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Who’s Viewing Who? A Visit To Sea Life Kansas City

It is nice to know that Kansas City has a lot of attraction options that can be enjoyed during any weather. On a cold winter day we made a visit to Sea Life at Crown Center. This marine adventure zone offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of oceans, rivers, and lakes. What we found was much larger than we expected, and included lots of interesting exhibits. Let’s take a closer look.Continue reading

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Seeing Stars At Gottlieb Planetarium

Our outing with the grandkids, to Union Station, included a surprise for them. They knew about Science City, which had them all pumped up, but we also would be visiting the Gottlieb Planetarium. This 150 seat theater is housed in the lower level of Union Station, and offers daily shows with a variety of topics. General admission ticket prices are $7.00 per person. The plan would be to stop in after our lunch break.Continue reading

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Seeing Science City Through Kid’s Eyes

The majority of the time Crystal and I travel by ourselves. Recently, we took a day to do some exploring in Kansas City, and were joined by our grandkids, as well as a close friend of the family. Our destination was Union Station, and one of the most anticipated stops was at Science City. It took place at the beginning of January, so obviously it was frighteningly cold. After scurrying from the car to the entrance, we quickly proceeded to the entrance just in time for the 10:00 opening.Continue reading

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A Day On The Farm At Deanna Rose Farmstead

Our children are fully grown, so we now have the pleasure of enjoying kid’s appropriate attractions with our grand-kids. Recently, we took them to Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead located at 13800 Switzer, in Overland Park, Kansas. Crystal has had the pleasure of visiting this unique site in the past, but this would be my first experience. The night before had been a rain-out, but on this day it was just cloudy. That actually made it not too bad for an August day.Continue reading

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Up Up And Away to the TWA Museum

UPDATE*

Unfortunately, the owner of the Wings of Pride MD-83 airplane have decided to withdraw it from the tarmac, so visitors can no longer tour it. On a positive note, the museum has opened two new rooms to help with the overabundance of artifacts. 

Let’s see a show of hands of the people who knew there is a TWA Museum in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Well it looks like some of you knew, but this was a surprise for us. We made a stop in on a Saturday morning to check it out. Located at 10 Richards Road, in the Charles B. Wheeler Airport, this unique museum highlights the 75 year lifespan of the airline. Feel free to visit them on Tuesday through Saturdays. They are open from 10:00 to 4:00 each of those days, but double-check if the weather is especially bad.Continue reading

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Imaginations Soar at Wonderscope

Being Baby Boomers means that sometimes we are doing things with our grandkids. We have driven by Wonderscope many times in the past, and it seemed like a good place to explore. While we are usually good with most family friendly attractions, it’s not as often that we visit a location that caters specifically to the much younger crowd. We know of many good places to take kids, since we raised three of our own, but as times change, we look for some new sights to enjoy with the next generation. Continue reading

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Cross the Tracks to Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant

On my drive, I was stopped by a train. As I watched the cars roll by, I thought of all of the businesses that have sprouted up, because of the railroads. As my mind wandered, probably the most unusual of them came to me, and I remembered an article I wrote about Fritz’s. This place holds some special memories for me, since I used to visit this restaurant with my father, when he was alive. I hope you all enjoy the read.

There are many cases in life that the original stands out above any and all replicas. How many movies were so good that they created a sequel, and it fell short of our expectations. The original sets the bar that all others will need to attain, if they will be as successful. One of these success stories is Fritz’s Railroad Restaurant. The original location at 32nd & Brown Avenue, was started in 1954 by Fritz and Virginia, after his return from the war. In the mid-60’s they opened a second location at 18th Street & Grandview Blvd. In more recent years additional locations have been added at Crown Center and in Shawnee, Kansas. Continue reading

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See History Come Alive at Missouri Town 1855

Sitting on 30 acres, on the east side of Lake Jacomo is Missouri Town 1855. This open air museum contains more than 25 structures dating from the time just before the Civil War. Interpreters, dressed in period attire, interact with visitors to explain the lifestyle of the era.  Although Missouri Town was never an actual town, it was assembled to represent a mid-19th-century Missouri settlement. The assortment of buildings were moved to their current site from other locations in Missouri.

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Cabela’s – A Rainy Day Alternative

 Cabela’s, while being a sporting goods store, has the visual interest to be a good rainy day alternative. It is large enough to be used to while away a couple of hours, and has a wide range of displays to keep everyone engaged. From the time you see the store off of I-435 & I-70 in Kansas City, Kansas, you can tell it is all about the outdoors. There is a bronze statue of elks overlooking an outdoor pond, which is frequently used for fishing demonstrations. Once you enter this over sized log cabin, you step into a visual paradise.Continue reading