With the change in seasons moving in slowly this year, it’s time to start thinking about winter break, holiday fun and family friendly winter activities in Kansas City. Our family loves Christmas in Kansas City because there is so much to choose from! If you are new to the area, we recommend these 4 winter activities to get you in the holiday mood.
The Plaza lights (Nov. 26 – Jan. 17): This hometown tradition started in 1925 with a string of 16 lights. And now, every year, no matter how many times I’ve see them before, as soon as the lights come on it takes my breath away. It feels like all 15 blocks are filled with sparkling diamonds in every corner of the streets, every tower and window and dome as far as the eye can see. I recommend taking a carriage ride around the Plaza for the best view with your family.
The Nutcracker (Dec. 5-24): Based on the tale “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this classic, Victorian era story is a Christmas tradition in this town thanks to the KC Ballet. The performance is vibrant and mesmerizing and is great entertainment for your kids and spouse. You owe it to your family to see this favorite holiday classic at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Ice Skating at Crown Center (Nov. 6 – Mar 13): The Ice Terrace at Crown Center is Kansas City’s only public, outdoor ice-skating rink. You can take the kids for a night of fun or make a date of it. The dazzling lights and architecture make the experience so much more dramatic while you laugh and wobble and learn your way around the rink. The Ice Terrace is open on Christmas Eve till 6pm and could easily become a new family tradition.
Snow Creek (Dec. 18-Mar. 13): I saved the best for last! Our favorite winter activity is to take the kids to Snow Creek in Weston, Missouri. Even when the snow is scarce and it’s hard to imagine a winter wonderland, we know that we can head to Weston and have some fun in the snow. They offer rental equipment for all ages, a Snow Creek Snow Sports school with group lessons for kids ages 3-5 with adult, 5-7 and 8-12 as well as a kids zone, women’s Wednesday classes and ski/ride school for those wanting to learn a winter sport. Our family loves to go tubing down the 700 foot slope of Tornado Alley and end the night around a fire. It is great family fun!
Whatever family activities you decide to do this winter, try not to forget there’s a whole world of fun right outside your door in your own backyard. Taking selfies with your snowman, catching snowflakes on your tongue, building snow forts and maybe best of all, snow ball fights with the family. This is the stuff that memories are made of.
Stay warm this winter season my friends. We’re here if you need us. Even if we have to use a Snow Plow to get to your house.