Holiday Spirit lives and resides in Winter Wonderland in Kansas City
The laughs and squeaks of 360 children filled the Crossroads District on 18th and Grand Boulevard this weekend as Santa Claus arrived to kick off the 2nd annual Winter Wonderland. At the celebration, sponsored by the Church of Scientology in Kansas City, the safety of Covid was a top priority, while the season became special for KC families. The winter wonderland is free and will remain open from now until Christmas Day. Everyone is invited to join the fun.
“The pandemic has created trouble for many families,” said Bennette Seaman, spokeswoman for the KC Scientology Church. “That’s why we wanted to make the winter wonderland something very special and safe for KC children.”
Throughout the weekend, kids played in the playground, decorated cookies, made snowmen out of socks, and took selfies with Rudolph, Gingerbread Man, and Olaf. And more than 150 left on Sunday with gifts from the Toys for Tots giveaway. Families also enjoyed performances, including Pastor Alfred White of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church with his church choir, who attended the celebrations on Sunday and donated toy bags for the children.
Kansas City Councilor Brandon Ellington presented Church of Scientology members with a public relations proclamation.
“I’ve never seen a more engaged, active group of people committed to helping others,” he said.
Winter Wonderland is located outside the Church of Scientology on 1805 Grand Boulevard. The church is also a toy collection point for toddlers, which is open now through Christmas for those who want to make this Christmas special for underserved children.
“Your support for this toy drive ensures that all KC children will receive a gift this year,” said Seaman. “We urge everyone to hand in new, unpackaged toys at every Toys for Tots collection point. Together we can put a smile on children’s faces in the entire subway area. ”
The Church of Scientology of Kansas City’s Winter Wonderland Plan has been submitted to and approved by the Department of Health as required by the Mayor’s waiver of outdoor events.
To provide a safe way to enjoy vacation fun, the following safety features are in place to help prevent the virus from spreading:
• Masks at all times for staff, volunteers and guests
• Social distancing between families
• No more than 50 guests at the same time in the Winter Wonderland
• Any activity within the venue is limited to keep a reasonable distance
• All guests have their temperatures checked with a non-contact thermometer and are screened for recent illnesses or exposure to sick people.
Instead of an announced activity plan this year, Winter Wonderland will always have performers, speakers, and toy distributions when it’s open. So there will always be something special, no matter when families come. “We don’t want everyone to come at the same time this year as we limit the number. That’s why families are encouraged to choose their own time to come out and enjoy, ”says Seaman.
With questions about registering for the performance or donating toys, please call Bennette, Emma, or Angie at (816) 753-6590.
For more information contact:
Church of Scientology of Kansas City
1805 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, Mo 64108