If your family is like mine, we can’t wait for Christmas Break.  Of course my kids (all kids) love opening their presents on Christmas day. But I am overjoyed with the sweet thoughts of sleeping late that dance in my head! This time is usually carefree, but after about two days, my kids get cabin fever. They love the outdoors no matter the season, but mom on the other hand does not like the cold. So here are a few things to do that your kids will find cool without being outside.

1.  Plaza Lights – if you haven’t seen the lights yet, it’s a must see. Thousands upon thousands of brightly colored lights embellish the domes, windows and towers of the Country Club Plaza. It is so pretty.  The best part, you can stay in your car to view the luminous lights if you don’t want to get out and walk.  Or you can bring a blanket and take a carriage ride.

2.  Crown Center – So much to see and do, you can spend an entire afternoon here. First stop, Santa’s Crayola Playland.  Open until Dec. 31, children can run and play to their heart’s content on super-sized Crayola® products for free. Next stop, Kaleidoscope. Another family favorite.  Designed for kids ages 5-12, this hands-on art experience let’s my kids create wonderful works of art for the refrigerator. And it’s free too!

3. Union Station - Every year I take my son to see the trains at the Holiday Model Railroad Experience. I think this may be his favorite holiday tradition. He can watch the trains go round and round the 8,000 square feet of tracks for hours. My daughter and I think it’s pretty cool too!

4.  CoCo Key Water Resort - Once you step inside this 55,000 square feet resort, you will think it’s summer, because it’s 84 degrees every day!  Touted as Missouri’s largest indoor water resort, CoCo Key is fun for the entire family. Thrill seekers, like my daughter can take on the water slides and the fast paced tube rides, and for those who just want to relax, the whirlpool is close by.  Two-for-one passes available at VisitKC.com

Create your own list of indoor winter adventures or feel free to use mine for starters.

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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