KCTV 5: Union Station previews Holiday Reflections display for Children's Mercy families
By Betsy Webster
The indoor winter wonderland in Union Station’s Grand Plaza stretches 27,000 square feet with 70,000 lights reaching 95 feet high.
At the rear, the Holiday Model Train display covers 11,000 square feet with moving trains in every scale. That includes the Historic Jones Store Train, a fixture at the now defunct department store’s downtown location.
For many of the families attending the private preview, crowds have been a concern long before COVID, either for health reasons or just physical challenges.
“We have a wheelchair. We have a son on the spectrum. We have to think about a lot of things when we go out of our house that probably most typical families don’t,” said mom Kasey Seitz.
Her 9-year-old, Damek, who has high functioning autism, happily peppered us with a wealth of questions. Her daughter, 11-year-old Hudsyn, had a brain injury at birth and is non-verbal. Her husband, Dan, described what made Wednesday night’s event special.
“We’ve got open space and she can roll around and actually see things because normally people would be standing in front of her, “said Dan Seitz.
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