The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art's annual Passport to India Festival featured food, music, dancing, art, and culture all in celebration of India. - Kiara Loves KC

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 IRead More →

During the month of March I challenged myself to find at least one free event everyday. I posted all of them on ┬áKiaraLovesKC’s Facebook page. Any time I see the word “free” used in the description of something happening in Kansas City it grabs my attention. And those who are reading this may be surprised to know that I see that word a lot. Most of the entertainment I enjoy in the city is free or extremely cheap. (Remember, my favorite theater shows movies for under $5.) My main concern was finding events that would appeal to a wide range of people. I’m a bookwormRead More →

I have to confess I do not like barbecue. I developed an aversion to it in my early twenties. I blame several bad BBQ experiences. Tough, dry, burnt meats that taste like cigarette smoke covered with sugary sweet ketchup sauces. Totally ruined it for me. Now whenever I even hear that word my reaction is straight out of a Ivan Pavlov textbook. BBQ? Ewww, gross! I know what you’re thinking. Highly unorthodox for someone who was born and raised in Kansas City. My intention is to go on a restaurant quest of sorts this summer to hopefully revive my taste for the sauce. LC’s, Gates,Read More →

It was a freezing 16 degrees outside. The harsh biting air hit like a brick to my face. Lily was so bundled up she looked like the Michelin Man. “Is this really worth it?”, was the question that formed in my head as I buckled Lily in her stroller. I asked myself that question a dozen more times as I walked to the front ticket counter. The cashier handed me an entry pass and a map then informed me that most of the animals wouldn’t be seen due to the cold temperature. “Hmm, maybe I should turn around and go back home”, I thought, “No,Read More →