For quite some time we have meant to visit The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. This Kansas City attraction, located at 5235 Oak Street, has been a mainstay for visitors and travelers since 1982.Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
On a beautiful Saturday morning, we sat in a room attached to the back of the Moon Marble Company in Bonner Springs, Kansas. We were not alone, as a crowd had gathered for a unique demonstration. Soon we were joined by Bruce Breslow, who was there to create a marble before our eyes. I had never given much thought to how marbles were produced, but imagined an assembly line process. What we were there to witness was an artisan creating one of a kind masterpieces.Continue reading →
Golfing, while fun, can be an expensive sport. There is the cost of a bag of clubs, and golf balls. You better bring extra if you are new to the game, because you will be losing a few. If you don’t want to carry your clubs all over the course, you will need to invest in a hand cart or rent a golf cart. Greens fees can run from costly to unbelievable. So what alternative is there that will still allow a person to get outdoors and enjoy the nature? How about Frisbee Golf!Continue reading →
We are always on the lookout for some indoor alternatives, especially during the winter. While spending some time in the cold air can be exhilarating, it’s not conducive to leisurely strolls. A Kansas City staple for indoor entertainment is the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum. Each weekend you will find singles, couples, and families admiring the vast collections. Art students are strategically positioned to practice capturing works of masters, as well as creating their own pieces. Tour guides lead eager groups through the vast expanses feeding their charges with interesting tidbits of information.Continue reading →