Spring-Summer 2014

Spring-Summer 2014

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Branson, Missouri:

Branson, Missouri:

Summer beckons with the sweet promise of vacation season. Far off tropical destinations and European vacations may call to you in your dreams, but the budget may be saying, “Stay close to home.” If you're dreaming of a family trip without breaking the bank, then Branson may be just the ticket.

City Nights

City Nights

When the opportunity arises for a few blissful hours of adults-only time, you want to make the most of the situation. Disclaimer: If you find yourself in a situation where the kids are out of the house, sleeping reserves the right to trump all options provided in this article. However, if you need to get out and see the world through an adult lens again, here are some fun themed ideas for a (fill in the blank) night out.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The movie The Wizard of Oz is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and KC families can share in the festivities in many ways.

KC Fun Facts

KC Fun Facts

Did you know: The most famous celebrity from Kansas City is not a person at all. We have more fountains than we can count. And more barbecue restaurants too. We’re not home to the world’s tallest skyscraper, but we are home to the world’s tastiest.

Summer Adventure: Water Sports

Summer Adventure: Water Sports

This summer, take on a water adventure! Our local lakes are the place for water sports. Plunge to new depths, travel across the water at incredible speeds, learn new stunts and tricks and enjoy the wind through your hair as your family creates some wild and unforgettable memories.

Wisconsin Dells

Wisconsin Dells

Did you know—the idea for an indoor water park was born in the Wisconsin Dells area? Did you know—Wisconsin Dells has more indoor water parks than any other place in the world? Did you know that in addition to water parks, Wisconsin Dells offers many nature and scenic adventures? Did you know—Wisconsin Dells is only a short 8-hour drive from Kansas City?

Eco-tourism in KC

Eco-tourism in KC

Welcome to eco-friendly Kansas City! Whether you are visiting for the first time or you live here and are looking to explore the area on an environmentally friendly staycation, KC has much to offer!

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Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

Editor's Letter

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Day Trips from KC

Back to Nature

Back to Nature

Kansas City is home to three botanical gardens. Kauffman Memorial Gardens may be the smallest, but it earns its place in the hearts of locals as one of the most beautiful places in the city, perfect for a stroll and photography. The gardens are FREE and open to the public. Something is always blooming, and the fountains make a beautiful centerpiece to the landmark. Powell Gardens is home to a beautiful island garden, rock wall garden, conservatory, Heartland Harvest Garden, Iris Hill and acres of trails overlooking beautiful flowers, plants and prairie.

Make a Splash

Make a Splash

One of Kansas City’s newest water parks, The Bay, offers a lazy river, waves, slides, 6-lane pool and many more great attractions your kids are sure to love, all at affordable rates.

Family Favorites in Kansas City

Family Favorites in Kansas City

Little ones love 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.

Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself

Urban Arts and Crafts is a creative shop offering offbeat art materials and unique courses ranging from jewelry making to crochet. You can learn to make a metal stamped mother’s necklace or a new ring. Take up knitting or crocheting and make a new blanket for Baby or scarf for Mom. Delight in the high quality materials at this top-of-the-line creative inspiration store.

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm

For a taste of country life, visit Osborn, MO, just a little more than an hour away, for a tour of the Shatto Dairy Farm. A tour includes the bottling room, a milk tasting center with samples of many flavors of milk and watching the cows being milked by machine right before your eyes. Children love visiting the calves and may even get the chance to brush and bottle feed them.

Watch It Made in KC

Watch It Made in KC

Take a tour of one of Kansas City’s local businesses where you can watch as coffee is processed, motorcycles are made, violins are created and more.

Kansas City Classics

Kansas City Classics

City of fountains, barbecue capital of America, jazz and blues mecca…a visit to Kansas City would be incomplete without enjoying some of Kansas City’s sensational signatures and the landmarks that celebrate them.

Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation

Kansas City, once a capital for jazz, celebrates its musical heritage at local theaters, concert halls and museums. Celebrate that heritage at 18th & Vine with a visit to the American Jazz Museum and take in live jazz at the Gem or the Blue Room.

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Family Friendly Dining

Best Burger Joints in KC

Best Burger Joints in KC

Enjoy the tastiest burgers in the Kansas City area near your favorite attractions.

Artisan Dining in Kansas City

Artisan Dining in Kansas City

Kansas City is quickly becoming the center of an artisan dining movement. From food trucks to fine wine, these three local restaurants are leading the way.

Camping Out for Adventure

Camping Out for Adventure

Missouri and Kansas have a multitude of camping opportunities in their state parks. They offer a variety from primitive camping sites to deluxe accommodations with nearly all the comforts of home. Some even have yurts to camp in. Whether you are a frequent or occasional camper, consider some of these parks for a getaway. Most places take reservations and include campsite descriptions.

KC Sports by the Numbers

KC Sports by the Numbers

Kansas City Sports Trivia

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Outdoor Fun

12 Waterfalls in the Midwest

12 Waterfalls in the Midwest

There is something magical and dreamy about exploring nature, hiking trails and discovering waterfalls. This is your guide to 12 waterfalls in the Midwest.

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Museums

Go Big: Discover Kansas City’s Biggest Attractions

Go Big: Discover Kansas City’s Biggest Attractions

Discover these BIG exhibits in the Kansas City area.

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Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop: Leslie Grossman

Inside Scoop: Leslie Grossman

Leslie Grossman, administrative assistant at Paradise Park, is responsible for group sales, including corporate group sales, fundraisers and educational field trips. Leslie also is involved in Lee’s Summit Optimist Club.

Inside Scoop: Aaron Sprowl

Inside Scoop: Aaron Sprowl

Aaron Sprowl is the displays curator, responsible for the animal collection and displays at SEA LIFE Kansas City. We asked Aaron to share his favorite things about Kansas City with our readers.

Inside Scoop: Lora Vogt

Inside Scoop: Lora Vogt

Lora Vogt, curator of education at the National World War I Museum, creates community education programming and interpretive materials at the museum and at www.theworldwar.org. “When I’m not making plans to support the upcoming Centennial of World War I, I’m part of the planning team for the ‘Inspire Freedom’ weekend,” she says.

Inside Scoop: Stacia Pieroni

Inside Scoop: Stacia Pieroni

Stacia Pieroni is the Australasia area supervisor at the Kansas City Zoo. She oversees a staff of eight zookeepers and more than 150 animals in the Australia and Asia sections of the zoo. “I am a ‘working’ supervisor so I, along with all of my staff, make sure our area animals are receiving the best care possible on a daily basis,“ she says. “This entails feeding, cleaning, training and observing our animals seven days a week, 365 days a year—the animals do not take holidays.”

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Word on the Street

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

We asked our KC Parent Facebook Fans—local people who know the best of the best in Kansas City—what they love and why they love it. Q: If you could tell a tourist to do only one thing in KC it would be ____. And why?

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Playtime

5 Playful Ideas in KC for Free

5 Playful Ideas in KC for Free

Having a great time doesn’t always have to cost top dollar. Check out these free top picks for fun around town!

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Live Performances

Kansas City Entertainment Challenge

Kansas City Entertainment Challenge

Kansas City theater trivia.