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Fall-Winter 2014

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Fall-Winter 2014

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12 Must-Sees in Kansas City

12 Must-Sees in Kansas City

Your not-to-be-missed list for fall 2014 & winter 2015!

Union Station Turns 100

Union Station Turns 100

One of Kansas City’s most recognized landmarks is celebrating its centennial on Oct. 30, 2014.

Savoring Local Wines

Savoring Local Wines

The popularity of locally harvested wines expands every year, and both Kansas and Missouri are home to dozens of vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are within an hour’s drive of Kansas City, making them a great day trip to enjoy tasting the best of the local harvest.

Kansas City’s Spectacular Views

Kansas City’s Spectacular Views

The arrival of fall temperatures means many of us will be looking for excuses to get outdoors and enjoy the weather before winter hits. What would be a better way to observe the fall season than to find a new favorite place to view Kansas City? From City Hall to observation decks, Kansas City has a wealth of great views to offer. Check out this list of amazing views in the Kansas City area—from metro views to park views, there is something here for every personality and family.

Through the Looking Glass in Kansas City

Through the Looking Glass in Kansas City

In 1865, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, introduced readers to Alice on her first adventures in Wonderland. Celebrate Alice’s adventures on an adventure of your own in Kansas City this fall.

Cool Adventures to Satisfy Penguin Fever

Cool Adventures to Satisfy Penguin Fever

It’s safe to say that Kansas City has penguin fever! Did you know that Kansas City offers an array of cool penguin experiences…beyond watching them play at the zoo (which is cool too!)?

 Living the Dream on the Disney Dream

Living the Dream on the Disney Dream

I don’t enjoy road trips or car travel. Train rides are okay, but a little too slow for my liking. For many years I refused to fly because of a gripping fear. But get me on a boat, and I’m in heaven. The movement of the water is soothing to me, and I feel very relaxed on boats. So why did it take me 44 years to go on my first cruise?

Multi-Generational Travel

Multi-Generational Travel

Family vacations have taken on a broader definition in recent years. Multigenerational travel—typically defined as three or more generations vacationing together—is on the upswing, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and kids taking more group trips. The trend is expected to boom even more in coming years.

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Editor's Letter

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Editor's Letter

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Day Trips from KC

Great American Main Streets of the Midwest

Great American Main Streets of the Midwest

With the revitalization of historic shopping districts in recent years, many areas have been transformed into beautiful places to live, work and play, bringing the Great American Main Street back to life.

Kansas City Winter Wonderland

Kansas City Winter Wonderland

Kansas City boasts many terrific sledding hills all across the metro! Over the years, our loyal readers have shared their favorites, and you can learn about all of the best sledding hills in KC!

Autumn Splendor

Autumn Splendor

Autumn and apples… the two go hand in hand! Kids love taking a trip to local farms to pick their very own fruit, and moms love the prices, which are significantly less expensive than at the local grocery store. In the fall, enjoy apple picking at Alldredge Orchards in Platte City, Schweizer Orchards in St. Joseph, Cider Hill in Kansas City Kansas or the Wagon Wheel Orchard in Gardner. For a behind-the-scenes apple outing, visit the Louiburg Cider Mill, where you can watch cider and apple cider donut making while enjoying autumn attractions, including farm animals, a corn maze, the pumpkin patch and country store.

Kansas City Art Appreciation

Kansas City Art Appreciation

Kansas City is home to many remarkable art galleries, with three of her finest open to the public for FREE! The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the largest galleries in the United States, maintains a permanent collection representing art from throughout history and around the world. Visitors enjoy the galleries and, on sunny days, picnic or stroll the landscaped museum grounds and sculpture garden. Before your visit, download the Nelson-Atkins Scavenger Hunt on KCParent.com for the whole family.

Best Fun for FREE in KC

Best Fun for FREE in KC

If you’re looking for family fun on a shoestring, Kansas City offers an abundance of terrific free choices. These are a few of our top picks for free family fun! See www.KCParent.com for “Free Fun” all year long!

KC Kid Picks

KC Kid Picks

Little ones will enjoy the KidScape exhibit at the Johnson County Museum, a hands-on child-sized suburban streetscape, where children role-play as community figures in educational environments.

Kansas City’s Wild West Heritage

Kansas City’s Wild West Heritage

Kansas City is no longer the cow town it once was, but it holds its cowboy heritage dear, with many local traditions. Most notable is the American Royal, which hosts rodeos, agricultural competitions and education through programs and the American Royal Museum. The American Royal also hosts the world’s largest barbecue contest, an appropriate event for Kansas City, the barbecue capital of the nation.

KC Legends

KC Legends

Kansas City was home to the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman. Learn about his childhood at the Truman Farm, his humble lifestyle at the Truman Home in Independence and his presidency at the Truman Presidential Library. There, visitors participate in interactive exhibits including a replica Oval Office; they also explore Truman artifacts and special exhibits.

 KC Signatures

KC Signatures

A visit to Kansas City would be incomplete without enjoying some of Kansas City’s sensational signatures and the landmarks that celebrate them.

50 Simple Pleasures to Enjoy in Kansas City This Season

50 Simple Pleasures to Enjoy in Kansas City This Season

Enjoy the best of Kansas City with these visitor favorites!

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Family Friendly Dining

Best Barbecue in KC

Best Barbecue in KC

Slow-smoked meat, sweet and tangy sauce, melt-in-your-mouth juicy ribs…it has been said that in Kansas City, barbecue isn’t just a meal, it’s a way of life.

Fun in Nature in Kansas City

Fun in Nature in Kansas City

Fall and winter in Kansas City offer a wide variety of events and festivals that allow families to have fun in nature. Here are a few of my favorites to give you some ideas to try this year.

Kansas City Sports Trivia

Kansas City Sports Trivia

How well do you know KC Sports?

Kansas Speedway Family Outing

Kansas Speedway Family Outing

The Kansas Speedway provides plenty of pre- and post-race entertainment, so it's a full day event. The area around the speedway becomes a mini-city! Racing flags, smoking grills, picnics and games create an electric atmosphere. Arrive 1-1 ½ hours pre-race so you can enjoy some tailgating. Many fans played Frisbee, soccer and horseshoes while their barbecue cooked and again waiting for post-race traffic to clear.

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Museums

Interactive Museums in Kansas City

Interactive Museums in Kansas City

All kids learn through various methods, and one of the best is through hands-on and interactive experiences. Luckily for us, Kansas City offers many children’s museums and other destinations with great hands-on activities for kids of all ages. There are more than enough locations to have a field trip each week! Check out the following hands-on highlights, then explore the calendar of events at www.KCParent.com for more events and ideas.

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Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop: Tammy Williams

Inside Scoop: Tammy Williams

Tammy Williams is an archivist and the social media manager on staff at the Truman Presidential Library.

Inside Scoop: Janie Next Door

Inside Scoop: Janie Next Door

Musician, singer, songwriter Jane Christison is also known as Janie Next Door®. Her newest musical venture is writing children’s songs and performing as Janie Next Door® in upbeat, entertaining, interactive, live musical programs for children at preschools, elementary school concerts, festivals, libraries, birthday parties and other special occasions.

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Word on the Street

Best Saturday in Kansas City

Best Saturday in Kansas City

Q: What is the best way to spend a Saturday in Kansas City in the fall or winter?

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Playtime

Creative Outlets in Kansas City

Creative Outlets in Kansas City

Children are inherently creative, and their imaginations can take flight when given time, encouragement and a bit of inspiration. Check out these creative hotspots, guaranteed to get your child’s creative juices flowing—and yours!

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Live Performances

Night of Fun in Kansas City

Night of Fun in Kansas City

You’re ready for a night on the town (with the kids, without the kids, with your friends or a significant other), but you don’t want to spend a lot of time going from place to place in the cold and in a hurry. These venues dish up delicious dinners and fabulous fun for the perfect winter (or any time of year) night out!

It’s Showtime!

It’s Showtime!

Kansas City theater trivia.

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