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Kat’s Money Corner: The price is right on my favorite holiday events

One of the nicest parts about living in Kansas City is how many fun family-friendly holiday activities are available. Even better, there are a ton of festive events that are either inexpensive or free and give everyone an excuse to catch a show, get some fresh air and explore the city. This week, I’m sharing my three favorite winter activities for you and your family this holiday season.

Nice On Ice

I’m married to a Canadian so it almost goes without saying that ice-skating is part of our lives. My son, Jack, has been taking ice skating lessons for the past couple months and I am happy to say there is nowhere he would rather be than on the ice! There are a number of great rinks all over the city, including the pop-up spaces that appear around this time of year.

I especially love taking my kiddo to the skating rink at Crown Center. Not only does the whole family get decent exercise, it’s also a wonderful excuse to stop into Fritz’s for a milkshake!

The Polar Express

Like so many children, Jack loves trains. Luckily for us Kansas Citians, the train exhibit at Union Station is second to none. This year, Union Station is also hosting a musical, pirate-inspired holiday adventure. While we’re there, we also like to marvel at the big tree and what’s a Christmastime visit without a stop at Santa’s lap? Plan ahead and catch one of the $2 holiday movies on Union Station’s Extreme Screen.

Lights On the Lake

Since Christmas In The Park began in 1988, this well-lit attraction has become a tradition for many families, including my own. Jack adores looking at all the lights and pointing out what he sees – and there’s so much to see! With over 300,000 lights and nearly 200 animated exhibits, this holiday event is awesome for the whole family. There’s very little walking so this is ideal for your little bitties and their grandparents, too. There’s no charge to drive through the park but donations are accepted. Pack a thermos of hot cacao and bundle up in blankets for this truly dazzling night out.

There are, of course, so many other options for you and your family to celebrate the season. From recitals and choirs to neighborhood parties and caroling, any reason or way for you to get together with those you love best is a wonderful way of rejoicing in what really matters during the holidays – each other!

Kat's Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little one, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, click