and could probably only fit five adults, it is the perfect cave to spark intrigue and imagination in kids. It allows them to test their courage by entering the cave with no real threat that comes with more traditional spelunking. My oldest daughter gets a little bit braver with each visit, making it the perfect Goldilocks challenge.

The Cascades

I am not totally sure what the true definition of a cascade is or if this would qualify. The name and the pictures on the internet make one think they are going to witness a real piece of grandeur. However, I do think this “waterfall” destination is dependent on the weather. We have seen the stream and fall at several different levels. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful landscape and makes for great pictures in the morning. It is similar to the cave in that in the mind of a child it is just big enough. It offers those perfect challenges that nature is so great at providing. The challenge being to walk up the stream on top of rocks so that your mom can get a picture. The fun and imagination keeps building with the next destination.

The Chimneys

While this last stop is not one made by nature but rather man, it is no less intriguing. As you walk up the trail you start see chimneys in the woods of to the sides of the trail until you come to a clearing that is full of old brick chimneys, the houses long gone. If your little explorer’s imagination isn’t sparked to life by the ruins am not sure what it would take. We read the sign to our daughters and they decided to memorize that, so they haven’t come up with crazy stories to explain the strange chimneys. This is where we usually do snack. You cannot take little people on a hike and not pack some snacks, it would be mutiny for sure.

Bonus

There is a Scout Camp with a tree house right before the above-mentioned cave, but we have never gone to play on it. Or at least that is what it looks like from the trail. This could also be a highlight destination along the hike. But like I said I don’t know much about it as we have never ventured over to it.

The other bonus that is really fun about this hike is “Raytown Rocks”.  These are painted rocks that are hidden along the trail. If you find one you are supposed to carry it with you and re-hide as you hike.  Or at least that is what we do. The kids love this because it is like a treasure hunt.  They get to try and find a good hiding spot before we leave. We always go and check the spot when we come back to see if the rock is still there. This is a lot of fun for the kids!

This is a great place if you are new to hiking because it is close to town, it is one of the cleanest trails in the metro that we have been on, and it is a series of loops (so if you walk long enough you will always end up back at your car!) Seasoned hikers will also find this to be a fun hike because the trails loop and cross enough that you could put together a substantial hike and not have seen the same scenery over and over. Getting kids outside and on trails is a must in my book, the fresh air does amazing things to their personality and they get so many opportunities to test their courage and strengthens their decision-making skills for the rest of their lives. What are your favorite trails or hacks for taking small children out into nature?

From iFamily to Yours,


Simple And Fun No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Hey Kansas City! Time sure is going by fast.. I mean wasn’t it JUST September?! Seriously where did it go? Well one thing we know for sure is that these Fall months mean one thing, PUMPKINS!  Bridgette, from our iFamily Mom & Dad Squad has some great no carve pumpkin ideas for you!

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Simple And Fun No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

I have tons around my house already and I am still on the hunt for more lol. There is just something about Fall and Pumpkins! As a family that does not observe Halloween, it can be kind of difficult for the kiddos to enjoy their pumpkins as much as I do. I mean I am totally ok with just sticking them in my front hall for decoration! The kids…not so much! While they do love pumpkins, they tend to get bored with plain ones. So, this year, we decided that when they get their pumpkins, we can do some fun alternatives to jack-o- lanterns! So, if you or your family don’t observe Halloween (or you just don’t feel like carving a pumpkin), which takes a lot of time and skill, check out these super cute ideas that everyone will love!

Characters

Character pumpkins are so cute and can really be done in anyway. All you need is some paint, markers and maybe a few craft items (eyes, hair, accessories). Plus, what kiddos doesn’t love having their favorite character around! Check out these ideas that kiddos will love!

Pete The Cat Pumpkin

Superhero Pumpkin

Olaf Pumpkin

Minion Pumpkin

Ninja Turtles Pumpkin

Elsa Inspired Pumpkin

Rainbow Dash Pumpkin

Emoji Pumpkin

Artsy

Artsy pumpkins are some of the easiest ways to be creative. You can make a unique pumpkin that is fitting to your style and home decor. Yet, these kinds of pumpkins can also look the most complicated. Check out these simple artsy pumpkin ideas!

Melted Crayon

Spilled Ice Cream Pumpkin

Photo Pumpkin

Gratitude Pumpkin

Galaxy Pumpkin

Donut Pumpkin

No Mess/ Toddler Friendly

Let’s be honest, craft time can be really messy and chaotic, especially if you have more than one crafter on your hands. These easy, no mess and toddler friendly pumpkin ideas are perfect for a quick craft break!

Washi Tape Pumpkin

Tissue Paper Pumpkins

Confetti Pumpkin

Alphabet Pumpkin

This alphabet pumpkin idea can be used in many different ways as well. Instead of doing numbers or letters, you can also use themed stickers like farm animals, fruits and veggies or colors too!

All of these ideas are simple yet creative enough to keep everyone entertained!

What are you planning to do with your pumpkins this year?

From iFamily to Yours,


Trick or Treating and Halloween Events Around The Kansas City Metro

Halloween is just around the corner and I hope this season finds you and your little ghosts and goblins getting ready for some trick or treating!  If you are looking for a safe alternative to neighborhood trick or treating or just looking for some extra fun Halloween activities for your family, check out these awesome places around the metro that are offering trunk or treating and much more! And, if your organization is having a trunk or treat event, be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Trick or Treating, Halloween Parade & more!

Summit Lanes – Trick or Treat Bowl, October 28th, 1pm, $15 per adult/child team, prizes for costumes.  More info here.

Zona Rosa – Northland SAFE Trick or Treat, October 31st 5-9pm, Ages 4-12, FREE.  Includes a haunted house, games and giveaways. Candy and TONS of fun!

Kansas City Zoo – Boo at the Zoo, October 28-29th, 9:30am-5pm, FREE for FOTZ members, event is included with regular zoo admission.  Trick or Treat different stations throughout the zoo and enjoy different Halloween themed activities.

Science City at Union Station – Spookfest, October 28th, 5-8pm, $8, $6 for Union Station members. Hands-on science activities and labs, snacks, creepy critters and eerie edibles, costume contest, spooky science stage shows and demonstrations. More info here.

Jump City – Friday, October 27th from 6-9pm your family can enjoy games, goodie bags, unlimited playtime, meet your favorite character, and enter to wins for free jump passes! $10 admission for kids. More info here.

Urban Air – Kids can enjoy JumperRoo playtime on October 31st from 9:00am-noon for preschool and toddler playtime! More info here.

SEALIFE Kansas City – Underwater Pumpkin Carving, October 21-22nd, 28-29th, 11am and 1pm. Included with regular admission. More info here.

LEGOLAND KC – Brick or Treat, Oct 21-22, 28th-29th. More info here.

Mid-Continent Public Library – MCPL branches have Halloween fun all month long all across the metro area. These activities are FREE for families. More info here.

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit – Sunday, October 29th Halloween Parade & Jump Toddler Time. $12.99 admission per child includes one free adult jump from 9am-11am. Scoop Here.

Halloween Parade at the Independence Square – Saturday, October 28th FREE parade, face-painting, candy, and more. More info here.

Free Petting Zoo at Paradise Park – October 28th FREE petting zoo fun for the family! More info here.

Gymboree – Gymb-o-ween Costume Party, October 27th, 6pm. $15 members/$20 nonmembers. Dress up little ones for a spooktacular costume party and Halloween bash, parade, craft, snack, parachute and bubble time. More info here.

Mercury Gymnastics – Halloween Spooktacular, October 27th, 6pm-9pm, FREE admission, tickets available for purchase for extra activities,  games, obstacle courses, cake walk, mazes, face painting, trick or treating through the gym

Shoal Creek Living History Museum – Kid Safe Halloween, October 28th, 11am-3pm, FREE. Trick or treat throughout the Shoal Creek village. Wear your costume and bring a treat bag!

Sunflower House – Pumpkin Palooza, October 21st, 9am-1pm. FREE. Games, face painting, trunk or treat, live entertainment, baked goods and painted pumpkins for sale.

Mahaffie Farmstead – Trick or Treat OFF the street, October 28th, 3pm-6pm, $3, Ages 3 and up.  Horse drawn hay ride, games, crafts, candy stations

Alldredge Orchards – Fall Family Fun Night- October 27th, 5-8pm, $5 in advance, $6 per person ages 2 and up. Hayrides, campfires, free marshmallows, spooky stories, food and fun!

Fun Run – 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat – October 20th, 6pm-7:30pm, $5.  Trick or treat outside and go inside for some bouncy house fun!

We Rock the Spectrum Gym – Not-so-spooky Costume Party, October 27th, 10am-1pm, regular admission rates apply. Enjoy a sensory friendly environment, games, crafts, cookie decorating, open play on the equipment.

Olathe Bible Church – Trunk or Treat 2017 – October 28th 2-4pm, FREE.

Liberty Hospital – Trunk or TreatOctober 28th 3pm, Trunk or treat, FREE community event, TRUCK or TREAT event with trash trucks, tow trucks, zoo mobile and more!

Autism Works Liberty, MO – Trunk or Treat – October 28th 4pm. FREE

Eastside Baptist Church, Independence, MO – Trunk or Treat October 29th, 4pm-6pm, Come out for some sweet trunks and some spooky characters and free candy! FREE for families. Located at the

Blue Springs Assembly – Costume Carnival – October 28th, 2-4pm, Carnival rides, games, prizes, inflatables, food. FREE

Trick or Treat Downtown Liberty- October 31st 5-7pm. Trick or Treat downtown Liberty businesses

Independence First United Methodist Church- Trunk or Treat, October 29th 12:30-2:30pm, hotdogs, popcorn, face painting, balloon artist, games, trunk or treat. FREE.

Have a Spooktacular Time!

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8 Spooktacular Kid-Friendly Snack Ideas for Halloween

Halloween is in the air! You are sure to love celebrating the season with these 8 Spooktacular and Kid-Friendly snack ideas from Liz!  Take a look!

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8 Spooktacular Kid-Friendly Snack Ideas for Halloween

If you are hosting a Halloween party or attending one and need something tasty to bring, these fun Halloween food ideas will be a hit with all kids and parents!  Here are eight yummy and creative kid-friendly snack ideas for party goers of all ages!

#1 Boo-Nanas

Start as simple as with a black sharpie!  Draw pumpkin faces on oranges or mandarins.  Make a ghost faces on the packages of white string cheese or on a banana for BOO-NANA’s!

#2 Jack-O-Lantern Fruit Tray

Start by slicing up oranges for the face. Next use a mix of blueberries and grapes, shape into triangles for the eyes and nose. Use the same fruit to make a big happy grin for your pumpkin!

#3 Veggie Pumpkin Platter

Carve out a small pumpkin, fill with ranch and garnish with all your favorite veggies, including carrots, cucumbers, peppers, cauliflower and broccoli.

#4 Mummy Dogs

Wrap up hotdogs in mummy fashion- Lengthwise cut pieces of dough into as many mummy hot dogs that you need.  Wrap 2-4 pieces of dough around each hotdog to look like the “bandages,” and about ½ inch from one end of the hot dog leave open to show as the “face”. Bake your mummies at 375 degrees between 13-17 minutes. Go as far as using mustard to draw features on the mummies face!

#5 Apple Peanut Butter Teeth

Slice up your apples, spread peanut butter on one side of each slice, arrange a line of mini-marshmallows on half of the slices. Then top off with another slice of peanut butter slathered apple to make your big toothed smiles.

#6 Spider Web Taco Dip

Start with making your dip in any way you choose too and spread guacamole over the top. Mix sour cream with enough milk to make it thin and easy to come out of the squirt bottle. Draw your spider web on the top of the guacamole with the sour cream. Sprinkle olives, cheese, tomatoes and green onions around the edges. Place a spider (FAKE) in the center for decoration.  Serve taco dip with warm tortillas.

#7 Harvest Hash Chex Mix

This is the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Take a spin on the traditional recipe by adding in candy corn pumpkins, Reese’s Pieces, Bugles, Cheese Its, candy corn and any other tasty treats you love!

#8 Candy Apple Bar

Melt a large bowl of caramel. Cut apples into slices and stick on a bamboo skewer.  Choose your toppings: Crushed Oreos, crushed butterfingers, mini Reese’s pieces, mini M & Ms, crushed up Heath bits, mini chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Dip your apples in the caramel and in the desired toppings!

I hope you have a fun time creating these sweet treats for your Halloween parties this year! Happy Snacking!

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