Looking for a way to get out of the house without breaking the bank? Here’s a list of some ideas of activities to do. Some are educational and some are just fun, but whatever you’re looking for I’m sure there’s something here for you.
The Kansas City area is home to some of the most beautiful parks. With over 200 parks in the area, there’s sure to be something perfect for you. Whether you want to go for a picnic, play some sports, or take a walk on a trail, Kansas City parks has the right space for you. And with social distancing parks are a great place to get together with some friends or family in an outdoor space where you can still maintain some distance. Or going to the park is just a good opportunity to get out of the house. If you need some ideas of where to go, below is a list of a couple of the more popular places, but KC Parks has a more comprehensive list as well as a calendar of events. So grab a loved one, or don’t, and go enjoy everything Kansas City parks have to offer.
- Loose Park
- Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
- Penguin Park
- Swope Park
- Antioch Park
- Waterfall Park
- Ewing and Muriel Kauffman Memorial Garden
- Ernie Miller Park & Nature Center
- Deana Rose Children’s Farmstead
Kansas City is known as the City of Fountains, so why not take some time to enjoy them. The first fountains in Kansas City were created in the 1800’s and it didn’t take long for Kansas City to fall in love with these stunning structures. Now Kansas City is home to over 200 fountains throughout the metro area. These fountains are each unique, showcasing different aspects of our city and our history. While it’s not hard to find some incredible fountains, if you are looking for suggestions these are some of the more famous fountains in the area:
- JC Nichols Memorial Fountain
- Firefighters Fountain and Memorial
- Henry Wollman Bloch Fountain
- Crown Center Square Fountain
- Fountain Basin
Kansas and sunflowers go together like peanut butter and jelly, which means a visit to a sunflower field is a must. Grinter Farms is consistently ranked as one of the best sunflower fields in the country, and there’s a reason for that. With 40 acres of sunflowers, going to Grinter Farms during bloom, is like standing in an ocean of sunflowers. Each year tens of thousands of people flock to Grinter to experience the beauty. It’s free to visit but they do ask that you leave a dollar for every sunflower you take home. Also, they have Sunflower General, a store that’s open on the weekends during bloom that sells everything from baked good to Grinter Farms merchandise. Typically bloom is the beginning of September and lasts about two to three weeks, but keep an eye on their social media for updates.
Kansas City and the surrounding areas are home to deep, beautiful history. Take advantage of the history and culture surrounding us. Kansas City has countless incredible museums. Below I list several of my personal favorites around town, but don’t think this is all of our museums. And if you get tired of museums then just walk around, every where you turn we are surrounded by history and it’s a great chance to learn. If you get bored in Kansas City than take a little drive to Lawrence and learn about everything that happened there during the civil war, or go to Topeka and see the Capital or Brown vs Board.
The Children’s Peace Pavilion has over 25 interactive exhibits that are created to help kids develop life skills like conflict resolution, dealing with emotions, and understanding the environment.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is the only museum in the world of it’s kind. The museum focuses on educating and celebrating the deep history of the Negro League and it’s effect on our society. It’s just 2 blocks from Paseo YMCA, where the Negro National League was founded in 1920. This museum is one of my personal favorites in Kansas City because of the rich history and deep connection to Kansas City. It’s a must see for everyone, especially baseball fans.
Right down the street from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, is the American Jazz Museum. Kansas City was a center piece of the Jazz Age in the 1920’s. 18th & Vine, where the museum sits now, was a crossroads of the country’s jazz culture in the 1920’s. The American Jazz Museum in the only one of its kind in the world. They focus on preserving, educating, and advancing the jazz culture. They regularly have free shows as well as public programs.
The Money Museum is a museum from the Federal Reserve of Kansa City. The museum talks about the history of money and the federal reserve in the country and in Kansas City. They have exhibits dedicated to the history of banking and finance, the Harry S. Truman Coin Collection and many more. As of this writing the museum was closed due to Covid-19, however they do have many online exhibits, like Banking on Her: The History of Women at The Kansas City Fed.
We have all seen the picture of the yard of Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, but have you ever been there? This museum is internationally recognized as one of the finest general art museums in the country. With collections of nearly 40,00 works of art, all from different countries and cultures, there’s guaranteed to be something you are interested in here. And if you want to go outside, the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park is home to more than 35 sculptures, from some of the finest 20th century artists.
Shoal Creek Living History Museum is like walking into the 19th century. The 17 authentic 19th century structures that have been relocated from surrounding areas, there’s no better place to visit to learn about the history of living in the Midwest in the 19th century. Make sure to check their events calendar so you can visit while they have reenactors.
Kaleidoscope is a children’s center. Created by Hallmark, Kaleidoscopes goal is to create an open and safe place to encourage children’s creativity. They invite kids to use their imagination to make art with the left over materials from Hallmark’s manufacturing processes. They also offer walk-in art sessions to help children expand their creativity. This is a great place to take your kids for a fun adventure.
Be Free Family Farm is an incredible place to visit. There you learn all about natural, non-GMO, and organic farming methods. This is a place to get back to nature, and spend some time learning about farming and food. Not only do you learn about why natural food is important, but they teach you how to do it yourself. So what starts out as a day activity, turns into something you can do at home all the time. Whether you want to learn how to grow natural food or just spend a day relaxing, Be Free Family Farm is a great option for you.