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November Fun Calendar

Celebrate November's forgotten holidays all month long!

Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

Kansas City's Holiday Lighting Ceremonies: 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From mid-November to mid-December all across the Kansas City metro, switches are flipped, and the city is decked out in holiday splendor!

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is Nov. 17-24

Native American Heritage in KC

Native American Heritage in KC

November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history at these local sites:

Thanksgiving Hacks:

Thanksgiving Hacks:

While there is no real way to “cheat” at entertaining for the holidays, I hope you can use some of these with your family this holiday season.

5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

5 Apps for a Better Thanksgiving

Many great apps can save you time and energy so that you can spend more of it with your family and less time in the kitchen.

Finding His Voice

Finding His Voice

“Eeeeeeeee!” my sixteen-month-old squeals excitedly, his chubby hand clasped tightly while he points his index finger in the direction of the object of his fascination. His eyes are focused intently on the item of choice that he feels he so clearly has called by name.

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch

It is the debut year for Kansas City's newest pumpkin patch, the Fun Farm Pumpkin Patch in Kearney! While it may be their first year in operation, you wouldn't believe it after spending a day enjoying their attractions!

Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Carolyn's Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

It's an annual fall ritual for our family to visit Carolyn's Country Cousins ... our family enjoys it with each visit and it's always fun to discover what is new each year! Carolyn's is one of the largest patches in the area and one of the most popular. The entire attraction is beautifully maintained, professionally staffed, and educational.

Same Day Surgery

Same Day Surgery

It was during my one-year-old Jonah’s annual well check that I heard our family doctor mutter those words I have been awaiting for several months now.

Johnson Farms Pumpkin Patch

Johnson Farms Pumpkin Patch

There are many things I love about Johnson Farms.... it's really hard to choose a favorite, but I have to say that every year I am captivated by how beautiful the property is and this year seemed to be especially spectacular!

Louisburg Cider Mill & Pumpkin Patch

Louisburg Cider Mill & Pumpkin Patch

Discover one of our favorite fall traditions... delicious cider, apple cider donuts, and an amazing corn maze.

Tis the Season

Tis the Season

‘Tis the season for traditions! Autumn makes for many scrapbook-worthy memories, like hayrides, pumpkins and fresh apples. On autumn’s heels can come a gentle Midwest snowfall, Christmas lights and melodies. Celebrate uniquely Kansas City moments with your little one with these local traditions.

Storybook Grandma

Storybook Grandma

I have one of those grandmothers that looks like she came straight out of a children’s book. Rosy cheeked, indelibly sweet, and without fail, always in an apron with a warm dessert tray in hand, she is the quintessential grandmotherly figure.

Making the Cut

Making the Cut

Slow-smoked meat, sweet and tangy sauce, melt-in-your-mouth juicy ribs…it has been said that in Kansas City, barbecue isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life.

Savoring Local Wines

Savoring Local Wines

The popularity of locally harvested wines expands every year, and both Kansas and Missouri are home to dozens of vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are within an hour’s drive of Kansas City, making them a great day trip to enjoy tasting the best of the local harvest.

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

While the world might be in a tizzy over all things pumpkin right now (I blame it on early arrival of Starbuck’s PSL!), September’s cool and crisp days are a perfect backdrop to one of my other favorite fall flavors- apple!

Best Caramel Apples in Kansas City

Best Caramel Apples in Kansas City

It's an autumn tradition as classic as watching It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and we've rounded up the best of the best hand-dipped, gourmet, coated, candied apples in Kansas City!

Summer Medley

Summer Medley

Of all the challenges parenthood brings, thank heavens, raising picky eaters hasn’t been one of them that I’ve dealt with.

Water Fun with Little Ones

Water Fun with Little Ones

“Mommy, look what I can do!!!!” Sam yelled with excitement from the kiddie pool. His eyelashes dripped little droplets of pool water down onto his face. As he looked up I could see the whites of his eyes were already getting pink from the chlorine, but he didn’t seem the least bit phased. A deep breath in and my moppy-headed four year old thrust his head back under the water, eyes open (“Because it’s more fun, Mom!”), blowing bubbles and paddling with all his might.

5 Favorite Kansas City Ice Cream Shops

5 Favorite Kansas City Ice Cream Shops

July, fittingly, is National Ice Cream Month, so we decided to celebrate with a roundup of five fabulous local ice cream shops.

My Child, Good Ol' What's His Name?

My Child, Good Ol' What's His Name?

Growing up, I was called a lot of names... but it’s not what you may think. I wasn’t picked on or called anything derogatory. I just wasn’t always called my own name by- gulp- my own mom. A lot of times, she would run down the list of my siblings’ names before she finally got to my own name (all with the intention of calling for me). And when you are one of four kids, that takes a while.

Kansas City's U-Pick Farm Guide

Kansas City's U-Pick Farm Guide

In Kansas City, we enjoy many “u-pick farms” across the metro area. Please note, some farms from previous years are no longer in business or no longer offer u-pick. This list will get you started!

25 Favorite Ways to Enjoy a Kansas City Summer

25 Favorite Ways to Enjoy a Kansas City Summer

Signs of Summer in Kansas City... the best ways to enjoy Kansas City summer fun!

Celebration at the Station a Favorite Tradition

Celebration at the Station a Favorite Tradition

If you’re on the hunt for a family friendly event to attend this Memorial Day weekend, look no further than Celebration at the Station. Pack a picnic, grab some lawn chairs, and rally up the kiddos. We hope to see you there!

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