Out and About in KC: Favorite Holiday Activities for the Under 5 Set

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“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, doorbells and sleighbells, and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string, these are few of my favorite things.”  Gets you in the Holiday spirit doesn’t it.  I have such great memories of watching The Sound of Music with my family at this time of year growing up.  Well, here are some Kansas City favorite things to do with the under 5 crowd during the Holiday Season, with a little something for everyone I hope.  (Recommendations come from both our family and several other families in the Kindermusik program.  If you have others you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them.  Just add them in the comments on our Facebook page.

Journey to Bethlehem at 2nd Presbyterian Church

Friday, Dec. 2,  7-9 pm

Saturday, Dec. 3,  5-7 pm

I have driven past the sign on Brookside Boulevard for years, but only a few years ago did our family decide to find out what “Journey to Bethlehem” is all about.  I must say I was very impressed with this 45-min walk-through of the story of the birth of Christ.  We felt truly immersed in the story as we turned in our “census” to the Roman rulers, “bought” things at the Bethlehem market, and then were led by a shepherd all over Bethlehem to see the exciting events of that first Christmas.  Now it is a family tradition.  My kids beg to go every year. (NOTE: I recommend attending well diapered and fed as you may have to stand in line for quite a while.)  Admission free to all.

Powell Gardens

Dec. 17, 9: o0 am – noon – Fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus (We’re having trouble getting the full details for this event for 2016.  We know the date is Dec. 17 and have listed the info. from last year.  If this interests, we recommend calling or visiting the website to learn more.)

Enjoy a Chris Cakes style pancake breakfast when you come out to meet Old St. Nick. Afterward, make a craft to take home, join Mrs. Claus for storytelling and admire the Victorian display in the conservatory. Then bundle up for a ride on the outdoor mini-train (weather permitting). Reservations are required.
Visit the website above for more information and costs.

Dec. 10-11, 5:00-7:30 pm –  Luminary Walk

Another fabulous experience to check out is Powell Gardens, though it is a bit of a drive, so you might plan to go and stay for a while if possible.  Their Luminary Walk will be beautiful.  Enjoy live holiday music, homemade cookies and hot chocolate by the fireside and a walk along a candlelit path to the peaceful Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel.  Admission $7/adults, $6/seniors, $3 children 5-12, children under 5 free, free for members.  While you’re at the Gardens, be sure to ride the Trolley (really our favorite part.)

Holiday at Union Station

Every year when the boys were little, we made a trip during the Holiday season to Union Station to see the model railroad exhibit.  There is also a fun train ride around a huge Christmas tree at the end of the Grand Hall and special events going on all the time.  Charges may apply to special appearances, exhibits, and train rides.  (p.s.  Memberships are great and can give you some nice discounts if you have a kid who likes Science City, like we do.)

Hope these ideas will help you create a few special family traditions to share for years to come!

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