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!

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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.

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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).  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Kansas City, MO: Discovery of King Tut

Housed in Kansas City's Union Station, home to the best exhibit space in the Midwest, is the North American debut of the traveling exhibition, The Discovery of King Tut.  This large-scale exhibit covers all aspects of King Tut's tomb, with full recreations of it's famous treasure trove.  The Discovery of King Tut is a world-class exhibit where it's evident no expense was spared; best of all, it is a fascinating adventure for adults and kids alike!  

Discovery of King Tut in Kansas City, Missouri Union Station via
The Discovery of King Tut at Kansas City's Union Station
Kansas City's Union Station is one of my favorite places in the Midwest, and it's lower level has my pick for the best exhibit space anywhere.  We've visited numerous times, such as with last years The Science of Rock 'n' Roll, and I have always been impressed with the facility, it's ambiance, and how everything is constructed with the highest quality.