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The Rise Of The Monarchs

Kansas City is a sports city. While we may not always bring home the trophy, our city still supports the players who give their all on the field. In fact, Kansas City was home to the longest-running franchise in Negro Leagues Baseball. The Monarchs began this streak in 1920 and continued until 1965. These days an independent professional baseball team, on the Kansas side of the city, honors the Monarchs name. Looking to learn more about the rise of the Monarchs, we made our way to the 18th & Vine District. A tour of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum was sure to add [...]

By |2023-03-17T03:41:24-06:00March 17th, 2023|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|2 Comments

Prehistoric Putt – Taking It To The Hole

These days there are tons of places vying for your entertainment dollars. When we heard that Prehistoric Putt had opened a location at 13907 Hwy 40, in Independence, we were eager to check it out. We are always on the lookout for new spots to challenge each other and what could top the combination of dinosaurs and golf? To verify it was fun for all ages, we invited our daughter and our two grandkids. Stepping through the door, we discovered that this place has taken indoor mini-golf and blown it up to a new level. It looked like we were going to be [...]

By |2023-02-17T07:18:39-06:00February 17th, 2023|Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Kansas City Museum – A Renewed Purpose

For decades, schoolchildren from around the metropolitan region made the annual field trip to the Kansas City Museum. I remember visiting during the time that it focused primarily on our hometown's history. It also featured hundreds of taxidermized animals in lifelike settings. In 2008, the museum was closed for a complete renovation and repurposing. When we heard it had reopened, we were eager to see the renewed purpose of this Kansas City landmark. Located at 3218 Gladstone Boulevard, this FREE attraction is a good choice for a day of exploring. Failure Turned Into Success I have to wonder how many fortunes were started [...]

By |2022-09-16T06:25:51-06:00September 16th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|6 Comments

National Museum of Toys And Miniatures – Releasing My Inner Child

I have to admit that there's a little kid in me that can come out at the most inopportune moments. To limit the silliness from becoming too rampant, I find it best to shower my inner child with periodic visits to kid-friendly attractions. Kansas City just happens to be home to quite a few of these, so that works out best for keeping me in check. One of our favorites is the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, which is located at 5235 Oak Street. It is a special place that we recommend to people every chance we get. I may enter this [...]

By |2022-04-29T06:43:41-06:00April 29th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Changing Times – Johnson County Museum

Kansas burst into the Union in an unusually bloody fashion. Human presence can be traced back to at least the 1400s. It would be the mid-1800s that saw the quick escalation of violence. The story of Bloody Kansas has been told many times, but we find each site sheds a little more perspective. The Johnson County Museum, at 8788 Metcalf Avenue, is a good resource for learning about the changing times that make up our state's history. We dropped by for a refresher course on how Kansas transitioned to its current state. Going Way Back Johnson County was one of the first areas [...]

By |2023-02-14T06:18:18-06:00March 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Shawnee Indian Mission – Hidden Kansas History

Are there places that you've been meaning to visit for years? We faced that same situation right in our backyard. The Shawnee Indian Mission has been a destination we have discussed visiting for quite some time. It seems like some other stop would always push this place to the back burner. We finally said "enough is enough" and planned a stopover at this local historical attraction. Without much research, we arrived with open minds and eager to learn about these indigenous people. The Shawnee Tribe We discovered that the first floor of the museum focuses on the Shawnee people. By the 1600s, the [...]

By |2022-02-11T07:07:41-06:00February 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|4 Comments

Fort Osage – Life On The Edge Of The Frontier

Our visit to Fort Osage whisked us back over 200 years to a time when America was much smaller than it is today. Our nation's freedom had been won in the American Revolution, and we were in the midst of a great expansion. The Louisiana Purchase had allowed the fledgling nation to increase its land holdings by over 800,000 square miles. The reality is that what France had sold them was the right to obtain Native Indian lands by treaty or conquest. By nearly doubling its size, this new country was set on a path of growth.   We want to thank Fort Osage [...]

By |2023-02-14T06:18:39-06:00December 3rd, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|4 Comments

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop – Fine Country

A visit to the Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop takes guests back over 150 years, to a time when the territory was just opening for business. With so much history at this site, we were scratching our heads wondering why we had never visited. Knowing that nothing can be done to change the past, we pushed ahead with a plan to mend this oversight. A beautiful fall day in Kansas City offered us the perfect backdrop for our inaugural visit. We had plans to dive into all of the fun and educational opportunities that are found in this historic stop. Moving to the Farm James [...]

By |2021-11-05T06:07:25-06:00November 5th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|2 Comments

Missouri Town 1855 – Welcoming Fall

As Autumn descends on the Midwest, people will find an abundance of harvest-themed festivals. Welcoming Fall brings a change in the air, that signals the shortening of daylight hours. We find ourselves trying to savor every moment. Scanning the Kansas City calendar of events, we noticed the annual Fall Festival at Missouri Town 1855. Since we had never visited this particular outdoor venue, this seemed like the perfect destination for our first 2021 autumn excursion. Frozen in Time Missouri Town 1855 has a fairly self-explanatory name. The idea was to create a crossroads town that would be common around the start of the [...]

By |2021-10-21T05:51:00-06:00October 15th, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|6 Comments

Spring Forward With An Outdoor Art Walk

For decades, people around the globe have struggled with the 'Spring Forward' that occurs each year. While we understand the reasoning behind this daylight saving practice, it doesn't make the frustration of losing an hour anymore pleasant. Just as we begin to see the dawn appear at a decent hour, we are plunged back into darkness as we make our way to work. Who would expect that a one-hour loss could turn us into sleep-deprived zombies?  To help us deal with this annual annoyance, we decided to spring forward with an outdoor art walk. A Kemper St"art" A brunch-time event made perfect sense [...]

By |2021-04-06T06:12:49-06:00April 6th, 2021|KC Fun, Kid Friendly, Out & About|18 Comments
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