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Wednesday, November 26
Christmas In The Sky

Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point kick-off your holiday season, and the opening of Christmas In The Park, with Christmas In The Sky.  This magical evening showcases holiday entertainment and an amazing fireworks display, synchronized to your favorite holiday music, and simulcast on 99.7 The Point. 

Enjoy a festive stage show with more than 100 costumed dancers from Monica's School of Dance, the arrival of Santa and the first gift of Christmas, and a dazzling 20-minute fireworks spectacular choreographed to your favorite holiday music. > MORE

    November 26 - December 31
Christmas In The Park

Now in its 26th year, Jackson County's Christmas In The Park is a holiday feast serving up the sights of the season with more than 300,000 glistening lights and 175 colorfully animated holiday scenes.

Discover for yourself why this is one of the region's favorite holiday attractions.

Two new displays this year -- each featuring Santa -- add 20,000 more lights to the Christmas In The Park experience! > MORE

    Saturday, December 13
Missouri Town 1855:
A Christmas Celebration

Experience the unique holiday customs of our English, German and French settlers in our historic antebellum community. 

Holiday traditions are brought to life in Missouri Town 1855 with the smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music, authentic decorations and a special visit by "Belsnickle," who will thrill the children with a candy treat… and never a lump of coal! 

This is a one-of-a-kind "must attend" holiday experience!
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2015 Events

 

Sunday, March 22

SoftballSpring Softball Leagues Start

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475/team - Frank White Jr.$440/team - 140th & Holmes  
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Online Reservation

Spring Softball Leagues are the perfect way to swing into spring!  League play is offered in three divisions:  Men's, Coed and Church.  Register online before March 13th to secure your spot.

 

Wednesday, April 1

Campgrounds Open

CampgroundsLocation: 
  Blue Springs Campground - Fleming Park
  Jacomo Campground - Fleming Park
  Longview Campground, Longview Lake Park

Time: Fee booth opens at 8:00 a.m.
Price: Varies by site
Phone: (816) 503-4805

Online Reservation

Jackson County offers three pristine campgrounds, each offering a unique and different camping experience, just minutes from the heart of Kansas City.  Advance reservations are recommended. The Longview Campground is open through September 30. The Blue Springs and Jacomo Campgrounds remain open through October 31.

 

Saturday, April 4

Blue Rive RescueProject Blue River Rescue

Location: Lakeside Nature Center4701 E Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64132
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sign in 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)
Phone: (816) 513-8960
Email: bthomes@jacksongov.org or folnc@crn.org

Help preserve our environment! Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day clean-up event when you join in the Blue River clean-up!

 

Saturday, April 18

Historic Sibley Cemetery Clean-Up Day NEW!

Location: Fort Osage Education CenterSibley Missouri
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Price: No Charge
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Become a Fort Osage Volunteer and help preserve the oldest cemetery in Jackson County. Founded in 1810, the Sibley Cemetery, which lies adjacent to Fort Osage, had been in continual use for over 200 years. Using provided equipment and staff guidance, help clean headstones and learn about historic cemetery preservation. 

 

Saturday, April 25

ToursHistoric Sibley Cemetery Tours

Location: Fort Osage Education CenterSibley Missouri
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Explore Jackson County’s oldest cemetery, and learn about some of its famous internments, from our knowledgeable curator. The symbolism behind some of the historic gravestones will also be shared during the guided tour. 

 

Kids Fishing DerbySaturday, May 2

33rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Location: Lake Jacomo – Old Jacomo Beach (north of Colbern Road)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Price: FREE
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: kemper@jacksongov.org

Kids ages 2 to 15 show off their angling skills at this fun-filled family event that includes casting clinics, fishing demonstrations and prizes! 

 

Saturday, May 2

Sheep ShearingSheep Shearing

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5, Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Artisans will demonstrate the entire process of making wool from the shearing of the flock and washing of the fleece to carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Handcrafted fiber pieces are available for purchase.

 

Saturday, May 2

ArrowheadsArtifact Identification Day

Location: Fort Osage Education CenterSibley, Missouri
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Have you ever wondered about the history of old arrowheads and other artifacts you might have collected? Professional archaeologists will inspect your treasures and tell you their approximate age and by whom they were crafted.

 

Saturday, May 9

Spring Nature Walks

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org 

Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage and enjoy a guided hike along the Banks of the Missouri River.  Special attention will be given to local species found during the Lewis & Clark Expedition of1804-1806.

 

Sunday, May 17

SoftballSummer Softball Leagues

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475-$825/Team - Frank White Jr.$750/Team - 140th & Holmes
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Online Reservation

There’s nothing better than rounding the bases to heat up your summer! Men’s, Church and Coed Divisions are available. Register online before May 8th.  

 

Sunday, May 17

KC TriathlonKC Triathlon at Longview Beach

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 7:00 a.m. Pre-Registration Required
Phone: Contact kansascitytriathlon.com for race information

When it comes to Triathlons, the Kansas City Triathlon is one of the best and largest in the area.  This is a destination event that caters to the participating athletes, families and friends, like no other event in the Kansas City metro area.  Novice and elite tri-athletes alike will want to include the Kansas City Triathlon in their 2015 schedule.

 

May 23 - September 7

Beach Season

BeachesLocation: Longview Lake Beach* and Blue Springs Lake Beach
Times:
 WEEKDAY HOURS:
   May 26 – June 53 - 7 p.m.
   June 8 –  August 71 - 7 p.m.
   August 10 –  August 143 - 7 p.m.
   August 17 – September 7Open Weekends Only
 WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY HOURS:
   11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Price: Adults $5, Children/Seniors $3  Family Passes Available.
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Splash into summer at two of Jackson County’s most popular swimming beaches.  Both offer sandy beaches, certified lifeguards, restrooms and shower facilities.

* - Longview Beach closed Sunday, August 16 for the Jackson County Triathlon.

 

Monday, June 1

Camper Shooting ArrowJacomo Day Camp Begins!

Location: Kemper Outdoor Education CenterFleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended hours: 6:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Price: Fee scale   Pre-registration required.
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: Kemper@jacksongov.org

Now in its 38th year, the Jacomo Day Camp is the perfect place for children to make new friends, build outdoor skills and have FUN!  Ten separate one-week camp sessions, run weekly thru August 8th.  Each session offers unique outdoor-themed activities for children 6-13 years. > MORE

 

Saturday, June 6

Children's Day & National Trails Day

Children's DayLocation: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Kids will get a glimpse into simpler times through the time-honored games of yesteryear… tug-of-war, marbles and gunny sack races!  A special exhibit exploring Jackson County’s ever-expanding trail system is also included.

 

Friday, June 12

Sand Cinema presents
Disney's MALEFICENT 

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

This is family fun at its best!  Load the kids in the car and head to the movies on the big screen at Longview Lake Beach! Enjoy Disney's Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie!  Concessions available. Please no outside food or drinks. 
 

Saturday, June 13

Marina DayNational Marina Day

Location: Lake Jacomo
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Phone: (816) 795-8888

Bass Pro Shops and Jackson County Parks + Rec team up for the 4th Annual National Marina Day Celebration at Lake Jacomo Marina!  This free event is jam-packed with fun activities for the entire family; including boat rides, fishing seminars, children’s games, raffle prizes, crafts, contests, and more.

 

Saturday, June 13

Flag Day

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  Special presentations at 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Learn about proper flag etiquette and explore a display of flags representing different periods of American history.    Our knowledgeable staff will answer questions and provide valuable historic information about our nation’s enduring symbol.

 

Friday, June 26

Sand Cinema
presents ANNIE!
 

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Load the kids in the car with your blankets/lawn chairs and head to Longview Lake Beach for ANNIE starring Jamie Fox and Cameron Diaz on the giant inflatable screen.  Concessions available. Please no outside food or drinks. 
 

Saturday, June 27 - Sunday, June 28

Horse ShowLongview Charity Horse Show

Location: Longview Horse Park12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Time: Friday Evening through Saturday Evening
Price: $3.00 for AdultsChildren under 12 Free
Phone: Marjorie Bain at (913) 681-2397
Email: marjoriebain@sbcglobal.net 

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This is the Midwest’s premiere horse show featuring American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and Hackney breeds from more than seven states, including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

 

Saturday, July 4

Jackson County’s 4th of July Celebration

Location: Longview Lake Shelter #13
Time: 6:00 p.m. to Fireworks
Price: Admission is Free. Concessions are available. 
Phone: 816-503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Celebrate your Fourth of July Jackson County style!  Longview Lake Shelter #13 is the sight for “The Big Bang!”  Enjoy sweeping water views, live musical entertainment, sky divers, food and beverage concessions and the largest, most colorful fireworks finale in all of Jackson County on the shores of Longview Lake!  Join in the FUN!

 

Saturday, July 4

Missouri Town 1855 Independence DayIndependence Day

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5, Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Experience Independence Day in the 1850’s at this historic antebellum village.  The Missouri Town 1855 celebration provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled day of activities. Highlight your day when you join in our July Fourth Parade along the village streets!

 

Saturday, July 4

Fort Osage Independence DayIndependence Day

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org  

Celebrate the anniversary of American Independence at Fort Osage.  Interpretive demonstrations highlighting life on the early 19th century frontier to include musket and cannon demonstrations, and patriotic speeches, make this a perfect place to celebrate our country’s Independence!

 

Friday, July 10

Sand Cinema
presents THE LEGO MOVIE

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Pack up a blanket/lawn chairs and the kids to enjoy THE LEGO MOVIE on the giant screen at Longview Lake Beach! Concessions available. Please no outside food or drinks. 
 

Sunday, July  26

Sand Cinema presents
Disney's BIG HERO 6

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

This is family fun at its best!  Load the kids in the car and head to Longview Lake Beach for Disney's BIG HERO 6!  Concessions available. Please no outside food or drinks. 
 

Saturday, August 8

Summer Nature Walks

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Summer’s flora and fauna will be emphasized as our naturalist takes visitors on a guided tour along the banks of the Missouri River, highlighting both indigenous and invasive species. Hiking shoes, camera and insect repellant will be the perfect companions for this unique offering!

 

Saturday, August 15

Archaeology Day

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Time: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Professional archaeologists will present an overview of over 60 years of investigations which have enabled historians to establish both the historic and pre-historic history of this nationally recognized historic site.

 

Sunday, August 16

competitor on bikeJackson County Triathlon

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Web site: jacksoncountytriathlon.com

The Jackson County Triathlon makes its annual run to Longview Lake as one of the largest triathlons in the area.  This popular event typically brings more than 600 triathletes and duathletes from all skill levels, year after year.  Go to jacksoncountytriathlon.com for race and entry information.

 

Sunday, August 23  

Longview Horse Park Association’s
32nd Anniversary Benefit Horse Show

Horse ShowLocation: Longview Horse Park12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: $3.00 for AdultsChildren Under 12 Free
Phone: (816) 835-4414 Amy Hull 

longviewhorsepark.com 

This fun-filled and most entertaining evening is open to all horse enthusiasts. Thirty-two classes, with horses of all breeds, will be represented. The event will include several concessionaires and vendors.

 

Saturday, August 29

An Agricultural Century NEW!

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5, Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Discover Missouri’s rich heritage as an agricultural state as Missouri Town 1855 takes you on a 100 year agricultural journey. From ox teams in yoke to steam engines and gasoline powered tractors, experience the rapid evolution of farming in the Midwest during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Tuesday, September 8

Fall Softball Leagues

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475/Team - Frank White Jr.$440/Team - 140th & Holmes
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Online Reservation

Get your team into the action by joining a Jackson County Parks + Rec Fall Softball League.  Play is offered at all levels of competition in Men’s and Coed Divisions.  JCP+R Fall Softball Leagues are played Sundays through Thursday nights at two of the finest ballparks in the area. Sign-up today, the registration deadline is August 28.

 

Saturday, September 26

Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

ChezLocation: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Price: $7.00 Adults$4.00 Youth$3.00 Seniors
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s.  Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier.  Artisans will display custom made wares, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.

 

Saturday, October 3 - Sunday, October 4

40th Annual Missouri Town 1855
Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music

Fall FestivalLocation: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time:
  Saturday, October 310:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  Sunday, October 411:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: $10.00 per car/van$20.00 per school/commercial bus
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Celebrate the arrival of fall at Missouri Town 1855!  Enjoy 1850’s music and dance, horse drawn buggy rides, hot-spiced cider, children’s games, period arts and crafts, and fun-filled hay rides.  Now in its 40th year, the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is one of our region’s longest running consecutive festivals!  Please, no pets.

 

Sunday, October 18

Dog Jumping Through HoopDogtober Fest 2014

Location: Kemper Outdoor Education CenterFleming Park
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission with a donation of dog food for local animal shelters
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: Dogtoberfest@jacksongov.org 

This is the perfect afternoon for dog lovers and their humans. Event highlights include the Halloween Costume Contest, Agility Fun Run, Dock Diving, Frisbee Competition, Obedience Obstacle Courses, Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest, and the Blessing of the Animals.  In lieu of an admission fee, dog food donations will be accepted and given to local animal shelters.

 

Friday, October 23 - Saturday, October 24

Spirits From The PastSpirits from the Past

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park 
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $10.00 per person. Advance Reservations only.
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

As darkness envelops Missouri Town, the village comes alive with goblins, ghosts and other spooky creatures.  Visitors will encounter a variety of unworldly sights and sounds at this fun-filled family oriented Halloween event.  Complimentary hot cider and a special appearance by Edgar Allen Poe are but a prelude to the haunted hayride that concludes this night of surprises.  Advance reservations required!

 

Saturday, October 24

Pumpkins on Parade

Location: Cave Springs8701 Gregory
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission
Phone: (816) 547-9679
Email: a.maddox@sbcglobal.net 

You’ll feel fall in the air as you stroll along trails aglow with hundreds of carved, lighted pumpkins at Cave Springs Park. There will be lots of fun-filled activities for the kids and food vendors will be on site.

 

Saturday, October 24 - Sunday, October 25

MusterAnnual Fall Muster

Location: Fort OsageSibley, Missouri
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Executed with historical accuracy, this annual re-enactment relives events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war has been declared with Britain.  Musket and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this remote frontier outpost are on alert.  Visitors can literally feel the tension of the unknown and share the fear and excitement with our re-enactors as Fort Osage prepares for war!

 

Tuesday, November 24

Trip the Light Fantastic!
Magical Bike Ride thru Christmas In The Park

Location: Longview Lake CampgroundLongview Lake Park
Time:  
  5:30 p.m. – Check-In at Frank White Ballpark
  6:30 p.m. – Welcome & Introductions
  6:45 p.m. – The Four-Mile Midnight Bike Ride Begins
Price: FREE to ride. 
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC is a FREE EVENT for bicyclists to enjoy a four-mile Magical Bike Ride through the hundreds of lighted, animated displays at Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park!  Prizes will be awarded to the Best Holiday Decorated Bike and the Best Holiday Dressed Individual. Pre-Registration is required.

 

Wednesday, November 25

Christmas In The Sky

Christmas In The SkyLocation: Longview Lake BeachLongview Lake Park
Time: Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Price: No charge
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point kick-off your holiday season, and the opening of Christmas In The Park, with Christmas In The Sky.  This magical evening showcases holiday entertainment and an amazing fireworks display, synchronized to your favorite holiday music, and simulcast on 99.7 The Point. 
Directions to Christmas In The Sky: I 470 East to Raytown Road, then follow the signs south two miles to the Longview Lake Beach entrance.

 

Wednesday, November 25 - Thursday, December 31

Christmas In The Park

Christmas In The ParkLocation: Longview Lake CampgroundLongview Lake Park
Time: 
  Sunday-Thursday5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  Friday & Saturday5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Price: No charge. Donations for local charities accepted.
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

With 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color, the entire family will delight in the magic of this enchanting drive-thru winter wonderland… a gift to you from Jackson County!  

Directions to Christmas In The Park: I 470 East to View High Drive, then go about two miles south to 3rd Street. Follow the signs to Jackson County’s Christmas In The Park located in the Longview Lake Campground at 10711 West Scherer Road, Kansas City, MO 64134.

 

Saturday, December 12

Missouri Town ChristmasA Christmas Celebration

Location: Missouri Town 1855Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

The Christmas customs of English, German and French settlers are brought to life in this historic antebellum community. The smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music and authentic decorations, make this a “must attend” holiday experience.  A special visit and candy treat from “Belsnickle” will thrill children of all ages.

 
       
 

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