2019 Christmas Events in Kansas City (Kids Holiday Things to Do)

It’s officially Christmas in Kansas City!

Sometimes we are so busy it’s hard to find & plan holiday things to do together. But, we made it easy to find fun holiday activities & Christmas events in Kansas City – all in one place! 

Relax, and enjoy this special time with your loved ones using our 2019 Ultimate Christmas in Kansas City Guide.

You’ll find holiday things to do, Christmas events & activities for kids. We’ve found all the things to do in Kansas City in December perfect for families…

Christmas Events & Activities in Kansas City

Holiday Things to Do & Christmas Events in Kansas City

We gathered everything you need to know about the holidays to celebrate (stress-free) with your family. 

Find fun holiday things to do all month long, including fun Christmas events, holiday activities, local Christmas tree farms, Where to Visit Santa, Christmas light displays & everything in between.

…whatever your family’s winter plans are, we’ve got you covered. Get started celebrating Christmas with your family!

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Christmas in Kansas City with Kids

We know how magical the holidays are to children (& adults), so be sure to explore as many of these Christmas activities & events as possible!

Use these holiday things to do to start celebrating the season with your family…

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Christmas Events & Activities: All Month Long

There are fun holiday events in Kansas City all month long! Explore these different holiday activities & things to do now…

The Polar Express Train Ride at Midland Railway

November 16th through December 29th

Baldwin City, KS

Immese yourself in the magic of the Polar Express at Midland Railway this season.

This is one of the classic Christmas events in Kansas City. Based on the classic children’s book, your family will enjoy a round-trip visit to the North Pole, a delicious treat on board the train, and storytime that the children will love.

You’ll create lasting memories with your children singing Christmas carols and visiting with Santa during the trip.

Create a Gingerbread House at Taste Bud’s

Family & adult classes throughout December 2019

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

If you’re looking for fun Christmas activities in Kansas CIty, get the whole family together and head to Taste Buds Kitchen in Leawood for Gingerbread House making.

They’ll provide the supplies and the clean up, you provide the fun. They’ve got many December dates available for families OR adults/BYOB. Book yours now before they fill up.

Winter & Christmas Fun at Paradise Park

December 2019

Lee’s Summit, MO

Paradise Park should be a main stop for kids holiday activities & Christmas events in Kansas City – they’re December all month long!

Christmas comes alive each holiday season, where your family can enjoy tons of fun Christmas activities. Hang out in the Discovery Play area for themed Adventure Times each week:

  • Gingerbread Week (Dec 1st – 7th) – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and smell like it too! Visit during the first week of December for some good ol’ fashioned, gingerbread fun.
  • Penguin Week (Dec 8th – 14th) – Whether it’s the way they waddle across the snow, their tastefully tuxedo-ed “attire,” or their playful personalities, penguins are such lovable creatures. When cold weather comes, it feels like a good time to learn a little more about our feathered friends from down south!
  • Toys & Gifts (Dec 15th –  21st) – The theme this week is all about the wonder and fun of giving and receiving toys and gifts as we anticipate the joy of the season.
  • Christmas Week (Dec 22nd – 28th) – We HO-HO-HOPE you’ll join in for some of the fun they have planned for kids and their grown-ups in Discovery Play this special week at Paradise Park
  • New Year’s Celebration (Dec 29th – Jan 4th) – In this last week of 2018, they’re celebrating the New Year in Discovery Play Adventure Time!

Ginormous Gingerbread House & Snow Indoors (All December) – For the month of December, their giant, two-story Foam Factory transforms into a Ginormous Gingerbread House where snow falls magically indoors amidst a colorful world of flying foam balls with everyone working together to fire the balls through air-powered cannons, blasters and geyser.

Snow inside at Paradise Park

Weekends in December to January 5th

Come experience the “North Pole” at Paradise Park during this holiday season. Stop by and experience this winter wonderland!

Santa Diving Begins!

Saturdays & Sundays in December

2:00 – 2:30 pm

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

Watch Santa dive at the Kansas City Zoo, Saturdays and Sundays in December.

Holiday Themed Laser Shows at the Planetarium

Shows throughout December 2019

Planetarium: Union Station, W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

The universe is bigger at the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium inside Union Station downtown. Throughout the month of December, they’ll be showing special holiday and Nutcracker themed laser shows.

Tickets for these holiday shows can be purchased online in advance or at Union Station during your visit.

$3 Holiday Classics at the Extreme Screen at Union Station

December 2019

Extreme Screen: Union Station, W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108

These are cheap Christmas activities for kids!

From the Polar Express & Elf to Home Alone, your family can enjoy $3 classic holiday films during the month of December at the Regnier Extreme Screen inside Union Station.

Check online for a full listing of show times & holiday movies.

Holiday Workshops, Story Times, & Classes at MCPL

December 2019

Multiple Kansas City Locations

Mid-Continent Public Library offers multiple holiday themed workshops, special story times, activities, and craft times at their various Kansas City area branches all throughout the month of December. Visit online for a full listing of available holiday activities for your families.

See the Lights (and Alpacas!) at YaYa’s Alpaca Farm

YaYa’s Alpaca Farm: 30200 E 275th St. Garden City, MO 64747

Visit Yaya’s Alpaca Farm for the holidays, where they go all out to decorate their farm in holiday spirit. While you’re there, you can visit with the Alpacas and enjoy an educational experience for the kids.

This is a FREE Christmas event, so be sure to sign-up early!

Also shop the farm store for unique Alpaca goods like gloves & socks…they are extra warm! The perfect holiday gift. 

Outdoor Ice Skating in Kansas City

Linden Square: Opens Thursday, Nov. 26th – Gladstone, MO

Park Place: Opens Sunday, Nov. 15th – Leawood, KS

Crown Center Ice Terrace: Opens Friday, Nov. 1st – Downtown KC

If you’re looking for fun Christmas activities in Kansas City, ice skating with your family is the perfect holiday activity! You can go to Linden Square, Park Place or Crown Center…among other local indoor spots.

Worlds of Fun Winterfest

December 2019

Worlds of Fun

Get in the holiday spirit with music, shows, lights, and holiday characters at the Worlds of Fun Annual Winterfest Celebration happening each weekend in December. There’s no shortage of holiday things to do.

Ticketed admission into the park is required. Visit online for more details.

Branson Scenic Railway Polar Express Train

November 1st through December 23rd

Branson, MO

A visit to Branson during the holidays is an exciting experience for families. While you’re in town, be sure to take a ride on the Branson Scenic Railway Polar Express Train, a long standing tradition for many families. Get your tickets in advance – they sell out VERY fast.

Lecompton 16th annual Christmas Tree Display

Now through January 1st, come see 170 trees decorated to the nines with vintage and antique ornaments!

Seasonal hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. For information on group tours and more, call 785-887-6148.

Christmas Events & December Things to Do

Find fun Christmas events throughout Kansas City! There are fun holiday things to do all around town…

If you want to jump to a specific week, just click below:

Dec 1-7  |  Dec 8-14  |  Dec 15-21Dec 22-28

Create with Santa at Paint, Glaze & Fire

Saturday, November 30th at 9:00 am

Come create a special Christmas plate AND meet Santa with hot cocoa & cookies!

There will be NO studio fee, but you will need to bring your own camera.

Shop the Holiday Swing at Union Station

November 30th & December 1st

Kansas City, MO

Shop the area’s largest Indie homemade craft festival at the Holiday Swing happening the first weekend of December at Union Station. You’ll have access to local vendors selling amazing homemade gifts for the entire family.

Elf Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse

Nov.30th – December 3rd

1400 Main st. KCMO

Head out to the Alamo Drafthouse for an Elf of a good time.  With props, a real snowball fight (cotton balls) and sing alongs, this is a sure way to get in the holiday spirit. See the showtimes and get tickets online now.

Want to see all the holiday movie parties? Check out the Alamo Drafthouse holiday movie party events calendar!

Christmas Themed Movies at Alamo Drafthouse

December 1st through December 18th

Kansas City, MO

Experience the magic of the movies at Alamo Drafthouse this season with showings of classic movies like a Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and The Polar Express.

With their full service restaurant in the theater, you can enjoy dinner and a movie at the same time on your visit. Visit the Alamo Drafthouse website for a complete list of showings.

Upcoming Kansas City Christmas movies include…

  • The Grinch
  • Polar Express
  • A Christmas Story
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Mayor’s Tree Lighting /Christmas in the Park

Monday, December 2nd

7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Cornerstone Park: Gardner, KS

This 29th annual Christmas event in Gardner, KS starts with the Mayor’s tree lighting ceremony. See Santa and visit his workshop inside the park during this fun Christmas event for families.

Grandview Christmas Event: Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 5th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Grandview, MO

Stop by the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at The View. Listen to The Night Before Christmas, drink hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols.

Donations of canned food, toiletries or cash requested.

The Nativity at Mesner Puppet Theater

Friday, December 6th through Sunday December 8th

Show times vary by date.

415 W. 13th St Kansas City, MO

Celebrate the Nativity with a cast of more than 40 puppets at Mesner Puppet Theater in downtown Kansas City. This celebrated annual event is not one to miss. Grab your tickets now as there are only three performances to select from this year.

Holiday Luminary Walk

December 6th & 7th,  13th & 14th (Friday & Saturday)

From 5:00 to 9:00 pm (last entry 8 pm)

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

The holidays at the Overland Park Arboretum are magical! Personally, we think this is one of the best Christmas events in Kansas City…

Take a walk, visit with Santa, enjoy a wagon ride, listen to music, and enjoy the holiday lights during this fun family friendly event. 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 – $12 per person, $9 for FOTA Members. Kids 5 & under are free. For 2019, you MUST purchase tickets before.

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday December 6th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Irene B French Community Center: 5701 Merriam Dr. Merriam, KS

It’s that time of the year, when the Mayor lights his tree and Santa visits for a festive night along with food, games, activities and live music. Don’t miss out on this fun Christmas event for families!

Head out to the Irene B French Community Center for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony. Admission is $1 per person or a new toy or canned food item.

Celebrate Olathe and Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday December 6th

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Olathe Community Center

If you’re looking for free Christmas events in Olathe, you can kick it off at the Celebrate Olathe and annual tree lighting ceremony. The evening will be full of music, activities, face painting, food trucks and of course Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Parking will be available at Olathe North High School along with free shuttles.

Santa’s Wonderland at Gillham Park

Friday December 6th

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Gillham Park

Come see Santa and enjoy a wonderful wonderland experience. Celebrate the holidays in Kansas City with music, entertainment and light displays.

Don’t forget to bring your camera for that special photo with Santa.

Holiday Living Windows at Independence Square

Friday, December 6th

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Independence Square

This free Christmas event is fun for the whole family! This is the 3rd annual holiday event that features 20+ decorated windows.

Local artists will create magical holiday scenes in store windows, including The Night Before Christmas, A Christmas Carol,  A live nativity, a jazz ensemble, Santa’s living room and more.

Holidazzle Children’s Festival

Saturday, December 7th

Noon to 3:00 pm

Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center: 3700 Blue Parkway Kansas City, MO

This is a free Christmas event for the whole family – a children’s festival that shows a Christmas movie, while children enjoy arts, crafts & refreshments!

Bring your whole family…why not the neighbors too? Get everyone in the holiday spirit!

C.W. Parker Carousel Museum SmallMall

December 7th & 8th

Leavenworth, KS

Kids can do their own Christmas shopping for holiday gifts. (with the help of elves, of course  in a safe environment at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum) After shopping at the small mall, kids will participate in a fun craft, visit with Santa, take a free ride on the carousel, and even take home a bag of reindeer food.

St. Nicholas Visits The Shoal Creek Living History

Saturday, December 7th, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Shoal Creek Living History Museum in Olathe, KS

Visit St. Nicholas during their holiday celebration, complete with decorated homes, villagers in costume & a letter writing station!

The fee is $5 per child, but totally worth being immersed in the fun.

Holiday Wild at KC Zoo

December 7th & 8th

9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Kansas City, MO

Visit Santa from 10 to 3 both days. You can also see Santa dive in the penguin exhibit at 2 pm both days! There will also be a penguin march at 11 am.

Friends of the Zoo (FOTZ) members will enjoy an exclusive breakfast snack and a special meet and greet with Santa on Saturday, December 1 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


Saturday, December 7th

2:00- 6:00 pm

Shawnee, KS

Join the city of Shawnee for family friendly entertainment, Santa and reindeer sightings, and the mayor’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony all at the annual Christkindlmarkt, free for families.

The Great Candy Cane Hunt

Saturday, December 7th

5:30 pm

Stagecoach Park

Come search for all the candy canes at Stagecoach Park to get your kiddos in the holiday spirit.

Grab your flash lights and search for candy while your kids do holiday crafts and activities. After all the candy canes are found, warm up with some hot chocolate!

Bring your flashlights and help us find the Candy Canes Santa dropped on Stagecoach Park. You can even find special candy canes and turn them in for some great prizes. It is required for you to register online.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Christmas Event

Saturday December 7th 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

1200 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061

Get in the holiday spirit at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop Saturday December 7th. Make an ornament, visit Mahaffie House and ride the stagecoach or make a gingerbread house.

Rides are $3 per person ages 3 and up and gingerbread houses are $4.

Smithville Candy Land Christmas Events

Saturday December 7th 2:00 – 5:30 pm

Friday December 13th 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Downtown Smithville, MO

Head to downtown Smithville and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. After, have some treats and wander around downtown to see all the festive excitement followed by a Christmas parade and tree lighting ceremony.

This is a free Christmas event for the whole family, so come out & enjoy it together!

Hometown Holidays in Liberty

Saturday, December 7th

10:00 am to 6:00 pm

There will be tons of fun all day! Find the full schedule of activities online.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 5:10 pm with holiday activities all day. Passport shopping begins at 10 am, with family activities from 2 pm to 5 pm.

Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa, make holiday crafts & s’mores, as well as enjoy live music & dancers.

Breakfast with Santa at the Irene B. French Community Center

Saturday December 7th

10:00 am

Merriam, KS

Merriam Parks & Rec has an exciting Gingerbread Man themed event for families this year that includes breakfast, story time, a fun craft, and special time with Santa all for just $5 per adult (children get in free with a paying adult). Grab your tickets before November 29th.

Holiday Lights & Festive Sights

Friday, December 7th

5:00 – 8:00 pm

Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center: 6200 Martway Mission KS 66202

Come visit Santa & Mrs. Claus at this fun Christmas event AND SWIM! There will be a horse drawn carriage, choir, balloon art, hot cocoa, s’mores, indoor playground & more.

This is a free thing to do too!

The Nutcracker by the Kansas City Ballet

December 5th – 24th

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Come enjoy this classic holiday show as it graces the stage at the Kauffman Center by the Kansas City Ballet, accompanied by music from the Kansas City Symphony. This is sure to make your holidays come to life.

Sugar Plum Fairy Children’s Ball

December 7th

10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Downtown Kansas City Marriott

This  special holiday event is perfect for the entire family. Enjoy a fantastic lunch, magicians, characters and the Sugar Plum Fairy!

Then, starting at 2:00 pm, a performance of the Nutcracker by the Kansas City Ballet at the Kauffman Center.

Westport Santa Dash 5K

December 7th

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

4050 Pennsylvania Ave

Join hundreds of Santas as they trek along a special holiday 5K course in Westport. After the run, grab some treats, donate to the toy drive and snag a photo with Santa Claus.

This is one of the most unique Christmas events in Kansas City, so don’t miss out! Plus, it’s a free

Trans Siberian Orchestra

Saturday December 7th

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sprint Center

Come see the world renowned Trans- Siberian Orchestra as they perform their “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” during their winter tour.

Get your tickets now, so you don’t miss out on this holiday classic!

Breakfast with Santa & Ceramics

Sunday, December 8th

9:00 am – Noon

Ceramic Cafe: 9510 Nall Ave. Overland Park, KS 66207

Decorate ornaments & create a clay impression of your kids’ hand prints & footprints for Christmas ornaments at this fun Christmas events.

Santa will be there for pictures and continental breakfast is included! Call 913-383-0222 to reserve your spot today.

Jingle Jamboree at Mesner Puppet Theater

December 11th-15th, 18th-22nd and 26th-28th

Mesner Puppet Theater: 1006 E Linwood Blvd. Kansas City, MO

Join  Randall P. Nutbutter and his friends as they get ready for the ultimate Christmas party… the Jingle Jamboree. Come sing along with all your puppet pals during these fun Christmas shows!

Candy Cane Lane Christmas Lights Tour

December 12th

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The View: 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030

All aboard the Christmas Light tour! This is one of the most unique Christmas Events in Kansas City.

Travel around Kansas City to see all the lights on this mobile Christmas party. Enjoy hot coffee and cocoa, yummy cookies and of course all the festive fun. Tickets are $25 and registration ends on December 11th.

Breakfast with Santa at Carolyn’s Country Cousins Pumpkin Patch

Saturday December 14th

8:00 am – 10:30 am

Enjoy a full country breakfast along with Santa and Mrs. Claus at this fun holiday event for kids.

Plus, make a special holiday craft, decorate Christmas cookies and of course get your photo taken with Santa. Tickets are only $15 per person and 12 and under are free.

Breakfast with Santa in Grandview

December 14th

8:00 am – 10:00 am

The View: 13500 Byars Road Grandview, Missouri 64030

Enjoy this fun Christmas event while having breakfast with the big guy himself! Pancakes, holiday crafts and photos with Santa is a great way to kick off your holiday season.

Cost is $6 in advance or $10 day of. Register online today

Skate with Santa at Line Creek

Saturday, December 14th

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Line Creek Ice Skating Rink

Come enjoy this free holiday event during public open skate. Santa will be there to skate with you. Plus, there will be a photo booth!

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14th

8:00 – 11:00 am

Green Building JoCo Fairgrounds

Don’t all holiday things to do involve Santa Claus?

Start your morning off with pancakes and Santa! Make a craft and get a professional photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Tickets and photos with Santa are $5 or 6$ at the door.

This is a cash only event (or pay online).

Santa Delivers: Winter Wonderland at the Zoo

Saturday & Sunday, December 14th and 15th

10:00 am- 3:00 pm

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

Enjoy your holiday season at the Kansas City Zoo for Winter Wonderland. See Santa dive underwater, watch the penguins march, and get in the holiday spirit with the exciting holiday things to do at the zoo. Penguin march is at 11:00 am!

Don’t miss these fun holiday activities to spend time with animals.

The Nutcracker

December 14th & 15th

2:00 pm (Sat & Sun) then 6:00 pm (Sat) & 7:00 pm (Sun)

Yardley Hall: 2345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210

If you’re looking for classic holiday things to do, watch The Nutcracker performed by The American Youth Ballet. Tickets are $16-$24 and you can purchase them online.

Merry Science in Science City

December 14th and 15th

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Head out to Science City for hands on learning, activities and fun demonstrations. To see the full schedule and times check their online schedule out today.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

December 17th at 8:00 pm

Kansas City Convention Center

This unique Christmas experience is for one night only! See stunning cirque artists perform various acrobatic stunts accompanied by all your favorite holiday music. Tickets are on sale now.

Holiday Express Train at Union Station

December 18th through 22nd

Check online for specific times

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

A long-standing Kansas City Christmas tradition, the Holiday Express Train at Union Station is back for its 18th year. Your family can enjoy this free experience that includes a tour of the train (with Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, elves’  workshop) and a visit with Santa inside Union Station.

Baking Techniques Cooking Class (3 days)

December 26th to 27th

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

4-8 Cooking Class 9:00 am to noon

9-13 Cooking Class 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Kansas City Christmas events aren’t complete without holiday baking…

Learn to bake like the best for Handmade Pies, Scones, Cookies & Cupcakes! Each day will focus on a new baking skill – make Frozen Hot Chocolate, Snickerdoodles, & sugar cookies. Learn to cut butter for a perfect scone, the secret to perfect pie crust, & more delicious recipes.

The 3-day camp costs $150 or $55 for a single day.

Coding Camp at Code Ninjas

December 26th & 27th

8:00am- 4:00pm

Code Ninjas Leawood: 3622 West 135th Street Leawood, KS 66224

Your kids can learn to code in day camps or 3-day camps…you choose what fits with your schedule! Kids will interact in fun, hands-on activities including coding, game-building, robotics, & problem solving.

Camps run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Costs range from $69 for a single day to $175 for 3-days. You can even enroll online!

New Year’s Eve Events

Find a full list of kid-friendly New Year’s Eve events too!

New Year’s Celebration at Paradise Park

December 29th- January 4th

Time to celebrate the new year during the Paradise Park Discovery Play Adventure Time! Spend time exploring and learning all in a family friendly setting. See the times and get tickets today.

Zoo Year’s Eve

Monday December 31st

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ring in the new year at the KC Zoo, for the noon year’s eve festivities. Make party hats and dance along to songs as a DJ counts down the final minutes!

There will be peguins, polar bears, and other animals to celebrate with. Dance with your kiddos at the interactive DJ and take pictures at the photo booth!

CoCo’s New Year’s Eve Carnival

Tuesday December 31st

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

CoCo Key Water Resort

Bring in the new year at CoCo’s New Year’s Eve Carnival.

To celebrate the new year, they are offering special hotel packages including Kansas City’s largest balloon drop, games, cotton candy, balloon artists, bounce houses and more.

Other Things to Do in December

If you’re looking for other holiday things to do with your family, check out these activities:

Take a Class at The Cooking Station

Lee’s Summit, MO

The Cooking Station in Lee’s Summit offers classes for children of all ages each month. Allow your kids to dive into the world of culinary arts by signing up for a class today.

Fly High with Aerial Fitness

Shawnee, KS

Let the kids burn off pent up energy with a class at Learning 2 Fly in Shawnee. Bonus: They also offer winter break camps for families so the kids can have fun while they’re out of school.

Go Horseback Riding with the Family

Lee’s Summit, MO

Create lasting memories with your family while horseback riding with Sunset Trails Stables in Lee’s Summit. They offer trail riding for all skill levels or you can bring your own horse to ride on their trails.

Get In The Game & Burn Off Some Turkey

Kansas City, MO

Visit the College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center downtown and get in the game while burning off that turkey dinner. Visit their website for full details on available hours and activities.

Create Magical Works of Art

Kansas City, MO

Using leftover pieces from the Hallmark manufacturing process, families who visit Kaleidoscope at Crown Center can create unique works of art and have a great time doing it, too. Family art sessions are free. Visit them online for a full schedule of available dates.

Drop the Kids Off While You Christmas Shop

Olathe, KS

Need to get in some Christmas shopping without the kiddos in tow? Kids Park in Olathe offers drop in services to accommodate families starting at just $7.75 per hour. Kids Park welcomes children ages 2.5 through 12. Visit them online for more information.

Take a Swim at an Indoor Pool

Olathe, KS

Escape the cold and enjoy some family swim time at Aqua Tots in Olathe. They also offer swim lessons and parties, too, year round in their temperature controlled environment.

Enjoy a Night Out for You & The Kids

Leawood, KS

Your code loving kids (ages 7-14) are going to love participating in Parents Night Out at Code Ninjas in Leawood. Drop the kids off and head out for an evening on the town or get in some of your holiday shopping. Be sure to also look at the schedule for available camp options and regular classes.

Get Your Hands on History

Kansas City, MO

The National World War I Museum & Liberty Memorial offers free Hands on History sessions every Saturday at the museum. Your family will learn about and discover real life artifacts from the war during this interactive session. You only need to RSVP to get in.

Year Round Tropical Fun

Overland Park, KS

Take the family swimming at Goldfish Swim School in Overland Park, KS. You can drop in and enjoy warm waters with your family or sign up for regular classes to teach your children the importance of water safety. Bonus – They have birthday parties, too!

Get The Kids Ready for Family Pictures

Northland, Lee’s Summit, and Olathe

Get the kids photo ready with a fun haircut from Shear Madness. They have three metro area locations to choose from. Stay tuned to the current issue of iFamilyKC for special offerings year round.

Let the Little Ones Explore

Leawood, KS

Take your tiny tots to Gymboree in Leawood for one of their many toddler focused classes or just for open gym when they need to burn off some energy and it’s too cold to go outside. Visit their website for a full list of classes.

Jump Around & Get Down

Overland Park, KS

Get in a family workout with low impact trampoline time at Urban Air in Overland Park. Your family will love creating lasting memories together at their location. Be sure to check out their special events online and don’t forget about their indoor playground specially designed for your little jumpers.

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Paint Me a Story: Pete The Cat Saves Christmas at Paint, Glaze, and Fire

December 4th and 7th

Paint me a story runs throughout the month.

Overland Park, KS

Head on over to Paint, Glaze, and Fire for a Pete The Cat Saves Christmas themed Paint Me A Story workshop with your kiddos. Don’t miss out on a holiday themed family night happening on Friday, December 14th. Tickets to these events sell out fast – Head online for a full schedule.

New Years Eve GLOW Bash

Friday, December 28th

8:00 pm – Midnight

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

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

Jump into 2019 at our New Year’s Eve GLOW Bash at Sky Zone!

Music, lasers, dancing, and jumping transform the park at night! Wear clothing that illuminates under black light and you glow too! Giveaways and fun games for everyone who celebrates with us AND get a free shirt with your ticket purchase!

***All ages welcome. $24.99 gives you 2 hours of jump time and a free shirt!***

Sky Zone Noon-Years Eve

December 31st

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit: 2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064 (December 30th)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve early at Sky Zone this year! Kids can jump for 2 hours for only $24.99. There will also be New Year’s Eve party favors & a special mini slushy toast a 12:00 pm!

Come jump around & ring in the new year just a tad early.

Sky Zone New Year’s Eve Overnight Lock In

December 31st

11:00 pm -6:00 am

Sky Zone Kansas City6495 Quivira Rd. Shawnee, Kansas 66216

Sky Zone Lee’s Summit2801 NE McBaine Drive Lees Summit, Missouri 64064

Drop the kids off for a night full of jumping fun…and you can have fun with your friends! Kids will enjoy a live DJ, prizes, relay races, dance contests, GLOW jump, & freestyle jump.  There will be snacks, pizza, & drinks all night long too. It is only $34.99 to reserve your child’s spot today!

Don’t forget to bring your own pillow!

NOON Year’s Eve at Science City

December 31st

Noon – 7:00 pm

Science City: Kansas City, MO

Join in on an event the whole family will LOVE at Science City inside Union Station for Noon Year’s Eve where you can participate in fun, hands-on science demos and workshops, a spectacular science stage show, interactive maker activities, a giant 2,500+ balloon drop, and more. Visit online for full details.

Family Friendly New Years Eve at Paradise Park 

December 31st

Noon – 6:00 pm

3-2-1…Happy 2019! You are invited to ring in the New Year early with the legendary Ball Drop at Paradise Park’s Foam Factory. Have a blast with friends and family. This rocking New Year’s Eve party is an early-evening, totally kid-friendly celebration. Ball drop at 12 noon (instead of 12 midnight)!

With so many holiday activities coming up, this can serve as your go-to guide for Christmas in Kansas City!

We hope your family finds fun things to do in Kansas City throughout December! There are so many Kansas City Christmas things to do…

No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday season, spending time with your family is what matters. If you know of other fun things to do for Christmas (or another holiday) in Kansas City, drop ’em in the comments!

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From our family to yours, iFamilyKC.

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