Let's start with Nate's family visit in March. With a little niece and nephew to consider, our knowledge of family friendly spots is tested. We took little Tommy and Lucy to the Sea Life Aquarium in Crown Center, which also houses Lego Land and Kalidescope. We took the parents down to Martini Corner for some cocktails, normally a bustling night spot, you can stop in for happy hour and food at one of the clustered bars. We also hung out with some friends at one of our many picnics on the Nelson Atkins Museum lawn.
My Dad visited in May. Aside from the bout of appendicitis I had to deal with Friday, we had a fun time, and I didn't let my emergency surgery stop us from getting around. We took my dad out to Weston, MO. A small historic town nearby with shopping and fun seasonal events, such as a VW Car Show. You have to make a stop at O'Malleys underground Pub if you go to Weston. We also made a stop at Weston Bend State Park. Weston is great in the Fall when you can visit several pumpkin patches and apple orchards, taking part in picking your produce and other fun activities.
My Mom, stepdad, and brother visited us in July for the 4th of July holiday. It's been awhile since they've been to KC, so we wanted to show them a good time. Turns out it was a good time to come! To kick off the weekend we walked up to the WWI Liberty Memorial Monument. This tower sits on one of the high points of Kansas City's sprawling metro area, which gave us the vantage point to see fireworks show going on all over the city and in various suburban neighborhoods. The monument also houses an absolutely amazing WWI collection that is a must see.
We visited to the Steamboat Arabia Museum in the Downtown River Market, home to a wonderful seasonal farmers market, and local restaurants. The Steamboat Arabia Museum houses an incredible collection of perfectly preserved goods from an a steamboat that sunk in 1856. We joined some friends at the annual outdoor event, Shakespeare in the Park, and this years play was As You Like It. We took a walk though Loose Park, a beautiful park with lots of space to run around, a free kids water playground, a duck pond, incredible Springtime rose garden, and more.
No visit to KC is complete without BBQ, so we went off the beaten path a little to Woodyard BBQ where you can sit on a brick patio and enjoy some live music. We shopped antiques down in the West Bottoms, a historic and industratial part of town recently taken over by antique shops that stock up and then open once a month on the first friday of the month. After a few hours in the midday heat, we went over to the West Side neighborhood (worth a visit for the beautiful historic homes and wonderful local resturants) for some naturally flavored snow cones at Little Freshie. Our friends in Akkilles played a CD release show at The Brick, one of many local dive bars with great food and a cozy environment to see live music.
Whew! We did have some down time, but this doesn't even cover it all.
I just thought I would throw in a few images from some of the other things we've done this first half of 2013 including the First Friday in the Crossroads Art district, the Loose Park Rose Garden, the Youth Symphony show at the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the Kansas City Zoo, and non-stop trips to the many wonderful coffee shops and restaurants around town.
We love this place!!! There is no shortage of things to do. If you have come across this blog when researching your next Kansas City, MO trip, don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We have a lot more up our sleeves.