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 [...]

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 |2022-03-06T16:40:33-06:00March 11th, 2022|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|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|2 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 |2021-12-03T07:25:54-06:00December 3rd, 2021|Historical Visits, Kansas City, KC Fun|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|4 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

How To Sample Atchison, Kansas In One Day

It's easy to find the statistics for just about any city or town, but they will not tell the whole story. To get a true taste of any destination requires experiencing it firsthand. Over the years, we have discovered a formula that helps us make the most of our time. This has been used for large and small destinations and we always leave with a sense of accomplishment. A recent itinerary we created was designed to show you how to sample Atchison, Kansas in one day. This city of 11,000 people has some unique flavors that make for a great day trip. Meet [...]

By |2021-09-09T14:13:53-06:00March 30th, 2021|Atchison, Daytrips, Guides, Kansas City Vicinity|10 Comments

Losing Their Voice – Kemper Museum Of Contemporary Art

Kansas City is filled with so many entertainment options that we struggle trying to cover them all. When our daughter suggested a brunch outing, I decided to look for something out of the ordinary. Since we are all lovers of art, a visit to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art was a perfect fit. This free attraction offers amazing rotating galleries, as well as an exceptional indoor eatery. At the time of our visit, the list of exhibits included one focused on the Native Indians losing their voice in the modern world. This intrigued us, since we are fans of North American history [...]

By |2021-03-26T06:40:01-06:00March 26th, 2021|Kansas City, KC Fun, Kid Friendly|6 Comments

Amtrak Escape – All Aboard For Hermann, Missouri

It's hard to believe we had never taken a real train trip. The stories that friends have told, about experiencing the views along the rolling tracks, have intrigued us. It is just that we have always fallen back on the reasoning that we would need our car for convenience. The day finally came when we had to set aside the excuses and planned our first Amtrak escape. It seemed that a day trip would be best so that we could ease into the idea of going carless. As we planned for the excursion, our minds were filled with the romanticized perceptions of the [...]

By |2021-09-09T14:14:11-06:00March 5th, 2021|Daytrips, Guides, Hermann, Midwest, Missouri|10 Comments
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