2018 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend, November Events & Festivals

Happy Thanksgiving Kansas City! There is still some time until Thanksgiving Weekend, but nevertheless, there are fun things to do in Kansas City throughout November.

Looking for a cheap way to do a lot of things? Grab The POGO Pass – 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  

Find free family events, things to do Thanksgiving Day, kids activities, Thanksgiving Week events, & more below:

You can also find restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day & take out Thanksgiving dinner options in Kansas City.

November Activities & Things to do in Kansas City

Family Friendly Events in November & Thanksgiving Week Things to Do:

Things to do Thanksgiving Week

Things to do Thanksgiving Day


FREE Skating at Ice Terrace

November 2nd

6:00 am to 9:00 pm

Ice Terrace Crown Center: 2425 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108

It is opening day at the Crown Center Ice Terrace, which means free skating!

Kansas City’s only public outdoor ice skating rink opens for its 46th season of great skating fun. Join the excitement at the Ice Terrace with FREE skating, coffee and hot chocolate from 6 am to 9 am on opening day, November 2.  So rise and shine, and meet up with several hundred of your closest friends for great times on the ice.   816-274-8411.


Polar Express Train at Branson Scenic Railway

Opens November 2nd

Branson Scenic Railway: 206 E Main St Branson, MO 65616

Enjoy the magic of Christmas on the Polar Express Train. There will be hot chocolate, cookies, & tons of holiday fun! Check their Facebook page for date specifics. Many days are sold out already.

Polar Express Train Branson Scenic Railway


$3 Movie Series Begins

Union Station: 30 W Pershing Rd. Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Check online for movie times & ticket sales.

Christmas Vacation – November 16th to 21st

Elf – November 23rd to 29th

Home Alone – November 30th to December 6th

Catch a different classic holiday movie each week for only $3! There will be more movies to come throughout December too, so check their Facebook page for updates.


Visit the Alpacas!

Throughout November

Farm tours daily – 10:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:30 pm

Yaya’s Alpaca Farm: 30200 E 275th St. Garden City, Missouri 64747

Visit the alpacas on a farm tour nearly every day of November! Tours are 90 minutes long, 7 days a week at 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm by appointment. There is also a farm store with unique alpaca items! Tours are only $8/person. Kids, families, field trips, scout troops…everyone is welcome!

These alpacas are raised for show, sale, & their gorgeous fleece. Come learn about these interesting animals anytime!


Liberty Memorial Peace & Remembrance Projections

Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 11th

Nightly at 7:00 pm

The Liberty Memorial will be lit up with poppies to recognize the roughly 9 million soldiers who died in the first world war. Visit the show nightly at 7 pm. This will mark the centennial of the Armistice that ended the world war on the Western front.

The entire front of the Liberty Memorial along Pershing Road will be lit up in remembrance of those we lost.


Here We Grow Again Independence Sale

Saturday, November 3rd to November 10th

Times vary by day – check event page

13920-A East 40 Highway, Independence, Missouri 64055

Shop their Winter sale to stock up on warm clothing for your kiddos! We know they grow quick 🙂

There will be 50,000 items to shop including kids clothing, shoes, strollers, toys, infant items, baby equipment, maternity clothing & more. All items are 50% to 90% off retail, so you will find great deals! Admission is free.

You can also sell your kids’ clothing and other items – find more info & register online.


Parents Night Out at Sky Zone

Saturday, November 3rd

6:00 to 9:00 pm

Sky Zone Kansas City: 6495 Quivira Rd, Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Drive, Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

Every first Saturday of the month Sky Zone gives parents a night out. Bring your kiddos to Sky Zone for a night of bouncing with friends while you enjoy a night out with your friends.

This fun kids event will happen at both area locations- Lee’s Summit AND Kansas City!

This activity is included in The POGO Pass 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  


Midwest Game Fest

November 1st to 4th (Thursday to Sunday)

Check online for times

Stonycreek Hotel & Conference Center: 18011 Bass Pro Dr. Independence, MO 64055

Explore all kinds of games at the Midwest Game Fest. There will be board games, miniature games, card games, historical games, & more! If your kids love games, this is the place for you. There will be popular games, rare games, handmade goods, & more.


The Great Pumpkin Smash

November 3rd & 4th (Saturday & Sunday)

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Kansas City Zoo: 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132

Watch the animals at the KC Zoo play, squish, squash, & smash the Halloween pumpkins. There are tons of animals & 7 continents to explore!

This activity is included in The POGO Pass 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  


Day of the Dead Festival

Sunday, November 4th

Begins at 10:00 am

Nelson Atkins Museum: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64111

Come celebrate Mexican culture at the Nelson Atkin’s annual Day of the Dead Festival. There will be events and activities throughout the day, so check the festival schedule. There will be a remembrance alter with traditional Mexican elements, local artists, readings, art activities,

There is also Free Weekend Fun every weekend at the Nelson Atkins! Check their online calendar for weekend specifics.


Just Between Friends OP Sale

November 8th to 10th

Check the FB page for event specifics – varies by day & type of shopper

6000 College Boulevard, Leawood, Kansas 66211

Shop for all your kiddos Winter needs at the Overland Park Here We Grow Again Sale. There will be tons of items to shop & deals to be had! You may even find a few holiday gifts a little early.. Many of the items will be up to 90% off retail price!

Strollers and kids are welcome every day of the sale. $2 to shop the first day, all other days are free admission.



Above All Trampoline Park 1-Year Anniversary Event

Friday, November 9th

6:00 to 10:00 pm

Above All Trampoline Park: 1927 Industrial Dr. Liberty, MO 64068

Come bounce the night away to celebrate Above All Trampoline Park’s 1-year anniversary. They’ve called the Northland home for a year, so it is time to celebrate with the whole family!


Turkey Cupcake Cooking Classes – 3 dates

Wednesday, November 7th 9:00 to 10:00 am (ages 2-5 with caregiver)

Saturday, November 10th 9:00 to 10:00 am (ages 2-5 with caregiver)

Wednesday, November 14th 4:00 to 5:00 pm (ages 5-8)

Create chocolate cupcakes decorated just like turkeys at these fun cupcake workshops. There are different age ranges & dates available depending on your family’s schedule. Classes for ages 2-5 need to be supervised by a parent or caregiver. Cupcake workshop for 5-8 year olds is a drop-off class. Each class is $30/child.


Zootastik Learning Fest

November 10th & 11th (Saturday & Sunday)

10:00 am – 3:30 pm

The Kansas City Zoo: 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132

It is International Red Panda Day, so there will be kids activities set up in the Kansas City Zoo lobby. Kids will become Red Panda Rangers while learning about these animals! If kids complete 3 or more activities, they receive a Red Panda Badge. They will even make their own red panda craft.

Red panda Zookeepers will host a chat at noon and engage the pandas with enrichment items at 2.

It is also Military Appreciation Weekend this weekend! All military members with a valid ID get into the zoo for FREE. (Retired, veterans, active duty, reserve…)

This activity is included in The POGO Pass 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  


Fall Make-N-Take Event

Saturday, November 10th

Noon to 2:00 pm

US Toy: 2008 W 103 Terrace, Leawood, Kansas 66206

Make a Popsicle stick scarecrow craft with your kiddos to get in the Thanksgiving spirit. This event is open to the public and free of charge. Come get creative!


Briarcliff Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 10th

3:00 to 7:30 pm

The Village at Briarcliff: 4151 N Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, Missouri 64116

This year’s holiday lighting ceremony is new and improved, so you don’t want to miss this fun family event. There will be live music, a holiday sip & shop, free photos with Santa, beer and wine tastings, live reindeer meet & greet, reindeer games like frozen turkey bowl, kids activities, cookie decorating, bounce houses, & sales throughout The Village. Be sure to visit their event page for full details.


Holiday Stop & Shop

November 10th & 11th

Hours vary by day

KCI Expo Center: 11730 NW Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, Missouri 64153

Shop at this free event with the entire family. The shopping event runs 2 days and features many different vendors! Get all your holiday shopping done early here.


Rhea Lana Northland Sale

November 11th to 15th

Opens 10:00 am each day – check event page for times

6441 N Cosby Ave, Kansas City, MO 64151

Shop kids clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, DVDs, baby equipment, & more at their holiday shopping event. You can definitely find something for every mommy on your list!

Read the full schedule to find event specials& discounts, sale info, & more .


Rhea Lana Olathe Sale

November 11th to 17th

Opens at 10:00 am, check event page for specific times

11750 S Strangline Rd, Olathe, Kansas 66062

Come shop the Fall/Winter sale in Olathe! Grab clothing for your growing kiddos and find holiday presents too! There will be toys, strollers, infant equipment, clothing, shoes, and more. Grab your girlfriends and come stock up on your warm clothes…winter is coming.

Find the full event schedule here with discounts, dates, specials, & more.


Here We Grow Again Liberty Sale

November 15th to 18th (Thursday to Sunday)

Check event page for times

Liberty Corners: 850 S State Route 291, Liberty, Missouri 64068

Kids grow fast, so you always need new clothes…we know the struggle. Shop for Fall & Winter clothing at the Liberty shopping event. You can find clothing, toys, shoes, maternity wear, strollers, & more at up to 90% off retail.

Admission is always free, so come shop all weekened long!


Polar Express at Midland Railway Opens

Opens Friday, November 16th

Check online for time & date specifics – runs through holidays

Midland Railway: 1515 High St, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006

Get in the holiday spririt early with The Polar Express. Kids dress in their PJs, drink hot cocoa, & eat cookies just like in the movie. This will be a magical train ride filled with singing waiters & holiday fun! Don’t miss out on this spectacular event – you can even buy tickets online.


Here We Grow Again Lee’s Summit Sale

November 16th to

Opens 10:00 am each day

John Knox Pavilion: 520 NW Murray Rd, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Shop the best deals in Kansas City at the Winter Sale! There will be clothing, toys, shoes, strollers, and everything in between. There are discount days & special shopping days, so be sure to check the event page for all the details. Admission is $2 the first day, and all other days are free.

Sunday will be 50% off all items, so mark your calendars!


Junior Jaunt Stroller Tour of Nelson Atkins

Friday, November 16th, 2018

10:15 to 11 am in the Bloch Lobby

Nelson Atkins Museum: 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO 64111

Enjoy a mini museum tour with your little one in a stroller or front carrier. This event will be infant friendly, as there is no worry about noisy kids…a great option for little kiddos! There will be discussion of a few different galleries in the museum.

There is no registration needed for this free event. The museum tour is offered EVERY third Friday of the month, so mark your calendars!


Thanksgiving Benefit Concert for Human Need

Friday, November 16th

7:30 to 9:00 pm

Our Lady of Sorrows Parish: 2552 Gillham Road Kansas City, MO 64108

Each year, the William Baker Festival singers raise funds and awareness for organizations to help the less fortunate in Kansas City. This year, The Jerusalem Farm was chosen as the 2018 organization. Come listen to a 50-person chorale perform with some of Kansas City’s local artists – guitarist Beau Bledsoe and operatic soprano Victoria Botero. ALL proceeds will benefit Jerusalem Farm. 

Tickets are $20.


OP Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 16th

4:30 to 7:00 pm

Downtown Overland Park

This will be a very special Third Fridays event. Enjoy a fun tree lighting ceremony, shopping, food, & fun with your friends and family in downtown Overland Park. Local OP businesses will be open late for you to explore gallery openings, shopping, food & drinks, music, giveaways, & more. Don’t miss out on the free family fun!


Holiday Kickoff Ceremony

Saturday, November 17th

10:00 am start time

Union Station:

Don’t miss the annual holiday lighting at Union Station Kansas City! The Grand

Experience the magical Kansas City tradition at “Holidays Come Alive” beginning Saturday, November 17th. Join us as we celebrate the kickoff ceremony with the largest indoor tree lighting ceremony, featuring a breathtaking performance by Quixotic, FREE Holiday mini-train rides, NEW! Astro Botanicals in Haverty Family Yards and so much MORE. Family-friendly, hands-on activities will fill the halls as early as 10 AM with the ceremony beginning at 6:30 PM. The full line-up of activities to come.


Northern Lights Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 17th

4:00 to 8:00 pm

Zona Rosa: 8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64153

This is a very kid-friendly event. There will be a special lighting ceremony that features a 50 foot-tall Christmas tree in the Square of Zona. You will get to see the classic huge crowns come to life too! This program is free admission & open to the public.

Be sure to get their early so you don’t miss the arrival of Holiday Fairy Princess and Santa Claus!


Things to do Thanksgiving Weekend (& Week)

There are tons of things to do Thanksgiving Weekend in Kansas City. We found everything to do Thanksgiving week that is kid-friendly. Check out the fun Thanksgiving events in KC below:

Play at Paradise Park

Deals all Thanksgiving Week

Check online for daily hours

Paradise Park: 1021 NE Colbern Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Come have some family fun in Kansas City over Thanksgiving Break!

Paradise Park wants every kid to be able to come play over Thanksgiving Break, so they created special Thanksgiving Week deals! They will be closed on Thanksgiving, but you can come by any other day to take advantage of these great savings.

Thanksgiving Week Deals:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 21st: $5 off Max Pak Adventure (weather permitting, Winter Max Pak alternative)
  • Friday, Nov. 23rd: FREE pitcher of soda with a 14” pizza purchase
  • Saturday, Nov. 24th: FREE $5 Fun Card w/purchase of Max Pak Adventure (weather permitting, Winter Max Pak alternative)
  • Sunday, Nov. 25th: FREE Operation Laser Tag w/purchase of Max Pak Adventure (weather permitting, Winter Max Pak alternative)


Sky Camp at Sky Zone

November 19th to November 23rd

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Sky Zone Kansas City: 6495 Quivira Rd, Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lees’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

Looking for something for the kids to do over Thanksgiving Break? Sky Camp is the perfect option! Kids 5-14 can come for a day, or as many days as you need.

There are options for every schedule: half day, full day, and full week!

FULL DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$45.99 Daily / $179.99 Week
2 snacks, lunch, and unlimited water provided!
20% Sibling discount for second child

HALF DAY: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. / 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
$35.99 Daily
$139.99 Week
One snack and unlimited water provided!
20% Sibling discount for second child

This activity is included in The POGO Pass 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  


Culinary Cocoa Camp (2 days)

November 21st & 23rd

Ages 9-13 Culinary Cocoa Camp – 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Ages 4-8 Culinary Cocoa Camp  9:00 am to noon

Tastebud’s Kitchen:

If your kiddos love chocolate, this 2-day cooking camp is just for them! Kids will create sweet AND savory recipes using chocolate, like chocolate pasta and red velvet cupcakes. There will be 2 camps, one for younger kids and one for older kiddos. The camp is $100 for both days, or kids can attend only one day for $55.

This is a perfect option for things to do with kids over Thanksgiving Break!


Christmas in the Sky

Wednesday, November 21st

Longview Lake Beach: 11101 Raytown Rd. Kansas City, Missouri 64134

Enjoy the annual Christmas In The Sky event at Longview Lake Beach.

The holiday show will include singers & dancers  as well as performances by different choirs. This show will be fun for the whole family! It could be a fun night before your drive through Christmas in the Park.


Trip the Light Fantastic!

Tuesday, November 22nd

5:00 to 7:00 pm

Frank White Jr. Softball Complex: 3501 SW Longview Park Drive Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

Decorate your bikes with lights at ride bikes on a 4.5-mile ride through TONS of holiday lights and displays at Jackson County Christmas in the Park! Helmets & bike lights are required to participate in the event. There will be prizes for the best-decorated bike & best-dressed individual at 6:00 pm. There will be free coffee, hot chocolate, & live music at the finish line. Come take photos with Santa at the Bicycle Shack too!

This event is FREE if you register BEFORE Sunday, November 18th. If you register on event day, it will cost $5. PRE-REGISTRATION & T-SHIRT SALES: Sunday, November 18; 2-4 pm at Gusto Coffee Bistro. Some of the proceeds will benefit the local Salvation Army.


Things to do Thanksgiving Day 2018

Thanksgiving is about family time, so spend the entire day with the ones you love! Find what to do on Thanksgiving day 2018 below.

Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 22nd

5:00 to 9:00 pm

Country Club Plaza

This is a can’t miss event for Kansas City! The entire Country Club Plaza will flip the holiday lights on in unison on Thanksgiving night. This will be the 89th annual event. The pre-show begins at 5 pm, so get there early!


Santa Diving Begins! 

November 23rd to 25th (Friday to Sunday)

2:00 – 2:30 pm

The Kansas City Zoo: 6800 Zoo Dr. Kansas City, MO 64132

Watch Santa dive with penguins at 2 pm Friday through Sunday at the Kansas City Zoo. Get your kids in the holiday spirit and grab a photo with Santa! …Thanksgiving is over now right?!

This activity is included in The POGO Pass 16 kids activities for less than $40! Purchase a POGO Pass for ONLY $39.95 with code ifamilykc. This is a steal.  


Laser Tag Tournament 

Saturday, November 24th

6:00 to 10:00 pm

Paradise Park: 1021 NE Colbern Rd. Lee’s Summit, MO 64086

Come compete in a 2-on-2 laser tag tournament with your friends and family in this 2-story, indoor/outdoor laser tag arena! It is limited to only 14 teams of 2, so sign-up now before space runs out! The tournament will be double elimination & includes free play after until 10 pm.

If you don’t have a teammate, they will find one for you! It is $12.99/per person plus tax to play. You must arrive at 5:30 to get equipment.

Santa’s Arrival at Crown Center

Friday, November 23rd

10:00 am

Crown Center: 2450 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64108

Watch Santa arrive at the Gingerbread House in his horse-pulled carriage. This will be his home through Christmas Eve! This event is free to the public and will last less than an hour.


Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 23rd

5:30 pm

Crown Center: 2450 Grand Boulevard Kansas City, MO 64108

This is a free holiday event for the whole family. Watch the 100 foot Christmas tree glow at the annual holiday celebration. Mayor Sly James will be the one to flip the light switch and turn the tree to a glowing masterpiece. It is one of the nation’s tallest trees, so you definitely don’t want to miss this!

The tree will stay lit throughout the holiday season, so if you can’t make the event you can still come visit through the season.


Gingerbread House Making

Saturday, November 24th

9:00 to 10:00 am

Tastebud’s Kitchen Leawood: 5336 151st St. Leawood, KS 66224

Decorate Gingerbread houses with your whole family on Saturday morning. There will be tons of toppings for you to decorate with like pretzels, candy, frostings, & more. There will also be hot chocolate to drink! The class is designed for parent & child to decorate their gingerbread house together, so pricing is for child/caregiver pair. This is a fun family event to get you in the holiday spirit…its never too early!

$40 per child w/ one caregiver included.

Holiday Luminary Walk

November 23rd & 24th (Friday & Saturday) & next 2 weekends.

From 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Overland Park Arboretum: 8909 W 179th St. Bucyrus, KS 66013

Explore the trails of the Overland Park Arboretum as they are lit up for the holiday season. There will be miles of candles and lights that line the trails. You can also visit Santa in the Depot, drink hot cider, and catch horse-drawn wagon rides. Don’t miss the beautiful holiday lights!

You can Purchase tickets online – $10 per person, $9 for FOTA Members. Kids 5 & under are free. You can also grab tickets at the door for the same price.


A Very Merry Market

November 23rd & 24th (Friday & Saturday)

Opens at 9:00 am

City Market Kansas City: 20 E 5th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Shop the holiday market early to find gifts for everyone on your list. There will be holiday vendors and the local farmer market vendors who sell year-round at the City Market Farmer’s Market. There will be food, holiday drinks, and fun for the whole family.

The event & parking are both free, but they will be taking canned good donations for Harvesters or packaged toys for The Salvation Army.


G33KMAS 2018

November 23rd & 24th (Friday & Saturday)

Shopping starts at 3:00 pm

Adam’s Mark Hotel: 9103 E 39th St. Kansas City, Missouri 64133

This shopping event is a paradise for any gamer or cosplay lover. Find geeky items for everyone on your list!


Jingle Bells Batman Smells

November 27th to December 22nd

Shows run throughout the week at different times

City Stage at Union Station

Watch the Junie B. Jones book come to life as a theatre show. This show will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit with elf costumes & joyful songs galore! There is an important life lesson about the importance of giving back, so it is educational too.

Tickets are $12, with discounted tickets ($9) for Friday evening shows


Holiday Chick Event

Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd

10:00 am to 4:00 pm (till 6 pm Fri & Sat)

Zona Rosa: 8640 N Dixson Ave, Kansas City, Missouri 64153

this is the NOrthland’s largest holiday shopping event. There will be 100+ vendors, workshops, classes, & more! Check the event page for updates & vendor announcements.

Get all your holiday shopping done early at this fun pop-up shop. Tickets are only $5 at the door or grab them online!


The Nutcracker

Friday, November 30th

7:30 to 9:30 pm

KC Ballet: 500 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Watch the KC Ballet perform The Nutcracker & get the holiday spirit! The show will run through December 23rd, so check their event page for more show times & dates.


November is filled with fun things to do with kids. We hope you spent family time exploring the fun kids’ activities & events around town. The holidays are for family togetherness, so be sure to check back for December things to do too!

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