Snow, Ice Skating and Polar Bears
Snow and ice are “part and parcel” to the holiday season, regardless of the weather forecast. From pop-up ice skating rinks to igloos, snowflake projections and even visits with a polar bear, it’s easy to embrace the spirit of winter in Kansas City.
Crown Center Ice Terrace
It’s easy (and affordable) to pop downtown for ice skating at the Crown Center Ice Terrace on Grand Boulevard. You’ll glide and slide across the ice for up to two hours in the shadow of the glittering Mayor’s Christmas Tree. It runs through December and extends into the new year until March 8, 2020. If arriving after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, there’s a “buy one, get one free” offer. Bring along gran and gramps at no cost if they’re over age 60. Skate rentals are available, or you’re welcome to bring your own. You can also sign up for seven-week ice-skating sessions on Saturday mornings.
WinterFest at Worlds of Fun
Walking into Worlds of Fun in December is like entering the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop and a Norman Rockwell painting – all at the same time. Whichever way you turn, it’s Jack Frost nipping at your nose in a magical WinterFest village. Americana Lake transforms into an enormous outdoor ice-skating rink framed by luminous decorated trees and giant snowflakes projected into the scenery. Admission to the park includes the skating, ice skates and guides for beginners.
Take a break from skating with a cozy luxury Jack Frost igloo that’s reservable for groups of four to eight people. Just steps away, you can enjoy performances by the Mistletones or board the Holly Jolly Trolley at Tinsel Town plaza. There’s also a nightly tree lighting, live entertainment, character visits, rides and cookie decorating
Polar Bears at the Zoo
Away from the glitter and glitz of the season, nature itself showcases the wild spirit of winter. At the Kansas City Zoo, Berlin the polar bear shows off his winter-whites in grand fashion. Of the 1,700 creatures making their home at the zoo, this gentle giant is a favorite of the season. At Polar Bear Passage, Berlin plays, rolls, swims and cavorts in a simulated snowy natural environment. While there, be sure to stop by Helzburg Penguin Plaza to meet Berlin’s cold-weather compatriots.
Regardless of your style or proclivities, there’s a place for you in one of our Kansas City apartment communities. Call today for more information and to schedule your own private tour.