It’s Friday and you have a whole blissful weekend ahead and no plans. Look no further! I have some ideas that go beyond the usual Saturday night movie or another trip to Worlds of Fun. Kansas City is a mecca of activities for all ages and interests.
This weekend only
The Kansas City Air Show
Bring your lawn chairs and some snacks and enjoy the Blue Angles work their magic in the air. Children 12 and under are free and adults $20, although online tickets are $17. Performances are both Saturday August 22st and Sunday August 23rd and the gates open at 9 am.
There is something for everyone at the 5th annual Parkville Days. The event features a carnival, parachute jumpers, arts & craft vendors, live music and entertainment, food and much more!
Friday the 21st from 6- 10, Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 10-6. Free admission!
Ethnic Enrichment Festival
Come to Swope Park to celebrate the many peoples of our world. You will get to sample 60 different types of food and drinks from all over the globe and watch various performances.
Friday 8/21 night from 6-10, Saturday 8/22 noon- 10 and Sunday 8/23 noon- 6. Admission is $3 for adults and 12 and under free.
Arabia Steamboat Museum
Take a trip back in time to 1856 and visit the most unique collection of pre-Civil war artifacts in the country. The Arabia Steamboat was carrying over 200 tons of items to supply 16 towns on the frontier when it snagged on a branch and sank to the bottom of the river. When the river changed courses, it was completely preserved in a farmer’s field for 130 years. On display are perfectly preserved, clothing, tools, dishware, guns, furniture and more along with preservationists restoring the over 60 tons of artifacts still remaining.
Open Monday through Saturday 10 – 5 and Sunday noon to 5. Admission; Adults, $14.95, Children 4 -14, $5.50, Seniors $13.50 and children under three are free Tours offered every half hour.
College Basketball Experience
Located at the Sprint Center, this unique venue offers the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and 15 interactive exhibits that allow you sink the winning ball, announce the play-by-play from the broadcast desk or make as many passes at a time. The high energy, hands on activities draw all ages and experience levels.
Open Wednesday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-6 they also offer special events including birthday parties. Admission; Children 3 and under free, 4 – 17 $11, 18 plus $14 and seniors $10.
18th & Vine District
Kansas City’s earliest beginnings are intertwined with jazz, blues and baseball. The likes of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Jackie Robinson and Buck O’Neil shaped a culture that became a national sensation. Home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum, the 18th & Vine District celebrates the accomplishments of those early entertainers that were an inspiration to the country. Multimedia exhibits, video presentations and memorabilia will give you a glimpse of life from the early 20th century in Kansas City. Check out the Blue Room for a drink and some music.
Overland Park Arboretum
Located in southern Overland Park, this glorious 300 acre arboretum and botanical garden features over 10 different gardens, hiking trails, sculpture exhibitions, 8 nature ecosystems as well as many classes and programs throughout the year.
The arboretum is open 7 days a week; October 1st through April 9, 8-5 and April 10th through September 30th, 8 – 7:30. Admission is 13 and over $3 and 6-12 is $1.
The Money Museum
Learn about our economy through interactive exhibits at the Money Museum located within the Crown Center District. Find out what a 27 pound bar of gold feels like, and check out Harry Truman’s coin collection. When you leave, take home a bag of money. (Shredded, course!)
Hours of operation; Monday through Friday 8:30 – 4:30, closed weekends and bank holidays.
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