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We know, it's #December. So much to do. But, don’t forget to get the new year off to a great start with fun plans for welcoming 2019! We’ve got you covered with an event for the whole family, and you’ll...
The holidays are so much fun with kids! The family traditions, new toys, cousins playing, holiday parties, and more! It also means a change in routine, surroundings and potentially more dangers for the littlest members of the family.  The...
Good thing I didn't get into the business of occasional-freelance-voluntary blog writing to make friends, because what I'm about to say will not win over many hearts. Y’all, the Elf on the Shelf is not doing us any favors....
As much as I despise driving home from work in the dark, the Plaza lights are a welcome consolation. Visiting the Plaza and enjoying the spectacle is a tradition for all of us who call KC home, and a...
Tis the season for holiday shopping and Independence Center has everything you need! We are Eastern KC residents, so the mall is not far from us, but I must admit I've always done most of my Christmas shopping online....

Playing Pretend with Santa

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Once upon a time, there was a little girl who believed in Santa. She grew up and married a boy who believed in the love and magic of Christmas. But not in Santa Claus. This was baffling. Was it possible...
Our family has our usual Kansas City traditions we do every single year - theater performances, light tours and our favorite holiday train features. But this year, we decided to switch things up now that our kids have a...
The amount of snow the KC metro has seen in the past month alone has been more than it has seen in the last several years combined and while some folks may be griping about the fact that it...
“Can reindeer really fly?” “How does Santa fit down the chimney?” “How does Santa have time to go all over the world in one night?” So. Many. Questions. A couple of years ago, I had a first grader who was keenly observant...
We all know there is A LOT to do in Kansas City around the holidays. If you’re looking for a family-friendly, walkable, beautiful lights display, you won’t want to miss the Powell Gardens Festival of Lights. Illuminated by KCP&L,...
Has someone wronged you this year? Is there a friend or family member upon whom you seek vengeance? Is there anyone whose life you’d just like to make a living nightmare? Well have I got the holiday gift list for...
Can I let you in on a secret? I LOVE Christmas! OK, so maybe that’s not a big secret. The day after Halloween I start asking my husband to please bring up all of the bins of Christmas decorations....
We're excited to host A Morning at the North Pole on Saturday, December 1st for a fun-filled morning with Santa and Mrs. Claus pictures, brunch, children’s activities, holiday teacher gift shopping inside the North Pole Castle of Overland Park’s Little Sunshine’s...
If the weather keeps up the way it’s been, Kansas City might just get a white Christmas. Either way, the holidays are here and in full swing as Downtown Dazzle kicks off downtown on November 22. Enjoy all that downtown...
If you’re from Kansas City you already know what a staple the Plaza Lighting Ceremony is to the start of the holiday season. Christmas in Kansas City isn’t even fathomable without the Plaza Lights. Our family makes this a...

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Summer Reading Programs in Kansas City

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In these turbulent times of quarantines and lockdowns, the partial reopening of local libraries are giving us the distractions we need, both...