Sunday, August 31, 2014

Kansas City, MO: Planet Snoopy

It's two parks in one, centrally located, and affordable: Kansas City's World's of Fun and Ocean's of Fun is an ideal way to spend the day together with kiddos!  Complete with a newer dedicated children's area, Planet Snoopy, a massive water park and tons of rides for all ages, this "one park, one price" KC destination really is a must-do in the Kansas City area.

Planet Snoopy in Kansas City, Missouri via
Ocean's of Fun is included in admission to World's of Fun
Although we have been to KC many times (it is one of my favorite Midwest destinations) this was actually our first visit to World's of Fun.  As our son is a bit older, he is now able to enjoy theme parks, so we have been taking advantage of his new-found thrill seeking by visiting several in 2014. This is the first summer we bought season passes to our local Six Flags, and it has been a big hit (and a bit dizzying for dad), so checking-out World's of Fun was the perfect idea for our summer trip to KC.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kansas City, MO: Kauffman Stadium & Royals Baseball

For kids, Kauffman Stadium is the best of the Major League Baseball ballparks!  Completely renovated just a few years ago, the stadium appears brand-new.  Kaufman is famous for the stunning fountains that line the outfield, but it's the new dedicated kids area, the largest such area of any major sports stadium we have visited, that is the true winner.  And of course, it's also home to Royals baseball!

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri via
The new Kauffman Stadium
We have been to several Royals baseball games, all prior to the renovations that have completely transformed what used to be a concrete block relic of the 1960s into the shining marvel of a sports venue that it is today.  Although the original stadium was really just renovated, it was such an extensive job that everything appears brand-new, but keeping with the original intimate setting of the stadium.

Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri via
The sold-out crowd at Kauffman Stadium

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kansas City, MO: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Probably most famous for it's striking badminton sculptures that surround it's grounds, Kansas City, Missouri's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an architectural marvel in it's own right.  Although it is home to a vast art collection, the museum buildings are award winners themselves and provide the most memorable aspect of any visit.  
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City
Admission to the museum is free, making it one of the rare world-class museums in the United States offering free admission to all (another notable exception is my hometown's Saint Louis Art Museum). Located just minutes from Country Club Plaza, the museum includes its original building with stunning European-like architecture, alongside a brand-new ultra-modern wing with floor to ceiling glass (the latter of which has won numerous architectural awards of late).