Vacations are a time to break away from the routines of everyday life. They’re a time for some rest and relaxation. Which is good, if you want to rest. Not me. I had 10 days to do nothing but explore Kansas City. And, the best part is, I didn’t spend a dime doing it.
I’ve gotten pretty good at free activities in Kansas City. Partially out of necessity. I’m not wealthy so there’s no logical sense in living like I am. And, partly for the fun of it. I like free stuff. I also like that I never have to look too long before I find things to do that keep money in my wallet. This vacation was no exception. Here’s what my daughter, Lily, and I did on our epic Kansas City staycation.
An Easter egg hunt at River Market Antiques gave us the chance to search for plastic eggs with discount coupons in them. What really happened is Lily and I spent the day finding the most fantastic antique treasures throughout the three levels of the mall. Each of the booth owners has local ties to Kansas City. Read more about River Market Antiques in my story on our day of exploration.
One of my favorite movie theater’s in Kansas City is the Extreme Screen. The first show of each day (at 12:30 pm) is only $5. Plus kids under 5 get in for free. Which means Lily and I can watch whatever’s coming out on the big screen for a very cheap price. However, on this particular occasion, the concession stand attendant had an unclaimed ticket for the 8 pm showing of Batman v Superman. When I made plans to see a movie I expected to have to pay. So, the truth is, this almost wasn’t a completely free staycation. Find out what I thought of the film in review.
Disney’s 100 Years of Magic took us on an ice skating adventure through some of the most beloved classics in children’s movies. The show was packed with Disney’s favorite characters, songs, dancing, and fireworks. Lily loved every moment, from Pinocchio to Frozen. We were able to attend thanks to one of the parents at my job. Take a look at my post for 100 Years of Magic if you want to know what to expect from a Disney On Ice show.
Kansas City’s Uptown Theater opened its doors for Mayor Sly James to give his annual speech on the current climate of our city. During the presentation I learned about several organizations in Kansas City that are working hard to make positive differences. Those who attended the address were also treated to a surprise concert. Learn more about how Kansas City is doing in my post about Mayor James’ State of the City Address.
The Money Museum is located in the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. It’s dedicated to educating visitors on the role of the Federal Reserve, how the U.S. economy works, the history of American money, and so much more. By far, this was Lily’s favorite adventure from our epic staycation. She really enjoyed the interactive displays which had lots of facts about where money starts and where it ends up. If you live in or are visiting Kansas City this should definitely be on your list of things to do.
Annie Get Your Gun is just one of the many fabulous shows in the 2016 Musical Theatre Heritage season. This country western musical tells the story of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley, her days in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, and the love of her life Frank Butler. For the opening night, KC Fringe volunteers, of which I am one, were asked to help with the event. Read more in my review of the musical.
Lily has minor fixation with trains. So when I let her takeover one of our staycation days, the model trains were her first choice. This Kansas City gem is a locomotive lovers dream. The Model Railroad Experience houses miniature town scapes with trains running through them. Each display is as unique as the model trains.
Lily’s second pick for the day’s activities was Kaleidoscope. This kid friendly hot spot in Kansas City requires children to use their imaginations to create special arts and crafts. Materials are provided by Hallmark Cards. Kaleidoscope is divided into sections for making music, painting, crafting, and more. Each creative session is 40 minutes long. Visit the website for session times and hours.
We spent the last day of our epic staycation at the annual Passport to India Festival. The event featured food, music, dancing, art, and culture all in celebration of India. Throughout the day we enjoyed local groups highlighting traditional Indian dances. Museum volunteers showcased fashions from India and demonstrated how to correctly wear a sari. We also watched several interpretative performances of Indian stories. Check out my post on the Passport to India Festival, which includes all special activities from the day and photos.
I hope you’ll be inspired to go on some new Kansas City adventures of your own! If you liked this you please subscribe to Kiara Loves KC and stay connected to our story of life in the city. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and, Instagram. Thank you for reading!